Shedd Aquarium in Chicago is one of the most prestigious Aquariums in the world! Many veterinarians go to vet school seeking to work at zoos and aquariums caring for the animals. Imagine working with the whales, and sharks and sting rays at Shedd! Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen spend time with Doctor Bill Van Bonn, Vice President of Animal Health at Shedd Aquarium and adjunct faculty member at Michigan State University. Learn about the impact the pandemic had on Shedd Aquariums staff and animals and the changes they created to deal with it. Discover why Doctor Bill maintained a very busy schedule even during shutdowns and the stories of the animals adventures that occurred when animals discovered that the people observing them were missing. You will also hear about the new creatures that were birthed during the pandemic and lots of other topics as Rick Preuss goes back and forth with a fellow expert in the field of aquatic creatures! Then Rick takes back the mantle as expert and explains the reasons why and the steps to care for your outdoor fish by winterizing your pond and water garden. It's truly a smart conversation with Rick and Doctor Bill on this weekends edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM on your radio
Getting a child a small animal for a pet can have a significant influence on their life! But how do you know what animals are appropriate for what ages? How do you know what to feed them and how do you keep them mentally stimulated? Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss these questions and many more with Dr Micah Kohles, Vice President at Oxbow Animal Care, DVM and professor at the University of Nebraska. What are small animals that thrive as pets and what types of environments are needed to maintain them.
Learn what animals are great for what ages and why they are appropriate for that group. Learn about the methods Oxbow uses in determining what is appropriate in nature for animals to eat and how to provide it for pets to maximize their life experience. Then Katie Ramp from the small animal breeding room at Preuss Pets joins the conversation and explains the small animals that are being bred at Preuss and what makes them great pets as well! If you ever considered getting your children a small animal as a pet, definitely listen to this conversation on the Labor Day weekend edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show.
When many people go to Las Vegas, the goal is to win money in the casinos. But when Super Zoo is going on, there is much to see and do. Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss this year's Super Zoo conference with Kirbay Preuss and Maranda Chavez. Super Zoo is a World Pet Association conference with more then a thousand displays of the latest and greatest products for the Pet industry. Hear how Maranda survived not only her first conference, but her first flight on a plane and all of the amazing displays and products that were new to her and most everyone else. Hear about some of the amazing product inventions and the analysis Kirbay Preuss goes through in deciding what makes sense to stock when available space is limited, even in a store as large as Preuss Pets. Then you will also hear about the great honor bestowed upon co-host Rick Preuss as he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award for his 40+ years in the pet industry and the success Preuss Pets has become. If you question why I call him the Pet Expert every week, you won't anymore upon hearing this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show.
How often should you get your dogs groomed? What is the best way to communicate the type of cut you want? How do groomers know what each breed cut should look like? Janice Milligan Peters from Doggy Daycare and Spa and Lee Cohen ask these questions and more to Tricia Wickens, Spa Manager at Doggy Daycare and Spa. Tricia will discuss the benefits of getting your dogs groomed regularly and some of the differences between breeds when it comes to caring for their skin and their coats. Then first time guest Teddy Jay comes in to discuss why he utilizes Doggy Daycare and the benefits he and his dog both get from his twice weekly schedule. Learn how your dogs become accustomed to the interactions and the way it improves other social interactions as well. If you haven't considered Doggy Daycare before, you might now after hearing this weekends conversation.
Rick and Lee talk to the soon to be retiring curator of the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium! He discussed the growth of the aquarium and the new live museum they built. Then Jay described his future plans after retirement including work as a consultant to the Toledo Zoo, publishing another book which he recently completed and providing advice and answering questions on the website Reef2reef.
