Health & Genetics

172 – Veterinary Voice: Cruciate Ligaments

AVOID EXPENSIVE, PAINFUL CRUCIATE LIGAMENT RUPTURE Early spay/neuter is one of the primary indicators of a potential for a “blown knee” in our dogs, according to Dr. Marty Greer, DVM. The cruciate ligaments in the stifle joint of the dog serve as a hinge when working properly. When these ligaments are stretched, frayed or torn,…


164 – Busting the Genetic Testing Myths: Dr. Jerold Bell

Dr. Jerold Bell has some serious myth busting going on in this discussion that I think our listeners are going to enjoy. First of all, mixed breeds are not healthier than purebred dogs. “The most frequent genetic disorders that we see in practice are seen equally between purebreds and mixed breeds,” Bell said.

Cannabis for Dogs?

163 – Cannabis for Dogs?|Kari Taylor and Alternative Therapies

Cannabinoid compounds as alternative therapy for dogs is a growing area of interest. Kari Taylor talks with us today about exactly what medical marijuana and cannabinoids are, how they can help our dogs and answers the legal and safety questions many pet owners have.


162 – Veterinary Voice: Health Testing 101 with Dr. Marty Greer

Dr. Marty Greer, DVM, JD talks on Veterinary Voice about health testing for our breeding programs. Using testing to improve our dogs’ overall health involves looking at both “phenotype” — diseases we can test for with xrays, blood or other physical exam — and “genotype” — those diseases identified by DNA testing.

Dr. Karen Overall

160 – Dr. Karen Overall: Temperament vs Genetics

Dr. Karen Overall, Senior Research scientist at the University of Pennsylvania on how temperament in purebred dogs plays a vital part in how the dogs fit into their families and society. Along with that comes the inevitable nature vs nurture argument. In other words, does separation anxiety, for example, have a genetic basis or is it caused by well-intentioned but misguided owners.


154 – Veterinary Voice with Dr. Marty Greer|C-Section Decisions

In this month’s Veterinary Voice, Dr. Marty Greer guides dog breeders through the C Section process and when to make the C Section decision.

Otterhound in Agility

151- Otterhound Semen Bank|Saving Endangered Breeds|Joellen Gregory

The Otterhound Club of America Reproduction Bank was created to collect, store and distribute reproductive material from Otterhounds, an endangered breed with only 800 left. Joellen Gregory, DVM talks about the semen bank formation and AKC registration.

Dawn of the Dawn - Photo by Lynn Jackson

138 – Dawn of the Dog|Jan Koler-Matznick

What if dogs are really kissing cousins to wolves, not direct descendants? Dawn of the Dog author Jan Koler-Matznick reveals new research or origins of dogs


130 – Canine Care Certified|Candace Croney PhD

Candace Croney is a very accomplished scientist who teaches on ethics and animals welfare at Purdue University. So when a representative from the Indiana commercial dog breeders reached out asking for her help to develop better standards of care for their dogs, she was understandably leery.

Canine Herpes - Dr. Jean Dodds

127 – Canine Herpes and Puppy Fatalities|Dr. Jean Dodds

Canine Herpes can potentially be in 70% of our dogs and cause puppy fatalities. Listen to Dr. Jean Dodds on Pure Dog Talk talk about detection, prevention, and actions for Canine Herpes.