DogCast Radio
Home Episodes Articles Blog Breed profiles Book reviews Photos Contact

Episode 77 - Spending less at the veterinarian and Walking Ollie

77_DogCast_Radio.mp3

Released Sat November 22, 2008
Length: 1:02:59
Download MP3 (28.8MB)
(To save MP3 file, right click and select 'Save Target As')

Spending less at the veterinarian

The better care you take of your dog, probably the less it’s going to be seen by the veterinarian, so I preach prevention to all my clients.

 - Paula Terrifaj

With the credit crunch making us all look for ways to economise, we have timely money saving advice from Dr. Paula Terrifaj.

Paula talks about how you can spend less at the veterinarian's surgery without compromising your dog's health. Who knows that better than a veterinarian herself? Find out when to go to the veterinarian and when to wait, where to buy medicines from, and how to find a great value veterinarian.

Is it really necessary to have an annual health check? What treatment is essential, for example do our dogs really need all those vaccinations?

So to make sure you keep your dog healthy without wasting money, take Paula's advice.

Paula has a website packed with more vital information to help dog owners make the right decisions for them and their dog.



Walking Ollie author Stephen Foster

You become a dog owner is what happens to you, and then you cease to care about your appearance.

 - Stephen Foster

When Stephen Foster and his partner adopted rescue dog Ollie, it was the start of a very difficult relationship for Stephen.

Ollie had been found living wild in Thetford Forest, and was according to Stephen, thin but beautiful. It wasn't the immediate happy ending they had hoped for though, as Ollie became frightened of Stephen, and it was a long struggle to achieve harmony.

The experience inspired Stephen to write Walking Ollie, a book that dog owners will identify with and understand. Told with humour, the story is honest and moving.

Later puppy Saluki Dylan joined the family, and another book was inspired - Along Came Dylan. So did Stephen's persistence pay off? Did Ollie eventually bond with the owner who loved him? Hear Stephen answer these questions.

To keep up to date with Stephen Foster, Ollie and Dylan, visit Stephen's blog.



News and other items

In the DogCast Radio News, Kate and Nick bring you the latest happenings in the dog world.

If you'd like to find out more about the fascinating statistics contained in the American Veterinary Medical Association's U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook mentioned in the news, visit the AVMA website.

Host Julie talks about walking Buddy in the damp chill English autumn weather, and the nature of happiness, in Walk the Walk.

Comments

Sharing

242 - Woof and Brew

You can share a cuppa with your canine and keep your dog happy and healthy thanks to Woof & Brew. Treat your dog to a Christmas treat or an everyday tonic. Co-founder Steve Bennett talks about his inspiration and his love for his rescue dogs. Steve also runs Dog Friendly, helping dog owners to find genuinely dog friendly venues in the UK.

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.