Suing 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.
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.
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.
Photographer 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.
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.
18-Year-Old Hero Born with Muscular Dystrophy, Tabitha Bell was told she would need a wheel chair by the time she was 12. Instead, she got a balance & brace service dog. The human/dog partnership was so successful that she decided to start her own non-profit to help match service dogs with those that may not be able to afford the $10,000 entry level. Tabitha tells us that she's working on matching a 6-year old diabetic with a dog that can alert someone when blood sugar spikes.
Does Your Dog Get Enough Exercise? You know your dog needs exercise, but is it getting enough? The average adult¬†dog¬†needs at least 30 minutes of exercise each day to stay fit and healthy. A study by the dog food company¬†Forthglade, reveals that¬†less than half of dog owners walk their dog on a daily basis, with the average weekday walk being under 20 minutes.
Cat Inherits Fashion Designer's Fortune After the passing of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, his cat Choupette, is expected to inherit at least some of the designer's fortune.¬†Prior to his passing, the 85-yr-old Lagerfeld told a French magazine¬†that his cat is an heiress.¬†Lagerfeld had an estimated net worth of up to¬†$300 million and his cat will likely inherit at least a portion of that.
Rocky Kanaka Isn't Just A Cool Name¬† Emmy Nominated TV host Rocky Kanaka is on a mission to find hard-to-adopt rescue dogs their forever home - all while creating a day of fun doggie activities most could only dream of. He chronicles his adventures in a You Tube series called 'Dog's Day Out.'
Traveling With Pets Is Big Business It's estimated 68% of U.S. households, or about 85 million families, have a pet. When those 85 million pet parents hit the road, they can either take their pet with them, or have someone else take care of the furry family member either in their home or a boarding facility. ¬†That's where "pet resorts" or high-end kennels come in such as the D Pet Hotels in Los Angeles. They offer boarding, daycare, grooming and even chauffeur and boutique services. For boarding, your dog might enjoy the Uber suite, a 12' x 22' room with a queen bed and 42" TV.
Home Grooming Kits Animal Radio's Dogfather Joey Villani warns against casual use of the popular grooming kits available at your pet store. Joey says, improperly used, besides giving your dog a bad haircut, you can easily burn their skin. "Take your pets to the groomer instead." Is Joey trying to drum up business for professional groomers nationwide?
"Making Bank" Taking Selfies With Animals Allan Dixon won the best job in the world. He gets paid to take pictures with animals. Allan has an uncanny ability to 'talk' animals into posing for a selfie with him. This might sound like the most privileged, millennial job in the world, but Dixon worked for this role. He'll explain to Animal Radio listeners.
Breed Specific Legislation Isn't Working There's a new study out by researchers in Denmark on the impact of Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), which is often a city or even country's attempt to ban dog breeds it deems as vicious. The results showed that BSL there had no effect on hospitalizations for dog bites.
People Cuddle More With Pet Than Significant Other According to a new survey, nearly half of pet parents cuddle with their pooch more than their significant other. The report also found that 24% said they took more pictures with their dog than with friends or family members. 1 in 3 pet parents take their dog along on dates. Why? Respondents said it's because their dog is a good judge of character. More than half said they would consider ending a relationship if their partner didn't like dogs or was severely allergic.
Tails From A Celebrity Pet-Sitter Have you ever considered quitting your stupid job to become a pet-sitter? Laura Vorreyer shares stories about her bustling Los Angeles dog-walking business. She'll dole out advice for the aspiring pet-sitter.
Cat Frozen To Guardrail A woman in upstate New York recently saw a post on Facebook about a cat thought to be sleeping on a highway guardrail. She rushed to the location and realized the cat wasn't sleeping. It was stuck. Two of its paws and the cat's tail were frozen to the guardrail so it couldn't get free. The cat, whose name is now "Elsa" from the movie Frozen, was checked out at a veterinary hospital and found to be in pretty good shape.
National Weather Service Issues 'Small Dog Warning' The National Weather Service is typically pretty stoic with its forecasts and advice, but on one day earlier this month a satellite office of the weather service in Ohio issued an "unofficial Small Dog Warning" on Twitter due to strong winds gusting to 50 mph in parts of Ohio and Pennsylvania. The Tweet said "Hold on to your pooch! Be sure to make sure both your trash can and your dog don't blow away!"
Australia Bans Cosmetic Testing On Animals The Australian government has passed a bill that effectively bans animal testing for cosmetics sold in the country. Australia will no longer accept results derived from animal experimentation as evidence of a product's safety or effectiveness. This means cosmetic brands will be required to show that their products are safe with non-animal testing methods. A majority of Australians, 85% are against animal testing for cosmetics. Lori Brooks reports.
Should Young Children Have Service Dogs?¬†
In a recent NBC Today Show segment, a 3-year-old girl born with a debilitating lung disease 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."
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.
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.
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.
Crazy Cat Lady Paula Poundstone We're flashing back to comedian Paula Poundstone's guest spot in 2012. 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.
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‚Äôs 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.
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.
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.
From Caped Crusader to Canine Crusader Actor Burt Ward was the original 'Robin' on the hit series Batman. Now he‚Äôs devoted to giant breed dogs and runs the Gentle Giant Rescue. He tells Animal Radio that as many as 25 Great Danes share his bed with him and his wife Tracy.
The Secret Life of Mac Inspired by the viral videos of cats stealing clothes and other items, author Melinda Metz weaved a story about a Klepto-kitty named Mac who will steal your heart. Why is it some cats, left to their own devices, choose to abscond with everything from lingerie to money?
EMT‚Äôs Can‚Äôt Treat Animals‚Ä¶ Yet Police in Boston are praising proposed legislation that would allow emergency medical service workers to treat police dogs injured in the line of duty. Currently, Massachusetts' laws penalize EMT's if they assist an animal in an emergency.
Can Our Pets Become Addicted To Opioids? The opioid crisis isn't just impacting people. A new study in Pennsylvania says there's been a big increase in the amount of pain medication being prescribed for pets in the state. The new research shows opioid prescriptions for animals in the state are up 41% over a 10-year period. It's unclear why there's been such a dramatic increase. But, if opioids are so addictive for humans, are they addictive to pets?
Training Bees for Movies and TV Apiculturist Dr. Norman Gary has devoted his 83 years to bees. He's even trained them for TV and Movies. Dr. Gary holds two Guinness World Records for bee stunts. Oh, and he plays the clarinet... covered in bees.
Understanding Your C.B.D.'s It's the latest phenomenon in pet medicines, claiming to cure everything from allergies to pain. While there may be some benefits in this marijuana derivative, veterinarians are hard-pressed to recommend the use, mostly because the unregulated product may be sub-par. But if you're still determined, you should examine the Certificate Of Analysis (COA). Dr. Debbie and Lori Brooks help parse the confusion between brands.
Does Your Cat's Breed Really Matter A simple DNA test can make it easier to identify which traits are linked to health conditions like heart disease and obesity. Anna Skaya is the CEO of Basepaws, the world's first-ever cat DNA test. A lucky listener will get a free DNA test for their cat.
Woman Gets Stuck In Tree After Trying To Rescue Cat A woman who climbed a tree to rescue her¬†cat¬†ended up having to be saved by¬†firefighters after she also got stuck in the tree.¬†She was stuck for 45 minutes before firefighters eventually helped her down with a ladder.
Don'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.
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.
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.
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‚Äôs, CFO's, COO's), is a pet.
Meet 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‚Äôs hobby. Brigette tells her story like any proud rodent mama would!
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.
Is 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.
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.
Boy's Mission To Pet A Million Dogs Gideon Kidd has a goal to pet a million dogs for his pet project. So far, the 10-year-old boy has pet more than 750 dogs. He's chronicled his journey on Twitter, garnering over 160,000 followers. He'll tell us how it's going since we last spoke to him in June.
Something Worth Saving Sandi Ward is a medical advertising copywriter by day. By night, she's the author of great books written from a cat's perspective. Sandi talks with us about her muse, a big black rescue cat named Winnie.
Millennials Chose Pets Over Children Millenials are less likely to become parents of "human children" because they are instead focusing on their pets. Apparently 44% of millennials are unsure if they want to have children, but their rate of pet ownership continues to rise. These animals are acting as a substitute for children according psychology professor Jean Twenge. This generation is half as likely to be married than the generations preceding it.
Convicted Deer Poacher Ordered to Watch Bambi Every Month For a Year
A Missouri judge has ordered a convicted deer poacher to watch Bambi at least once a month during the year he will be spending in jail. The man is actually one of four family members implicated in a three-year hunting operation that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of deer. The prosecutor said the family mainly stalked their prey at night, killing the deer and taking their heads and antlers, and then they abandoned the carcasses. The state's Department of Conservation called it a thrill and kill sport for the men. By the way, the one-year jail sentence was initially suspended in favor of a two-year probationary period. But the guy who now has to watch Bambi quickly violated the terms of his probation, leading the Judge to reinstate the original one-year sentence with the additional Bambi twist.
What Do Cereal and Dog Food Have in Common? General Mills, which makes Trix and Yoplait, is hoping pet food will help it fight lagging cereal and snack sales. The company says it plans to double distribution of the Blue Buffalo product, expanding the number of places it's sold to include grocery stores, drug stores and big box retailers like Target.
Hero 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.
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.
Dog 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.
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.
Legislation 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parsing The Hottest CBD Trend Topping the list of the biggest pet trends is the use of CBD, a bi-product of marijuana. Dozens of new CBD products have begun popping up. Some might not be so good for your pet and may actually contain arsenic. Dr. Debbie and Lori Brooks explore the pros and cons before you make an informed decision.
Emotional Support Alligator at New Orleans Airport It's not uncommon to see dogs or cats being used at major airports as a de-stressor. When you step off a plane in New Orleans, you'll meet an alligator. While these alligators aren't necessarily intended to provide emotional support, they are ready to take a selfie and be petted. Director of Communications at the airport, Erin Burns joins us to explain this unique partnership with the Audubon society.
Women Sleep Better With Dogs Than Humans There's a new study out that shows women sleep better next to dogs than their human partners. 55% shared the bed with at least one dog and 31% shared their bed with at least one cat. Researchers found dogs were less likely to wake their owners in the middle of the night than humans, who were equally disruptive to women's sleep and didn't provide the feelings of comfort and security that dogs do.
Are Kennel Dryers Bad? If you go to a groomer, you might be very familiar with kennel dryers, used to finish your pet's coat after a grooming. After several tragic accidents, many have become frightened of putting their animal inside the dryer. Dogfather Joey Villani addresses this problem head-on, saying there is nothing inherently wrong with these machines - and instead blaming bad groomers.
Mayor Takes Terminally Ill Pet On Trip Across America When someone you love is terminally ill, you may do whatever you can to make the little time left count. Attleboro Massachusetts Mayor Paul Heroux took his dying dog Mura on a cross-country bucket-list trip. He says "Filling up my gas tank: $40. Staying at a sketchy hotel: $60. The look on Mura's face after she just ate a nasty freeway gas station hot dog: Priceless." The animal friendly politician has also gone to far lengths to make his government workplace a pet-friendly environment.
Troubled Teens Find Help Research back by the Iams Company is now showing that animal assisted therapy can make a significant difference in the recovery of troubled teens. A New Leash On Life, a program designed to match foster dogs with troubled youth, is having a positive effect on the children's behavior and social interaction. Britt Savage Reports.
Alligators At The Airport
Many airports around the country are helping to de-stress passengers with teams of therapy animals in the terminals. These mostly include dogs and the occasional therapy pig, which struts around the San Francisco airport, or the therapy cats in Denver. Now, there is a new kind of therapy animal appearing at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in Louisiana, where they have baby alligators at the baggage claim. The program is part of the airport's new partnership with the Audubon Nature Institute. Selfies are encouraged for that souvenir you won't soon forget.
FDA Reducing Use Of Animals In Research In keeping with the goals of reducing, replacing and/or refining the use of animals in research, the Food and Drug Administration has released for public comment their proposed research to validate an alternative approach for what they call bioequivalence studies for certain animal drugs. Another proposed change is that for at least two months before a study begins, the FDA's animal care staff will work with the dogs to socialize them and acclimate them to being handled. The dogs will also receive regular veterinary care, including vaccinations and preventive care, so that they remain happy, well socialized and healthy and thus able to be adopted. If you have comments, make them here.
Evicted 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.
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.
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.
Pet Spending Surpasses Previous Reports Americans spent a staggering $77.13 BILLION on their pets in 2017. That's a 15% increase over 2016. The biggest chunk was spent on pet food, followed by veterinary care. Consumers will spend on average of $237 per pet for the holidays.
Is Petsmart Really To Blame Petsmart 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.
#OpossumLivesMatter Opossum guardian and advocate Lea Murray is mother to several opossums, including Kricket, the Fruit Loop eating marsupial in this viral video. Lea is outraged about a recent Inside Edition broadcast that painted Opossums as a typhus vehicle. She says the much maligned and misunderstood critter is actually good for humankind.
AVMA Release Latest Stats On Pet Ownership Pet ownership is on the rise with dogs leading the way and large increases in the number of less traditional pets like chickens and lizards. 57% of all U.S. households have a pet. The state with the honor of having the most pets is...drum roll please...Wyoming.
No Chainmail Gauntlets Needed Trimming your cat's nails may not be your favorite activity, but it's truly important for their health. Joey Villani has tips to make it a little easier and less bloody. It doesn't need to be a big deal for you or your cat.
What It's Like To Be Bitten By A Pit Bull Denise James loves animals. She also loves talking about them.... a lot! Her love for dogs was not soured when she was bit in the face by a pit-bull. She'll tell us what went wrong and how to avoid being a dog treat.
Pet Hoarding On The Rise A new study, published in the journal Psychiatry Research, takes a look at the motivations of people who hoard animals. This latest study suggests that animal hoarding should be classified as an independent disorder with the hope of developing specialized treatments to help these people cope with the compulsion to collect critters. Animal hoarders acquire and live with dozens or even hundreds of creatures in their homes, causing suffering for both the hoarder and animals. In the United States, authorities discover between 900 and 2,000 cases of animal hoarding every year.
CBD for Pets
You've probably heard about CBD, or Cannabidiol, a cannabis compound boasting significant medical benefits. Research on the safety and efficacy in pets is still in its early stages according to Dr. Joe Wakshlag. He'll help us parse out all the claims and navigate the double-talk.
Selfies Include Pets Pet owners are being asked if, and why, they include their cat or dog in selfies posted to social media as part of new research into our relationships with our pets. Dr. Lori Kogan, of Colorado State University, said the study indicated 50% of pet owners had their pet as their feature photo on their devices and that behavior offers insights into the close bonds between people and cats and dogs.
Put Your Phone Down and Stop Ignoring Your Pet New data from USC's Annenberg Center shows that on average Americans spend nearly 24 hours per week online. Research suggests that pets may get anxious and even depressed when we spend too much time on our smartphones.
Skunked "The worst thing you can do when your dog has been sprayed by a skunk is to use tomato juice." That's according to Animal Radio's very own 'Dogfather' Joey Villani. Besides not being effective, it's also pretty messy. But fear not! Joey has the perfect recipe of household products to fix this smelly problem.
Peace, Love, Goats of Anarchy Leanne Lauricella gave up her NYC corporate job, traded in her Mercedes for a pickup truck, and decided to care for handicapped goats. She'll never look back! She says it was the best decision ever. She has taken-it-up a level by integrating her love for goats throughout social media. The Goats' newfound online fame landed them on Rachael Ray. Leanne has even published 6 books.
Chicken-Nugget Eating Alligator Evicted From Home Authorities in Kansas City, Missouri, discovered an unexpected occupant when they went to evict a man from his grandmother's home. Inside the home, police found a 7-foot, 200-lb. alligator. The grandson said the pet gator was only 15 inches long four years ago and grew bigger over time on a steady diet of chicken nuggets. He added the alligator is afraid of the dark and thunderstorms.
Have You Ever Lost A Pet? It happens to the best of us. Your cat or dog makes a dash for the door and suddenly you find yourself posting "Lost Pet" signs throughout the neighborhood. The Executive Director of Pet FBI, Leslie Poole will share tips to ensure a fast and happy reunion with your pet.
Cat Con Scheduled For The Rocky Meowtain Region No stranger to Animal Radio, cat crazy Brandon Zavala tells us his plans for an incredible convention of cat lovers and famous kitties. The Snowcat Convention will be a 2-day event celebrating the splendor of cats and the humans that love them.
Study Reveals Pets Can Tell Time Are you taking your sweet time when getting your pet's meals ready? Fluffy and Fido are on to you and they can tell when you are dawdling. A new study from Northwestern University has found some of the clearest evidence yet that animals can judge time. Lori Brooks reports.
Make $100 An Hour Petting Puppies Mutts Canine Cantina, which opened its first location in Dallas, Texas, is looking for its first-ever "MUTTS Puptern" for their new location. The position will pay $100 an hour to pet puppies at their new Fort Worth, Texas location. Qualified applicants had to post a photo or video that showed their puppy petting skills and why they‚Äôre the best fit for the position.
Holiday Gifts: Make Your Pet A Star If you've already begun your holiday shopping and have a pet lover on your list, here's an idea for a gift that they probably don't already have, a Petlandia Personalized Story Book. Make any pet the star of a personalized, custom storybook. Using a simple online tool at Petlandia.com, you can create an adorable lookalike of any dog or cat in just a few clicks. The likeness of the pet then stars in its very own 36-page personalized storybook, which sells for $30.
The Raw Debate Chef Kevyn Matthews, also known as the Dog Chef (Dogs 101/DOG-TV) is doing a booming business cooking for dogs in the Northeast. He makes nutritious meals that focus on healing certain ailments. He'll debate the pros and cons of a raw diet with Dr. Debbie.
Mercury In Your Pet Food Postdoctoral Scholar Dr. Sarrah Dunham-Cheatham randomly sampled 100 pet foods. 16 of those samples had mercury concentrations that were well above the maximum tolerable limit. That's not the only thing she found.
Regulating Groomers Hot on the heels of fatal grooming incidents at Petsmart and Petco, legislators are fast-tracking groomer certification for the unregulated business. Animal Radio's very own groomer, Joey Villani is helping to push this legislation through. He'll explain what is currently happening in New Jersey, and how that will become a model for the nation.
When Are Puppies The Cutest? Everyone knows puppies are cute, but did you know that people find puppies at their cutest stage at eight weeks of age? Experts at Arizona State University's canine-science laboratory now say they have discovered that Peak Puppy Cuteness serves important purposes and might even play a fundamental role in the bonding between a puppy and its adoptive owner.
Tesla Offering Unique Dog Friendly Features One of Tesla's new car features includes a computer program that stops the car's interior from exceeding a certain temperature. A future update to it may include a special 'Dog Mode,' which would display a message warning passers-by not to panic if they see a pet inside a parked vehicle. That future update could also include a display of the current interior temperature so well meaning strangers don't break the car's window to rescue your pup. The temperature-regulating feature is called Cabin Overheat. It was rolled out to Tesla vehicles via a software update in June.
Getting "Wild" With Singer Paul Rodgers Front man for the band Bad Company, Free and The Firm, singer, songwriter Paul Rodgers is an extreme supporter of our four-legged friends. Aside from the 6 cats and a dog at home, he sponsors moose, bears, coyotes, foxes, a lynx, a bobcat and raccoons. "Supporting animals, in any way that one can, restores the soul," say Rodgers. His wife and obvious muse, Cynthia joins Paul for this interview.
How Dogs Process Words Scientists at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, have conducted one of the first studies using brain imaging of dogs to figure out how they process words, specifically words they've been taught to associate objects like a ball. Neuroscientist Gregory Berns says, "We know that dogs have the capacity to process at least some aspects of human language since they can learn to follow verbal commands but, previous research suggests dogs may rely on many other cues to follow a verbal command such as gaze, gestures and even emotional expressions from their owners."
Same Sex Penguin Partners A few months ago, staff at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium in Australia noticed a new romance blossoming between two male Gentoo penguins named Sphen and Magic. They've been spotted going for swims together and bowing to one another, a sign that they were both interested in being more than just friends. Now, the same-sex penguin partners have taken their relationship to the next level and are incubating a foster egg taken from another nest.
Rabies Outbreak Health officials in Florida have issued a 60-day alert in Miami-Dade County after a second cat has tested positive for rabies this year. An earlier alert was issued following the discovery of the first rabid cat in North Miami Beach. Because of these cases, one person is receiving rabies treatment after trying to deal with an unvaccinated stray cat. Another person is being checked following a cat scratch. Beside the two cats, six rabid raccoons were found on Miami Zoo land over the summer.
Cooking 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.
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.
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.
Dogs 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 was conducted online between 2010-2018 and 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.
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.
Dr. Jane Goodall Visits With Animal Radio World Renown Anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall tells us about her experience growing up around chickens and chimps. Even today she still lectures, with over 300 speaking engagements a year. Dr. Goodall also has her hands in the deodorant business, lending her name to environmentally friendly, cruelty-free and sustainable products. Serial Entrepreneur Michael Cammarata joins the conversation to talk about teaming up with Dr. Goodall to create Schmidt's Naturals Lily of the Valley deodorant.
SOLVED: Selecting Pet Insurance A common misconception is that pet insurance is similar to human insurance. Jason Hargraves breaks that myth with the truth about pet insurance. The editor of Insurance Quotes tells us what to look out for when picking a policy.
Rainbow Bridge If you've ever experienced the death of a pet, chances are you've heard of the Rainbow Bridge, a mythical overpass said to connect heaven and Earth. It's also a spot where grieving pet owners reunite with their departed pets. It is a single poem about the Rainbow Bridge, though its origins are disputed, that launched the myth in the 1980's. At least three men claim to have written it and it's hard to know who really did, since all three wrote similar books in the 1990's on pet loss after claiming to have penned "The Rainbow Bridge."
Do You Love To Kiss Your Dog Many people share the belief that dog saliva is cleaner than humans. Some even think your pet's saliva can heal cuts and scrapes. The truth is that dog's can carry a variety of germs and bacteria that can potentially make humans sick.
Cat Found 18 Months Later - 900 Miles Away Bobby, the cat, went missing from his home in Great Falls, Montana, more than 18 months ago. However, his 73-year-old owner, Kyle Peterson, never stopped trying to find him. That persistence has now paid off. Bobby had been found roaming the streets of Fallon, Nevada after being picked up as a stray by Animal Control. A scan of the Bobby's microchip revealed that he was more than 900 miles from home. With the microchip information, the shelter got in touch with Bobby's owner. Mr. Peterson, after hearing how far his cat had traveled, believes that Bobby wandered away from home and accidentally hopped on a train that passes across the street from his home.
Poo From Lil Bub Leads To Discovery Microbiologist and TV Host Jennifer Gardy has been collecting cat poop as part of a biome-mapping project. Viral sensation Lil Bub even donated a sample that led to the discovery of 22 new microorganisms. Jennifer will explain what that means to you and me.
Speaking Baby Talk To Your Pet It has long been known that talking to a baby improves bonding between parent and child. But, since so many pet parents view their pets as their own children, scientists were wondering does talking to your dog in the same way as you would a human infant have the same bonding effect? A recent study suggests it does.
From The "I Wish I Had Thought Of That Department" There's a new dog treat headed to store shelves and the name alone might make you NOT want to buy it, but I bet dogs will love it. A woman in Kansas has a patent pending on the new treat called, "Mickey And Moe's Butt Flavored Dog Treats."
Engineering for Cats Aerospace Engineer Mac Delaney addresses the quirks of cat behavior. He's developed 10 DIY solutions for typical cat issues. During the day he's building aircraft parts. By night he's solving your cat's furniture scratching problem.
Veterinarian Suicide Rate Over The Top 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, four times higher than the national average.
Shock Collars Banned in England A ban on so-called pet "shock collars" will be enacted in England, under plans confirmed by the government. The shock collars, used to control pets, are usually controlled via a remote control and are already banned in Wales. Scotland has announced it is following England's lead with a ban of its own. This is similar to political battles that are happening in the US. It's important to note that 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.
Celebrating Halloween With Your Pet A mere 16% of us dress our pets for Halloween. This year, there are more choices than ever for unique costumes. Costume maker Allison Albert shares her latest and greatest designs. Dr. Debbie has tips for those pets that just aren't into this scary holiday.
Common Flea Meds Causing Seizures The FDA has issued a warning that flea medications in the Isoxazoline class such as Bravecto, Credelio, Nexgard and Simparica may do more than just combat flea or tick infestations. It turns out they all have the potential of causing seizures, muscle tremors or other neurological problems in pets.
L.A. Bans Sale Of Furs Los Angeles will become the largest city in the U.S. to ban the sale of fur. The city council has voted unanimously to move forward with the ban, which will take effect 24-months after final language is passed. The ban will prohibit the sale of coats, handbags, shoes, hats, jewelry, accessories and other products made in whole or in part of fur.
Listen Now Pop Up Pee Pads Bill Klein (TLC's The Little Couple) invented a pee pad with a pop-up fire hydrant. He says it cured his dog's inappropriate urination and it can help other dogs. Bill's business is enjoying success. He says humor coupled with social media is the best marketing. The Little Couple reality-star says he's proud to be in the "pee-pad" business because his product addresses a grand problem that affects so many dog owners.
ASPCA Fighting Predatory Lenders The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has filed a lawsuit in New Jersey on behalf of two sisters who unknowingly entered into a pet leasing agreement so they could purchase an 8-week-old Golden Retriever puppy from a pet store. Both the lender and the pet store are targeted in the lawsuit. Pet stores and online puppy sellers offer pet leasing schemes to make high priced puppies appear more affordable. Consumers may think they are opting for a standard payment plan, but many of these arrangements are actually leases where the consumers are required to make inflated monthly payments while the leasing company retains ownership of the dog. At the end of the lease, the consumer is required to make an additional payment if they want to keep the dog. For the sisters in this case, they will have paid a total of $5,300 at the end of the 24-month period to fully own their dog, now named Cooper, whose original purchase price was $3,500.
Who 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%.
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.
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."
Listen Now Get Your Licks On Route 66 Animal Radio is proud to be a part of the 10th Annual Fido Friendly Adoption Tour. Susan Sims is traveling the famed Route 66 matching up adoptable dogs and cats with great homes across the country. She'll check in with us from St. Louis.
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.
Accidentally 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.
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.
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.
Animal Crackers Have Been Freed For over a century, the box of Barnum's Animals Crackers showed a caged circus boxcar with lions, elephants and other animals inside. The new box design has no cage and the animals on it are finally free, or at least not behind bars. All of the circus imagery is gone, in favor of a wildlife scene. The crackers themselves have not been changed. Hope you sleep better knowing this.
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.
Dog 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.
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 2017 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.
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."
Project 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.
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.
Turning Animals Into Drones And Helicopters In 2012, Bart Jansen's cat was unfortunately struck and killed by a car. Instead of cremating or burying "Orville" (named after the Wright Brothers), he turned him into a drone. Despite outrage from cat-owners, he defends the action as a tribute to his furry-friend. Many other pet owners have asked for his services since. Now he plans to turn a cow into a helicopter.
What Vaccines Does My Pet Really Need? There's no need to over-inoculate your pet with potentially harmful vaccines. Dr. Jean Dodds is considered one of the foremost veterinary experts on vaccinosis. She tells us what injections are necessary and how often. Dr. Dodd's also discusses the downside of over-vaccinating your pet.
Pet Owner Harming Pets For Opioids Researchers at the University of Colorado recently conducted a survey of nearly 200 veterinarians in the state about how opioid abusers may be using veterinary clinics to get drugs. The results revealed that 13% of veterinarians believe, or have suspected, that they have seen a client who purposefully injured their pet, made their pet sick or appear to be sick, just so they could get an opioid prescription.
The World's Richest Pets Topping the 2018 Richest Pets List, compiled by a pet insurance company, the wealthiest pet is a German Shepherd named Gunther IV, worth over 375 million dollars. Gunther, who lives in Germany, inherited his wealth and has his own personal maid and butler, eats steak and caviar and has several multi million-dollar homes. Taylor Swift's and Oprah's pets also top this list.
Home Shoppers Buying For Pets Pets are part of our family. So much so, that, according to a report, even if we found our perfect home and it wasn't right for our pets, we would pass on it. The survey for Realtor.com showed 75% of pet parents would say ‚Äúno thank you" to their dream home if it weren't a fit for their animals.
Nude Birding Olaf Danielson has made a hobby out of birding without any clothes. Olaf is an author, religious scholar, storyteller and adventurer. He will share some of his favorite stories of seeking out rare and exotic avian wildlife... while naked as a jaybird.
Who is Tracking Your Pet Purchases? With the pet industry growing so fast, any information that can be gained from your purchases for your pets is going to be extrapolated every way possible for those companies which profit from your spending habits. Search data pulled by Hitwise from major pet supply websites in June shows the majority of both cat and dog owners, or at least those doing the buying for their pets, are women and that the women who own dogs make nearly twice as much as those who have cats.
Pet Crematory Intentionally Gives Back Wrong Ashes A pet cemetery and crematory in Illinois is accused of deceiving clients by giving them ashes that were not be from their deceased pets. Police found three deceased animals inside an old freezer at the facility and fortunately one of the animals had been micro chipped. Authorities contacted the owner who said they had already received their cat's ashes. But the only thing illegal in this case was misrepresenting ashes of an animal because pet crematories in Illinois are not regulated.
Training Pit Bulls for Good Jeff Jenkins is the ringleader for the Midnight Circus, a pit-bull agility performance that shows the often-misunderstood dogs in a positive light. He's helping youngsters train their pit-bulls to do tricks instead of fighting.
Are Kittens and Puppies The Key to a Successful Marriage? You're thinking love, communication, trust, common interests and that kind of stuff, right? But, a new study from the University of Florida says it could also be cute, cuddly puppies, kittens and bunnies. The team of psychological scientists found that to break the 'familiarity breeds contempt syndrome' or boredom that can happen in long-term relationships, couples can make better associations with their spouse through a positive stimulus like puppies and bunnies.
Pets Cause 1000 Fires Per Year "Unattended pets often set their homes on fire and pets can't call 911," according to Zsolt Sapy, the COO of Smoke Alarm Monitoring. Just how does this happen? What can you do to stack the odds in your pet's favor?
Should You Trust Pet DNA Tests? Dr. Lisa Moses says there is a place for DNA tests, but only as a novelty. While these tests may show a predisposition towards breed specific diseases, she warns against making medical decisions based on a DNA swab or blood tests.
What We Know About Our Cat Food A new study of 2,000 cat owners reveals many of them are oblivious about what foods could be harmful to their cat's health. More than 50% of those questioned did not know that milk, grapes, raisins, garlic and onions are hazardous to a cat's health. A fifth of owners don't even know their cats are carnivores, with one in 10 feeding them raw vegetables and another one in 20 serving up salad leaves.
Kids Prefer Rats Over Cats Or Dogs RightPet.com, which is an online resource for pet owners, has announced the findings of its 8-year pet ownership study that used the data of nearly 17,000 pet owners across 113 countries. The biggest revelation is that children between the ages of 10 and 17 years old say they get more satisfaction owning pet rats rather than cats or dogs.
Cat Lovers Dream Job If you've ever thought of quitting your job and living out your life saving cats on a picturesque Greek island, here's some great news. A cat rescue in Greece, called God's Little People Cat Rescue, is looking for a new caretaker. They're looking for a part-time caretaker to look after 55 cats with free lodging in the form of the sanctuary manager's house that overlooks the Aegean Sea.
Ed Asner Loves Himself Some Kitty! Iconic Actor Ed Asner is our flashback to 2010. Bet you didn't know Ed is a "cat" guy? His satirist banter and love for his personal kitties makes this one of most memorable moments of Animal Radio.
Charleston Airport's Newest Employee Russ Kennedy holds down security at Charleston's Yeager Airport. He's also the handler for Greg, a border collie that clears runways from geese and other wildlife that could cause a fatal aircraft accident.
The Truth About Dog-Lick Bacteria A Wisconsin man made headlines after a dog lick led to a rare infection resulting in the amputation of part of his legs and arms. This has set off unwarranted alarm. While the bacterium is extremely common in dogs and cats, the risk posed by being licked is infinitesimally low.
Counting Cats A coalition of animal groups in Washington, D.C., have started the D.C. Cat Count, which will try to create a more accurate estimate of the city's entire cat population, including both feral cats and pet cats. The project is expected to take three years and cost $1.5 million. The groups hope the information will help improve efforts to manage the cat population. The project will use many different strategies to arrive at a total population count, including an app allowing residents to snap their own images of cats they encounter.
Is It A Dog Or Ball A dog groomer in Japan is literally turning dogs into fluff balls. Yoriko Hamachiyo is clipping usually small dogs into a ball. He does this by cutting their hair so they look like a soft, fluffy round ball, a ball with legs.
Dog Fraud Dogs can communicate through scent, leaving their mark everywhere. New research finds that smaller dogs "cheat" by using higher raised-leg angles to leave higher urine marks, thus exaggerating their size to other dogs that would come along and sniff later.
Bart's Voice Loves Animals The voice of Bart Simpson is our flashback guest. Nancy Cartwright really loves animals. She has an entire menagerie at her L.A. ranch. Her prized pet is a fiberglass cow. Nancy felt that because she's always saying, "don't have a cow man," that she should have one. She also has seahorses.
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.
Has Your Pet Restricted Your Travel Plans? According to a new 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.
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.
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.
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.
Turning Your Pet Into A Viral Sensation Kelly Lund and Loki, his Husky - Wolf mix, didn't intentionally become a viral Internet sensation. Kelly casually posted a picture on Instagram that was picked up by Reddit, Bored Panda and Buzzfeed. Now Loki has a half-million followers and a new book. Kelly will give us tips on making your pet a star.
Pit Bulls Aren't Getting A Fair Shake Fiona Gilbert has Multiple Sclerosis. a degenerative neurological condition that affected her ability to walk. Without her service dog, she cannot function or work. The only problem is that Koda, her service animal is a pit-bull mix. As a frequent flyer on Delta Airlines, she is no longer welcome because her service dog is banned on the carrier.
Social Media's Top 10 Pet Influencers Forbes came out with multiple lists on social media influencers. On the list of Pet Influencers, probably the best-known Internet pet that still commands the most eyeballs and makes money to match her fame, is Grumpy Cat. Why are these animals so engaging and why are they so valuable to advertisers? Collectively, the top 10 Pet Influencers have 50 million followers.
Parrots Change Traffic Pattern Kea parrots are big and about 18 inches long. They're native to New Zealand where they can be a pest, but they do attract the tourists. These big parrots have been caught on camera shifting traffic cones into active traffic lanes. Why? The New Zealand Transportation Agency thinks they know why.
Pentobarbital Horse Meat Used In Evanger's Pet Food Through the freedom of information act, some new information has come to light in last year's case of Evanger's pet food company having pentobarbital tainted horse meat in some of its canned food. Evanger's was in compliance and had a license to use horse-meat at that time. However, it turns out they had been processing horse-meat as early as 2015 without a license. Records show an inspector found it on the premises of the Evanger's processing plant during an inspection that was made as a result of complaints over health concerns and unsanitary conditions at the facility.
High 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.
Ikea Recalls Pet Water Dispenser After Dog Deaths Ikea's new Lurvig water dispenser seemed like a great idea until two dogs died after getting their heads stuck in the device. Ikea has issued a global recall and is warning that it can become a deadly trap if your small pet inserts its head up the dome-shaped water container. The water dispenser is made up of two components. Its bottom serves as a water bowl and the base for a transparent container that holds water and ends in a dome sitting on the base. The $7.99 water dispenser was one of the 75 pet products introduced by Ikea last October. It's one of several recent strategic steps Ikea has made towards transforming itself from a furniture company to a lifestyle brand.
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.
Petsitter 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.
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.
Planning A Pet Trust What happens to your pet if something happens to you? Did you know your pet is considered "property" in the eyes of the law? Estate Attorney A.J. Fudge has prepared a simple plan for your pets should you punch the clock before they do. It's important to have a pet-trust legally documented so that your furry-family member doesn't end up in the shelter and possibly euthanized.
What's Trending In The Pet Sector? On the heels of the industry's largest pet product show, Robert Semrow reports on the latest and greatest stuff for your pets. This year has seen an explosion of CBD type supplements, a bi-product of marijuana, for moderating your pet's pain. Also, a large number of major companies are launching their products on Kickstarter. If the product doesn't gain traction through crowd-funding, then it's shelved. This new technique saves thousands in market research.
Flight Attendant Saves Dog In a news cycle that seems to portray a lot of airline vs. animal issues, it's a breath of fresh air to hear about a quick thinking flight attendant that saved the life of a French Bulldog on a JetBlue flight. The 3-year-old French Bulldog, named Darcy, was on a flight from Florida to Massachusetts with her human parents when her tongue began to turn blue and she started having difficulty breathing.
Major Stock Photo Suppliers Remove Unnatural Primate Pictures Recently, PETA made a major push in its efforts to stop what it calls harmful portrayals of primates and has successfully lobbied a number of stock photo organizations to remove images that depict primates in an "unnatural" way. They have also asked that they restrict their photos to those taken in zoos or other natural environments. Stock photos are used in everything from advertisements to greeting cards, to websites and newspapers. While this may be a move that seems favorable for animals, isn't it tantamount to censorship?
Supermodel 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.
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.
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.
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.
Former President Gets Service Dog George H.W. Bush is welcoming a new member of the family, a yellow Labrador retriever named Sully who will be his first service dog. The 94-year-old has been hospitalized several times in the last few years and Sully can open doors, pick up items and summon help. The nation's 41st president currently uses a wheelchair and an electric scooter to get around since developing a form of Parkinson's disease. You can follow Sully on his own Instagram account.
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."
Making Chicken Clothes Earns $50,000 Yearly Julie Baker accidentally started a chicken clothing company by making fashionable-looking diapers for pet chickens - but now her company, Pampered Poultry, has gone on to add tutus, sweaters and dresses. She earns about $50,000 yearly.
Research Shows Your Dog May Share Your Personality Traits Your dog's behavior has more to do with yours than you might think. Dogs can develop all kinds of personality issues, and new research shows that their humans might have something to do with it. Dr. Nicholas Dodman says your craziness can rub off on your dog.
Finding Pet Friendly Vacation Spots Television host Ashley Mengwasser is traveling the country looking for the best places to take your pets. She'll show you, not the spots that just tolerate pets, but the locations that roll out the red carpet for Fido. Check out her program called Pets Welcome Here TV.
Delta Bans "Pit-Bull Style" Dogs Delta has added its name to the growing list of airlines that have unveiled new, stricter policies about animals on airplanes. Delta says its new rules are driven by safety considerations and intended to ensure that service or emotional support animals are traveling only with passengers who truly have disabilities. The airline also announced it would prohibit all ‚Äúpit bull-type dogs‚ÄĚ as service or support animals due to safety concerns following recent incidents in which several employees were bitten.
Mars Petcare Food Linked To Incurable Disease The Australian division of the global pet food company Mars Petcare has been dealing with a sad and difficult to understand mess involving one of its foods, Advance DermoCare, which has been implicated in more than 100 Australian dogs being diagnosed with megaesophagus. As a result of all the negative attention, Mars is now the first major pet food company to support Australian pet food regulation after years of the industry down under insisting there was no need for formal oversight. Owners of dogs with megaesophagus have criticized Mars for recalling the product three months after it first learned of a potential problem.
Petting a Million Dogs Gideon Kidd has a goal to pet a million dogs for his pet project. So far, the 9-year-old boy has pet more than 360 in his Iowa hometown. He's chronicled his journey on Twitter, garnering over 90,000 followers. He'll tell us why he's doing this.
Please Don't Repo Fido - Lawmakers Ban Pet Leasing Puppies sold in pet stores, most of which are sourced from puppy mills, are often accompanied by soaring sticker prices. To make the puppies appear more affordable, private lending companies are offering leasing plans. Miss a payment and they can repossess your pup. Bill Ketzer, from ASPCA Government Relations, is asking lawmakers to end this predatory practice.
Managing Leash Aggression Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist Dr. Wailani Sung studies and treats 'leash aggression.' She'll help you control your lunging dog. This feature is part of the Fear Free Pets Expert Series, helping your pet live a happier and healthier life.
Smart Toilets for Cats
Sharp, the electronics maker has a hot new pet product set to go on the market next month. It's a smart toilet for cats that can automatically measure urine data and the weight of the cat to keep track of its health. It will also alert its human if any abnormality is detected. What if you have multiple cats? In that case, a sensor for identifying each cat is available and can be used in combination with the smart toilet to keep tabs on the health of up to three cats.
