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DOG TALK, Oct. 5, 2012

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This week on Tracie Hotchner’s weekly DOG TALK® radio show and podcast:

A whole show devoted to a conversation about some thorny moral issues that confront the veterinary community, including the selling of profit-generating products to clients. Dr. Philip Padrid, the Official veterinarian of DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!), spends the whole hour with Tracie having a philosophical discussion about the politics of the veterinary profession and what the economics are that influence decisions about how vet care is administered and how people are told to feed their pets.

  • The first issue they discuss is a comparison of animal medicine and human medicine and whether there are ethical conflicts when a veterinarian can prescribe and sell medications — which is not allowed in human medicine. Does a profit motive affect medical decisions?
  • The next issue they talk about is the influence of the pet food industry (beginning in vet school) on the perception and attitudes veterinarians have about the bagged food made by pet food companies; they discuss how common sense and even a scientific understanding of feline and canine digestion may be compromised by a core belief in adherence to kibbled pet food that is fostered in the veterinary sphere by the manufacturers of commercially made kibble.

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK

BEAMS  (Icelandic Catfish Skin Dog Chews from The Honest Kitchen)
I’ve been searching for a longer-lasting chew for my dogs that was tooth-safe (Scooby Doo had 3 prior cracked teeth from cow hooves that required major dental surgery), from a healthy source (we all know how dangerous the chicken jerky and other products have been coming out of China) and satisfying to my pooches. The Honest Kitchen has created a delight for dogs to chew on — but it should come with a warning about intoxication! My dogs are stamping their big paws, wanting to know where I am hiding the BEAMS and why they cannot have more, more, more! Read my full blog review of Beams here: http://www.traciehotchner.com/blog/1270/beams-dog-chews-are-intoxicating/

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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Paris Permenter is an award-winning author of over 30 pet and travel books. Along with her husband, John Bigley, Paris is the founder and publisher of CatTipper and DogTipper.