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Episode 90 - Speaking For Spot and the Swedish Kennel Club


Released Sat July 11, 2009
Length: 1:11:27
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Speaking for Spot: Be the advocate your dog needs to live a happy healthy longer life

The goal of this is to teach people how to be stellar medical advocates, which means that they are making decision for their pets coming from an extremely informed position.

 - Nancy Kay

Nancy Kay is a veterinarian who can help you truly be your dog's best friend. She is the author of Speaking for Spot: Be the advocate your dog needs to live a happy healthy longer life.

In this interview she gives some great insights into how you can make informed decisions about your dog's health. When it comes to visiting the vet, do you know how to make the consultation as effective as possible? And would you like to know the secrets of being a popular customer? All through our dogs' lives we face difficult choices - when to spay or neuter, which treatment to choose, and that ultimate problem of when to let go?

Nancy shares her Ten Commandments of visiting the vet and explains the procedures that most of us probably didn't even know were available for dogs. All this dished up with a hearty helping of humour - so don't miss out, listen to Nancy's interview.

For more information you can visit Nancy's website and blog.

Swedish Kennel Club

I think we’re right to be held up & celebrated as a country that is working actively to support dog health and dog care.

 - Jon Buscall

In the UK the Swedish Kennel Club is often held up as a model of perfection, so when I interviewed Jon Buscall who breeds Basset Hounds in Sweden, I took the opportunity to pick his brains on the subject.

While Jon does not represent the Swedish Kennel Club in official capacity, he has plenty of experience of being a member, and of breeding dogs under its guidance. So just what is the SKC doing that's so good, and how are they working to improve and ensure dog health, and of all the things we are told about them what is myth and what is truth? - Jon has the answers, and you can hear them.

You can find information and advice at Jon's blog on his website, and you can contact him on Twitter. To find out more about the Swedish Kennel Club visit their website.

Buddy's Diary

Buddy has been somewhere exciting. He went to a huge dog party, and he tells all about it in Buddy's Diary. Buddy was at Crufts helping to promote the PDSA, and had a fantastic time - but how did he cope with all the attention, and what did he make of the press room?

Listen and find out.


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