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Episode 77 - Spending less at the veterinarian and Walking Ollie


Released Sat November 22, 2008
Length: 1:02:59
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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.


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