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1178. Diseases That Humans Can Get From Their Cats, Dogs And Even Turtles.

Diseases your dog can give youDiseases Your Pet Can Give You
Doc Halligan has some creepy news about Zoonotic disease that humans can get from their cats, dogs and even turtles. While the good doctor doesn't want you to be scared of your pet, she says it's good to be aware of the risks. And pregnant women....listen up!
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The Misunderstood Pit-Bull
The youthful and charismatic Bronwen Dickey has made her fight about the Pit-Bull. The years of research that went into her new book easily qualifies her as an expert on the breed that is banned from many big U.S. cities.
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Slowing the aging process in dogsDrug May Slow Down A Dog's Aging Process
An ongoing study out of the University of Washington now hopes to gain insight on the drug Rapamycin (which is used to prevent organ transplant rejection in humans) and its ability to slow down aging in canines. Researchers will follow 10,000 companion dogs of all kinds, as they age - not in labs, but dogs that actually live with their owners at home.
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Service Animal Fraud
There are now laws in many states making misrepresentation of a service animal a crime. For example, in Florida, the penalty carries a $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Lori Brooks will tell you how to spot a true service dog and what questions establishments are allowed to ask you if you have a service animal.
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1177. I Tried The Weirdest Pet Products On The Internet

Sadie Dingfelder on Animal RadioI Tried The Weirdest Pet Products On The Internet
From the Licki Brush to the Puppoose, The Washington Post's Sadie Dingfelder tried some of the oddest pet products for sale online. She'll tell us how it went. For instance, give your dog a toy - a rawhide chew, a tennis ball, or even this little plush figurine of Donald Trump - and your dog, regardless of political affiliation, will immediately tear it to shreds. Cats, on the other hand, dispose of their belongings by looking at them with such disdain that the toys self-destruct in shame.
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Why Would You Want To Genetically Preserve Your Pet?
Melain Rodriguez from Viagen Pets says there are lots of reasons you should think about Genetic Preservation. Collecting a sample of your pet's DNA could be helpful if there are medical advances that could potentially help your furry-friend. Of course, you could also use the DNA to clone your pet too.
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Vet On Call
Animal Radio's Veterinarian, Dr. Debbie White will answer your questions about your pet's health, because that's what we do. Make sure to call us toll-free Animal Radio App for iPhone and Android.
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How My Cat Made Me A Better Man
Jeremy Feig was at rock bottom - broke, alone, and living in a shoe box-sized apartment. At the same time, his cat was perfectly content. What was her secret? She couldn't say it out loud, but it was clear she had all the answers to living a good life. Jeremy will share those answers with Animal Radio listeners.
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Jewel Thief
Alan Kabel reports on a dog that swallowed their guardian's wedding ring. What happens next is quite amusing. He'll also tell us about an alligator that loves pizza.
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1176. Quitting Your Dumb Job To Work With Animals

Daniel Williams starts pet limo serviceDoggy Limousine Service
Daniel Williams quit his regular job to open a pet transport business, like Zoo-ber. He says it's going well although he has one customer than demands he talks to their dog only in "baby-talk."
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Fighting Fleas
We're on the heels of another big flea season. Chances are good your pets will get fleas, unless you live in Las Vegas or Phoenix. Is there a safer solution than the traditional topicals? Doc Halligan says there are lots of safe remedies for the 'battle of the fleas.'
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Fat Pets and Disease
Diabetes is fairly prevalent with the trend towards obese pets. It can be managed with daily insulin injections. Pancreatitis also plagues dogs especially when they've been fed fatty treats from the table. Dr. Debbie has the information you need if your pet suffers from an obesity related disease.
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5 Most Uncommon Legal Pets
5 uncommon but legal petsAnimal Radio's Pet World Insider Robert Semrow has a knack for lists. This week he has the top 5 strange, unique and elusive pets that are actually legal to own in the U.S. - Sorry, ferrets are still against the law in California and New York.
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8-Legged Pets
You may not think of big hairy spiders as pets, but some people do, and Petco wants their business. The company has announced it is expanding their "tarantula offerings" to give pet parents the chance to further explore the amazing world of arachnids. Interestingly, not only do tarantulas have eight legs, they also have a large round eye surrounded by three smaller ones on each side for a total of eight eyes as well.
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Lazy owner walking - driving dog
From the "Too Stupid to Own a Pet Department"
A California woman captured video of another woman driving her car and walking her dog by holding its leash out of the car window while she was driving. The director of the local animal services department in Stockton said he found the video distressing and recommended the woman be charged with animal cruelty, but police reviewed the video and did not believe there was evidence of cruelty, but said the woman in the car would have been charged with "distracted driving" IF she had been seen by an officer.
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1175. Is 'Big Brother' Tracking My Pet's Microchip?

Xylitol can kill your dogFDA Warns Dog Owners About Xylitol
The Federal Drug and Food Administration is warning dog owners about a new diet Peanut Butter made with an alternative sweetener. 'Xylitol' can shut a dog's kidney down in a matter of minutes.
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The Lowdown On Pet Microchips
Still, the best way to ensure your lost pet is returned is by implanting a rice-sized microchip under their skin. This is a simple, fast and painless procedure done at your veterinarian or local shelter. Some people are afraid of the technology, mistakenly thinking 'Big Brother' is tracking your pet. We'll break that myth. We'll also discuss the different types of microchips and how to make sure your pet has the right one.
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Pictures of our pets make us happyPet Pictures Can Drastically Change Attitude
We all love pets and whenever anyone feels socially rejected or sad, new research from Miami University shows that just a thought - or a picture of their pet - can lift their mood. In the study they also found that just thinking about another human did not produce the same effect.
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Paralyzed Kitten Gets Lego Wheelchair
A kitten that was found paralyzed and abandoned by its mother on the streets of upstate New York has been given a unique makeshift wheelchair by a local veterinarian. This mobility device was made out of Legos!
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Goose Knocks On Police Cruiser For Help
A mother goose recently knocked on the door of a Cincinnati police cruiser in her search for help for a gosling tangled in a Mylar balloon string. The officer in the car said he initially thought the goose was hungry when he discovered her pecking at the door of his car.
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1174. Just When You Thought You Knew All There Was To Know About Cats...

Adventure CatsAdventure Cats
Just when you thought you knew all there was to know about cats, Laura Moss tells us about cats that like hiking, camping, kayaking, canoeing, and even surfing. If you have an adventurous cat, she'll tell you what you can do to enrich the furr-balls' life.
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The Inner Life of Cats
For millennia, cats have been celebrated as secretive, mysterious companions, content to live alongside (but apart from) humans. Thomas McNamee shares the science revealing cats' hidden depths of emotion and affection for humans.
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Deadliest Animal Kills About 120 People Yearly
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control, pit bulls are NOT the deadliest animals, or even rattlesnakes. Believe it or not, deer are the deadliest animals in America, responsible for killing 120 people on average every year. Deer are normally not violent, but the majority of the deaths caused from deer stem from car accidents.
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Pets on United AirlinesThink Twice Before Putting Your Pet on a Plane
United Airlines is investigating an incident where one of the world's biggest rabbits was found dead after a plane had landed from a flight from London's Heathrow airport to Chicago's O'Hare. It turns out that United had the most animal deaths of all U.S. airlines last year for the second year in a row.
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Fake Cancer Treatments Targets Pets
The FDA has given warning letters to 14 companies that are selling more than 65 fake cancer treatments. The bogus products include pills, capsules, powders, creams, teas, oils and treatment and diagnostic kits. They're most commonly marketed and sold without FDA approval on websites and social media platforms and are usually advertised as 'natural' and often falsely labeled as dietary supplements.
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1173. Real Life Pet Detective Shares Wild Stories Of Stolen Animals

Jamie Katz Pet Detective is on Animal RadioPet Detective Jamie Katz
She's a real life Pet Detective, schooled as a human Private Investigator. Jamie Katz has found over 150 lost or stolen pets in the last 2 years. She'll share some wild stories and give you tips to make sure your pet isn't stolen.
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Federal Agency Goes Pet Friendly
The Interior Department welcomed a new breed of visitor to its Washington headquarters last month, one on four legs, covered with fur and on a mission to boost morale at the agency in charge of public lands. The first federal agency to go dog friendly opened its doors to 85 dogs that first Dog Day!
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New Tick-Borne Disease Discovered
Scientists have a double-shot of bad news about ticks. There's a new, and potentially fatal, tick-borne illness called Powassan and this summer looks like it might be one of the worst on record for an increase in the tick population. The Centers for Disease Control say tick-borne diseases are on the rise and prevention should be on everyone's mind now through early fall when ticks are most active.
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Pet Friendly Initiative at Eckerd CollegeHuman College Graduates 24 Pets
One of only a handful of colleges that allow and encourage pets, Eckerd College wants students to bring their dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, ducks and chinchillas to school. They supply pet dorms and vet visits for college kids and their pets. They even have a graduation ceremony for the creatures big and small. Tanya Womack is the Staff Coordinator for Pet Life at Eckerd College. She's happy to tell us about this groundbreaking initiative and she consults with other colleges that wish to institute the same policy.
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Prisoners Training Animals
A small team of women prisoners in Phoenix is working with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Animal Safety Unit. The program helps comfort and train animals rescued from deplorable conditions. Six days a week the women in the program are transported to a former men's jail that has been converted into a holding center and safe haven for animals.
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1172. Research Suggests Pets Make You Look More Attractive, Trustworthy And Sexy.

World Turtle DayJoin the Shellebration
World Turtle Day is coming up. The Executive Director of the American Tortoise Rescue, Susan Tellum tells us why turtles and tortoises make great pets, except when they're having sex.
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Pig Trial Ends
Animal Advocate Anita Kranjnc faced a prison sentence for feeding water to a dehydrated pig. After two years of defending herself in a court battle, the judge dismissed the charges against her for mischief and meddling with private property.
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Guy with puppy more trustworthySome Pets Make You Look More Attractive
New research suggests women rated men holding puppies as almost 24% sexier, 14% more trustworthy and 13% more attractive than the same men not holding a puppy. Meanwhile, women with kittens were perceived as the least attractive and women with cats were rated lowest on sexiness and trustworthiness.
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Tick Talk
Dogfather Joey Villani shares a little known secret for easily getting rid of ticks. Simply pulling them out of your animals, or using a match to get rid of them can actually cause more problems. But with this technique, the ticks will leave on their own accord.
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Class Action Claims Prescription Pet Food is a Marketing Scheme.
Four law firms are making news for representing pet owners in a class action lawsuit, which alleges that prescription dog and cat food is a marketing scheme devised by pet food companies to pump up their profits. They state that requiring a prescription from a veterinarian misleads consumers, providing cover that enables pet food companies to charge excessive prices because prescription pet food contains no drug or other ingredient not also common in non-prescription pet food.
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1171. The Truth Behind The Billion Dollar Pet Food Business

What is really in your pet foodWhat The Pet Food Manufacturers Want You To Know
The pet food industry is worth 29 BILLION dollars a year. With so much at stake, they've formed a lobbying group called Pet Food Institute. PFI's Communications Director, Mary Emma Young joins us to tell you want they want you to know about pet food.
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Pet Fooled
Pet food advocate and director of the movie "Pet Fooled," Kohl Harrington believes you are being lied to and manipulated by the major pet food manufacturers - all in the name of economics. Kohl shares the information he collected while producing the movie, including documentation that you're being deceived into slowly killing your pets; and even paid hush money by pet food makers. You'll want to hear this before you shop for pet food again!
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Employers Offer Paternity Leave
Harper-Collins Publishers is now offering their employees "PAWternity leave" when they adopt a new pet, giving workers up to five working days of paid leave to settle in with their new animal friend. The publisher says it wants to encourage responsible adoption of animals as well as make life easier for their staff that choose to open their homes to furry friends.
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Pet Rat Saved After Heroin Overdose
Volunteers at an overdose prevention site in Vancouver, Canada, say they saved the life of a pet rat named Snuggles after the little rodent overdosed on heroin it had eaten off a table.
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Yoga classes with catsCat Yoga Classes
For cat lovers and exercise enthusiasts, free yoga classes filled with feline friends sounds like a pretty good deal. But these classes are offered with a larger purpose in mind, as the cats need homes. The P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center in Camden, Maine, offers free monthly cat yoga classes as a way to introduce potential new pet owners to some kitties in need.
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Victims Scammed After Buying Dogs Online
Police in the town of Winkler, Manitoba, Canada, are asking people to be extra vigilant when buying anything online after three people were scammed out of hundreds of dollars when they bought dogs that they never received. The victims had all recently responded to online classified ads listing dogs for sale.
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1170. Actor Sir Patrick Stewart Changes His Mind About Pit Bulls

Sir Patrick Stewart and Ginger the foster PitbullStar Trek Star Changes His Mind About Pit Bulls
Actor and humanitarian Sir Patrick Stewart is fostering a pit bull named Ginger after they bonded instantly. He admits that he once believed the negative stereotypes about pit bulls, but his love for Ginger and other pit bulls has grown so deep that now he's partnered up with the ASPCA to #GetTough against dog fighters.
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Fear Free Movement
When Dr. Marty Becker created the Fear Free certification for Veterinarians, he had no idea it would take off so fast. More and more veterinarians are creating a relaxed environment that pets will like. They're practicing techniques that make dogs and cats enjoy going to the vet. The end-game is happier, healthier pets that live longer.
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David Frei is on Animal RadioGiving The West Coast Some Love
TV Host and Animal Advocate David Frei was the top dog at Westminster for almost 30 years. He tells us that he's created the first major west coast AKC Dog Show and it's all going on in Beverly Hills. Trailing the super success of the Thanksgiving Day Dog Show, NBC has bankrolled the celebrity filled dog show.
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Taiwan Outlaws Cat & Dog Meat for Humans
Taiwan is the first country in Asia to pass a law outlawing the human consumption of dog and cat meat. An amendment to an animal protection law, passed earlier this month by the Taiwanese, indicates a changing attitude in, "A society in which dog meat was regularly eaten, to one in which many people treat pet cats and dogs as valued members of their families," according to the government's own news agency.
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Eliminating Hairballs
If your cat is always hawking up hairballs, then perhaps you should hear what Animal Radio's Dogfather, Joey Villani has to say. He has some inexpensive and effective ways to reduce the hair your cat consumes. This is especially helpful if you've ever stepped in a juicy hairball in the middle of the night.
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1169. Does 16 Cats Make Paula Poundstone A "Crazy Cat Lady?" She Explains...
Paula Poundstone is on Animal RadioCrazy Cat Lady Paula Poundstone
We're flashing back to comedian Paula Poundstone's guest spot. She proudly defends being the cat mama to 16 cats (3 if the landlord asks). She's trying to decide whether to buy cat litter or send her kids to college.
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Wag App Cautionary Tails
A Houston couple is finding out firsthand some of the unintended consequences that can come with letting a stranger on an App take care of your pet. Their version of the unthinkable happened when they trusted a stranger on the "Wag!" app to walk Winnie, their 10-month-old Wheaten Terrier. Winnie died on that walk. The husband says Wag! representatives have not offered any details into how Winnie died. Wag did offer to reimburse the couple $188.71 for Winnie’s cremation costs if the couple signed a non-disclosure agreement, stating that, among other things, they would be legally required to keep quiet about what happened to Winnie. Just eight days before, another Wag! dog-walker in California was charged with animal cruelty after police say he kicked one of the four dogs he was walking.
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Cuddly Hedgehogs Carry Salmonella
Government health officials are warning that there have been at least 11 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium in 8 states. All involved hedgehogs. Even when hedgehogs appear healthy, the CDC says they can carry salmonella germs in their droppings. Those germs can then spread around the hedgehog's body and then to anything in the area where they live.
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Aspirin Can Be Fatal For Your Pet
While Aspirin might be just what the doctor ordered after a night out drinking; your dog or cat's body won't assimilate the chemicals safely. Enough 'well-meaning' aspirin can kill your pet. Same holds true for Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen. There are a lot safer anti-inflammatory medicines that your veterinarian can prescribe. Animal Radio's Dr. Debbie has a tip for determining if something your pet swallowed is toxic and if you should go to the veterinarian.
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1168. Kim Komando Says Some Tech Could Emit Noises Only Your Pets Hear

