Dr. Laria Herod is a full-time veterinarian and the content creator behind Squally Muffin, a lifestyle brand with an emphasis on human and pet parenting. She shares engaging content on several social media platforms with the help of her doting husband, their adorable daughters, adopted family dog, and chatty cat. After completing her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee, Laria left her home state to enjoy 300+ days of summer in the greater Phoenix area.


  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2016 - 2020
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Sciences
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • 2012 - 2017


Dr. Laria Herod is Small Animal General Practice Associate Veterinarian at Banfield Pet Hospital in Queen Creek, Arizona. She began her journey as a blogger turned influencer turned content creator while in veterinary school. When she is not creating new memories with her family, she likes to fill in at various veterinary hospitals across the greater Phoenix area to help with the great veterinary shortage.


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    14 Herbs Safe for Cats — and 9 To Avoid

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    How to travel with a cat: Don't. But if you must, find out some important travel facts from Dr. Justine Lee before...
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    To avoid being attacked by predators, ancestral cats had to cover up their tracks. Using a litter box is instinctual...
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    A cat sleeping in the litter box can be a serious health issue or stem from pregnancy, anxiety, and territorial guarding...
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    Find out which cats are prone to skin cancer, including indoor-only cats, and symptoms to watch for...
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    How To Stop a Cat From Peeing Everywhere in the House

    Learn the difference between peeing and spraying, and get tips on how to stop your cat from peeing in the house...
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    Why Is My Cat Peeing Outside the Litter Box?

    From a dirty litter box to medical issues, our vet explains the top reasons why cats miss the mark...
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    How often to change cat litter depends on how many cats you have, the type of litter you use, and more...
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