Pit Bull Puppy Saves Baby A pit bull puppy in Northern California is being called a hero. Sasha the puppy is only 4 months old. She and her baby human sister were born only a few days apart. Now, that bond is even stronger after Sasha alerted the family to a fire at the neighbor's house that was spreading to their home. The puppy ran to the bedroom and got the baby off a bed by her diaper before the mother had even arrived in the room.
Parrots Helping Veterans with P.T.S.D. Dr. Lorin Lindner founded Serenity Park, a unique sanctuary on the grounds of the Los Angeles Veterans Administration Healthcare Center. She noticed that the veterans she treated as a clinical psychologist and the parrots she had taken in as a rescuer quickly formed bonds. Men and women who had been silent in therapy would share their stories and their feelings more easily with animals.
Are American's Too Attached To Their Pets? Psychological Scientist Dr. Clay Routledge believes young adults may be bonding with animals at the expense of vital human relationships. While the Animal Radio team may be divided on the health aspects of loving your pet "too much," there is one empirical fact; some of us have trouble prioritizing humans over animals.
Filthy Pet Food Facility Mars markets canned dog and cat foods under the Pedigree, Cesar, Whiskas, Nutro and IAMS brands and problems over the past two years at their pet food production facility in Columbus, OH, are now becoming public. Food Safety News has revealed that the facility was crawling with an infestation of German cockroaches between October 2016 and July of last year. Pet food from the plant also generated consumer complaints about finding hard plastic pieces in the pet food. A recall of the affected foods was issued, but inspections of the facility to check on how they remedied the problem found the company had not completed repairs as promised.
Oldest Cat Turns 30
A British cat has been given the title of oldest in the world after celebrating its 30th birthday. The cat, named 'Rubble,' has been with his mom since she got him as a kitten on her 20th birthday in May of 1988. They have been inseparable ever since and Rubble has now matched the age of the last world record holder. The oldest cat ever according to the record books is Creme Puff who was born on August 3, 1967 and lived until August 6, 2005, an amazing 38 years and 3 days.
Gone to the Birds We often celebrate our cats and dogs, but today it'll be about the birds. We'll focus on bad bird behavior and training your parrot of cockatoo. Dr. Debbie breaks the myths about bird food and explains the nutritional value of seeds vs. pellets.
Our Wild Life Bobbie Jo Abrams doesn't mind the camels in her kitchen or sloths in her living room. And she rather enjoys the kangaroos hanging onto her. Her new TLC hit series, Our Wild Life, is causing a lot of chatter about the 81 mostly exotic animals she shares her house with. She explains how she pays for her bizarre pet collecting habit.
Avoiding and Treating Heat Stroke in Dogs Typically, when you think of a dog getting heat stroke, you might envision a dog in a hot car. But heat stroke can affect your dog simply by being outside in 80-degree temperatures. Fear Free Vet Dr. Stacy Eckman talks about the breed of dogs most at risk and the myths behind improper treatment of heat stroke. Check out the Fear Free Expert Series.
A Rescue Cat Who Inspired a Community When life gives you lemons, you know what you're supposed to do! After battling cancer, Best-selling author Helen Brown embraced a "special needs" foster cat named Bono. This little cat was the last thing Helen wanted or needed, or so she thought. Helen tells us how Bono left his mark-on-her-heart.
Funerals for Robotic Dogs Most of us know how difficult it is losing a pet, but what happens when the "pet" in question is a robot? It's something that happens frequently in Japan where Aibo the robotic dog is manufactured. The demise of the irreparable Aibo robotic dog is marked in much the same way as that of humans, with a solemn ceremony at a Buddhist temple. At a recent memorial for more than a hundred "deceased" members of Sony‚Äôs older generation of Aibo robot dogs, incense wafted through the air as priests in robes chanted and prayed for their souls.
I've Pet That Dog Gideon Kidd is a 9-year-old from Iowa whose love in life is petting dogs. This has all been documented with photos taken by his mother, which are then posted on his blog named "I‚Äôve Pet That Dog!" So far, Gideon has documented himself petting over 300 dogs. Gideon's Twitter page has exploded with more than 70,000 followers.
Rap King to TrapKing The TrapKing Sterling Davis spreads the word about Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) and his approach to educating and engaging different demographics while ending the "crazy cat lady" stereotype! "Gotta let the fellas know, you don't lose cool points for compassion."
Could Your Pet's GPS Leak Sensitive Information? Smart collars and other devices for animals that track their locations are very popular now. However, the problem, according to Kaspersky Lab, is that these tracking devices can leak sensitive information. The pet-tracker class of connected gadgets adds one more layer of vulnerability, but calling attention to the flaws could be a wake-up call to the manufacturers.
Don't Lease a Pet! Buying a pet at a pet store can end up costing twice what it says on the price tag if you are lured into signing a pet-leasing contract. Pet leasing has been drawing scrutiny from lawmakers and animal welfare groups since last year highlighted many consumer complaints against Reno, Nevada-based Wags Lending, which pioneered the practice of loans to lease pets. And if you stop making payments, the company has the right to take your animal back and ding your credit score.
Listen Now Music Calms The Savage Beast Multi-platinum musician Terry Woodford's Canine Lullabies are being played in over 2500 rescue and shelter facilities. The results are quite remarkable. The music, with a heartbeat in the mix, reduces anxiety and comforts sick animals.
It's Allergy Season Did you know your dog could be allergic to cats? Did you know your cat could be allergic to YOU? Many pet owners are dealing with animals that have seasonal or food allergies. Dr. Debbie has some ideas for when you've tried everything else to comfort your pet.
The 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.
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.
Chernobyl Dogs Headed To U.S. In 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant melted down creating a huge evacuation zone for more than 120,000 humans with many pets being left behind. Over the last 32 years, the surviving former pets have multiplied, creating a community of hundreds that live in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Now, a dozen of those homeless puppies will head to the United States for adoption.
What 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 summer trip or camping, make sure you're prepared for the unexpected.
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. Comment Here.
When Pets Attack Many of us have stories of being bit or attacked by companion animals. Some careers are inherently vulnerable to attacks, like veterinarians and postal carriers. USPS Carrier Ramiro DeMarco talks about dogs, cats and snakes that have 'gone postal.'
The Sounds You Can't Hear Dr. Jeremy Turner, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Illinois College, studies the sounds that humans can't hear, but that may be loud and clear, and maybe even annoying to your pets. Dr. Turner says the proliferation of electronic devices introduces un-heard noise that can actually stress our furry companions.
Dog Shoots Man An Iowa man's dog shot him while the two were playing together. They were roughhousing on the couch when the large mixed breed dog bounded back up on the sofa, somehow disabling the safety on the gun, which the man had in his belly-band. The dog then stepped on the trigger, hitting the man in the leg. After the gun went off, the dog knew it was no longer playtime because he laid down beside his owner and cried because he thought he had done something wrong.
Woman Discovers Dog Is Actually Fox
A woman was stunned to discover her dog was actually a domesticated fox. She paid $190 for what she believed to be a Japanese Spitz puppy from a pet shop. For months she raised the pup, but kept noticing odd behaviors. The dog never barked and at three-months-old it began refusing to eat dog food. She turned to a friend who worked at a nearby zoo who told her that her dog wasn't a Spitz; it was really a white haired domesticated fox!
Pawfficer Donut Sworn In A suburban Detroit police department is giving a kitten a new home after their newly selected police cat, Pawfficer Badges, was too sick to join the force. "Badges" has Feline Leukemia, which is a viral disease that typically can cause immune suppression, is contagious to other cats and can be fatal in the long run. Badges will receive treatment and will eventually be adopted into a home. However, the Troy Police Department has officially sworn in a new cat named "Pawfficer Donut," who has some big paws to fill.
Natasha Lyonne Spoils Her Maltipoo Actress Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black) is our guest. She divulges her obsession with "Root Beer," her Maltese/Poodle mutt. Natasha joins Will Arnett, Stanley Tucci and Shaq for the new movie Show Dogs. She says it's much easier to work with dog actors than human actors.
Can Animals Predict Earthquakes? It's been believed by many people that dogs, cats and other animals can anticipate or predict an earthquake. Now, for the first time, researchers have scientifically studied the claim. It is near impossible to determine whether the unusual animal behaviors are predictive or coincidence. However, the experts acknowledge, "the animals may sense seismic waves generated by fore shocks, but probably can't predict an earthquake."
Listen Now Who Loves Ya Baby? Christian Savalas, son of Kojak star Telly Savalas, has just finished designing a smartphone gaming app revolving around his mother's dog. He joins us to share the inspiration behind "Wild Wiener," the wildly addictive dachshund game.
United Airlines Bans Certain Breeds of Cats & Dogs From Flying After a review of all of its policies and practices concerning animals, United Airlines is banning 25 different pet breeds when it resumes flying pets this summer. It will be a few months, but United will again accept dogs and cats in the cargo hold starting July 9 if the pet parent is booked on the same flight. United will now no longer allow 21 dog and four cat breeds that are prone to physical problems from heat or other travel stress.
Being 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.
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.
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.
Dog Park Hijacked For Ten Years
The 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.
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.
Mutual 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.
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.
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.
Listen to Dr. Becker in the Fear Free Expert Series on Animal Radio.
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.
No 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.
Brilliant Shelter Program Alan Cook, the inventor and mastermind behind the Brilliant Pad Self-Cleaning Dog Potty, is donating hundreds of potties to shelters and adopters across America. "By potty training shelter dogs, we're helping to make more dogs adoptable," says Cook. Shelters may apply at http://BrilliantPad.com/shelters.
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.
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.
Catstravaganza Comedian/Actress Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers) is doing a mewsical about cats along with Fred Willard, Emily Deschaneland Nicole Sullivan. These are only a smattering of celebrities that will be singing their heart out. Mindy is our guest this week.
How To Think Like A Cat Do cats worry about retirement? Nope. Do cats do things they don't want to? Definitely not. Stephane Garnier joins us from France to tell us how to structure our life to be more like the serene feline. Who knows, you may learn a little something something that will make your mundane existence a little better.
Smucker Buys Rachael Ray Food In a move that isn't good for consumers. The J.M. Smucker Co. has announced it will buy Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, maker of Rachael Ray's Nutrish brand. The deal is valued at about $1.7 billion. You might remember that Smucker was just called to the mat for pentobarbital in their pet food.
Getting Kittens Started Right Inventor and veterinarian Dr. Elizabeth Bales says it's great to socialize your kitten early, just like a dog. There are even kitten socialization classes. She has some quick tips for enriching your cat's life. Dr. Bale is up next in the Fear Free Pets Expert Series on Animal Radio.
Pets 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.
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.
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.
Pet 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.
Hidden 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.
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.
United Suspends Pet Cargo After three mistakes in a single week, all involving dogs that made international headlines last month, United Airlines has now suspended its transport of animals in the cargo compartments of its planes. However, animals for which arrangements had already been made before March 20th will still be able to fly. United won't accept any more reservations for pets until it has completed an internal company review of its programs involving animals. United carried the most animals in cargo of any airline last year and the most animal deaths in each of the last five years.
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.
Mistakes Veterinarians Make As hard as it may be to believe, doctors are human too. An anonymous veterinarian confesses to the mistakes he/she made in their practice. Common errors include forgetting to take out an IV catheter to leaving a thermometer in. Listen as Dr. Debbie comments on these FAILS.
How Much Does A Vet Visit Really Cost Research shows that 1 in 3 pets will need urgent vet care this year. Every 6 seconds an owner is given a vet bill more than $1000. This is why Rob Jackson, top dog at Healthy Paws Pet Insurance says you need his service. He'll tell us why only 1% of pet owners carry an kind of pet insurance.
3 Strikes For United Already under scrutiny about a French bulldog dying in an overhead bin and another dog being accidentally sent to Japan, United Airlines has acknowledged its third animal-related mistake in just that week. This latest case happened when a United flight was diverted to Akron, Ohio after the airline realized a pet had been loaded onto the flight by mistake. That plane was headed to St. Louis, Missouri with 33 passengers. What do you do when you're an airline that's had as bad of a week for pet disasters as United had? You get that dog to where it was supposed to be - never mind the 33 passengers that are supposed to be going to St. Louis. You take those passengers along for an emergency drop off of the dog in Akron, Ohio.
Comforting The Kids After Shooting
When students and teachers returned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after the Valentine's Day school shooting, a team of golden retrievers were there to offer comfort and hope. Cubby, a comfort dog from Fort Collins, was among the furry, four-legged counselors, gently placing her paw on the hands and arms of the traumatized students and teachers. Bonnie Fear, Cubby's guardian explains how her church is deploying comfort dogs regularly.
Animal 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.
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.
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.
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.
Top Household Pet Poisons Pet World InsiderRobert 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.
Do 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.
Are People Harming Their Pet For Drugs A lady in Kentucky was charged with fraud and torture after she cut her dog multiple times to get the opioid and pain-killer Tramadol. Is this just the tip of the iceberg? Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald is back to chime in on the national opioid crisis and how it affects our pets.
Who's Your Daddy? Mindy Tenenbaum has joined the ranks of the increasingly popular pet DNA testing industry. Her company, DNA My Dog uses a sophisticated, yet easy to use cheek swab test that reveals your dog's genetic make-up. This information can be used to moderate your pet's health and understanding its behavior. Mindy will be giving away a DNA test to a deserving listener.
Dogs Are Chick Magnets As much as it can irk cat people, studies show people with dogs are thought to be more approachable, happier and more empathetic. For men, there is also the chick magnet effect. But why is that? Dr. Helen Fisher a longtime relationship researcher who also consults Match.com says people are attracted to dog owners because, "It says you can care for a creature, that you can follow a schedule and get home to feed it, that you can walk it and love it and spend time with it." Nearly 33% of respondents said they had been "more attracted to someone" because they had a pet. 66% of respondents said they would judge their date based on how he or she responded to their own pet.
How Much Would You Pay To Save Your Cat? A little over a year ago Betsy Boyd of Baltimore got the bad news that her 17-year-old cat Stanley's kidneys were failing and he likely had only a few months to live. So Betsy, who is a very frugal part time professor, made the decision for Stanley to have a $19,000 kidney transplant.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Sleeping 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.
Not 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.'"
What's Really Behind The Smucker's Pet Food Contamination What appears to be the biggest recall to date this year, Smucker's (yes, the jelly people) is pulling some of the market's lowest-grade food for pets. Names you've known forever, like Gravy Train, Kibbles 'n Bits, Ol' Roy and Skippy have been found to have the euthanasia drug pentobarbital in low but illegal doses. This is indicative of problems with the food supply. Probably euthanized animals have been used as proteins. But if you think that's the worst stuff in this food, you should see how it's made.
Catastrophic Year for United Airlines Pet Passengers Last year, 24 animals transported as cargo by U.S. airlines were found to have died in-flight and another 15 were injured, according to a new report by the Department of Transportation. The deaths and injuries were only a small percentage of the nearly 507,000 animals transported by 17 airlines. The biggest air carrier at Newark, United Airlines, accounted for most of the deaths and injuries nationwide. A spokesman for the company said United saw a significant increase in the number of pets it transported last year, which may have accounted for the rise in transported pet deaths.
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.
Dating 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.
Is 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.
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.
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.
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.
Why 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.
Pit 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.
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.
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.
If You Gave Your Pet A Valentine Gift, You're Not Alone The numbers are in and consumer spending for Valentine's Day was estimated to have grown 8% over last year and that growth is thanks mostly to those who showered their pets with Valentines gifts and surprises.
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.
Southwest Airlines Donates Rescue Flight It wasn't an easy task for pet advocate Mirah Horowitz. She explains how she managed to convince Southwest Airlines to donate a round trip flight to rescue animals from hurricane stricken Puerto Rico. The pilots and flight attendants all donated their time, unpaid for this jaunt to America's own third-world territory. The government has done little to restore power and clean water to 60% of the island. The animals are suffering. This rescue flight helped many dogs and cats to escape the damage ravaged island.
Food Stamps For Pets There's a big debate brewing about the SNAP program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) otherwise known as food stamps. A petition has already attracted signatures from more than 85,000 supporters. Though experts say the petition has very little chance of success, it asks the federal government to modify food-stamp rules to make it easier for low-income people to buy food for their pets. These groups say that allowing food stamps to be used for pet food could potentially keep tens of thousands of animals out of shelters and prevent low-income people from giving their own food to their pets.
Is Pet Insurance Worth It? The pet insurance industry is booming. So many players that it's hard to select the proper insurance. Red Rover CEO Nicole Forsyth discusses pet insurance and how to select it. But pet insurance isn't the only way to pay for those vet visits. You'll hear about some other options to care for your pet.
5 Ways To Show Your Pet Some Love Pet World Insider Robert Semrow put together his list of honey-dos for your pet. This is a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day. After all, who gives you unconditional love year round?
The Fear Free Movement Keeps Expanding Fear Free Pets founder Dr. Marty Becker created a way to make vet visits enjoyable for your pet. The new mindset is proliferating all aspects of pet care. Now, you can make your home and Fear Free Happy Home. Dr. Becker will tell us what's on the docket for 2018 for your pets and Fear Free. Visit the Fear Free Expert Series Archives
Why You Should Know If Your Pet Is Right Or Left Pawed. When your cat knocks your favorite coffee mug off the counter, does it use its left paw or its right? There's no need to break your favorite cup for the answer because your cat's gender should tell you enough. According to a small feline-behavior study published in the journal Animal Behaviour, female cats are significantly more likely to be right-paw-dominant, while male cats typically favor their left paws.
What If Your Pet Could Talk? There have been some new advances in Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), which suggest the dream of being able to talk with animals could really happen. With the help of A.I., scientists are learning how to translate animals' vocalizations and facial expressions into something we can understand.
Dog Flu Is Year Round Canine Influenza, more commonly known as the 'dog flu' is not the same virus as the human flu. For humans, there is a flu season in which the virus is spread, but dog flu is seen year round in pets. You cannot give your dog the flu and you cannot get the flu from your dog. However, dog flu signs and symptoms are much like what people experience such as sneezing, coughing, runny nose and gooey eye discharge. People get flu shots to protect themselves and there IS a flu vaccine for dogs too.
Most Common Reasons Pets Go To Vets After treating more than 15,500 animal patients last year, Dove Lewis Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Animal Hospital in Portland has compiled a list of the most common medical issues pets are taken to the vet for, as well as the most common items eaten by pets. The top item pets eat that they shouldn't is chocolate followed by marijuana and human medications.
Swiffer Hoax Has Been Around - Here It Comes Again. For some reason, the rumor that the chemicals used in Swiffer Wet Jet cleaner is killing pets is making the rounds again. But don't worry - it's not true! This urban myth has been around for a number of years and seems to get run through the social media grinder every few months.
Teaching Kids About Spay & Neuter Lynn Jackson is at the forefront of educating students in Burke County, North Carolina about the acute feral cat and sterilization problems faced by this part of the U.S. She visits with fourth graders and teaches responsible pet ownership.
Tickles 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
Officer 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?
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?
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.
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" by 2020. 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.
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.
The 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‚Ä¶ because that happens. Chad Hall with Remodel Mate has tips to help you reduce the damage and do it without selling a kidney.
Comedian and Musician Singing for the Dogs We welcome back Comedian Victoria Jackson (SNL ‚Äď The Tonight Show) and Singer/Songwriter Kimberly Dahme (rock super-group "Boston"). They've co-written a song about a special dog. Victoria just battled stage 3 cancer and won, with the help of "Daisy," her four-legged medicine.
Pet Stores Offering Pet Leases Do you want that cute doggie in the window so much that you would lease it if you couldn't afford it? You might be in for a shock when a $1,200 dog turns into almost $5,000 in payments. And if you miss a payment, they can come and repossess your dog, because pets are 'property' in the eyes of the law. Adopt. Don't Lease.
Los Angeles May Soon Be Home To Vegan Dogs Around 33,000 pooches enter the L.A.‚Äôs animal shelters each year. They're currently fed kibble composed mostly of turkey, chicken and lamb byproducts. But food for LA‚Äôs shelter dogs might soon be swapped out for a plant-based food under a new. If they approve the switch, it would make the Los Angeles shelter system the first in the nation to feed its canine residents a vegan diet. Commissioner Roger Wolfson, a Hollywood screenwriter proposed the vegan diet. However, the city‚Äôs chief veterinarian has recommended rejecting the proposal.
Museum Dedicated to Dogs Cats may be the kings of the Internet, but a museum dedicated to dogs will be opening in Massachusetts. It will feature a private collection of dog inspired paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and of course dog accessories. The 8,000 square-foot historic space will feature more than 180 pieces from famous artists and rare dog collars dating back to the 1800s.
Enrichment 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.
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.
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.
Most Popular Pet Names for 2017 The Netflix series "Stranger Things" has some influence on the top pet names of 2017. "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%.
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.
Beatles Song For Dogs Sir Paul McCartney is confirming that one of the all time best Beatles songs, 'A Day in the Life,' 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.
Rescue 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.
Who's Got Your Back When The Raptures Comes? Pastor Travis Davis founded PetsAfterRapture.com. 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.
Trump Thinks Pets Are Low Class It all started with an article about the Vice-President in The Atlantic. In it, an adviser tells The Atlantic that President Trump reportedly thinks pets are "low class" and was "embarrassed" when Pence announced he and his family would be moving into the Naval Observatory with their pets, which included, at the time, two cats, a rabbit and a snake. That was enough to put pet lovers on edge, but the article also said Trump thinks the Pence family is a bunch of yokels because of all those pets, offending animal lovers across the world.
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.
Veterinarians 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 ‚Äústrange and unusual things found in the belly of a dog" stories.
Who 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.
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.
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.
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.
Specialized 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.
Human 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 of the first ones for $299.
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."
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.
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.
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.
AIBO 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.
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.
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. Dr. Reck is next up in the Fear Free Expert Series.
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.
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.
Emotional 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 last year. He says she's just like a cat that hides nuts. He even has the required doctor‚Äôs note saying he suffers from anxiety related to a car accident more than ten years ago.
Bionic 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.
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.
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.
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.
Believe It Or Not Edward Meyer of Ripley's is back with his yearly round-up of strange and unusual animals. Topping the list for 2017 is a dog with two noses, conjoined fish, and a bird that wears flip-flops. We‚Äôll have giveaways of this year's incredible coffee table book, Shatter Your Senses.
A Real Animal Singer/Songwriter Eric Burdon (The Animals/War) guests this weekend on Animal Radio. He'll talk about his affinity for Elephants, and what he's doing about it. Eric will also share his experience living in a zoo.
Creating a Fear Free World for Your Pets When two competing radio hosts get together, they must have something really important to talk about. Sure enough, Steve Dale and Hal Abrams team up to talk about the Fear Free movement and how it can benefit your pet.
Fake Service Dogs on the Rise 19 states have now enacted laws cracking down on people who try to pass off their pets as service animals and Massachusetts is now considering a similar proposal. The toughest of the anti-fake service dog laws already in existence is in California, where the maximum penalty is a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.
Whole-Family Pet Cemeteries You will be hearing more from the Green Pet-Burial Society as our love of pets continues to grow. The group advocates for "whole-family cemeteries," places where the whole family, pets included, can be buried together. The burial of pet remains in cemeteries designated for humans is illegal in many U.S. states.
What It's Like To Be On Shark Tank A dozen Animal Radio listeners were the first to get to try out the Brilliant Pad self-cleaning automatic dog potty. Last week, Brilliant Pad creator got his shot on the ABC hit show Shark Tank. With a half-million dollars in shark backing, Alan Cook tells us about the surreal experience of introducing Brilliant Pad to a prime time TV audience.
Chickens 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.
Tackling Pet Diabetes Pet World InsiderRobert 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.
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.
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.
Fake 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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
Puerto Rican's Must Leave Pets Over 20 lbs. on the Island Puerto Ricans who want to get off the island after Hurricane Maria¬†are having to¬†leave their pets behind due to a new federal restriction. The federal government has taken custody of cargo compartments on planes in order to transport supplies and the feds are not allowing animals larger than 20 pounds to fly. It's estimated that already about 2,000 locals left their pets behind because of the new restriction.
Does 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.
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.
California Pet Stores Can Only Sell Rescue or Shelter Dogs California Governor Jerry Brown has signed the Pet Rescue and Adoption Act into law, making California the first to have such a law that is statewide. Starting January 1st of 2019, 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.
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.
Does Your Pet Wear A Halloween Costume? Chances are good that you'll be dressing your pets up for Halloween, whether they like it or not. Collectively, we'll spend almost a half-billion dollars on costumes for our pets. Our Pet World InsiderRobert Semrow has 5 Reasons Halloween is the Scariest Holiday for Pets.
Cocktails for Pets Taryn Nahm wants you to kick back a few cocktails with your pet. She says you can bond with your pet while you relax with a beverage. Taryn created pet cocktails that look just like the human adult versions, except without alcohol.
Fear Free Tips You Can Use Do you have trouble getting your pet to the vet? You're not alone. Certified Trainer Mikkel Becker has some great ideas for making a vet visits easy and enjoyable. Check out our Fear Free Expert Series.
Antibiotic Resistant Virus Outbreak There has been a Campylobacter outbreak associated with puppies sold at Petland stores and it's the humans that have handled these puppies that are getting sick. So far, more than 55 people in 12 states have now been diagnosed in this outbreak, which is so serious that at least a fourth of the patients have been hospitalized.
If Your Pet Is Unwell - You Might Be Unwell Too New research shows that if your pet is unwell, it can make you unwell, leading to depression, anxiety and a poorer quality of life. It's the same problem that was previously found in the human world.
Millenials Choosing Pets Instead Millennials, or Generation Y, are those born between 1982 and 2004 and they are quickly changing the world of pets. According to the American Pet Products Association, Millennials are now the largest segment of pet owners. They found Millennials invest more time in their pets, evaluating their needs more thoroughly and spending more money.
George The Skateboarding Dog Nadine Singel never tried to train her bulldog to skateboard. When you see him surfing the concrete with such passion and skill, it's hard to believe that he picked up the sport by watching neighborhood kids skateboarding. You'll love George's story.
Why You Should Adopt A Senior Pet Senior pets are often the most undesirable pets to adopt. But seniors actually make great pets. So says Kim Skarritt, founder of the Silver Muzzle Cottage, a rescue and hospice for older dogs. She's committed to making the last months of a pet's life comfortable and happy.
The Lucrative Pet Treat Business Anyone looking to cash in on the booming pet products business would be smart to investigate making pet treats, which have outpaced both dog and cat food in the last five years in the US. New research shows that pet treat sales increased by 29% between 2012-17 growing to more than 4 billion dollars of the retail pet products industry.
What You Need To Know About Rabies Pet World InsiderRobert Semrow says many pet parents have heard of, but may not truly understand what Rabies is or how it can affect our pets and us. Rabies is a serious illness that can have fatal consequences. This is one of those illnesses that you can be very proactive with. Have a strategy and understanding of the risks to you and your pets.
Most Popular Pet Costumes for 2017 If you are one of the many people who just love Halloween, you may already have your pet's costume. But if you don't, we have your list of the top ten costumes for pets this year. It turns out that this year you'll likely be seeing a lot of cats that look like dogs and dogs that look like cats. About 20% of pets will be parading around in costumes this Halloween.
Let Dogs Be Dogs Brother Christopher of the Monks of New Skete is our special guest. He says we're treating our animals too much like humans. He'll teach us to respect the true nature of dogs and become a pack leader. He'll also help us deal with Halloween, a truly troublesome time for many dogs.
How to Baby Talk to Pets Dr. Debbie says it's important to learn how to "baby talk" to your pets. She uses baby talk for her patients and it makes a big difference. She'll teach us the nuances behind this special conversation. If you don‚Äôt know how to talk like a baby to your pet, today is your lucky day!
The Pet Hoarder Disorder Hoarders are people with a disorder that causes them to collect objects. But people who collect things and objects are not the same as people who collect animals. A new study, published in the journal Psychiatry Research, takes a look at the motivations of people who hoard animals. This latest study suggests that animal hoarding should be classified as an independent disorder with the hope of developing specialized treatments to help these people cope with the compulsion to collect critters.
Finding a Fear Free Veterinarian Dr. Kathryn Primm describes what it's like to be the first certified "Fear Free" vet. She says it has made a world of difference for her practice, and especially the animals that come to see her. Listen to hear explain in our continuing Fear Free Expert Series.
Actress Helps Rescue Dogs from Hurricane Aftermath The heartbreak of the recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida has shown us a lot of animal heroes. The founder of Houston Pets Alive says one busy morning after the Harvey struck, someone tapped her on the shoulder and said, "Just so you know, Renee Zellweger is over there cleaning kennels and doing your laundry." Sure enough, she turned around to see the actress (who is also a native Texan) quietly cleaning kennels. And it wasn't just a photo op for publicity. The rescue says Zellweger "was here four days literally cleaning crates, doing laundry and walking the dogs."
What'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.
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.
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?
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.
I 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.
My Big Fat Pet Makeover Animal Planet host Travis Brorsen begins 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.
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.
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.
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.
Missing 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.
Strange Animal Laws David Rosengard, a Staff Attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) explores the 10 Weirdest Animal Laws on the Books. He'll also share some of the important work the ALDF does for animals worldwide by being a voice for the voiceless.
How Much Would You Spend to Save Your Pet? More and more pet parents these days are willing to go the financial distance for their pets to give them the best. Americans dog owners spend $2,033 toward their pets on average each year and cat owners about half that at $1,042. But when pet owners are forced to choose between big vet bills and the life of their furry friends, dog owners are willing to pay around $7,000 more than cat owners according to a new survey. So what's the actual number? Those who have dogs say they're willing to spend up to $10,725 to save their pets, while cat owners say they're willing to spend up to $3,454. But for those people who had both cats and dogs, they'd be willing to spend up to $10,200 on average for either their cats or dogs.
Spare Fido the Advil Ibuprofen is the #1 medication about which the Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) receives calls. Never, ever, give a dog ibuprofen without first consulting a veterinarian. Pets metabolize ibuprofen differently than humans and even small amounts of the human pain reliever can be dangerous to animals. Giving your dog ibuprofen can cause vomiting and gastric distress and could also lead to seizures, coma and death. APCC's annual report breaks down the most common pet toxins across the nation. Popular brands of ibuprofen include Advil, Motrin and Midol.
Man Dies Rescuing Cat After Hurricane Harvey The stories of heroes keep coming out of Texas and Louisiana after Hurricane Harvey. One mother has shared the story of her 25-year-old son who was electrocuted in Houston floodwaters. Andrew Pasek died while trying to save his older sister's cat. He was an animal lover who had just started out in chest deep water to walk the five blocks to the sister's house to check on the cat who had been left behind, when he stepped on a live electrical wire.
Owner Leaves $300,000 to Her Cats A couple of cats in New York will be living a better life than many of us after their elderly, wealthy owner passed away and left them $300,000 in her will. A health care aide who worked with their former owner is now caring for the cats, Troy and Tiger. Now they are trust fund cats.
Katherine and Maverick Katherine Schwarzenegger (daughter of Arnold and Maria) is an ASPCA Ambassador and bestselling author. She has a new children's book, which will empower young readers to help dogs who find themselves in shelters and animal rescues. She's our guest this week.
To Kiss Your Dog or Not To Kiss Your Dog A USA Today article cited lots of research and experts both for and against dogs licking humans on the lips. For example: There are more than 700 different types of bacteria in a healthy dog's mouth. One doctor researching this subject says she's heard many personal stories from people on both sides of the spectrum, including one who claimed their dog's kisses healed them from skin cancer and another who believes dog saliva caused a family member's death.
Millenials Make Pets' Lives Better Millennials are behind the idea of pets as family members and making animals' lives better. A new survey shows that for Millennials (those between the ages of 18 and 36) pets really are like their children with one-third of them, who purchased their first home, doing so because it had a yard and was a better space for their dog. Only 25% of Millennials bought their first home because they got married and 19% because they had children.
Buy a Salad - Get a Pet! A southern California woman has a new pet frog after finding the distressed amphibian in a large container of lettuce mix she bought at a local Target. She had already made her salad, poured on the dressing and was just about halfway through eating it when she saw something in her bowl that was moving. Being a strict vegetarian, the woman says she was so traumatized after finding the frog in her salad and that she has no desire to eat salad ever again. However, she quickly scooped up the little frog and rinsed off the dressing, but she noticed the frog was barely alive so she did chest compressions on it - frog CPR - and it survived. His name is now Lucky.
Fear, Anxiety and Stress Dr. Lisa Radosta, owner Florida Veterinary Behavior Service explains what causes fear, anxiety, and stress in our pets? How does this fear, anxiety, and stress affect them? Why is it so important that we address the fear, anxiety, and stress in our pets? What is one simple thing we can do to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in our pets?
Nude Birding Olaf Danielson has made a hobby out of birding without any clothes. Olaf is an author, religious scholar, storyteller and adventurer. He will share some of his favorite stories of seeking out rare and exotic avian wildlife... while naked as a jaybird.
Who is Tracking Your Pet Purchases? With the pet industry growing so fast, any information that can be gained from your purchases for your pets is going to be extrapolated every way possible for those companies which profit from your spending habits. Search data pulled by Hitwise from major pet supply websites in June shows the majority of both cat and dog owners, or at least those doing the buying for their pets, are women and that the women who own dogs make nearly twice as much as those who have cats.
Pet Crematory Intentionally Gives Back Wrong Ashes A pet cemetery and crematory in Illinois is accused of deceiving clients by giving them ashes that were not be from their deceased pets. Police found three deceased animals inside an old freezer at the facility and fortunately one of the animals had been micro chipped. Authorities contacted the owner who said they had already received their cat's ashes. But the only thing illegal in this case was misrepresenting ashes of an animal because pet crematories in Illinois are not regulated.
Are Kittens and Puppies The Key to a Successful Marriage? You're thinking love, communication, trust, common interests and that kind of stuff, right? But, a new study from the University of Florida says it could also be cute, cuddly puppies, kittens and bunnies. The team of psychological scientists found that to break the 'familiarity breeds contempt syndrome' or boredom that can happen in long-term relationships, couples can make better associations with their spouse through a positive stimulus like puppies and bunnies.
Training Pit Bulls for Good Jeff Jenkins is the ringleader for the Midnight Circus, a pit-bull agility performance that shows the often-misunderstood dogs in a positive light. He's helping youngsters train their pit-bulls to do tricks instead of fighting.
Diva Duck Shellie Powell has an unusual pet. She is the proud guardian of "Diva," a pet duck that wears a diaper and shoes. Diva goes with Shellie everywhere, including Walmart, Target and PetSmart. Shellie is training Diva the Duck to be a Therapy Pet.
Taking The Fear Free Movement Home Many veterinarians are practicing "Fear Free." Pets that like going to the veterinarian are generally healthier. Now, the Fear Free movement is coming to your home with ideas for enriching your pet's life everyday. Dr. Marty Becker is back to explain how your pets can live an improved lifestyle.
Can Kissing Your Pet Make You Fat? Researchers are looking into the connection between having a pet and obesity. They are interested in gut health and trying to find out if certain microbial swaps (such as a kiss or a lick with your pet) might help or hurt when it comes to weight problems in both pets and people. Current evidence actually suggests heavier people have heavier pets, which some scientists believe could be due to microbial swaps from a human to a dog.
Scammer Targets Lost Pets The number of pet related fraud cases are on the rise. The latest is Texas where a woman's cat mysteriously disappeared from the front porch where he would take his afternoon nap every day. The day after he vanished, she put up fliers all over her neighborhood. Less than a week later, she received a call from a man who asked if there was a reward for the cats return. He then said she could get Romeo back for $300 and offered to finance the payments for 8 months!
How Hot is Too Hot? Your dog doesn't need to be in a hot car to suffer from heat exhaustion. Temperatures above 82 degrees are enough to cause a fatal reaction. Steve Burdo from Contra Costa Animal Services sat inside his Acura as temperatures soared about 115 degrees. He did this to bring attention to the new California law that allows people to break into cars to rescue hot animals.
Win a Brilliant Pad Self Cleaning Dog Potty We're giving away a dozen Brilliant Pad systems this week. If you have a dog that weighs less than 25 pounds, you could easily win a Brilliant Pad Self Cleaning Dog Potty just by calling in. The catch? You have to report back how much you love it.
Is There Arsenic In Your Pet Food? The Clean Label Project (CLP) just did a study of the top pet foods and found 16 times the lead of the Flint Michigan crisis. They also found Arsenic, Mercury, BPA and other toxins that aren't regulated. Could this be causing cancer in our pets? CLP's Jackie Bowen is our guest this week and she has answers that will shock you.
Clever Pet Puzzle for Your Dog Animal Radio's New Pet Product Special continues with giveaways of the latest and great gadgets and goodies for your pet. This week's pick is the Clever Pet dog puzzle. This incredible toy will keep your best friend busy and stimulate his noggin'.
Dog Believed to Be Euthanized Found Available on Website Can you even imagine finding out that a beloved pet you believed to be dead is actually alive? That's exactly what happened to the Coates family in Utah. Their boxer Zoey started having seizures last year when Mr. Coates took her to the vet to be put to sleep. Then Mrs. Coates went online to look for another boxer for her 11 year-old son, who had been very close to Zoey. That's when she stumbled onto a picture of Zoey saying she was in need of a foster home.
Real Housewife Reported to Animal Control Former Real Housewives' of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak-Biermann has now taken to social media to call out whomever it was that called Animal Control to make a report that she doesn't take care of her dogs. Even if you are not a fan of the 'Don't Be Tardy' reality mom, you have to know what a die-hard animal advocate she is.
How Will The Eclipse Affect Your Pet? Does your pet need special glasses to see the eclipse? Will animals act strange during this astronomical phenomenon? Astrophysicist Dr. Angela Speck is our guest. She has answers to these questions and other ecliptic queries.
Would Your Pet Be a Good Model? Marketing genius Amy Peller managed to launch her dog's modeling career in an advertisement for Banana Republic. She says you shouldn't quit your day job. But she also says it's a lot of great fun for her and her dog Benny Hanna.
The Latest & Greatest Pet Gadgets Pet World Insider Robert Semrow reports from the floor of SuperZoo, the pet product industry's largest trade show. He's reporting on the trends and Animal Radio's Top Picks for 2017. Alan Cook shows off his latest invention, a self-cleaning potty for dogs.
Facebook Cracks Down on Sale of Pets Facebook is cracking down on the sale of pets, which they say is designed to weed out puppy mills. Facebook's list of things NOT allowed or forbidden commerce also includes weapons, ammunition, explosives and adult items or services. Private groups appear to be included in the no pet sales policy, so even those posts in private groups would be subject to removal.
Cecil's Cub Meet the Same Fate No doubt you remember Cecil the lion, Zimbabwe's beloved big, black-mane lion, whose death at the hands of an American trophy hunter triggered international outrage? Cecil, was of course, killed by an American dentist who had paid about $50,000 for the African safari. Now history is repeating itself. Cecil's son has been fatally shot by another trophy hunter in Zimbabwe.
Rats Care for Kittens A cat cafe in Brooklyn has recruited a pair of rats to care for its newborn kittens. They are young rats named Remy and Emile. These special rats were raised around kittens from a young age and are mostly used to care for orphaned kittens, sometimes called "bottle babies." But, because the rats are not afraid of the kittens, the rats don‚Äôt run away and the kittens mostly don't chase them, although they do love playing with the rat's tails during supervised play sessions.
Veterinarians 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.
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).
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.
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.
Making 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.
Even 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.
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.
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.
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.
Can My Pet Hurt Their Eyes Looking at the Eclipse? If you plan to watch the total solar eclipse coming on Aug. 21, you probably have already figured out how to protect your eyes, but what about your pet? There's two schools of thought and the most common one is animals will probably be okay, as they don't normally look directly at the sun. But it doesn't hurt to be safe, and that's why an astronomy professor at Florida State College in Jacksonville, Florida says it is best to outfit them with protective glasses.
Racing 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.
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.
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.
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.
Daughter 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.
Why 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
He's No Dummy Ventriloquist Jay Johnson (SOAP) brings his witty banter to the show this week to talk about his connection with his dog and his involvement with Actors and Others for Animals.
Living Rent Free Emma Higgins hasn't paid rent in three years. To boot, she's been traveling throughout Europe. How does she pull this off? She's a live-in pet sitter. She takes care of animals and house sits for extended periods all over the world. She has tips to help you give up your 9 to 5 and start traveling rent-free.
Touchscreen Tablets For Dogs Researchers at the FIDO project at Georgia Tech are working on a touch screen tablet that is made just for dogs! The tablet literally enables a dog to make calls and send texts. However, the technology is not to entertain your furry best friend while you are at the office, it's designed for service dogs to give them new ways of communicating vital information when their handler is in danger.