No Dogs Left Behind founder Jeffrey Beri is on Animal Radio from ChinaNo Dogs Left Behind
Jeffrey Beri founded the global animal rescue No Dogs Left Behind. He checks in with Animal Radio from China where he's rescuing thousands of dogs from a horrific life and ultimate slaughter. He reports that the Chinese are changing their view on pets.
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Think About Your Pets When Buying That Tech Gadget
Tech expert Kim Komando says every piece of technology we put into our homes could very easily emit a sound that cannot be heard by humans but comes in loud and clear for pets. That's not to say pets are suffering because of our gadgets, but that the possibility exists and it is something you may want to consider. In scientific terms, humans can hear sounds up to about 20,000 Hz, while dogs can hear sounds up to 45,000 Hz and cats 64,000 Hz. That means there are frequencies undetectable to us but very noticeable and even hurtful to animals. Lights can also be a problem, because animals see the world differently than humans. LED lights flicker more than others, though the speed at which they do so isn't really noticed by humans. Dogs, however, are sensitive up to 80 Hz or flickers per second.
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Retiring Former Research Chimps
The Director of Behavior and Research at Chimp Haven joins Animal Radio to talk about the many chimps that are now living at her sanctuary in Louisiana. Amy Fultz is currently fund raising to help build more habitats in the 200-acre refuge.
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1167. ‚ÄėWild Kingdom‚Äô Host Talks About Harrowing Experiences Filming Animals

Wild Kingdom host Peter Gros is on Animal RadioMutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom
The little known insurance company would've sunk into obscurity if it weren't for the marriage to the iconic television programming it hitched its name to. Marlin Perkins and his monkey hosted the Sunday evening tradition. The show lives on today as a web series hosted by this week's Animal Radio guest, Peter Gros. Peter talks about several harrowing experiences filming wild animals, including chasing a 12-foot python through the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan.
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Meet Your Breed
Don't just get a dog because it's cute. To ensure a long lasting relationship, you should get a breed that suits your activity level, as some dogs require lots of stimulation while others, like the unsuspecting Greyhound, would rather be a couch potato. Behaviorist Kim Brophey is here to help you pick out your new furry family member.
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Raccoon Overdoses on Heroin
Raccoon Overdoses on Heroin
Firefighters at Wayne Township in Indiana must still be laughing about a recent visit they had from a frantic woman who showed up at the station house early one morning with her pet raccoon. The raccoon was stoned after being exposed to too much marijuana and the owner thought the raccoon was overdosing. Later, they discovered the raccoon had actually gotten into someone's stash of heroine.
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The New Fear Free Guide
The biggest thing to recently happen to animal welfare is arguably the Fear Free movement. Starting with veterinarians, changes were made to make vet visits a better experience for the pet and everyone involved. Then Fear Free moved into the household by creating the Fear Free Happy Homes program. Now, with the help of Fear Free father and renown author, Dr. Marty Becker talks about the new Fear Free book, From Fearful to Fear Free.
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1166. How To Tell If Your Pet Is In Pain

Pain and Palliative Medicine for PetsHidden Pain In Cats
Cats may feel pain but there may be no obvious signs. Dr. Robin Downing specializes in pain and palliative medicine for pets and she explains why cats may not exhibit the signs of pain, or at least how humans perceive pain. Dr. Downing also discusses pain treatments for our furry friends. This segment is part of the Fear Free Expert Series.
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Sea-furring Felines
We remember the bold seafarers of yore, from Magellan to Shackleton, for their extraordinary exploits; New lands discovered, storms weathered, and battles won. But somehow history has neglected the stalwart, hardworking species who made it all possible ... yes, the noble cat! Philippa Sandall joins us from down-under to describe these under appreciated sea-furring felines.
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Firefighters mistake kit foxes for dogs
Firefighters Thought They Were Rescuing Puppies
Firefighters in Colorado Springs say they are pretty surprised to learn that the littler of "puppies" they rescued from a storm drain were actually baby foxes. Before learning they actually had baby foxes in their care, they were taken to a veterinary hospital where they were told the tiny little things were really newborn red fox kits.
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1165. Your Cat May Be Giving Away Your Home Address

Who is smarter? The dog or cat?Who Is Smarter? Dog Or Cat?
Scientific American Senior Editor Josh Fischman translates the results from current research on the brains and neurons of cats, dogs, raccoons, bears and humans. You may be surprised by the results. Cat lovers - brace yourself.
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Has Your Pet Restricted Your Travel Plans?
According to a study of 2,000 American pet parents, half of them have never traveled outside of the country since owning their pet. The main reason pet owners struggle to take a vacation without their pet is likely due to the 68% who felt especially guilty when they leave their pets behind.
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Your Cat May Be Giving Away Your Home Address
Identity theft has been a big concern for years. Now those photos you post of your pet could lead strangers straight to your home. The meta-data hidden beneath those cute furry photos include your geo-location. And one website, IKnowWhereYourCatLives.com, actually highlights just that.
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How was the KONG invented? Joe Markham explains.
Two KONGs For Every Dog In America
The KONG is the most ubiquitous dog toy in existence. The name KONG has become a part of the vernacular, just like Kleenex and Band-Aid. So, you'll be quite amused when KONG creator Joe Markham tells us how the toy was invented by accident. This is the last installment in the Fear Free Expert Series.
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Bucket List For Shelter Dog
An animal shelter in Arlington, Virginia, is helping a dying dog with cancer live his best life. The Animal Welfare League of Arlington hopes that a family will adopt Smoke, a 10-year-old hound with terminal cancer, in the last weeks or months that he has left. But, until that time, the shelter has created a bucket list for Smoke that is still growing. On the list already are entries such as riding in a fire truck, eating ice cream, going to the beach, riding in a police car and howling with the sirens, and getting a full body doggy massage.
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1164. Which Pop Superstar Tests Her Songs On Her Dogs First?

Dogipot Dog Parking ExplainedHigh Tech Dog Kennel
If Rebecca Eyre gets her way, you'll never again see a dog tied up outside a retail or food establishment. She says "Dogspot," a climate controlled parking spot for your dog, is being rolled-out across the country. Using the smartphone app, you'll gain access to a safe and secure dog locker fitted with UV lamps and cameras. So many questions, so little time.
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What's So Important About Blood Tests
Has your veterinarian ever recommended an expensive battery of blood tests for your pet? Dr. Fred Metzler explains why these blood tests are needed to really understand your pets health, even when they're healthy. Since our pets cannot speak English, veterinarians rely upon blood to tell the story. Dr. Metzger is our next speaker in the Fear Free Pets Expert Series.
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Laura Vorreyer is on Animal RadioPetsitter To The Stars Speaks
Laura Vorreyer has become a petsitter for celebrity pet owners and their furry companions. She says that some of her clients have large requests when it comes to pet are. Laura will tell us about a popular singer who tests her songs on her dogs to see if they'll be a hit.
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Potatoes and Lentils in Dog Food Linked To Heart Disease
There's some new information from the Food and Drug Administration's that says
potatoes, legumes, peas and lentils used as protein sources in many dog foods may be linked to canine heart disease. The agency is researching dogs that developed dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM, which is a disease of a dog's heart muscle and often results in congestive heart failure.
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1163. Supermodel Chickens and Pet Dreams

Model Summer Rayne and Kippy are on Animal RadioSupermodel Chicken
Model Summer Rayne Oakes dispels common stereotypes. A Cornell graduate in Etymology, she has no problems feeding her best friend live meal-worms, something that would make most models squirm. Of course, her best friend is a chicken named Kippy. The two are inseparable. You might see them together on a N.Y. Subway. Kippy has even appeared in several photo shoots.
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Does Your Pet Dream?
Have you seen you pet twitch, move or mumble while they sleep. Could they be dreaming? Harvard Professor and Dream Researcher Dr. Deirdre Barrett shares what she knows about pet dreams.
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Dealing With Noise Phobias
Some pets can be alarmed or startled by noises like thunder, cars and fireworks. It's not uncommon. Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist Dr. E'Lise Christensen tells us about ways we can desensitize our furry friends. Our pets deserve to be Fear Free Pets.
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What Would You Give Up To Take Your Dog To Work?
As part of last month's Take Your Dog to Work Day, Ollie, a human-grade dog food company, polled animal lovers who currently cannot take their dog to the office to see what they would be willing to do to gain that privilege. One in four said they would give up three vacations days if it meant their dog would be allowed in the office. Additionally, 70% of pet parents said they would show up to work earlier if it meant they could bring their dog and 68% said they would stay later. Two-thirds of those polled said they would be willing to switch to another company if it meant getting pet-friendly perks.
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Airlines Want To Ban Support Animals
Two major air carriers, American and Southwest Airlines, are urging the Federal Government to no longer require them to allow Emotional Support Animals on board. The Transportation Department is reconsidering its rules for traditional service animals and comfort pets. The flight industry group, Airlines for America, which represents American and Southwest, has told the Transportation Department that it should narrow the broad definition of "service animals" to only quote, "trained dogs that perform a task or work for an individual with a disability."
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1162. How Far Can Your Dog Smell? The Secrets Of The Snout

Frank Rosell is on Animal RadioThe Secrets Of The Snout
Scientist and researcher Frank Rosell joins us live from Norway to talk about our pet's incredible nose and smelling capabilities. He'll explain why your friend's dog is "all-up-in-your-business" and just how far and how much our dog can smell stuff. They can even smell cancer.
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65-year-old Woman Has Had Her Pet 56 Years
Here's a story you don't hear very often. Jeanna Smith got her pet tortoise during the Kennedy administration, and it might still be alive for the Bieber administration. Not many people live most of their life with their childhood pet.
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Dr. Dawn Crandall is on Animal RadioWhat To Do When You Can't Reach A Veterinarian
The Fear Free Pets Expert Series continues with Dr. Dawn Crandell. She'll teach you how to evaluate and treat your pet when a veterinarian isn't easily accessible. Before you take your dog on a trip or camping, make sure you're prepared for the unexpected.
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Your Turn To Weigh In On Airline Service Animal Policy
The Transportation Department announced it's seeking comments for drafting rules for dealing with animals flying with passengers on planes. The proposal asks for comments about questions such as: whether to treat psychiatric service animals the same as other service animals, such as for the blind and deaf; whether to require emotional-support animals to travel in containers or with a harness or leash; and limiting the types of animals qualifying as emotional-support animals.
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1161. One In Ten Pet Owners Admit To Getting Their Pet High On Drugs

Stephen Kuusistos is on Animal RadioBeing Blind - Faking A Sighted Person
For 30 years, legally blind from birth, Stephen Kuusistos went about his daily business as if he had 20/20 vision. He even drove bikes and motorcycles. But his life changed dramatically when he met his first service dog, Corky. This dog assisted him and even taught him some valuable life lessons.
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The Truth About Raccoons
Over the years, many people have tried to make pets out of raccoons. This is nearly impossible. Raccoons not only make bad, destructive pets, but they also inherently carry disease. Animal Radio's Dr. Debbie has to let down a listener that was dead-set on making a wild raccoon a family member.
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Recreational Drugs and Alcohol - Not For Pets
The Family Center for Recovery surveyed over 1,000 pet owners who admitted to seeing their pet ingest drugs or other substances. 10% of men and 5% women in this survey said they purposefully got their pet high on drugs so they could share the experience and nearly 8% of men and 4% of women said they gave their pet drugs or alcohol out of boredom.
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Dog Park Hijacked For Ten Years
Tribeca Dog Park Gets Hijacked For Ten YearsThe Tribeca Dog Park in New York was literally stolen, or hijacked, ten years ago by area residents who put a lock on the gate, began charging fees, banning non-member status mutts and enforcing its 22 rules with an iron fist and the city never noticed. The people with the pirated dog park installed a keypad lock on the gate and sent members a secret 4-digit passcode after they paid a $120 annual fee over Paypal on the group's website.
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Man Shoots At Roommate Over Cat Hair On Couch
A 58-year-old Florida man has been arrested after he shot at his roommate because he was angry about cat hair being on the couch. The roommate told police that the cat-hair-hating-guy fired in his direction and said, "The next one's going to be you." Mr. Cat Hair Hater is being held without bond and is facing charges of shooting into a dwelling, aggravated battery and aggravated assault.
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1160. A Device That Will Translate What Your Pet Says Into English

Dr. Con Slobodchikoff says an animal translator device is in our near futureNot Sci-fi. A Device That Translates Woofs and Meows Into Words
Dr. Con Slobodchikoff (Professor Emeritus NAU) believes we are close to developing a gadget that will translate what your dog or cat is saying into English words. While several novelty items are currently on the market, his work is based in science. Slobodchikoff says "So many people would dearly love to talk with their dog. With cats, I'm not sure what they'd have to say. A lot of times it might just be 'you idiot, just feed me.'"
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Counting Cats
Because most everyone has their own opinion on whether cats or dogs are smarter, a new study has created quite a stir when it suggested that dogs might have an intelligence edge over cats. On the other hand, a few other studies have shown that cats have a greater mathematical ability than dogs. Meanwhile, other less traditionally "smart" animals like fish and frogs, according to new research, are able to count.
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Pet owners and datingDating Advice For Pet Parents
Things can get complicated if you are in a relationship that progresses to the point where you are thinking about moving in together. And if the other person is also bringing a pet to the new household then you have a lot to consider. Animal Radio News Director Lori Brooks has some good advice for pet parents who want to combine households.
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1159. Sheena Easton Goes Crazy About Her Cats!

Dr. Ahna Brutal is on Animal RadioAccidentally Sickening Your Pet
The Senior Veterinary Toxicologist at the Pet Poison Helpline wants you to know what household toxins can fatally sicken your pets. Dr. Ahna Brutlag warns that pesticides and bait traps can kill more than bugs and mice. She also says even pet safe anti-freeze can be harmful.
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Psychologist Tells Us What Pets Want From Their Owners
Ever wonder how your pet sees the world? There's an entire branch of science devoted to figuring that out. Psychologist Dr. Zazie Todd has been studying the techniques guardians use to better their relationship with their pets.
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Toxoplasmosis Could Actually Improve Your Life
According to a new study, a mind-controlling parasite found in cat feces increases a person's likelihood of studying business and going into entrepreneurial-related careers. The parasite Toxoplasma Gondii has long been associated with impulsive behaviors leading to an increased risk of car accidents, road rage, mental illness, neuroticism, drug abuse and even suicide. Researchers believe T. Gondii exposure might push people toward higher risks and higher reward activities. The experts found that people infected with the parasite were about 1.5 times more likely to major in business and 1.7 times more likely to pursue a management and entrepreneurship major.
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Pop Diva Sheena Easton Flashback
Singer, songwriter and actress Sheena Easton provides one of the most memorable celebrity interviews on Animal Radio. Sheena is cra-cra about her kitties, no holds barred when she divulges how she spoils her cats and dogs.
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1158. Why Is Our Pet's Food Supply Constantly Jeopardized?

What is in Your Pet Food?Why Is Pentobarbital In Our Pet Food?
Jaclyn Bowen of the Clean Label Project is back to explain why our pet's food supply is constantly jeopardized. What are the implications of the Blue Buffalo's sale to General Mills? You should listen before you shop for pet food again.
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Understanding UTI
Urinary Tract Infections are more common than you think. Did you know stress could cause a UTI in your cat or dog? Dr. Tony Huffington explains how a stressed animal is at higher risk for infection. Have you heard the Fear Free Pet Expert Series?
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Ian Matheson in the dog houseSleeping In The Doghouse
A cold winter has led to the deaths of several dogs left outside in the elements. Ian Matheson spent the evening in the brutal cold weather to bring awareness to pet owners about the risks of leaving your dog outside overnight. Listen to Ian tell his story.
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People Prefer Pets Over Partners
A study of 2,000 cat and dog owners shows more than half often prefer spending time with their pet instead of their partner. This is because they love unconditionally, they don't nag, they never talk back and are always in a good mood. 3 in 10 adults say their pet is a better listener than their partner, while 45% like the fact they are never judged or questioned by their cat or dog. Surprisingly, 29% even say their four-legged friend is better at snuggling.
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Dog Tests Positive For Rabies After Biting Owners
A family dog in Delaware has tested positive for rabies after biting his two adult owners. The dog was also not up to date on shots. The adults, who were bitten by the dog, have begun rabies treatment. Rabies is an infectious disease affecting the nervous system of humans and other mammals. Infection happens through the bite or scratch of an infected animal or if saliva from an infected animal gets into the eyes, nose, mouth, or an opening in the skin of the bite victim.
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1157. Actress Loretta Swit Talks 'Animals.'

