Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

This Gracie® Award-winning show, produced and hosted by pet wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner, has been broadcasting for 11 years with more than 550 consecutive shows from the NPR station Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons, where it is heard from the East End all across Long Island, into Southern Connecticut and Westchester. It is also carried on the local public radio stations Robinhood Radio in the Berkshires and Radio Cobleskill in upstate New York. DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) features Tracie’s interviews with authors and pet experts from around the world, discussing far-ranging topics involving dogs and cats, many with dog health information, dog and puppy training advice, and help in living harmoniously with your cat.

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Avoiding Genetic Mutations in Dog Breeding

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-18-2017) #516: Dr. Angela Hughes, a canine geneticist at Mars Veterinary, talks about their Optimal Selection cheek swab test that identifies genetic mutations so that breeders can avoid breeding those dogs that are affected, while the test is also valuable to owners of purebred or mixed-breed dogs to learn whether they have the mutation or are carriers, which would be a yellow flag warning to be on the lookout for health issues; Dr. Michael Moyer, who owns the Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital in Bensalem, PA, responds to Tracie’s blog recommending caution about microchip reliability;  John Turner and his sons in New Zealand created a unique formula of omega-3 fish oil with their private company Moxxor Omega-3, and discusses attitudes to health and wellness in his native New Zealand.