Purring Medicine Podcast Series

Brought to you by Merck

Sponsored by : Merck - Animal Health

These podcasts, featuring Susan E. Little, DVM, PhD, DACVM-Parasit. and Margie Scherk, DVM, DABVP, highlight feline medicine, from tick-borne disease to stress. For more information on each episode, please see the descriptions listed below the podcast player.


Episode 1 - Ticks on Cats
This session, featuring Susan E. Little, DVM, PhD, DACVM-Parasit., provides an overview of the common ticks seen on cats in different regions of North America; describes risk factors for tick infestations on cats, including lifestyle and seasonality; and provides strategies to control feline tick infestations.

Episode 2 - Tick-borne Disease of Cats
In this podcast, Susan E. Little, DVM, PhD, DACVM-Parasit. covers the most important tick-borne infections in cats – feline cytauxoonosis in the southern US and anaplasmosis in the northern US and along the West Coast. Strategies to prevent and treat tick-borne infections in cats will also be described.

Episode 3 - Think Like a Cat – Why Cats Get Stressed
What is the essence of being a cat? Why do they react the way they do? In this podcast, Margie Scherk, DVM, DABVP helps us look at the basic inherent need for self-defense in this small predator and how that translates into how they behave.

Episode 4 - How to Reduce Stress in the Clinic
In this segment, featuring Margie Scherk, DVM, DABVP, we will look at some of the things in the clinic that elicit the fear response and how to reduce those triggers. These inputs include smells, sounds, sights, sensations and tastes. Learn how to identify and reduce these stimuli and how to approach and handle these frightened, reactive individuals through empathic caring, rather than through “processing” our patients.

Created and produced by VetFolio with educational funding provided by Merck.