ANIMAL RADIO® Network | February 3rd 2007 Newsletter
Programming with a Purpose
In this issue:
|911 RESCUE DOGS FOUND TO
BE HEALTHY - Five-year study reveals encouraging results.
VETS HOLD X-RAY VIDEO CONTEST - See strange things inside dogs.
THE ELEPHANT ZOO PROBLEM - Bob Barker's $300,000 grant.
PRODUCT REVIEW Fish N Flush Tank Aquarium BOOK REVIEW Let the Dog Decide
MINNESOTA HOPES TO REGULATE PUPPY & KITTEN MILLS Mike Fry reports.
ADVANCES IN PET DENTISTRY February is Pets Dental Health Month.
HOW CAN I HELP MY OLDER DOG LIVE A BETTER LIFE? Darlene Arden with important tips.
See and hear about his brave battle.
This Week on Animal Radio®:
HGTV's Clive Pearse returns to Animal Radio® with news about the sneak preview of his "pet-project." Now Fido can enjoy Beer for Dogs?! Barbaro euthanized Monday. Michael Hinsong was in the World Trade Center when it was attacked on 9/11- with his guide dog. Woo at the Zoo offering a scientific look at some of the more remarkable facts including animal reproduction, choosing mates and raising families. Maggie and Ruby, Elephants making the headlines in Los Angeles and Anchorage. Bob Barker is back on Animal Radio® with the real-deal on foot-rot! And lots more!!
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Clive lives in Los Angeles
with his dog Delia, and is currently filming Season 2 of Design
Star. Clive will also be hosting the Dream Home Giveaway on March
18th live on HGTV. Also look for last year's Design Star winner,
David Bromsted's show, Color Splash, premiering on HGTV
Barbaro, who had been undergoing about eight months of post-op surgeries in his ICU stall, suffered a recent abscess in the injured leg. His owners felt that it was going to be difficult for him to go on without pain. So they, along with chief surgeon Dr. Dean Richardson, felt that euthanasia was the right thing to do.
The Barbara Fund has raised more than $1.2 million. The money will be used for miscellaneous items such as an operating table and a pool sling for the same pool recovery that Barbaro utilized after his surgeries.
Barbaro, who was 4-years-old, will always be remembered for his brave fight for survival.
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Blind 9-1-1 Survivor Tells
Beer for Dogs
The night before Kodi's second birthday, Jamie and her husband were discussing about what we should give him as a 'present.' We talked about buying him some nonalcoholic brew that he could have all to himself, without trying to knock ours over! And, that's how the idea came about...to make a version just for dogs. No alcohol, no carbonation. Made with malted barley and filtered water, fortified with Glucosamine and Vitamin E, with a natural beef flavor!
Even though they came up with
the proper formula, there were some experiments that "exploded"
along the way.
Bob will match gifts from the public up to $300,000, which would help move Ruby to the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) sanctuary in Northern California and to fund her care once she arrives. It will cost approximately $30,000 per year for her care.
Bob has been raising awareness of the "glaring abuse of elephants in captivity." Elephants, in their natural habitat, usually roam about 50 miles per day. In the zoo they are limited to less than 100 feet and as a result, suffer from foot problems that can be fatal and are, at the very least, very, very painful.
Ruby has been kept in isolation for quite some time now, which is actually torture for a female elephant. Female elephants are very social and live in herds in the wild their entire lives.
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Film Familiars - A Golden
Lineage on the Silver Screen
A favorite saying goes, "Every great ritual surrounds a story that is wonderful." And a really wonderful story always includes an animal. The animals portrayed in recent films: those winged, four-footed and finned companions that always accompany the Disney heroines; Hidalgo, the real-life wild mustang who rode to victory with cowboy Frank T. Hopkins, as well as many others, enjoy a truly golden ancestry. Their mythic and fabled counterparts have entertained audiences long before the invention of the projector and the Cineplex.