The Pet Expert Returns! Lee welcomes Rick Preuss back to the program, and the two dive into the world of raw pet food with Mitch Cesca, Territory Sales Manager at Instinct Pet Foods. Is raw food right for your pup? Tune in and find out! Timecodes - 0:00 - Rick reveals the reason for his absence, and the Pet Experts get back into the groove. 6:51 - The boys welcome Mitch Cesca to the program! Instinct Pet Foods is on the cutting edge of the raw pet food boom, and Mitch explains the origins of the shift in animal nutrition. 24:02 - Is raw food safe for your pets? Mitch answers your questions on raw food safety, and the benefits of a more natural diet. 35:15 - How do you start your pooch or kitten on a raw food diet? Mitch talks about integrating raw food into your pets' diets. Learn more about raw pet food: https://www.instinctpetfood.com/
Preuss Pets has a plethora of fun events planned for August! Who better to talk about engaging the community than Kirbay Preuss and Sean Murphy from Preuss Pets?! They've got lots to share with Mid-Michigan in the next few weeks, and you can get the details at the following timecodes: 0:00 - The Preuss family is growing! Rick and Lee talk about some exciting news for the Preuss clan. 7:30 - Preuss Pets partnered with Ingham County Animal Control, The Cat Ambassador and The Artist's Umbrella for an adoption event called It's Raining Cats and Dogs. Kirbay and Sean share all the details! 23:48 - Resident yogi Kirbay Preuss talks all about an exciting animal yoga (animals + yoga, not yoga for animals, settle down) event at Preuss Pets! 35:27 - Coming Saturday August 14, head to the Preuss Pets parking lot for The Night of The Golden Frog: a celebration of local music, poetry, dance and much more, all in collaboration with The Artist's Umbrella, with proceeds going toward the Golden Frog Project. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/artistsumbrella/
0:00 - Say hi to Sally! MMPETS Sponsor and founder & president of Babbitt Legal Group sits in the Rick Preuss chair this week for an exciting program about adopting pets in Lansing. 6:38 - Founding president and director of New Hope Pet Rescue Denise Rose joins the program! Her organization partnered with Jolly Road Veterinary Clinic this past weekend for a massive adoption/pet vaccination event. Learn more and support Denise's group: https://www.newhopepetrescue.com/. 24:28 - Sally Babbitt has over twenty years of experience in estate planning and navigating the legal issues surrounding death and incapacity. Did you know you can plan for your pets, too? Sally has the spotlight in this revealing segment, and delivers key information we think every pet owner should consider. 36:04 - It's fair season in Michigan! Before you take home a new animal companion, Sally Babbitt has some legal considerations to share. Learn more about Sally & Babbitt Legal Group: https://sallybabbittlaw.com/
Did you know service dogs are being trained right here in our community? This week, special guest Dr. Nikki Brown talks all about Canines for Change, and the incredible assistance a service dog can provide. Timecodes: 0:00 - Rick and Lee introduce this week's guest: Dr Nikki Brown! She's the executive director of Canines for Change, a nonprofit organization in Grand Ledge that custom trains service dogs and matches them with children and adults. 6:25 - Dr. Nikki tells us the heartwarming origin story of Canines for Change, and what motivated her to provide this service to those in need. 23:26 - Dr. Nikki talks about the growing need for service dogs, and the wide range of applications for animal companions. 35:36 - Learn more about Dr. Nikki's non-profit and donate if you are able: https://caninesforchange.org/
Got room for one more? The experts are back this week with an exciting program all about vacationing with your pets! Rick and Lee talk with Vice President of Travel Michigan Dave Lorenz about how to keep your pets happy and healthy on trips out of town. Now boarding at these here timecodes: 0:00 - Rick and Lee celebrate the "high" praise heaped upon Preuss Pets by the Lansing City Pulse last week. 6:23 - Vice President of Travel Michigan Dave Lorenz joins the program to discuss travelling with your pets. How long should you be gone? Why have vacations with animals been booming? If you're planning a getaway with your pet, check this one out. 23:35: So, where exactly CAN you vacation with your pet? Dave and the guys put together a travel guide for vacationing with your animal companions in Michigan. 34:49 - Rick and Lee take it home by talking about which animals are best suited for a summer getaway (dogs, I mean, come on) and how to plan around them. Plan your getaway with a little help from Travel Michigan: https://www.michigan.org
The boys are back! This week, Sean Murphy and Gavin Laviolette from Preuss Pets join the show to answer all your questions on turtles. Slow and steady wins the race, but these timecodes are a handy shortcut too: 0:00 - Rick and Lee kick off the show and set up some of the important questions the experts will tackle in this episode. 6:33 - What should you do if you find a turtle in the road? Sean "The human Swiss Army Knife" Murphy & Gavin Laviolette give some helpful advice for interacting with and protecting turtles you find in the wild. 23:35 - Can a wild turtle become a pet? The answer may surprise you! If you're considering adopting a turtle, give this a listen. 35:07 - How smart are turtles? Sean and Gavin go over best practices for adopting and caring for pet turtles. Check out Preuss Pets here: https://www.preusspets.com/
Rick, Lee, and Gabrielle Feighner from Feighner Family Farms wind down from a successful show with a few extra minutes of alpaca talk! Check out this bite-sized exclusive... and Google "alpaca orgling" at your own risk.