Loretta Swit is back on Animal RadioHotlips Houlihan Returns
Loretta Swit (M*A*S*H) is back on Animal Radio to tell us about her childhood pet, her faux fur jacket and most importantly, her book of original watercolors she painted. Surprisingly, Loretta's parents didn't foster her artistic side. Hotlips continues to speak out for the animals.
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Canned Food Found To Increase BPA in Dogs
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a widely used industrial chemical found in many household items, including resins that are used to line and inhibit corrosion of metal food cans. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri Veterinary School have found that even short-term feeding of canned dog food resulted in a significant 3-fold increase in the level of BPA in dogs.
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When Squirrels AttackMan Sues After Pet Squirrel Attack
A contractor is suing a Virginia couple for $90,000 for injuries he says were caused when their pet squirrel attacked him - biting and scratching his leg and hand. According to the paperwork filed by the contractor, the couple was keeping the animal as a pet, but the homeowners say they have never had a pet squirrel.
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Judge Rules Dogs Are Property
A Canadian judge has ruled dogs are property and cannot be considered in the same vein as children in a scathing decision blasting a newly separated couple for a "ridiculous" attempt to use the court system to settle custody dispute over two of their three dogs. The judge likened the matter to being asked to rule on what the couple should do with other joint property they may own. "Am I to make an order that one party have interim possession of the family butter knives?"
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1156. Stressed People Have Stressed Pets. Dr Huber Explains.

Katfish the Alligator gets Legal RepresentationEvicted Alligator Gets Legal Representation
'Katfish,' the 200-pound PET alligator that was forcibly removed from his home, is now being represented in court by Tristen Woods and Lauren Sierra. The alligator's owner, Sean Casey fed Katfish a diet of chicken nuggets from Wendy's. Tristen and Lauren explain the situation and what the future holds for the reptilian.
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Stressed People Have Stressed Dogs
Dr. John Huber says happy owners generally have happy pets. Alternatively, stressed owners tend to cause their pets to be anxious. This anxiety can cause a myriad of canine behavior problems.
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Vegan Diets Can Land You In Jail
Cat owners in the U.K. are being advised they are breaking the law if they feed their cat an all vegan diet. Cats are obligate carnivores and need meat. Owners of cats that are malnourished face a hefty fine and even a jail sentence.
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Pet spending up to staggering 77 BILLION
Pet Spending Surpasses Previous Reports
Americans spent a staggering $77.13 BILLION on their pets last year. That's a 15% increase over 2020. The biggest chunk was spent on pet food, followed by veterinary care. Consumers spent an average of $237 per pet for the holidays.
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Is The Groomer Really To Blame
A big box pet store chain is under the gun again as another grooming accident allegedly resulted in a broken jaw. However, Dr. Debbie is quick to point out that the dog's jaw may have been compromised prior to the grooming due to poor dental care.
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1155. Legislation To License Groomers After Accidental Deaths

Rosemary Marchetti is on Animal RadioLegislation To License Groomers
Shortly after Rosemary Marchetto's Shih Tzu was dropped at a chain store groomer she was informed that her dog had died. She feels the groomer was negligent and that the profession needs regulation. Bijou's Bill, named after Rosemary's dog, is being spearheaded by New Jersey Senator Valerie Huttle. The law would require pet groomers to be licensed, at least 18 years old, and tested by the State Board of Veterinary Examiners. Rosemary joins us this week to tell her story. Animal Radio's Joey Villani is also on the forefront of this groundbreaking legislation and he says there is some push-back from many groomers.
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You Can Now Ask Alexa Pet Medical Questions
Vet24seven has launched MyPetDoc, an Alexa skill that is the world's first artificial intelligence "SmartVet." Now, pet parents with a pet health question can talk with MyPetDoc on Alexa and get veterinarian-backed answers to their concerns. Once MyPetDoc has answered the pet parents' questions, they can then choose to speak immediately with a licensed veterinarian for more guidance and advice for a $25 charge. This doesn't sit well with Animal Radio's Dr. Debbie.
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Kristin von Kreisler
Courthouse Dogs
World renown animal writer/author Kristin von Kreisler uncovers the world of courthouse dogs in her new book "A Reason For Hope." These dogs comfort those testifying in court, similar to an emotional support animal. While Kristin's book is fiction, she goes all-out to research her writing, even once following a grizzly bear for a Reader's Digest article.
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Making It Illegal To Stalk Pets
The federal stalking law is getting an update to include threats made against a pets and emotional support animals. Senator Gary Peters of Michigan managed to get his proposal, which adds threats and violence against a person's pets to the stalking statute, included in this year's Farm Bill. Under the law, threatening or harming a pet as a way to harass or intimidate a victim is punishable by up to five years in prison.
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Pet Scams On The Rise
The Better Business Bureau's Scam Tracker has seen an increase in people losing money to pet scams. They're not surprised as it's typical around the holidays. Animal Radio's Lori Brooks exposes the scams and has tips to avoid being scammed.
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Tim Spell talks Pet Car Safety on Animal Radio
Do You Have The Right Car Seat For Your Fur-baby?
A recent Harris Poll indicates that many dog owners don't restrain their animals while driving with them. Many admit to allowing their dog to roam freely about the car, sit on their lap or stick their head out the window. Award-winning car columnist Tim Spell tells us the dangers behind unrestrained pets in the car and how to find the right restraining system and use it properly.
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1154. Do You Talk "Baby Talk" To Your Pet? You Need To Hear This.

How to properly pet a cat or dog according to Dr. Marty BeckerYou're Petting Your Pets Wrong
Dr. Marty Becker is back with new research that shows you may be petting cats and dogs improperly. This is especially important if you're a veterinarian. The Fear Free Pets movement wants us to rethink how we interact with our four-legged friends.
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Do Dogs Like 'Baby Talk?'
Most of us baby talk to babies and our dogs, but maybe we should just limit it to puppies because it turns out older dogs aren't so impressed with our baby talk. A new study shows that baby talk, also known as dog-directed speech when you're conversing with your dog, gets a big response from puppies, but older dogs really couldn’t care less.
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Recipe for cats and dogs to get alongRecipe for Cats and Dogs To Get Along
Cats and dogs really can get along to the point that they'll play hard together, drink water from the same bowl and cuddle on the couch, according to research led from Tel Aviv University. They discovered the recipe for success is to adopt the cat first and introduce a dog while both pets are still young. In homes where the cat and dog are mates, the research suggests they've managed to correctly read each other's body cues.
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Pet Owners Fined for Animals Left Out in Cold
In Yakima, Washington, authorities are giving a warning to unkind pet owners after receiving reports of animals being left outside in frigid temperatures. Since the beginning of last month, animal control has already responded to at least 60 animal welfare checks. Pet owners could face a misdemeanor charge for animal neglect if their pets are found in distress and given a fine from $250 to $5,000 depending on the severity.
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1153. "Who Gets The Dog?" Deciding Pet Custody For Divorcing Couples.

Opossum Rescue is a thing.Opossum Rescue is a Thing
The Opossum's Pouch Rescue founder Beth Sparks is our guest. She says North America's only marsupial is quite misunderstood. Beth cares for injured and orphaned Opossums, which are different than Possums. Who knew? Well, apparently everybody, as rescues and social media sites centered on the Opossum are popping up everywhere. Besides, who can resist the little guy in this picture?
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Denver Bans Cat Declawing
Denver has become the first city in Colorado to ban elective cat declawing. The city has decided to prohibit veterinarians from performing the procedure unless it's medically necessary. That makes Denver the first major U.S. city outside of California to make this move after passing the bill in November. However, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association opposes the measure saying the decision to declaw a cat or not should be left up to a veterinarian and the pet owner.
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Shannon Kopp is on Animal RadioThe Healing Power of Dogs
Shannon Kopp is no stranger to Animal Radio. In 2015, she told us about her eating disorder, Bulimia. She was throwing up 20 times a day. It was killing her. No doctor or therapist could help her. Things didn't change until she met a special dog. Now, she's advocating the use of animals to help others suffering from eating disorders. You have to hear this incredible and inspiring story told by Shannon.
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Judges Decided Pet Custody
Divorcing couples in Illinois who can't agree on who keeps the pets will have a judge decide custody, thanks to a new state law. Usually companion animals are treated like property to be divided up between the couple, because in most states pets are still classified as property. But now with the rise of two-income families opting not to have children, the issue of pet custody is gaining more attention.
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Fine for Fake Service Dogs
An Arizona state lawmaker has introduced a bill that will fine people up to $250 if they're caught trying to pass their pets off as service animals in public places. As much as this problem irritates many people, some disability advocates worry that if State Senate Bill 1040 becomes law, it may cause more problems and misunderstandings.
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1152. Ralph Nader Is Speaking For The Animals

Ralph Nader is on Animal RadioRalph Nader Guests
Named by Time, Life and Atlantic magazines as one of the hundred most influential Americans, former U.S. Presidential candidate Ralph Nader is our guest. Now, he's speaking out for the animals in his book called "Animal Envy."
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Teens Invent for Dogs
Josh and Zach Armstrong are 13 and 15 respectively. They're home-schooled. But don't let that fool you. They've invented an electronic circuit that a blind dog can wear on his collar to alert him of impending obstacles. They'll tell their story to us this weekend.
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Lowes hires dog and human
Dog Lands Jobs at Lowe's
Clay Luthy is an Air Force veteran who can't go anywhere without his 10-year-old service dog Charlotte, even to work. That's why the dynamic duo is especially overjoyed that they finally landed a job at the Lowe's in Abilene, Texas. Up until Clay's wife gave him the idea to apply at Lowe's, the veteran had a hard time finding a business that would be okay with his Charlotte following him around in a work zone. Lowe's Human Resources Department says, "Clay won the job on his own merit, but the company just got the benefit of getting Charlotte right along with him."
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The Misunderstood Pit Bull
Author and pit bull advocate Deirdre Franklin wants you to know that the breed gets a bad-rap. She'll tell us why pit bulls are misunderstood. If you're thinking of adopting this adorable breed, you'll need to know what hurdles lay ahead.
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The Gnarly Yeast Infection
If your dog has ever had to deal with a yeast infection, you know how itchy and uncomfortable your furry-friend can be. Not to mention the stink! These infections are usually secondary of a bigger problem. Dr. Debbie can help you identify the problem and get your dog back onto the recovery path.
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1151. Holiday Pet Stories And Tales - Classic Buddy Hackett Words Of Wisdom

Buddy HackettLadybug the Animal Radio¬ģ Studio Stunt DogAnimal Radio Howliday Special¬†
Bring on the holidays with inspirational and emotionally driven tales about the connection with our pets. Celebrated authors and entertainers share their most intimate thoughts on animals.
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Comedian Buddy Hackett loved animals so much he started a foundation and a yearly comedy show to help save abused and homeless dogs and cats.
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Animal Advocate Ed Sayres has found an addendum to Genesis explaining the creation of Cats & Dogs. You might be surprised to know that God felt the dog was a reflection of himself and named the creature "DOG" - GOD backwards.
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From the nationally recognized Helen Woodward Center in San Diego, Mike Arms had a rough start in the animal world. Moving from Kentucky to New York, a search for work landed him at the local shelter. After being beaten by thugs for saving a dog, he dedicated his life to the animals.
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Also on this special show: Rae Ann Kumelos, Peter Gethers, Britt Savage, Vinnie Penn, Trixie Koontz and Jingle Fish!
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1150. The Absolute Best Gift You Can Give Your Pet

Cat ToiletHuman Like Toilet For Your Cat
There's a new human-like toilet on the market for cats. It is called Catolet. It's basically a conveyor belt-equipped automatically-flushing toilet that's made for cats. Ideally, the Catolet is installed in a bathroom where it is permanently connected to the water supply and sewage system with hoses that are included. Right now you can sign up to get one for $299.
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Life's A Pooch
Pet pontificator Boze Hadleigh is back on Animal Radio to celebrate the connection with our dogs. He's queried hundreds of celebrities and well-known people for quotes about "man's best friend."
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Giving Back - Paying it Forward
Animal Radio's Pet World Insider Robert Semrow has five ways you can give back to the pet world this holiday season.
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Dog RobotAIBO The Robotic Dog Is Reborn
Sony Corp is going to try again with its robotic dog AIBO after more than a decade. AIBO is billed as a pet that behaves like a real dog using artificial intelligence to learn and interact with its handler and surroundings. Numerous studies have been done with robotic dogs and nursing home patients with fantastic results.
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Giving Your Dog Your Undivided Attention
New research suggests dogs make a wider variety of facial expressions when their owners or companions are paying attention to them. So, while you are sitting at a computer holding on to a toy while your dog basically plays tug of war with itself, is not nearly as beneficial to them as when you invest your attention in that play time.
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First Responders Can Now Treat Pets In Wisconsin
Wisconsin lawmakers are pushing to change state law and allow first responders to treat pets when responding to an emergency. However, the departments do not receive special training for handling pets and they do prioritize saving human lives first. 22 other states in the U.S. already allow first responders to provide animals with emergency care.
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1149. Strange, Unusual And Bionic Animals

Bionic Animals on Animal RadioBionic Animals
Twenty-years ago, if an animal lost a limb, they might be considered for euthanasia. Not anymore. With the advent of 3D printing, doctors are able to create appendages, from legs to tails. Nancy Furstinger went deep undercover to see who is making these prosthetics, what animals are wearing them, and who is buying them. She says these animals seldom notice the handicap and are mostly Unstoppable.
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Starting A Rescue
More people are quitting their job to open animal rescues. This may seem pretty straightforward from the outside, but there is a maze of laws and hoops to jump through to avoid being shut down by Johnny Law. Sandra Pfau England has created the long-awaited step-by-step guide to starting a pet rescue and she'll share some of her finest tips on this week's show.
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Pet Care Innovation Awards
The five finalists for this year's Pet Care Innovation Awards have been announced. They include the Fetch My Pet Life Management app; Animal Biome, a micro biome-based pet health diagnostics and supplement company; Bare it All, a pet food company that uses the invasive Asian carp as a primary protein source; Barkly a personalized dog walking app; and Pup Joy, makers of the customizable subscription box for dogs. More than 85 companies from 9 countries applied for this year's honor. Animal Radio News Director Lori Brooks reports.
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Dog with two nosesBelieve It Or Not
Edward Meyer of Ripley's is back with his yearly round-up of strange and unusual animals. Topping the list is a dog with two noses, conjoined fish, and a bird that wears flip-flops. We’ll have giveaways of this year's incredible coffee table book, Shatter Your Senses.
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Holiday Hazards
Animal Radio's Pet World Insider Robert Semrow counts down the top 5 Holiday Traditions That Can Land You and Your Pets on the Naughty List. Don't be one of the thousands that find themselves in the Veterinary office over the holidays.
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1148. Emotional Support Squirrel Faces Eviction. Wait, What?

Christopher Gutierrez - CascadeCatcade
Christopher Gutierrez decided to create a cat café in Chicago. Not just any regular cat café though. He filled it with video and arcade games. He said the niche is working. His mission is to rescue cats from life-threatening situations and find quality homes through his adoption program.
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Massaging Your Pets
Craniosacral Therapist Tracy Vroom works hard to help animals feel better through massage. As an instructor at the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage, she's sharing what she knows about her healing touch. She'll get us started with massage techniques for our pets.
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A Message To Veterinarians
Veterinarian Dr. Julie Reck says that turning her office into a Fear Free certified clinic helped her to practice better medicine. She opened her clinic in 2011 and now she has a bustling practice with four vets and an new attitude. The pets are the big benefactors.
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Commemorating A Pet
Yes, all dogs go to heaven. But what you do with their earthly bodies is up to you and now you have options. There is cremation, burial at a pet cemetery and even taxidermy. You can also turn their ashes into synthetic diamonds, which is pretty expensive and starts at about $2,500 for the smallest size diamond. However, there is another option. Now you can have your pet composted. Lori Brooks reports.
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Emotional Support SquirrelEmotional Support Squirrel Faces Eviction
A man in Florida is facing eviction from his condo because he refuses to part with his ESA, or Emotional Support Animal, which in this case is a squirrel. The man says he rescued the female squirrel, now named Brutus, shortly after Hurricane Matthew. He says she's just like a cat that hides nuts. He even has the required doctor’s note saying he suffers from anxiety related to a car accident more than ten years ago.
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Dog Owners Are Healthier
There are literally thousands of studies saying pets are good for your health but this latest one has a lot of people talking. This research was 12 years in the making, studying 3.4 million people, and found that adult dog owners are less likely to die than their non-dog owning peers.
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1147. Do You Shower With Your Pet? There's Hair In The Soap Again.

