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School-Proof Your Pooch

by Linda DiProperzio, Parent and Child

With the kids back in class, canine family members may become bored and lonely. And bummed-out dogs can be destructive dogs. Jessica Vogelsang, a mom and veterinary adviser to…

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BlogPaws Joins the Pet360 Pack

Plymouth Meeting, PA – December 5, 2012 – Pet360, Inc. announced today that BlogPaws has joined its organization. By combining Pet360’s expansive network of leading online resources with BlogPaws’ social media conferences…

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Meet Our Experts

  • Katy Nelson

    Katy Nelson, DVM, CVJ

    Lifestyle & Emergency Care Contributor

    Katy Nelson, DVM, CVJ

    Lifestyle & Emergency Care Contributor

    Katy Nelson is an associate veterinarian at the Belle Haven Animal Medical Centre in Alexandria, VA as well as the host and executive producer of “The Pet Show with Dr. Katy” on Washington DC’s News Channel 8. She’s also known as “Dr. Pawz” on Washington DC’s All News Radio Station, WTOP. Additionally, you can find her reporting on animal health topics for WJLA ABC 7.

    Katy is a Certified Veterinary Journalist (CVJ), accredited by the American Society of Veterinary Journalists (ASVJ). She is the former President of the District of Columbia Academy of Veterinary Medicine, the oldest and largest veterinary continuing education society in the United States. She is a reporter for Veterinary News Network and a weekly guest on Washington DC’s News Channel 8’s Let’s Talk Live. Through her consulting business, KJN Veterinary Consulting, Katy has served as a valuable source to reporters around the country for the past 5 years, and has served as a marketing consultant for various pet-related corporations.

    A native of Louisiana, Katy was raised on a small farm where her childhood was filled with many beloved pets. She earned her veterinary degree in 2001 from the Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Katy has had some very unique opportunities in her career to hone her skills in both small animal practice and corporate veterinary medicine. She lives in Washington DC with her husband, their son and daughter, their rambunctious dogs Papi and Eddie Underbite, and their Southern Painted Turtle Tina.

  • Patrick Mahaney

    Patrick Mahaney, VMD, CVA

    Holistic Medicine & Celebrity News Contributor

    Patrick Mahaney, VMD, CVA

    Holistic Medicine & Celebrity News Contributor

    Dr. Patrick Mahaney began his veterinary career in the University of Delaware’s pre-veterinary program. Four years later, he was awarded a degree in animal science and was accepted into the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine. Post graduation, Dr. Mahaney had a clinical internship at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, D.C. He focused his early career in general and emergency clinical practices before ultimately deciding to become a certified veterinary acupuncturist (CVA) through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2006. In 2008, Dr. Mahaney established the California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness practice, offering house call-based integrative veterinary medicine to dogs and cats in the Los Angeles area. Since many of his patients are geriatric or have cancer, he found a like-minded facility to offer his services – Veterinary Cancer Group.

  • Mieshelle Nagelschneider

    Mieshelle Nagelschneider, ACCBC

    Cat Behavior Contributor

    Mieshelle Nagelschneider, ACCBC

    Cat Behavior Contributor

    Mieshelle Nagelschneider is known for her ability to solve cat behavior issues that have previously been deemed “unfixable.” Her passion and curiosity about cats, along with her formal study in animal behavior, continue to put her at the forefront of the cat behavior specialty. Based in the Pacific Northwest and skilled at determining cause and effect in person or by phone, Mieshelle is one of the few cat behaviorists who serve clients worldwide. She opened The Cat Behavior Clinic in 1999 and has dedicated herself to providing Cat Whisperer® consulting to thousands of clients. She most recently studied animal behavior at Harvard University.

    Mieshelle’s upcoming science-based cat behavior book with Random House Publishing, The Cat Whisperer: Why Cats Do What They Do – and How to Get Them to Do What You Want, will be published in 2013 in more than 80 countries across the globe. Mieshelle’s expertise has been featured on Animal Planet’s Must Love Cats, Martha Stewart Radio, USA Today, Real Simple, Cat Fancy, This Wild Life, The Divine Cat, The Daily Cat, The New Republic, and Salon.com. Her clients tell her she hasn’t just saved hundreds of cats from a fate in shelters, or worse – she’s also saved marriages!

  • Victoria Schade

    Victoria Schade

    Dog Training Contributor

    Victoria Schade

    Dog Training Contributor

    Victoria Schade has been a dog trainer for over fourteen years. During that time she has worked on television shows like Animal Planet’s annual Puppy Bowl, the Puppy Games and the Smithsonian Channel special Animals Aloft. She is frequently tapped by the media with recent mentions in magazines, including The Bark, Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple and Reader’s Digest.

    Victoria was the featured trainer on the television show Faithful Friends for two seasons and created the puppy training DVD New Puppy! Now What? to assist overwhelmed puppy owners. She also wrote Bonding with your Dog: A Trainer’s Secrets for Building a Better Relationship to help dogs and their people create a stronger connection. Victoria’s second book, Secrets of a Dog Trainer: Positive Problem Solving for a Well-Behaved Dog, is due out in the fall of 2014.

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    Matthew Bershadker, ASPCA President & CEO

    Animal Welfare Contributor

    Matthew Bershadker, ASPCA President & CEO

    Animal Welfare Contributor

    Matthew Bershadker has been president and CEO of the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) since May 2013. A 12-year veteran of the nation’s first animal welfare organization, Matt previously served as senior vice president of the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Group (ACG), the division responsible for programs and initiatives that confront animal cruelty and suffering on all levels across the country.

