Friday, March 11, 2011

Check Out Pettalk 360, An Awesome New Local Online Show

Two Markham residents have teamed up to host an online talk show that answers animal-related questions.
“We tackle issues that are edgy, that not everyone wants to talk about,” Markham veterinarian Cliff Redford said. The Pettalk 360 show, hosted by Dr. Redford and Aaron Thomas, launched in January. Dr. Redford has been a veterinarian in Markham for 11 years and Mr. Thomas has a broadcasting background. Both men are in their thirties.

The inaugural show featured an interview with Bob Barker, of the Price is Right fame, who discussed his animal activism. The online show is meant to tackle tough animal-related topics such the treatment of animals in circuses, the high cost of veterinarian fees and commercial versus organic dog food.  The show also aims to cover softer topics such as how to become a veterinarian and the perils of travelling with your pet.

A bylaw officer from Toronto Animal Services calls in every week to discuss each show’s topic as well as subjects in the news.  On a past show, she discussed a dog electrocuted in Toronto after a streetcar wire touched a metal pole and became energized. Dr. Redford and Mr. Thomas hosted a call-in show about pet-related issues on Rogers TV called Your Pet, Your Vet, for a season starting in September 2009.  They left the show and turned to the online broadcasting world because they wanted to branch out and reach a larger audience, Dr. Redford said.

The online show has already surpassed the number of viewers that tuned into their Rogers show, Dr. Redford said.  About 150,000 people tune in weekly, including listeners from Europe and Japan, he said. Pettalk360 will be producing a live show where show representatives will meet fans and answer questions at the Rogers Centre during the Argos’ Pet Day.  While the date has not yet been determined, fans will be able to bring their dogs to the game, Dr. Redford said.  The game will feature dog-related entertainment during half-time. Pettalk360 will host a full one-hour show before the game and have a booth for autograph-signing and answering questions.

Upcoming show topics include: finding a vet, pet insurance, the scoop on pet food and favourite movies and TV shows starring animals.  For Halloween, the show hopes to feature pets with special abilities. You can listen to the show live Sundays on from 3 to 4 p.m. or you can check out past shows by tuning into pod-casts on the site.

Go to, or to listen to clips from the show. E-mail to submit questions for the show. 

1 comment:

  1. Greetings! Please see the international dog shock incidents on StreetZaps; please disseminate this vital public service to preclude more injuries or tragedies. Many thanks for all your commendable work.



    Just so you know, I confer with Con Edison's Stray Voltage and Public Affairs Units and contribute to Wet Nose Guide and New York Dog Chat.


    Blair Sorrel, Founder

    Contact voltage is a chronic hidden hazard that can readily victimize an unsuspecting dog, walker, or both. No dog lover could possibly observe a more horrifying scene than witnessing his beloved pet instantaneously maimed or tragically electrocuted. When you exercise your pooch, please exercise greater prudence. Common outdoor electrical and metal fixtures may shock or even kill your vulnerable dog. And depending upon the current, the walker will be bitten and like poor Aric Roman, suffer permanently. But you can, indeed, self-protect.

    Just start to adopt this simple strategy — EYEBALL THE BLOCK, AND AVOID A SHOCK. Take a few seconds and make your trajectory toward generally safer, free standing, non-conductive surfaces, ie., plastic, wood, cardboard. Intuit your dog’s cues and if it’s resistant, change directions. Work site perimeters may be live so try to elude them. If necessary, switch sides of the street or your hands when leading to skirt hazards. If you traverse the same route, you may memorize locations of potential dangers. Carry your pooch when in doubt. Consider indoor restroom products like PottyPark when external conditions are chancy or RopeNGo’s hardware-free leash and harness. And don’t rely on dog booties as a palliative as they will actually put your pet at even greater risk since the dog can’t tell you they’re leaking! To learn to more, please see StreetZaps. A safer walk is yours year round if you are willing to open to your eyes and mind to it.