The Chicken Chick is on Animal RadioChickens As Pets
The "Chicken Chick" is back with her backyard chicken stories and tips on raising your own chickens. Trained as a lawyer, Kathy Shea-Mormino is taking on courts all across the U.S. to allow chickens in city settings.
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Tackling Pet Diabetes
Pet World Insider Robert Semrow has 5 Things You Must Know About Pet Diabetes. The disease is becoming more prevalent as more pets are becoming obese. This is just another reason to keep your pet fit and eating properly.
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Controlling Pet Stress
You may think your pets are living the spoiled life. But did you know they actually could be stressed, causing undue strain on their immune system? Dr. Elizabeth DeLomba is back with details on the silent killer. She'll tell us the signs to look out for - and what to do if your pet is stressed.
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Fake Delta Airlines Website Scamming Pet OwnersFake Delta Airlines Website Scamming Pet Owners
An elaborate, but bogus pet-shipping website that makes people believe they are dealing with Delta Air Lines has also been linked to a puppy selling scam, offering smaller dogs like Chihuahuas and poodles for sale. Delta filed a lawsuit against the website DeltaPetTransit.com in federal court because it is designed to look like the real Delta site and uses the airline's logos and even pictures of its planes. According to Delta, the fake website operators collect thousands of dollars without ever shipping or delivering any pets.
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Okay, That's A Little Weird
A new survey shows a large percentage of pet owners are going out of their way to do things for their pets, that other less animal friendly people may consider weird. But who cares, right? This new survey revealed that a 33% of us let our pets into the bathroom with us. The poll of 2,000 dog and cat owners also found a third shared a bath or shower with their pet! 3 in 10 sign their animal's name in birthday cards. More than 6 in 10 admit they are closer to their pet than they are to some of their family members. But 9 in 10 owners said they don't care what people think of their relationships with their pets.
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1146. Another Supposedly Euthanized Pet Found Alive - Crooked Veterinarian?

John Bradshaw is on Animal RadioThe Science Behind Loving Our Pets
Anthrozoologist John Bradshaw says our love for pets is in our DNA. It's likely that if our parents carried the gene, you'll inherently love pets. John explains why humans are genetically encoded to enjoy companion animals.
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The Importance of Pet Enrichment
It isn't enough to supply food, shelter and health care for your pet. They need more. Your pet needs enrichment. This could mean anything from food puzzles to exercise. Dr. Marty Becker explains in the next segment of the Fear Free Expert Series.
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Facebook Data Reveals Differences Between Cat and Dog Owners
Facebook is all about the data. Facebook combed through its user base collecting information from 160,000 users in the United States who shared photos of cats or dogs (or both). They used object recognition technology to identify photos. They found dog people have more friends and more likely to be in a relationship. 30% of cat people are not in a relationship, compared to 24% of dog people. This is just the tip of the data iceberg.
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Another Supposedly Euthanized Pet Found Alive
A New Jersey woman who thought her dog was dead believed that her 15-year-old Mini Pinscher named Caesar had been euthanized 5 months earlier at her vet's office.  However, she recently found out that the dog had actually been living with an employee of the vet. Caesar's owner had even picked up his collar, paid the bill and received a letter from the staff with their condolences.  The woman received an anonymous tip from someone who told her that her dog was still alive and in the care of a vet technician that worked at the hospital but that the veterinarian no longer worked there.
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Holiday Statistics Paint An Ugly Picture For Our Pets
The busiest time of the year for a veterinarian is between Halloween and Christmas. Well meaning pet parents could be feeding their pets fixings from the dinner table, unknowingly causing pancreatitis. Redbarn's Lindsay Tracy is back with tips and tricks to avoid being a holiday statistic, while sharing the holiday with your your furry-family.
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1145. Jackson Galaxy Tells Us About His Pet Problems At Home

Jackson Galaxy is on Animal RadioDoes Your Cat Have Mojo?
Cat-daddy Jackson Galaxy has a house-full of his own cats (news flash), plus dogs and a turtle. So does he have the same problems as us common folk? You bet he does. Find out how he keeps harmony in his household.
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California Pet Stores Can Only Sell Rescue or Shelter Dogs
The California Governor has signed the Pet Rescue and Adoption Act into law, making California the first to have such a law that is statewide. Dogs, cats, and rabbits will arrive at pet stores in the state already vaccinated and spayed or neutered. The biggest opposition to the law came from The American Kennel Club and the California Retailers Association.
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Dr. James Capers Blessing of the Animals
Blessing Your Animals
Dr. James Capers is here to bless your animals. Grab your pets and bring them around the radio for this special ceremony. This is the next best thing to a visit from St. Francis of Assisi.
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Making Sure Your Pet Has A Safe Holiday
Redbarn's Lindsay Tracy is back to share tips for celebrating a safe holiday. This time of year can spell doom for your pets. In fact, between Halloween and Christmas, veterinarians see more animals than the rest of the year. Pancreatitis soars around Thanksgiving because the well-meaning guardians feed their furry companions leftovers from the table. Don't let your pet become a holiday statistic.
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Woman Wins Sick Pay to Care for Pet
An Italian college professor and dog owner has won the right to sick pay from her employer, after she took time off work to care for it. She only asked for two days leave because the dog needed constant medical supervision before it could be taken into surgery. When her employer refused her request, she appealed, demanding her right to paid leave as a public servant. Italy's Penal Code prohibits the abandonment of pets and that keeping an animal in conditions that may cause it to suffer is a crime in the country. Each is punishable with jail time or a hefty fine. So, the university reconsidered the case and ruled in the woman's favor, granting her the leave, which is traditionally granted only for workers dealing with serious personal or family problems.
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1144. Marijuana. Pot And Pets. What You Need To Know!

Travis Brorsen is on Animal RadioMy Big Fat Pet Makeover
Animal Planet host Travis Brorsen ushers a four-month weight loss and behavior modification journey with pet owners and their overweight animals. Is your pet tipping the scale? Don't take it personally. Over 60% of American pets are obese.
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Why Is Understanding Your Pet's Body Language Vital?
Licensed Veterinary Tech and Certified Professional Dog Trainer Debbie Martin is here to help us decode our pet's body language She says there are some common signs of distress or anxiety that people miss. This is part of our Fear Free Expert Series.
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Pot and Pets
A new study out of Colorado shows a four-fold increase in pet cannabis-related medical cases and much of that is simply pets getting into their owners' stash. The active chemical in marijuana called THC (it's what gives users the high) is toxic to pets. Veterinary experts say that cannabis can damage the neurological system in pets and can sometimes be fatal. Also, many of the marijuana desserts and sweets are made using Xylitol and artificial sweeter which is also extremely toxic to dogs.
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Missing Cat Reunited After 10 YearsMissing Cat Reunited With Family After 10 Years.
Pets seem to go missing all the time, but it's not every day that they are reunited with their families. Jack the cat and his family was incredibly lucky! Ten years ago Jack went missing but because Jack had been micro-chipped as a kitten the Sanctuary where Jack eventually ended up was able to find his family after all that time.
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Getting Pneumonia from Guinea Pigs
There's a new discovery that's just hit the world of guinea pig lovers. Dutch researchers say the cute furry rodents may carry germs tied to a very serious type of pneumonia. It's caused by the same bacteria the causes pink eye in guinea pigs and three people in the Netherlands have wound up hospitalized for pneumonia after contact with guinea pigs.
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1143. Do Dogs Have Emotions, Empathy Or A Sense Of Humor?

Neuroscientist Gregory Berns is on Animal RadioWhat's It Like To Be A Dog?
Neuroscientist Gregory Berns managed to put several dogs into an MRI machine to scan their brains and try to understand how they think and feel. Do dogs have emotions? Do they have empathy? Do dogs have a sense of humor? You may be surprised at some of these answers.
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Counterfeit Flea Medication
The latest break in the counterfeit investigation came after a California man admitted in federal court that he had been selling unregistered and smuggled animal pesticides online for 15 years. The phony products were sold at pet shops in every state. Authorities say the phony products were labeled with well-known brand names, such as Frontline and Advantix, and entered the legitimate pet pharmaceutical marketplace without any detection whatsoever. The counterfeit medication even ended up in some big name chain stores as well.
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Dog Friendly Breweries
The website TripsWithPets.com has unveiled its brand new list of dog-friendly breweries across America. It joins their lists of dog-friendly restaurants, beaches and other attractions, along with airline and car rental policies for pets and pet friendly vacation activities. For example, did you know there are whale-watching trips, excursions mining for gems, wine tastings and apple picking activities for you and your pet?
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Cathy Alter is on Animal RadioI Spent A Night At A Dog Hotel
What's it like to be the only human staying at one of the most luxurious dog exclusive resorts in the United States? Cathy Alter finagled her way into an 8 million dollar pet hotel for the night. She reveals her experience to us.
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Bill Forces Pet Stores To Only Sell Shelter Pets
California is looking to take a stand against puppy mills. If Assembly bill A.B. 485 is passed, the bill would enact a statewide ban on the sale of puppy mill pets in pet stores, allowing only adoptable pets from legitimate shelters and nonprofit rescues groups. Animal advocates say by passing the bill, it will enable California to cut off the supply of inhumanely bred puppies and prevent consumers from unwittingly supporting puppy mills.
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1142. Cats Vs. Dogs. Who's Smarter? Dr. Ernie Ward Chimes In On The Age Old Question.

Dr. Ernie Ward is on Animal RadioCats Vs. Dogs. Who's Smarter?
The extremely charismatic Dr. Ernie Ward is back on Animal Radio to answer the age-old question about which pet is more intelligent, the Dog or the Cat? You may be surprised by the answer, unless you own a cat... or a cat owns you!
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Your Next Pet Could Be A Robot
Your next dog, or your parent’s next dog, could very well be a robot. Hasbro has launched a new life-like robotic dog.  It's a companion pet pup to go with their companion pet cat already on the market. Both are designed to bring comfort and companionship to aging adults. The robotic cat, with its really soft fur, gently vibrates when it purrs, while the puppy barks and cocks its head when you speak. But they are far from being the only robot pets on the market.
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Strawberry the Chicken watches TVThere's A Fox In The Chicken Coop
You may have seen the viral video of Strawberry, the chicken that watches TV. She's our guest along with her guardian, Olivia Fox. According to Olivia, TV isn't the only bad habit this chicken has. Apparently Strawberry enjoys some of the sweeter things in life.
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Pairing Cats With Autistic Children
The MU Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction is introducing a new research program titled, "The Feline Friends Project." The project will pair children with autism with a cat and monitor the impact the cat has on the child's anxiety level and social skills. The research center has published several studies that outline the benefits that children with autism receive from having pets in the home, citing increased social skills as a primary benefit.
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1141. Is Your Dog's Halloween Costume Sexist?? Brandon McMillan Guests

Brandon McMillan is on Animal RadioLucky Dog
He was the Emmy Award winning host of CBS's Lucky Dog. Brandon McMillan is back to teach us the basics: Sit, Stay, Down, Come, Off, Heel and No. He'll also clear up the confusion between the techniques taught by Cesar Millan and Victoria Stilwell.
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Is Your Dog's Halloween Costume Sexist??
Young girls may be discarding their princess wands for superhero capes this Halloween, but not so in the canine world. The glass ceiling appears to be firmly in place at PetSmart, where career costumes labeled "male" include firefighter and police officer, while female dogs can choose between a pink cowgirl costume or ballerina. At Party City, Super-girl and Wonder Woman dog costumes were priced 30% higher than Superman costumes.
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Halloween costumes for petsCostume Giveaway
Madonna Sheehy from HalloweenCostumes.com has the list of top pet costumes for your furry-companion. She even has matching human/pet costumes. Will you be a part of the 16% that dresses our pets up for Halloween? Madonna will also give away two costumes of your choice.
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Yes, You Can Train A Cat!
Cat Psychologist Pam Johnson-Bennett is back with tips on training the feline persuasion. She'll also explain why cats gravitate toward cat-haters and those that are allergic to them. Pam will also enlighten us to why cats must sit on your homework or computer keypad.
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Emotional Support Turkey
What Types Of Pets Should Be Allowed On Airplanes?
Turkeys, pigs and even roosters have flown the friendly skies, carried onto commercial planes by passengers who identified their furry and feathered friends as emotional support animals. But a committee of airline representatives and disabled rights advocates continues meetings in Washington, D.C. to come up with new rules on what type of animals should be permitted on planes and what documents should be required to prove the animals are legitimately needed.
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1140. Should Your Pets Sleep With You?

Alexandra Horowitz is on Animal RadioSmelling Like A Dog
Dog Cognitionist Alexandra Horowitz is back. This time she wants us to know just how well a dog can smell. Did you know they could smell earthquakes? She wants to teach us how to sniff things out just like a dog.
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Vet Bills Are Through The Roof
If you feel like your pet's vet bills are through the roof, you're not alone! It seems the animal health care system suffers from many of the same problems as human medical care, according to a new report from researchers at Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They found that some features of the systems are shockingly similar, in that both have seen a huge increase of dollars spent on end-of-life care.
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Barkville TV
Actress Olivia Barash is our guest. She's here to talk about her new YouTube series called Barkville TV. Olivia will even show off her talents as a voiceover artist as well as describe the series she's producing and directing.
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Should you sleep with your petsShould Your Pets Sleep With You?
If you kick your dog off the bed every night, you might want to stock up on apology treats. A study of 150 people conducted by the prestigious Mayo Clinic on Sleep has found that, contrary to popular belief, sleeping with your pet doesn't actually disrupt your sleep as much as you might think.
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You Can Now Be Buried With Your Pet
Pet owners in New York can now take their trusted furry companions with them to the grave since the governor has signed legislation making it legal for the cremated remains of pets to be interred with their owners at any of the approximately 1,900 not-for-profit cemeteries in New York that are regulated by the state. Among the most famous Big Apple pet owners who wanted to be buried with their pets was Leona Helmsley, the hotel magnate dubbed "The Queen of Mean" who died in 2007 and had in her will that she wanted her pampered pooch "Trouble" interred with her.
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1139. Wine For Cats And De-Skunking A Dog.

Pinot MeowDon't Drink Alone
Brandon Zavala was enjoying a glass of cat-themed wine when he came up with the idea to create a wine for cats. Now he produces a MosCATo and a Pinot Meow made from beet juice and infused with catnip. He did this so you could enjoy a glass of Vino with your Gato. Your welcome.
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More Reasons To Celebrate
Robert Semrow, our Pet World Insider actually found '5 October Holidays for Your Pet.' Man, this kid can be creative when it comes to Listomania. Maybe some of these holidays were made up by Hallmark, or maybe your local humane organization. But, who's going to complain about more time to celebrate with our pups?
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Dog seems to get along fine with SkunkSkunked
The Animal Radio "Dogfather," Joey Villani has tips on dealing with dogs (or cats) that have been sprayed by a skunk. He says the biggest myth is that tomato juice fixes that problem. We suspect the tomato juice industry is behind this fallacy. Imagine cleaning up a house wrecked by tomato juice and the skunk smell doesn't seem so bad. Joey also says "stay away from water, as that could make the problem worse." Dawn Dish Detergent seems to be the solution, again!
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Battling Fleas
No doubt the U.S. is dealing with a bad flea season. Humidity in the east and a resistance to chemical products are mostly to blame. What are your natural remedies? How are you ridding your house and pets from this nasty parasite? We have some strange and unusual methods for removing fleas and stopping the scratching. And we're betting you have some of the household items that we suggest. Would you believe that a TV set is an effective way to get rid of fleas? And it does't matter what program you're watching, although we do recommend an annoying infomercial if you want the fleas to suffer.
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Furry Family Instagram Sensation
Steve Greig's Instagram account blew up after he started posting pictures of his extended family. He lives with 10 dogs, 2 ducks, 2 chickens, a rabbit, pigeons, cats, Koi fish and a pig. All were rescued. About a half-million people subscribe to his Instagram feed.
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1138. Making Vet Vistis Enjoyable For Your Pet - Dr. Marty Becker Explains 'Fear Free.'

