BARK Podcasts

Banfield podcasts share the latest in research findings and best practices on a variety of relevant pet care issues, based on our BARK white papers.

Fleas

According to Banfield data, the prevalence of fleas is the highest of all external parasites. Prevalence increases through spring and summer before peaking in early fall and decreasing in winter. The Southwest region has the highest prevalence of fleas for dogs, while the Northwest region has the highest prevalence for cats. In this podcast, the Banfield Pet Hospital's Applied Research and Knowledge team discusses prevalence, life cycle, risk factors, clinical signs and methods of treatment and prevention.

Ticks

The prevalence of ticks varies depending upon geographic location, with the Southeast region having the highest prevalence of ticks affecting dogs and the Northeast having the highest prevalence of ticks affecting cats, according to Banfield Pet Hospital's Applied Research and Knowledge data. Effective tick control depends on knowledge of the ticks present in the local area, regular monitoring for ticks if the location or activities increase risk of infestation, and proactive use of preventive strategies, such as environmental control and application of chemical preventives. In this podcast, we'll talk about tick prevalence, life cycle, risk factors, clinical signs and methods of treatment and prevention.

Heartworm

Heartworm disease is a serious but preventable condition that is potentially fatal and capable of causing permanent damage to the heart and lungs before a pet shows any signs of disease. Heartworm disease is most prevalent in the South, where up to 10 percent of dogs are infected by the disease in some states. Data from Banfield's electronic medical records show that dogs are testing positive for heartworm in every state where Banfield has a hospital. In this podcast episode, the BARK team discusses causes, where it is found, how it is transmitted, clinical signs and treatment and prevention.

Probiotics

The jury is still out on whether probiotics have any effect—good or bad—on the health of cats and dogs. In this podcast episode, the BARK team delivers evidence that suggests the benefits of probiotics look promising, but more research is needed to ensure they're safe and effective.

Feline Chronic Kidney Disease

Also known as chronic renal failure, chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common cause of illness and death among aging cats. In this podcast episode, the BARK team presents the epidemiology of feline CKD and suggests that cats need to be screened regularly for kidney disease.