Apps Make Traveling With Pets Easier Summer time means road trips and traveling, usually with your family pets. Easier said than done if you've never tried it! However, there are apps that make traveling with your four-legged family easier.
World's Ugliest Dog Not a Chinese Crested A 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha has been crowned the "World's Ugliest Dog" at a summer Fair in California. Sort of silly because Martha is the cutest big girl with her big old floppy head and skin. Her sleepy eyes also helped her stand out from the pack of 13 other interesting looking dogs at the 29th annual World's Ugliest Dog competition in Petaluma. For representing the perfect "cute-ugly mix" 3-year-old Martha was awarded $1,500 prize, a trip to New York and a trophy.
Swimming With The Sharks Brian Skerry has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater photographing sharks. He says they're misunderstood and not the evil beasts portrayed by Hollywood and the media. He'll share stories including some scary (Skerry) moments.
Rescue Express Mike McCarthy made his millions in software development. After retiring, he decided to take on a new project transporting thousands of adoptable pets from saturated shelters in Southern California to the Northwest United States where they will be adopted. He's retrofitted 3 buses and makes the trip weekly.
No More Anxious Pets With the 4th of July around the corner, Pet Living's Kristen Levine wants your pets to stay calm. The sounds of fireworks can make animals anxious. She launched "Pet Anxiety Awareness Week" to educate owners about fear, anxiety and stress in your companion animals.
Delta Publishes Lists of Unacceptable Service Animals Many people try to cheat the airline system by claiming their pet is an Emotional Support Animal because ESA's fly free on most airlines. But all airlines are not the same. Delta has compiled a list of critters it does NOT accept as trained service animals, or even pets allowed to travel in the cabin, saying they post safety and/or public health concerns.
Cones of Shame Turn Into Cones of Fame Most potential adopters, upon seeing a dog wearing a cone of shame in shelters, think it implies a sick dog chock-full of expensive problems. However, usually at the shelter the cones are used for simple procedures, like spaying or neutering. Unfortunately the coned canines don't have much of a chance next to the pup bouncing around and wagging his tail. So a shelter photographer got an idea. She came up with the idea of 'Cones of Fame.'
Mutual 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.
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 $60 US dollars.
Employers Offer Pet Insurance There is a new and fast-growing trend for employees being offered by generous companies. It's employer-sponsored benefit plans that insure the family pet, dogs, cats, ferrets, birds or potbellied pig against accidents and illness. Some 5,000 companies, including Microsoft, Yahoo, Xerox and Hewlett-Packard, now offer pet insurance.
Don't Use Your Pet's Name As Password When it comes to choosing a password, hopefully you do NOT pick a pet's name, because that's easy to hack. A behavioral biometrics company did some research and says the answer to finding a secure password is naming your pet a weird name, something incredibly unique after you do some research of your own. If your password is Max7$, after your cat, you aren't alone, but you are putting yourself at risk of identify theft and other cyber crimes.
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.
Wacky Willard Returns Actor Fred Willard is back to share his love for the furry-four-legged and his pet project, Actors and Others for Animals. If you saw him on Modern Family (ABC) last week, you might say he looks the same as he did in the movie Best in Show, almost 18 years ago. He'll tell us his secret to youth. Yes, it might have something to do with animals.
Hugging Turkey? Albert the Hugging Turkey is a viral sensation. His guardian, Hollywood producer Brant Pinvidic is our guest and he'll share the story of how Albert was "pardoned" on Thanksgiving and what his plans are to help adoptable dogs using Albert's fame.
The Health Benefits of Your Dog and Cat Voted P.E.T.A.'s Sexiest Vegan Over 50, Holistic Practitioner Carlyn Montes De Oca has the prescription for better health. She says you should consider your dog your doctor and your cat your nurse. Carlyn will explain why your pets set good health examples.
Deadly Dog Flu in Florida At least even dogs in Florida have been diagnosed with potentially deadly dog flu, a highly contagious virus that popped up in 10 states in 2015. Despite not being transmittable to humans, the dog flu can infect cats. Most cases are not fatal to cats, but, if left untreated, the virus can progress to pneumonia.
Frequent Flier Rewards for Pets Korean Air has introduced an innovative program for pets that are frequent fliers. Now, there's a frequent flier reward system called SKYPETS. The program allows pets to rack up points for every trip they take and redeem them for future free travel. Virgin Atlantic has Flying Paws, which rewards travelers for trips with pets.
Pet 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.
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!
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.
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.
Human 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.
What 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Cat 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.
Actors and Weathermen for Animals NBC Weatherman Fritz Coleman is our guest. He wants you to know about his comedy show that benefits Actors and Others for Animals' Spay & Neuter programs
There's An App For That Jared Reyes of Shelter Pal created an interactive app that will help you find your next pet. Simply take a picture of your surrounding and enter your zip code and you'll instantly receive a text message with adoptable animals in your area.
Top Selling Dog Foods Fall Short Brace yourself, some of the top selling brands like Beneful, Pedigree, Purina and more may not contain the wholesome, healthy ingredients you want for your dog. According to a new report in the Whole Dog Journal, the pictures make the food seem better than it is. The authors say the reality is Beneful is awful for your dog. It's full of sugar, artificial colors and 3 unnamed animal sources and it has very little when it comes to healthy vegetables.
Bullchip Donna Casement from Michelson Found Animals Registry is here to dispel myths behind microchips. Many people believe that microchips work like Lo-jack or GPS to find your pet. This isn't true. It's just one of the many misconceptions about the identification device.
Dog Shoots Pizza Delivery Man It sounds like a joke or an urban legend, but it really happened. A pizza delivery driver in Toledo, Ohio was dropping off an order when a dog shot him. While he was standing at the door accepting payment from the homeowner, a bullet hit him in the leg. Apparently the home owner's dog had knocked a gun off the table and it discharged as it hit the ground. Dogs have shot ten Americans in the past decade.
Join the Shellebration The 17th Annual 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.
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.
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.
Some 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.
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.
Adventure 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.
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.
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.
Think 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.
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, the agency added.
Judy Gold is Funny For Fido Comedian Judy Gold joins us to talk about her burning desire to own a dog. She wants a big dog that sleeps with her and looks her in the eye. She minces no words when it comes to dressing up the dog.
Earl Holliman Dedicating His Life To Animals From stage and screen, actor Earl Holliman is back on Animal Radio to tell us about Fritz Coleman's Comedy Show to benefit Actors and Others for Animals spay and neuter programs.
Richest Acquisition in Internet History Chewy, the online pet product retailer that rocketed to nearly $1 billion in reported sales in only five years, has more than likely set a record for the richest acquisition in Internet history after Chewy was bought by the PetSmart pet store chain. Sources familiar with the deal say the price is $3.35 BILLION dollars. For PetSmart, it is all part of the company's transformational journey. Chewy's founder Ryan Cohen will remain CEO and Chewy will operate largely as an independent subsidiary.
Training Cats - Yep! Steven Applebaum is our guest. A former dog-trainer, he now heads up the Animal Behavior College. This institution trains humans for the pet industry. He wants to tell us about his new program training people to train cats. Oh, and yes, they are trainable.
Anthropomorphizing Your Pet Is Not "Stupid" Dr. Nicholas Epley, a professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago says, "Historically, anthropomorphizing has been treated as a sign of childishness or stupidity." But, he claims it actually makes humans smarter and no other species has this tendency.
PETCO Wins Lawsuit After Rat Bite Fever Death A San Diego jury has sided with Petco in a lawsuit brought by the family of a 10-year-old boy who died after contracting an illness from a rat purchased at a Petco store. The jury found Petco was not negligent or liable in the death of Aidan Pankey four years ago. The boy's father filed a 20 million-dollar lawsuit saying that Petco knows the rats it sells are likely to carry rat-bite fever.
Star 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.
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.
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.
Giving The West Coast Some Love TV Host and Animal Advocate David Frei has been 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.
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.
Goats of Anarchy Leanne Lauricella traded her Mercedes in for a Chevy, gave up her fast-track career and moved to a farm to raise goats. She's now the proud guardian of 50+ goats, including "Polly," the goat that wears a duck costume. Her viral video has people up in arms asking why she's dressing her goat in a duck costume. She has a pretty good reason.
I Talk To Dead Pooches When Brent Atwater was five years old she became aware of her power to talk to dead pets. Often times, the pet would reveal embarrassing things about their previous owner. Brent says she loves being a clairvoyant, "you never know what an animal is going to say. They will tell you if you drink or smoke too much, have flatulence problems or your spouse is cheating on you."
Pets Reduce Obesity in Babies A study at the University of Alberta in Canada finds that being exposed to pets early in life may reduce the risk of developing not only allergies, but obesity too! Researchers found that babies from families with pets, especially dogs, had higher levels of two types of microbes that are known to lower risks of allergies and obesity.
Cat-Man Trend The Pet Food Manufacturing Association is reporting a 25% rise over the past year of men with cats. That's a full one million more cat-owning men. The study found that undergraduate students rated photographs of men labeled as cat people less masculine than images of men labeled as dog people or not labeled at all
U.S.P.S. Bite Rankings Released The U.S. Postal Service has released its dog bite rankings for 2016, saying more than 6,700 mail carriers were bitten by dogs nationwide last year. Los Angeles topped the list with 80 reported bites, followed by Houston with 62 bites; Cleveland at 60; San Diego at 57; Detroit at 48; Denver at 47; Chicago at 46; Indianapolis at 44; and Minneapolis at 43 bites.
Are Dogs Right or Left Pawed? Comedian Jo Anne Worley reveals new research that answers the age-old question, "Can dogs have a preferred paw just like humans are left or right handed."
Your Pet's Bucket List Lauren Watt created a bucket list for her terminally ill dog. She posted it on Yahoo and never expected the response. It went viral. Simon and Schuster asked her to write a book about her dog 160lb Mastiff, Gizelle. She has advice on preparing a bucket list for your pet when the time comes?
Day Care Uses Shock Collar Without Owner's Permission A Chicago man says he was concerned to find an electric shock, anti-bark collar around his dog's neck when he picked her up from pet daycare. The owner says there was big box on the side of the collar and that box was almost directly on her throat. The owner of the Posh Pet Day Spa stated "it was put on the dog by accident because he and his daughter both use the collars on their own dogs." Apparently the daycare center also sells the collars.
Pit Bull Service Dog Helps Fainter
It's not often that you see the much maligned Pit Bull as a service dog. In fact, while the breed is banned in Denver, the American Disabilities Act makes Rachel McClennan's Pit Bull, Sally, exempt from the ban. Rachel has a neurological disability that makes her faint. Generally, these kinds of service animals can smell chemical changes in a person‚Äôs body that indicates a seizure or loss of consciousness may occur, giving the patient time to prepare.
Scammer Asks For Ransom To Return Lost Pets Can you even imagine losing your pet then getting a ransom note? Detectives in Hot Springs Arkansas are tracking a person who has tried to collect ransom payments from three pet owners who lost their animals. The scam's first victim was a woman who trains horses. Her cat, Orange, disappeared from the racetrack in the middle of February. After five weeks of waiting for a response to all of her lost and found ads and posters, she received a text message from a man claiming to have their cat. Animal Radio News Director Lori Brooks has the story and tips to avoid being scammed.
Drone 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.
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 InsiderRobert Semrow shares some of these dangers that exist before they bring harm to a pet bird in your life.
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.
Boy 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.
John Salley Brings His "A" Game The incredibly talented and charismatic John Salley was the first NBA player to win four championships with three different franchises, Detroit, Miami and the LA Lakers. But did you know he's also a Vegan and has an affinity for kittens. He'll be co-hosting Hallmark Channel's 'Meow Madness' Kitten Basketball Championship. John is our special guest this week. Find out what it's like to be a top athlete and abstain from all meat and dairy.
Just How Well Can Your Cat Smell? Dr. Marty Becker is doing research on smells your cat likes. It's all in the name of science. He wants your pet's environment to be "Fear Free." While we all know about Catnip, did you know Silver-vine and Honeysuckle will also appeal to your feline friends. But stay away from the Glade and Aroma Plug-ins. They could really annoy your pet...even make them sick.
Animal Abusers Barred From Owning Pets in RI. People convicted of abusing animals would be barred from owning a new pet in Rhode Island under a new law being considered in the state's General Assembly. It would create a statewide registry of animal abusers barring animal shelters, pet stores and breeders from allowing the sale or adoption of an animal to someone listed on the registry. Under the proposal, anyone convicted or pleading no contest to animal abuse would have to register and abusers who fail to register, or who are caught owning another pet, would be subject to up to one year in prison plus a $1,000 fine.
Firefighter Finds Lost Blind Dog Firefighter Dan Estrada is being called a hero after he took a casual stroll into the woods and came back with a beloved blind family dog, who had been missing for eight days, slung over his shoulders. The dog, 12-year-old Sage, had been reported missing from his family's home in San Lorenzo Valley, California. The family had searched everywhere, put up posters and even hired a dog tracker but still had no clue what happened to Sage. It turns out Dan the firefighter and his friend were out hiking through the redwoods when they saw Sage lying down by a river, but he wasn't moving. The firefighter slung the lab across his shoulders and carried him back to town. You can imagine how happy Sage's family was. They threw a big neighborhood party to celebrate and offered Estrada a $1,000 reward, which he turned down and suggested that they donate the money to an animal charity.
Clint Eastwood's a Chihuahua Kind of Guy Alison Eastwood, daughter of actor Clint Eastwood, is back to tell us more about her animal advocacy efforts. She's created a website to link foster animals with foster parents. She also says her dad just adopted a Chihuahua. Not necessarily the breed most people expect the gruff actor to befriend.
Has Your Pet Food Ever Been Recalled? Dave Baker created a website that contains a database of pet food recalls. You can check to see if your pet food has ever been on a recall list, or if it's one of the few that has never had any issues. Knowing if your pet's food is safe is crucial lately. There has been a glut or recalled pet food in the last 6 months.
Tattoo Memorializes Dog Using Its Ashes You know the bond you have with your own pets. Can you imagine the bond that would develop if you worked for years in a war zone with a bomb detection dog? A veteran who served in Afghanistan understandably formed a strong bond with Treo, a black lab who worked by his side in the British military. When they both retired, the handler adopted Treo and the two enjoyed their lives in peace until, at the age of 14, Treo passed away. His handler, Dave decided to get a tattoo of Treo's paw print and a poem. But that wasn't all. Dave asked the tattoo artist mix some of Treo's ashes in the ink so Treo would forever be a part of him.
Family Sues and Wins $885,000 After Police Shoot Dog When two Hartford, Connecticut police sergeants got a bad tip about illegal weapons on the Harris family's property, they should have obtained a warrant. Instead, the family says they came onto their property, guns out of their holsters. As the officers they were leaving, the daughter of the family let one of their Saint Bernards out the back door. The dog approached the unfamiliar officers in his territory and one of the officers shot the dog...twice, in front of the girl. The Harris family then sued the police, starting a legal battle that went on for 11 years. After multiple trials, the city of Hartford has finally agreed to settle the case for $885,000.
New Pet Product Special It's that time again for our bi-yearly special show featuring the latest and hottest new pet products- coming to a pet store near you. We'll have giveaways from the Global Pet Expo, one of the two tremendous pet-trade conventions in the U.S. Today we're featuring the Pet Acoustics Cube pre-loaded with music designed specifically for your pet. We'll also be introducing the world's first automatic self-cleaning DOG potty.
Financing Your Next Pet The Sabin family had bought their new dog for $2,400 with financing offered at the pet store. Then they received a payment notice that said she owed $5,800. When Dawn Sabin tracked down a customer service rep at the company she found out she didn't really own the dog after all. They told her, "You're not financing the dog, you're leasing." Without quite realizing it, the family had agreed to make 34 monthly lease payments of $165 after which they had the right to buy the dog $300. This is more common than you might think.
The Term "Cat Lady" Added To Dictionary Oxford Dictionaries has announced the addition of 300 new words and short phrases that will be added to its dictionaries. Among them "cat lady" made this year's cut. So what exactly is the definition of a cat lady? It‚Äôs a noun and refers to an older woman who lives alone with a large number of cats, to which she is thought to be obsessively devoted.
Before You Hire a Pet Sitter‚Ä¶ Animal Radio's Pet World Insider Robert Semrow has the 'Top 5 Must Knows When Hiring A Pet Sitter." It isn't easy to find the perfect person to take care of your furry family and we understand that. Make sure you're not vulnerable to any 'pet-sitters from hell.'
N.Y. Court Upholds Tough Restrictions on Sale of Cats and Dogs A Federal Appeals Court has rejected a bid to overturn a New York City law imposing tough restrictions on the sale of dogs and cats. The verdict early this month is considered a huge victory for animal advocates and those animals that would normally be sold by puppy mills and mass breeding operations. The 2015 law says pet shops could only obtain dogs and cats from federally licensed breeders with clean recent animal welfare facility visits and could not sell dogs and cats over eight weeks old or weighing less than two pounds, unless they were spayed or neutered.
Fake 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.
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.
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.
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.
Everything'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."
Catty with Paula Poundstone Comedian Paula Poundstone (Wait, Wait‚Ä¶Don't Tell Me!) is back to explain why she's not a "crazy cat lady," despite her menagerie of 14 cats. While there aren't a lot of "sure-things" in this world, Paula is pretty sure she won't be getting her deposit back when she moves out.
Amy Holland Passionate About Adoption The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, and wife of Michael McDonald, Amy Holland is our special guest along with her pup, "Tulip." Ladybug The Animal Radio Studio Stunt Dog loves her new album with David Crosby and her hubby. You will too.
Tax Credit for Pet Adoption A bill introduced in the Oregon Senate would allow a tax credit of up to $100 for someone who adopts a dog or cat from an animal rescue facility. Senate Bill 326 would provide a credit for qualified adoption expenses, including adoption fees, vaccinations, spaying or neutering and micro-chipping. Opponents of the proposal say, "SB 326 creates a new tax credit, despite the fact that the state has a current budget shortfall of $1.8 billion dollars."
Do Pets Grieve For Other Pets? The impact of the loss of a pet in some people is as great as the loss of a human. A new study indicates that our cats and dogs also grieve after the loss of a furry-sibling. Cats seemed to be needier after the death of another family pet. 40% demanding more affection. 36% of cats sought out the deceased favorite spot. Almost half of the cats had a change in vocalization behavior.
Labrador Falling Out of Favor in U.K. The Labrador is no longer the top dog in Britain; it's now the French Bulldog, which is a celebrity favorite for David Beckham and Lady Gaga. It will be the first time the Labrador Retriever will have been knocked off the top spot in 27 years. The Lab has been the most popular dog breed in the UK since 1990, the year it overtook the Yorkshire Terrier.
Bob Barker's 15th Visit with Animal Radio Iconic TV host and Animal Advocate Bob Barker is back for his 15th appearance on Animal Radio. At 93 years old, Bob is still helping animals live better lives. He's been instrumental in unshackling elephants from circus acts; even relocating several to sanctuaries. Now he's rescuing orphan bears in Canada.
Dogs Prefer Reggae Over Heavy Metal When you leave the house, do you leave the TV or radio on for your pets? New research indicates that when it comes to music, dogs like variety. The results make a very strong case for music as a calming technique, especially in shelters where the high stress levels can cause dogs to cower, bark loudly, jump at people for attention and behave in ways that make them less likely to be adopted.
Bill Would Ban Pets on Lap While Driving North Carolina State lawmaker, Representative Garland Pierce wants pet owners to show affection for their pets, but not while they are trying to drive a car. Pierce says, "I don't have a problem with pets, actually, I want people to love their pets. But I want the highways to be safer."
Miniature Donkey Craze There's a new trend in the world of exotic pets, but not your typical exotic animal. We're talking about the increase in people who are adopting miniature donkeys. These miniature donkeys are pretty much about the same size as a large dog!
Animal Terminal Opens at JFK Airport The world's first privately owned animal terminal and quarantine facility has opened at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The ARK, as its known, is a huge $65 million dollar, 14 acre facility that is cozy enough for a tiny kitten but spacious enough for a Clydesdale.
Alaska 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.
Dog Dies, 5 Others Sickened from Pentobarbital in Pet Food At least five dogs have been sickened and one has died after eating Evanger's brand "Hunk of Beef" canned dog food. The reason is a barbiturate, Pentobarbital, has been found in one lot of the food. Evanger's is recalling five lots of 12-ounce cans of "Hunk of Beef" dog food that have expiration dates of June 2020 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. This is not the first time Evanger's has been flagged by the FDA. In 2011, a can of Evanger's Grain-free Duck pet food did not contain any duck meat according to the FDA.
Leaked Video Was Misleadingly Edited The official report is out on that leaked video¬†from the movie A Dog's Purpose. The video showed a frightened dog being forced into churning water during filming. An independent report by a board certified veterinarian concludes the video was misleadingly edited and the German Shepherd, Hercules, was unharmed. American Humane which oversees all animals on film sets says, "The decisions by the individual or individuals who captured and deliberately edited the footage and then waited longer than 15 months to release the manipulated video only days before the movie's premiere, raises serious questions about their motives and ethics." American Humane, which had an animal safety representative on the set, acknowledged that, "the handling of the dog in the first scene in the video should have been gentler and signs of stress recognized earlier."
Germany 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.'
Exploring 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.
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 a 2013 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?
Kids Don't Need Siblings, Just a Pet!
According 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.
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.
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.
Ethical Questions About American Humane The American Humane Association (AHA) charges thousands of dollars to put its "No Animal Were Harmed in the Making of this Movie" certification at the end of feature films. However, one has to question the ethics of this business model after two alleged incidents of animal cruelty on accredited movie sets. Should the same organization that is supposedly watching over animals have influencers in their pocket book?
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.
Having 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.
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.
World'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.
You'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.
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‚Äôt care less.
No Pets in The White House - But VP Doesn't Disappoint! When Vice President Mike Pence and his family moved into the Naval Observatory last week, a new furry friend accompanied them: a rabbit named Marlon Bundo. Marlon the rabbit accompanied the Pences to D.C. on Air Force Two, the vice president's plane, recently. The Pences also have two cats, Oreo and Pickle. We're hoping that by now Oreo and Pickle have gotten used to the leftover smells from the Biden's German Shepherd, Champ.
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.
Recipe 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.
The Secret Service Dogs Did you know that the Secret Service has many dogs that have jobs protecting the President and other dignitaries? Maria Goodavage went on assignment to find out about the agency's furry employees.
Pets May Benefit The Mentally Ill There is an ever-growing body of evidence that reinforces the health benefits of animals and pets. A new study published by BMC Psychiatry explores the role pets had in support, self-management and personal networks of those suffering from long-term significant mental illness (e.g. bipolar disorder, schizophrenia). Their research concludes, "Pets should be considered a main rather than a marginal source of support in the management of long-term mental health problems."
National Answer Your Cat Day‚Ä¶Really? Pet World InsiderRobert Semrow really loves his pet holidays. No holds barred, he's going all-out for National Answer Your Cat Day. The only thing crazier than that is his answers. "Someone get Bellevue on the phone!"
SeaWorld Ends Killer Whale Shows Was it some very bizarre coincidence that as we said goodbye and rest in peace to 39-year-old Tilikum, the orca who died at SeaWorld in Orlando a few weeks ago, that just 2 days later the very last ever killer whale show was performed at Sea World in San Diego? The company will now replace its signature theatrical killer whale show.
Campaign Funds Used For Traveling Bunny We've heard of all kinds of campaign spending abuses but this one is a new one. During an investigation of California Representative Duncan Hunter's campaign expenses, the House Office of Congressional Ethics uncovered that the lawmaker had used $600 in campaign funds to cover airfare expenses for his family's rabbit.
Hotlips 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 new book of original watercolors she painted. Surprisingly, Loretta's parents didn't foster her artistic side. Hotlips continues to speak out for the animals.
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.
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?"
Three 2017 Pet World Trends To Know About From how pet-food is marketed to us, to a new world of technology, Animal Radio's Pet World InsiderRobert Semrow uncovers the "Niche Pet World." You can find behaviorists, travel agents, spa services, concierges and more specialized services for pets than you might believe exists.
Man 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.
Doggie Drive-Thru Amanda Brown opened a drive-thru fast food restaurant for dogs ONLY. Your dog can get the popular Bow Wow Bowl with their choice of protein, vegetables or grains in an edible bowl. Bane and Vader's opened their flagship store in Easton Pennsylvania. Amanda has plans to franchise this idea, which came to her when she saw research showing that humans often ordered food for their dogs when going through a fast food drive-thru.
Microchips and Misconceptions While microchips are a very important part of pet identification, they will not help you find your missing pet unless it's picked up and scanned by a veterinarian or shelter. That's why Dr. Debbie recommends a visible tag and perhaps a GPS collar. Only a GPS collar will allow you to track your pet's location using your smart device or computer.
Do you know of a business that has a token cat? You'll certainly appreciate the "Shop Cats" in Tamar Arslanian's new book. She features, in both picture and the written word, the most notable shop cats in New York stores. Take for instance, the wine store cat that has his own chiropractor, or the cat that is a mascot at a dog boutique, or the occult shop cat that totes a magic wand in her mouth.
Will There Be an Animal in the Whitehouse? A philanthropist wants to do something to make the Trump White House more like those in the past: She wants Donald Trump to have a presidential pet. The very wealthy Lois Pope, who is also the widow of National Enquirer founder Generoso Pope, announced that she was giving "Patton," a ten-week-old golden retriever/poodle mix puppy to the Trumps.
Clothes Wearing Alligator Gets Pardoned Following months of negotiations with Florida state officials, Mary Thorn has been given a permit that will allow her to keep her pet alligator, Rambo, who she says is fully trained and not a "normal" gator. Mary dresses Rambo in human clothing to protect his sensitive skin.
Stealing Your Pet's Pain Killers Stealing from a sick animal may seem a low way to get a drug fix, but it happens frequently. Opioid abuse is rampant and a survey from Baylor College of Medicine reveals a surprising number of pet owners steal their pets' medications, especially painkillers and namely the drug Tramadol.
App Replaces Trump Pictures with Kittens Hopefully we all have found our sense of humor again after the election of 2016. If you are an animal lover, you should find this pretty amusing too. Google now has an extension for its Chrome browser, called Make America Kittens Again. It replaces pictures of president elect Donald Trump with pictures of adorable kittens.
Ralph 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 new book called "Animal Envy."
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.
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.
First Time in 150 Years There Will Be No Pet in the Whitehouse Barring a new addition to the Trump household between now and Jan. 20, Donald Trump will become the first president in 150 years who does not have a pet. Aside from the benefits they've bestowed on first families, presidential pets have for decades served to soften a president's image. Martin Van Buren had tiger cubs, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt had bears and Calvin Coolidge had a pygmy hippopotamus.
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.
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."
Jo Anne Worley Returns Actress, Comedian, President of Actors and Others for Animals, and all-around funny gal Jo Anne Worley (Laugh In) returns to Animal Radio to talk about her one true love, "Harmony" her 5-pound Yorkie. She proves that laughing and loving animals is all we need to be a happy soul.
Laundry Pods Dangerous for Animals You probably know those laundry detergent pods that so many people are using these days are dangerous to children, but did you know they are very harmful to pets as well? Most soaps and detergents contain chemicals called ionic and anionic surfactants. When a small amount it is ingested, it is possible for pets to become sick with gastrointestinal upset (drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea) and even come down with serious respiratory issues.
Why God Created the Dog and Cat Former ASPCA CEO Ed Sayres tells the story of how God decided to create the dog and cat. We'll also share several other holiday themed stories that will touch and inspire the animal lover in you.
Pet Rocks Nordstrom's has sold out of pet rocks! An $85 leather-wrapped stone sold out online store after going viral on social media. A spokeswoman for the retailer declined to say exactly how many pet rocks were sold. If you're old enough, you may remember the pet rock craze in 1970 that made Gary Dahl a millionaire six-times over.
Taking Your Pet's Picture
Photographing your pet may not be easy. It's tough to get the right shot in the right lighting. Britt Savage has tips for taking excellent photos of your furry-family this holiday season.
The Big Cat Is Back Actress and Animal Activist Tippi Hedren (The Birds - Shambala) returns to Animal Radio to talk about life living with Lions, Tigers and Ligers, oh my. She rescues tigers that were purchased as pets and out-grew their home. She's also forged legislation that outlaws exotic animals as pets. Animal Radio will hook you up with her new autobiography, Tippi.
Turtle Doves Drives Up Cost The slow recovery of the U.S. economy may be responsible for the increasing costs of the 12 Days of Christmas. The price of two turtle-doves has jumped from $290 last year to $375. But, the partridge in the pear tree, which has actually become cheaper, has offset the total cost.
Signs of Holiday Stress in Dogs The holidays can be stressful for everyone, both humans and our pets. While some dogs enjoy the increase in activity and new experiences that come with holidays, there are lots of others who are not fans of change and all the chaos that can come with it. Lori Brooks will help you recognize signs of stress in your pet, so you can remove them from dangerous situations and help them relax.
Rising Pet Health Care Costs Pet owners may shell out as much, or more, money for their pet's health care as they do for their own health care, and it's mostly because of pricey new technologies and more advanced treatment options. Healthy Paws Pet Insurance most expensive insurance claim was for a 3-year-old female French Bulldog diagnosed with inter-vertebral disc disease with a final bill of $44,296.
Parrot Only Witness In Murder Case
Court proceedings are underway in Newaygo County, Michigan, where a preliminary hearing has been held for a woman accused of murdering her husband and their parrot is the only apparent witness. The couple's pet, an African Gray parrot, apparently witnessed the shooting and began repeating words from the victim just moments before his death. The parrot has been recorded as saying, "Don‚Äôt F*#&ing shoot."
Ripley's Weird Animals Edward Meyers is back for his yearly visit. He collects oddities for Ripley's and he'll be sharing his strange picks for animals that are a bit out of the ordinary, like the cat with BIG eyes and the dog that ate a round of gun ammunition.
Pet Gift Guide Judy-Claus continues her countdown of the greatest pet and pet lover gifts for the holidays. These are inexpensive and invaluable toys and gadgets that have been tested by the Animal Radio pets. We'll have giveaways of every single item to help you fill-out your gift giving. This week we're featuring a new tool for fast-eating dogs that will slow them down and improve on their foraging skills. We'll also give away a toy that combines a ball with Emojis.
The Secret Language of Dogs Accomplished dog trainer Victoria Stilwell returns to Animal Radio airwaves to help us decode our dog's behavior. She'll tell us what some common dog gestures mean. New studies show our dogs are much smarter than we give them credit for. Do dogs feel guilt? They sure look guilty when you catch them doing something bad.
Holiday Dangers for Pets Pet World InsiderRobert Semrow has his list of the Top 5 Holiday Traditions That Can Land Your Pet on the Naughty List. Make sure you listen carefully so that you won't end up at the Vet Clinic.
InsPurrational Posters for Cats Mo Golden and Ross Cowman created a business of making motivational posters for cats. At first it was a novelty idea, but it turned into something truly beneficial for both cats and humans explains Ross.
120 lb. Rodent as a Pet When Jackie Coleman Wren wanted a pet, she preferred something a little more exotic. That's why she got a Capybara. This strange animal looks like an over-sized Guinea Pig or Gopher, and apparently has an affinity for chewing everything.
Dogs and Their People Stacie Grissom started a subscription business that delivers a box full of toys and treats to your dog every month. The business morphed into a wildly successful celebration of dogs and a new book featuring charming stories about the connections with our furry friends.
Mutts Rock Pet World InsiderRobert Semrow loves mutts! He's counting down the 5 reasons mutts make better pets. Did you know that a mixed-breed dog is simply healthier than purebreds?
Dark Personality Traits of Pet Owners A research team at Oakland University wanted to know how two traits, narcissism and borderline personality characteristics, are related to levels of attachment to both traditional pets and unusual or exotic pets. The results did not turn out the way the researchers thought they would. Lori Brooks reports on the results.
Nice Kitty Kitty
A 34-year-old Houston, Texas, woman who had a fully grown male tiger and three tiger cubs roaming free in her home was charged with child endangerment. Apparently, Trisha Meyer allowed the four tigers, a fox, a cougar, a skunk and several monkeys to roam freely in her house around her home-schooled 14-year-old daughter. The landlord kicked the woman out of the home after police notified him of what was going on. He said she had only lived there for three weeks but he had no clue someone could do that amount of damage to a home in that short amount of time.
Eric Lost 140 lbs. Thanks to His Dog Are you one of the 50 million people that have seen the viral video of Eric O'Grey and his dog Peety? Eric used to weigh 320 lbs. But his doctor prescribed a dog that saved his life and helped him lose 140 lbs. Eric's on this week's show to tell his story.
Pig or Service Pig? A Winnipeg, Canada, woman's fight to keep her pot-bellied pig as a service animal isn't over yet. The City Council is holding off voting until early December on Emily Hydor's appeal to keep her pig named Podgy. The delay will allow the city more time to gauge whether the pig qualifies for an exemption to the responsible pet ownership bylaw as a service animal.
Unlikely Companions Dr. Laurie Hess is back. This time she has some wacky stories about strange animals people call pets. From monkeys to wallabies, you'll be thankful you that you chose a normal pet.
Finding the Right Petsitter More and more pet owners are taking their pets with them when they travel, but not every destination is pet-friendly and your time away from home may require you to enlist the services of a professional pet sitter. If you have ever had to find a pet sitter you know it is not easy putting someone else in complete charge of your furry family members. Animal Radio News DirectorLori Brooks has a checklist for finding the perfect caregiver.
Fear Free Vet Visits Steve Dale is back on Animal Radio to talk about creating painless and fun visits to the veterinarian. Follow his tips and your pet will enjoy visiting the vet and you won‚Äôt dread it.
Music For Cats Composer David Teie created a CD containing music for cats. It was designed with specific harmonies and sounds that appeal to the feline persuasion. Surprisingly, the album is also getting rave reviews from humans that like it too. David joins us and explains the methods behind his madness.
Dog Breeds Most Likely To Run Away There is an interesting list out. It's a list of the dog breeds that are most likely to escape, get out of the yard or run away. Business Insider asked Whistle, a company that makes a GPS and activity-tracking dog collar, for data on breeds that run away most often. Animal Radio News Director Lori Brooks will explain the study and give you the list. Is your dog breed on it?
What Horses Can Teach Humans During the week, Dr. Allan Hamilton is a real-life brain surgeon. During the weekends, he spends his time with horses. Dr. Hamilton has a unique way of listening to these horses. His resulting insights translate far beyond the training ring and are relevant in boardrooms, living rooms, classrooms, and even meditation rooms.
Bachelor Party Beer Fund Turns Into Puppy Fund When you think of a bachelor party, rescuing adorable puppies probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. And, truthfully, it wasn't the plan for a group of buddies in Tennessee who were celebrating their friend's wedding either. The men who had planned to go four-wheeling in the woods had a change of plans and their beer fund became a puppy food fund.
Flea Collars Made Out Of Wood Norman Strodach's first invention was a toilet seat for cats, of which he's sold 10,000. His next invention was a Cedar wood pet collars that naturally resists fleas and other biting pests. Anyone looking for a natural solution to fleas should hear what Norman has to say.
Emotional Support Turkey A woman who lives in Washington is trying to have her pet turkey certified as an emotional support animal. Mary Pearce got Sammi as a baby turkey and she's now 6 months old. Pearce uses a wheelchair and says, "A turkey can be domesticated just as well as a dog or a cat." Pearce has Lupus, which gives her chronic pain and bouts of depression, but she says having Sammi around helps her cope with her health issues.
Custom Made Subscription Dog Food With dog meals including blueberries, chia seeds, human-grade chicken and basil, Ollie, another startup, is looking to freshen up the dog food industry starting in New York City with a line of custom-made subscription dog food. Of course it is all made fresh and Ollie‚Äôs uses a unique algorithm to customize each order, ensuring your dog gets a balanced diet.
Catnip Festival London's "Catnip" Festival will be coming up. It's a huge special event that hopes to give you the opportunity to celebrate your favorite online cat videos! And in typical cat fashion, it's a late night event starting at 10:00pm on Nov. 25th through until 6:00am the next morning.
5 Ways Pets Serve In The Military Animal Radio salutes the pets that have participated and contributed to the military efforts over the years. Almost every American war, dogs have been active participants. From bomb sniffing, to security to search and rescue, you will find dogs work serving alongside their human counterparts. Robert Semrow reports on the dogs, birds, and even cats that have been a major part in armed forces.
Banning "Double-Handling" Dog show officials in England have sparked a battle with trainers over plans to ban one of the secret techniques employed during competitions. The Kennel Club has moved to crack down on the controversial use of what's called 'double handling' due to fears that it leaves dogs feeling stressed. The technique involves a second trainer, hidden from view, attracting the attention of the performing dog by using a whistle or toy to make it look more alert and focused.
Talk To Your Cat About Gun Safety Zachary Auburn is on the show to deliver an important message. He wants you to know how to talk to your cat about gun safety, abstinence, drugs, Satanism, and other dangers that threaten their nine-lives. Zach believes we can make our cats - and America - great again.
Music for Cats Topping Charts A special music album created just for cats is being lapped up by humans too, and has topped two classical music charts on Amazon and iTunes. Despite being allergic to cats, American cellist David Teie released, "Music for Cats," featuring five instrumental compositions after raising more than $200,000 on Kickstarter. On the album, bird chirping accompanies his cello playing along with purring noises based on his theory which he researched for two years, that mammals have an intuitive response to sounds present in their early development.
Drive-Thru Restaurant For Dogs Bane and Vader are a couple of gentle, barrel-shaped bulldogs. They're also the namesakes of a unique new business in Easton, Pennsylvania, "Bane and Vader's Drive-Thru Restaurant," exclusively for dogs. Pull up and order a FreshPet meal with your choice of add-ins including fruits, vegetables, eggs, and peanut butter. You might even want to take home some doggie ice cream for dessert. Their mom, 30-year-old Amanda Brown, left her job as a pharmaceutical sales representative, but she's back to work making what she calls Yappy Meals and Bow-Wow Bowls for motorists who want to treat the pooches to something special. Her idea came from a survey that found one in six restaurant drive-thru customers picks up something for a dog, too. While some restaurants offer special menu items for dogs, In-N-Out Burger has a special unseasoned Pup Patty served in a doggy bag and Starbucks offers a small cup of whipped-cream called a Puppuccino, Bane & Vader's is strictly for the dogs. It has no special menu items for humans.
Airport Hires Therapy Dogs
With the crowds, and the lines, flying can be stressful. So, the Albuquerque New Mexico airport has come up with a way to calm you down when you travel. More than a dozen therapy dogs are joining the thousands of passengers at the airport. One of them is known as "Turbo," and he loves people. He especially loves to lick guys with beards. Turbo is one of 15 certified therapy dogs and K-9 ambassadors now giving peace to stressed out travelers. Thanks to the 70 people who volunteer their time to handle the dogs, the program will be expanding the number of therapy dogs soon.
Cats 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!
Grumpy Cat's Broadway Debut Grumpy Cat, the internet's most famous (and wealthiest) feline , not only unveiled a waxwork of herself recently at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Washington D.C, she also joined the cast of the Broadway musical "Cats" to close out the show in NY. Grumpy was cheered on by the cast and by the audience as she received a placard commemorating her Broadway debut.
Your Next Pet Could Be A Robot Your next dog, or your parent‚Äôs 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.
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.
There'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.
Smelling 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.
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.
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.
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.
Should 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.
Lucky Dog He's 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.
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.
Costume 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.
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.
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.
Nicole Sullivan Guests America's Favorite Dog Walker, actress & comedian Nicole Sullivan (King of Queens - MadTV) is our guest this week. She wants you to know about the Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats. She's also wants you to know her sleeping arrangements.
Caring for Fukushima Pets Left Behind Shortly after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan five years ago, residents who lived near the plant were immediately evacuated because of the risk of radiation exposure, but did you know they were forced to leave their animals behind? Fortunately a man named Akira Honda raced to the disaster area to help.
Creating a Foster Revolution The mastermind behind the world's largest pet adoption website, Petfinder, is working to change the way un-adoptable animals find homes. Betsy Saul has started the website 911FosterPets.com to unite transitional pets with foster parents.
DON'T Give Your Dog a Bone Vets are now warning people not to give their dog a bone because it could kill them. And, if you're thinking that only applies to cooked bones, which break and splinter much easier, that is not always the case. Surgery is usually needed to remove any blockage and in some cases, the damage caused by bones is so serious that it can be fatal.