In The Lord of the Rings, the majestic horse Shadowfax carries the mythic memory of an ancient alliance between human and horse. Shadowfax is Lord of all Horses, and "he has been my friend through many dangers," explains the wizard Gandalf. J.R.R. Tolkien's epic masterpiece is clothed in the raiment of Celtic, Norse and Germanic myth, and Shadowfax comes from a distinguished line of horses who understand the speech of humankind, especially Sleipnir, the horse of the Norse god Odin. Sleipnir had eight legs, could fly through the air, gallop over the sea, and outrun any horse in all of the nine Norse worlds. Sleipnir is known as the "Swiftest of steeds," while Gandalf asks of his noble stallion: "Run Shadowfax. Show us the meaning of haste." Like Shadowfax and Gandalf, Sleipnir and Odin share in many magical adventures, galloping over mountain and plain to dual with evil and, save those destined for royalty.
In The Fellowship of the Ring, the Elven princess Arwen, a dying Frodo clutched to her breast, gallops just ahead of the evil Ring-wraiths in a scene that can trace its heritage to Celtic myth. As Arwen and Frodo reach the safety of the river, boundary to the Elven lands, she invokes a spell and the river is transformed into foam-driven waves of horses that topple and drown the Ring-wraiths. In this scene is a tribute to the Irish god Mananan, Lord of the Sea, who was a master illusionist; white-crested waves were called the Horses of Mananan.
The totem animal, an animal that holds sacred significance for a particular individual, clan or culture, is seen in films like Dances with Wolves, in which the hero enjoys a spirited and joyful relationship with a wolf, their mystical bond acknowledged through his adopted Sioux tribe honoring him with the name: Dances with Wolves. In Whale Rider, the whale that carried on his back to safety an ancient ancestor of the Whangara New Zealand people, is immortalized in an unbroken lineage of song, story, and leadership, and in the film all are reminded that the ancient connections and stories still hold relevance for the Whangara people today.
In Star Wars, Chewbacca carries the role of the traditional animal helper to the hero of myth, shown in his steadfast courage, loyalty and support of his partner Han Solo, as well as to all involved in the Rebel Alliance.
Audience tests have shown that including an animal in a scene rivets people to the screen. Perhaps it's because Shadowfax, wolves, whales, and wookies speak to a timeless mythical relationship; a deep need and yearning to reconnect with an ancient heritage of companionship with the animal world. The ritual process of attending a movie provides an opportunity to dwell in that timeless realm.
So, next time you see an animal on the silver screen, remember that they harken from a golden lineage.
Voice of the Animal
Advances in Pet Dentistry
Most of us understand the importance of good oral health for ourselves and visit our dentist at least twice a year. But only a small percentage of people would do the same thing for their pets. Studies in human dentistry and medicine have shown that there appears to be an association between heart disease and dental disease. Is this true for our pets as well?
In a recent nationwide veterinary study, more than 45,000 cases of dogs with serious dental disease were reviewed. These dogs were compared with another 45,000 dogs of similar gender, age, and breed that did not have any dental disease. Their report shows that there appears to be a strong association between the health of your pet's mouth and the incidence of other health issues, such as heart murmurs or even infection of the lining of the heart.
Dental care of dogs and cats is one of the most commonly overlooked areas of pet health care. A recent American Animal Hospital Association report on compliance within veterinary practices showed than less that 35% of pets who need a dental cleaning ever receive one. The reasons for this level of non-compliance are many, but often, pet owners will report that they just didn't know their pets needed dental work or even that their pets suffered from periodontal disease.
Just as with people, periodontal disease in our pets starts the same way. It begins when food particles, saliva, and bacteria attached to the teeth produce a filmy matrix called "plaque". If this matrix is not disrupted, "calculus" forms. More commonly known as tartar, the calculus makes the surface of the tooth rough and provides a better hold for more bacteria and helps to protect the bacteria from being dislodged. These bacteria will then infect the gums, causing a condition known as gingivitis. If not treated appropriately, gingivitis can progress into periodontal disease, destroying the bone that supports the tooth. It's hard to believe, but there may even be an association between dirty teeth and other serious diseases. The same bacteria that cause dental disease have been found in the hearts of dogs with heart disease
To help prevent dental problems from becoming a serious health issue, veterinarians recommend that oral health care start early. Your new puppy or kitten should become comfortable with you examining its mouth. Early training will help the pet to learn to tolerate brushing and other preventive measures and will help you recognize abnormalities. Simple awareness of the health of your pet's mouth can help you to provide better health care for your pet.
