Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

NPR LogoDOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) originated on the only NPR station on Long Island, WLIW-88.3, where it has been on the air for 13 years and numerous 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. The show's theme song is "Mmm My Best Friend" by Sophie B. Hawkins from her album TIMBRE. Podcast also available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Amazon podcasts, and Audible. WLIW FM88.3 Logo

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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.