Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

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. This Gracie® Award-winning show, produced and hosted by pet wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner, has been broadcasting for 13 years with more than 620 consecutive shows from its originating NPR station Peconic Public Broadcasting – WPPB 88.3 FM – 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: WHDD Robinhood Radio 91.9 FM, Sharon, Connecticut WCSQ-LP Radio Cobleskill 105.9 FM Cobleskill, New York Global Community Radio WRAQ 92.7 FM Angelica, New York KIEZ 106.7 FM Monroe, Louisiana KFZR 93.3 FM Frazier Park, California KLQS 96.7 FM Agua Dulce, California KAKU 88,5 FM Kahilui/Maui, Hawaii

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How Service Dogs Lower Levels of PTSD Symptomology

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-24-2018) #564: Pet radio star Steve Dale talks about being on the board of the WINN Feline Foundation — which for 50 years has funded research into cat health problems — and how they are now the national beneficiary of the NY Cat Film Festival as it travels the country; Dr. Phil Bushby (Marcia Lane Endowed Chair of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare, College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University) — who is a specialist in making a small incision for quicker healing when spaying young cats — talks about the “Feline Fix by Five Months” campaign which promotes the physical benefits of spaying/neutering cats before 5 months because kittens can get pregnant at 5 months and “kittens having kittens” is not a good scenario; Dr. Maggie O’Hare at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, the Center for the Human-Animal Bond, talks about a study underwritten by HABRI and Bayer Animal Health that used 141 participants from K9s for Warriors — that showed lower levels of PTSD symptomology (depression, anxiety) and increased social participation (willingness to leave their home and engage socially in various activities) in those who had service dogs.