As your pet ages, a weekly check of the mouth may also help to find issues before they become dangerous. You should take time to look for plaque and tartar, especially on the large canine teeth in the front of the mouth and the big shearing teeth in the back of the mouth. Other potential areas of concern include fractured teeth, gum tissue that is overgrown or does not appear to be a healthy pink color, bleeding from the gums or any ulceration in the mouth. In addition to using your eyes, your nose can be an important tool as well. Pets are not supposed to have bad breath! If you can detect any foul odor, or if you see any problems in your pet's mouth, your pet should be seen by your family veterinarian.
There is a great advancement you should know about. After you have done your weekly exam, you can further help to protect your pet by using a barrier sealant called OraVetTM. This product has helped to revolutionize at home dental care for pets. In less than one minute per week, your pet's teeth can be protected and the effects of plaque and calculus can be minimized. By adhering to the surface of the teeth, OraVetTM gel actually helps to repel plaque causing bacteria. Without plaque formation, dental disease is much less likely to begin or get worse. For optimal results, see your veterinarian to have your pet's teeth cleaned, followed by an initial application of OraVetTM applied after the dentistry. You then simply continue weekly applications with a home care kit.
You are an important part of
the fight against dental disease. Working with your veterinarian,
you can learn to identify potential problems earlier and help
your pet lead a, healthier life. For more information on veterinary
dentistry, visit www.oravet.com.
for video information.
Dear Cat Coach,
Dear Indiana Joe,
Besides allowing him to snuggle up with you during the night, there are a few other things you can do to help Jessie stop howling. Provide lots of playtime for Jessie. Play with him before you go to bed, using a fishing pole toy. Pretend the object on the end of the toy is a wounded animal, having it scurry, change directions and speed, going under sofas, etc. The goal is to get Jessie very involved in playing with the toy. When you are ready to stop playing don't abruptly stop. Instead, slow down the play to calm him down. After you stop playing, feed him his dinner. Typically cats will groom themselves after eating and then go to sleep.
When you are at work, provide entertainment for Jessie. Leave the TV on, or play a video that is cat-centric, containing images of little animals. Also, make Jessie treat balls, filling whiffle balls with either treats or his dry food. Treat balls will keep him busy and will provide him with some exercise. Make sure the treat balls are available for him at night as well.
Another way of helping Jessie relax is to clicker train him. Clicker training is a fun way of not only training him to do specified behaviors, but it also is a great way of helping Jessie bond to you and feel safe. Clicker training is based in positive reinforcement, rewarding positive behaviors. Cats love it and it bonds them more to the person who is working with them. Find out more about clicker training from Karen Pryor's site: http://www.clickertraining.com/
Remember, poor Jessie lost his original owner he was bonded to, and then ended up confined in a cage before you had it in your heart to rescue him. With a little time and work he will become the model citizen and won't feel the need to express himself at 3 AM to your neighbors and you.
Marilyn Krieger, CCBC is
a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant. She can be reached for phone
or on-site consultations to help solve cat behavior problems
either by e-mail email@example.com
or by phone: 650 780 9485. Additionally, Marilyn teaches cat
behavior classes and is available for speaking engagements. You
can find out more about The Cat Coach at http://www.thecatcoach.com © January 2007 by Marilyn
The $2,000 Hamster
We all know at times that pets can be expensive, but a $2,000 hamster? A family was on a road trip with their hamster when they noticed he was missing. After a thorough search, the saddened family thought that the hamster had simply escaped from the car.
Miles later, when the car was taken to a mechanic to find out why the car wouldn't start, the mechanic found that the hamster had not only chewed it's way through the seats, but had also done a great damage to the wiring.
Even though the repairs were about $2,000, the family was relieved to have their hamster back.