120 Pound Rodent The word rodent implies ugly unwanted, little creatures that sneak into your home and freak out a lot of us. There is a 120-pound rodent in Texarkana that is genuinely loved, hugged and even given home-cooked meals. His name is Chico and he‚Äôs a Capybara, a species National Geographic says is, "The World's Largest Living Rodent."
Don'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.
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?
Skunked 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!
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.
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.
I 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.
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.
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.
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.
Duck 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.
Some People Like Dog Breath Comedian Paul Reiser is our guest as he waxes prophetically about his dog's breath and other quirky canine behaviors.
The Dogs of 9/11 Robert Semrow celebrates the dogs that were an integral part of September 11th 2001. From the search and rescue dogs to the service dogs that helped people escape from the World Trade Towers, we pay tribute to our furry companions.
Another Bad Flea Season We're smack dab in the middle of another troubled flea season. Many of us don't want to put harsh chemicals on our pets. DogfatherJoey Villani has some smart tips for treating your pets naturally.
Protecting Your Pets From Hawks You might have thought that high flying hawks hunting for innocent smaller house pets down below in people's yards was an urban myth, but it does happen! In 2011 a hawk plucked two small dogs from their Boston area yard and dropped them from the sky, resulting in some pretty serious injuries. Lori Brooks will tell you what to do to avoid hawk-trouble.
Proof That Dogs Understand Us For all of us dog lovers this is proof of what we have always wanted to hear! The average dog has the ability to understand human speech. Scientists in Hungary claim to have found proof that dogs use both sides of their brains to understand the meaning, as well as the intonation of words, in much the same way that we humans process language.
Neurotic 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.
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?
Teaching 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.
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.
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.
Pound for Pound Shannon Kopp spent the good part of a decade with an eating disorder. She would eat large amounts of food and then vomit 20 times a day. No therapist, doctor, or even rehab could cure her. She didn't find relief until she met a dog.
Pet Insurance Company Fined $150,000 The Washington State's Insurance Commissioner has fined a pet insurance company, American Pet Insurance, which goes under the name Trupanion, $150,000 for violating state laws. The violations include a failure to cancel policies in a timely manner in cases such as a pet's death, after a customer no longer owned a pet and when the pet owner canceled a policy.
TSA Rejects Alan Kabel tells us about dogs that were trained to work for TSA but ended up failing their certification. Now, these animals are finding new homes through a unique adoption program.
Get Your Licks on Route 66 It's time again for the 8th Annual "Get Your Licks on Route 66 Adoption Tour." Fido Friendly publisher Susan Sims is getting ready to start the nationwide journey in Los Angeles with CBS's Emmy winner Brandon McMillan.
Do Dogs Love Us or Do They Just Want Our Food? In an experiment further investigating the relationship between humans and dogs, researchers wanted to find out if it is a true bond or a love of food. They found most dogs anticipate the praise of their owner as much or more than a food reward.
Catty Wagon Aimee Gilbreth comes up with some pretty unique ideas to raise money for her animal welfare organization. On the heels of the successful '6 Packs & 9 Lives' calendar featuring buff men with cats, now she's unleashed the Catty Wagon, adopting felines from a converted food truck that looks like an orange kitty.
How 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. Check out our interactive calculator and figure out how much YOUR pets will set you back.
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.
Flipper 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.
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.
Pet Friendly Retirement Communities Watermark Retirement Communities assisted living are perhaps the first in the country to embrace pets. Founded by pet lovers, they encourage residents to bring their pets along to live with them. Staff's companion animals meet those that don't have pets. This has made a big difference in patient's disposition.
Whales Gain 200 Pounds A Day While the book is titled Sad Animal Facts, it's hardly a sad book. Cartoons drawn by Brooke Barker unleash the unknown and curious truths behind some of our favorite animals. Did you know Turtles breath out their butt, or that Giraffes only sleep 3 hours a day?
If There Were Olympics For Animals Pet World InsiderRobert Semrow imagines a world where the Olympics were for the animals. What would the sports competitions be all about? Perhaps an animal Olympic event would unite pet lovers worldwide?
Sanctuary Wants Rapper To Pay Support For His Tiger Rapper Tyga had a pet tiger a few years ago, but it was taken from him when authorities found out that he had no legal permits for it. The tiger was then given to an animal sanctuary. The sanctuary named Lions, Tigers & Bears, which takes care of Tyga's former tiger, says the rapper has not made any effort to help out with funds to care for the animal. It costs over $10k a year to feed it, not including vet costs and other expenses.
Choosing The Right Bra When Horseback Riding
Women and girls who ride horses, but do not wear a sports bra, could be causing undue stress to the horse, according to a study by Portsmouth University. Apparently a lot of women give no regard to what kind of bra they wear while riding. They did a survey of females who ride horses in various disciplines and found that less than one in five regularly wore a sports bra for riding even though it can lead to poor posture and musculoskeletal problems, which are sensed by the horse.
Eliminating 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.
First Ever Cloned Puppy on U.S. Soil Top Dog at Viagen Pets, Blake Russell is here to announce the birth of the first-ever cloned puppy here in the United States. While the dog is being weaned, the new guardian is watching the pup via the Internet.
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.
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!
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.
Sailing 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.
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
I Tried The Weirdest Pet Products On The Internet From the Licki Brush to the Puppoose, The Washington Post's Sadie Dingfelder tried some 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 figuring 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 at 1-866-405-8405 or even ask your questions from the free Animal Radio App for iPhone and Android.
The Vet Life Dr. Diarra Blue from Animal Planet's hit show, The Vet Life, is our special guest. He's an over-the-top charismatic professional that has some great stories about his unusual practice in Houston.
Pet Flipping Animal rights groups say pet flipping is becoming a growing problem because of a rise in social media use. Pet flipping is when a person sees a pet on social media websites, like Facebook or Craigslist, they get the pet with phony information, then sell the animal to make money off of it. The really bad news is that pet flipping is legal because pets are considered personal property, so people can sell them like anything else.
Helping Pit Bull Owners Find Rentals Pet owners know how difficult it is to find housing, but for pit bull owners it can be nearly impossible to find a place where you can have your pet. A new non-profit called "My Pit Bull is Family," provides resources for dog owners across the country with a database listing all pit bull-friendly properties. The website MyPitBullisFamily.org features an interactive map where pet parents can click on their state and a list of contact information for potential rental leads will pop up. Statistics show that nearly 30% of people give up their dogs because their landlord does not allow dogs; making it the number-one reason people give up a pet. My Pit Bull is Family also offers users a list of insurance companies that do not participate in breed-specific discrimination against pit bull-types, Rottweilers, German Shepherds and Chow Chows.
Emmy's Hope This young lady is a breath of fresh air in our crazy world. Meet 11-year-old Emmy Perry, who was recently featured in a national Kleenex campaign for her work saving animals. She has saved 250 animals to date. She also received an award from the City Of Orange for her work with animals.
What Goes On When You Leave Animal Radio's Pet World Insider, Robert Semrow, has the Top 5 Secret Things Your Pets Do When You're Away. We can only imagine what goes on when you leave home... or can we?
Lick My Face! Have you seen David Duchovny's video, which launched the "Lick My Face" campaign to support the nonprofit organization Target Zero? It's a great idea and fun for an admirable cause so here's how it works: Just put some peanut butter on your face - the more the better to get more licks - let your pet loose and let the licking begin. There are more details on the LickMyFace.org website.
Personal Pet Check Up You know your pet better than anyone else, including your vet. Doc Halligan has part two of her weekly "once-over" exam. Follow these steps and you'll be on top of any problems before they become serious.
Doggy DNA Nabs Poop Offenders A luxury apartment community near Grand Rapids, Michigan says it will use DNA technology as a way to sniff out dog owners who fail to pick up their pets' poop. The Ridges of Cascade complex is asking dog owners to swab their pet's mouth so it can build a DNA database that will allow it to identify residents who ignore its strict cleanup policy. The management company as already contracted with the Tennessee-based company PooPrints to collect DNA samples of each dog in the development. Violators will face a $350 fine.
Most every social media butterfly has seen at least one cute video of a sloth (if not, check out our Facebook page). These litter critters are so cute, that many people want one as a pet. Photographer Sam Trull says she "went to Costa Rica for the primates but stayed for the sloths." She has the lowdown on sloths, and she says people think they're slow. She says "they can be fast when they want to, and their nails are pretty scary too."
How Do I Clone My Pet? Pet Cloning is now available in the U.S. through Viagen Pets. Melain Rodriguez is back to talk about mentally preparing for cloning your pet. She'll talk about what the process involves and if genetic preservation hurts your pet.
The Cat's Got More Than Your Tongue A pet feline in New Zealand has been stealing men's underwear and socks from other people's homes! In just 2 months, the 6 year old cat named Brigit, acquired 11 pairs of underwear and more than 50 pairs of socks. Brigit‚Äôs owner says she has put notes in every mailbox on her street to warn her neighbors.
What Happens To Your Pet If Something Happens To You? You don't have to be Leona Helmsley to plan for your pet if you should die. Estate Attorney AJ Fudge is our guest. She says it's easy to plan for any eventuality, but you should know how. Simply putting your pet in your will isn't enough, as that may be contested.
Funny Vet Stories Dr. Bo Brock has just about seen it all, despite living in the middle of nowhere. He's treated just about every animal, from Ostriches to Elephants. He'll tell us several hilarious stories about strange but true cases from his peculiar practice.
When Ugly = Cute The winner of this year‚Äôs World‚Äôs Ugliest Dog Contest is a wrinkled; wispy- haired, bony Chinese crested Chihuahua named Sweepee Rambo. The tiny girl is 17 years old, blind in both eyes and at only four pounds, is not much bigger than two hands put together. She was a crowd favorite at the Petaluma, California contest. Sweepee's favorite thing to do is ride with her dad on his motorcycle. He won $1,500 and a six-foot tall trophy for Sweepee's win.
Giving Your Pet A Check Up Doc Halligan will teach us how to give your pet a weekly check up. Knowing exactly what to look for could mean the difference between life and death. Early detection gives you the best odds when it comes to your pet's health.
5 Summer Outings That Include Dogs Do you want to take your dog with your for some summer fun? Why not? Animal Radio's Pet World InsiderRobert Semrow has compiled a list that you and your furry-friend will find useful and exciting.
Most Pet Friendly Companies Many companies offer perks to their employees to keep their workers happy and boost their productivity, perks like gym memberships, foosball tables, free snacks and stuff like that. But if you are an animal lover who yearns to work in a pet-friendly office, Fortune Magazine has come out with a list of the most pet-friendly companies to work for.
Virtual Chicken Petting Imagine leaving your dog at home while it turns on the smart TV and chooses a program to watch. Lori Brooks will tell you about the new technology. She'll also tell you about Virtual Chicken Petting that artificially replicates physical interaction between chickens and their farmers.
Relief For Orlando Shooting Victim's Pets After the mass killing in Florida, The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando Shelter, says it will offer assistance to the pet of people affected by the shooting at the Pulse nightclub by providing short-term care for the pets of those who were injured in the shooting.
Share A Glass Of Wine With Your Pets So, you love your cat and you love your wine. A Colorado company called Apollo Peak wants to help cat owners enjoy the experience of sharing a glass of wine with their pets, so they've come out with a non-alcoholic, beet-based, catnip infused wine for cats.
Making Training Your Dog Enjoyable Zak George is back and he has tips on making training your dog enjoyable for both you and your furry-friend. He believes that if your dog likes to do what your training them to do, you will be more successful. He'll also talk about Service Dog fraud.
What You Need To Do Before Your Dog Goes Missing Animal Radio's Pet World Insider, Robert Semrow has a short list of the things you should do so that, if and when your dog or cat disappears, you'll be prepared for a prompt and safe return. Don't forget, 4th of July is one of the biggest times for shelters and lost pets.
Esther The Wonder Pig What happens when you adopt a 'micro-pig' without telling your spouse? And what happens when that pig turns out to weigh 600 lbs? Well, you raise $450,000 on Indiegogo to buy a ranch, of course. That's Steve Jenkins story. He tells all this week on the BIG show.
Robots That Clean Up After Your Pet The makers of the Roomba robot vacuum have come up with a robot mop. It makes cleaning up after your messy pets easy as pressing a button. Melissa O'Dea from iRobot is here to explain. She's even going to give away a Braava Jet! Do you need one?
Boy Caught Stealing Hugs From Dog Did you hear about the little Louisiana boy went to great lengths to give some love to his neighbor's dog? Every day when he left for school he would ride over to his neighbor's house and put his bike down in the driveway. He would then run into the open garage to play with and give hugs to the dog that lives there. Funny that the dog's owner had a video camera in the garage and saw this going on. She wasn't upset at all and posted the video.
Cat Whiskers What happens if you cut, trim or groom your cat's whiskers? Please don't. Dogfather‚Ä¶ er, we mean CatmanJoey Villani has more information than you probably need to know about whiskers. But you should listen anyway.
Pet Bees Everyone has a different idea of what the perfect companion animal is.¬† There are dogs and cats, fish, birds, reptiles, spiders and bees. Yep. There's a guy in Henderson, Nevada, outside Las Vegas who is being sued by his next-door neighbor who wants him to get rid of his "pet" bees.
Cloning Myths Debunked Viagen Pets has brought pet cloning to the U.S., and along with it a lot of questions and myths about the process. Melain Rodriguez is back to debunk the myths and clear up any confusion about the process.
Disaster Preparedness Animal Radio's Pet Word InsiderRobert Semrow wants to make sure you're ready in case of a natural disaster. He has a list of the top tips for preparing your pet for earthquakes, inclement weather and any other disaster that could come your way.
Can Dogs Recognize Faces from Pictures? A new study published in the journal Animal Cognition indicates that dogs may have facial recognition skills similar to humans! Well, of course, your dog recognizes you when you walk in the door, but how about if you were on vacation without him or her, could they see a picture of you and recognize it?
Inflatable Dog Poop A town in Spain has installed a giant inflatable dog poop in an attempt to discourage dog owners thinking of walking off and leaving a pile of poo in the streets. The town has about 6,000 dogs and if you do the math, they are capable of producing around 1,100 pounds of excrement every day. And, THAT is more or less what the giant inflatable represents, the amount of poo left on the streets across the town each day, according to a town council member.
Pet Sitting Business Sues for 1 Million After Poor Yelp Review A Texas pet-sitting business is going after $1 million in damages from a couple who gave them a one-star review on Yelp and criticized the business' treatment of their tiny blue tropical Betta fish named "Gordy" while the family was away on vacation. Prestigious Pets of Dallas claims the review is defamation.
Introducing the Lickibrush‚Ä¶OMG! Have you ever wanted to lick your cat? We all know grooming has incredible bonding effects. Tara O'Mara and her hubby Jason invented an over-sized tongue shaped brush that humans may put in their mouth and then groom their kitties, just like their mom. They've almost raised the $36,000 in a Lickstarter.... we mean Kickstarter campaign. See the brush in action.
Stopping Cancer Early Animal Radio's Pet World InsiderRobert Semrow lost two of his furry-companions to cancer. He may have been able to avoid the disease if he had caught it at an earlier stage. Today, he will be sharing tips that could help you tackle cancer before it becomes a menace.
Summer Swimming Our dogs love the water! Summertime usually means lots of chances to go swimming in the ocean, lakes and swimming pools. But each one has inherent risks, especially lakes. DogfatherJoey Villani will tell you what you need to know before your dog takes the dive.
Vet Student Saves Dog from Euthanasia A visiting medical student at an Oregon animal hospital found a tick hidden behind a dog's ear right before she and a veterinarian were scheduled to put the dog to sleep over his ailing health and paralysis. The owners of 10-year-old Ollie the Sheltie noticed he was lethargic and not getting around well following a hiking trip in Oregon. They took him to their regular vet for tests, but they could not figure out what was wrong. Ollie's sickness was a very rare condition called tick paralysis.
Spay/Neuter Timeline - Jury Still Out Lori Brooks reports on a new study published in the journal Veterinary Medicine and Science finds that neutering or spaying German Shepherds before one-year of age triples the risk of one or more joint disorders, particularly for cranial cruciate ligament, or CCL, tears. Another study revealed a four times greater increase for joint disease is also true for Golden Retrievers spayed or neutered before one year old, and a two-times increase for Labs.
Diseases 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!
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.
Cloning Logistics Now that Viagen Pets is cloning companion animals right here in the U.S., lots of people have questions. Viagen Pets' Melain Rodriguez covers some Frequently Asked Questions and talks about the logistics behind genetic preservation, the first step in the process of cloning an animal.
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.
Drug 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.
FDA 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.
Flea & Tick Tech An old technology that embeds pesticide into clothing and fabric is now being used on pet wear, bedding and toys. PetEdge has introduced InsectShield, which is a tick and flea deterrent used in everything from bandanas to coats. Dr. Katy explains how it works.
Pet 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.
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!
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.
You Can Stroke Me Here, But Not There Cat Behaviorist Sarah Ellis has a pretty cool job. She does research on how and where cats like to be touched. Sarah found that there are certain parts of the cat's body that are better than others when it comes to petting and stroking. She'll reveal her results and explain why she thinks strangers have better luck petting cats than the cat's owner.
Tick Talk Only second to fleas, ticks are a fairly common pest. Some of the diseases that ticks carry can kill both human and pet. Doc Halligan will tell you the proper way to remove them. She says you need to avoid some of the 'old wives-tales' for removing ticks because they may actually do more harm.
Cloning Pets The first pet to be cloned on American soil was a success. Many people are rushing to genetically preserve their pets DNA. We'll be talking to the company that clones dogs and cats and find out how it's done and why people want to clone their furry-companions.
Jon Stewart & Steven Colbert Together for the Animals Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert joined forces again this month at the Montclair Film Festival where Stewart introduced the film "Unlocking the Cage." The HBO documentary movie follows the story of lawyer Steven Wise, who aims to "break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans."
Like A Good Neighbor State Farm insurance has been sponsoring The Arson Dog Program since 1993! An accelerant detection¬†canine, or arson dog, is a¬†dog that has been trained to sniff out tiny traces of accelerants that may have been used to start a fire. The insurance giant has had a hand in placing over 350 arson dog teams in 44 states and three Canadian Provinces.
Doggy 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."
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.'
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.
5 Most Uncommon Legal Pets
Animal Radio's Pet World InsiderRobert 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.
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.
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.
The Dog Merchants Driven by her incredible curiosity, Kim Kavin uncovered the world of dog auctions. 11 BILLION dollars exchanges hands during the buying and selling of companion animals. Even the so-called 'rescues' are partaking in the auction process, using donated dollars to buy, rehabilitate and adopt these dogs at considerably high prices. While not necessarily humane, nor ethical, it's all legal simply because pets are viewed as property in the eyes of the law.
Battling Pet Allergies It's that time of the year when allergies present a problem for both human and our furry-companions. Animal Radio Veterinary Correspondent Dr. Marty Becker has the 'top 3 things you can do to calm your pet's allergies.'
Litter Box Etiquette Yes, there indeed is etiquette for your kitty's litter. Doc Halligan (Lucy Pet Foundation) will help any cat owner solve their litter-box issues. Cat no going inside the box? Maybe you're not following the etiquette.
Does Your Dog Have GPS? You know that you can track your pet dog or cat with your smart-phone, all you need is a GPS locator on their collar. But, there are quite a few pet trackers out there, so we break it down for you.
World's Oldest Dog?! Last month, "Maggie the Kelpie," an Australian dog that was possibly the oldest dog in the world, died. Maggie was 30 years old according to her owner. That's over 200 in human years, and a contender for the oldest dog in the world, except for one thing....
Dog Lawyer Attorney Jeremy Cohen gave up his insurance fraud law practice to focus only on dogs. He is one of the few "dog only" lawyers in the U.S. Jeremy represents dangerous dogs that usually have a death sentence. He tells us that lots of people have threatened him and harass him, but it's worth it if he can save the life of a dog.
Maybe We're Not Smart Enough To Know Dr. Frans de Waal asks the poignant question, "Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are?" Many of us suspect that our cats and dogs have a sixth sense. They seem to know things are going to happen before humans do. Is this smarts, or is it hyper-observation of your every move? Maybe a little of both.
Animal Cruelty Charges Dropped Against Cesar Millan The investigation of dog trainer Cesar Millan (Dog Whisperer on TV), is over and there will be no charges filed. It all began in February when an episode of Millan's show featured him using a scared potbellied pig to teach a French bulldog to get along with pigs. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's office says they were unable to find anything to charge Mr. Millan with.
Supreme Court Puts a Value on Pets The Georgia Supreme Court will soon decide the value of a pet. Currently, the law sees pets as property, like a car or a toaster. The Georgia Supreme Court is set to rule on the value of the dog whose death was allegedly caused by a fancy, high dollar kennel that allegedly gave the dog the wrong medicine that ultimately killed her. The kennel says that Lola the dog was property, and the family should get her "market value" - which, because she was a free rescue dog, is nothing.
Always Know Where Your Dog or Cat Is Sebastian Langton created the world's smallest GPS pet tracker. A small pod the size of a wine cork is all that's needed to find your pet most anywhere in the world. The Podtracker is also capable of setting boundaries and monitoring activity. You could win one in our giveaway.
Doggy DNA Nabs Poop Offenders A luxury apartment community near Grand Rapids, Michigan says it will use DNA technology as a way to sniff out dog owners who fail to pick up their pets' poop. The Ridges of Cascade complex is asking dog owners to swab their pet's mouth so it can build a DNA database that will allow it to identify residents who ignore its strict cleanup policy. The management company as already contracted with the Tennessee-based company PooPrints to collect DNA samples of each dog in the development. Violators will face a $350 fine.
Most every social media butterfly has seen at least one cute video of a sloth (if not, check out our Facebook page). These litter critters are so cute, that many people want one as a pet. Photographer Sam Trull says she "went to Costa Rica for the primates but stayed for the sloths." She has the lowdown on sloths, and she says people think they're slow. She says "they can be fast when they want to, and their nails are pretty scary too."
Pet Cemeteries In China Pet cemeteries are becoming increasingly popular in China with owners paying between $50 and $1,800 to buy their pets a plot. Rows of tombstones at one cemetery bear the names of pets along with flowers, toys, food and even calcium pills and chew bones were seen placed beside them.
The Cat's Got More Than Your Tongue A pet feline in New Zealand has been stealing men's underwear and socks from other people's homes! In just 2 months, the 6 year old cat named Brigit, acquired 11 pairs of underwear and more than 50 pairs of socks. Brigit‚Äôs owner says she has put notes in every mailbox on her street to warn her neighbors.
Pot for Pets? Dr. Stephan Katz explains how he is using parts of the marijuana plant to create a therapeutic treat for pets. Do animals respond the same as humans to medical marijuana? What is the legality of pot for pets? These burning questions and more are finally answered.
To Flush or Not To Flush It may be hard to believe, but people still flush kitty litter down the toilet. Not only is it bad for the pipes, Doc Halligan says it's bad for marine life. Apparently there is a parasite that is transmitted through cat feces and has been documented as a significant killer of otters and other sea life. Who knew?
Lessons from a Knucklehead Doug Green learned a lot of life's lessons from his dog, Shirelle. He even says that the dog was responsible for his career path as a psychotherapist. He also finds that dogs are great intermediaries in his practice. He'll share some of the important epiphanies inspired by Shirelle.
When is it Time to Let Go?
It can be incredibly difficult to know when it's time to euthanize your furry-friend. Balancing your own selfishness with your pet's health and happiness is no easy task. Dr. Debbie has answers that will help you make the decision when that time comes.
Unique Ways To Memorialize Your Pet The one downfall of cats and dogs is their short life span. This leaves us looking for unique ways to pay tribute to their life. We've found companies that will turn your pet into a diamond gem stone or shoot your pets remains into space. Now comes Pet Perennials, a wild-flower garden composed from your pet's ashes. The startups founder Remy Bibaud explains.
Cat Lovers Take More Pictures The research is in from one "cloud" company that says we upload more pictures of our cats than dogs. What does this actually say about cat guardians? Do we take more cat pictures because we're "cat crazy?" Jackie Stone from MiMedia has her reasons for the trend.
The Difference Between Dog and Cat Owners Dog owners are happier, more sociable, earn bigger salaries and have a bigger sexual appetite than cat owners, according to a new study. Animal Radio News Director Lori Brooks says data also suggests that dog owners are more likely to have paid off their mortgage and they will be inclined to describe their job as "stressful." By contrast, cat owners are happier living alone and admit they relish a simpler pace of life. The study also found the average cat owner takes home $34,000 a year, while the typical dog lover can expect to earn $38,000.
Cat Survives 8-Days Being Shipped in Box By Owner Cupcake is an incredibly lucky cat. The Siamese survived being stuck inside a small cardboard box for eight days and 260 miles after her owner accidentally mailed her. The owner didn't see Cupcake snoozing inside the package as she packed it with DVDs. Then she dropped the box in the mail. The package's recipients were stunned to open the box and find the cute cat curled up alongside the movies they'd bought. Cupcake was reunited with her tearful owner (who felt horrible) over the weekend. She says, "I knew Cupcake was missing, but not for one second did I think she was in that box."
A 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.
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.
What's Hot? What's Not? Animal Radio's Pet World InsiderRobert Semrow reports from Global Pet Expo, one of the two major pet product trade shows in America. Robert's Listomania includes the new trends and gadgets being introduced this year.
Most Stolen Dogs 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.
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.
Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats!?! New research from Manhattanville College confirms what you may suspect... cat owners are more neurotic and less happy than dog owners. Assistant Professor Katherine Bao explains the results of this study and talks about ongoing research.
Bark-n-Borrow Liam Berkeley came up with an App that matches dogs with those that want "dog-time" but don't have enough time for a full-time pet. The spirit in the service lies in how it enables "borrowers," people who aren't fortunate to have their own dog, but would love to spend time with one whenever they have a chance. Would you trust your dog with someone suggested by a phone app?
Batman Set Made Into Birdhouses The very "Batty" Rob Mies joins us to explain why they've cut up the Batman vs. Superman movie set and made bat-houses, signed by the actors (even Ben Affleck & Zack Snyder), to be auctioned on eBay this week.
Boston Latest to Ban Puppy Mill Sales More than 90 cities across the country have now banned the sale of commercially-bred dogs in pet stores, while Illinois and Maine have proposed bills to ban the sale of puppies in pet stores statewide! In the latest big win for animal advocates and animals, Boston has become the latest major city to sign legislation banning the sale of commercially bred animals.
Giant Rabbit Finds Home Atlas, a giant rabbit about the size of a terrier, has found a new home after being taken in by the SPCA last month. The rabbit's previous owner decided they could no longer care for him and the shelter spent a month searching for a proper home for the abnormally large rabbit. The new pet parent to Atlas says she feels like she won the lottery because there were hundreds of calls and emails from people all over the world who wanted to adopt Atlas. By the way, Atlas' new name is almost as long as he is. The new owner named him Axilla the Bun Binky Master Jazz Paws, but calls him Atty for short!
Lorrie Morgan Guests Outspoken Country Artist Lorrie Morgan is our guest. She walks the walk when it comes to the animals. From putting on fundraising concerts to helping in the shelter, she's involved with supporting her local animal welfare organization, New Leash on Life. Lorrie has pit-bulls at home and thinks they're so misunderstood.
Animal Storm Squad Karissa Hadden chases natural disasters rescuing thousands of animals that have been injured, trapped or displaced as a result of tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes and other catastrophes. Her life is documented in the new NatGeo Wild television show, Animal Storm Squad.
Lessons From A Blind Kitty Homer was a blind, black cat that never knew sight. His owner, Gwen Cooper realized this precious ball of fur was filled with lots of life-lessons. Gwen's second book about Homer will leave you delighted to have shared in his journey through words. She'll talk about the impact of handicapped pets in her life.
Rescue Dogs Become "Ball Boys" at Tennis Tournament Four shelter rescue dogs were employed as "ball boys" at the Brazil Open Tennis Tournament. It was a brilliant move on the part of Brazilian dog lovers who trained them to feel at home on the tennis court by getting them used to the noise of the crowds and the high speed of the balls.
Doggy Dentist Fits Dogs with Braces A Michigan veterinarian has earned the title of "doggy dentist" for his practice of fitting dogs with braces and performing root canals. Dr. Jim Moore says while it may be unusual to see a dog wearing braces, he stresses the importance of animals' dental health and says, "Orthodontia in pets is normally not for aesthetic purposes, but because of health concerns."
Pigs As Pets The very charismatic Debra Jo Chiapuzio is back to tell us about life with a pet pig. She says her dog thinks the swine is a yummy-treat. If you've ever considered a pig for a pet, you must hear this interview. Debra, who is responsible for creating the Emma Zen Organization, raised funds to supply local fire departments with pet-oxygen masks. Now she's behind the "Food Train" to help rescued pigs.
Blue Buffalo May Owe You Money If you've ever bought Blue Buffalo 'so-called' line of natural pet food, a $32 million lawsuit settlement means the pet food maker may owe you money! Blue Buffalo reached the huge settlement over claims that its products were free of by-products and didn't contain corn, wheat, soy, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Laboratory testing showed otherwise, which lead to charges of mislabeling and false advertising and a class action suit. Blue Buffalo digressed by denying wrongdoing and blames a former supplier for the issue. If you happen to still have a receipt, you can get up to a 10% refund. But even if you don't have a receipt you can still get $10.
Living In A Bathtub for 30 Daze Danielle Daals left her family in New Zealand to sit in a bathtub for 30 days in front of the Miami Seaquarium. Of course she has a good reason. She wants people to know that Lolita the Killer Whale lives in the smallest tank in the United States. We talk to her about halfway through her publicity stunt.
Protective Order Protects Pets of Domestic Abuse A new federal bill in search of Congressional support could be passed to protect both animals and people. The Pets and Women's Safety (PAWS) Act will make it a crime to cross state lines to commit an act of domestic violence on a pet. The program would also provide support for animal shelters that offer space for the pets of people fleeing domestic violence.
Cat Trapped In Woman's Body Nano, as she likes to be called, claims she was born in the wrong species and that she's actually a cat trapped in a human body! She says her personality and psychological features prove that she is more feline that human because she prefers walking around on her hands and knees to standing on two legs, and likes to sleep in sinks and wind mills, despite her adult size. She also claims she possesses a slew of catty characteristics like ultra-sharp hearing, laser night vision and fierce aversions to both dogs and water. The clincher that Nano is really a cat is seen in her You Tube video in which she says, "It's also obvious that I'm a cat when I start purring and meowing . . . Sometimes I hiss when meeting dogs in the street."
Canned vs. Kibble - Moist vs. Dry Doc Halligan is here to settle the age-old question, should we be feeding our pets dry food or from a can? The answer may depend on many factors. Is dry kibble responsible for one of the most common problems in older male cats?
Exiled He's still around and touring for the animals. From the band Exile (Kiss You All Over), Marlon Hargis is our guest; and saying he loves our furry friends is an understatement. He even does a benefit concert for a homeless pets and people organization.
Real Estate for Animal Businesses You may already know how hard it is to find somewhere to live with your pets. That is especially true if you live in Los Angeles. LA is where Lynsey Polacheck runs her real estate business for animal related businesses like groomers, pet hotels and even a doggy-shrink.
Canine Flu Now in 28 States The new strain of canine flu (H3N8) was just confirmed in Missouri and Montana. There is a preventative vaccine for about $50, which is a lot cheaper than treating a dog with this strain of flu. And what about the cats? Can they get it?
What You Need To Know About Microchips The biggest misconception about microchips is that they contain the owner's information. Dr. Debbie sets a listener straight (or perhaps the listener sets Dr. Debbie straight) when they ask why veterinarians don't scan for stolen pets. Make sure these microchip pitfalls don't make them useless when your pet goes missing.
Emotional Support Animals Often confused, there is a major difference between Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals. Lori Brooks has the lowdown on what this means for you and your Emotional Support Tarantula. Yes, he'll be able to get on a plane, but he may be legally turned away from your favorite restaurant.
Dog-napped! Stolen pets are on the rise. It doesn't matter what breed you have. An estimated two million pets were stolen last year in the United States. That's up 32% according to the American Kennel Club. And the number of actual dogs stolen could be potentially much greater. You need to be extra careful with your furry-family or they might end up in the ugly under-belly of human nature.
Welcome the Pets in Bed
Many experts say "keep the pets out of the bed." But a recent study from the Center for Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona could change some minds. Researchers surveyed 150 sleep center patients and found that more than half of pet owners allowed their pets to sleep in the bedroom. One out of five described their pets as disruptive, but 41% said their pets were quiet and even beneficial to their nightly sleep.
Dogs in Flint, MI Test Positive for Lead Poisoning The Flint Water Crisis has canine victims. Two dogs have tested positive for lead toxicity and more are suspected. The state is offering free test for dogs and cats that show the symptoms of lead poisoning. Unfortunately, the signs of toxicity are similar to many other diseases.
Zika Virus and Animals
The big question this week on our toll-free phone lines is about the rapidly spreading Zika Virus - and if our pets can be affected. While there is no evidence yet that they can carry it or transmit it, the relevant question is if they can be sickened by it.
Quit Your Stupid Job Beth Stultz of PetSit.com wants you to quit your dumb job and become a pet-sitter! She says you can make anywhere between 50,000 to a MILLION a year doing what you love. Beth will tell you how to get started.
Pet Dental Health Month Sure, everyone is telling you to brush your pet's teeth daily. But are you? Of course not. Not because you don't care, but because it can be a tremendously complex undertaking. Doc Halligan and Joey Villani have the lowdown on brushing compliance and why it's so important for your pet's health.
Pets and YOUR Happiness A new survey from Manhattan College confirms that people that own pets are generally happier than those that don't. The research also goes on to back up an earlier theory that cat owners tend to be neurotic.
Goats Celebrates Broncos Super Bowl Victory A Colorado farmer is celebrating the Denver Bronco's Superbowl victory by knitting Broncos sweaters for the 150 baby goats expected to be born on her family's 400-acre goat farm this spring.
Picking a Winner This weekend we are picking a winner for Kimpton's 5th Annual Pet Photo Contest. Some lucky pet guardian will travel on Jet Blue (with their pet) and stay at ANY Kimpton pet-friendliest property in America.
Genius Idea For Shelter Pets Actress Kim Sill is back to tell us about her latest project. She's putting adoption stores inside malls. Kim is saving hundreds of death row cats, dogs and bunnies by changing their adoption venue to the more appealing atmosphere.
Valentine Dangers While you may not associate Valentine's Day with pet dangers, Doc Halligan from the Lucy Pet Foundation thinks you should be extra cautious. She see more animals the day after Valentines (only third after Christmas and Halloween), usually because pets swallow something they shouldn't have.
Using Dogs To Treat Cancer Author Arlene Weintraub explains how vital the roles of dogs are in the search for a cure for cancer. Veterinarians and Oncologists are working together to discover new treatments for Cancer.
Few Pet Friendly Rentals in Los Angeles Have you ever searched for a home or apartment to rent that allowed you to have pets? Yes, it's nearly impossible to find in Los Angeles where 62% of the rental units do not accept pets. Now, the LA City Council has voted to make some changes in hopes of making landlords more open to accepting pets at their properties.
15-Year-Old, 3-Legged Dog Saves Family - Twice A small, 15-year-old, three-legged dog might not seem like much of a threat, but this dog took a bullet for his family in Wisconsin and saved them from a man who had broken into their home and attempted to rob them. A bullet grazed the top of the dog's head and became lodged in his neck.
Get the Smell of Fresh Cat Head in a Bottle Do you think the back of your cat's heads smells wonderful? A Japanese company has researched that scent, recreated it, and is now bottling it. The head of Yamamoto Perfumery spent four months doing research, sniffing many cat's heads to replicate the smell. The result? Fluffy Brow Scented Fabric Water. It can be sprayed on fabrics or anything to give them a lovely cat-head smell. A bottle sells for 1,200 yen or about $10 each.
Can Pets Commit Suicide? Dr. Nicholas Dodman (Program Director for the Animal Behavior Department at Tufts) researched several alleged cases of pet suicide to see if it's possible. He's here to report on his findings and to answer the provocative question.
Laws to Protect Pets Left Out in the Cold While many states mandate that pets are not allowed to be kept outdoors in extreme weather for extended periods of time without insulated housing, others barely consider hypothermia deaths to be animal cruelty. Fortunately, some states and local governments are now enforcing harsher punishments for people who allow their pets to perish in weather extremes like the recent blizzard on the east coast.
Cold Weather Tips Doc Halligan and DogfatherJoey Villani have incredible tips for helping your furry-friends through the winter. Everything from their coat to their diet change when the weather gets frigid.
Woman Has 1000 Cats A woman in California has 1,000 cats. But she's no hoarder. Lattanzi runs Cat House on the Kings, the largest cat sanctuary in the country. It all started when she volunteered to bottle feed kittens for a rescue back 25 years ago. Today Cat House on the Kings has 45 paid personnel who help to care for the cats and maintain the property including a veterinarian and seven vet techs are also part of the team.
The Prince is Back! Prince Lorenzo Borghese has returned for his second time on Animal Radio. While he never found love on ABC's The Bachelor, he did find a special love for the animals. He helps relocate homeless animals on death row in Georgia to new forever homes in Jersey.
FBI Tracks Animal Abuse This year, for the first time, the FBI has begun tracking animal abuse the same way it tracks other major crimes such as murder, arson, and assault, so animal cruelty is now a Class A felony with its own category. Previously, animal cruelty crimes were reported to the FBI as "other." The deputy executive director of the National Sheriffs' Association backed the change when he learned that many serial killers are animal abusers first.
How Do Dogs Wear Pants? Julie Korth has been making pants for dogs long before it was cool! As CEO of Mozziepants, she's following her dreams. So many questions. So little time.
Dog Flu Spreading There is a dangerous strain of dog flu spreading through the western U.S. Health officials in the Seattle area have confirmed tests showing the virus was found in dogs who stayed at a local doggie daycare facility where at least 80 dogs developed respiratory illness since December. The virus began spreading last spring in the Chicago area and sickened more than 1,000 dogs in the Midwest. Although most dogs recover, a handful of deaths were reported. It has since spread to about 25 states.
Emotional Support Turkey Flies Delta Did you see the photo of a turkey that took the Internet by storm after boarding a Delta Airlines passenger flight? It shows the bird sitting opened beaked while being hugged by its owner. Another photo was also shared online of the turkey being transported in a wheelchair. It is believed the turkey was given a seat on the plane as an "emotional support animal."
Doggie Detox The Morris Animal Inn in Morristown, New Jersey caters ONLY to our four-legged friends. They just finished a week-long Spa Treatment and Canine Cleanse program. Pups from all over the country enjoyed smoothies, treadmill trots, meditation, nature trail hikes and massages as part of the $260 package. Debora Montgomery reports on how the program went and what you can do at home to pamper your pup.
What Your Vet Isn't Telling You Animal Radio Veterinary CorrespondentDr. Marty Becker will tell you what information your veterinarian may be withholding; and conversely, what he/she shouldn't be telling you. We hope you have an honest and transparent vet for your pets.
Selling Pets for Research Buried in a massive government-spending bill is a provision that will shut down shady animal dealers who buy and sell pets for research, all paid for by your tax dollars. But, that could change if Congress does the right thing and cuts off funding to pay for licensing of so-called Class B animal dealers by the USDA. Every year, these licensed dealers work with illegal "bunchers" to round up thousands of dogs and cats that will end up in laboratories.
My Dog Has Bad Breath If your dog's breath could melt steel; you need to hear what Dr. Debbie has to say about it. She might even have a simple solution so that those puppy kisses won't be so traumatizing.
Charm School for Wayward Cats Shawn Simons said she accidentally started herding and domesticating feral kittens for adoption. What began as a hobby has turned into one of the best rescue stories of the decade. Simons is making a difference for feral and homeless feline across Los Angeles county. She even enlists high-profile celebs to help with her cause.
5th Annual Kimpton Pet Photo Contest Start looking for that perfect picture of your pet because the Kimpton Pet Photo Contest is about to kick off. Some lucky couple and their pet will win airfare for two adults and a pet on Jet Blue and three nights at any Kimpton property. Kimpton's Top Dog Steve Pinetti is back to explain the new ways to enter your photos.
Pets Save on Your Medical Bills Two researchers from George Mason University in Virginia have calculated a savings of more than $11 billion in health care costs in the United States as a result of pet ownership. On average, the 132.8 million pet owners in the country visit a doctor 0.6 times less than the average non-pet owners. With the average cost of a visit to the doctor's office at $139, that calculates to more than $11 billion pet owners did not spend. Not only that, but the dog owners who walked their pet five or more times a week had a lower incidence of obesity and were responsible for saving $419 million in related health care costs, according to the study.
