September 22, 2007
Home Shopping Petwork
Andrew Tarr, Host
Where LA's best pets shop for a home! This quirky and informative show centers on pets at LA's animal shelters that are available for adoption. Host Andrew Tarr gives viewers a peek at the personalities of various pets that you can adopt, as well as showcasing a variety of pet care topics including celebrity interviews, pet events, pet destinations and more.
Airs In Los Angeles On Channel 35: Monday
through Friday @ 7:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 3:30
p.m. Spread the word!
NEWS UPDATE: Is Your Dog Psychic?
Many dog owners claim that their pets anticipate their return, typically by going to wait at a door, window, driveway, or even at a bus stop (Sheldrake, 1994). In the early 1990's, Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, a biologist, and former Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, completed a number of survey studies to find out how many pet owners had observed seemingly psychic abilities in their pets. Sheldrake's household surveys found that 46% of dog owners had noticed this ability in England and 45% in California.
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Woman Gets Hand Stuck in Dog's Mouth
A British woman was trapped for an hour with her hand stick in her dog's mouth. It all started when her boxer playing in the backyard somehow got a fishing hook stuck in his mouth. Owner Vicky Mori frantically tried to remove the hook, but ended up getting hooked to her dog.
She was able to dial the phone with her
free hand and a fire crew and paramedics arrived and were able
to separate the two. Both will be okay, although Vicky's hand
was injured so badly, she will need a skin graft. Hopefully her
dog will stick to Frisbees in the future.
Pesky Parasites Still Aren 't Gone
Dr. Jim Humphries, Veterinary News Network
Even though winter is just a couple of months away, most of North America is still dealing with those pesky fleas. Able to jump 12 feet from a standstill, the common cat flea is one of the hardiest bugs that our pets will encounter. These parasites have a taste for blood and can multiply quickly. What's worse, fleas carry diseases that can affect us and our pets!
It may come as no surprise that the increasing global temperatures are lengthening the flea season. And the fact that most people prefer to keep their homes warm means that fleas can quickly become a year-round problem!
Once adult fleas attack your pet, you can expect to have flea eggs in the environment within about 36 hours. In fact, with optimal conditions of humidity and temperature, the flea life cycle can be completed in as little as 12 days!
Fleas also can reproduce in almost unimaginable numbers! A single female flea has the ability to lay about 2000 eggs during her short 100 day lifetime. Furthermore, a group of 25 female fleas can swell to more than a quarter of a million fleas in just one month!
Besides making our pets itchy, there are several other concerns to pets and their owners. Severe infestations of fleas can actually cause young kittens or puppies to become anemic. Parasites are commonly spread through fleas. And, more serious diseases of humans, such as bubonic plague, can also be connected with these tiny pests.
Fortunately, recent advances in flea control have given the pet owner a wide range of products that are effective and safe. Taking advantage of differences between our pets and the bugs, veterinary pharmaceutical companies have developed long lasting insecticides that will not harm our pets.
Although many flea control products can be found in over the counter outlets, pet owners are urged to see their family veterinarian before choosing a product. Many of the pesticides that can be found in mass merchants should not be used on certain pets, especially cats.
The flea control products that are recommended by veterinarians have additional benefits too. These products will actually help to break the life cycle by killing the adult flea before they have time to reproduce. This speed of kill prevents the females from laying eggs.
Your veterinarian can help you decide
what product is going to be best for you based on several factors:
what type of pets you have, what part of the country you live
in, and what other parasites your pets are exposed to routinely.
As an added bonus, your veterinarian is available to you if you
have concerns about safety or performance of the flea products.
Special thanks to Dr. Debbie White, Animal Radio's Official Veterinarian, for her superb co-hosting of this New Pet Product Special.
Thanks to all the great manufacturers, distributors, and inventors that appeared in this show - and donated products for listener giveaways.
Also, much thanks to Doug Poindexter and
the folks at the WWPIA. Look for the next America's Family Pet
Expos on November 16-18, 2007 at the Rock Financial Showplace
in Novi, Michigan; and the first annual Everything PetsSM show
on April 11-13, 2008 at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati Ohio.
Listen to the entire Podcast of this show (#408).
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