How did a young boy riding horses in the Eastern Bloc end up as a veterinarian living in Canada?
And why did that veterinarian leave his practice to start a mission to help as many dogs and dog lovers as possible live healthy, happy, and long lives together?
What is the one thing that EVERY dog lover needs to know or keep in mind when considering their dog's health and life expectancy?
In this episode, I discuss the importance of keeping in mind that there will always be things we don't know and how an open mind and curious attitude will help you and your dog live a healthier, happier life.
Unless you and your dog live in a glass bubble, exposure to toxins is a sad part of daily life.
In this episode, I explain how toxins and foreign substances can cause a chain of events in the body that lead to disease. I also share why hair testing is such a valuable tool to detect and monitor toxin levels, and how to use the info collected to stay healthy.
Dogs love to play, run, swim and have all sorts of fun, and while activity is the essence of healthy and happy life, injuries happen.
In this episode, you will get insight into knowing when you need to take them to the vet, how to do a simple exam and find out where your dog hurts, and what to do.
Can you believe that everything in this universe, from your dog to a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, are made out of the same building blocks?
But what happens when those building blocks are missing, or are in short supply?
Nature is the perfect architect. Every bone, blood vessel, nerve, muscle, and organ is placed in an intricate and deliberate design. But what happens when something in the design becomes out of place or misaligned?
Dogs love to play, chase, and be active, which often leads to spinal twists, misalignments, and injuries. Many well-meaning dog lovers use collars and retractable leashes that can also cause damage to a dog’s alignment.
Do you think you and your dog are alike? What do you most enjoy about your dog? Does your dog ever make you feel embarrassed, frustrated, or angry because they’ve been acting naughty? I cover these questions and more in this episode.
I also discuss why some dogs become aggressive, and why punishment and negative training can backfire. I provide an overview of a gentle and respectful approach that can help even the most misbehaved and/or misunderstood dogs.
In this first episode of a three-part series on raising healthy puppies, Dr. Dobias uncovers the first common, yet harmful, myth about how to rear a healthy, happy, and well-adjusted puppy.
Many well-meaning dog parents have been told by their veterinarian that it is dangerous to socialize their pup before they get all their “puppy shots.” In reality, this approach is harmful for puppy socialization.
It may surprise you, but 25 years ago, Dr. Peter Dobias was once a top-selling processed food veterinarian in his province of British Columbia. So, why did this once award-winning “kibble seller” ditch the processed food in favour of a natural, species-appropriate diet for our canine friends? And what were the major health problems and warning signs Dr. Dobias noticed in puppies and dogs that made him question the kibble status quo?
Puppies, puppies, puppies! Whether you’re a puppy parent or a people parent, we know that raising a little one can be hard, and it’s inevitable that mistakes will be made. In Dr. Dobias’ third and final podcast of his Puppy Series, he discusses 16 common mistakes new puppy owners make, from face licking and recall disasters, to mistakes with nail trimming, grooming, treats, and more. Hear Dr. Dobias’ tried and tested solutions, and learn how you can raise a healthy, happy and well-behaved puppy.
Has your doctor ever suggested that you eat a diet made up only of processed foods? Of course not!
Listen as Dr. Dobias dives deep into how to achieve the correct ratio of Calcium and Phosphorus in our dogs’ food; how to balance a raw diet for dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages (even puppies!); why supplements are necessary and why good food is no longer enough; if there is healthy kibble for dogs; and how to prepare nutritious, natural food for your dog at home.
If you have a dog, you’ll know that playing, fetching, swimming and walks are the highlights of their day. But did you know that some forms of exercise can cause injuries, shorten your dog’s lifespan, and even cause organ damage or cancer?
In this episode, Dr. Dobias outlines safe exercise for your dog, how much exercise is OK, and what activities to avoid. He also describes how to examine your dog’s spine for injury, pain and discomfort, and discusses the top 6 commonly missed causes of disease in canines.