Dr. Marty Becker on Fear Free Vet VisitsEliminating Fear of Vet Visits
Going to the Vet can be a traumatic experience for your pets. Following Animal Radio Veterinary Correspondent, Dr. Marty Becker's instructions can make the Vet actually a fun place to go. We call it Fear Free visits.
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Thief Unwittingly Saves Dog in Hot Car
It all began when a man left his laptop and his dog locked in his pick-up truck while he went into a local pub. It was super hot that day, but luckily for the dog, a pack of thieves were casing the street for easy to grab loot and spotted the laptop sitting on the truck's passenger seat. They smashed the window, grabbed the laptop and ran off.
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Internet Outage Causes Starving Pets
The Internet of Things may be touted as the next big thing in technology, but those Internet connected solutions designed to make your life easier can cause huge problems as many pet owners recently found out. PetNet, an Internet-connected feeding service, experienced a server outage last week that left many pets hungry for hours and many pet owners very upset!
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Lily And The Octopus
Steven Rowley tells us about his close relationship with Lily and how a tumor on her head eventually took her life. He's was offered one million dollars to write a cathartic book about the experience on spec. Not bad for his first major published novel.
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1137. "I Could Pee On This." Francesco Marciuliano Transcribes Cats.

Francesco Marciuliano is back for more abuseI Could Pee On This
Sally Forth writer and author of I Could Pee On This Too, Francesco Marciuliano is back for more abuse. He's transcribed more poems and verse from cats. Is he a single man with a lot of cats? We'll see.
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The Better To Hear You
A four-eared cat named Batman found a new home this month within hours of being put up for adoption at a Pittsburgh animal shelter. This unique cat's extra ears are the product of a recessive gene mutation, which is needed by both parents in order to reproduce extra ears.
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Duck befriends DogDuck Befriends Grieving Dog
Two years ago George, the dog, lost his best friend, a Labrador named Blackie. George's owner, Jacquie, said that George was overcome with grief. But then a few weeks ago a duck showed up and everything changed. The duck and dog formed an instant bond and are now inseparable, going on walks together, sleeping next to each other in the kennel and spending quiet time together when George needs a rest.
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Celeb Photographer Helps Pets
Richard Phibbs is known as a celebrity photographer to Merryl Streep, J-Lo and many more. But he's decided it's more gratifying to take picture of adoptable animals, in turn helping them find homes. He says they're also easier to work with than the celebrities or their publicists.
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Google's Double-Sided Duct Tape
Google has patented a new car coat that allows pets and people to stick to it. Officials say the most injuries from being hit by a car are when the person or pet hits the ground. This coating ensures that the victim will stick to the car when they're hit, keeping them from falling to the ground. This is for real folks... Google it.
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1136. Can Our Pets Be Neurotic, Compulsive Or Anxious?

Dr. Nicholas Dolman is on Animal RadioNeurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds
Dr. Nicholas Dodman is back. He is the world's foremost expert on animal psychiatry. He'll tell us about a horse with Tourette's and dogs with Attention Deficit Disorder. He says our pets suffer from the same psychiatric maladies as humans and are often treated with the same medications.
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What Country Has The Most Pets?
Who has the most pets? The United States? No, but we are in the top 5. According to a new survey of more than 27,000 people across 22 countries, pet ownership is highest in Latin America. In Russia, cats are much more popular than dogs with 57% of Russians having a kitty. Any guesses on which country takes the title of having the most pet fish?
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Christine O Leary is on Animal RadioTeaching the Funny for the Furry
Comedian Christine O'Leary not only teaches comedians how to be funny, she uses her powers for the greater good. Her shows raise money to rescue dogs from Aruba. She'll tell us why comedy is like watching Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.
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Best Performing Stocks Are Pet Related
Americans' attachment to their pets has fostered a $60 billion industry that is producing best-in-show stock performance. Shares of several companies that sell pet food, develop diagnostic medical tests for animals and offer veterinary care, have far outrun the many other types of stocks this year, with an average total return of nearly 35% versus around 8.3% for the S & P 500.
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Airline Flies Rescue Pets For Free
Virgin Australia Airlines is positioning itself as the "Pet Friendly" airline and you won't believe what they're doing to back up that claim. They have offered to fly rescue dogs across the country to new owners for free! Not bad in a day and age when most airlines 'nickel and dime' you for everything.
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1135. Flipper's Trainer Talks About The Dark Side Of America's Notorious Dolphin

How Much Will Your Pet Cost YouHow Much Will Your Pet Cost You?
You may be surprised to learn how much your pet will cost over a lifetime. In fact, 82% guess wrong. And you'll definitely be surprised to find out what the most expensive pet is.
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Cooking For Your Pet
Marc Ching of ThePetRestaurant.com believes the only real healthy way to feed your pets is to cook human-grade foods for them. He'll tell us some of the ingredients that we should and shouldn't use. Listen up if your pet needs to lose a few pounds.
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Flipper Trainer Ric O BarryFlipper
Remember America's favorite dolphin? Ric O'Barry was her trainer. When one of the 5 Flippers died in his arms, he decided that what he was doing was wrong. Now he heads a crusade to release and rehabilitate dolphins in captivity. He'll explain why he's changed his stance 180 degrees and turned down millions to do what's right for the animals.

How Far Would You Go For Your Pet
So, just how far would pet owners go to protect their dogs and cats? Would they rescue them first in a house fire?  Would they go hungry so their furry friend could eat? 63 percent would choose their pet over their significant other and more than half would rather resort to cannibalism before eating their own pet. Lori Brooks reports on this strange but profound study.
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America's Pet Friendliest Cities
There's a new list out of the most AND least pet friendly cities in the U.S. thanks to Wallet Hub. The top most pet friendly city is Orlando. Now, on the flip side, the city at the bottom of the list is...well, you'll just have to listen.
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1134. Diseases Your Pets Can Give You

Guirec Soudee and Monique are on Animal RadioSailing The World With A Hen
24-year-old Frenchman Guirec Soudee is sailing around the world with a strange companion, his chicken. He'll check in with us from Greenland and explain why he chose this first mate.
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This Is Your Brain On Parasites
Science author Kathleen McAuliffe explains the link between Toxoplasma, a parasite cats can transmit, and it's potentially profound effects on humans, including schizophrenia and even suicide. Even dogs can be responsible for transmitting fatal parasites. This is not fiction. Every pet owner should be aware.
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The Lick of DeathThe Lick Of Death
Lori Brooks reports on a strange story about a senior that ended up in ICU after her Greyhound licked her. This cautionary tale may have you thinking twice about letting your dog lick you all over.
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Top Pets
A new study researched all the animals that would make good pets. Believe it or not, cats and dogs are NOT even in the top 25. You may be surprised to learn what the best pet is according to this study. But you won't be able to get one in the United States.
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Dog Car Sickness
Dr. Debbie White takes on canine car sickness. Whether your pup is scared and anxious of traveling in the car, or they actually get motion sickness, the good doctor has practical solutions for conquering the common problems.
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1133. Pet Prenuptial Agreements

NDSDF Founder Wilma Melville is on Animal RadioHero Dogs
The founder of the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, Wilma Melville shares stories of growing her nationally recognized organization by rescuing the dogs that would go on to rescue humans.
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Pet Prenups
Many couples these days are using prenuptial agreements to decide who gets the pets in the case of a future divorce. Legal experts say the number of couples deciding who keeps pets ahead of time is growing. And, there are even free online versions of pet prenups for couples to easily sort out their plans for the future. If you've missed your chance to draw up a prenup for your pooch and worry your partner could take it away someday, there are methods to improve your chances in a canine custody dispute. Whoever takes care of the pet, took them to the vet and paid for the pet's supplies and vet bills will stand a better chance of gaining custody, especially if you can prove it in court.
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Dr. David Young explains his fight to get his dog Simon off of death rowDog On Death Row
One Connecticut family is heartbroken over their beloved dog Simon (a mixed breed) who is currently on death row & local town wants to euthanize him. Dr. David Young (Simon's Dad) tells Animal Radio that a teenage neighbor deliberately cut the fence separating their yards and illegally trespassed on Young's yard where Simon was playing. The teenager was brandishing a lacrosse stick in a threatening manner. Simon feeling threatened bit the teenager on the leg. Simon has been in City Custody over a year awaiting a court decision.
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People Put Their Pets Health First
More than half of dog moms and dads put their pet's health above their own according to a new study. 55% of the pet parents who were interviewed said a healthy diet for their dog is of the highest importance to them. But sadly, the experts found we don't always consider the health benefits of our own food. Just a third of us consider the nutritional benefits of the food we're adding to our shopping baskets for our own consumption. And, although we shop for our pets with their health in mind, we could be doing more harm than good at home. Over a third of the dog parents admitted to feeding their fur kid chocolate and cheese, which in some cases can be extremely toxic. Only 68% claimed to know 'some' of the food items that are dangerous for dogs to consume. See our list of toxic foods.
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1132. Research Says Pets Encourage Stronger Neighborhood Connections

Greyhounds on CocaineRacing Greyhounds Tested Positive for Cocaine
For the greyhounds running at Florida's dozen racetracks, a trip to the winner's circle also means a urine test. So per state regulations, the dog officially known as "WW's Flicka" submitted her sample. The results came back positive for cocaine. But a hardcore narcotic swimming through the bloodstream of an innocent pup shouldn't have been a surprise to anyone paying attention. According to state records, Flicka had already tested positive five times for cocaine this year before the latest test.
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Give Up Your Stupid Job!
Join the folks that are giving up life's traditional path to become live-in pet sitters while traveling abroad. Watch people's pets in exchange for room and board. Trusted House Sitters' Angela Law describes what it's like to constantly be on vacation all over the world.
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Pets Encourage Stronger Neighborhood Connections
Pet owners report stronger neighborhood social connections than non-pet owners, according to a recently published study. They were consistently more likely to report social benefits such as helpfulness, friendliness and trust between neighbors. The research adds strength to claims that pet ownership is a valuable and positive feature in community and neighborhood life.
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Marissa Hooper Pranks ParentsDaughter Pranks Mom With Family Photos
Marissa Hooper pranked her parents by replacing the family photos with almost identical pictures of her Chihuahua. Her mom didn't notice for two weeks, despite her fastidious house cleaning. The photos went viral and Marissa is on Animal Radio to tell us the motives behind her mayhem.
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Dogs Understand Fairness - Or Lack Thereof
Humans and primates have a finely tuned sense of inequity. New research suggests dogs and wolves also possess a sense of fairness. A study in the journal Current Biology, shows the sense is equally strong in dogs and wolves, suggesting a sense of fairness is wired in the genes of canines. So, yes, your dogs know when you're treating one differently than another.
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1131. Dog Is My Co-Pilot. Brian Jones Translates Doglish To English

Dr. Peter Rork - Dog is my Co-Pilot - is on Animal RadioDog Is My Co-Pilot
Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Peter Rork quit his thriving practice to create "Dog Is My Co-Pilot," a non-profit organization dedicated to flying dogs and cats from kill-shelters to rescues that can re-home them. So far Dr. Rork has transported 10,000 animals, much of it at his expense. He explains why this is more rewarding than orthopedic surgery.
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What Days Do People Spend More On Their Pets?
Womply's science team analyzed transactions from 4,400 local pet businesses on all 365 days of the calendar year in all 50 states to identify consumer-spending patterns. The top-five sales days of the year are all in December with an average expenditure of $113.89.
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Company Offers "Fur-Ternity" Leave
A Minneapolis marketing company announced it has adopted a company-wide policy of allowing employees to work flexible hours from home for one week when welcoming a new puppy or kitten into their homes. "Part of embracing employee satisfaction as a business priority means recognizing important life events that happen outside of the office," Nina Hale CEO Donna Robinson said. "If we want to continue to set the example as a top workplace, it is crucial to offer innovative benefits that help to preserve the work-life happiness of our employee owners."
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Donating Masks To First RespondersProject Breath Program Donates Pet Oxygen Masks
The Invisible Fence Company created the Project Breathe Program, which donates pet oxygen masks to first responders. Since the program's inception in 2006, 23,500 masks have been donated to first responders and now the company is giving more. Invisible Fence will equip 45 additional fire departments across the U.S. and Canada with these lifesaving devices.
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What Are Animals Saying To Us In English?
Brian Jones is a self-proclaimed audio-psychic. He tapes animals, including dogs and cats, and slows the tape down to reveal words. He believes the animals are trying to talk to us and we need to listen. We'll let you be the judge.
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1130. Who Is Happier? Dog Or Cat Guardians? There's Science Behind This Answer.

Who is happier - dog or cat ownersWho Is Happier? Dog or Cat Guardians?
Do dogs or cats make you happy? The dog vs. cat argument will probably go on forever. But now there's a new survey that says dog owners are officially happier than cat owners, but not by much. Dog owners are only happier by a mere 4%.
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An Alternative To Pet Insurance?
Dr. Allen Kamrava believes he has invented a better way to cover the costs of a catastrophic health event. According to Kamrava, advances in technology allow for a community-based model that can replace typical pet health insurance.
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More Animals Being Used For Therapeutic Purposes
Dogs, miniature horses, cats, rabbits and even llamas are increasingly being used to help heal and cheer the sick in hospitals, cancer clinics and other settings. However, research to support the efficacy of animal-assisted therapy is largely in its early stages. A team led by scientists at UC Davis published a study about interactions between family house cats and children with autism. It found that cats in families with a child with autism-spectrum disorder " often provided valuable bonding, attention and calming affect to the child."
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Yes, This Was Happening In The United States
For years, animal lovers and animal welfare organizations have been working to end dog and cat meat sales. There has been a big step toward that goal, as the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation named the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act. The Act makes it "illegal to knowingly slaughter, ship, transport, move, deliver, receive, possess, purchase, sell or donate a dog or cat or his or her parts for human consumption, and authorizes a fine of up to $5,000 for each violation" in the United States.
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1129. How Drones Are Being Used To Find Lost Pets

Kenneth Hendrick finds lost pets with a droneDrone is a Game Changer for Lost Pets
Hobbyist Kenneth Hendrick specifically bought his flying camera drone to look for lost pets in Florida. Teaming up with a Loxahatchee Lost and Found Pets Inc, they search for up to 95 animals a month. He says he reunites pet parents with cats, dogs, pigs, turtles and even calves.
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5 Household Hazards for Pet Birds
Birds are really remarkable pets that can fill a home with love, laughter and entertainment. They are interactive and intelligent. Unfortunately, they are also susceptible to household dangers that are very common in many homes. Pet World Insider Robert Semrow shares some of these dangers that exist before they bring harm to a pet bird in your life.
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Alex Quintero saving animals livesBoy Scout Serves as a Role Model Animal Advocate
Alex Quintero is the first Boy Scout to create an Eagle Service Project assisting shelter animals. At 17 years old, he's focused on whatever he can do to help his local shelter in Flagstaff, Arizona. From collecting blankets to acquiring food for shelter animals, you'll find Alex stepping forward to assist animals and help them get adopted.
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Federal Agents Killing Millions of Animals, Including Pets
Federal agents killed 154,943 animals in the state of Washington alone last year. The agency responsible is the little-known Wildlife Services of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which for public and private sector clients kills animals all over the country, from ravens, swans and doves to wolves, which are deemed a "problem" by the client. Last month 14-year old boy was injured and his 3- year-old yellow Lab was killed by a cyanide trap set by Wildlife Services intended to kill coyotes in Idaho.
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1128. How To Dress Up Your Pet Alligator

Pet AlligatorHaving a Pet Alligator
Mary Thorn is no regular pet guardian. Yes, she has dogs, but she also has a pet squirrel and an Alligator that she dresses in clothing. Mary just battled the State of Florida to keep "Rambo," a 6' gator that she considers part of the family. The calm and collected reptile also is a therapy animal for troubled children.
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Nature is the Worst
E. Reid Ross (Cracked) will tell us about 500 of the most absurd and horrifying things that happen in nature. From murderous squirrels to farting fish, "E" uncovers, and revels in, some of Mother Nature's ugliest moments.
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Worlds longest dog tailWorld's Longest Tail
A dog in Belgium earned himself a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the world's longest tail. An Irish wolfhound named Keon gets the honor. His tail measures 30.2 inches long from the top of the bone to the tip, without including his hair, according to the Guinness World Records.
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Cat Gets Diploma
There's a cat named Oreo C. Collins from Macon, Georgia, who successfully earned an online "High School Diploma" from Jefferson High School. Oreo's owner, Kelvin Collins, actually got Oreo's diploma as a way to highlight fraud in online degree programs.
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1127. What Happens To The Furniture When Your Pets Are Beavers?