    A Board Member of the Gruber Family Foundation and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, Matt lives in New York City with his wife Nina, son Elias, and their rescued dog Thelma.

  • Jessica Vogelsang

    Jessica Vogelsang, DVM

    Health & Wellness Contributor

    Jessica Vogelsang, DVM

    Health & Wellness Contributor

    Dr. Jessica Vogelsang (Dr. V) began her career as an honors graduate of the prestigious UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.  Within a year of starting practice, Dr. V was winning awards for client satisfaction, working in both general and emergency care. In addition to her medical expertise, Dr. V regularly explores the ways pets impact our everyday lives, tackling news, hot button issues, and the emotional side of being a pet parent. As a lifelong pet advocate, she has blogged for 24 hours straight at a wildlife refuge, eaten dog food on camera and surfed with her dog – all in the name of raising funds for animals in need. She’s also made time to volunteer her veterinary services overseas in Mexico, Peru and Africa.

    In 2009, Dr. V launched her own blog at Pawcurious.com and has since won multiple awards for excellence in writing, design and quality of content. Dr. V’s humor and accessibility have made her a highly sought after guest author, speaker and pet expert. She has been featured in Outside magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, USA Today and a variety of other publications and television shows. Dr. V is also one of the few veterinarians in the nation to carry the title of Certified Veterinary Journalist with the American Society of Veterinary Journalists.

  • Ken Tudor

    Ken Tudor, DVM

    Weight Management Contributor

    Ken Tudor, DVM

    Weight Management Contributor

    Dr. Ken Tudor has practiced general and emergency small animal medicine since graduating from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. He has also served as a Veterinary Medical Officer for both the United States Department of Agriculture and the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

    In addition to serving as director and primary instructor for the Mt. San Antonio College Veterinary Technology Program, Dr. Tudor has graduate training in exercise physiology/sports nutrition and has instructed classes in those subject areas at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is also a member of the American Association of Veterinary Nutrition and recently served as a member of the American Animal Hospital Association task force to develop their Guidelines for Dog and Cat Weight Management. This career interest in nutrition and fitness prompted Dr. Tudor to leave full-time general practice and develop Hearthstone Homemade for Dogs, a program that helps owners prepare nutritionally balanced homemade diets for their dogs. He has also developed the Pet Weight Management weight loss system to assist pet owners and veterinarians with successful pet weight loss.

    Dr. Tudor has been published in veterinary journals, including Feline Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. He is a frequent guest speaker on the subject of pet weight management and nutrition. He is also a frequent guest blogger and contributor to radio segments on Pet World Insider. Dr. Tudor lives in Claremont, California with his wife of 44 years, Marsha, and their Dalmatian/Pit cross, Roxy.

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    Jennifer Coates, DVM

    Pet Nutrition Contributor

    Jennifer Coates, DVM

    Pet Nutrition Contributor

    Jennifer Coates, DVM graduated with honors from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. In the years since, she has practiced veterinary medicine in Virginia, Wyoming and Colorado. She is the author of several books about veterinary medicine and animal care, including the Dictionary of Veterinary Terms: Vet-Speak Deciphered for the Non-Veterinarian. Jennifer also writes short stories that focus on the strength and importance of the human-animal bond and freelance articles relating to a variety of animal care and veterinary topics. Dr. Coates lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband, daughter and pets.

  • Joanne Intile

    Joanne Intile, DVM, DACVIM

    Veterinary Oncologist

    Joanne Intile, DVM, DACVIM

    Veterinary Oncologist

    Dr. Joanne Intile, DVM, DACVIM was raised and educated in Long Island, NY, where she received her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from Hofstra University. She received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Cornell University and went on to complete a one year internship in small animal medicine, surgery, and emergency and critical care at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. She then returned to Cornell University to complete a three year residency program in veterinary medical oncology. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

    Dr. Intile lives in Maryland, where she is working as a veterinary oncologist at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates located just outside of Washington, D.C. Her professional interests include developing new rescue therapy protocols for canine lymphoma, furthering the use of vitamin D as an anti-cancer therapy, and carrying out palliative and hospice care for veterinary cancer patients.

    When she isn’t working or writing about her work, Dr. Intile can usually be found in the gym, outside running, playing tennis, shopping, wine tasting, traveling, or spending time at home with her three cats, Nadir, Sepsis, and Shandy. She can also be found with her husband, a veterinary surgeon who she is happy to report lovingly tolerates her obsession with all things feline.

  • Anna OBrien

    Anna O’Brien, DVM

    Large Animal Veterinarian

    Anna O’Brien, DVM

    Large Animal Veterinarian

    Anna O’Brien, DVM is a large animal veterinarian. A 2008 graduate of Purdue University, she currently works in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. Her experience in ambulatory medicine across the countryside of rural central Maryland has focused on all four-legged farm animals, from cattle (both beef and dairy) to horses, pigs, goats, sheep, llamas, and alpacas, with the occasional zebra, camel, and primate from the local zoo thrown in for good measure.

    Dr. O’Brien is also a freelance writer and has had articles published in numerous national magazines, including Dogs USAHorse IllustratedAlpacas Magazine, Equine Journal, and Just Labs. In addition to veterinary work and writing, Dr. O’Brien loves to read, train for triathlons, and travel. She also shares her home with four furry creatures: a black Lab mix named Shadow, a domestic longhair cat named Tuna and an orange cat named Scabs who was diagnosed with a non-malignant form of skin cancer.