Secondhand Smoke Bad for Pets A recent study says that dogs and cats whose humans smoke are at greater risk of cell damage, weight gain and some animal cancers. Researchers in Scotland discovered that, "An examination of the testicles removed from castrated dogs found that a gene, which acts as a marker of cell damage, was higher in dogs living in smoking homes." But if you have cats, the risk is greater because cats groom themselves, which increases the amount of smoke chemicals that enter the body.
Cat Uses Litter-box as Flotation Device A very smart cat used its litter box to stay afloat during a devastating flood that had water almost up to the ceiling of his house trailer in Missouri. Two members of the Disaster Response Team from the Humane Society of Missouri pulled up to the trailer in a boat and were able to gently extract the wet cat from the litter box as it floated by a window inside.
Share Your Food With Your Dog The "Dog Food Dude," Rick Woodford is back. He says you should share your food with your dog. But doesn't that go against everything we've been taught about proper nutrition? No, not if you're doing it right.
New York May Be First State to Ban De-clawing If Linda Rosenthal has her way; New York will be the first state to make it illegal to declaw a cat. The Manhattan assemblywoman has introduced a bill to ban the controversial procedure sometimes called de-knuckling because it's actually the entire knuckle, which is the last bone in the cat's toe that is removed. Declawing of cats is already banned in many countries, including Australia, India, Spain and the United Kingdom, as well as seven cities in California, including Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The Comeback of the Doghouse Ask most pet owners and they'll tell you their dog sleeps in bed with them. The days of the doghouse seem to have all but disappeared. But Larry Hobbs has a booming business making high-end Eco-friendly doghouses. He'll explain why.
UK's Dogs Must Be Microchipped Beginning in April, all dogs in England, Scotland & Wales will have to be microchipped with their owners' details registered and kept up to date in huge database to encourage "responsible pet ownership." To help people get it done, Dogs Trust, the UK's largest dog welfare charity, is offering free microchipping. It's hoped that "Compulsory microchipping will help reduce the number of lost and abandoned dogs and it will allow authorities to directly identify dog owners and hold them accountable for their dogs' behavior and welfare.
Dog Loses 100-pounds
At the beginning of a new year, everyone makes a resolution to lose weight. Well, Buddy the dog has a jump on all of us after losing more than 100 pounds. Buddy the 180-pound, 6-year-old, morbidly obese Australian Shepherd spent the last 9 months dieting and now weighs 71 lbs. He lost so much weight that he underwent skin removal surgery.
Pet Blood Banks Nicole Humphries runs a blood bank for companion animals. She'll answer the itching question, is dog's blood different than cat's, or is a German Shepard's blood different than a Pug's? And where does all this blood come from? You never see a pet blood-mobile in the neighborhood.
Cat Escapes Carrier on Delta Flight A mischievous cat escaped its carrier on board a Delta flight last week and to the horror of a cat fearing flight attendant, the cat roamed free in the cabin. Of course, someone caught the incident on video and it had some comical moments. The poor cat's owner fell asleep with headphones on and somehow it managed to get out of the carrier.
The Rising Cost of Cancer Treatment For owners of dogs and cats stricken with cancer, expensive treatments only adds to the emotional difficulties. Just the initial cancer diagnosis can cost $2,000. A standard course of chemotherapy costs between $3,000 and $5,000. A bone marrow transplant costs between $16,000 and $25,000 and the cure rate is only about 33%. These aren't just wealthy people. Some used their life savings, and even refinanced their houses to pay for the treatments.
It's a Crime To Insult The King's Dog
Some really strict new laws there now make it a crime to insult the Thailand monarchy and now a factory worker could go to jail for 37 years for making disparaging posts on Facebook about the king's dog. Turns out that the man was charged after making a "sarcastic" Facebook post about the dog. The 88-year-old ailing King rescued Copper from an alley and in 2002 he wrote a best selling book about her. She is so revered there that the media must address the dog as ma'am.
Bringing Pets Into Hospitals Donna Jenkins is pioneering a movement to allow visitation of patient's personal pets during long-term treatment. She formed Zachary's Paw For Healing after her son passed from a terminal disease. During his final hours he requested a visit from the family pet but didn't want to sneak the dog into the cancer treatment facility.
Becker is Back Did you get a pet for the holiday? Dr. Marty Becker is back with tips that every new puppy or kitten owner should know. These tips could save you a lot of grief.
Michael Vick Lobbies for Bill to Protect Pets Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Michael Vick got the celebrity treatment as he visited the Pennsylvania state Capitol last week to lobby for a bill to help protect cats and dogs from being left in unattended vehicles. Vick was a star quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons when he plead guilty to federal conspiracy charges in 2007 for his role in a dog fighting ring and served nearly two years in prison. He claims to have been reformed and spoke on behalf of animals saying, "The bottom line is that all animals thrive (on) kindness and respect. They depend on us like our children depend on us."
Tests Show No Safe Travel Seats
Two years ago, in a first of its kind crash test, the leading pet harnesses, which were trusted by owners, failed again and again. Now, the Center for Pet Safety is testing pet travel seats. So are there any safe pet seats? Really, the answer is No. The Director at the Center for Pet Safety says they "do not recommend pet seats at this time for pet owners" to use for their pets in cars.
The Daily Squeal's Tracey Stewart Guests Wife of Jon Stewart (former Daily Show host), Tracey Stewart is our guest. She reveals that Jon was behind her decision to leave the corporate world for animal welfare. She even says Jon has a special bond with their pigs. She's just released a brand new book exploring compassion towards all animals.
Host of ABC's Wildlife Docs, Rachel Reenstra guests. She'll tell us about her unscripted TV show following the antics and rescues at Busch Gardens. Maybe we'll even find out what she's getting her pets for the holiday.
Darwin's Dogs Dogs were the first animals people domesticated. Sadly, they also suffer from many of the same difficult-to-treat psychiatric and neurological diseases we do. Researchers from the Darwin's Dog Project put together a series of short surveys about everything from diet to behavior to personality. Any dog can participate and it's free. Once an owner has filled out the survey, they send you a kit to collect a small saliva sample from your dog for DNA analysis and they share any information they find!
Dog Returned After SEVEN Years Once again you can thank a microchip for reuniting a lost pet with its owner, only in this case the dog had been missing for 7 years. Little mixed breed Mishka was only 3 when she got out of her yard. She was found late last month and turned in to a shelter in Ohio where the owner used to live. She now lives in Tennessee. The shelter says it was difficult to find the dog's microchip because it is normally located between the shoulder blades, but over the years Mishka's chip had migrated to her side.
A Loss That's Hard to Explain to the Boss Losing a furry-companion can be as upsetting (if not more) than losing a human friend. But try explaining that to most bosses and they'll laugh in your face. However, more employers are beginning to include pet bereavement leave in their employment policies. Dr. Sandra Grossman has researched this movement and will explain.
New Legislation for Retired Military Dogs
It's a great day for military heroes on both ends of the leash. A gigantic defense spending bill was recently signed including a provision that will allow U.S. military dogs to be returned to the United States upon their retirement and gives their military handlers first chance to adopt them!
World's Largest Cloning Factory The world's largest animal cloning factory is under construction in China, with plans to churn out pets, police dogs, racehorses and beef cattle, to be sold on the open market on an industrial scale.
Children with Pets Have Less Anxiety
A new study validates that finding that having a dog to cuddle up to and play with is good for children and are less likely to suffer from anxiety because of it.
Traveling with Your Pet Animal Radio Veterinary CorrespondentDr. Marty Becker has three things you should bring when you travel with your pet. He'll help you curb the anxiety and motion sickness associated with pet travel.
Dog Shoots Wedding Video
On their one-year anniversary, this couple released the most beautiful wedding video to ever be filmed - by a dog. Josh and Addie Burnette strapped a GoPro camera to the collar of their dog Ryder on their wedding day. The result? A two-minute video capturing the most important moments of the day from a "dogs eye view." See The Video
From Wags To Riches You've most likely seen his work on film even if you don't recognize him. Bill Berloni is an animal trainer for stage and screen. His reality series on the Discovery Channel follows him around as he trains animals from the shelter for TV and movies.
Deadly Old Wives Tales Dr. Debbie says using Chewing Tobacco to worm your pet could kill them. Still, that's one of the more popular Internet home remedies for pets. Please don't rely on Dr. Google to treat your pets for any sickness or disease. It could easily lead you down the wrong treatment path.
ASPCA Changes Stance On Pet As Gifts A few years ago, pictures of all kinds of pets in overcrowded animal shelters filled social media as a warning against giving pets as Christmas presents. The ASPCA was just one of several organizations against the idea. However, they've changed their tone. Recently, the ASPCA conducted a survey to learn more about people who acquire pets as gifts. The vast majority of these pets are still in the home.
Canine Motion Sickness Just like humans, dogs can also get sick in the car. But the reasons may be different. Dr. Debbie will help you determine the best way to approach this common problem. There are even medicines that are indicated for canine motion sickness.
Using Pets As "Date Bait" A new survey reveals that owning a dog boosts a man's sex appeal and 1 in 5 people admit to using their pets as 'date bait.' The survey conducted by Match.com also found 1/3 of women and 1/4 of men have been attracted to someone because of their pet. Nearly 50% of the women said they judged potential partners on how they responded to their pet. 54% of men said they wouldn't date someone who didn't like pets.
Charlie Daniels Guests Probably one of the best Country music performers of our time, Charlie Daniels is our special guest. He raises Quarter Horses and pines for a dog after his tour is over. He's 79 years old and sharp as a fiddle. In fact, he's a self-taught fiddler.
Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much Allia Zobel Nolan is a self-proclaimed "crazy cat lady." She ought to know, she wrote a book on the subject. You'll be shocked when you hear the bizarre things she's done in the name of cat-dom.
Microchip Saves The Day, Again. Disco the dog has been returned to her owner and home in Australia because she was chipped. Disco had been missing for 5 long years! The dog was initially found by an "elderly couple," and given to a younger family. During her time with the family, Disco was attacked by another dog and was surrendered to an animal hospital because they couldn't afford the vet bills. Luckily the hospital checked for a microchip. Dog and owner were reunited.
Laundry "Pods" Problematic The Animal Poison Control Center has put out the alert. Those little laundry detergent jelly-like things called pods can pose a serious danger to pets if they're swallowed. Because they're small, soft, and usually come in bright colors they may be tempting to pets. They contain detergents that can cause major stomach upset and irritation to an animal's upper airway if ingested.
John O'Hurley is Back Co-host of NBC's Thanksgiving Day National Dog Show; actor John O'Hurley (J. Peterman on Seinfeld) is back for the 14th year to share fun stories about the dogs in his life. He'll also take a stab at pronouncing the new breed names in this year's Thanksgiving Day show.
Country Star Tanya Tucker Guests
Musician Tanya Tucker joins the Thanksgiving celebration live from Nashville. She has a menagerie of animals and plenty of anecdotes to go around. This is the first time for her on Animal Radio‚Ä¶we'll be gentle. But this ain't her first rodeo.
Banning Shock Collars The Scottish government is asking residents there for their opinions on electric shock collars, used to train cats and dogs, and if they believe the collars should be banned. Wales, Sweden, Denmark and Germany have already banned shock collars, but supporters of them say they can be used successfully as a last resort - and have compared the pain inflicted to a static shock. Meanwhile, shock-collars are still legal in the United States; the usefulness is still in question. Sometimes a dog will "take the hit" if his/her drive is high.
My Cat from Hell Animal Planet host, Jackson Galaxy is back to yap about his awesome new book. Jackson and Kate (his partner in crime) will show you how to make your house cat-friendly without forsaking aesthetics.
NBC's David Frei is Back Co-host of NBC's Thanksgiving Day National Dog Show; David Frei is back for the 14th year in a row to celebrate all the new breeds you'll be seeing on the worldwide TV special.
America's Got Talent Loser Wins Comedian Doogie Horner was almost booed off the stage on America's Got Talent. He was able to turn the boos into cheers. He's riding high with a brand new book featuring fictional feline stories.
To Vaccinate or Not To Vaccinate People who embrace the anti-vaccination movement and forego immunization for themselves or their children against certain human diseases are in some cases extending their attitude to pets. So you can be a pet or a people anti-vaxer these days. A number of veterinary clinics now say they have clients who refuse vaccinations for their dogs or cats. In some cases people don't want to vaccinate their dogs because they're scared that the vaccine will harm the animal.
Halloween Stats Are In
Americans spent $350,000,000 on pet costumes this last year. The top 10 states where people live that are most likely to dress up their dog in a costume is Virginia, where 64% of residents dress dogs in costumes, followed by New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Missouri, Ohio, New York, Wisconsin, Michigan and Oklahoma.
Comedian Kip Addotta is Back Legendary Comedian Kip Addotta knows a lot about animals. Especially cats. The love of his life was "Harley," a kitty that lived 23 years. Kip will tell us the secrets to feline longevity as well as some of his secret flea remedies. He says "I loved my cat, Harley! People ask me if I had Harley declawed. Well, I would never have a cat declawed, because claws are a cat's only line of defense, and I can get pretty drunk!"
Find Your Lost Dog Using A Facial Recognition App There are many apps for finding lost pets, but a new one has gone a step further by using facial recognition software. It's called FindingRover.com and it matches eight distinctive facial markers on dogs with images uploaded by people searching for lost pets. Eyes and noses are important areas to help tell dogs apart; especially the eye size and how the eyes are positioned near the snout.
Do Animal's Improve Student's Reading Skills Human Animal Bond Research Initiative is giving $13,000 to answer the question: Does reading aloud to a classroom pet such as a rabbit help to improve students' reading skills?¬† Experts say the human-animal bond can lessen the stress young children sometimes feel in the classroom, and believe it will show classroom interactions with rabbits and guinea pigs will improve students' oral fluency and reading comprehension.
Therapy Dog Loses Certification Over Costumes
A Pet Partners¬†certified therapy dog has lost that certification because the organization the organization says it found the Boston Terrier's biker costume to be a "safety concern."¬† 5-year-old Chopper has put in several years volunteering in San Diego-area hospitals and senior centers on his mini-motorcycle.¬†Chopper's owner says Pet Partners told him it was concerned about "the perception Chopper may be creating in the community with regard to therapy animals."
Having A Safe Halloween Halloween can be a fun time for your pets. But some animals just aren't cut out for the holiday and would be safer cuddled inside on the night of trickery.
Rodent Traps a Pet Hazard There's a warning for pet owners after a cat was found with its head stuck in a rodent trap. The cat, which was seriously injured, was caught in a Fenn Trap, meant for squirrels and rats. Luckily the cat was found and rescued by a Good Samaritan. Since the incident last month, the SPCA is now calling on people to be aware that setting these traps could be breaking the law.
Pets In The Classroom Have A Profound Impact A new study reveals having a pet in the classroom may provide real educational value through leadership skills and character building. Despite some of the challenges to having classroom pet, such as coping with loss and teachers spending their own money to care for the pet, the study found six objectives proving the benefit of caring for a classroom pet, like teaching children responsibility compassion, empathy, respect and leadership through animal care and providing relaxation when children are stressed.
Cats With Jobs Author Lisa Rogek has found 50 cats that have jobs. This isn't easy. Cats are notoriously not workers, unlike dogs. From Grumpy Cat to Kitty Models, Lisa will share the stories behind these frolicking felines.
FREE Happy Healthy Dog Summit The Healthy Happy Dog Summit will train YOU to provide the happiest, healthiest life possible for your pup! You'll see 30 world experts including Sonya Fitzpatrick (Animal Communication), Victoria Stillwell (Puppies 101) and Dr. Nicholas Dodman (How Dogs and People Communicate). The Happy Healthy Dog Summit is ONLINE and FREE. Learn more at: https://animalradio.com/SUMMIT.
Cat Thwarts Suicide Attempt San Francisco Police spent hours trying to convince a jumper not to jump. It wasn't until the officers brought in the jumper's tabby cat that the standoff ended. Never underestimate the bond between people and their pets.
Pet Obesity Continues To GROW Being overweight can seriously impact our health and that of our pets. The¬†Association for Pet Obesity¬†estimates that nearly 54% of cats and dogs in the US are overweight or obese. Lori Brooks has tips to tell if your pet is a healthy weight. We'll also discuss the safest methods for lowering your pets caloric intake and increasing exercise.
Anonymous Hero Saves Dog An anonymous real life hero saved the life of a dog that was trapped inside a burning home this week in Tennessee.¬† As someone who witnessed it describes it said, "This guy in a gray mustang pulls up says, 'I do this for a living,' and he runs in and he comes out about two minutes later with this beautiful dog in his arms." Less than a minute later the roof of the home caved in.
Halloween Pet Hazards Pets often find it truly scary during this time of year. The things that make Halloween a treat for people can overwhelm many pets. Some parts of Halloween can even be dangerous. On the other hand, some pets absolutely love the holiday. There's no shortage of dogs and cats that love the attention and adulation they receive in their costume. We'll help you determine which side of the scale your pets find most comfortable. Dr. Debbie sees more patients the day after Halloween. She'll explain why and what you can do to avoid the vet.
FREE Happy Healthy Dog Summit The Healthy Happy Dog Summit will train YOU to provide the happiest, healthiest life possible for your pup! You'll see 30 world experts including Sonya Fitzpatrick (Animal Communication), Victoria Stillwell (Puppies 101) and Dr. Nicholas Dodman (How Dogs and People Communicate). The Happy Healthy Dog Summit is ONLINE and FREE. Learn more at https://animalradio.com/SUMMIT.
Secret Lives Of Bats When you mention bats, most people shutter. Dr. Merlin Tuttle believes bats are misunderstood and that in many countries, they're a welcome friend. Oh, he also says without bats there would be no tequila. Just sayin'
Trendy Pet Costumes Some pets really like to be dressed up for Halloween, or so we think. Wonder Costumes' Chris Yandek has a list of the most popular pet costumes and you can rest-assured the worthy "Minion" is on it.
Just Say No To Dog Buns Odd animal trends like the "dog bun" could actually harm your pet. If you haven't seen photos of this yet, it's where a dog's hair is gathered into a bun on top of its head. Veterinary experts say pulling a dog's ears up like that can damage the ear, causing wounds, cuts, which then risk the chance of being infected.
Stealing Cat Owned By Cop How funny is it that a police Sergeant in Oregon owns a cat that loves to steal? After sharing the antics of his thieving cat with his fellow police officers, the sergeant has created a Facebook page for his cat Tigger whom he affectionately calls "Kleptokitty." Tigger has been stealing for many years. He brings home everything from socks to old fast food boxes and even a small bag of marijuana.
Micro Pigs Tiny pigs, which were created by scientists in China using new genetic editing techniques, are to be sold as pets in the near future and the prospect has triggered a furious debate between animal rights groups and scientists.
Non-Chemical Flea Remedies DogfatherJoey Villani and Dr. Debbie address concerns over chemical spot-on flea treatments. They have great alternatives that can safely remove those pesky parasites. They'll also bust some myths.
Blessing Your Pets Grab your pets and bring'em around the radio for our annual "Blessing of the Animals" performed by the extra charismatic Dr. James Capers. Our virtual ceremony celebrates the pets in our lives.
Most Unusual Pet Insurance Claims The "most unusual" pet insurance claim is sought each year with the announcement of the nominees for the Hambone Award by Nationwide Insurance. One of the favorites to win this year is Jackie, a terrier mix in Indiana that needed X-rays and laxatives after she figured out how to open the family's junk drawer and ate all of its contents, including a medicine bottle, a bottle of perfume and a pair of sunglasses.
My Old Dog Laura Coffey created a coffee-table book that features senior dogs with "second-acts." These senior dogs could've wasted away at the shelter waiting for adoption, but instead they are going on to live resourceful and happy lives with a second or third guardian. Senior pets make great friends!
Dolphin-Assisted Human Births
Dolphin-assisted birth, is a new trend growing in popularity. One woman in Hawaii plans to deliver their baby in the Pacific Ocean off the Hawaiian coast. They plan on having a flippered midwife showing up to help. There is a You Tube video about this fad and believe it or not, the mother to be thought her baby would be able to "speak dolphin" as a result of immediate exposure to the animals.
Tips for Selling Your Pet-Friendly Home Chicago Realtor Jason Feldman specializes in selling homes to and for pet-owners. If you're trying to sell your home after many years of "pet-life," he'll have tips for making it more appealing to the buyer. He says sometimes pet-owners become immune to the smell, so it's advisable to bring in a third party to assess the situation.
Accessorizing Your Pet Joey Villani (The Dogfather) reviews the last grooming trade show and the strange accessories including fake eyelashes for your dog, fingernail polish and wigs. Some might think this is for the hardened pet lover who may be just a little nutty for their pet. And they're probably right.
Couple Makes Extra Large Bed for Themselves AND Their Pets Have you ever known an animal that didn't want to sleep in the bed with you? Neither do we. So how lucky are this couple's five cats and two dogs? They made a gigantic 11-foot wide bed that takes up most of their bedroom, but is big enough to share with all of their pets!
Another County Bans Puppy Mill Sales at Pet Stores Camden County, New Jersey has voted unanimously to prohibit pet stores from selling animals from puppy mills. The representatives say they are standing up for animals of their county and want to ensure no one is profiting off the inhumane treatment of puppy mills. Several other counties and towns have inquired about the legislation and enacting it in their areas.
Infant Exposed To Pets Have Less Allergies A new study has found that, infants who share a home with furry pets were found to share some of the animals' gut bacteria - which might possibly explain why exposing children to animals early in life may protect kids against some allergies.
The Dog That Put Subway's Jared Behind Bars Dennis Clark tells us how he trained the dog that sniffed out the thumb-drive with Jared Fogle's child pornography on it. Training a dog to smell electronics can't be easy. Dennis will explain what type of dog it takes to smell pirated DVDs in import containers.
You Need More Sleep Francesco Marciuliano is back for more abuse. The writer for the "Sally Forth" syndicated comic strip moonlights as a writer of satirical cat and dog books. His latest, "You Need More Sleep" has advice from cats for humans. We'll have giveaways of his new book.
China Bad - Mexico Good From the Good News/Bad News Department: Chinese officials in Jinan have ordered all dogs to be outlawed. They've asked owners to dispose of their dogs or they city will come and bludgeon the dog's to death. In Mexico, the once iconic bullfighting is becoming extinct. Coahuila becomes the third state in Mexico to ban the sport.
My Dog's Cell Phone Imagine receiving a bill from Verizon for calls you didn't make. Then upon closer examination, the bill is actually addressed to your dog. That's exactly what happened and don't you know it'll be a mess to clean up when the phone company finally admits their error. Britt Savage reports.
How Do Companion Animals Effect Seniors? The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative has awarded a $43,000 grant for a new study to explore how companion animals effect social engagement and psychological well-being in adults ages 55+. With 75 million baby boomers entering mid and later adulthood it is vital to understand how everything, including pets, can improve their lives.
5 Signs You Need To Get To The Vet ASAP! Animal Radio Veterinary CorrespondentDr. Marty Becker counts down the top 5 things to look out for that indicate a health emergency for your pet.
Patient Compliance More than half of pet owners disregard instruction for medicating their pets as prescribed by their vet. This can have horrific results, especially where antibiotics are concerned. Doc Halligan has tips on easily pilling your pet.
Your Cat Probably Doesn't Miss You When You're Away According to a new study that observed the relationships between a number of cats and their owners, domestic cats do not generally see their owners as a focus of safety and security in the same way that dogs do.
Lost Pet Recovery Donna Lewis is a Lost Pet Recovery Expert for LostMyDoggie.com & LostMyKitty.com. This nationwide service will automatically dial all the phones within the radius of the lost pet alerting neighbors. Does this work? The service claims an 85% success rate. If you've lost your pet and have the cash, then this might be a good solution.
Guy Adds Two-Headed Snake to His Two-Headed Collection
A west coast freak show owner who paid $50,000 for "Medusa", a three-foot-long, 4-year-old two-headed Honduran Milk snake born in Florida, recently purchased a rare two-headed albino snake. The proud new owner says he's wanted the snake since the day it was born four years ago, but price just kept getting higher." By the way, this guy currently holds a Guinness World Record for having the biggest collection of two-headed animals.
Using Pets To Teach Anti-Bullying Allison Basinger from the Kansas City based "Wayside Waifs" animal welfare organization is on the cutting edge of the anti-bullying education movement. She's using her dogs, Justice and Paxton to help 3 through 5 graders learn a more compassionate lifestyle.
Get Your Licks The host of CBS's Lucky Dog, Brandon McMillan, the cast of The Young and The Restless and Susan Sims are in Los Angeles to kick-off the 7th Annual "Get Your Licks On Route 66" Adoption Tour. There's no better time than now to find your forever friend.
Black Dog Syndrome While there is no hard evidence to back Black Dog Syndrome, it is largely felt that black animals take a back seat when it comes to adoption. Pet Photographer Fred Levy believes it's because they are hard to photograph and don't look desirable online photos. He'll have tips for photographing your black dog or cat.
Selecting A New Car With Your Pet In Mind So who influences you when you need to buy a car? According to Auto-trader, more than half of America's 54 million dog owners consider buying a vehicle based on its ability to accommodate their best friend, which is their dog. The list includes cars with features pet owners need, like fold-flat rear seats, rear lift gate, under-floor storage and rear climate control. There are 9 cars on the list and we'll tell you what they are.
Pamela Anderson Says Company is Not Cruelty-Free Actress and animal-rights actress Pamela Anderson has written a letter to MAC Cosmetics owner and friend John Demsey expressing disappointment in the brand for testing on animals. Anderson used to be a spokesperson for the brand, but recently learned that the supposedly cruelty-free brand admittedly tests on animals where it is "required by law," like in China.
Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson Guests He may play an uptight lawyer on the hit ABC sitcom, but in real life he's an avid pet lover and parent of two dogs, "Leaf" and "Fennel." Jesse will share personal stories of how he and his partner spoil their pups.
New Pet-Safe Anti-Freeze Every year, some 90,000 pets and wild animals along with 5,000 humans are poisoned by antifreeze because Ethylene glycol, the main ingredient in antifreeze and deicers. But there's been a discovery of a new antifreeze ingredient that works better than the old stuff, and it's non toxic! The new ingredient is Propylene glycol, a food additive, which is "generally recognized as safe" by the USDA, and it cools car engines 60-percent better than the old stuff!
Do Animals Improve Student's Reading Skills? Experts say the human-animal bond can lessen the stress young children sometimes feel in the classroom, and believe classroom interactions with rabbits and guinea pigs will improve students' oral fluency and reading comprehension.
Lucky Dog The host of CBS's Lucky Dog, Brandon McMillan is back and he's getting ready to kick off the 7th Annual "Get Your Licks on Route 66" Adoption Tour. Along with Fido Friendly, Animal Radio is proud to be a part of this life-saving tour across America. We'll be stopping at shelters all along the infamous highway and spreading the joy with all kinds of goodies for you and your pets. We'll also be introducing you to dogs and cats available in your city. Learn more at: http://GetYourLicks.com. Come join us and find your new forever friend.
Jobs For Dogs
We'll take a look at all the different service-dogs and what they've been trained to do. Some can smell when a person is about to have a seizure, others can retrieve a phone in an emergency. There's even dogs that have been trained to sniff out bedbugs.
The Chicken Chick Chickens are more popular than ever in urban settings and as pets. By popular demand, we're having the Chicken Chick on the show to share her vast chicken knowledge. Even if you aren't considering a fowl friend, Kathy Mormino will amuse and educate.
Photographing Your Pet Amanda Jones is one of the top best pet photographers in the nation. Her last collaboration is a coffee-table book with 30 dogs photographed during their youth and again in their senior years. It's a compelling contrast between puppy-hood and a dog's golden years. Amanda will have tips for photographing your pet.
Oldest Living Cat A 26-year-old cat named Corduroy has been named the oldest living cat by Guinness. His owner has had him since he was a kitten and she was only 7. Though Corduroy is now the oldest living cat on record, he is not the oldest domestic cat to have ever lived, that designation belongs to Creme Puff, who lived to the awe-inspiring age of 38 years and 3 days.
All Pet Store Dogs Must Come From Shelters Earlier this month a federal judge in Phoenix, Arizona upheld a city law requiring that all dogs sold in pet stores must come from shelters, which will also help to relieve shelter overcrowding. Phoenix is one of about 60 cities in the U.S. that have similar laws designed to put an end to puppy mills by driving potential pet buyers toward homeless animals.
Custody Battle Over Pets Dr. Debbie has the top things you need to know when battling for custody over a pet. It's best to consider how it will affect your furry friend. The law doesn't always favor the pet in such battles. Some couples even stay together, just for the pet.
How To Pick A Pet Food Lucy Pet Foundation's Doc Halligan has what you need to know in order to pick the best food for your pet and your budget. Just because it's expensive doesn't mean it's good. You'll learn how to read the label.
Things Your Vet Wished You Worried About More Animal Radio Veterinary CorrespondentDr. Marty Becker has a list of things he wishes his clients would pay more attention to than they do. He'll also tell you what you unnecessarily worry too much about.
Pets Destroy Eight Million Electronic Devices A new study says American pets have bitten, chewed or damaged at least 8-million electronic devices! All that damage caused an estimated $3 billion in repair and replacement costs! Researchers found 1/3rd of the damaged devices were smart-phones; 2/3rds of the incidents happened when the pet was not being supervised. And interestingly, male pets are 50% more likely than female pets to damage electronic devices.
Pets May Be Breeding Ground For MRSA A new study suggests family pets might actually be reservoirs for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. Researchers believe pets might be an important factor behind the increase of MRSA outbreaks.
Healthiest Breeds Pet Breeds compiled a list of 33 dog breeds that either have a clean health record, or are associated with only one, two or three health problems at most. And, the top seven have NO major or minor health concerns at all. They are...
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Elaine Hendrix Guests From the hit FX television show, Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll, Elaine Hendrix is Animal Radio's special guest this week. During the day she's an actress, during the evenings she's an animal advocate.
Learning CPR for Your Pet Melanie Monteiro just released an incredible 3-hour online course to educate pet-guardians about CPR and other emergency care. Covering everything from bloat to car accidents, she'll teach you what you need to know to save your pet's life!
Vetting Your Groomer Animal Radio's "Dogfather" Joey Villani is on the cutting edge of legislation to regulate the pet-grooming industry. Until laws are in effect, he wants you to know how to tell a good groomer from bad. He'll tell you what red flags to look out for.
Scammer Offers to Find Lost Pets for a Fee Pets FBI Ohio and its 50 volunteers, which reunite lost pets with their owners, are having trouble solving a case where a scammer is taking advantage of worried pet parents. Be warned that his individual calls people who have lost a pet and says he will help find the pet and claims he's with Pet FBI Ohio.
Canine Carry-Outs Falls Prey To Hoax Viral Internet stories claiming that the pet food treat "Canine Carry-Outs" has the same ingredients as anti-freeze are simply erroneous. Dr. Debbie explains the hoax to curious listeners.
The Incredible Dr. Pol Nat Geo Wild's Dr. Pol returns to Animal Radio¬ģ airwaves with stories from his intriguing life. He'll talk about how surreal it is to see his face on comic books and a gaming app.
Saved In America Actress Kim Sill took a camera and went undercover to show America the two biggest and nastiest lies about the pet welfare industry. She'll explain where pet stores get their animals and what the big welfare agencies, like the ASPCA, HSUS, AHA and Best Friends, do with your donations.
JFK Building Animal Terminal JFK Airport broke ground on a new 48 million dollar terminal specifically for animals. It'll boast a canine hotel where you can board your dog for $100 a night. It includes a flat screen TV and a bone shaped swimming pool. Doc Halligan has the latest on the 178,000 square foot facility.
Crash Test Dogs Test Crates & Carriers The latest crash test research on pet carriers and crates has been released. The Center for Pet Safety and Subaru worked together with a NASA engineer to create specially designed crash test dog dummies for the study. Fourteen products in all were tested and Lori Brooks reports on the three that performed the best.
New Regulations for Pet Store Puppies Illinois is the first to enact laws where pet store-owners must disclose to prospective customers actual pictures of the mother of the pet for sale as well as the facility where the animal was born and raised AND the number of animals kept by that kennel. Penalties for violations of the ordinance can be up to $1,000 for the first offense.
The Truth About Anesthesia Free Dental Your local pet store may offer an Anesthesia Free Dental Cleaning. This is NOT an alternative to teeth cleaning. Doc Halligan says a real cleaning will help your pet avoid serious trouble down the line with infection of vital organs.
Movies Impacting Breed Popularity After analyzing a number of movies released between 1927 and 2004 featuring dogs and evaluating AKC¬†registration trends, researchers confirmed that movies definitely have an impact on breed popularity. "Lassie Come Home"¬†was associated with a 40% increase in Collie registrations. After the remake of "101 Dalmatians," in 1996¬†animal shelters reported a 35% increase in the number of Dalmatians surrendered. What does this mean with the new hit movie "Max?"
NFL Player Locks Himself In Hot Car Arizona Cardinal's¬†Tyrann Mathieu's video for PETA is still heavily circulating online. If you haven't seen it, Mathieu is the NFL player who locked himself in a car to demonstrate the danger that dogs endure when they're locked inside a car on a hot summer day. After just a few minutes in the Arizona heat, Mathieu starts to breathe and sweat heavily.
Can Dogs Be Autistic? Bull terriers who compulsively chase their tails may be autistic, at least that's what Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Director of the Behavior Clinic at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, believes. He studied the subject for years and now says that like autistic people, such tail-chasing Bull terriers may be socially maladapted, unpredictably aggressive toward others and/or may stare into space for no apparent reason. Dodman's study is the first to propose that autism may occur in dogs.
Trump Your Cat Throughout the course of his time in public life, everyone has been wondering about Donald Trump's hair - or lack of it. ¬†Is it a comb-over? Is it a toupee? And with his announcement that he's running for President there's a new social media trend called¬†#trumpyourcat‚Ä¶. Here's how it works: ¬†First, you gather up all of the lint and loose pet hair in your house then you put it on your cat's head ‚Ä¶ then take a picture of your cat and post.
Groomer Certification Several high profile recent pet deaths are highlighting the possible need for government regulation of the over $6 billion pet grooming industry. Our very own "Dogfather," Joey Villani is spearheading the move towards regulation for the pet grooming industry.
The Cost of Pet Ownership The first year of being a pet parent to a cat will cost about $1,035 and for a dog that number is $1,843 as estimated by the ASPCA. The estimates seem somewhat conservative by Animal Radio's standards.
What Vaccines Does My Pet Really Need? Doc Halligan has the 411 on pet vaccines. Can they cause cancer? Are they really necessary? Is there a way to tell if your pet needs them or can skip them? Why are the pharmaceuticals only testing for one-year?
The Wealthiest Pets In The World
Just like people, there are some really wealthy pets in the world! The richest of them is probably not a shock to you ‚Äď it's "Grumpy Cat!" Grumpy's owner has made more than 100 million dollars for appearances, modeling, book deals and ads. That's a larger net-worth than Cameron Diaz or Jamie Foxx. Also on the list is "Moose" the Jack Russell who starred as "Eddie" on Frasier, "Keiko" the killer whale, "Rin Tin Tin," the dogs who starred as "Lassie" and Virgin America spokes-dog "Boo."
According to Dr. Lori Marino, new research shows that pigs are smart as, if not smarter than, chimpanzees and dogs. The often lowly regarded swine may even have self-awareness, something our companion animals don't understand.
Dog Weddings As silly as it might sound; it's the next big thing. Look for the fall release of The Dog Wedding in theaters. There is already a rush on dog wedding gowns, and with good reason. Executive Producer Jason Hurwitz will tell you why.
Should You Have Pet Insurance? If you don't have it, you've probably asked yourself whether you should have pet insurance for when the unexpected happens. Since pets are living longer and our veterinary medicine has advanced, options for emergency treatment can be costly unless you have insurance. But that doesn't necessarily mean, "go out and get it." Doc Halligan has important tips for deciding if you should get it and choosing the right policy.
Lake Algae Can Be Harmful For Your Dog If your dog likes to swim, it's probably best to make sure he only swims in the pool this summer. Pollution Control Agency is asking swimmers and pet owners to be aware of algae-ridden lakes and foul-smelling water this weekend after toxins from the blue-green blooms killed some dogs last month.
Finding Jobs for the Un-adoptable Pete Coppolillo is scouring shelter for dogs that display traits undesirable for adoption. He's especially looking at prey drive, as these dogs make excellent "working conservation dogs." And Pete is happy to give these dogs a job and a home.
Take-Your-Dog-To-Work-Day Now Includes Snakes and Pigs As take-your-dog-to-work-day becomes the everyday norm in many offices; owners of less common pets have begun to demand equality. If dogs are welcome at work, then others feathered, furry, winged and scaly companions should be allowed at the office too although some co-workers don't agree.¬†Snakes are allowed at the Seattle headquarters of¬†Amazon.com. About 8% of U.S. companies allow pets at work, and the practice seems to be especially prevalent among tech firms.
Mobster Turned Animal Advocate Special guest James Guiliani was a bad dude. He hung with Gotti and spent time behind bars. He was a drug-addicted ex-con on the verge of suicide when a dog and a dame changed his life for the better. James says "If you think the mafia is bad, try animal rescue."
Barriers Prohibit Seniors From Pet Ownership Research published in Activities, Adaption & Aging calls for increased understanding about older adults and the current barriers, which limit older adults' chances to own a pet. Medical, physical and financial barriers keep seniors from enjoying the therapeutic benefits of animal guardianship.
Employers Offer Pet Health Insurance Pet health insurance is revealed to be one of fastest growing employee perks in a benefit package. While not all companies allow our four-legged friends in the workplace, one in three Fortune 500 companies now offer pet insurance as a voluntary benefit. As the popularity of pet health insurance expands, some companies are subsidizing a percentage of their employee's cost, with several companies now paying as much as 100% of their employees' pet insurance premiums.
The Drought and Your Pet
Water shortages across the west have house owners re-thinking their backyard. Many have opted to replace their high-maintenance grass for faux grass without thinking about their pet. Fake grass can be hot and smelly and full of bacterium that's no good for pets or humans.
Crimes and Lies Against You Every time you enter the pet food aisle, manufacturers are vying for your patronage and their share of the 21 BILLION dollar pet-food sector. They will do just about anything to get your business, except make a truly human edible food. No wonder, only four companies account for 67% of the marketplace. Susan Thixton will tell you the lies the pet-food companies want you to believe.
Pet FBI Harnessing the power of the Internet for good, Maresa Fanelli pioneered the pet lost and found database for Columbus, Ohio in 1998. Today she's the driving force behind Pets Found By Internet, reuniting lost animals all across America. She explains how it works and families she's reunited.
Making Of A Superbowl Pet Welfare Commercial
It was voted one of the best Superbowl Sunday commercials. It featured a stadium full of cats and dogs playing football to bring attention to the homeless pet problem. Joey Herrick (Lucy Pet Foundation) explains how they filmed the commercial and where they found its stars.
Pets Make Us Happier, Richer & Healthier Blue Cross pet charity conducted a survey of pet owners and found that they tend to earn nearly $5,000 a year more than those without an animal and are more likely to work full time. They are also happier in general, spend more time with their families and have jobs they enjoy. Lori Brooks reports on this new research and has some illuminating results.
Cat Survives 2-Month Move In Mattress Moosie a 2-year-old gray tabby cat has been reunited with his family after he miraculously survived a two-month journey trapped inside a mattress when his owners moved from Texas to Alaska. A moving company left with the military families belongings while the family stayed behind and spent three more days in Texas searching for Moosie. Turns out, Moosie was already en route to Alaska‚ÄĒ inside a futon mattress.
Steve Garvey Guests Legendary first baseman Steve Garvey is back for his third time to explain his relationship with his 140 pound Rottweiler, among other things. Steve is now working closely to help the Lucy Pet Foundation score a home run.
Using Cats to Fight Cancer Everybody loves cat videos. Rachel Gitlin figures that her creation, Cats vs. Cancer, will use the power of cat videos to raise money, through advertising, to help assist in the fight against human cancer. She'll explain the model and tell you how you can help too.
Pet Law Attorney Debra Hamilton gave up practicing litigation law to focus on the animals. As a mediator, she negotiates peaceful resolutions to pet-related discourse. Besides the obvious, divorce and pet-custody issues, she also deals with bad breeders and pet trusts.
Links Between Cats and Human Schizophrenia Looking for a link to help explain mental illness, new research shows that growing up with a family cat is a commonality among people who develop schizophrenia.
