Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) originated on the only NPR station on Long Island, Peconic Public Broadcasting WPPB 88.3 FM in the Hamptons, where it has been on the air for 13 years and over 650 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 and Radio Cobleskill WCSQ-LP 105.9 FM in Cobleskill, New York. NPR Logo

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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.