Episode 65: Going to the Dogs

Rioghan the Search Dog

This week’s image “Rioghan the Search Dog,” uploaded to Flickr by SARhounds.

A 2007 survey conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association found that nearly 60% of American households have at least one pet, and nearly two-thirds of pet owners had more than one. That’s a lot of dogs, cats, turtles, birds, hamsters and iguanas. On today’s episode we turn our scientific lens to the relationship between humans and their furry friends. We start off with the reason many people avoid pets: allergies. Next, we investigate claims of cancer-sniffing animals. Producer Jori Lewis wraps things up with a feature on her search for a pet-friendly way to rid her Brooklyn apartment of New York’s unwelcome houseguests: cockroaches. Chemical Agent: Histamines.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:31 Introduction
00:51 Chemical Agent: Histamines
03:04 Mystery Solved! Cancer-sniffing Dogs
05:45 Feature: Pet-friendly Extermination Methods
10:11 Closing Credits


This show was written and researched by Jennifer Dionisio.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from the PodSafe Music Network. Additional music includes  ”furball kitty sneezer,” by Edgar Malaran, “Walking the dogg,” by 37HZ, “The Dog Song,” by Little Thom, and “Bugs,” by the Detonators.

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