Justin Beavers Mom on Animal RadioMeet Justin Beaver
Brigette Brouillard lives in Kentucky where she rescues and rehabs wild animals. At any moment you could see an opossum scurrying through the house or 'Justin Beaver' building a dam out of toys and household furniture. One of her two human children are on-board, even following in her footsteps. The other wants nothing to do with mom’s hobby. Brigette tells her story like any proud rodent mama would!
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California Divorce Law Favors Pets
California has enacted a new law that gives judges the power to consider what's in the best interests of pets in divorce cases, instead of treating them as physical property like a car or a sofa. It allows judges to consider "the care of the pet" then create shared custody agreements for the animal. A national survey of divorce lawyers found 88% of pet custody fights were about dogs and only 5% about cats.
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More pics of pets than partnerIs Your Cell Phone Full of Pet Pics?
If you've got your cell phone close, take a quick look at the pictures you've taken. Do you see more pet pictures than pictures of your significant other? The results of a new study shows 65% of dog owners take more pictures of their dogs than their husbands, wives, girlfriends or boyfriends. The study also claims that nearly half of the people polled find it harder to leave their dog for a week than their human counterpart.
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Man Shoots His Dog at Park in Front of Children
Police in Hamden, Connecticut say a man shot and killed his own dog in a park because he feared it might attack some children who were close by. The man told police that his dog, a pit bull that was not on a leash at the time, attacked and seriously injured another dog that was on a leash. He shot his dog in front of the owner of the injured dog as well as that man's three children.
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1126. The Funny Farm's Weather Predicting Pig

Dr. Page Wages and her weather predicting pig on Animal RadioDon't Forget The Weather Predicting Pig!
Dr. Page Wages, a Raleigh veterinarian loves animals so much she has 93 on her "Funny Farm" and a Weather Predicting Pig. Ellmer the Pig has some weird behavior when it's going to rain. Dr. Wages describes her big family and what she has to do every day to care for 93 animals.
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Putin Enacts Epic Pet Welfare Law
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed new animal welfare laws. The laws include banning petting zoos and animal fights. It also bans the killing of stray animals, which must instead be captured and placed in shelters. Also, when those stray animals are captured and taken to a shelter, they can only be captured out of sight of children and it must be recorded for public review. This was not a fast change. The law was first submitted to the Russian parliament in 2010 but was only approved and signed into law last month.
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Mother of Invention
Lisa Baronoff was tired of cleaning her dog's paws after winter walks in Manhattan. She became worried after her cocker spaniel got sick from the snowmelt chemicals put on sidewalks. She took her marketing background and launched her dog waders, Walkee Paws. She's on Animal Radio this week to tell us about her invention and foray into the 72 million dollar pet sector.
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Link Between Executive Position and Pet Ownership
We all know that vision, forward thinking, risk-taking, determination, hard work, dedication and a good game plan are what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur. However, something else isn't so well known also helps. According to a new study conducted for Banfield Pet Hospitals, having a pet can actually help people become successful and better company leaders. The research found that behind most C-suite executives (which are the CEO’s, CFO's, COO's), is a pet.
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1125. Unique Ways To Memorialize Your Pet

Attorney Robert Tauler talks about suing Baywatch star and Rover.com on Animal RadioSuing Baywatch Actress and Rover.com  
Rover.com and the WAG app have come under a lot of criticism lately for their transparency about several pet deaths. We speak to attorney Robert Tauler who is currently suing former Baywatch actress Angelica Bridges and Rover.com for negligence. Apparently the actress was the pet sitter during an incident with the plaintiff's dog.
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Unique Ways To Memorialize Your Pet
Michelle Gaylord tells us how she organically grew her business into a celebration of the lives of pets. From the simple pendant that contains cremains to wine glasses made with your pet's ashes, she'll talk about some of the more unique ways people have chosen to memorialize their pets.
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Regulating Distribution of Opioids for Pets
Under a new bill introduced in the State House, pet parents will be required to microchip their pets in order to get opioid painkillers for their pet. The politician who wrote the bill says it is an attempt to stop addicts from fraudulently obtaining narcotics for their pet to feed their own addiction. Minnesota is testing a system using microchips in pets that, when scanned, would tell them if another vet just prescribed opioids at another clinic. States such as Colorado and Maine require vets to look at a pet owner's past medication history before dispensing opioids or writing an opioid prescription.
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Ross Taylor discusses how he takes pictures of last moments on Animal RadioPhotographer Captures Last Moment Of Pets Life
Photojournalist Ross Taylor's latest project captures the last moments between humans and their pets prior to euthanasia. Admittedly a difficult subject, he explains his mission as a guide to assist those going through this process.
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Dogs and Owners Share Personality Traits
We've all seen pictures of dogs and their owners who look alike. Now there's a study that has found that dogs resemble their owners in an entirely different way, meaning their personalities actually tend to be similar. A highly agreeable person is twice as likely to have a dog that is highly active and excitable and less aggressive than someone who is less agreeable. The study also found that conscientious owners rated their dogs as more responsive to training and neurotic owners rated their dogs as more fearful. The hypothesis is that part of it is the dog you pick and the other part of it is the dog it ultimately becomes because of you.
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1124. Potential Risks In Being Overly Affectionate With Our Pets

Chris Perondi is on Animal RadioHere's A Trick Even Your Dog Can Do
Chris Perondi runs Stunt Dog Productions and the Stunt Dog Academy in Stockton, California with his wife, Suhey, and their team of canine performers. They perform more than 1,000 shows every year across the country. Today, Chris is on Animal Radio to teach us a trick we can train our dogs. Yes, even yours.
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Risks Of Being An Overly Affectionate Pet Owner
New research highlights potential risks in being over-affectionate with our pets by increasing the risk of catching drug-resistant illnesses. While experts acknowledge and even encourage the bond between a pet parent and their fur kids, some are now recommending limits on physical interaction. The danger is posed by the transfer of antibiotic-resistant bugs and carries a risk for humans and animals alike.
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Erin Merry is on Animal RadioBailey, No Ordinary Cat
Bailey, who was no ordinary feline, catapulted to social media mega-stardom. What makes Bailey more addictive than catnip? In addition to his adorable expressions and hilarious, heartfelt antics, Bailey has a penchant for doing things that are demonstratively un-catlike. Glamour Magazine Woman of the Year, activist Bailey's human Erin Merry waxes poetic about this incredible furry viral sensation.
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Parrot Reserves His Right To Be Silent
A parrot has been taken into custody after nearly ruining a police raid, because the bird had been trained to be a lookout for his owners who were arrested on suspicion of dealing crack. When police showed up, the bird repeatedly began squawking a phrase that means "Mama, Police!" But, it seems that is all the bird knows. Police took it into custody and said that in the three weeks they had the bird at the police station, the parrot said nothing. Law enforcement claims that there had already been an estimated 1,700 birds seized for having been trained to alert their owners if police approached.
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1123. Do Moose Get Drunk, Penguins Cheat On Their Mates, Or Worker Ants Lay About?

Lucy Cooke has The Truth About Animals on Animal RadioThe Truth About Animals
Zoologist Lucy Cooke says humans aren't doing animals any favors when we moralize their behavior. Humans have gone to the Moon and split the atom, but when it comes to understanding animals, we've still got a long way to go. So you've probably never considered if moose get drunk, penguins cheat on their mates, or worker ants lay about. They do--and that's just for starters.
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Never Buy A Pet Online
Even if you're aware of pet scams, you should never buy a pet online. A Volusia County, Florida, woman is heartbroken after she paid her hard-earned money for a dog online. She now wants to warn everyone because these scams break your heart and your wallet.
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Dr. Judy Morgan talks about CBDs, Vaccines and Raw Diets on Animal RadioCBD's, Vaccines and Raw Diets
These are the most controversial topics in the pet world right now. Holistic Veterinarian Dr. Judy Morgan takes the topics head on and shares her experiences with CBD's, her views on Vaccines and the raw diet she feeds her own dogs. Dr. Morgan has an integrative approach combining holistic medicine with traditional Western techniques.
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Proof That Micro-chipping Pays Off
A couple who lost 2 dogs while visiting a friend five years ago has one of those dogs, a deaf dog named Army, back today because he was micro-chipped. Their advice? Microchip your pets and keep your contact information updated with the microchip company and the vet. A lot of people think it’s very expensive but at most vet offices you can get your pet micro-chipped for $25 or less and it's there forever.
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All Is Well That Ends Well
A 5-year-old cat was missing in England for 2 weeks. Hatty the cat then turned up on the Royal Albert Bridge. A complicated 6-day, $7,500 rescue mission was launched to rescue the cat, before she simply wandered back home on her own. Still, the good news is Hatty is home and safe, and her owners are vowing to make her an inside only cat.
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1122. Why Is My Female Dog Humping My Friend's Leg? So Embarrassing!

Guillermo Roa Memo is on Animal RadioBi-lingual Dog Comforts Homeless Kids
Molly is a bilingual chocolate lab. She responds to direction in both English and Spanish. Her trainer, Memo, escaped Mafia violence in Columbia and came to the US where he founded a dog training business. They are a certified therapy team that has helped so many children in homeless shelters. Because of their bilingual abilities and Memo's deep understanding of what it is like to be thrown into a new culture, they are bringing unprecedented joy to children in desperate situations.
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New Bill Addresses Pets During Divorce
In Pennsylvania, former attorney and now state Rep. Anita Kulik has introduced H.B. 1432, which would establish the new areas of concern for judges to consider when deciding guardianship of a pet in divorce cases. If the bill passes, the judge would be allowed to consider: whether the animal was acquired prior to or during the marriage; the basic, daily needs of the animal; who generally gets veterinary care and social interaction for the animal; who deals with local and state regulations, such as licensing; and who has the greater ability to financially support the pet.
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Why do female dogs hump - Nick Hof is on Animal RadioWhy Is My Female Dog Humping?
Usually humping is associated with male dogs, but humping is also very common amongst female dogs. Some girls will hump toys or other objects, some hump air, others hump other dogs or even people. We talk with Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Chair of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers Nick Hof, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, KPA-CTP, CSAT, to answer some of your most commonly asked questions about female dogs and humping.
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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Pet Food Company
A federal judge has dismissed a multi-million-dollar lawsuit filed against Ainsworth Pet Nutrition (which is owned by Smucker's) for alleged false and deceptive advertising of its Rachael Ray Nutrish dog food. The suit claimed Ainsworth's labeling of Rachael Ray Nutrish, as natural food for dogs was false, deceptive and misleading. Independent laboratory tests found Glyphosate, a chemical weed killer such as RoundUp, was present in the products. The judge said, "The presence of negligible amounts of Glyphosate in a dog food product that do not have harmful, 'toxic,' or 'carcinogenic' effects is not likely to affect consumers' decisions in purchasing the product and is thus not material." Then for the same reasons, Judge Stanton dismissed the breach of warranty claim ruling, "A reasonable consumer would not interpret the label 'natural' as warranting that the products contain no amount of Glyphosate."
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1121. Is Your Dog Laughing At You Behind Your Back? Actress Katie Cleary Guests

Model Katie Cleary is on Animal RadioDevoting Her Fame To The Animals
Katie Cleary is a Model, Actress and Philanthropist, Filmmaker who got her start in the entertainment business on the hit TV show America's Next Top Model. After graduating college, Katie landed the role on NBC's hit game show Deal or No Deal. Katie's main passion is advocating animal welfare issues while rescuing and rehabilitating animals and lovingly finding them forever homes. She tells us about her 12 pets.
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Can Dogs Laugh?
Dogs are capable of laughing, and they typically do so when they are playing. Canine laughter begins with the doggy equivalent of smiling but also includes a sound that is much like panting. Animal behaviorist Patricia Simonet recorded those sounds while dogs played. On analyzing the recordings, she found that they involved a broader range of frequencies than regular dog panting. So, what makes a dog laugh? What can we do to make them laugh? Are they already laughing about us behind our back? We'll try to figure out what tickles their funny bone.
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Anti-Vax Controversy Affects Pets
Just as there are anti-vaxxers who don't want to vaccinate their children, there are people who don't want to vaccinate their pets. However, experts want you know that vaccines do not cause autism in pets. The most dangerous of all of the dog diseases is rabies, which is effectively a death sentence for a dog and could've been prevented with the Rabies vaccine. Also, the distemper virus has returned to North America, reportedly transported on dogs that were not vaccinated. Lori Brooks reports why it just makes sense to protect your furry-family by finding a happy medium of reduced but necessary vaccinations.
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Blind Dog Gets Seeing-Eye Puppy
A North Carolina couple's puppy is now famous for quickly appointing himself as a seeing-eye-puppy for their 11-year-old golden retriever that lost both of his eyes to glaucoma pain. The puppy, named Maverick, came to their family in January and Charlie, the now blind dog, was at first not excited to have another dog in the house.  However, Maverick soon appointed himself as Charlie's protector. "When they would play, Maverick would realize that Charlie had lost the toy, so [Maverick] would pick it up and put it back in front of Charlie to re-engage him in playtime," said their owner.  Yes, they're now famous on social media and have their own Instagram page.
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Number Of Dog Bites Decreasing
Every year dogs bite about 4.5 million people.  Dog bites and other dog-related injuries accounted for nearly one-third of all homeowners' insurance liability claim dollars paid out in 2020.  Over the past year, the number of dog bite claims has decreased by 9%. However, the news isn't all good. The number of emergency room visits by children age 1 and under actually doubled from nearly 1,800 visits in 2001 to more than 3,100 last year.
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1120. Author Dave Barry Tells Us What Lessons He Learned From His Dog

Dave Barry is on Animal Radio talking about his dog LucyDave Barry Talks About His Dog
The extremely talented and very funny author, Dave Barry is our guest. He'll tell us about the lessons he has learned from his dog, Lucy. He says Lucy taught him to effectively deal with road rage. Dave also explains why he's not much of a cat fan.
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Deadly Virus Makes A Comeback
A young dog imported from South Korea into western Canada brought along a dangerous hitchhiker, the Asia-1 strain of canine distemper virus (CDV), which until then had not been reported in North America. Scientists at Cornell University College of Veterinary identified the virus in samples from the dog, which they suspect was part of a shipment of animals rescued from a Korean meat market.
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Woman Awarded $60,000 After Dog Dies In Trainer's Care
A woman in Napa, California, who's German Shepherd died while in the care of a dog trainer has been awarded $60,000 by a County court. She sued the trainer for negligence, breach of contract and violation of state health and safety codes. A necropsy revealed her dog had died from heat stress or hyperthermia after less than 3 weeks in the trainers care. Police officers also found inhumane and cruel conditions at the home where the dog, Gunnar, had likely been held.
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This duck thinks this child is momPet Duck? Why Not?
A lot of kids go to the park to see ducks, but 8-year-old Kylie Brown of Freeport, Maine takes her duck to see the park. If you missed the viral story about Kylie and her duck, its name is Snowflake. She takes it to the pond at a park and it even returns when she calls its name. Kylie's parents say Snowflake has had to be by their daughter's side 24/7 since the day they brought him home. So they brought him in the house, put a diaper on him and now he's a house duck.
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Unique Ways To Memorialize Your Pet
Steve Munt wants to send the cremains of his beloved cat into space. While dog lovers have been memorializing their dogs this way for years, Steve's cat will be the first feline remains shot into space in a satellite that will circle the earth in perpetuity. Steve is our guest and he'll explain why he wants to do this.
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1119. Dr. Helen Fisher says, ‚ÄúDogs are chick magnets!‚ÄĚ

Casual meeting at the parkPets Make You More Attractive
Dr. Helen Fisher is a Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. She's been studying the correlation between pets and dating. Dr. Fisher says, "Dogs are chick magnets!" Women find men with a dog to be more attractive. But interestingly, or not, this does not work in reverse. In fact, the 'cat lady' has a negative stigma.
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Major Pet Store Raided After Whistle Blowing Employee
Police in Bellevue, Tennessee recently raided a national pet store chain location after getting a tip and photos concerning animal cruelty. That tip, along with the pictures, came from an employee at the PetSmart store.
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Pet insurance pitfallsPet Insurance & Preexisting Conditions
While pet insurance may seem like a good value, be sure to check to fine print. Some breeds predisposed to certain ailments, like hip-dysplasia, may be excluded from certain insurance policies, especially if your pet has been seen before for problems related to the claim.
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Mandatory Pet Rental Laws
If you don't own a home and you have a pet, you know that finding a home to rent that accepts pets can be difficult. According to a poll, 64% of respondents felt landlords should have the right to refuse to rent to pet owners, compared to 36% who felt landlords should not be able to deny a tenant's pets. Of course, opinions varied between homeowners and tenants.
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1118. Puppy Mills Passing Off Dogs As Rescues For Profit

