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DOG TALK, March 3, 2012

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This week’s on Tracie Hotchner’s DOG TALK®:

  • Dr. Donna Spector (board certified veterinary internist, Official Second Opinion Vet of the show, Veterinary Nutrition Consultant) talks about geriatric nutrition: the need for quality ingredients and protein for senior pets as digestion becomes less efficient with age and the value of supplements for seniors, like omega-3 fatty acids (Tracie gives Nordic Naturals fish oil daily) and joint supplements (Tracie has used Platinum Performance for dogs and cats for decades). Dr. Donna explains prebiotics and probiotics (Tracie has started using Equine Platinum Gastric Support for Teddy who has tummy troubles) and pancreatitis and how difficult it is to diagnose and manage.
  • Dr. Annie Forslund, the home euthanasia specialist, talks about dog and cat corpses winding up in pet food! She explains how pets bodies are disposed of after death and wind up even with collars and tags along with “road kill” and sick cattle in rendering plants that supply dry pet foods that use rendered “meat” http://www.realfoods.net/renderingplant.html.
  • Tracie talks about the New York Times letter to the editor from 250 human physicians confirming Tracie’s advice to “pet chefs” that carbohydrates and protein metabolize differently (http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/response-to-nytimes-the-fat-trap/) and carbs are what make our pets fat, and another article about a woman who professionally wrangles cats in New York City, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/18/nyregion/jordana-serebreniks-unusual-vocation-cat-catcher.html

DOG TALK® airs Saturdays on NPR on Saturdays at 11 AM in Southampton NY and LIVE at 1 PM Sundays on Robinhood radio in the Berkshires. It is also available by podcast anytime.

About Tracie Hotchner

This is one of two radio shows by pet author and canine nutrition expert Tracie Hotchner, who also hosts CAT CHAT® every Wednesday on Martha Stewart Living Radio on Sirius/XM Satellite. Tracie Hotchner is the author of The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and The Cat Bible: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know.

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