Do you love your dog more than your house, car or bicycle? Of course you do! We all know the work that goes into maintaining these things, and your dog’s body is no different. In this fun and informative podcast, Dr. Dobias discusses minerals, the essential building blocks responsible for the 37 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 chemical reactions taking place in your dog’s body every single second. Listen here to learn what minerals your dog needs, signs your dog may be mineral-deficient, and how your dog’s hair can tell you what’s missing in your dog’s diet.
Here is an interview with one of the most influential people in my life, my friend Cat de Rham. I owe my health and wellbeing to her, and hope that she will inspire you to make the best out of your life. In order for our dogs to be healthy, they need us to be well and mobile, and this is why my website is not just about dogs. Also, Cat has now created hundreds of yoga classes that are available for free on YouTube (link is listed below)...read more
Are you worried your dog will get Giardia? In this episode, Dr. Dobias gives insight into the western treatment and approach to Giardia, as well as the holistic and natural approach to treating this parasite. He also outlines his 3-step natural treatment protocol for Giardia should your dog be diagnosed with the parasite.
Some people believe that the brain and head are the centre of the body, but that’s not exactly true. In this episode, Dr. Dobias discusses the mysterious link between our dogs’ necks and their internal organ health, and how the autonomous nervous system, or ANS, regulates the most essential functions and organs in the body. Learn how dog collars, including common dog training tools such as prong and shock collars, can cause irreversible damage to your dog’s entire body...
I always love chatting with my good friend and colleague, Dr. Edward Bassingthwaite. We have so much in common not only in our perspectives about holistic veterinary care, but in life too. In this podcast, we talk about the three keys to your dog's health, how to detect if your dog is in pain, and much, much more. Be sure to listen to the end, where we share...read more
Are you spending sleepless nights with your itchy, scratchy, and smelly dog? In this episode, Dr. Dobias discusses how to diagnose skin yeast infections in dogs (Malassezia), as well as symptoms, causes, and prevention. You’ll also hear why the conventional anti-fungal drug and shampoo protocols just don’t work, and learn about Dr. Dobias' nine-step natural and drug-free treatment plan for yeast and fungal infections in dogs.
Get ready to hear about true kindness in action! In this episode, Dr. Dobias sits down with Jill Robinson, CEO of Animals Asia, an organization dedicated to ending bear bile farming, the trade of dogs and cats for meat consumption, and abusive animal practices in zoos and safaris in Asia. You will learn how Jill discovered her calling, why she does this important work, how she handles emotionally hard situations, and how the strength of her 300+...read more
Podcast: How to lengthen your dog’s life and live with no regrets - an Interview with Dr. Karen Becker
In this episode, Dr. Dobias sits down with his dear colleague, friend and ally, Dr. Karen Becker, DVM.
Listen as they discuss how Dr. Becker became drawn to the natural world and veterinary medicine; how 90% of the diseases vets see in the operating room are not emergencies, but lifestyle diseases that can be prevented; the most common misperceptions people have about veterinarians and the biggest challenges veterinarians face today; how Dr. Becker handles criticism and loss; and so much more.
Podcast: One drug you should protect your dog from and how to stand your ground when it is prescribed
In this episode, Dr. Dobias explains how to protect your dog from the harmful side effects of steroids, and what to do when you veterinarian or doctor suggests them for you or your dog.This episode also includes a bonus on how to choose the best vet for your dog, how to establish a good relationship with your veterinarian and how to stand your ground when it comes to making the best decisions for your dog.
Can you imagine living in a world where friends become enemies, and opportunities and freedoms are taken away just because of a difference of opinions? Listen as Dr. Dobias discusses his perspective on the world’s current events as someone who has lived behind the Iron Curtain, along with his thoughts on the two sides of the COVID-19 vaccine debate, and why redefining "wrong" and "right" in search of safety and happiness, and staying in the middle, is important.
Who is Mrs. Kratka, and what does she have to do with Internet trolls? In this episode, Dr. Dobias discusses what he really thinks about those who troll online, and also tells a heart-warming story of Mrs. Kratka, his childhood champion and life-long friend. And a bonus: Dr. Dobias is often asked what he feeds and packs for Pax while travelling — listen here to find out!