Podcast Episode 202: The Senior Dog Doc, Dr. Monica Tarantino, DVM

On this episode I’m excited to share a conversation with veterinarian Dr. Monica Tarantino. She’s made it her mission to focus on senior dogs and how pet parents can give their seniors the best life possible. She talked to me about the unique challenges and perks of senior dogs and shared 3 things that she wishes every senior pet parent knew.

Dr. Tarantino also talked to me about her new online course geared toward senior pet parents. The course is a comprehensive guide to everything someone might want to know about their senior dog and covers a lot of the questions she gets from clients in the exam room. That course is co-created with another vet we love… Dr. Lisa Lippman (who you can get to know on Episode 162).

I also wanted to ask Dr. Tarantino about stress management advice for people in the pet industry. There are a lot of demands on people who work with pets. My biggest takeaway from her advice was that you’re not alone! That person who you think has it all together, they’re probably stressed out too! So don’t strive to be perfect, just strive to be the best (well rested) version of you.

Helping Senior Dogs Thrive with Expert Veterinary Advice

Dr. Monica Tarantino is a veterinarian from Charlotte, NC that has a particular focus on Senior and geriatric dogs. She is founder of the Senior Dog Revolution podcast and creator of the Senior Dog THRIVE course for pet parents of Senior dogs. She also co-authored a book to help up and coming veterinarians succeed in practice. She does all this while practicing full time as a vet. You can find her on Instagram at @seniordogdoc

Overview of this Episode:

  • Why Monica chose to specialize in senior dog care
  • 3 things that every senior pet parent should know
  • How to identify and manage ailments in older dogs
  • Advice for dealing with the stress in the pet care industry
  • Managing compassion fatigue through self leadership


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