Deborah Howard explains Puppy Laundering SchemeDogs Laundering Lawsuit
A lawsuit has been filed in a California court saying Bark Adoptions masquerades as a non-profit animal rescue organization passing off puppy mill dogs as rescued animals and selling them for a profit. California has banned the sale of puppy mill dogs and it is believed multiple fictitious rescues are circumventing the law. Deborah Howard, founder of the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) explains how her organization is trying to raise awareness on the issue.
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Animal Occupations That Pay More Than $56k Annually
The Bureau of Labor Statistics identified the occupations that pay workers more than $56,000 a year and involve lots of quality time with animals. Veterinarians are the highest paid with a median yearly salary of  $90,000 and projected job growth of 19% over the next 7 years.
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Man Charged With Abandoning Fish
A North Carolina man has been charged with abandoning a pet fish that police say he left behind without food when he was evicted. Kind of unusual, but times are changing and how we think about animals is much different that it used to be.
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Camel Goes To PetsmartCamel Goes To PetSmart
Hump Day was a few days early at a pet store in Michigan when the operator of a local petting zoo walked in with his camel on a trip to their local PetSmart. This comes a week after a bull was escorted into a Petco. Both chains encourage bringing pets into the store.
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Do Cats Understand Words?
Cats are almost always described as aloof but they know their own names and recognize it when we call for them, new research shows. Scientists found that our feline friends are able to tell their names apart from other words and have a grasp of words closer to a dog's than we think.
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1117. Robotic Puppies For Those With Dementia

Robotic dogs for dementia patientsRobotic Puppies - Not Toys
Scientists estimate as many as 97% of seniors suffer from behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. That's why Tom Stevens teamed up with Jim Henson's Creature Shop to create an affordable robotic puppy to provide companionship for seniors. Tom explains why this is so personal and how it's making a difference.
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Animal Free Mouse Treats For Cats
A pet nutrition startup is aiming to launch a line of clean meat for cats made from cultured mouse cells. The U.S. based startup is working on clean meat/mouse meat cat treats, based on a cat's natural prey. "This meat is packed with the same protein that a cat in the wild would consume and does not contain the growth steroids or any trace of Salmonella and Listeria found in meat used to make commercial pet food," states the manufacturer.
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Beards Carry More Germs Than Dogs
If you don't kiss your dog, but your significant other has a beard, heads up! A new study finds men with beards carry more germs in their beards than dogs with their normal germs. Swiss researchers tested the facial hair of men and dog fur from various breeds and found a significantly higher bacterial load in the men's beards compared with the dogs' fur.
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Planning To Rob A Store? Don't Take Your Dog
Police in Wisconsin say a woman; her adult son and a dog named "Bo" caused quite the scene in a Wisconsin Walmart. According to police, they responded to a Walmart shopping center for reports of a theft. When they arrived, officers found 46-year-old Lisa Smith screaming in the store's entryway trying to catch her unleashed dog, Bo. While the mother was in the front of the store, her 25-year-old son was allegedly naked and exposing himself to customers in the clothing section of the store. Bo, still unleashed and on the loose, grabbed a box of Bread Muffin Mix and attempted to leave the store. Eventually everyone was rounded up. The two humans were arrested and poor Bo was taken to the Humane Society.
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1116. When Animals Save Humans - Mutual Rescue

Josh Marino and Scout on Animal RadioMutual Rescue
A young soldier left the battlefield in Baghdad with traumatic brain injuries and P.T.S.D. after a mortar attack. Right before he was to give up on life, a stray cat walked up to him, placed his paws on his leg and saved his life. Josh Marino is here to tell his story of Mutual Rescue.
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China Switches from One-Child to One-Dog Policy
China may have scrapped its one-child policy, but one Chinese city (Qingdao) has now instituted a one-dog policy! Those who own more than one pooch will be required to surrender their furry friends to an adoption agency. Anyone who violates the rules will be fined the equivalent of $60 US dollars.
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Employers Offer Pet Insurance
There is a new and fast-growing trend for employees being offered by generous companies. It's employer-sponsored benefit plans that insure the family pet, dogs, cats, ferrets, birds or potbellied pig against accidents and illness. Some 5,000 companies, including Microsoft, Yahoo, Xerox and Hewlett-Packard, now offer pet insurance.
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Don't Use Your Pet's Name As Password
When it comes to choosing a password, hopefully you do NOT pick a pet's name, because that's easy to hack. A behavioral biometrics company did some research and says the answer to finding a secure password is naming your pet a weird name, something incredibly unique after you do some research of your own. If your password is Max7$, after your cat, you aren't alone, but you are putting yourself at risk of identify theft and other cyber crimes.
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Switzerland Enacts New Animal Laws
Switzerland Enacts Landmark Legislation for Animals
Switzerland is a fairly small country, but it stills boasts an estimated seven million pets living there, not including farm animals! The Swiss have a long history of improving the working and living conditions for animals including landmark legislation in 1992 when it became the first country to include animal rights in their constitution.
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1115. How Does Your Pet's Name Influence Their Disposition?

Dusty Rainbolt and Edwina are on Animal RadioWhy Is Your Cat Peeing Outside The Litter-box?
Award winning cat author Dusty Rainbolt has written the definitive guide to solving litter-box problems. Cat owners know that the solutions aren't always simple. But Dusty breaks it down in easy to understand steps. She can tell why your cat isn't using the litter-box and how to fix it.
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How Does Your Pet's Name Influence Their Disposition?
Hollywood Numerologist Glynis McCants says the name you give your pet has a powerful impact on its temperament. She has tips on naming and even renaming your pet according to numerical energy.
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Cancer Detection Dogs
A town in Japan with high rates of stomach cancer is turning to sniffer dogs for help. The city of Kaneyama is now taking part in a research program, in which residents' frozen urine samples are sent to the Nippon Medical School where dogs are trained to sniff out signs of disease.
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Would Your Pet Eat You If You Died?
Cats have a reputation for eating their dead owners although a new study shows dogs are more likely to chow down on you. There are even a few reports of hamsters and birds devouring their owners according to the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine. Researchers have found no connection between an animal's reported closeness to its owner and its likelihood of consuming his or her body. Instinct, or hunger apparently trumps love.
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Pets at work
Pets At Work
Purina unveiled the first Pets at Work Report, examining pet owners and their attitudes towards having pets in the workplace, and the benefits it brings to employers and employees. The survey showed that employees at pet-friendly organizations ranked having pets at work second in terms of most valuable work benefits, ranking higher than free coffee and parking. To help other employers who are considering starting their own Pets at Work program, Purina has created a digital toolkit with tips and tools such as office checklists, signage and authorization forms.
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1114. Why Is The Veterinarian Suicide Rate Above Average?

Veterinarian SuicideVeterinarians Committing Suicide
Out-surging Dentists, Veterinarians now have the highest suicide rate in the U.S., at four times the general population. Dr. Elizabeth Strand discusses the causes of this disturbing trend and possible solutions.
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Legislation Would Provide Service Dogs to Veterans with P.T.S.D.
The PAWS Act also known as Puppies Assisting Wounded Service members Act has been introduced on Capitol Hill by Congressman Ron DeSantis. The legislation would direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide service dogs and veterinary health insurance to veterans with P.T.S.D. (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).
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Pet Pampering Apartment Buildings
Pet pampering apartment buildings around the country are on the rise with some awesome amenities being offered. The most popular among them are dog runs, and they're not what you would expect. These are dog runs inside high-rise buildings on some of the higher floors; so there's no need to even go down to street level.
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Dogs at WeddingsMaking Your Dog Part of Your Wedding
Kristen Hedderich is a Wedding Pet Concierge. She's available to make your pet's presence perfect on the big day. Kristen covers transportation, grooming and accommodations for your dog so you can focus on your nuptials.
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Parrot Witnesses Murder
Several months ago there was a story about "Bud," a pet parrot that witnessed his owner's murder. Now we find out that a woman in Michigan has been convicted of first-degree murder despite that Bud's testimony wasn't used in court. After the killing, Bud was recorded saying, "Don't F*#&ing shoot," in the victim's voice. A state prosecutor tried to use Bud's phrases as evidence in the trial, but a judge dismissed it.
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1113. Even Celebs Have Trouble Potty Training Their Pets - Actress Nancy Dassault Guests

Nancy Dassault is on Animal RadioEven Celebs Have Trouble Potty Training Their Pets
Actress Nancy Dassault (Too Close For Comfort, Mad About You) is coming on the show to yap about her new Maltese Yorkie mix that seems to be having difficulty learning where to go to the bathroom.
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Feeding The Pets of the Homeless
Genevieve Frederick heads up an organization that connects pet food with homeless folks and their animals. While sometimes controversial, pets can provide a meaningful relationship for the displaced and destitute.
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My Tortoise is Wrecking My Career
Michelle Hanson's daughter unloaded her pet tortoise on her mom when she moved out. Little did Michelle know how time consuming and 'high-maintenance' Parker the Tortoise would be.
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Rover.com Adds Cats To Its Listings
Rover.com, the Seattle company offering a one-stop online shop for dog sitting and walking, has reeled in another $65 million from investors to continue its accelerating growth. Rover built its name with overnight dog-sitting services. However, people using the site were registering their cats as a breed of dog.
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1112. True or Poo? The Definitive Field Guide to Filthy Animal Facts and Falsehoods.

Dr. Judy Morgan is on Animal RadioCooking For Your Pets
In a world where we barely have time to prepare our own meals, Dr. Judy Morgan says we should be cooking for our pets. The store bought pet foods contain diseased and euthanized animals as well as high levels of heavy metals. She'll have some time-saving tips to create your own pet food.
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True or Poo?
From the author of Does It Fart?, comes the latest from Nick Caruso, True or Poo? The Definitive Field Guide to Filthy Animal Facts and Falsehoods. This interview is not for the faint hearted. You'll find out just how many spiders you eat in your sleep, if beaver butt is an ingredient in vanilla ice cream, and which animal may die from constipation.
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Judges Decide Who Gets The Pet
There's a new law in California granting judges the authority to settle disagreements over who keeps the family pet in divorce cases. Those cases will now be handled the same way judges handle child-custody disputes. Until now, Fido and Kitty have been considered family property, a status giving them little more standing in a divorce than a family's big-screen TV or a refrigerator. This means the judge deciding who gets to keep the pet will have the discretion of weighing such factors as who feeds them, who takes them to the vet and on walks and who protects them.
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Pet owners more satisfied with bigger dogsDogs Owners Get More Satisfaction From Large Dogs
According to a survey from RightPet, dog owners say they get more satisfaction owning large dogs than small dogs. The study surveyed dog breed reviews from more than 12,000 pet parents from 106 countries. The study found a direct correlation between dog size satisfaction and the fact that dog owners rate bigger dogs as more emotionally stable, child-safe, trainable and less-barky than small dogs.
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Pet Food Companies Want To Stop Studies That Analyze Their Foods
Researchers at the University of Nevada in Reno have been pondering the question, "What is really in the food our pets eat?" So they started looking for answers. The results of their first study are worrisome. In the first 100 samples they analyzed, 16 of those samples had mercury concentrations that were well above the maximum tolerable limit.
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1111. What Did We Learn After Lady Gaga's Violent Pet Theft?

Dog Chastity Belt InventorA Chastity Belt For Dogs?!
Dexter Blanch considers himself quite the inventor. And he should. He's created a chastity contraption for dogs to wear. He's also thinking about designing a special dog-bra, but is too busy selling the belts to work on anything else. In fact, he was just commissioned to invent a chastity belt for camels in Dubai.
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Dog-Friendly Boating
Summer means lots of outdoor fun with your dogs. Many pet-lovers will take their furry-companion on boats. This is where Jen Seitz comes in the picture. She's from the website boatsetter.com and she has tip for making your journey safer for everyone including the pets.
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Cutting Nails
Cutting your pet's nails can be a pleasant or really unpleasant task depending on your approach. It's very likely that you'll need to trim your furry-friend's nails sooner or later. Animal Radio's Dogfather, Joey Villani has tips on cutting those tips the right length without drawing blood.
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Most stolen dogs
Most Stolen Dogs
On the heels of Lady Gaga's violent pet theft, we investigate the topic. Pet theft is on the rise. Here are the stats for the most stolen dogs in America; In no particular order, these ten breeds are stolen far more than others: Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terrier, French Bulldog (some of which are then resold for as much as $4,000) and Pomeranian (resale is said to be around $3,000). Maltese dogs are also on the most often stolen pet list, as are Boston Terriers, Labradoodles, Pit Bulls, German Shepherds and the Labrador Retriever. Animal Radio News Director Lori Brooks reports the reasons for the increase in pet thefts.
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1110. Should Young Children Have Service Dogs?

Should children have service animalsShould Young Children Have Service Dogs? 
This 3-year-old girl was born with a debilitating lung disease and was given a service dog to help her maneuver around with the always-present oxygen tank. The use of service dogs for young children is increasing in popularity. There are service dogs assigned to children with autism and other special needs. From the perspectives of veterinary behavioral medicine and dog bite safety for children, this trend deserves a second look according to Dr. Ilana Reisner. She says "children don't understand the limitations of their canine charges."
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The Truly Universal Language
Darwin believed that musicality was a capacity of all animals, human and nonhuman. Dr. Henkjan Honing is researching how animals respond to music. He tells Animal Radio what he has learned about how dogs, birds, monkeys, sea lions and cockatoos interpret musical nuance.
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Therapy Alpacas…really.Emotional Support Alpacas Must Go
An Ohio family is facing a deadline to find new homes for their alpacas, which they consider therapy pets. A neighbor claims the alpacas are a nuisance because it's turned his neighbor's backyard into a smelly pasture. The alpaca owners say they've been cooperative with the city and have already re-homed two alpacas. They now claim that they clean up after the remaining duo on a daily basis. These alpacas are not outside all the time though. They are indoor-outdoor pets. The owner claims alpacas are quieter and their poop smells less than a dog's poo.
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FBI Investigating Pet Scams
The FBI has issued a warning on pet adoption scams. Beth Anne Steele of the FBI says, "Fraudsters are prowling the web to find families who are so desperate for the perfect pooch that they are willing to adopt sight unseen." The scam usually starts when someone comes across a pet adoption ad online then unwittingly engages with the scammer and proceeds to pay a series of fees.
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1109. Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel

How smart are ratsExploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel
Nancy Castaldo authored a book with vivid photographs, first-person interviews and historical anecdotes exploring animals' ability to show empathy, communicate and develop complex social societies. Humans have changed their overall perception of animals. As little as 40 years ago, many considered animals to be "machine-like" creatures that feel no pain. Now, we know different. But how much do we really know? Nancy will share her research on the clever little rat and why cats don't rank.
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Police Given Okay To Shoot Dogs
In a shocking and controversial decision, a Michigan Federal Court granted police the right to shoot a dog that moves or barks at them when they are inside a home. The decision stems from an incident in Battle Creek, Michigan where police shot and killed two dogs while executing a search warrant looking for drugs inside a couple's house. While this doesn't give permission across the board, it will set a legal precedence in the justice system. One has to ask why such lethal force is necessary? Why won't a stun-gun or pepper spray suffice?
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Kids Don't Need Siblings, Just a Pet!
Kids prefer pet over siblingAccording to a new study from the University of Cambridge, children get more satisfaction from the relationships they have with their pets than with their brothers and sisters. The research also found that many children get along with their pets better than their siblings. While boys and girls were equally satisfied with their pets, girls reported more companionship and conflict with their pet than boys, and girls talks more to their pets.
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Skin Cream Kills Dogs
A skin cancer cream that is usually used to cure and prevent skin cancer has killed at least five dogs after they accidentally swallowed it. The FDA is warning pet owners to keep the prescription cream out of reach from pets. It is called Fluorouracil and is sold under the brand names Fluoroplex, Efudex and Carac.
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Third Hand Smoke Harms Pets
The FDA has a new warning for pet owners who smoke saying it's not just second-hand smoke that's harmful to pets.¬† Animals are also at risk for being exposed to third-hand smoke, which includes the residue that lingers on skin, clothes, carpets and other household items that ends up on their fur. Obviously most animals groom themselves, meaning that residue getting transferred from the floor, couch or your hand to their fur ‚Äď is ingested.
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1108. Sanjay Gupta Learned More From His Dog Than 25 Years Of Philosophy Education

