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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Correlation between “grain free” dog foods and heart condition?

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-11-2018) #583: Featuring Dr Ryan Yamka, Anthony Hutcherson, and Jim Kutsch. Dr Ryan Yamka, board certified veterinary nutritionist, talks about the shocking news — per the FDA — of a study from UC Davis veterinary school showing a correlation between “grain free” super premium dry dog foods with peas, lentils, chickpeas and other carbohydrates and a heart condition in dogs, as relayed in the New York Times [nytimes.com/2018/07/24/health/grain-free-dog-food-heart-disease.html?emc=edit_th_180726&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=677335610726]; Anthony Hutcherson has been breeding stunningly beautiful Bengal cats that have the wild blood of the Asian leopard cat and recommends that if you want a Bengal kitty that you visit www.Tica.org to be discerning in choosing a breeder; Jim Kutsch, President and CEO of The Seeing Eye, talks about their Guide Dog at Work campaign [GuideDogAtWork.org] with a brief educational video to educate dog owners about how to respect the safety and concentration of guide dogs from the distraction and the very real danger of people’s pet dogs on or off the leash.