Dogs Help Mourners At Funeral Homes Dogs are used in all kinds of ways to help humans feel better, emotionally. Funeral directors say dogs, especially trained therapy animals, can lighten the often awkward, tense atmosphere at a wake or funeral service and sometimes seem to know exactly who needs their help.
Germans Allows Adjoining Cemetery Plots and Urns The German Cemetery Association is offering pets and people adjoining urn spaces. The cost is between $1,100-1,600. Although the ashes of pet owners and their animals will now have the chance to sit side by side, cremations are still legally required to be carried out separately.
Mayim Bialik Guests After starring as "Blossom" in the hit TV series, Mayim Bialik went on to get a PhD in Neuroscience. But the stage called her back. Now she's on The Big Bang Theory and working overtime for the animals. She'll tell us about CatCon, like ComicCon, but for Cats.
When To Change Your Vet Just like any business, there are always people that give it a bad name. Same with Veterinarians. Animal Radio Veterinary Correspondent Dr. Marty Becker has a list of red flags you should look out for. If you see one, you need to re-think your vet?
Dog Treats As Healthy As Donuts Some of the most popular treats given to cats and dogs contain more calories than human junk food! New research shows that a few pet treats have as many as 415 calories, more than a glazed donut.
Holy Cow Boze Hadleigh put together the ultimate book describing the origins of animal phrases. Did you ever wonder where the saying "there's more than one way to skin a cat" comes from? Boze will enlighten and make you laugh at our language.
New Law Allows You To Break Into Cars Providing greater protection for animals is the premise behind a new legislation introduced in New York that would allow a person to take necessary steps to remove an animal from a hot vehicle if a police officer cannot be located.
Therapy Dog Loses Certification After Wearing Costume
A Pet Partners certified therapy dog has lost that certification because the organization says it found the Boston Terrier's biker costume to be a "safety concern." 5-year-old Chopper has put in several years volunteering in San Diego-area hospitals and senior centers on his mini motorcycle.
Freeway Kitten Our Hero Person segment wraps up after 26 weeks with the heartwarming story about a kitten that was abandoned on a highway and rescued by Keri Lamar. She was driving when all of a sudden a kitten flew by hear windshield. Keri tells the rest of the story.
Basic Training Tools Every dog owner should have several basic training tools. Founder of the Animal Behavior Centre and inventor of the Halti, Dr. Roger Mugford will be explaining what you need to train your dog to sit, stay and come.
Bathe To Save Australian Anthony Amos has loaded his large family in an RV. He's towing a giant fiberglass blue dog. Inside the eye-catching vehicle is a shampoo and grooming facility. He's setting course to cross the U.S. washing 25,000 dogs with 100% of the proceeds going to local shelters.
How to Choose A Couch with Your Pet In Mind As an animal lover you've probably spent hours contemplating the fabric of your next sofa. Consider how their hair shows up on the upholstery as well as whether it will embed itself in the weave and be difficult to clean. Consider how the fabric will react to their nails, and, you'll want to make sure you choose a fabric that is fairly easy to clean off the drool marks and paw prints.
Lady Gaga Working on Line Of Pet Products Lady Gaga showed us her talents clearly go beyond music and outlandish outfits. Animal Radio hears she is working on a line of pet products inspired by her dog Asia. Gaga will be the artistic director for the canine collection, which will feature pet clothing and accessories, toys and food bowls. Perhaps she'll create an outfit of meat that will double as a treat? Probably not.
Good Dog, Happy Baby Dog Trainer Michael Wombacher has developed a twelve-step program to introduce your dogs to a new baby or family member. There is no need to get rid of the dog just because you're expecting. If done properly, your dog and child can live harmoniously and thrive together.
OMG - One More Generation When Olivia Ries was 7-years-old, she started a non-profit organization to save endangered animals. That was five years ago. Since then, she has spoken to dignitaries and lobbied for the voiceless. You'll melt when you hear our young Hero Person.
What You Need To Know About Microchips A microchip is still the best way to identify a lost pet. However, they're not 100% reliable. Dr. Debbie will tell you what you may not know about the little rice-sized technology. She'll also dispel any myths about the microchip being dangerous or causing cancer.
Dog Walking Pays Well in the UK Dog walkers in the UK earn a fifth more than the average salary by working just two weeks out of every month. Dog walkers charge an average of almost $18 per hour per dog in the UK and walk 192 dogs per month, which adds up to annual earnings of $41,000, 20% higher than the British national average salary! Does this make you want to re-think your job?
Human and Dog Bond Dates Back Years The bond between humans and dogs may be much older than we once thought. A¬†group of researchers discovered an ancient wolf bone and say its DNA suggests dogs¬†diverged from wolves¬†as far back as 40,000 years ago and point to the ancient wolf as possibly the most recent common relative of modern wolves and dogs.
Our Hero Saved 400 lb. Drowning Bear What would drive Adam Warwick to jump in alligator filled waters to save a bear that was drowning? Adam is our special guest this week and he tells an adrenaline filled rescue story. When he's done telling you what he did for this bear, you'll ask yourself if you would've done the same thing.
What to Do With The Poo Rose Seemann is the author of "The Pet Poo Pocket Guide" and our guest. She has some shocking realities about our pet's waste. There's more poo than we think accumulating in landfills and polluting our environment. She'll be using the gold standard of monumental measurement, the football field. And you'll need a lot of them to house all our pet's poo.
Building A Dog Treat Business Bri Bradley is co-owner of a brand new dog treat business. What makes her business so different than the hundreds of other dog treats? She customizes the treats for your dog. You tell her what flavors, carbs, proteins and vegetables to put in and she'll bake them and deliver them right to your door.
No Jerky Is Safe It was thought that China was the source of the jerky that's making dogs sick across America. But new research shows that even US sourced jerky is a problem. The FDA is scratching their head. Nobody seems to exactly understand what part of the jerky is making animals sick. At this time, the best advice is to stay away from all jerky treats.
Allergies for You and Your Pet Did you know your pet can have a host of allergies this time of year? That might explain the itching, hair loss, and eye issues. Dr. Debbie will try to help you determine the source of your pet's allergies and how to resolve them.
Laser Therapy on Pets Animal Radio Veterinary CorrespondentDr. Marty Becker is excited about his new gadget. It's only the size of an iPhone Plus but it has multiple applications in the veterinarian's office. Could Laser Therapy be used on your pets?
Canine Flu Update This year's strain of Canine Flu is different than past epidemics. There is a vaccine for the previous strain H3N8 but not for this new one called H3N2. Veterinarians are looking for new ways to fight the new virus that seems to be affecting felines too.
911 Dispatcher Hero When Police Dispatcher Lynn Willett received an emergency call to check on the welfare of an elderly man, she had no idea she would end up adopting his dog. Lynn tells us her heartwarming story about a German Shepard named Sgt. Roscoe.
Xylitol Toxicity on the Rise Anyone who has a dog knows they will pretty much chew on anything they can get their paws on, but this story underscored how careful we need to be around them. Luna, a 2-year-old Golden Retriever in Glenwood City, Wisconsin, found the pack of "Ice Breaker" Lemon-flavor gum containing Xylitol. She suffered severe liver damage and had to be euthanized. Xylitol is found in all sorts of things, including sugar-free gum, vitamins, toothpaste, dental floss, nasal sprays and baked goods. Even a couple of pieces of gum can result in life-threatening blood sugar and liver failure.
Warning About Dynamic Pet Products' Real Ham Bone Rodney Canutt, says the product killed his dog Teddy. Veterinarians found three big clumps of sharp shards of the bone in his intestinal tract. Dynamic Pet Products offered to pay for Teddy's cremation and vet bills, but Canutt is still considering legal action. The Better Business Bureau says Dynamic Pet Products' Real Ham Bone for Dogs is suspected of killing or hurting nine dogs nationwide, but it's still available at Wal-Mart.
Uber for Dog-Walkers Tobi Skovron has created an App that will summon a vetted dog-walker. He touts his high-end service as the next step in the evolution of pet-based technology.
Protecting Your Pet From The Sun Our pets are at a higher risk than we are for sun-related Melanomas. You need to protect them from the sun, even if they're indoor animals. DogfatherJoey Villani and Dr. Debbie share what you need to know for your pet's safety and well being.
10-Year-Old Hero This week's Hero Person will charm you! She's just a little girl. But she has a huge heart for the animals. Samantha Frenck created a 501c3 non-profit that brings toys and blankets, among other things, to shelter animals.
Pet Friendly Cities Forbes went in search of America's most pet-friendly places to live. The criteria included having the best landlords, lowest pet fees and most pet specialty stores and services. You might be surprised which city topped the list.
Pet Store Switch What happens when you switch the pets in a pet store for animals from a shelter? Would the customers notice? A pet store in Brazil partnered with local pet shelters to secretly switch those pricey purebreds for rescues. Then the store went a step further and simply gave the shelter pets away to worthy families.
‚Ä¶and of course, the Dream Team is answering your pet-related questions toll-free at 1-866-405-8405.
Is Your Dog A Genius? Nat Geo's Dr. Brian Hare is hosting a three-part series devoted to finding the genius in your dog with interactive games you can play. Tapping into your dog's 'smarts' is easy as knowing the activities in which they exceed.
Smart Inventions For Pets Scott Harris co-invented a cat feather-toy that can be remotely controlled from a smart-phone. They've installed 21 of these toys at shelters nationwide. With a click of a button, you too can play with the animals up for adoption - from the comfort of your own armchair.
School Allows Service Pit-Bull
A federal judge in Florida has ruled that a sweet pit bull name Stevie will be allowed to go to school with 7-year-old Anthony Alboniga, who has cerebral palsy. For the past two years though, officials at Anthony's school in Broward County refused to let Stevie come to school with Anthony, unless the company paid for a so-called handler to go with them, which the family could not afford.
Chimps Get Their Day In Court Two chimpanzees will have their day in court under a law that up till now has only applied to people. New York Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffee has granted Hercules and Leo a writ of habeas corpus. They live in a lab at Stony Brook University of Long Island and have been part of research into how humans evolved to walk on two legs.
Cats Get To Post Pics To Instagram Many pets have their own Facebook pages and Twitter accounts. Of course, there's a person behind them doing the work. Not for long. Whiskas Australia have created a wearable camera that goes on your kitty's collar, and it automatically takes pictures while and posts them to Instagram for you and your cat.
How Serious is the Canine Flu? It appears this year will be one of the biggest for canine flu. Many Chicago pet events, including the 20th Annual Bark in the Park, have been cancelled because this is ground zero. Some dog parks have posted signs warning dog guardians that they are entering at their own risk if their dogs have not been vaccinated. According to reports, more than 1,300 dogs have been affected by the disease in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. At least six of the dogs have died. AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) spokesperson Dr. Douglas Aspros has the information you need to keep your pet safe and healthy.
Bikers Against Animal Cruelty
This week's Hero Person is a whole bunch of people. We applaud the motorcycle riders that came together, after hearing about Michael Vick, to fight animal abuse wherever it rears its ugly head. Greg Belcher tells us the story behind the biker club.
New Pet Product Special Week 5 Animal Radio's New Pet Product Special concludes this week. Our #5 pick was Kitty Kush Catnip. #4 the Green Interactive Feeder. #3 pick, the VOYCE Activity Monitor. #2 the iFetch Ball Launcher. This week we're giving away our #1 pick, an Arlo Wireless Pet Monitor Camera to help you keep an eye on your critter from your phone or any computer. Phil Pyo shows off this amazing new technology.
Fun Pictures Find Pets Homes The Humane Society of Utah has teamed up with photographer Guinnevere Shuster to come up with a better way and it worked. She put dogs in a photo-booth and let the shutter fly. The pictures turned out to be amazing and really showed off the individual dog's personalities. In fact, all the dogs in the shoot were almost immediately adopted
....and of course Dr. Debbie and Joey Villani are answering your pet-related questions, toll-free at 1-866-405-8405.
Pot For Pets Medical Marijuana for pets is a trending topic among pet-guardians and politicians. On this week's show, we'll be examining the pros and cons of medicinal Marijuana for pets suffering from cancer and even anxiety. Dem. Senator Tick Segerblom is sponsoring SB372 to make it legal to prescribe pot. Julianna Carella is already selling treats with hemp.
Must Love Cats Would you believe that there is a company that says the most important quality it looks for in new hires is a "love of felines." And it's not a pet store or cat rescue or anything really associated with cats. It's an Internet solutions business in Tokyo called Ferray Corporation and it's actually taken in nine rescue cats to help employees unwind and increase productivity. If a worker doesn't have a pet, the Ferray Corp pays out a monthly "cat bonus" of about $42 to anyone who adopts a cat that needs a home.
Pets for the Elderly This weeks Hero Person matches seniors with adoptable companion animals. Susan Kurowski knows both the elderly and the adoptable dogs are winners in this scenario. She's saved thousands of animals running out of time at the shelters.
First State to Ban De-clawing
New York is on target to become the first state to make de-clawing cats illegal statewide. Manhattan Assemblywoman, Linda Rosenthal, is championing the law that would make it illegal to de-claw domestic, exotic and wild cats, unless where absolutely, medically necessary. De-clawing involves actually amputating the first digit of each toe and can cause emotional and health issues for cats.
Internet Rumors Quashed Animal Radio Veterinary CorrespondentDr. Marty Becker examines the prolific rumors about Beneful pet food and topical Flea and Tick medications. The social media's desperate hyperbole can force a food company to sell for ten cents on the dollar.
New Pet Product Special Week Three Animal Radio's New Pet Product Special is rounding its third week. Our #5 pick was Kitty Kush Catnip. #4 the Green Interactive Feeder. This week, Dr. Amanda Landis-Hanna introduces our #3 pick, the VOYCE band. This gadget monitors your pet's activity level. And yes, we have giveaways!
Posthumous Hero This weeks Hero Person sacrificed her life, quite literally, to fund the rescue she started with her husband. There is no better hero than one that exchanges their life for the lives of creatures great and small. Christina Hamilton's husband Thayne will accept the honor.
Dog-napper Gets Caught and Sued A woman's dog in Seattle went missing while she was at a pub. After finding out who took her pup, the whole matter ended up in court. The judge found that a woman, Chris Riley, who had also been at the pub that night, had stolen the dog. Riley was not only found guilty of theft, but also ordered to pay $27,000 in damages.
New Cancer Treatment for Dogs
This may be the year of a new cancer treatment for dogs. TVAX Animal Health of Kansas has received $2-million more in financing to begin clinical testing in dogs this year. The company already has approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to sell its products to veterinarians for treating cancer in dogs, cats and horses. Over $1-billion is spent in the U.S. each year on treating cancer in pets.
Pet Sector Nears 60 Billion Top Dog at the American Pet Products Association, Bob Vetere is back to explain why the pet industry is exploding and how we spent $58 Billion. It should come as no surprise that pet-food comprises one-third.
New Pet Product Special Week 2 Animal Radio's New Pet Product Special is underway. We're featuring the latest in cutting-edge technology for your pets. We have giveaways for you! Dr. Roger Mugford is back to claim our number-two pick for 2015, the Green Interactive Feeder. This gadget will slow your dog down when it's dinnertime, preventing upset and bloat.
Gone Hollywood Second-generation Hollywood dog trainer Teresa Ann Miller has trained the dogs and other animals you see in movies and TV. She was brought up on-the-set while her dad worked on such notables as The Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction.
Teaching Police How To Deal With Dogs Utah's police department is the latest to add a program to its police academy to teach cadets how to deal with pet dogs. The program was championed by Sean Kendall, whose Weimaraner Geist was shot and killed by a police officer last year after coming into the dog's backyard looking for a lost child.
Secret Menus For Pooches It turns out that many well-known restaurants have secret menus that cater to your pooch. You do need to make sure that your pet can handle some human-ish food before you order. For example, Starbucks will serve up a Puppuccinno. It's a small cup filled with whipped cream. Dairy Queen's Pup Cup is a little bit of vanilla soft serve, topped with a dog treat. If you're on the West Coast, there's In-N-Out where you can order a Pup Patty.
Pet CSI Christina Lindquist is a forensic investigator. She uses evidence from animals, usually dogs and cats, to nab the bad guy. You'll hear about a murderer that was busted when he stepped in dog-poop and a rapist that was tied to the crime when a dog urinated on his car tires.
Kissing Your Dog Could Be Healthy For You. After several studies saying that kissing your dog could expose you to some unhealthy things comes a study that says "Go ahead and kiss that dog!"¬† Researchers think that the microbes contained in a dog's gut could have a probiotic effect on the human body, encouraging the growth of positive microorganisms.
Animal Homes Imagine if you cross HGTV with Animal Planet. You'll get the new PBS special Animal Homes. Host Chris Morgan joins us and explains how some animals build their homes bigger and better and shinier to attract the opposite sex.
Would You Adopt Justin Bieber or Kim Kardashian? Dallas Pets Alive has started naming their animals with popular online search terms, things like Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, Miley Cyrus Twerking, Obamacare, Left Shark, or even Photoshopped Bieber. The idea is to increase the animal's exposure by having them pop up more often in trending news feeds.
Is Dog Renting A Good Idea?
In Tokyo, they've come up with a pretty cool idea. It's called Dog Heart and you can actually rent a dog for a few hours. You can just hang out at their facility or take the dog out for a walk around the neighborhood or maybe to the park. A half-hour of playtime costs about $8 US and taking the dog for a walk for an hour runs about $30. It's becoming very popular. But the Japanese Coalition for Animal Welfare has some valid worries.
Bob Barker Returns Legendary TV Host Bob Barker is back for his 14th time on Animal Radio. He called us up and said, "it's time to rant." This time it's all about Barnum & Bailey Circus Elephants.
Finding Lost Cats Jack Tyler, a lost cat investigator and self-proclaimed naturalist, has an almost perfect record finding felines. He's sharing his tips for finding your lost cat. He'll teach you to think like a cat.
First Airport Terminal For Pets JFK Airport in New York City is going to be the first airport with a terminal devoted solely to animal passengers. The 48-million dollar terminal, named "The Ark," will serve as a cargo holding area and will have the amenities including overnight accommodations, vets, an aviary and climate-controlled stalls.
Pets and Domestic Violence Victims According to the ASPCA, approximately 71% of pet-owning women entering domestic violence shelters report that their abuser threatened, harmed or killed a family pet. As many as 50% of domestic violence victims remain in abusive situations for fear of what would happen if they left their pets behind. If the PAWS bill passes, it would create federal grants to provide accommodations for pets belonging to domestic violence victims.
Stowaway Chihuahua One little Chihuahua not only managed to pack himself in a suitcase but also made it all the way to the airport. TSA agents at New York's LaGuardia Airport found the little tan Chi when the hard-sided suitcase triggered an alarm. The dog's owner says the dog must have immediately gotten under some of the clothes she had already packed so she didn't see him when she closed the suitcase.
More this week Next Week: Christina Lindquist - PBS's Chris Morgan - Kristina Rinaldi - Glen Jessup
Flea Facts and Tick Talk Animal Radio Veterinary CorrespondentDr. Marty Becker is back to help you keep your pets flea-less and tick-less. The good doctor has the ugly truth about how ticks infect you and your pet with a multitude of nasty viruses. And are fleas becoming resistant to spot-on preventatives?
APPA Releases Pet Spending Figures The American Pet Products Association (APPA) released the yearly numbers of dollars spent within the pet industry. APPA says we spent 58 BILLION in last year on 397 million pets, including everything from freshwater fish and reptiles to cats and dogs. We spend over 20 billion on pet-food alone. No wonder the business is so cutthroat as many compete for our dollars.
8 1/2 Year Old Hero Our Hero Person this week lives in Johannesburg, South Africa and she's 8-and-a-half years old. Alyssa Carter parlayed her love for Rhinos into fundraising to keep them from being poached. So far, she has been able to raise $23,000 by selling candy and trinkets to schoolmates and family.
To Vaccinate Or Not To Vaccinate Dr. Debbie teaches us all about the Titer test. The test determines the amount of antibodies in your pet, and ultimately if it is really necessary to vaccinate. She'll tell you why you should vaccinate and what types of animals should avoid vaccination altogether.
Amtrak On Track To Become Pet Friendly Amtrak is one step closer to becoming pet friendly. The House of Representatives has approved 8 billion in funding for a pilot program for people traveling with pets. At least one car per train would allow pets in kennels as long as they meet size requirements. The bill now goes to the Senate and then to the White House, where it reportedly is being supported.
Quit Your Crappy Job If you've ever thought of quitting your job to work in the pet industry, you'll should hear this week's guest. Jamie Migdal created a website to match you with the perfect pet-related job. From Dog-walking to Marketing, the jobs pay quite well.
Purina Responds To Beneful Accusations After a long silence, the makers of Beneful pet food, Purina is finally responding to accusations that the food has caused more than a thousand sicknesses and fatalities. The suit alleges Beneful dry dog foods contain an ingredient toxic to animals, propylene glycol, a chemical used in automobile antifreeze. On Purina's website, the company notes that propylene glycol is an FDA-approved food.
Sewer Trolling Hero This week's Hero Person definitely goes above and beyond for animals. His latest rescue was a small Chihuahua dumped into a sewer. Dusty Showers probably needed a few showers after crawling through raw sewage to find this pup that everyone else had given up on. This isn't his first heroic stunt. Besides the long list of animals he has rescued, Dusty also rode his bike across the country to raise funds for Cancer research.
Owner and Dog Receive Similar Pacemakers Catherine Pipon was diagnosed with a condition known as heart block. Doctors inserted a pacemaker. Recently, her five-year-old Cairn Terrier Molly was diagnosed with the same condition. Catherine spent over $5,000 to get a pacemaker for the dog. The pacemakers are nearly identical and their conditions are so similar that Catherine and Molly share the same doctor Jersey General Hospital. Molly goes in after hours, so other patients don't get upset that a dog is being seen at a people hospital.
Plus Dr. Debbie and DogfatherJoey Villani are answering your questions toll-free at 1-866-405-8405.
Dogs With PTSD Former Navy Seal Michael Ritland created a non-profit to help military dogs transition to civilian life. Just like our human soldiers, dogs need help acclimating back into a normal environment. Small noises can cause extreme emotional distress in our enlisted canines.
Is Beneful Making Dogs Sick? A class action lawsuit has been filed against Purina charging that the company's Beneful dog food is making dogs sick and even killing some. The lawsuit alleges that Beneful contains toxic substances. It was brought by Frank Lucido who says he started his three dogs, a German Shepherd, a Lab and an English Bulldog on Beneful, ate the first of the year. By the middle of the month, the German Shepherd started losing hair and became violently ill.
Unique Adoption Ideas The Aloft Hotel is Asheville, North Carolina is helping the local shelter find homes for adoptable dogs with their unique program. So far they've found homes for almost two-dozen dog. Wait until you hear how they're doing it.
Jerky Treats Update Most stores are no longer selling jerky pet treats made in China. The treats were connected to thousands of dogs getting sick and at more than one thousand deaths. But the FDA could never determine WHAT it was in the treats that were causing the issues. With the treats off the shelves, for the most part, the number of complaints to the FDA has gone down dramatically, but the agency says it still plans to continue it's investigation.
Police Dog Removed From Force A Florida Police Dog is being kicked off the for for biting a Dunkin' Donuts worker in the calf. "Renzo" had been a police dog for about a year. This is his second bite incident.
Non-Surgical Neutering A new cutting-edge technology, originally invented for humans, may change the way we sterilize our pets. Without the risks of anesthesia or changing the way your pet appears, Zeuterin, a promising replacement for the costly neuter surgery, is being used at the SPCALA. President Madeline Bernstein is our guest and she explains this technology.
What Animals Say About Fidelity The website IllicitEncounters.com specializes in matching married people for affairs. They did a survey on pet ownership and found that those who have a pet in their life are less likely to cheat on their spouse.
Mouse Makes Off With Dentures When a pair of dentures goes missing, 68-year-old Bill Exner is convinced a mouse took them into the wall. He even says the mouse taunted him - until he convinced his son-in-law to put an axe to the wall.... where they found his dentures and the little mouse.
Dangerous Supplements Dr. Debbie explores the risks associated with pet supplements. She's especially concerned about Colloidal Silver and its affects on companion animals. Dinovite also tops her list of questionable supplements. She'll explain why.
Is Beneful Making Dogs Sick?
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Purina charging that the company's Beneful dog food is making dogs sick and even killing some. The lawsuit alleges that Beneful contains toxic substances. It was brought by Frank Lucido who says he started his three dogs, a German Shepherd, a Lab and an English Bulldog on Beneful, ate the first of the year. By the middle of the month, the German Shepherd started losing hair and became violently ill.
Better Living Through Pheromones Animal Radio¬ģ Veterinary CorrespondentDr. Marty Becker is back with the scoop on pheromones. Can the synthetically produced smell be helpful in calming cats and dogs, or is it a waste of money?
Pedigree vs. Mutt It's long been thought that mutts are much healthier, both mentally and physically, than those pure bred for pedigree. While there may be some truth to this, it is not always the case. Author Michael Brandow describes how the quest for status has harmed man's best friend.
Another Pet Food Merger JM Smucker, the company behind Smucker's Jam, has purchased Big Hearts Pet Brands, which includes Meow-Mix, Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Kibbles 'n Bits and Natural Balance. Recent consolidations mean that only a handful of companies make your pet's food. Perhaps the food will also be sourced and made in the same factories. This may not bode well for the consumer or your pets.
Therapy Ducks? Former Ohio National Guardsman Darin Welker uses ducks to treat his PTSD. The town council says he hasn't presented enough evidence that the ducks serve a medical need and that he would face imminent harm without them.
Man Finds Dog 18 Months Later Richard Brower's German Shepherd, Dozer, was stolen 18 months ago. He looked everywhere. After a year-a-half, Richard decided to share his home with a new dog. He did an online search for 'German Shepherds for sale,' which led him to the local animal rescue and right there was Dozer on the front page.
Zombie Cat in Custody Battle Last week, we had the story of Bart the cat that was hit by a car and buried but was actually still alive. Bart dug his way out and made it to his neighbors yard. Bart is now officially, and fondly known, as the Zombie Cat. If you think his story couldn't get stranger, think again.
What Happens When You Leave? Most of us wonder what our dog does when we leave the house. Most imagine that they'll curl up and sleep until we return. Mike the Intern put a GoPro Video Camera on his dog, "Guinness." What he saw when he reviewed the video went viral on YouTube. He's our guest and he'll explain the inspiration behind his experiment.
Gentle Giants This week's Zeuterin Hero Person rescues large breed dogs. These are often the last at the shelter and have nowhere to go. Candace Bright devotes a lot of time and her paycheck from waitressing to make sure these big dogs are taken care of.
Practical Uses For Muzzles Company of Animals' Dr. Roger Mugford joins us from "across the pond" to explain why Europeans embrace the muzzle more than U.S. pet owners. Perhaps it's time to change the way we think about these tools.
Bad Breath Did you know your dog's stinky breath could be because of dental disease? And did you know dental disease could affect your pet's organs and be fatal? Find out why your friend's breath makes you tear.
Canine Motion Sickness
It's a more common question than you might think. Can our pets get car-sickness? Just like us, our dogs can get dizzy and throw-up. But determining whether it's a genuine sickness or just a phobia of traveling can be difficult. Dr. Debbie has answers.
America's Got Animal Talent This week we're sending 5 animal acts to the front of the line at NBC's America's Got Talent auditions. AGT Casting Producer Erin Tomasello is our guest and she wants you and your pets to win a million dollars.
Gimme Some Skin Dr. Debbie and Joey Villani cover many of the different skin related problems your pets can have. From mange to cancer to dry itchy skin, they'll tell you whether or not you need to see your vet or if the answer is in your pantry.
Animal Ambulance Service Our Hero Person, Cheryl Brady started an ambulance specifically for animals in the Sarasota area. She's transported over 4000 animals and has as many stories to share.
Preventing Bloat Some dogs are simply predisposed to bloat, a fatal stomach issue that needs immediate attention. Some guardians are electing for a preventative surgical procedure called Gastropexy.
Get Your Ex A Hissing Cockroach For Valentine's Day If you are looking for a less than romantic gift for an 'ex' on Valentine's Day, the San Francisco Zoo might have just the thing. You can adopt a hissing cockroach or giant scorpion in the name of your 'ex'. The zoo says the gift could protect your karma and help it continue its mission of connecting people with wildlife.
In Dog We Trust
The rug in the entranceway to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is forest green with the sheriff's gold badge on it. Where it's supposed to say "In God We Trust" it says "In Dog We Trust." Hundreds of people have walked on the rug without noticing. A deputy finally spotted it the other day. The Sheriff's Department now plans to auction off the rug with the proceeds going to a local animal rescue group.
US Airways Apologizes to PTSD Sufferer Former U.S. Marine Eric Calley suffers from (PTSD) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He is quite thankful for his service dog, "Sun." Calley had a run-in with U.S. Airways when they denied proper seating for his service dog and berated him with insults.
A Flight Attendants View of Service Animals
Since there is no real certification for service or emotional support animals, anything goes. Flight attendant Heather Poole is fed up with trying to make everybody happy. She questions the credibility of "emotional support" pigs, horses and monkeys. Yes, these are animals she's had the pleasure of accommodating on her LA-NY route.
Homeopathic Drugs Need Regulation No matter how hyper your dog is, you would never give it an alcoholic drink to help it relax? You might have been doing just that if you used the product Good Dog made by Pet Organics. It turns out that among those 'natural ingredients' is 13% alcohol, about the same amount that is wine.
Disabled Vet Evicted Over Unpaid Pet Fee We've been seeing more and more stories about the fees landlords charge people who move in with pets. Now, an unpaid pet fee has resulted in a disabled Army Veteran and his service dog being evicted from a mobile home in Bandera, Texas. David Palasek refused to pay the pet fee, citing Section 504 of the Fair Housing Act that states service animals are not pets, so are not subject to a pet fee.
....and of course our Dream Team will be answering your pet-related questions toll-free at 1-866-405-8405.
Young Heroes This week's Hero Person is 9-year-old Orly Sedransk. After a visit to her local shelter, she was moved to do something to make a difference. Through a 50/50 raffle, she was able to raise enough money to help the municipal shelter purchase cages to hold cats.
Top Dog Names Next time you go to the Dog Park, you're likely going to hear someone calling for Max or Bella. Those are the top two names bestowed on puppies in 2014. Vetstreet.com says other popular names for boy dogs after Max were Charlie, Rocky, Buddy and Cooper. Rover.com says there was a 37% increase in food-themed names like Coconut, Ginger, Kale, Peanut, Guinness, Vino, Mochi and Whiskey.
Road-kill Clothing Pamela Paquin is an "ethical designer." She collects road-kill to turn into "Petite Mort," or stoles, collars and coats. The average price is $1000 for one of her creations. Many of her clients are upscale and affluent. Pamela says this is a tribute to the animals.
Pet Food Stamps Program Shuts Down When Pet Food Stamps, Inc. was formed in 2013; it got attention from all over, including being featured on CNN, CBS, ABC and Animal Radio. In 2013, founder Marc Okon raised $65,000, enough to handle the nearly 200,000 people who'd asked for help. He resigned last April, saying he was overwhelmed with applications and closed the program.
Petco Stops Selling Treats From China Petco has kept it promise and removed all dog and cat threats made in China from the shelves of it stores nationwide. Last May, the chain became the first national pet retailer to say it would stop selling the treats after reports began showing up Chinese-made treats were making animals sick, and worse. The move includes pet treats made for the Petco Brand 'unleashed' and those sold online.
Palin vs. PETA Sarah Palin is catching heat from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) for posting a Facebook picture of her son standing on the family dog to reach the kitchen sink. While the dog doesn't seem the slight bit annoyed, PETA believes this is the wrong message to be sending. The post has over 70k likes. Palin says, "At least we didn't eat the dog."
Autistic Children Respond to All Types of Animals We've heard about research that pet dogs can help autistic children improve their social skills. Now, a first-of-it's kind study says that any kind of pet can help. The study suggested that when pets are present, the children tend to interact and talk to others more.
United Airlines Leaves Dog on Cold Tarmac United Airlines is taking heat for a picture that was shared on Twitter of a dog in a kennel out in the cold rain on the tarmac in Houston. The photo was put up by a woman on a plane nearby who says that airline employees were just ignoring the dog and after 30-minutes, she decided to let the company know using social media. United acknowledged the situation, blaming the pet carrier service.
Do Passengers Mind Animals On A Plane? A study done by the airport shuttle service Go Airport Express found that 52% of people say they're ok with pets traveling in airplane cabins instead of being stowed like cargo, but 6 out of 10 thought it would be a good idea to keep them in a special area because of possible allergies.
Are Animals Property in Custody Battle?
Animals are still considered property when it comes to the law. 27% of the respondents in a recent survey had noticed an increase in the number of couples who fought over custody of a pet during the past 5 years. Most lawyers say anything that you care about, and that includes pets, should be in the pre-nup.
Dr. Laura Delivers Reckless Message Thousands of people seek the advice of radio shrink Dr. Laura Schlessinger. Yet she continues to prove that she's not so healthy upstairs. Using her radio show as a platform, she said, "All Pit-bulls are bad and should be put-down." This is complete ignorance at its ugliest.
Actress Jessica Cameron Guests
The extremely charismatic and talented Jessica Cameron shares her life with 5 hep black cats. In fact, she just finished directing (and acting in) Truth or Dare and she reveals how 'Grumpy Cat' turned down a part in this feature flick.
Take Your Dogs To Dinner It's now legal in California to take your dog to many restaurants, as long as they have an outdoor space. Dogs have to be on leashes or in carriers, well-behaved and they can't be where food is being prepared. It's still up to the restaurant to decide if dogs are welcome and local laws trump the new state law, but the idea is to keep people from leaving dogs in hot cars during the summer or tied up alone outside of restaurants.
Where Llamas Go To Retire This week's Zeuterin Hero Person saves homeless and sometime ill Llamas and Alpacas at his self-funded sanctuary in British Columbia. David Chapman explains how Alpacas were valued around $20,000 before the turn of the millennium. "Now they're worth less than a stray dog." Many are left homeless and unable to care for themselves.
Small Children And Reptiles Don't Mix
A study is out with a warning for people who have small children and also have exotic reptiles, like snakes, chameleons, iguanas or geckos. The study found that 27% of the kids that came down with salmonella lived in homes with a reptile as a pet.
Just Say No To Big Cats Actress Tippi Hedren (The Birds) is back to talk about the big cats at her sanctuary and legislation to stop the breeding of lions and tigers. She comes clean about her daughter's (actress Melanie Griffith) relationship with "Neil" the lion.
Pets Can Give You A Tax Break If you foster an animal, you can deduct some of the associated costs. Things like vet bills, food, grooming; they qualify as charitable donations, which are deductible up to 50% of your adjusted gross income. But once, you officially adopt the animal, that animal is no longer considered a foster, so you will lose the deductions.
Saving Elephants This week's Zeuterin Hero Person is rescuing elephants from circuses and zoos. Often mistreated, the gentle giants are exploited for our entertainment. Scott Blais, co-founder of an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee, Skypes with us from Brazil, where he is currently rescuing 50 elephants.
Body Art Is Not For Animals
It will soon be a crime throughout New York State to pierce or tattoo a companion animal. There is an exception for markings one under a veterinarian's supervision. The laws were prompted by people showing off what they did to their animals on the Internet, including a woman who was piercing kittens and selling them as 'gothic.'
Pet Owners Get Emotional Distress Award in Death of Pet The Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled that a jury can award damages to pet owners for the emotional distress they suffer following the injury or death of a beloved animal due to gross negligence. The Court let stand a $200,000 award to Roger and Sandra Jenkins. Their Labrador retriever was shot and killed by a Frederick County sheriff's deputy.
Pope Francis - Not To Be Confused With St. Francis The Catholic Church is stressing that Pope Francis was not saying 'pets have souls' when he was consoling a youngster about the child's deceased pet. Academics think the pontiff acknowledged animals have souls by telling the child he would see the pet again in paradise. Of course, the church adamantly says that animals are soulless and therefore don't go to heaven.
GOD Spelled Backwards Actress Sylva Kelegian not only guests this week, but she is also our Zeuterin Hero Person. Changing focus from acting to animals, she's on a mission to reduce the homeless population in LA. She wrote a book about her journey.
College Pet Therapy There is not much out there to make taking college finals fun, but Iowa State University found a way to make them a bit less stressful. Pet therapy. ISU set up a room at the library where stressed out students could come in and spend some time playing and petting a group of dogs.
Movers Packed The Cat
The Barths, were moving from Virginia to Hawaii. Just before they were ready to go their cat "Mee Mowe" disappeared. They postponed their move for three days hoping that she would show up. They finally had to go. They got to Hawaii and 36 days later their belongings arrived. They heard a very faint meow coming from one of the boxes. Yup, there was Mee Mowe.
English to Doglish Britt Savage has tips on naming and teaching your dog their name. Many dogs think their name is "Max get out of the trash" because we don't use it properly.
Fat Pets - Fat Pet Parents Chances are your New Years resolution has something to do with weight-loss. We should also be thinking about our pets too. They become very sedentary during the winter and putting on the pounds is not uncommon. Animal Radio Veterinary CorrespondentDr. Marty Becker has a plan for you and your poochy-pet.
Licensing Groomers Animal Radio's very own Joey "Dogfather" Villani is behind legislation to protect your pet while they're at the groomer. Currently, anyone with a scissors can groom your pet. This bill would mandate certification and a license, just like your barber.
Holiday Pet Tips Dr. Kathy Hillestad from Drs. Foster & Smith is here to help make your holiday safe and fun for your pets. She has the details about good and bad foods and plants. This year, as Lithium batteries become more prevalent in devices, more animals are swallowing them.
High-Speed Rescue Mario Chiozza is this week's Zeuterin Hero Person. He couldn't believe his eyes when he saw a dog tossed out of the car in front of him on Interstate 40. Despite the 55 mph. rush-hour traffic, he managed to capture the dog and save her. "Savior" is the catalyst for Mario's mission.
Santa Sent Packing after Pit Bull Incident An autistic 7-year-old girl and her service dog waited in line to see Santa at a SoCal Mall. Santa's elf told them they would not be allowed near Santa because the jolly man was afraid of Pit Bulls. The family complained and Santa was sent packing.
Do You Sleep With Your Pets?
Research presented at the Sleep 2014 conference showed that 54% of pet guardians sleep with their pets and that 30% of those said they wake up at least once a night because of them. 63% said they have poor sleep quality. Some people though say they sleep better WITH their pets.
Sidecar Dogs Movie Producer Eric Ristau just released his latest masterpiece about the many dogs that travel alongside their owner in a motorcycle sidecar. Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America's Sidecar Dogs is the full-length movie that launched with a Kickstarter campaign, and now proceeds benefit animal welfare.
Must-Hear Hero You'll love this week's Zeuterin Hero Person. She's 84-year-old Dolly Jefferson. And she had no qualms about intercepting angry coyotes to save a neighbor's dog. Now she's making news nationwide.
Pet Nanny Spills All After selling her successful Pet-sitting business, Lindsey Grant wrote a book about the strange and curious relationships we have with our pets. Some of her client's requests make for a noteworthy book. She'll also be talking about how Switzerland, her new home, treats animals.
Kimpton Pet Photo Contest Ends It's never easy to select a winner, but the Animal Radio¬ģ Dream Team selected "Potato McTater" for a 3-night stay and JetBlue airfare. Kimpton's Top Dog, Steve Pinetti tells the winner the good news.
Banned Pit-Bull Service Dog Can Stay Authorities in Louisiana have backed off on its demand that Zeus be gotten rid of or be destroyed. In October, Moreauville passed a law banning Pit Bulls or Rottweilers. When they targeted Zeus, the whole thing blew up on national television and on the Internet. Zeus helps the Owen's daughter O'Hara who uses a wheelchair and has spasms, which Zeus monitors and gets her help when she needs it.
Top Pet Products for 2014 Whether you're looking for good gift ideas or you just want to know the latest cutting-edge pet product, you'll want to catch this week's show. Animal Radio¬ģ Chief Veterinary CorrespondentDr. Marty Becker is back with his picks. In fact, our entire team will share their top picks for 2014. Grab a pen.
Alzheimer's and Our Pets Does your cat or dog seem confused? If your animal is older, it may have a condition called cognitive dysfunction syndrome. It's a disease similar to Alzheimer's. Recent studies estimate that 50% of dogs over 10 years and 53% of cats over 11 years show symptoms of CDS. Animals may get lost in their own yard, stuck in corners or under furniture, or stop recognizing people or responding to its name.
Unlikely Heroes Fresh off the success of her best-seller, Unlikely Friendships, Jennifer Holland released Unlikely Heroes, a celebration of those animals that have done something noble for humans or other animals. You will be surprised and amazed at these valiant acts of heroism.
