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Episode 220 - Keeping dogs safe from theft, loss and heat stroke


Released Sat June 27, 2020
Length: 1:03:28
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Debbie Matthews and Vets Get Scanning

When her dogs were stolen 14 years ago, Debbie Matthews was dismayed that their theft was viewed as a theft, and how unlikely she was to get them back. Debbie was lucky - she got her dogs back. Then with her father, Sir Bruce Forsyth, she founded Vets Get Scanning, and set about campaigning for mandatory microchipping.

So how much have things improved in 14 years? Sadly, not as much as you'd hope, though it's not for the want of trying. You can help by visiting the Vets Get Scanning and signing a petition or two.

Six to seven dogs a day are stolen. Litters of puppies stolen, working gun dogs stolen, it's mind blowing!
 - Debbie Matthews

Dr Michael Becker and dogs in summer

Dr Michael Becker is a critical care veterinarian at Metropolitan Animal Specialist Hospital in Hollywood California. In this interview, he explains what heatstroke is, what causes it, and how to avoid it. Just as important, he reveals how you can avoid putting your dog at risk.

Listen to hear Dr Becker's top tip to keep your dog safe in summer. Find out more by visiting the website.

A lot of patients that have heatstroke will come in almost in a coma, theyr'e very mentally dull because their brains been damaged from the overheating.
 - Dr Michael Becker

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