They say good things come in threes. So do alpacas, funny enough. This week, Rick and Lee venture into the world of owning sheep and alpacas with Gabrielle Feighner from Feighner Family Farms! Lee talks about getting spit on, Rick talks about the poop business, and Gabrielle breaks down owning and caring for nature's cutest lawnmowers. Timecodes to live by: 0:00 - Rick and Lee recap an historic Westminster weekend and set the stage for Gabrielle Feighner to talk all about sheep and alpacas! 06:51 - Did you know sheep wag their tales? And don't have any top teeth!? Gabrielle tells us all about caring for sheep at Feighner Family Farms. 23:44 - All about alpacas, baby. Gabrielle delivers an al-packed segment all about purchasing and caring for alpacas in Mid Michigan. 35:05 - Is an alpaca right for you? Gabrielle has an answer. Also, Lee tells the story of being spit on by an alpaca, and Rick talks about actual crap. Learn more about Gabrielle and her incredible operation here: https://www.feighnerfamilyfarms.com/
If you want more Westminster, we got you covered. This week, Rick and Lee welcome Westminster's Fox Sports host Gail Miller Bisher to the program, to gush about the 2021 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. AKC judge and breeder Mark Jaeger also joins us for more in-depth analysis on breeds, judging, and a whole lot more! Timecodes: 0:00 The pre-show begins! Rick and Lee set the stage for the weekend. 6:10: Gail Miller Bishcer joins the program to talk about the change in venue, presentation, and some of the new breeds this year. 23:26: Mark Jaeger talks about his award-winning experiences at Westminster, and which breeds have an edge. 36:50: How do judges actually, er, judge at Westminster? Mark fills us in on what officials are looking for in a prize-winning pooch.
Janice Milligan-Peters from Doggie Daycare & Spa joins Lee as the guest host of this shiny, new MMPETS Podcast! This week, Sara Alguire from Click!Pawsitive Dog Training talks all about training your new puppy, and common mistakes to avoid. In a hurry? We have the cliffs notes: 0:00: Janice Milligan-Peters joins Lee Cohen as this week's guest host! All the hip hounds hang out at https://www.doggydaycareandspa.com/. 6:27 - Why won't my dog follow my instructions when we're at the dog park?! Sara Alguire talks about setting your expectations for training and socialization. 23:28: First-time dog owner? This timecode's for you, kid. Sara lays out the crash course for all the pandemic pups out there. 36:38: Dealing with other people's dogs is a lot like dealing with other people's kids, as we learn in this segment. Sara talks about socialization and what behaviors your pooch should avoid at the dog park. Check out Sara's work: https://clickpawsitivedogtraining.com/
Should you purchase a pet that's full-grown, or raise it as a baby? What if you have a baby of your own? Rick Preuss and Katie Ramp weigh in on some important considerations in this week's bite-sized extra. Enjoy!
