In 2007, a new show emerged that had a great effect on a very large number of listeners. The show did not address political issues, marital problems, or anything of a sexual nature. Instead, the program, called Ask The Vet Radio, provided simple answers that pet owners have on a routine basis. Using a typical call in format, pet owners would call the hosts of the show and describe the problem that they were having. The hosts were actually experts in pet medicine and could advise the best remedy to the issue. Most of the questions were relatively simple, but listeners could learn more about their pets with every episode of the program that they listened to. Some questions that were answered on the show were as follows:
My cat has started eating dog food instead of her own? Should I be worried about this? Is it normal for a fish to spend many hours a day floating at the top of its bowl? My neighbor has pet ferrets. Is there anything special I should do to protect my horses from diseases?
The person responsible for answering all of these questions was the veterinarian, Dr. Tracy Dewhirst. Her in depth understanding of pet behavior and clear responses helped to bring a growing number of listeners each week. Unlike other pet shows that only talked about cats and dogs, Dr. Dewhirst expanded her advice, treating many other types of animals as well. Listeners could call in with questions about snakes, lizards, horses, mice, and pretty much every other animal that is kept as a pet. In addition to giving the caller the right solution to the specific problem, Dr. Dewhirst also would give extra info that could be used to improve the overall health of the animal and extend the life expectancy of the pet.