Get Your Cat’s Consent Before Petting

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (03-29-2023) #0137: Does your cat really want to be stroked? And if so, where on their body? In what way? And for how long? Zazie Todd, author of “PURR: the Science of Making Your Cat Happy” explains why touching your cat should not be your decision […]

Your Pet’s Wellness Starts in Their Mouth

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-27-2023) #823C: Dr. Emily Stein is a microbiologist — her “patients” are microbes, which live in our mouths and guts and “make the world go around.” She created TEEF — a water additive for pets because overall health starts in the mouth — which won the best new product award […]

Compassion Please for Shelter Workers and Volunteers

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-27-2023) #823B: Victoria Wells spent decades working in animal shelters, especially as a dog trainer for years at the ASPCA in NYC. She asks the question: Who should be responsible for lifting the burden of emotional trauma from people doing the hard work in shelters? MP3 Audio [17 MB]DownloadShow URL

Basepaws Wants to Use Cat DNA to Improve Their Health

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-27-2023) #823A: Dr. Ernie Ward sings the praises of the DNA test Basepaws — what it means for cats now, and how in the near future it will be able to identify genetic markers for disease and improve feline health long term.   MP3 Audio [18 MB]DownloadShow URL

Are Cat Cafes Actually Good for Cats?

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (03-22-2023) #0136: Dr. Mikel discusses some of the management and feline health challenges facing people running cat cafes. She also discusses the sort of cats who can thrive in a cat cafe environment, those for whom it may not be good, and how to keep a […]

Wiggle-Butt Cuddle-Bug Ex-Puppy Mill Breeder

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-20-2023) #822C: At 76-years-old, Margaret in Virginia was mourning the death of her beloved companion Cocker Spaniel, Oliver. Then her nephew Matt Cox (yes, Peter Pan’s Search & Rescue handler, who I interviewed about his trip to Turkey after the earthquake) told her that the local Oldies But Goodies Cocker […]

Helping the Homeless Even Before She Became a Vet

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-20-2023) #822B: As a young student, Kristin Schmidt used to bring food to people living in Philadelphia alleyways. So it was only natural that once she became a veterinarian in Georgia, Dr. Kristin would minister to the needs of the pets of the unhomed population as a Project Street Vet […]

How a Vet in Crisis Was Saved by the Homeless & Their Pets

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-20-2023) #822A: Dr Kwane Stewart created Project Street Vet [eventually backed by Fetch by the Dodo] when he was at a personal low, euthanizing dozens of pets every day at a municipal shelter. Now he tends to the needs of the people living on the streets in Los Angeles — […]

Does Your Cat Know What You’re Saying?

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (03-15-2023) #0135: Ever wonder if your cat is listening to you? Mikel Maria Delgado talks about a study done in Paris, France looking at whether a cat’s pet parent’s voice means something to them. It does! Cats do recognize and respond to the voice of their […]

Veterinarian to Those That Slither & Fly

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-13-2023) #821B: Dr. Doug Mader wrote the surprising story of how he started out as a vet by opening a clinic in a dodgy neighborhood in “The Vet at Noah’s Ark: Stories of Survival from an Inner-City Animal Hospital” — as an exotic pet specialist, with the rollicking tales of […]