We're goin' behind the scenes this week! Preuss Pets team members Astral Slenk and Katie Ramp join the show to talk all about fun-sized pets and how they're bred. Are you looking for a fish, gerbil or chinchilla to join your family? Join our conversation with the experts before you buy at the timecodes below. 0:00 - Rick Preuss introduces us to the wide world of fish & small animals at Preuss Pets. 5:53: Preuss Pets' Assistant Fish Breeder Astral Slenk takes us through the undersea world of creating fish for your aquarium! 23:25: The tour of Preuss Pets continues with Breeding Room Coordinator Katie Ramp, who breeds all the cute furry creatures you'll find at Preuss! 35:10: Do small animals and small humans mix well? Katie talks all about bringing a pet into a house with children, and some important details to consider before you buy. Check out Preuss here: https://www.preusspets.com/
Hey there! Welcome to the very first Podcast Extra! If you liked Saturday's conversation with Dagny Kaspar, dog trainer with Annabelle's Pet Station & owner of Pals Canine Academy, you're gonna love this bite-sized web exclusive. Lee and Dagny both share examples of IMPROPER dog training that are all too common. Check out Dagny's classes here: https://palscanineacademy.com & here: https://www.coolcitydogs.com/
You'll want to bring a pen and something to write on before starting this episode, because Owner of Pals Canine Academy and Dog Trainer at Annabelle's Pet Station Dagny Kaspar drops some serious knowledge on dog training this week. From positive reinforcement to proper socialization to the finer points of using a leash, there's something for every dog owner in this episode. Timecodes ahoy: 0:00 - Rick Preuss talks the mask policy at Preuss Pets. 6:44 - Meet Dagny! She talks proper exercise, dog park etiquette and socializing your puppy. 23:29 - Dagny talks about the importance of positive, reward-based dog training, and what you should NEVER do when using a leash. 37:54 - Setting your expectations for dog training & training your dog in class vs. at home. Check out Dagny's classes here: https://palscanineacademy.com & here: https://www.coolcitydogs.com/
The boys are back! This week, they're answering all your questions about ponds, water gardens, and the fish therin. Our resident pet expert Rick Preuss talks options available from Preuss Pets, while Annie Dowd from Blue Thumb in Saginaw joins the show to talk custom water features for your backyard. Join us in the deep end with these nifty timecodes: 0:00 - intro. 8:21 - Annie Dowd dives into water feature options and talks installation. 24:30 - Annie and the experts talk about the wonderful benefits of bringing a water feature to your backyard. 39:19 - Rick Preuss talks about Preuss Pets' dedication to creating - and maintaining - healthy ponds and water gardens. Learn more about Blue Thumb: https://bluethumbponds.com/ - and check out Preuss Pets: https://www.preusspets.com/
This week, Rick and Lee take a detour to Potter Park Zoo and talk about the wonderful opportunities for family fun this summer. The guys chat with Potter Park's Education Curator Dennis Ladler and Community Engagement & Inclusion Specialist Mariah Martinez. Start your safari with the following timecodes: 0:00 - Intro. 6:35 - Dennis Ladler talks volunteering, education and engagement at Potter Park Zoo. 24:30 - Dennis talks about Zoo Nights, The Falconer Program, and more coming up this summer! 37:10 - Mariah Martinez tells us more about The Falconer Program and education at Potter Park.
Check out Potter Park Zoo: https://potterparkzoo.org/
Did you hear that? It's a brand new podcast from the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show! This week, Rick and Lee talk with Jim McGrath, owner of Nature Discovery in Williamston. Jim gives us a wonderful tour through the natural sounds of Michigan, and answers burning questions about springtime in the mitten. Discovery awaits! Timecodes here: 0:00 - Intro. 9:17 - Jim gives us a birds eye view of frogs, toads and other critters. 24:32 - Jim identifies some familiar sounds and talks more about Michigan's quirky ecosystems. 37:25 - IT GETS WEIRD. Jim identifies some... unusual Michigan sounds as the tour concludes. We think this Jim McGrath guy is pretty cool. Check out his work: http://naturediscovery.net
Surprise! It's one ginormous podcast all about your pets!
This week, Rick and Lee venture into the world of emergency vet care with Dr. Laurie Nelms, owner of Greater Lansing Veterinary Center in Williamston. If your pet needs help, day or night, GLVC offers 24/7 emergency services. Did you know Dr. Nelms works 36 hour shifts? She's our kind of crazy, and she has all the info you need on emergency vet care.
We then head right next door to Mid-Michigan Veterinary Cardiology with first-time guest Dr. Christian Weder. Dr. Weder offers some surprising answers to questions about heart health for our pets. Timecodes below!
0:00 - Intro
6:38 - Dr. Laurie Nelms covers emergency services at GLVC
24:30 - Dr. Christian Weder with the birds eye view of heart health for pets
38:10 - Dr. Christian Weder on blood pressure, diet and testing options for pets
Check out our guests below!
Dr. Laurie Nelms: https://glvetcenter.com/about/our-doctors/
Dr. Christian Weder: https://midmichiganvetcardiology.com/our-team/
It's kitten season! Got animal adoption on the brain? Capital Area Humane Society President Julia Palmer-Willson joins Rick and Lee with the latest on adopting/surrendering pets in your community.
Support your local humane society: https://www.cahs-lansing.org/support/donate/
Rick and Lee prepare to interview Cat Behavior Expert and Author of Psycho Kitty Pam Johnson-Bennett! She's one of the few people who can explain why your cats run around the kitchen at 3 am. Tune in!
Learn more about Pam!