Hear Britt and the Animal
Minute at AnimalRadio.com
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911 Rescue Dogs Found to Be Healthy - Hear the interview
They dug in the toxic World Trade Center dust for survivors, and later for the dead. Their feet were burned by white-hot debris. But unlike thousands of others who toiled at ground zero after Sept. 11, these rescue workers aren't sick.
Scientists have spent years studying the health of search-and-rescue dogs that nosed through the debris at ground zero, and to their surprise, they have found no sign of major illness in the animals.
They are trying to figure out why this is so.
Dr. Cynthia Otto, University of PA School of Veterinary Medicine, where researchers launched a study of 97 dogs five years ago, states "They didn't have any airway protection, they didn't have any skin protection. They were sort of in the worst of it."
Although many ground zero dogs have died - some of rare cancers - researchers say many have lived beyond the average life span for dogs and are not getting any sicker than average.
Owners of the dogs dispute the findings, saying there is a definite link between the toxic air and their pets' health.
Otto has tracked dogs that
spent an average of 10 days after the 2001 terrorist attacks
at either the trade center site, the landfill in New York where
most of the debris was taken, or the heavily damaged Pentagon.
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ASK "THE DOG EXPERT" - by Darlene Arden, Certified Animal Behavior Consultant
Q: How can I help my older
dog live a better life?
"Ask the Dog Expert" is a regular column by Darlene Arden. This month's column features information found in her book, "The Angell Memorial Animal Hospital Book of Wellness and Preventive Care for Dogs" (McGraw-Hill). Further information may also be found on her website: www.darlenearden.com. Copyright 2007 by Darlene Arden. All Rights Reserved.
Minnesotans Hope to Regulate
Puppy & Kitten Mill
Ironically, at least one group most people would think should support this bill has come out against it. The American Kennel Club, or AKC has launched a campaign to get small, private breeders to oppose this bill. In doing so, they have spread false information about S.F. 121.
AKC has asked small breeders to oppose this bill because they say it would create an unnecessary burden on small, responsible breeders. However, the opposite is true. Small breeders are, in fact, specifically exempted from this bill. Moreover, Senate File 121 would likely help small breeders by enforcing a more level care standard across this industry.
Currently, small responsible breeders provide care standards beyond what is required in S.F. 121, yet they are forced to compete in the marketplace with large-scale puppy and kitten mills who often do not even meet the lowest of standards required by the USDA.
Requiring large, commercial breeders to increase their care standards would, therefore, only help the smaller breeders.
On a recent appearance on Animal Wise Radio AKC Communications Director Lisa Peterson had a difficult time trying to explain the AKC's position on this bill.
Following much obfuscation, her argument eventually came down to this statement, "Well, you know, we like to believe that, ah, dogs are your property. And, by law, they are considered that. And we like to leave the option to the owner of the property, of the dog, with the breeder because its their right. It's their decision as to how to, um, how many intact females to own or how many litters to produce."
It is worth noting that Senate File 121 does not limit the number of animals a breeder may have, breed or sell. It simply sets minimum care standards for breeders who maintain 6 or more intact, breeding females.
For people concerned with animal welfare or for those concerned with maintaining quality breeding standards, S.F. 121 is a bill to support.
Please let your State Senator
and State Representative know that you support this effort.
The Greatest Gift
Meet Dr. Ed Hartz
2007 Veterinarian of the Year
Edward Migneco, DVM, doesn't say much. But he does plenty often, far from the media spotlight. Each day at his Hillside Animal Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Migneco quietly performs medical miracles and motivates those in his community to truly care about the welfare of animals.
For his tireless efforts to save hope-seeking strays with names like Powder and Calypso, and to offer his time and medical expertise to several animal organizations, Dr. Migneco recently earned the title, Hartz 2007 Veterinarian of the Year.
I served as the sole journalist on the judging panel for this annual honor that draws thousands of worthy contenders. Yet, when I first met Dr. Migneco, a day before the announcement at the North American Veterinary Conference held in mid-January in Orlando, I was struck by his quiet can-do attitude and his genuine humbleness.
We met in the lobby of an Orlando hotel where Dr. Ed as he prefers to be called extended his hand and happily introduced his family: wife, Mary and daughters, Anna, Gina and Nina. He rarely uses the "I" word, "preferring instead to tout others and to speak of the need of giving back.
