Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

NPR LogoDOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) originated on the only NPR station on Long Island, WLIW-88.3, where it has been on the air for 13 years and over 675 consecutive shows.  This Gracie® Award-winning show (for “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio”), is produced and hosted by pet wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner. Each show features Tracie’s interviews with authors and pet experts from around the world, discussing far-ranging topics involving practical and philosophical issues regarding our relationships with dogs and cats. The show broadcasts from the East End and reaches all across Long Island, into Southern Connecticut and Westchester. It is also carried on the NPR stations WHDD 91.9 FM "Robinhood Radio" in Sharon, Connecticut. The show's theme song is "Mmm My Best Friend" by Sophie B. Hawkins from her album TIMBRE. WLIW FM88.3 Logo

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Advice for Slimming Down a Fat or Obese Dog

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-06-2020) #691: Featuring Dr. RuthAnn Lobos and Trevor Jones. A Fat Dog is a Diseased Dog! Dr. RuthAnn Lobos — a competitive athlete herself and lead veterinarian at Merrick Pet Care — discusses with Tracie the American Veterinary Medical Association’s designation of obesity as a disease. Tracie is worried about her neighbor’s newly-adopted, re-homed Golden Retriever, Barry, who is obese at upwards of 20 lbs overweight. His aging blind previous owner free-fed him supermarket quality kibble and chocolate chip cookies as “snacks” with little exercise. Dr. RuthAnn explains the harm of fat (in dogs or humans) and how it “sends angry tweets of inflammation throughout the body.” She gives suggestions on how to slim down a fat, or very fat, dog; Trevor Jones talks about his children’s book MAJOR: A SOLDIER DOG, which is about the WWII Nebraska War Dog Program, seen from the point of view of the young boy’s pet dog who is sent to war.