Pets At Work Reduce Stress Central Michigan University researchers found that the benefits of allowing animals in the workplace far outweighed the cons. Pets decrease stress. Having one dog around the office has been shown to increase collaboration. Businesses are now offering this as a recruiting perk. Of course there is a downside too.
Point, Shoot, Adopt
This week's Zeuterin Hero Person is photographer Shannon Johnstone. She saves the lives of unwanted dogs with her camera. Shannon turns the sad photos of dogs waiting to be adopted into happy photos with families. She specifically photographs dogs that have been waiting in the shelter the longest.
QVC Host Loves Animals QVC's Carolyn Gracie loves her animals. Besides a house full of rescues, she also is quick to bring a pet into the QVC fold. "If you want to sell-out a product, bring a pet on TV with you," Carolyn advises. She regularly pitches products from small up-and-coming pet product entrepreneurs.
The Pet Chef Lisa Hennessy decided she was done with commercial dog food for her Collie. She started creating healthy, fresh dishes that her dog could share with her. Lisa tested dozens of recipes and compiled them into several cookbooks. She's here to share some of her recipes with you.
Sneezy Squirrel Goes Viral
When Mary Krupa befriended a wild squirrel, she learned that she could easily dress "Sneezy" up and take photos of the rodent in hats and clothing. Now, she regularly meets up with the squirrel for photo sessions.
Could Testing Cosmetics on Animals Be Banned In US? Testing cosmetics on animals has recently been banned in Europe and India and a similar ban here in the United States will be on the front burner when the new Congress convenes in January. Virginia Democrat Don Beyer is expected to take the lead on the issue. Their state, Virginia, is home to several big cosmetic companies.
Woman Spends $35,000 For Lost Dog How much would you spend to try and find your dog if he got lost? The sky is the limit it seems for Janet Mihalyfi of Georgetown. Her 5-year-old, Rottweiler mix, Havoc, has been missing for a year this month. So far she's spent $35,000 dollars trying to find him.
Guardian Sues Over Dog Killed Because of Ebola Exposure
The nurse in Spain who recovered from Ebola, but whose dog Excalibur was killed by Spanish Health authorities, is suing. Teresa Romero's lawsuit seeks the equivalent of $186,000 for the loss of her dog and another $186,000 for damage done to her name.
J. Peterman Returns You might remember him from Seinfeld. He was the first winner on Dancing With The Stars and People's Sexiest Man of the Year. John O'Hurley, host of the National Dog Show on NBC, is back for his ninth year to spread Thanksgiving cheer and Holiday warm-fuzzies all over Animal Radio¬ģ airwaves.
What Some Will Do For Ratings Probably the most bizarre news this week comes from The Discovery Channel. They plan to feed a television host to an Anaconda snake. Of course the host will be armed with a camera so that you too can see what it's like to be eaten. Even more miraculous, they say the snake won't be harmed.
Pet Ownership On The Rise More than half of the people in the nation have at least one pet according to a new Rasmussen survey. 49% have a dog and 23% have a cat. 24% have more than one kind of pet. Only 3% have a fish, bird or some other sort of animal. An overwhelming majority of pet guardians, 92% say they talk to their pet.
Microchipped Dog Returned After Eight Years
A couple in Atlanta has their Shih Tzu, Jordan, back after eight years. The last time Mike Nuanes saw Jordan he was just a puppy. He's sure someone snatched Jordan out of their backyard. They did everything to find him, but no luck until a few weeks ago, when the Fulton County Animal Services called to say Jordan had been turned in as a stray. Luckily, Jordan was microchipped, the key to his finally getting home.
Non-Surgical Sterilization Dr. Amber Valinski has performed over 1000 Zeuters. No spelling error. It's a non-surgical injection that safely, effectively and permanently sterilizes your dog. And there seems to be some significant advantages to this procedure.
Best In Show Its time again for our yearly rendezvous with the co-hosts of the National Dog Show on NBC. Thanksgiving tradition for 20 million pet-lovers now includes this celebration of man's best friend. David Frei joins us live from the streets of Manhattan.
More Thanksgiving Pets
There's no question that all the TV networks are vying for the pet-owners attention on Thanksgiving. NBC has the dog show. Animal Planet has the Puppy Bowl. The Hallmark Channel shows hours of kitties playing. And now FOX enters the fray with the Paws for Cause Spectacular. Executive Producer Michael Levitt breaks exclusive news about the star-studded special featuring Jane Lynch, Hilary Swank and Betty White.
Misleading Pet Food Labels Tests done at Chapman University show that you should not trust the label on your pet's food. Researchers found about 40% of them had meat that was not listed on the label. The ingredient that was most often present, but not listed, was pork, which is a common allergen for pets and could cause a problem.
Hero for the Handicapped This week's Zeuterin Hero Person is Mary Fayet. She's admits to being a "foster failure" and has a home filled with infirmed and elderly animals. Her dog, Lexi, has no use of her front legs and gets around with a wheel attachment.
Ducks Can't Be Service Animals
An Army veteran in Ohio who says his pet ducks help him cope with PTSD has been fined for keeping them. Dan Welker has given away eight of them, but still has six and is arguing for a change in the law. He keeps them in a fenced yard, but they also come in his house. He says they really like a recliner.
Char Char Actress Charlotte Ross guests this weekend. This charismatic fireball loves the animals. You've seen her on Glee, NYPD Blue, Nashville and Arrow. But her biggest role is being a voice for the voiceless.
Myths About Fleas Treatment There are lots of home-remedies for fleas that simply don't work or can be dangerous for your pet. No, Motor Oil doesn't work, and is obviously very dangerous. Lemon juice doesn't kill fleas either. Nor does Dawn dish detergent. Dr. Debbie & DogfatherJoey Villani have what you need-to-know to effectively and safly rid your pet and house of fleas.
Catification Cat expert Jackson Galaxy is back. This time he has great ideas for turning your house into a cat-friendly playground without losing its aesthetic appeal. It's not enough to just have a feeding bowl and litter anymore. Cats need stimulation. Jackson has a plan, even if you're a renter. Oh, did we mention we have giveaways of Jackson's new book?
Human Separation Anxiety Forget about canine separation anxiety. Let's talk about how much we miss our pets when we go out of town. 10% of us call our pets to say hi. 4% of us send postcards to our pets. And a whopping 23% of us buy souvenirs for our critters. Tammy Trujillo has all the details about our obsession with our pets.
Let's Pass On Gas Our Hero Person this week is trying to put an end to an archaic method of euthanization. 22 states still use the gas chamber to get rid of unwanted animals. Joe Dwyer adopted a dog that survived a gassing. Now the lucky dog, "Daniel," is the poster-dog for anti-gas chamber legislation.
Dean Koontz is Back Award-winning, best-selling author Dean Koontz returns to Animal Radio¬ģ airwaves to tell us the story about his dog, Anna. According to Dean, Anna purchased a computer and started answering advice emails. Tune in to hear the rest of the story.
Dog Food Advisor Dr. Mike Sagman was a dentist, until he gave that up to create an unbiased website that reviews every pet-food on the market. Nobody is in his pockets...although they try. He's here to tell us how pet-food manufacturers deceptively use loopholes to make their label read better. Find out how your food stacks up.
Cat Sense John Bradshaw is arguably the top expert on cats. He's back to dispel myths and tell us what goes on inside the head of our kitties. For instance, did you know cats can hear very-low and very-high frequencies? While cats can't see in the dark, they can see only a few colors well in dimly lit areas.
AVMA-CDC on Ebola and Our Pets Dr. Doug Aspros from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) have teamed up to bring you the latest information on the Ebola virus and your pet. Is your pet vulnerable? Probably not. There are real risks you should worry about. Many thousands of people died last year from Rabies alone.
This week's Zeuterin Hero Person created a crowd-funding website similar to Kickstarter to help pay for much-needed pet projects. Whether it's funding surgery or feeding homeless animals, Sarah Timms wants to use modern fundraising techniques help pets live happy and healthy lives.
Ebola and Your Pet Dr. Debbie answers the hard questions you have about Ebola. Can your pets get it? Can your pet transmit it? It turns out that Ebola might be the least of your worries for your pet's health.
Deaf Dogs Rock This week's Zeuterin Hero Person cares for dogs without hearing. Christina Lee and her hubby started a non-profit to help find homes for deaf dogs. Typically these dogs won't get adopted and will be put-down. Things are changing thanks to this couple.
Top Halloween Pet Costumes Research shows more and more of us are dressing up our pets for Halloween. It's big business at BuyCostumes.com. They're into creating matching costumes for human and critter. Top Dog Holly Botsford is going to give away $50 in costumes to a lucky listener.
Bats In The Belfry Amanda Lollar rescues the very misunderstood and maligned bat. She's out to prove Hollywood got it wrong and that these mammals are actually pretty useful and cute. And if you like Tequila, you'll want to support her efforts, because without bats, there would be no tequila. Not to mention a lot of bugs.
Reality Shock Edward Meyer from Ripley's Believe It Or Not is back for his annual segment on animal oddities. You'll hear about cats with strange markings and dogs that can fly. Edward will have plenty of giveaways of this year's coffee-table book, Reality Shock.
Joyce DeWitt Guests She played Janet, the brunette on Three's Company. Joyce DeWitt is our special guest this week and she's "talking dogs." She'll be starring in a Hallmark made-for-TV movie about dogs.
GPS Microchip Fraud? Karen Hanover was a recent guest on Animal Radio¬ģ and discussed a new device she and her mother created called Escape Alert, a GPS microchip that could track your dog if he/she ever got lost. Hanover signed a plea deal in federal court stating that she bilked 48 people out of nearly a million-and-a-half dollars.
E-Cigarettes Causes Trouble for Pets With the advent of electronic cigarettes, veterinarians are seeing more and more nicotine poisoning events. The pen-like smoke vaporizer usually is flavored, which makes it even harder to keep away from dogs. Dr. Ahna Brutlag from the Pet Poison Helpline is here to explain.
Pet Insurance Reform California has become the first state in the nation to enact a set of protections for people who buy pet insurance. Assembly bill 2056 requires insurers to explain their policies more clearly and give people a 30-day trial period, during which a person can get a full refund. The pet insurance industry is expected to grow to at least $750 million by next year, while Americans spend more than $15 billion annually on veterinary care.
Wacky Wednesday Our weekly wacky pet photo contest is getting more popular. Send us your wacky pet pix to WackyWed@AnimalRadio.com. This week you can win PetSafe's Pagoda Drinking Fountain. If you don't have any crazy pictures of your animals, then drop by our Facebook page to vote on other wacky pictures.
Pet-Prenup When a marriage breaks up, it's the children who often get caught in the middle, but pets can end up becoming the subjects of custody battles too. Now the British animal charity Blue Cross has come up with what it calls a 'Pet-Nup' that spells out who will get the family pet if a couple splits up.
Goldfish Undergoes Life Threatening Surgery
You don't hear very often, maybe never, about a goldfish having an operation. But you don't often hear about a goldfish having a life-threatening tumor growing from its head. Little George of Melbourne, Australia had both.
Our Hero Needs a Hero! This week's Hero Person has her hands full with paraplegic and quadriplegic dogs. Elizabeth Forsberg has adopted animals that normally would be put-down because of their handicap.
Beagle Returns Lost Airport Items If you leave something behind when you get off a plane, getting it back can be a real pain. Not so anymore if that plane lands at Amsterdam Airport Schipole. Sherlock will get it back to you, no problem. Sherlock is a beagle specifically trained to return lost items to passengers.
Makeovers For Dogs & Cats One pet groomer in Yekaterinburg, Russia is doing more than just baths and hair cuts, she's giving dogs and cats makeovers into creatures like mythical green dragons or yellow and black striped bumblebees. Daria Gotz says she only uses dyes made from botanical extracts that wear off once the animal's coat grows out. See the Video
‚Ä¶.and, of course, Dr. Debbie and DogfatherJoey Villani are answering your pet questions about jumping dogs, TPLO surgery, doggy A.D.D., teaching your bird to talk, fleas, eating poop, ear-mites, hairballs, motion sickness, allergies and aggressive behavior. Call toll-free with your questions: 1-866-405-8405.
Is Your Pup An Optimist Or A Pessimist? Researchers say that dogs, just like people, can be optimistic or pessimistic. This information could dictate whether certain dogs are cut out for certain jobs. A pessimistic dog that avoids risks would be better as a guide dog while an optimistic, persistent dog would be more suited to detecting drugs or explosives.
Pet Food Victory Goes Overboard Hill's Pet Nutrition recently won on it's challenge in how Blue Buffalo markets its products and puts down it's competitors, but it looks like Hill's got a bit carried away with the victory. The National Advertising Division says Hill's went too far when it started promoting the win. It seems that Hill's PR Department sent out so-called 'article starter kits' to certain bloggers about Hill's products and included links to a press-releases and articles written about the Hill's/Blue Buffalo dispute.
Free Animal With Purchase of Pizza A Pizza Hut in Australia has apologized for offering a 'free small animal' with the purchase of 10 large pizzas. The deal was offered connection with a local pet store. The corporate office at Pizza Hut says it had not approved the promotion and no animals were given away.
Remember Me Thursday Our Hero Person this week has been serving animals for decades since a close-to-death experience changed the way he viewed our furry-friends. Mike Arms is the Top Dog at the Helen Woodward Center in San Diego and he's no stranger to Animal Radio¬ģ airwaves. He explains his latest viral campaign for animal awareness.
GPS Microchip Karen Zaxton's mom has no technical skills, but she came up with a great idea to combine the microchip with a GPS locator. Not until now has the battery technology been available for powering a rice-sized chip.
Building The Perfect Litter Box Dr. Debbie tackles litter-box problems everyday. She has a winning record! She'll tell you why cats don't use them and how to solve inappropriate elimination issues.
Eastwood Is Back The daughter of Clint Eastwood, Alison Eastwood is back for more fun! She's crowd-funding to raise money for Chimp Haven, the new home for 110 research chimps purposely infected with HIV and Hep C.
Financial Help For Procedures Our Hero Person this week created the Brown Dog Foundation to help pet owners afford life-saving surgeries and procedures for their pets.
Getting Licked On Route 66 We're almost halfway across the country and coming to you from Oklahoma City this weekend. It's all part of the "Get Your Licks On Route 66" adoption tour. Fido Friendly's Susan Sims checks in from the adoption site.
Bringing Pets Into The Classroom The 501c3 APPA (American Pet Products Association) is riding-high on their viral Pets Add Life campaign. APPA President Bob Vetere says teaching compassion for animals in the classroom creates adults that respect and love pets and people.
Hawaiian Quarantine If you're planning on taking your pet to Hawaii, you might want to re-think your strategy. A dog that was put in the mandatory 120-day quarantine suffered heat-stroke. Now, the owner is demanding an investigation of the quarantine center.
Would You Use A Shock Collar On Your Dog? That question is getting lots of interest lately. Researchers say the collars can be not only physically damaging to a dog, but also emotionally damaging.
Joan Rivers Leaves Money To Her Pooches The value of Joan Rivers estate is roughly 150-million dollars. She left most of it in her will to her daughter Melissa, but she also made sure that her dogs are provided for.
Being A Vet Saved Her Life When Veterinarian Dr. Sarah Boston noticed a lump on her, she insisted that it was cancerous, even though other doctors said no. She did an ultrasound at her office and in validated her worst fear. The lump was removed and she is now cancer-free.
What Would You Do For Your Dog? When this week's ZeuterinHero Person found out his pup had Ventricular Tachycardia, a rare condition where a dog has a rapidly fast and sometimes-irregular heartbeat, Scott Clare drove almost 5000 miles and spent over $10,000 to treat Buck-O.
Grumpy Cat Not So Grumpy at 100 Million Dollars Cat Videos has to be the biggest "time-suck" on the Internet. Now, the popularity of these videos has spawned several video festivals. The next one in Los Angeles is expected to bring at least 10,000 cat lovers to Exposition Park. What's the deal behind this cat craze? Erik Deleo explains.
Removing Sap Animal Radio¬ģ DogfatherJoey Villani has several foolproof ways to get tree sap out of your dog's hair and that hard-to-get-to spot between their pads. No need to cut out the hair if you use the right stuff.
Bit 100,000 Times This week is the triumphant return of Brian Barczyk to Animal Radio¬ģ airwaves. Yes, he has 30,000 snakes at home. Yes, he's been bit 100,000 times. And yes, the chicks dig it!
Trouble For Tear Stain Removers The top makers of tear-stain removers are being called to the carpet by the FDA. The administration says that these products are not FDA approved and actually may have harmful side effects on your pets. Animal Radio¬ģ News DirectorTammy Trujillo reports on the investigation.
Small Town Hero This week's Hero Person is making a big difference in a small town. Businessman Barry Kives is paying the adoption fees on 60 pets in his local shelter. Thinking Globally. Acting Locally. Do you know someone that should be nominated for our Hero Person of the Week? Send us an email to: YourVoice@AnimalRadio.com.
Panda Faking It? A Panda in China was about to give birth on live TV, until handlers found out she wasn't pregnant. Researchers suspect the Panda may have faked her pregnancy to get some of the lush accommodations and plentiful food offered to the expecting Pandas.
Skunk researcher Christopher Kemp joins us. He's from England, and they don't have skunks in Europe. Ironically, Pepe' le pew is from the Americas. But the most important thing you'll learn, Tomato Juice doesn't remove the smell. Christopher will unlock the true secret to remove the stink, as well as some other interesting facts about the mostly misunderstood critter.
Pet Event Roundup Janice Brown-Gork compiles all the great pet-related events across the country for TailsInc.com. This week she debuts a new monthly segment spotlighting the places you and your furry-companion can go together.
Also this week, Tail Docking - Nail Trimming - Dressing Up Your Dog
Get Your Licks On Route 66 Do you remember "Winnie" from The Wonder Years? Danica McKellar is our special guest this week. She's the spokesperson for this year's Route 66 Adoption Tour. Together with Fido Friendly Magazine, we're going to find more forever homes for pets from LA to the Windy City.
Pets & Escalators Don't Mix This might seem like a total no-brainer, but the San Francisco SPCA is urging dog guardians to keep their pets off escalators. The warning is prompted by an increase in the number of escalator-related injuries a month. The group says sometimes the injuries are minor, but in more than half the cases, surgery is required and comes with a bill of, on average, 4,000.
Inventor Hero This week's Hero Person invented a chair for dogs that suffer from Megaesophagus, a disease that keeps dogs, cats and ferrets from digesting their food properly. Donna Koch created a seat that kept her dog, Bailey, in an upright position to allow for digestion. The dog's short-life prognosis lasted 13 years when Bailey died of an unrelated cancer. The dog's legacy lives on in the "Bailey Chair."
They Still Make That Stuff? Flea Powder is still one of the methods available to rid your pet from the critters. But it can be horribly toxic. Joey Villani explains the different methods to lose fleas without harming your furry-friend. He also says the popular de-shedding tool, Furminator, can do more harm than you might think.
Great Work ‚Ä¶ If You Can Get It Funny-man Francesco Marciuliano is back. The creator of the Sally Forth comic strip has his latest follow-up to "I Could Pee On This," another kitty book called "I Knead My Mommy." The one sure thing is he is always a "laugh-riot" and a fun guest.
Bring Your Pooch to Dinner Your best friend can now go with you to certain bars and restaurants, if you live in California. Governor Brown has signed Assembly Bill 1965 into law. It allows dogs to join their guardians at outdoor sections of food establishments, as long as the dogs are under control and not barred by a city ordinance or the restaurant owner.
Pet-Friendly Housing Standard Pacific Homes knows the 60-Billion-dollar pet industry has a place for homebuilding. 27 of their developments now include pet accouterments including a pet-spa and TV exclusively for Fido. Standard Pacific's Danielle Tocco explains what they're doing to cater to pet owners.
Heartworm Medication Causes Deaths There are more worries about the dog heartworm medication Trifexis. So far, 965 complaints about dogs dying after taking Trifexis have been filed with the FSA over the last three and a half years. The drug's maker, Elanco, says it's sold 70-million doses and has found no link between the pill and any dog deaths.
Pet Oxygen Masks Does one size fit all? The Animal Radio¬ģ Hero Person, Debra Jo Chiapuzio helps supply fire departments with life-saving oxygen masks for dogs and cats. She loves her job and has a great passion to teach others pet-first-aid.
No More Pet Piercing
Assemblyman Carmela Garcia (Dem. N.J.) has written legislation that would outlaw piercings and tattoos on cats and dogs. Inspired by a lady that pierced her "gothic kittens," Garcia feels this ban would stop a burgeoning fad.
Moving With Pets Can Be Pricey! Apartments.com did the math in its 2014 Pet-Friendly Renting Trends Survey. It found that close to 80-percent of renters had to pay a deposit to have a pet and it was more than $200 per year in more than half the cases. About 64-percent of the people asked said they had a hard time finding an apartment that allowed pets even with a deposit.
Gorilla Depressed After Robin Williams' Death I think we were all shocked by the death of Robin Williams a few weeks ago. So apparently was Koko, the amazing Gorilla that uses American Sign Language to communicate. She met Robin back in 2001. Koko heard her mentor, Dr. Penny Paterson, talking on the phone about Williams' death and she says Koko has been depressed and sad since that call.
Pets In Space Celestis Pet will shoot your pet's cremains into deep space, or to the moon, or even into orbit around the earth. The rocket and space technology company has been launching satellites and human remains for over a decade. Now, they want a piece of the 58-BILLION-dollar pet industry. Top Dog Stephen Eisele explains what you get for your $1,000. It's pretty impressive!
The Language of Dogs TV Dog Trainer Justin Silver is back with his really funny friend, Dave Donnenfeld. Together they're 'righting' canine 'wrongs' wherever bad dogs and bad guardians need them. "Their new book is the Rosetta Stone of Doglish," says Animal Radio¬ģ host Hal Abrams.
Woman Does CPR on Bearded Dragon
When you love your pet, you love your pet, no matter what breed or species he or she is. That explains the actions of a woman in Oregon. Sherrie Dolezal runs a bearded dragon rescue and came home the other day to see one of lizards named Del Sol floating unconscious in the pool. She got him out, started pounding on her back and doing chest compressions. She finally started CPR and he started breathing again. Del Sol and Sherrie are now doing just fine.
Big Choices For This Week's Hero
When his agent asked, "do you want to act or do you want to save animals," after he kept missing auditions, he chose to dedicate his life to the creatures. That makes Leo Grillo, the founder of DELTA rescue, our 'Hero Person.' He has over 1500 animals on 115 acres. He doesn't adopt-out any of these animals because his statistics say owners keep their animals only 2.5 year on average.
The Dog Park Phenomenon Boston Globe TV Critic (a great gig if you can get it) Matthew Gilbert investigates the dynamics of dog parks. He didn't like dogs. In fact, he was afraid of them until his spouse introduced him to a dog that would forever change his view. Matt shares stories about the nutty fellow canine-lovers at his dog park.
Flea Wars Animal Radio¬ģ Vets Dr. Marty Becker and Dr. Debbie are armed with flea-ridding tactics. Did you know that there are over a dozen different kind of fleas? There's a difference between "cat" fleas and "dog" fleas. Most importantly, how do we get rid of them for good? We've got answers.
Muffin's Halo Our Hero Person this week invented a bumper, or better described as a 'halo,' that protects blind dogs from bumping into furniture and other obstacles. Sylvie Bordeaux was tired of seeing her blind dog bash into stuff. With needle and thread in hand, she created a genius product that is helping vision-impaired pups from being discarded to shelters.
New Uses For Unwanted Fur Now a national organization called Born Free USA has come up with a fantastic idea. It collected unwanted furs and sent them to wildlife rehab centers in Texas. California and Missouri where they were cut into small pieces and used for orphaned babies and injured animals to snuggle in.
Declawing Is Major Surgery The American Veterinary Medical Association has amended it's policy to clarify that declawing is a major surgery that should only be performed as a last resort to prevent destructive clawing, but it stopped short of suggesting a ban on it. The new policy stresses the importance of educating cat guardians about normal feline scratching behavior, alternatives to declawing and that declawing is actually the amputation of the first digit of the cat's toes.
Bob Barker Back For Lucky 13 America's most recognized Animal Advocate, TV Host Bob Barker is back on Animal Radio¬ģ for his thirteenth time. This time he's Animal Radio's Hero of The Week. Spoiler Alert: He'll be talking about his upcoming TV appearance, revisiting his "Happy Gilmore" walk-on.
Day 30 Eating Dog-food Dorothy Hunter made it to day 30 of eating dog food. It was all to prove a point about human-grade pet-foods. Animal Radio¬ģ checked in on her throughout her stunt. Now we find out what she ate on day 30. While Dorothy first human-meal was a big-fat-cheeseburger, she admits to a shinier and healthier coat.
Do Pets Feel Jealousy? From the "Duh" Department, a new study reveals that dogs are indeed capable of feeling jealousy. Who paid for the study? You did. What's next? A study to determine if dogs dream? Anyone who lives with animals knows that they are capable of many of the same feelings humans encounter.
Getting Rid of Tear Stains Joey Villani brings his years of expertise to help you get rid of your pet's tear-stains with stuff from your pantry. The Dogfather unselfishly shares the groomer's tips you can do inexpensively at home - much to the disappointment of your other groomer.
Divorce in a New Age Divorce these days not only means splitting belongings and custody of the kids, it may also include visitation for the pet. In fact, that is now often the case when pet families are split-up. Vinnie Penn can't keep his mouth shut about this topic...or any other topic for that matter.
Dog and Baby Bringing a human baby into your home requires lots of prep if you have pets. Dr. Debbie has what you need to know about introducing dog to baby so that your furry-friend will think of the screaming blob as a good friend. After all, you don't want your dog getting jealous?
Dating for Pet Owners Kris Rotonda created an online dating website specifically for dog owners. He says if he's going to date anyone, they've got to love his dog. And let's face it, single dog guardians have a rougher time of it because of their furry-children.
Saving Pit-Bulls One at a Time
The Animal Radio¬ģ Hero Person this week spends his mornings outside the Los Angeles Coliseum giving out free training to dog owners...and especially pit-bull parents. At times Cornelius Austin "The Dog Man" will have up to 50 people at his free clinic. Cornelius wants you to know that pit-bulls are getting a bad rap! His goal is to train the owners because he believes they can make a difference with their dog's temperament.
Safety Guidelines For Pet Harnesses The Center for Pet Safety is behind this first scientific approach to pet product safety in the U.S., providing guidelines for vehicular pet-restraint systems. The Center has even created a series of Crash Test Dogs, just like the Crash Test Dummies that are used by auto makers to check out the effectiveness of safety features in cars.
Pet- Friendly Homes
Standard Pacific Homes is building and selling homes with amenities that not only cater to people, but to dogs in 27 of its 190 developments from Florida to California. The most lavish features a 170-sq. ft. pet paradise with a step-in wash station, handheld sprayer and leash lead, tile walls and floors, a drying area with a commercial-sized pet dryer, a water station, automated feeders, bunk-style bed, cabinets for toys and treats, an attached puppy run and, of course, a flat screen TV.
Hero Behind Bars This week's Hero People are in prison. Female inmates are teamed up with a dog 24/7. Their mission is to train these shelter dogs to help autistic children. It's a second chance for the inmates, the dog and the child. Program Director Janette Thomas explains how the Pups in Prison initiative is a win, win, win!
Banning Hybrids Animal Defense League's Daniel Lutz is petitioning the courts to outlaw exotic hybrids of wild-cats. He says cats have been responsible for 14% of all the world's extinctions since 1600. Will legislation make a difference in our ecosystem?
Evaluating Pet Insurance Can pet insurance save you in a pinch? You don't have to go very far to find differing opinions on pet insurance. We'll give you two real life cases involving pet insurance. You decide. California will be the first state to regulate pet insurance.
Animal Bloodmobile Oh sure, you've seen the mobile blood banks that routinely troll for human blood. But you've probably never seen a mobile blood bank for dogs. Kim Marryott saw the need and now she manages a program in Pennsylvania that collects the twelve different canine blood types for transfusions and other life-threatening procedures.
Who's Your Daddy?
If you have a mixed breed dog, you might consider getting him or her a DNA test. Not only will you find out just what combination of breeds went into your best friend, but Dr. David Linzey of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association says you might find out some valuable health information. But are these tests accurate. Animal Radio¬ģ tested them - with different results.
Eating Pet Food Dorothy Hunter is so confident the food she sells in her story in healthy that she's eating nothing but pet-food for 30 days. We'll find out the inspiration for this stunt and exactly how she is faring 13 days in. So far, the only issue seems to be a mild case of flatulence.
Woman Finds Wedding Ring After 6 Years - Thanks To Her Dog! A woman in Wisconsin is happily wearing her wedding ring again, 6 years after it disappeared.¬† Lois Matykowski was devastated when her ring first disappeared and even checked her dog's poop for a couple of weeks with no luck.¬†The mystery was solved after Tucker ate a popsicle stick. You'll have to listen to find out how this ends.
Top 10 Bird Dangers Who would've thought it could be so easy to accidentally kill your bird. If you own a bird, or maybe planning to get one, you'll need to hear the Top 10 Bird Dangers from Dr. Laurie Hess. You might be surprised at the hazards lurking within your household.
14 Year-Old Hero This week's Hero Person is 14 year-old Nicholas Nash. He helps find homes for adoptable animals and is building a shelter on his family land. A young person so passionate about the health and happiness of our four-legged friends - serves as a great model for future generations.
CBS's Lucky Dog Brandon McMillan comes from a family of circus performers and is the host of CBS's new Saturday morning show, "Lucky Dog." Each week Brandon takes a shelter dog and trains them for a prospective new home. The program follows the entire process until the dog gets into his/her new forever home.
Pets for Vets Clarissa Black is this week's Hero Person. She created a service that matches returning soldiers with adoptable dogs. Some of our servicemen suffering from PTSD find the dogs to be extremely comforting and an important part of their recovery and rehabilitation.
Haatchi & Little B Owen and his dog Haatchi have gone viral on YouTube. It's the story of a little boy that overcomes his disease with the help of a dog. Owen's father, Will Howkins tells the intriguing story behind the boy and his dog.
Does Phone Warranty Cover Pet Damage? Recently, there was a study done to see how many pet owners have had their dog or cat damage or destroy one of their electronic gadgets. The study found that male dogs are 86 times more likely than a female dog to wreck a gadget. So, the question, does an extended warranty cover pet damage? Turns out in many cases, they do.
Man's Best Hero Prolific author Ace Collins entertains with warm and fuzzy conversation about his latest book that celebrates exceptional dogs. And as Lassie's biographer, he has stories. Not only is Lassie alive, but SHE is now ten generations old.
Lady Gaga Under Fire From PETA Do you dress up your dog? What about accessorizing your dog with a little jewelry? Pop star Lady Gaga has come under fire from PETA for putting some bling on her dog.
Blacklisted Breeds By Insurance Companies Dr. Stanley Coren is back! This time he's toting his research about the breeds of dogs that are being blacklisted by homeowners and liability insurance. Allstate claims one third of their claims last year included a dog.
Thriller Author Hero of the Week
Author Stan Yocum is the Hero Person this week because he spends countless hours training & fostering service dogs for Canine Companions for Independence. After bonding with these awesome animals for 18-months, Stan must say "goodbye" when they go to their forever home.
More Companies Offer Pet Insurance Health insurance is an important benefit at work, now one in every three Fortune 500 companies is offering Pet insurance. Those companies include Chipotle Mexican Grill, Delta Airlines, Microsoft, T-Mobile and UPS. Some of the companies even pay 100-percent of their employee's pet insurance premiums.
Laser Pointers Can Cause Psychological Problems Most dogs and cats love to chase laser pointers, but they could have some unintended consequences on your pet's psyche. Dr. Nicholas Dodman says that if you use a laser pointer too often, your dog can get so obsessed with chasing the light that they develop behavior problems. Never getting to the point of actually catching the 'prey' can drive a dog slightly nuts.
New Pet Mixers To Meet Your Mate If you're single and ready to mingle, you can attend one of the pet-friendly mixers being hosted by Petsmart Charities and Match-dot-com. They're being held all over the country this summer.
Animal Madness Can our pets suffer from the same psychological illnesses as humans? How did Prozac find its way into veterinarian's offices? What good is anthropomorphizing? Laurel Braitman has answers to these burning questions.
Pet Food Myths With our pet-store shelves stocked to the ceiling with a confusing array of pet-foods, does it really make a difference if you feed your dog something cheap off the shelves of Wal-Mart? You might be surprised at the answer. Animal Radio¬ģ Veterinary CorrespondentDr. Marty Becker reveals the truth behind pet-foods.
Hero People Our new segment celebrating those that do good for the animals is getting high-acclaims. This week we're spotlighting Linda Spurlin-Dominik. She helps care for pets of deployed military personnel.
Trying to figure out what kind of dog you have? There are several DNA tests available to the consumer. However, some are more accurate than others. And you probably won't be able to confirm that you own a Dingo.
Fish Oil and Coat Joey Villani wants to dispel the rumor that Fish Oil will make your dog's coat shiny. In fact, it could have damaging affects because it clogs pores. The Dogfather will help you determine what supplement, if any, you really need.
Using High-Tech To Find Homes Adi Pinhas is using facial recognition technology in his new iPhone app. You'll upload a picture of the pet you want and it'll tell you all the adoptable animals that look like the original picture. The Verge Magazine uploaded a picture of Lady Gaga and got back an adoptable hamster.
Purina Compensates Victims Of Recalled Treats Just a few weeks ago, both Petco and Petsmart said they would stop selling pet treats made in China. For the past 7 years, dogs and cats have been getting sick and many have died after eating imported chicken and jerky treats. Now, Purina Petcare and Waggin' Train have set up at $6.5-million-dollar fund to compensate pet guardians whose animals suffered.
Pets In The Classroom New research says kids learn better when their classroom has a pet. Even truancy is down. We all remember the class pet. And if you were lucky, the teacher let you take the guinea pigs home for the summer. Brent Weinmann of the Pet Care Trust is making sure all kids get an opportunity to have pets in their classroom.
Cure For Parvo? Researchers may have literally stumbled on a way to treat the usually fatal Parvo virus. It happened when a pharmaceutical was looking for a way to save flocks of geese that were mysteriously dying. They discovered an antibody that's harvested from the yokes of geese eggs that can stop the Parvo virus in as little as two days.
Calf Gets Prosthetic Back Legs Kitty Martin love's her calf so much that she's put more than $40,000 into rescuing the steer after it's back legs were amputated because of frostbite. She's the Hero Person this week with a great story to tell about the human-bovine connection.
Sharing Your Bed With Your Pet Leads to Bad Sleep Quality
If you have a cat or dog, chances are he or she sleeps with you in bed. But new research says that sharing your bed with your pet can lead to bad sleep quality. Recently at the 28th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies data was presented that showed at least 30-percent of pet owners say their pets wake them up at least once per night.
Eastwood Leaves No Pet Behind Daughter of actor Clint Eastwood, Alison Eastwood makes her second guest appearance on Animal Radio¬ģ. Last year she went into a Southern California animal shelter and pardoned 200 animals from Death Row.
Allergy Season This is the time of the year when vet offices across America fill with allergic reactions to environment, food and even medicines. Dr. Patricia White is an animal dermatologist and she'll tell you how to determine the allergy and what to do to comfort your pet.
Goat and Burro Go Viral
When "Mr. G" (a goat) got transferred to a foster facility, he went into a severe depression. He wouldn't eat. The facility then learned that he had been separated from "Jellybean," a burro at Mr. G's last home. After trying many solutions to bring Mr. G out of his funk, they reunited the two. Kim Sturla from the foster facility tells the story and she's our Hero Person this week.
More Pets Buried In Backyards More pets are buried in U.S Backyards than anywhere else, but that is quickly becoming illegal in more and more places. That is causing some companies to emerge with some creative options. There's a company that turns hair or the remains of a pet into a synthetic diamond. Then there a company that sends your pet's remains into the heavens inside a 5-foot round helium balloon and another that can scatter the ashes at sea.
What Your Dog Isn't Telling You Dogs and cats generally don't exhibit pain. This is a trait designed mostly to protect themselves in the wild. However, research now shows that when they are alone in a room they do show signs of pain, until someone enters the room. Dr. Annie Forslund tells us how to recognize pain in our pets.
Stores Stop selling Chinese Made Treats You've probably heard about the toxic treats from China that have been recalled. The FDA says the treats have been linked to reports of over 5,000 cats and dogs getting sick and over 1,000 dogs dying. Now, both Petco and Petsmart say they're going to stop selling Chinese-made treats.
Pilots n' Paws Over 3000 volunteer pilots fly 250 mile jaunts to bring adoptive animals to new homes or hospitals. This non-profit agency regularly moves animals from dogs and cats to donkeys. Kathleen Quinn Charleston explains the Pilots n' Paws mission.
Spike Bite Great invention or insane idea? You decide if Johnny Dumas has a sensible solution to prevent dogs from attacking your dog. He's designed a spike-filled coat of armor that protects the vital organs against bites.
Find The Right Pet Match With Your Smart Phone Superfish, a Palo Alto-based startup, created an app called PetMatch that lets you look for adoptable pets in your area based on photo technology. You upload a picture of the pet you wish you could find (it might be a dog you see at the park or maybe a cat just like one you used to have). PetMatch then does an image recognition search of similar, adoptable pets in your area.
I Could Pee On This Our special guest is Francesco Marciuliano. He's the author of the Sally Forth comic strip that runs in over 700 newspapers, and most recently a series of pet poetry that he says he transcribed from his cat. Not bad for a kid that had a "Bucket List" at 10 years old. You'll laugh until you hurt!
$1-Million Dollar Lawsuit Over Dog That Was Supposed to Euthanized The story of the vet in Fort Worth, Texas who is charged with keeping several dogs alive who were supposed to be euthanized so they could be used as blood donors just keeps getting more unbelievable. The latest is that the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic has been shut down while Dr. Lou Tierce is being investigated for animal cruelty and faces a $1-million dollar lawsuit.
Stuffed Pet Look-a-likes Jennifer Graham has a pretty cool business. She makes customized stuffed animals that look just like your pet. You'll submit front and side view pictures of your furry-companion. Eight weeks later the UPS man will deliver a stuffed version of the family pet.
Non-Surgical Sterilization Animal Radio¬ģ Veterinary CorrespondentDr. Marty Becker is back. This time he's reporting on a "game-changing" injection that could ultimately reduce the amount of animals euthanized simply because they have no home.
There's Panda-Monium in China There is panda-monium going on in pet shops all over China. Dogs that look like the country's prized pandas are all the rage. It takes about two hours to turn a dog into a panda do and the look will last for about six weeks before it is time for a touch up.
IKEA Helps Homeless Animals In Showrooms The showrooms of two IKEA stores currently feature life-sized cardboard cutouts of shelter dogs available for adoption. Shoppers interested in the dogs can scan their unique QR codes to learn more about them.
Ft. Worth Veterinarian Story Gets Weirder Animal Radio¬ģ New DirectorTammy Trujillo is digging deeper on this developing story out of the Texas. A veterinarian is being sued because instead of euthanizing allegedly terminal animals - he kept them alive in poor conditions and used them for blood transfusions. Now, it appears that the doctor was even using his own dog.
Tortoise Talk More and more pet lovers are choosing turtles and tortoises over the traditional dog or cat. Lisa Winn owns 8 African Spurred Tortoises and she is the VP of a tortoise organization. She also dresses up her shelled-friends.
Blue Buffalo Under Fire Blue Buffalo Pet Food has come under fire the last few months for deceptive advertising practices. Purina announced it is suing the pet food company for revenues lost in a negative advertising campaign. The competition is fierce in the 37 BILLION dollar pet food industry....with only 4 major players.
Amazing Acro-cats Samantha Martin is the circus ringleader for a bunch of really talented cats. She and her 15+ cats travel the country entertaining crowds with her circus cats. She'll tell us what it takes to put a musical band together consisting of only cats....oh, and one chicken.
It's Like Christmas Sean Conlon started a pet-box of the month subscription service. Imagine being able to customize a monthly delivery of toys and treats to your dog. Sean's business is doing great. He's shipped over 66,000 boxes this last year.
Traveling With Your Dog Kelly Carter has traveled the world with her Chihuahua, Lucy. Now she's telling us the best places to take your pet. She even has tips for making the journey more pet friendly and comfortable.
Imagine taking your dog to the vet and he falsely tells you that your furry-companion needs to be euthanized. Then imagine the vet didn't euthanize the dog, but used it for transfusions, without your knowledge. This allegedly happened in Fort Worth Texas. Listen to this horrendous case as the details are developing.