Fake Service DogFake Service Animals Might Be A Crime
Misrepresenting a pet as a service animal may become a crime in Wyoming under a bill being considered in the State Legislature. The issue stems from people claiming their pet is a service animal in order to bring it into a place like a restaurant, store or rental property that doesn't allow pets.
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Battling Allergies in Pets
Sure, many of us are allergic to pet's dander, but did you know that your dog's scratching and itching could be their allergies. Whatever the source, food or environmental, there are great new medicines with little or no side-effects. Animal Radio Veterinary Correspondent Dr. Marty Becker explores these alternative allergy treatments.
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Pet BuffaloEverything's Bigger in Texas
Only in Texas would you walk into someone's home and be greeted by a 2,500 pound family pet buffalo named Wild Thing. He's been living in his human parents house since he was a three-month-old calf and is treated just like he's a member of the family. Ronnie and Sherron Bridges even gave Wild Thing his own bedroom, where they say he likes to watch cartoons. They also let him eat at their dining room table and are OK with him wandering in and out of the house whenever he pleases. The Bridges say "It's like having a small car in the house."
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Dog Shoots Sleeping Girlfriend
A man who claims his girlfriend was shot while she was sleeping is blaming the dog! Brian Murphy says his partner was shot in the leg after their dog Diesel leaped on the nightstand where he keeps his gun and accidentally set it off.
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What My Dog Taught Me
Sanjay Gupta is our guest this week. He says he learned more from his dog than he did during 25 years of Philosophy education. His dog's insights clarify what really is important in life. Sanjay will share the most poignant message his Basset Hound taught him.
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1107. Pet Custody Laws Are Changing

Alaska considers pet custodyAlaska is the Unlikely Adopter of New Pet Custody Laws
For the first time, a state has specifically said that a companion animal has visibility in a divorce proceeding beyond that of property and that the court may award custody on the basis of what is best for the dog, not the human owners. In a first, Alaska divorce courts will now treat pets more like children even though, in the eyes of the law, animals are considered property. It makes Alaska the first state in the country to require courts to take "into consideration the well-being of the animal" and to explicitly empower judges to assign joint custody of pets.
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Dog Dies, 5 Others Sickened from Pentobarbital in Pet Food
At least five dogs have been sickened and one has died after eating canned dog food. The reason is a barbiturate, Pentobarbital, has been found in one lot of the food. The manufacturer is recalling five lots of 12-ounce cans of dog food which were distributed in 15 states. Pentobarbital is frequently used to euthanize dogs and cats, which calls into question what the beef protein really was.
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Dog tax in GermanyGermany Taxes Dog Owners
In Germany, there's a legal difference between pet owners. Dog-owners are taxed for their pet, while cat-owners currently aren't, though some say that should change. An estimated 13 million cats call Germany home and that doesn't include stray cats. German officials say those policies help prevent shelters from being overrun and allow them to stick to a 'no-kill policy.'
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Why is Dental Health So Important to Your Pet?
Your pet's dental health is a key factor in controlling fatal organ failure. Unlike humans, infected gums can lead to bigger problems than bad breath. It's common for 'out of control' teeth tartar to lead to kidney failure as infection travels through the bloodstream. February is National Pet Dental Health Month and we have tips and tricks to help your pet live a long healthy life. One of the tricks is to avoid anesthesia free dental cleanings, because they don't work and could actually cause problems.
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1106. Pit Bulls Being Used To Fight Crime

Pit Bull Police DogsPit Bulls Being Used To Fight Crime
Brad Croft of Universal K9 trains shelter pit-bulls to assist police officers in fighting crime and searching for people. The success of the program can be seen around the country as more police departments express interest in these dogs.
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Fixing A Broken Heart
Even the most grounded person can be devastated by the loss of a pet. Dr. Guy Winch is an authority on broken-hearts and has answers to common questions following the death of a pet. He says you should avoid the 5 common mistakes when grieving the loss of a pet, including not getting rid of reminders like feeding bowls and leashes and feeling guilty about getting another pet.
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Can Dogs Really Smell Fear?
If you've ever been nervous around a dog and told to just be calm because dogs can "smell fear," well, that is good advice though most people can't suddenly calm their fear. Believe it or not, the sentiment behind that guidance is rooted in some truth. While dogs probably can't literally smell fear, they do seem to respond to fearful people with more aggression according to a new study in the British Medical Journal.
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Emotional Support Peacock Not Allowed on United
The stories of unruly flights caused by animals continue to grab headlines around the world, like the one where a woman attempted to bring her pet peacock onto a flight out of New Jersey's Newark airport. The woman was told the big bird would not be allowed on the plane even though the owner had bought a separate ticket for the peacock. United Airlines issued a statement saying the peacock did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size.
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1105. Is It Wrong To Love Your Pets More Than Humans?

Is it ok to love dogs more than humansIs It Wrong To Love Your Pets More Than Humans?
Clinical Forensic Psychologist Dr. John Huber culled research indicating that, given the choice, we prefer puppies over people. Respondents to a recent survey are significantly less distressed when adult humans were victimized, in comparison with human babies, puppies and adult dogs.
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Myths of Dog Training
Monique Feyrecilde breaks the common fallacies associated with training your dog. She'll share the mistakes we make when trying to change our dog's behavior. Monique is next in the spotlight in the Fear Free Pets Expert Series.
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Check your pets dental healthWhy Is It So Important To Care For Your Pet's Teeth
It's National Pet Dental Month. Not another Hallmark card opportunity. This is the ideal opportunity for your veterinarian to check for dental issues that could ultimately be fatal if gone unchecked. Dental care isn't about vanity as much as it's about preventing organ failure because you thought a 'non-anesthesia dental cleaning' was all you needed.
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Pets of the Homeless
Genevieve Frederick heads up an organization that connects pet food and veterinary care with homeless folks and their animals. Since 2008, her non-profit has found health care for 17,500 pets. Now, the organization is on the hunt for more veterinary practitioners to offer discounted assistance to the homeless.
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Airline Passenger Allegedly Told To Flush Hamster Down The Toilet
This story has become the latest controversial case in airlines versus people seeking to travel with emotional support animals. It sure started a lot of conversations and caused a lot of online emotional venting and virtually all of it not good. It all began Thanksgiving weekend when a beloved pet hamster was flushed down a toilet in an airport bathroom, supposedly after the airline, Spirit Airlines, refused to let a 21 year old college student bring her pet hamster.
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1104. High Rate Of Veterinarian Suicides

Chad Olds is on Animal RadioAnimal Officer Sings To Dogs
Vance County North Carolina Animal Control Officer Chad Olds discovered a new use for his incredible singing skills. He's able to quiet the barking a several dozen dogs by playing guitar and singing to them. The shelter videotaped one of his sessions. The video went viral and adoptions increased.
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Stress and Skin
Did you know that stress could be a factor in your pet's skin issues? The number one reason animal guardians visit the vet revolves around skin and dermatological problems. Dr. Tom Lewis specializes in these sorts of health issues. As a proponent for the Fear Free movement, he says it's made a big difference in his practice. Dr. Lewis is next up in the Fear Free Expert Series.
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Shock Collars Banned In England
A ban on pet "shock collars" will be enacted in England, under plans confirmed by the government. Shock collars are often marketed as a harmless quick-fix solution or training aides, but animal experts say shock collars can easily cause more problems than they seek to fix.
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Talking Baby Talk To PetsDo You Talk 'Baby Talk' To Your Pets?
Researchers Alex Benjamin and Katie Slocombe set out to investigate if so-called dog-speak improves bonding between pets and humans, and specifically, whether it is useful for the dogs to hear that high pitched baby talk. They found that adult dogs were more likely to want to interact and spend time with the speaker that used dog-directed speech with dog-related content.
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High Rate Of Veterinarian Suicides
Santa Barbara, California is dealing with a crisis in its animal care community, which is a problem happening all over the country. The problem is the high rate of suicide among veterinarians. In fact, vets have the highest rate of suicide among all professional groups.
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Top Household Pet Poisons
Pet World Insider Robert Semrow is at it again. He's a list-maker and he has the top toxins that you may have in your house. Make sure your pet is safe by putting these items out of their reach.
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1103. Making Vet Visits Easier For Your Pet

Pickles and Maddie are on Animal RadioTickles Saves Pickles
When this little pig got sick and needed a blood transfusion, his guardian, Maddie worked effortlessly to find a match. Thanks to social media, Pickles the Potbellied Pig was saved by Tickles - a 450 lb. donor pig, whom was also saved from the butcher in this 'win-win-win' hog story.
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Examining PVP's Prior to Vet Visits
Dr. Natalie Marks suggest that pet owners use Pre-Visit Pharmaceuticals (PVP) before you go to the veterinarian. This will make the visit easier and more pleasurable for your pet. She says these medications are not sedatives or painkillers, but are effective for easing anxiety. Dr. Marks is next on the Fear Free Pet Expert Series.
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Microchips FAIL
About 15,000 family pets need to have a new microchip inserted because their old microchip no longer works. Especially sad news since it could lead to some pets being mistaken for strays and put down. Pets that are micro-chipped with a product called BioTec, manufactured by Virbac, are at risk. A letter from Virbac says, "It now seems possible all of those BioTec chips might fail over time." We'll tell you how to identify if you're affected by this problem.
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Joe and Lauren DiPaolo are on Animal Radio
Couple Rescues Handi-cats
Joe and Lauren DiPaolo have devoted everything to rescuing handicapped cats, or 'handi-cats.' Their house is full of cats with one or multiple ailments. They're providing life-long care for a feline without eyes, a kitty using a wheel contraption in place of legs, and one with a cleft palate, just to name a few of the maladies. You must hear them tell you their story of undying devotion.
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Couple Stows Cat in Luggage
A young Florida couple is facing animal cruelty charges after airport security agents at the Erie, Pennsylvania airport found a cat in their luggage. The 6-month-old female cat named Slim was literally inside the suitcase along with the couples' clothing and other items. Luckily, the Erie TSA team spotted the cat during pre-flight inspections.
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1102. Who Gets Custody Of The Pet?

Attorney Jeremy Cohen is on Animal RadioWho Gets Custody Of The Dog?
Attorney Jeremy Cohen gave up his job prosecuting those accused of insurance fraud. He found it unfulfilling. Now, he represents dogs. He'll share the details of several current cases that involve custody battles over pets.
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Denver Bans Declawing
Denver has become the first U.S. city, outside of California, to ban the declawing of cats. The new law prohibits veterinarians from performing the controversial procedure unless it's medically necessary. Cat lovers are praising the Denver City Council for passing the ordinance declaring that the elective declawing of cats is both inhumane and painful to the felines. Now, Denver just needs to work on reversing the ban of pit bull breeds within city limits.
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FDA Warns Against Certain Types of Dog Treats
The FDA has issued a warning for prepackaged treats called "Ham Bones," "Pork Femur Bones," "Rib Bones" and "Smokey Knuckle Bones," which could be dangerous treats for your dog. The federal government agency has collected at least 68 reports about 90 different dogs and 15 deaths after eating these types of bones. Problems associated with the bones include choking, cuts and wounds, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding and death in some cases. Experts add that chicken bones can cause the same problems.
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Armando Navarrese is on Animal RadioSpecialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team
SMART is the first Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team. SMART was created because there was a demand for a team dedicated to rescuing animals stuck in extreme situations. Members of SMART combined their passion for rescuing animals with their recreational knowledge and experience of rock climbing and rappelling? Officer Armando Naverrete is our guest to talk about some of his most unusual rescues.
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Fear Free Now Certifying Trainers
As the Fear Free movement explodes, now dog trainers can become certified using methods that make the learning experience more appealing to the dog. Finding a Fear Free trainer has become easier using the online database. Mikkel Becker tells us how Fear Free makes a difference in behavior training. Visit the Fear Free Expert Series for more.
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1101. Cat Rescue Organization Funds Butt-hole Replacement - Strange Things Found On Dog X-Rays

Kitten gets a butt holeRescue Crowd-funds Butt-hole For Kitten
Shawn Simons is the Headmistress of the Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats. They're an outstanding non-profit rescue in the Los Angeles area. Shawn just crowd-funded a $10,000 surgery for a kitten. That may not sound unusual until you hear the kitty was born with Imperforate Anus, or no butt-hole. Now, along with television sensation Tosh.0, she's trying to raise a million for 2000 butt-holes.
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Who's Got Your Back When The Raptures Comes?
Pastor Travis Davis founded Pets After Rapture. He considers himself the "middle-man" between your pets and the animal-loving non-believers who will be around after the rapture. For a small fee, his service will be dispatched to your home "post-rapture" to care for your pets.
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Things found in dogs stomachsVeterinarians See The Most Unusual Things
A veterinarian in Oklahoma operated on a dog that wasn't feeling well after eating its human sibling's pacifier. The vet could have made a ton of money had he charged for each pacifier he would later take out of the dog's belly, which ended up being a total of 21. Dr. Debbie shares her “strange and unusual things found in the belly of a dog" stories.
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Cannabis Based Pet Supplements Come Under Fire.
People anxious to relieve their pet's physical pain are more and more trying oils and powders that contain CBDs, a non-psychoactive component of marijuana. But, there's little data on whether these products work, or if they have harmful side effects. That's because the federal government has not approved any clinical trials of cannabis pet products. The FDA has warned companies that sell marijuana related pet products that they're violating laws by offering "unapproved new animal drugs." The FDA has even threatened legal action.
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1100. Officer Tells Story of Rescuing Dog From Frozen Lake

Officer Robert Voorhies rescues dog from frozen lakeOfficer Tells Story Of Lake Rescue
The video of an cop rescuing a dog from a frozen lake has gone viral. Officer Robert Voorhees took a big risk when he decided to cross an ice covered lake in New Jersey. He'll share his heroic story with Animal Radio listeners. He says anyone would've done what he did. Would you?
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Top Dog-Friendly States
With about 90 million dogs living in homes in the US, we are a country of dog lovers. But not all states are equal in terms of safety and amenities for pets. You may be quite surprised by the findings. Where does your state fit in?
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Pet Owner New Years Resolutions
Fear Free certified trainer Debbie Martin thinks both you and your vet should make resolutions and promises to your pet. She'll share her techniques for creating a Fear Free environment and schedule for your dog. Check out the Fear Free Expert Series.
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Chad Hall helps you create a pet friendly homeThe Real Cost of Owning A Pet
You can add up all the vet visits, food and toys and you still would be missing the costs associated with damage to your house… because that happens. Chad Hall with Remodel Mate has tips to help you reduce the damage and do it without selling a kidney.
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Chinese Pet Economy On The Rise
The world of pets is changing in China with the country's fast rise in wealthy citizens. The Chinese government is calling for residents to create 1,000 "Specialty Towns." In Pyongyang County, the specialty theme is pets. There is no doubt that the Chinese pet economy is thriving mostly because of an aging population and declining birth rates.
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Felony Charges For Boy Who Tossed Kitten
There's good news about the kitten that unfortunately starred in a viral video last month. You've heard about Spot, a little 3 and a half-pound calico kitten that was tossed high into the air by a teenage boy in the Southern California. Police got their guy. The San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office has filed a charge of felony animal cruelty against the 16-year-old suspect.
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1099. Paul McCartney Confirms A Beatles Song Has A Track Only Dogs Can Hear.

Enrich your dog winter lifestyleEnrichment In The Home During Winter
Cold weather usually means the kids and pets spend more time indoors. Less exercise and activity could result in unwanted behavior issues. Dr. E'Lise Christensen is a board certified veterinary behaviorist. She'll share some great ideas for keeping your pets occupied and out of trouble. As far as the kids go, you're on your own. This is part of the Fear Free Expert Series.
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Dealing With Off-Leash Dogs
It's the stuff of nightmares. You and your dog are enjoying a walk through the neighborhood when, all of a sudden, you spot an unaccompanied canine heading your way. It could turn into a bad scene even if your dog is socialized. Stephanie Colman, the manager of the "Puppy Department" at Guide Dogs of America, has the five things you need to do if you encounter an off-leash or stray dog.
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Sir Paul McCartney says Beatles song has stuff only your dog can hear in it
Beatles Song For Dogs
Sir Paul McCartney is confirming that one of the all time best Beatles song has a special sound included in the track that only your dog can hear. It has long been a rumor that dogs knew something about the song that humans didn't.
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Do Pets Slow Down Your Aging Process?
After all the recent studies about pets keeping humans youthful, there is a new report out in the British Medical Journal that says having a pet doesn't seem to slow down your aging process after all.
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Most Popular Pet Names for 2020
The Netflix series "Stranger Things" has some influence on the top pet names of 2020. "Eleven" is becoming commonplace among pet names, after the main character in the popular series. "Star Wars" names like Rey and Leia are up 70%.
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Pet Food Sector Seeing Tremendous Growth Online
U.S. researchers say most of the growth in the pet food sector is going to behemoths Amazon.com and Chewy.com (owned by PetSmart). Other trends include home-delivered and customized fresh foods.

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