Back By Popular Demand- Dr. Nancy Kay on Fresh Air with Terry Gross!

“A Veterinarian Advises How to Speak for Spot”

Monday, August 31, 2009

This week will be “Animal Week” on the popular NPR show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross.  The lead interview will feature Dr. Nancy Kay and her book, Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life.  This interview originally aired in March and earned the #1 spot on NPR’s “most recommended” list.

Dr. Kay’s interview will be broadcast on August 31st by your local NPR station and streamed via the NPR website (  In the future you can readily access the interview as a Fresh Air archived podcast and via ITunes. 

Visit to access links for each of these options. 

Please feel free to share this information with friends and relatives along with any organizations devoted to the well being of animals.

Dr. Nancy Kay
Specialist, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Please visit to read excerpts from Speaking for Spot. There you will also find “Advocacy Aids”- helpful health forms you can download and use for your own dog, and a collection of published articles on advocating for your pet’s health. Speaking for Spot is available at, local bookstores, or your favorite online book seller.

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2 Comments on “Back By Popular Demand- Dr. Nancy Kay on Fresh Air with Terry Gross!

  1. Animal week in general has been really interesting on Fresh Air, and I enjoyed Dr. Kay’s segment very much. I am also a critical care veterinarian and it is good to have someone as eloquent and informative as Dr. Kay be our voice to the public. Thanks very much for the segment! Check out my blog posts on

  2. Caught part of the show with Terry, and will listen again when rebroadcast, or on line. I enjoyed the part I did hear. Being a dog lover who can’t have any at the moment, the interview had me thinking of SO many things I experienced or miss. It IS better to have Loved and Lost. No one can take away the memories of the experiences, good and bad. I had my friends fathers hunting dog, Widdles as mine all summer where we used to spend summers till I was 12. It was always outside our house. The last yr I had a bad scare by another dog the last yr we went there. In the city many people had German Shepherds, and I couldn’t go near them. A friend got a Collie pup, and on a ride where we couldn’t stop for a mile, the dog got car sick IN my lap. I used to say that got me over my fear of dogs, because the sensation in my esophagus was similar, but really it was being around a 3 mo old pup. I realized how much I was missing, and went looking, and trying to decide what type I wanted. When I saw 2 cream Afghan Hounds being walked in front of Independence Hall as I passed, I thought the guy was walking 2 sheep, and remembered the picture I have of a herd of sheep being herded down the main street here before there were cars. A few blocks away I saw a Bedlington Terrier that look like lambs, and thought I was being told. Not till I was following a car from stop sign to stop sign, and saw what I thought was a girl in the back seat, through the tinted back window of a Caddy Convertable, who had gorgeous blonde hair. I wanted her to turn so I could see how pretty she had to be. I pulled up to one sign and the girl had her chin on the back of the seat looking out the back window, and said, That is a Strange position to be in. When i got close I saw the LONG muzzle, and laughed, and went looking for my own. I had 6, and 2 dogs, a male and a female together are Much better than one or the other alone. Much more interesting and fun.