- Not a substitute for professional veterinary help.
A New Jersey veterinarian is using his skill, wit, and big sense of humor to bring valuable tips and pet health hacks to pet parents.
Dr. Adam Christman has been in private practice and shelter medicine for 18 years and is the chief veterinary officer for dvm360, a veterinary media company. He also hosts dvm360 Live!, a web-based talk show for veterinary professionals.
Every day for two years he’s posted video on TikTok to engage with and educate pet owners.
“When COVID 19 hit, our veterinary profession became hammered with both the disease and also an uptake in pet adoption,” he said. “I started [my] TikTok to truly help pet parents level up.”
Christman said he wanted to help put pet parents’ minds at ease, as well as provide information to empower them in their decision-making process with their personal veterinarian.
His videos range from the serious “You do not want your dogs to die from this” to an amusing “Top 5 most ‘aggressive’ dog breeds 2022.”
Christman’s videos have been a big hit, with 21.6 million likes and 832,000 followers and counting.
He frequently creates videos in response to questions from his followers. Here are some of his most popular.
An Ingenious Summertime Hack
Here, racking up over 2 million views, Dr. Christman explains how to keep ants out of your dog’s outside water bowl. Genius!
@dr.adamchristman52 Backyard pet tips! #petsontiktok #backyardtips #vetsoftiktok #petparents #dogtok #newjersey ♬ Love You So – The King Khan & BBQ Show
How to Stop Your Dog’s Reverse Sneeze
Reverse sneezing, technically called paroxysmal respiration, is fairly common. A trip to the vet isn’t necessary, but a reverse sneezing spasm can last between several seconds to a minute and it can be scary for pet parents.
@dr.adamchristman52 How to stop a reverse sneeze in dogs. #reversesneeze #vetsoftiktok #dogtok #doghealthtips #doghealth #veterinarian ♬ Monkeys Spinning Monkeys – Kevin MacLeod & Kevin The Monkey
Choking in Dogs
This video with a life-saving demonstration of how to get a ball out of a choking dog’s mouth has racked up more than a million views and thousands of comments from grateful dog owners.
@dr.adamchristman52 How to get a ball out of a choking dog. #doghealth #vetsoftiktok #dogtok #tiktokdogs #dogsoftiktok #dogparents ♬ Helikopter – Fazlija
3 Tips for All Puppy Parents
Three simple things you can do help your new pup get used to being handled.
@dr.adamchristman52 3 Easy Tips For All Puppy Parents! #puppytips #puppytok #vetsoftiktok #puppyhealth #pitbullpuppy #puppies ♬ FEEL THE GROOVE – Queens Road, Fabian Graetz
#1 Spot to Massage Your Dog
This video is not only educational, it’s simply adorable. Dr. Christman demonstrates how to massage your dog and hit that “sweet spot.”
@dr.adamchristman52 #1 Spot to Massage Your Dog! #dogmassage #dogmassagetherapy #dogparents #vetsoftiktok #petsontiktok #dogsoftiktok #dachshundsoftiktok #dachshunds ♬ Only Time – Enya
Do You Have an Emergency Kit for Your Pets?
No matter where you live, it’s important to prepare an emergency kit for your pets in case you need to quickly evacuate. Dr. Christman offers some tips.
@dr.adamchristman52 Do you have an emergency kit for your pets? What you need to know! #petparents #tiktokdogs #tiktokcats #tiktokvets #pets #HillsPartner @hillspet #k9 ♬ Curiosity – Danilo Stankovic
Does Your Dog Eat Too Fast?
Dr. Christman offers a simple hack to get your dog to slow down when they eat. Some people report their dog figures out a way around the trick, but others say it works great!
@dr.adamchristman52 Does your dog eat too fast? #pethack #petparents #dogsontiktok #vetsoftiktok #dachshundsoftiktok #petsontiktok #dogparents #doghacks #furbaby #dogs #4 ♬ Castaways – The Backyardigans
The Doc Is Dog Dad to Four Doxies
When Dr. Christman isn’t working at his practice or making hilarious TikTok videos, the veterinarian is dad to four Dachshunds, Chelsea, Connor, Carl, and Clark W. Griswold.
“Each Dachshund fills each chamber to my heart,” he said.
Dr. Christman co-authored “Honey, Have You Squeezed the Dachshund? A Pet Owner’s Guide for Owners Who Are Terrified of IVDD”—a how-to book on making decisions and managing home care if your Doxie is diagnosed with disc disease.
Some of his most delightful videos are of his playful Doxies. Lucky for those special dogs their dad is as knowledgable about their health and happiness as he is caring and fun-loving.
@dr.adamchristman52 Look what Clark took down the ramp! #dachundlife #dachshundsoftiktok #petsontiktok #vetsoftiktok #dogsoftiktok #doxiesoftiktok #dachshunds #dogparents ♬ Monkeys Spinning Monkeys – Kevin MacLeod & Kevin The Monkey
@dr.adamchristman52 Dachshund Snow Day! #daschundthroughthesnow #snowday #dachshundsoftiktok #dogtok #vetsoftiktok #racetrack #dachshundlife #dogdadsoftiktok #newjersey #doxiesoftiktok #dachshundsarethebest ♬ Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) – Edison Lighthouse