72 episodes

Welcome to Starlight Pet Talk! I'm Amy Castro, your guide in the world of pet parenting. Join us for expert advice, heartwarming stories, and a mission-driven commitment to helping pets and their families live their best lives.
As a respected voice in the pet industry, columnist for Pet Age Magazine, and president of Starlight Outreach and Rescue, I've fostered over 4000 critters and counting and record the podcast from my 7-acre "rescue ranch."
With expert guests and fellow pet parents, we'll explore everything from nutrition to behavior and having fun with your pets. Expect laughs, learning, and camaraderie in every episode.
Join the adventure at Starlight Pet Talk! Subscribe now and let's navigate the journey of pet parenthood together!

Starlight Pet Talk Amy Castro, MA, CSP

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.7 • 13 Ratings

Welcome to Starlight Pet Talk! I'm Amy Castro, your guide in the world of pet parenting. Join us for expert advice, heartwarming stories, and a mission-driven commitment to helping pets and their families live their best lives.
As a respected voice in the pet industry, columnist for Pet Age Magazine, and president of Starlight Outreach and Rescue, I've fostered over 4000 critters and counting and record the podcast from my 7-acre "rescue ranch."
With expert guests and fellow pet parents, we'll explore everything from nutrition to behavior and having fun with your pets. Expect laughs, learning, and camaraderie in every episode.
Join the adventure at Starlight Pet Talk! Subscribe now and let's navigate the journey of pet parenthood together!

    Emotional Intelligence for Pet Parents: Mastering Your Emotions for a Better Relationship with Your Pet

    Emotional Intelligence for Pet Parents: Mastering Your Emotions for a Better Relationship with Your Pet

    In this episode, host Amy Castro dives deep into the world of emotional intelligence and its profound impact on our interactions with pets. Joined by guest Amy Budd, an expert in emotional intelligence and HeartMath techniques, they discuss the critical role of awareness and regulating our own emotions before expecting our pets to regulate theirs. The conversation reveals how heart math techniques, like heart-focused breathing, can help manage emotions, enhance the bond with pets, and positiv...

    • 52 min
    Pet Vaccination Essentials: What Every Pet Parent Needs to Know

    Pet Vaccination Essentials: What Every Pet Parent Needs to Know

    In this episode of Starlight Pet Talk, host Amy Castro interviews Dr. Jeff Grognet, a practicing veterinarian and author, about vaccinations for pets. They discuss the difference between core and non-core vaccines, the risks of over-vaccination, and the potential side effects of vaccines. Dr. Grognet emphasizes the importance of considering the risk of the disease and the age of the pet when deciding on a vaccination schedule. He also mentions alternative options such as homeopathic nosodes. ...

    • 44 min
    Aftercare and Memorialization for Pets: Honoring Your Beloved Companion

    Aftercare and Memorialization for Pets: Honoring Your Beloved Companion

    This episode explores the aftercare options available for pets after they cross the Rainbow Bridge. Amy talks with Gia Kondakor, director of Pet Loss Services at McAllister Smith Funeral Home. Amy and Gia discuss the emotional challenges people face when their pets die and the importance of making informed decisions about aftercare. The episode covers topics such as cremation options (individual, partition, communal), memorial services, and unique ways to memorialize pets. Gia emphasizes the ...

    • 39 min
    How to Launch a Profitable Pet Business

    How to Launch a Profitable Pet Business

    In this insightful episode of Starlight Pet Talk, host Amy Castro interviews Eliza Burr, a seasoned pet business coach, about the dynamic world of pet-related businesses. Eliza shares her inspiring journey from the corporate world to becoming a successful pet business coach and delves into the challenges and rewards of starting a pet business.Key Topics Discussed:Common Misconceptions: Addressing myths about starting and running a pet business.Goal Setting and Systems: Creating clear goals an...

    • 47 min
    Unlocking the Secrets of the Human Animal Bond: Insights from The Human-Animal Bond Research Institute

    Unlocking the Secrets of the Human Animal Bond: Insights from The Human-Animal Bond Research Institute

    Hi everyone, it's Amy from Starlight Pet Talk. Before we dive into today's episode, I want to take a moment to address something important. You'll notice that portions of the audio quality in this episode is less than stellar. Unfortunately, we ran into some technical issues during recording. Despite the audio hiccups, we decided to release the episode because the content is truly valuable, and we didn't want you to miss out on the insights and information we have to share. Thank you fo...

    • 33 min
    Pet Massage Therapy: Transforming Your Pet's Life Through Therapeutic Touch

    Pet Massage Therapy: Transforming Your Pet's Life Through Therapeutic Touch

    In this episode of Starlight Pet Talk, host Amy Castro interviews Blanca Rodriguez, a certified canine massage therapist, about the benefits of pet massage. They discuss the history of animal massage, the similarities between human and canine massage, and the specific techniques used in canine massage. Blanca shares success stories of how massage therapy has improved the quality of life for dogs, including those with hip dysplasia and end-of-life care. She emphasizes the importance of creatin...

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Dhalloway ,

End of Life episode

I really enjoyed the episode with the founder of Lap Of Love. They were such a compassionate and helpful resource for us when we lost our precious Georgia to cancer. It was so interesting to hear how this great organization began, and the journey of the founder.

Amy Castro, founder of starlight outreach and rescue has so much knowledge and compassion for lost, abandoned and abused animals. She’s such an advocate for them and saves so many. She has devoted her time and resources to making a difference. There is so much to learn and Amy is a willing teacher. Her sense of humor and knowledge makes listening to her podcasts a great learning experience. Please consider financially supporting this worthy organization. Especially if you are an animal lover like me.

RobingGrey ,

Learned a lot!

This is the first pet related podcast I’ve ever heard and I’m looking forward to more! I didn’t know that there were bunny rescues and found the episode about the rabbits really interesting! I don’t usually listen to shows longer than 30 minutes but it kept my interest even though I don’t intend to have any rabbits. I do have 5 dogs and 3 hens so am eager to hear more about best practices!

lizbar76 ,

Excellent for all levels of pet enthusiasts

I have fostered kittens, owned cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, fish and hamsters. However I am still learning from this podcast! A recent episode even reminded me that I am allergic to hay so that the guinea pig my daughter wants may not be a good idea. Love this podcast!

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