"My parents instilled the love of animals in me as a child, my wife is my best friend and it is because of her that I can do what I do for animals, and my staff at my clinic shares my passion for helping others," Dr. Ed declares. "My staff is willing to tackle some of the toughest cases for stray rescue groups. We share the joy when these strays get healed and find permanent homes. We share the sorrow when they can't be saved."
Let me run down some ways Dr. Ed is making a positive difference for animals:
When Dr. Ed received his award at the national veterinary conference, he expressed his gratitude to many and rather than speak of his own accomplishments, he shared with the audience an emotion-filled slide show.
Through before and after photos, we learned of the triumphant stories of a pair of stray dogs named Powder and Calypso. Powder was a medium-sized mutt living in an abandoned house. It took months of daily feedings and contact before a local rescue volunteer could bring Powder to receive badly-needed medical care from Dr. Migneco.
Powder suffered from mange, malnutrition, intestinal parasites and heartworm disease. He lived at Dr. Ed's clinic for several weeks during his recovery. Happily, Powder now lives in a permanent home and excitedly swishes his tail when he returns to Dr. Ed's clinic for routine care.
Calypso, a mixed breed roaming the streets of East St. Louis, was found on a roadside near death. Her head and neck were infected with maggots. She was slowly starving and suffering from heartworm disease and large head wounds.
"It took us several hours to clean out Calypso's wounds," says Dr. Ed. "She was so weak that there was no need for sedation. We applied new bandages and medications to her wounds every day. Through it all, she would lick our faces while we were treating her."
Like Powder, Calypso sports a healthy coat and enjoys a permanent new home.
"Dr. Migneco's commitment to veterinary medicine and his community has touched the lives of many animals and people," says Jill Richardson, DVM, director of consumer relations at The Hartz Mountain Corporation. "We salute Dr. Migneco's commitment to community outreach, and we are proud to give this award to such an outstanding individual."
I couldn't agree more. The
companion animal world is doggone fortunate to benefit by the
talents of Dr. Ed.
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G'day from Down-under.
It's February already and the Christmas/New Year holidays are well and truly over...
For we antipodeans it's a time of getting back into the work routine, and for many pet owners - stressing out over our pets. Will they be ok at home all alone?... Will Fido, Fifi or Frenchie (the cat) think we've abandoned them? What if they try to escape?
These are genuine questions from genuinely concerned pet owners... But are we worrying too much? As it happens we should be a bit concerned, (tradespeople leaving gates open, wind doing the same - a dog or cat 'on heat' somewhere in the neighbourhood) but believe us - animals adapt very quickly to change and you can rest assured they'll be fine... Mostly... Well sort of :-) ... But nothing to worry about... HONEST!!
Seriously though, animals do love routines. In fact the stronger and more consistent the routine, the happier and more content the animal. It's true - but we humans are soooo inconsistent!
Our four dogs ALWAYS eat after us. There is no begging, no hanging around the table and they know we must finish our meal first BEFORE they get fed. That's putting us (hopefully) at the top of the pack - we're the 'Alphas' in this family (well Kaye is really). In fact we sometimes call her the 'dominant bitch'... But she knows we are using that phrase as a 'scientific' expression :-)) (A bitch is an un-spayed female dog in case you were wondering)
Anyway - as soon as we have cleared the table, our 4 pack are right there waiting for their meals to be prepared and given to them. Now - if we are late home they get a little 'edgy'... You can actually feel their eyes willing us to hurry up and finish!
Anyway, we always make them
wait - it's the only way to have good control
Just recently though we've gone 'all healthy' and have started having bowls of bran, corn flakes, Yoghurt and skim milk.
Matisse is not so keen now
and has the 'grumps' with us... But we know all
And the same thing goes with your pets when you leave for work after being with them during the holidays or over a long weekend. Most animals - dogs particularly - live for the now... They have very little concept of tomorrow and even less concept of time.
If they are well fed &
watered, exercised regularly, have good comfortable
Kinda sounds like a pretty good life eh?
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