Cancer Awareness Month Cancer is no longer a death sentence for dogs or cats. Amazing breakthroughs in technology allow vets to treat cancer fairly effectively. Dr. Gerald Post from The Veterinary Cancer Center is back to answer questions.
Creating Memories and Keepsakes Amy Cecil is bringing back the fun of paint-by-numbers to the pet world. You can easily create a masterpiece painting of your pet with Amy's "Easy 1-2-3 Art" system. You'll start by uploading a picture to her website.
First Ever One Million Pibble March There's been a Million Man March and Million Mom March, and a few weeks ago, there was the first ever One Million Pibble March on Washington. What's a Pibble?¬† It's one name for Pit Bulls. Thousands of pit bull advocates convened on the West Lawn of the U-S Capitol. The message was to create stronger laws against dogfights and stop legislation that restricts ownership of certain breeds of dogs.
Fish Tank Kings Are Back The star of the highly-popular Nat Geo WILD series, Fish Tank Kings, is returning to Animal Radio¬ģ airwaves to yap about his latest project; a Coy Pond for dog trainer Cesar Millan.
Summer Pests The seasons are-a-changing. With the warmer temps comes a proliferation of fleas and ticks. Now, more than ever, there is an enormous choice for over-the counter prevention and treatment. How do we choose what's best for our pets? Gordon McGee of Drs. Foster & Smith has the lowdown.
Snip Snip Hero
Former band leader for The John Davidson Show and top dog at Natural Balance, Joey Herrick is our "Hero Person" this week. Using his own money and time, he sends veterinarians out in a $300,000 mobile surgical vehicle to spay, neuter and vaccinate animals of poverty-level guardians.
Worldwide Accreditation Program For Pet Crematory Facilities Recently Animal Radio¬ģ reported problems with pet crematoriums and keeping the remains of animals separate from each other so people get their own pet's ashes back. Now the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories has announced a worldwide Accreditation Program for Pet Crematory facilities.
Breed Prejudice? A Riverside County, California Sheriff's Deputy had gone onto a property to serve an eviction notice. A pitbull, was in the yard and started barking. The deputy drew his gun, presumably to shoot the dog and shot himself in the leg instead. The deputy said that the dog had come at him aggressively and that he felt that his life was in danger.
The Latest Survey On Pet Health Is Out‚Ä¶And It Is Not Good The Pet Health Report is compiled by Banfield Pet Hospital from its records of animals seen. The report found that one in every 300 cats is infected with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus or FIV - with the majority being male cats. Infections of Lyme Disease is also up by 21-percent.
More this week Next Week: Dr. Gerald Post - Kelly Carter - Aimee Cecil
Pet Bucket List Our Hero Person this week is Riina Cooke. When she discovered her dog had a terminal illness and only months to live, she created a bucket list of stuff to do with "Romeo" before he passed. She shares how the idea originated and some of the fun things she did with her dog in his last moments.
Where Animals Go To Retire Ellie Laks spends her days caring for a menagerie of animals that were abandoned or neglected. From cows to kitties, her property is home to over a hundred animals that will live their life out at the Gentle Barn.
Loss Prevention While microchips are a great form of identification, Ulvid Osis created a pet registration system that works in tandem with microchips to help owners find missing animals using a Google search. He'll explain how Fetch ID is peace of mind.
Titanic Pets While many a documentary and film has been made about the Titanic, none really focused on the many animals aboard the doomed crossing. Tammy Trujillo suggests you have tissue handy when you hear about one owner that wouldn't leave her dog's side.
Mexico Is Going To The Dogs Over the past decade, Mexico's middle class has been growing and that has created a new market for all things dog. This includes everything from clothing and accessory boutiques, spas and restaurants that feature doggie snacks. Since 2008, sales of pet-related products in Mexico have grown an average of 13 percent a year, to $2.2 billion last year.
Colorado Is The 39th State To Ban Greyhound Racing The governor of that state has signed it into law. Yes on marijuana, no on pit-bulls and now then end of Greyhound racing with a new ban. At least seven states still allow greyhound racing.
I Just Want To Celebrate Rare Earth Keyboardist Mike Bruner is our "Hero Person of the Week." He fell into a frozen lake while rescuing a dog that had also fallen in. Mike tells the whole story and even yaps about his menagerie at home.
There's An App for That Lauren Drabble is pitching her new smartphone app. The software allows you to easily find rescue and resources for injured wildlife. The next time you run into a wild animal that's hurt, you'll know exactly who to contact to help.
Making Video Memories Imagine a short film that highlights your relationship between you and your pet. Franck Tabouring comes to your house and creates a documentary video featuring your pet as the star. A great keepsake!
Mars Buys P&G Pet Food Brands Candy-maker Mars is growing their pet food business. The company is spending 2.9 billion for three upscale pet food brands from Procter and Gamble. Iams, Eukanuba and Natura. So is it a deal? Pet food sales are projected to hit 24.7 billion by 2017 and sales of premium pet food. Does this mean all our pet foods are will have the same source?
Performance Standards for Pet Travel Safety Products Nearly all of us drive with our dogs in the car. And now there are car seats to make sure they're safe in case of a sudden stop or an accident. The Center for Pet Studies has teamed up with Subaru of America in testing car harnesses. They took a look at seven harnesses using a specially designed crash test dog.
Who's the Smartest While Dr. Diana Reiss doesn't like to compare animal smarts, she is fast to explain just how smart dolphins and elephants are, and their ability to recognize themselves in the mirror. It's all part of PBS's NOVA - "Inside Animal Minds."
Carrot Dating Another genius idea or just a dud? The jury is still out on Carrot Dating. The premise is meeting singles online while bribing them with a cute little puppy. What if your date showed up holding a cuddly puppy instead of flowers?
Hero People We kick off our Hero People series showcasing humans that are going above and beyond the call of duty to make our animal's lives better. Greg Mahle spends much of his time on the road delivering death row animals to adoptable homes.
Separation Anxiety Alan Kabel has proven ways to treat and cure separation anxiety. It all starts with desensitizing your dog to the subtle cues you give him/her when you're about to leave the house.
They Get A Bad Rap Pit-bulls get a bad rap. They're not necessarily a vicious dog, unless they are trained to be or simply un-trained. Every decade has their poster dog. It used to be the German Shepard and the Rottweiler. Let's break the myth today and save these dogs from their owners and bad press.
Performance Standards for Pet Travel Safety Products Nearly all of us drive with our dogs in the car. And now there are car seats to make sure they're safe in case of a sudden stop or an accident. The Center for Pet Studies has teamed up with Subaru of America in testing car harnesses. They took a look at seven harnesses using a specially designed crash test dog.
Mother Nature Is Trying To Kill You Animal Planet's "Monsters Inside Me" host Dr. Dan Riskin is stirring up the airwaves with the truths about nature's ugly side. No wonder he so entertaining. Maggot eggs got into his brain and he lives to tell you why parasites really rule the world.
Animals In Vineyards Sara Bennett's family business, Navarro Vineyards is using little tiny sheep to keep the weeds under control. But that's not the only thing they do. Hal asks the hard-hitting questions, like - "what sound does a sheep make ‚Ä¶ and isn't that the same sound as a goat?"
Pet Food Company Bashes Competitors The makers of BLUE Brand Pet Food Products is being asked to change it's advertising to stop making negative comments about other pet food makers. The company says it will appeal the recommendation by the National Advertising Division. The claim was made by Hill's Pet Nutrition, the maker of Science Diet foods, over ads that were shown on TV, the Internet, in print and on mobile advertising.
No More Sniffles The second phase of clinical trials for a new vaccine is done and the results are very promising. If it's successful, you'll take just four doses over a 12-week period to keep your cat allergies at bay for as long as 2-years.
Dogs Detect Cancer Before Medical Testing
A dog's sense of smell is said to be 200,000 times better than humans. That's why dogs work detecting bombs, drugs and now they're being trained to use those fantastic noses to detect certain health issues, like the moment a person with diabetes starts to have a hyperglycemic incident. Now, researchers at a UK charity, Medical Detection Dogs, are working on training dogs to detect the odor of cancer.
14 Year-Old Pet Product Inventor Brooke Martin is only 14, but she sounds more intelligent than many adults. She also is the inventor of "IC Pooch," a device that allows you to have visual contact between you and your dog using a tablet or mobile phone. It also dispenses treats. Brooke believe this is an answer to separation anxiety.
New Worm Threat Imagine a 6 inch worm coming out of your pets skin. Sounds like something out of the latest horror movie. Unfortunately, it's a real new worm that poses a threat to your pets. Parasitologist Araceli Lucio-Forster explains this new discovery.
Buzzfeed Beastmaster What the heck is a Beastmaster? Jack Shepard is a self-proclaimed Beastmaster at the Buzzfeed website. He gets paid to surf "animal related" fodder and make it go viral on the incredibly popular website.
My Bionic Pet Amputee Jennifer Robinson worked at a prosthetic manufacturer. Now she's showing off how artificial limbs are being used on dogs, cats, birds and even sea-life. She's a part of a new PBS show called My Bionic Pet.
Dog Sells for $2,000,000 Only in China would a dog be sold to a 56 year-old property developer for a cool 2 mil. This isn't even the first time. The 200 lb. Tibetan Mastiff is treasured like the Panda in China. Some say it was all hype and that cash never actually changed hands.
Pet Spending At All Time High The American Pet Products Association reports we're shelling out nearly 60-Billion bucks a year on our animals. Research shows empty-nesters are now spending more on their four-legged children.
Setting A Fine Example What happens when a father/daughter trip to Chuck E. Cheese turns into a high-speed chase after dad steals a puppy. Britt Savage reports.
Advances in forensic science has created a worldwide effort to catch up with people who don't clean up after their dogs. Many apartment owners are now requiring in their leases that dogs of tenants submit to DNA testing. There's actually a company to do the dirty work.¬† PooPrints offers special leak-proof containers ad spatulas to make the job easier. A thumbnail sized sample of the suspect poop is sent to the lab ... and that leads back to the dog and owner.
That Chicken Bit Back Farmers in Georgia have found a chicken with teeth. Researchers say a recessed gene may be responsible. It is possible that this isn't the only one case of toothed fowl.
Tapeworm Talk It's not a pretty topic, but it's a conversation we need to have. Tapeworms. Not Dr. Debbie's favorite parasite (listen to find out what is her favorite), but a nuisance none-the-less. Dr. Joel Ehrenzweig tells you how to identify and treat tapeworms. Did you know you can get'em?
Faking It! A new trend is the unfortunate and fraudulent use of "Service Dog" credentials for owners wanting to bring their dogs into restaurants, airlines and hotels. Pawtopia's Colleen Demling explains the problem and why the disabled suffers.
Aspirin and Pets Did you know that Aspirin can be toxic to your pet? Dr. Debbie dispels the myths about pain relief for your pet. She'll also be answering your questions toll-free at 1-866-405-8405.
Josh Duhamel Guests Besides a flourishing acting career, Josh Duhamel spends a lot of time speaking for the animals. He has a brand new web series and he's back to talk about it...and to flirt with the ladies.
A Shot To The Tail Don't be surprised if the next time your cat gets an injection, it's in the tail. Recent concerns have come up over treating rare, but potentially deadly injection site sarcomas. Some vets then shifted the site to the hind legs, since an amputation, if necessary, would be easier and more successful.
Pet ONLY Apartments Octogenarian and Landlord Judy Guth only allows tenants with pets in her apartment complex. Is this discrimination? Judy doesn't care. And if one of her tenants loses their pet, she'll even take them out to dinner and then the shelter to find another roommate.
Pet Spending At All Time High The American Pet Products Association reports we're shelling out nearly 60-Billion bucks a year on our animals. Research shows empty-nesters are now spending more on their four-legged children.
Are Your Pets A Tax Deduction? This year, for the first time ever, you may be able to deduct your furry friends on your taxes! After a landmark case, the IRS is now making allowances for certain conditions. Our brand new News Director, Tammy Trujillo will have all the details for you.
Special People Help Special Needs Pets It takes someone with a lot of heart to adopt an animal with Spina-Bifida. That's exactly what Selina Kenitzer has done. She brought home four English Bulldogs with the spinal deformity. They are affectionately known "The Padded Bum Gang."
Much more humane than it sounds, mutt-bombing is akin to the new online photo-bombing craze. Adoptable animals appear in the backgrounds of celebrity pictures in an attempt to find homes. This genius idea comes out of Dallas and Leslie Sans explains how we can get involved.
Alligator vs. Dog What length would you go to when it comes to saving your pet? Britt Savage reports on one gentleman that took on an alligator to save his dog.
Petco Being Sued Over Rat A San Diego couple is suing Petco after they sold a diseased rat, causing the fatality of their 10 year old child. This may be the beginning of the end for rat sales at the big box store.
Craigslist Ads For Pets = FAIL Dog Trainer Alan Kabel ran across a Craigslist ad for a dog that needed a new home. He'll point out the "red flags" and show you why the online website is probably one of the worst places to find a life-long pet.
....and of course, the Animal Radio¬ģ Dream Team, Dr. Debbie, trainer Alan Kabel and groomer Joey Villani are answering your pet questions toll-free at 1-866-405-8405.
Strange Pets Occasionally we run into listeners with bizarre pets. This week, Nancy King tells us about her life with an Octopus. That's right. Not as cuddly as a dog, but perhaps as smart. Why would anyone want an Octopus for a pet? You'll find out this week on Animal Radio¬ģ.
Dogs Good For Our Hearts The American Heart Association (AHA) has declared that pets, especially dogs, are good for a person's heart. Dr. Glenn N. Levine, director of Baylor University's cardiac care unit, said "pet ownership, particularly dog ownership, is probably associated with a decreased risk of heart disease." The AHA writes that owning a dog "may help reduce cardiovascular risk," perhaps due to regular walks and activity.
Open Wide Dr. Peter Emily is a human dentist AND a wild animal dentist. One day you'll find him putting a crown in a person's mouth, and the next he might be doing a root canal on a polar bear. What happens when the anesthesia wore off one of his four-legged patients? You'll have to tune in to find out.
Dogs go postal in Los Angeles more than any other U.S. city. The U.S. Postal Service released its rankings of the best and worst cities for dog attacks on mail carriers. Los Angeles recorded 69 incidents last year. San Antonio and Seattle round out the top three worst cities. Wichita, Kansas is the safety city with just 20 attacks. Almost 6000 postal workers were attacked by dogs last year.
....and of course, the Animal Radio¬ģ Dream Team, Dr. Debbie, trainer Alan Kabel and groomer Joey Villani are answering your pet questions toll-free at 1-866-405-8405.
Fund A Pet Miracle Stacey Nutini has taken crowd-funding to a new high! Her one person organization directs funds to those who need urgent veterinary care. She describes the kind of people that give dollars to help other pet owners and the vetting process.
Cleaning Up After Westminster Jerry Grymeck has the unfortunate duty of cleaning up after a bunch of dogs. Where do the dogs in Westminster stay? Hotel Penn of course. And Jerry is the certified Doggy Concierge. He spills the beans and behind the show gossip.
Stolen Cat Food Results In Grand Theft James Lawlor of Clearwater, Florida was charged with Grand Theft after attempting to steal over $300 worth of cat food from a local Wal-mart. Loss prevention staff had detained James Lawlor for loading up a shopping cart full of cat food and then walking to his car without paying. Lawlor explained to officers that he had done this in the past and that he steals the cat food to sell in what he calls "hustling."
Less Vet Visits = More Sick Pets New studies show that pet guardians are visiting the vet less and usually with sicker pets. Why this down-turn? The costs associated with vet visits, vaccines and medications. Dr. Joel Ehrenzweig explains how you can keep your pet protected on the cheap.
Deer Droppings Send Message An angry artist in Canada is expressing his or her displeasure with the city's deer population with a deer statue covered in deer droppings. The Penticton, British Columbia mayor called it a "very effective way" of letting them know that there was a problem that needed to be resolved.
....and of course, the Animal Radio¬ģ Dream Team is answering your pet questions toll-free at 1-866-405-8405.
Lost Cat Pet Detective How does someone become a certified cat detective? Kim Freeman became certified and now she helps cat owners find their lost furr-balls. She's even authored "How to Find Your Lost Cat." Kim will share her story and even give us tips on finding the lost kitty.
What Are The Odds? Amram Shapiro spent the better half of a decade compiling "odds" for his book. He has a fascinating peek at the probabilities that govern every aspect of human and animal life. Odds are 5 to 1 you'll be hit by lightning before you're ever stung by a bee, wasp or hornet.
Pets Create Stronger Relationships and Bonds to Communities
A new study from a developmental psychologist at Tufts University has found that young people who take care of a pet tend to have stronger social relationships and bonds to their communities.
Taliban Adds Dognapping To Misdeeds A military dog, that carries the rank of Colonel, has been taken from the United Coalition in Afghanistan. The Afghans don't keep dogs as pets. Their religion calls them impure. The Belgian Malinois is being fed chicken and kebobs by its captors, and is reportedly in okay condition.
Many Ways To De-Stress Your Pets
Pets get stressed out just like humans do. Whether your dog or cat suffers from separation anxiety, from fear of going to the vet, or from general stress as a result of a hectic home environment, calming your companion is an important part of maintaining her health. And, thankfully, there are many natural ways that you can help your pet unwind before the stress takes its toll.
Our Pets Can Get Dementia Dr. Jennifer Bolser confirms that our dogs and cats do indeed suffer from the same mental disabilities that humans do. From depression to OCD, some of the same medicines we use are also valid for our companion animals.
Connecting With Your Pet
Technology changes the way we live, usually for the better. Dave Clark created a device that allows you to connect with your pet while you're away, using a smartphone. This new gadget has raised near $80,000 on IndieGoGo, partly because of it's ability to dispense treats to your dog with a press of a button on your phone.
Didn't See That Bite Coming A new dangerous Internet video fad is becoming more popular. The scenario is often a baby or child playing with a dangerous or aggressive dog. Dogtime's Nina Stively explains how the urge to create a viral video can put our children in harms way.
Recalled Treats Back On Shelves Dog treats linked to hundreds of animal deaths and thousands of illnesses are returning to store shelves soon. Despite having no firm evidence of what caused the deaths and sicknesses, Waggin Train and Milo's Kitchen brand treats will be sold again.
Possible Jail time For Stealing A Cat A New York woman is potentially facing jail time after refusing a plea deal for stealing a cat. Nancy Glassman admits to taking a cat named Cosmo from a bagel shop and driving it to a local animal shelter. She believed the resident cat was being abused because of sores on its ears and its scruffy looking fur. She was later arrested and charged with burglary.
Former Mob Head Turns Into Pussycat James Guiliani was the head mob enforcer in Brooklyn for over 20 years. He said his used to get a high inflicting violence on behalf of John Gotti. Now he gets high saving animals after a dog changed his evil ways. James is our guest and he explains how he got out of the mafia and into pet rescue. Oh, he also has a brand new show on the Oprah Network.
Cat Videos Made The Internet The Internet Cat Video Festival is selling out and attracting huge audiences nationwide. It's not a bunch of single cat-women that are attending these feline festivities. William Braden, winner of the Golden Kitty Award for his viral videos, is hosting the event. He joins us and explains this strange phenomenon and our unquenchable desire for cat videos.
Dope Of The Month What happens when you get pulled over after ingesting your dog's tranquilizers? The defendant said he mistook them for his own vitamins. Likely story? Nope, just another moron skimming his dog's medicine. Britt Savage reports.
Forget The Raccoons - We Got Bears We get a lot of calls about all kinds of animals. This week Dr. Debbie helps with a small bear problem that seems to be threatening local dogs. First tip, stop putting food out for the deer.
Sicker Pets, But Less Vet Visits Pets are getting sicker, and many owners don't have a clue. One reason: They're not going to the vet. Dog vet visits have slipped 21 percent since 2001 and cat visits have dropped 30 percent, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Leave Your Pet Out In The Cold - Be Charged With A Felony Anyone who leaves a dog outside in the cold should be charged with a felony, says State Senator Greg Ball. Ball is calling on tougher new legislation to protect dogs and cats from being left outside in the cold all day.
Westminster Opens Door To Mixed Breeds No longer is a dog required to be a purebred to compete in some of the Westminster events. David Frei explains, mixed breed dogs still won't be eligible to compete for "Best In Show."
Spring Brings Nasty Parasites Did you know fleas can transmit tapeworm to your pet, robbing your furry friend of 25% of it's daily nutrition. Dr. Joel Ehrenzweig has the low-down on tapeworm and how to avoid being a statistic.
War Yorkie Smoky was a 4 lb. Yorkie, found in New Guinea during Bill Wynne's WWII tour of duty. The little dog flew 150 reconnaissance missions and holds the title of the First Therapy Dog. Bill is now 92 and he recounts his stories about Smoky quite lucidly as if they were yesterday.
Puppy Bites Deodorant Can, Causes Huge Explosion An explosion that caused thousands of dollars in damage to a house is being blamed on a puppy and a can of deodorant. It turns out Zeus bit a hole in a can of spray deodorant and then rolled it near the gas fireplace. The can blew up a when the boiler came on and caused more than $3,000 in damage.
Tailless and Troubled The Manx is a special breed of feline that has no tail. You may have known that...but did you know the Manx comes with its own set of medical problems and predispositions. Dr. Debbie helps a listener treat a Manx with incontinence issues.
Dependence on Technology Goes To New Heights
A new survey has found that about a fifth of the country may be taking their dependence on technology to new heights. The poll asked a group of pet-owners to imagine a scenario in which they would have to either give up their pet for a month, or their smartphone for a month. 20% of the respondents admitted they would rather hold on to their gadget and go without seeing their animal.
Comedian Seth Herzog Guests NatGeo's new science/comedy "Duck Quacks Don't Echo" will put to the test everyday common misconceptions. Host Seth Herzog joins us and shares some of the experiments he's doing with animals.
Pet Food Recalls On The Rise Nothing is certain in life except death and taxes and, increasingly, pet food and treat recalls. There were 33 in 2013. On average, that's one every 11 days. Between 2008 and 2012, the Food and Drug Administration received more than 2,500 complaints from consumers regarding pet food and livestock feed.
Training Therapy Animals
Paula Scott trains and certifies therapy dogs, cats, miniature horses and plenty of animals you wouldn't necessarily think as therapy pets. Science is proving that even purring a cat can make you feel better and promote healing.
Grave Contains Remains of Animals Who Were To Be Cremated The lead lawyer in Morgan County, Tennessee, says he is looking to press charges against the owner of a pet crematory after investigators found a mass grave with dozens of dead cats and dogs. But he's still waiting on investigation results.
Two Heads Are Better Than One - Ask This Cow! Sana Saida, whose name translates into "Happy New Year" in Arabic, was born in Morocco. The bovine has a condition called Polycephaly, which means having two heads and is more common among turtles and snakes, but Sana Saida is said to be healthy.
NY Mayor Wants to Replace Horse Carriages With Electric Cars
New York City has a new mayor, which means it's time for some changes. Specifically, Bill de Blasio wants to change how tourists get around Central Park. At a news conference shortly before his inauguration, de Blasio said he wanted to replace Central Park's iconic horse-drawn carriages with electric cars.
Dog To English Translator Leave it to the Swedes and Tomas Mazzetti, Project Manager of "No More Woof," a device that straps onto your dogs head and translates their thoughts into one of eight different voices. While Tomas admits the technology is far from perfect, he has been able to raise over $10,000 on a crowd-funding website.
Choosing Pets Over Kids
It may come to you as a surprise, but young couples opting to have furry-kids instead of human children. While the causes are still unknown, Ron Reich's research suggests income and social media may play a role.
A Vet's Home Life with a vet is never dull according to Scott Reeder. His wife is like most veterinarians. She ends up bringing homes animals that otherwise couldn't be adopted. If you walk into a veterinarian's house, you're likely to see animals that may be missing limbs, can't see or can't walk.
Pampered Pets Get Private Club in Las Vegas VIP lounges and entrance fees are commonplace in Las Vegas, but now there is a social club downtown just for pampered pets and their owners. The view from the outside is what most of us are likely to see. You need a special key card to get inside the Hydrant Club private park.
My Dog Can't Sleep
Yes, just like humans, dogs can also suffer from REM sleep disorders. Since they can't tell you, this disorder can go unnoticed, taking years off your pup's life. Dr. Debbie tackles one such case this week. And of course, the entire Dream Team is here to answer your pet questions. (toll-free 1-866-405-8405)
No-Snip Sterilization The latest weapon for the fight against companion animal overpopulation is a testicular injection that could be more cost effective and easier to administer. Dr. Julie Levy shares her experience and explains the pros and cons to this new tool.
Puppy Lemon Law Did you know there was a puppy Lemon law, like for your car? Amy Feldman, an attorney with the Judge Group, says knowledge of the puppy lemon law may come in handy. The lawyer says in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, once you take puppy home, if you find it has a health issue, you can only take advantage of the puppy lemon laws if you have brought the dog to the vet.
Medical Marijuana For Pets Miles, a 12-year-old Labrador retriever mix, was slowly dying of cancer. His owner, after seeing the effect that narcotic painkillers were having on Miles, decided to try something else: medical marijuana. Within hours of taking a tincture of marijuana from a medical pot dispensary in Los Angeles, Miles' appetite returned, he stopped vomiting and began walking and running around.
Enriching Animals Environments Nicole Nicasso-Hiskey's job is to enrich the lives of zoo animals. It's her responsibility to keep the Orangutans occupado and out of trouble. She explains that our four-legged friends also could benefit from an enriched environment, especially for that problem dog that always seems to get into trouble.
Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Funds Police Dog
The funding for a new police dog in a city where most residents are Green Bay Packers fans is coming from an unlikely source. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is giving Wausau a $13,000 grant to buy and train the police dog.
Security K9's For Schools Following the Sandy Hook tragedy, Mark Gomer got the idea to put Canine Protection Dogs into schools to sniff-out firearms and diffuse violent situations. At $50,000 per dog, Mark is trying to convince schools to purchase one of these full-time K9's to protect their students.
Snake-Whisperer Gets The Girls Brian Barczyk loves reptiles. He has 30,000 snakes. Brian breeds them and sends them all over the globe to his snake-lovin' brethren. He's been bit 100,000 times he estimates and his colorful life is ripe for a TV reality series. Are you listening NatGeo? Oh, and no, he's not single. In fact, the chicks dig it.
There's An App For That Ever wonder where you can take your dog if you are out and about? The Fido Factor app lets people know which places allow dogs, whether it's a department store, restaurant, bar or just about any place else. In addition, the app gives you specific rules for each place, so you'll know things like the leash rules or the fees you'll have to pay.
When To Say No Hoarding is a very real problem. Often times, those who collect suffer mental disabilities for which only professional help is the answer. We'll speak to a cat lover that has more cats than she can count, and a dog lover with 16 un-altered pups. Ultimately, the pets suffers from this unrecognized neglect.
Buddha Dies From Heart Failure Buddha the obese gray and white cat whose diet and exercise plan made him a viral sensation, has died of congestive heart failure. He was 6 years old. The cat inspired people around the world with his jaunts on an underwater treadmill, which along with a diet-plan, helped him whittle down his 31.4 pound weight.
Paul Reiser And Pets Comedian Paul Reiser guests this week. He's witty, multi-talented and guaranteed to make you laugh so hard you'll blow egg-nog out of your nose. And he speaks up for the first time publicly about his dog "Bosco." There's no better way to top off your year.
Cindy Brady Spills It Susan Olsen (Cindy Brady on The Brady Bunch) is one of the few child actors that DIDN'T cross to the dark side. And in fact, she's a model citizen, animal advocate and foster parent. She's seems like a normal gal until she tells you about her hobby making candy-poop with her hands. She'll also divulge behind-the-scenes stories about The Brady Bunch.
Most Popular Dog Names Move over Rover, Max and Bella are now the most popular dog names. Rover.com compiled its first-ever list of top dog names by gender from hundreds of thousands. After Max, Charlie was Buddy, Jack and Cooper. As for the ladies, Lucy was runner-up to Bella, followed by Daisy, Lily and Molly. None of the top ten baby names for humans made the list of top ten male and female dog names.
Vicious Dog Registry Orange County California is voting to establish a Vicious Dog Registry. Residents will be able to log online and find out if there is a dog in the neighborhood that has maimed or killed anybody. Ryan Drabek from OC Animal Control explains why this program is a good idea.
The Doctor Is In
Our Dream Team is here to answer your pet related questions. Whether you want to talk to Veterinarian Dr. Debbie, Dog Trainer Alan Kabel or Groomer Joey Villani, they're all at one toll-free number 1-866-405-8405.
"Boomer The Dog" Guests
Delivered from obscurity by NatGeo's Taboo, Boomer is a dog in a man's body. Some have issues with a grown man dressing up as a dog, eating dog food, and barking out commands. Boomer was inspired by Disney's Shaggy DA movie and hasn't been the same since. Boomer explains his world in this special Animal Radio¬ģ interview.
Pet Friendly House David Beart is building his house especially for his dog. He's teamed up with many manufacturers to stock his pet-friendly dwelling. While this may not seem like a big deal, David may be onto something. The pet industry is the second-fastest growing sector at 58 BILLION dollars this year. It only makes sense that our homes will become more-homier for our furry-friends.
Online Pet Scams Scambook's Miranda Perry lists off the top scams directed at the very-delicate and vulnerable pet-lover. These include Craigslist scams for pure-breed puppies to Western Union fraud. She even tells us about a guy who impersonated an animal control officer to bilk money out of noisy neighbors. Be listening so you won't be a victim.
More Vets Offering At-Home Euthanasia Christi Winter always tried to give her dog Josie the very best in life, so when it was time to say goodbye, Winter didn't want to do anything less. Winter opted to have Josie euthanized at her home, a practice that isn't new, but is becoming a specialized area of veterinary medicine. At least two companies have cropped up in recent years that recruit veterinarians who deal solely with end-of-life care for pets.
Ugliest Dog Passes Away A New Jersey canine that was crowned the World's Ugliest Dog in 2007 and later became the topic of a children's book preaching acceptance has died. Elwood was 8. His owner, Karen Quigley, says the Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix died unexpectedly. The Sewell resident said Elwood had been dealing with some heath issues in recent months but appeared to be doing well.
More this week Next Week: Comedian Paul Reiser - Actress Susan Olsen (The Brady Bunch) - Ryan Drabek
39 Ways NOT To Kill Your Best Friend Seasoned Veterinary Surgeon Dr. Judith Samson-French researched case files to determine how we can avoid accidentally killing our pets. Even with our best intentions, we may be putting our furry-friends in harms way. She'll reveal some of the stranger ways good owners unexpectedly killed their pet.
Dog Gets Obamacare While millions are having difficulty signing up for Obamacare,¬†a dog was able get processed under Colorado's healthcare exchange. It was a mistake of course. The insurance account was supposed to be opened for Shane Smith, not his 14-year-old Yorkie "Baxter."
Trains, Planes and Chihuahuas
Our guest, Congressman Jeff Denham(R-California) has introduced the Pets on Trains act to allow crated pets on Amtrak trips of less than 750 miles. The lawmakers say they envision a car designated for pet travel. Convincing the government subsidized Amtrak to be competitive with the already accepting airlines may not be that easy. Amtrak banned pets in the 70's.
ABC 20/20 Report On Rip-off Vets Draws Ire
When Animal Radio¬ģ Veterinary CorrespondentDr. Marty Becker was featured in the prime-time show on dishonest veterinarians, he had no idea they would translate meaning in the editing room. After many vets spoke angrily about the 20/20 report, Dr. Becker resigned from ABC, ending 17 years of dedicated service on Good Morning America. Hear what happened and what was supposed to happen in this exclusive conversation.
Airline Almost Kills Dog -Wants Owner To Keep Silent
A pet-owner is claiming that United Airlines nearly killed her dog - then tried to bully her into staying silent. Janet Sinclair signed up for United Airlines' "PetSafe" program, which promises that pets will never "be exposed to temperatures greater than 85 degrees for more than 45 minutes." But when Sinclair arrived, her greyhound Sedona was near death. The vet bills came to $2,700. United Airlines agreed to pay for medical expenses - but only if Sinclair signed a non-disclosure agreement. Sinclair has decided to make her plea public with a Facebook campaign. United Airlines said they didn't pay up because Sinclair unfortunately "declined to accept the terms of the agreement."
Best Dog Tricks On The Planet Babette Haggerty has trained Jack Nicklaus' Golden Retriever to bark the number of his major tournament wins on command, Curt Gowdy's Rottweiler to say, "Go Reds," and Jimmy Buffett's Maltese to dance on cue to "Margaritaville." Now she's sharing her best on Animal Radio¬ģ
There's An App For That Steve Pelletier is a techie, a dog lover, and a fitness fanatic. Once an Economist at the Reagan White House, he's now focusing his attention on the pet obesity problem in the U.S. He's invented a smartphone app that can help your dog stay in shape.
Designer Breeds Darlene Arden busts the myths surround the new Cava-Poo-Chon breed. This toy dog is supposed to look forever young and live to 20. These designer breeds actually are a waste of your hard earned money and can be racked with health issues. Listen to what Darlene has to say before you run out and get the latest fad-dog.
Does My Dog Understand Time?
How much does our dog know? Can they tell time? Alan Kabel schools us on separation anxiety and what is believed to be canine perception of time. When you leave the pack, your dog may think you're never coming back.
Trained Dogs Prevent School Violence
While some say school safety hinges on guns, cameras or alarms in classrooms, Mark Gomer and Kristi Schiller think specially trained dogs should take point in preventing violence in schools.
Jobs That Bite Jeremy Brandt has a strange and scary job. One minute he's be doing dental work on a lion, next he'll be tattooing a bear. It's all part of a days work as a Nat Geo WILD television host.
Does Your Cat Have A Smart Phone?
Yes, there's an "app" for that.¬† Just released, the Human-to-Cat Translator. This intriguing app says it can translate human words into cat language. Speak a word or phrase into your phone, and the app plays back a collection of meows, supposedly translated your English into, well, Catlish. When we tried a translation for "come here," our cat tester showed a little curiosity but not enough to actually get off the couch. Of course, even if the app accurately does work, there's a good chance your cat will ignore you, anyway.
St. Francis of Bloomberg Ex-Mayor Bloomberg's daughter makes a pretty decent living riding horses. Georgina Bloomberg continually wins big stakes in riding competitions. But now she's taking time off to have a baby with her boyfriend. She has more info on the big Tinsel & Tails event this December.
Medicines Safe For Humans May Not Be Safe For Pets When people feel pain, they often reach for common medicines such as aspirin or Motrin. But NSAID use in pets carries risks as well as benefits. Pet owners ¬†need to be informed about possible side effects, including those that could signal danger.
Ahhh, The Holidaze Are Here. Time for endure another year with drunk old Uncle Ned. This year Vinnie Penn defends the right of the family dog to have a sock hanging from the fireplace mantle. This doesn't end well.
Straight from the Shark Tank Abe Geary pitched his pet-related idea to the sharks on ABC's Shark Tank. He ended up turning down an offer that required too much equity. Now he's on Animal Radio¬ģ to share his Pet Paint with listeners. Abe tells us what it was like for him on the prime-time blockbuster show. His mere appearance on the TV show has driven sales.
The Prince Returns Prince Lorenzo Borghese is back. This time we clear up any confusion about being related to Napoleon. Since being on the TV reality show The Bachelor, almost a decade ago, he's been actively involved with his high-end boutique pet line, and he's been advocating for our furry-friends.
Dangerous Dog Registry Orange County California officials are proposing a website, similar to the Sexual Offender Registry for humans, except for "Dangerous Dogs." Proponents say there are approximately 150 dogs in the city that have either maimed or killed people. A Database would let neighbors know if there is a dangerous dog living in their area.
Cowboy Poet Veterinarian Perhaps you've already had a chance to hear Baxter Black on NPR or The Tonight Show. A former veterinarian turned poet, entertainer and philosopher - you will be thoroughly entertained by this odd character and his Thanksgiving Turkey tribute.
Mints for Fido? Vinnie Penn has already started his Christmas shopping. While in line at Petco, he saw "Doggie Mints" as an impulse purchase item. Which led him to thinking, why? Who is the person that is feeding their dog mints for their breath? Aren't they supposed to have bad breath?
Every Dog Deserves A Second Chance Bestselling author Jon Katz is back on Animal Radio¬ģ. A few years ago he was on top of the world. Then came the end of his 35-year marriage and he went broke. He needed a second chance. Along came Frieda, a Rottweiler-shepherd mix that also needed a second chance.
Suffering in Silence Often when an animal is sick it goes un-noticed. Some believe that's because they can't show weakness in the wild. Animal Radio¬ģ Veterinary CorrespondentDr. Marty Becker will tell you what signs to look for that indicate your furr-kid is sick.
Pot Plant Pesticides Killing Animals Half-a-million marijuana plants have been recovered on US Forest Service land so far this year. However, it's not what they're growing but how they're growing it, that's killing wildlife, tainting water supplies and endangering hikers. NBC affiliate Elyce Kirchner reports.
Tinsel and Tails Celebrity Photographer Mike Ruiz is here to talk about the Celebrity Catwalk event and what some well-known "A-list" celebs are doing to help companion animals nationwide.
FDA To Regulate Pet Food The Food and Drug Administration proposed rules that would govern the production of pet food and farm animal feed for the first time. The proposal comes six years after the biggest pet food recall in history.
This Dog Knows A Thousand Words You may have heard about Chaser, the Border Collie that not only knows 1000 words but can understand sentences. John Pilley got Chaser when he was 72, and has chronicled this amazing story. Your dog may be just as brilliant!
Jerky Treats Death Toll Nears 600 Meat or plant-based "jerky" pet treats have been tied to mysterious illnesses in thousands of dogs, according to the FDA. Bernadette Dunham, director of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine, said "This is one of the most elusive and mysterious outbreaks we've encountered."
Unlikely Loves Jennifer Holland has release another book highlighting strange and unusual animal relationships. You'll hear about the unique pairing of an Elephant and a Sea Lion. But that's not the weirdest. You'll have to listen to believe it.
Jet Set Vets Dr. Cindy Bressler has a unique job. She's a vet for the other side of the tracks. This entrepreneur started the country's only private-jet, ride-along-vet, concierge pet service. For a small fortune, between $1,200 and $15,000 an hour, she and her team wild administer IVs and drips and handle any other medical issues.
...and the Animal Radio¬ģ Dream Team will be answering listeners questions about their pets.
Does This Collar Make My Butt Look Big? The very amusing Dena Harris joins us as she parodies all the self-help diet books with tips to reduce the fat in your cat. You'll hear purr-actical tips like, eat whatever you want, just throw it up at 3am right in the middle of the bedroom floor.
What The Dog Knows Cat Warren trains cadaver dogs to look for dead bodies. How does she do it? And just how good is your dog's nose? So good they can sniff a corpse at the bottom of a lake for 100 years. Would "Ladybug" the Animal Radio¬ģ Stunt Dog be good as a cadaver dog? She likes rolling in dead stuff.
Anal Glands It's all fun and games until someone gets squirted in the eye. DogfatherJoey Villani suggests you go to your veterinarian if your dog's glands need to be expressed. But just in case you want to do it on your own, he'll tell you what you need to know first.
Smelly Cat, It's Not Your Fault It's not just a Friends song, it's a real problem that can be solved using stuff you probably already have in your pantry. We'll have the reasons and the cures for your smelly cat.
Pet Insurance Now Offers Hereditary and Congenital Coverage Cats and dogs in nearly 30 states are now eligible for full hereditary and congenital coverage from several insurance carriers. Hereditary and congenital coverage is a relative newcomer to the insurance field.
Wine For Cats Wine drinkers in Japan can now share a glass with their feline friends. B&H Lifes is releasing a wine for cats. While the wine doesn't actually contain any alcohol, it is made from Cabernet grapes. It is also blended with vitamin C and catnip for a mixture that supposedly tastes similar to red wine.
Air Hollywood Actress and animal advocate Megan Blake is teaching dogs to fly on airplanes using a Hollywood studio set and aircraft simulator. For $300 you can desensitize your pup from all the noise and vibrations that happen on a real plane.
One Cool Black Cat
As Halloween approaches, we're examining all the strange superstitions from Black Cats to Fat Rats. Self-proclaimed expert Kim Campbell Thornton shares the stories behind the myths and legends.
Condoms For Cats & Dogs
A new website is supposedly offering an unusual way to control the pet population - condoms for cats and dogs. PetCondoms.org claims to offer a special brand of protection dubbed Animal Instincts. But anyone trying to purchase a pack of the condoms will quickly realize they're out of luck. As soon as they click on one of the