When Your Pet Needs the ER with Dr. Lynda Loudon

On this episode of Your Natural Dog with Angela Ardolino, we’re joined by Dr. Lynda Loudon, an emergency veterinarian with over two decades of experience and a holistic approach to pet care, coupled with a strong commitment to education. Dr. Loudon joins Angela to address a common question from pet parents, when should you take your dog to the ER, and when can you provide aid at home? They explore common causes of emergency room visits, including issues like diarrhea, gut health, and situations where dogs may ingest toxic substances such as chocolate, grapes, or even your own stash of edibles. Together they also discuss the over-prescription of medications, including antibiotics, steroids, and NSAIDs, and how to ask your veterinarian important questions. Tune in for a comprehensive discussion that’s both informative and empowering for responsible pet care!

Episode Recap: 

  • Preventing and Treating Diarrhea at Home
  • Over-prescribing dogs with antibiotics like Metronidazole for diarrhea
  • Why you shouldn’t use FortiFlora
  • Overuse of Steroids & NSAIDs in pets
  • When pet parents want a quick fix 
  • Having the right tools at home, like CBD
  • Conventional Vets taught to prescribe first
  • Asking your veterinarian questions
  • Angela’s journey with her dog Lucy
  • Veterinarians aren’t taught about everything
  • The need for veterinary education on diet & nutrition
  • Questions for Dr. Lynda Loudon on when to go to the ER
  • What if my dog eats grapes? Can I induce vomiting at home?
  • Eating chocolate? Eating butter?
  • What if my dog gets into my marijuana stash?

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About Angela Ardolino

angela ardolino your natural dog podcast cbd dog health mycodog pet health expert holistic Angela Ardolino is a holistic pet expert and educator who has been caring for animals for over 20 years. Angela owns and operates Fire Flake Farm, an animal rescue. She’s also the founder and formulator of CBD Dog Health, which offers high quality, all-natural cannabis health and wellness products for pets; and MycoDog, which creates and produces high-quality medicinal mushroom and adaptogen tinctures specifically for pets.

Accordingly, she has used CBD Dog Health’s CBD for Dogs, and now MycoDog mushrooms for dogs, on all her pets at her rescue farm every day since 2016. Angela’s pack includes rescues Jolene, Maza and Rhemi. In addition, she has 4-10 more any time she is fostering or boarding. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and the Veterinary Cannabis Association. In fact, Angela has educated hundreds of medical doctors and veterinarians on the therapeutic uses of medical cannabis on animals.

Dr. Lynda Loudon Emergency Vet When your pet needs the ER

About Dr. Lynda Loudon

Dr. Lynda Loudon, acclaimed emergency veterinarian, blogger, and speaker from Long Island, NY, champions canine well-being through her holistic approach to veterinary care, passion for education, and tireless advocacy. With over two decades of ER experience, she founded The Dog Mom Society, an online community empowering guardians with knowledge to make vital decisions regarding their dog’s health and well-being.

As owner of Peaceful Transitions, a home euthanasia service, and founder of Healing Haven Animal Foundation, a non-profit supporting animal urgent care, Dr. Loudon diligently works to elevate canine health standards by addressing nutrition, vaccination practices, and environmental factors.