This week on Tracie Hotchner’s weekly DOG TALK® radio show and podcast:
- Award-winning journalist PALLAVI AIYAR calls from Jakarta where she now lives to talk about her charming book, CHINESE WHISKERS, which is told through the viewpoint of two cats in Beijing as they deal with real-life events like the Olympic Games, the SARS virus, and the tainted pet-food scandal.
- Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN is a Professor of Medicine and Nutrition and has the Acree Endowed Chair of Small Animal Research at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the College of Veterinary Medicine at The University of Tennessee, and is a leading authority on omega-3 fatty acids which he discusses, emphasizing the vital importance of daily supplementation with the appropriate serving of high quality fish oil like Nordic Naturals — for both pets and people.
FEATURE OF THE WEEK
- VACCICHECK VacciCheck is a 3 in 1 blood titer test for the antibody levels to the 3 core canine vaccines: Parvoviris (CPV), Distemper (CDV) and Infectious Hepatitis (CAV2). Your vet can do the test right in her office and you get the results while you wait — to find out if your dog has sufficient antibody levels to any one of these three deadly CORE diseases. Vaccicheck lets you avoid unnecessary re-vaccination for adult dogs or lets you know which specific protection he may be lacking. It is also valuable to use it to confirm the success or failure of puppy shots, since those protective immunizations are not guaranteed to be 100% effective. Vaccicheck is used in shelters to isolate protected animals from others in the case of disease outbreak. Every pet owner should insist on a Vaccicheck test instead of automatically vaccinating to prevent the harmful and often fatal side-effects of over-vaccination. VacciCheck is a new test so you may have to ask your vet to get it before your dog’s check up. VacciCheck for cats is expected later this Spring!
This is one of several radio shows by pet author and canine nutrition expert and Radio Pet Lady Tracie Hotchner. Visit TracieHotchner.com for information on listening to the show and previous broadcasts via podcast. 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.