Animal Radio® Show #422 January 5, 2008


"Three Dog Night" - Sleeping With Your Pet
The term "three dog night" originates with the Inuit tribes of Alaska, who measured nocturnal temperatures based on how many of their sled dogs they needed to bring indoors to serve as bed warmers. And, especially at this time of the year, not only do we want to keep warm, but our pets want to keep warm as well.

A recent Adweek study revealed, of the 63% of households that own a pet, the majority (88%) viewed that pet as part of the family, and 69% allowed their pet to sleep in bed with them.

It seems that everyone we speak with has stated that at one time or another their pet has slept in the bed with them. But if they have a spouse, how did that spouse feel about the sleeping arrangement?

Animal Radio® discussed this problem with world-renown psychiatrist, Dr. Joyce Brothers, who feels that pets can easily come between partners when they don't agree on sleeping arrangements. In fact, she mentions that divorce frequently is the result.

This is also a worldwide issue. Animal Radio® hosts Hal Abrams and Judy Francis had a chance to meet Brian and Kaye Pickering, their Aussie counterparts on Pet Talk Radio. Since they have four dogs, Judy asked them what their sleeping arrangements were. They state that they "rotate" their dogs, allowing one in bed at a time, as four would be too much at once.

Animal Radio® listeners speak-out on how they cope with this problem. One couple has actually worked out a compromise. The husband's dog is "technically" not allowed in bed, but when he sneaks in at 4:00 am, the wife turns the other cheek. She states, "Sometimes you just have to pick your battles!"

If you would like to tell Animal Radio® how you keep the peace in bed, call toll-free 866-405-8405 or email

Hear more "Letting your pets into bed" this week on Animal Radio®

Dogs Detect Cancer in Patients' Breath
Britt Savage
Recent studies by Pine Street Foundation, a cancer research organization in San Anselmo, California shows that a dog can smell a human's breath and detect if that person has cancer.

In fact, with only a few weeks of training, most household dogs can learn to tell the difference between breath samples of healthy people or those with lung and breast cancer.

The earlier cancer is detected, the better chance someone has of surviving cancer. And now, researchers are hoping that man's best friend, dog, can help with early screening and detection.

NEWS UPDATE: More Wills Make Provisions for Pets
When Mama is gone, who will take care of Baby? Laura Souza no longer has to ask that question. Four years ago when Laura adopted Baby Nino, an Eclectus parrot that lives to 70, she had her attorney write her will so that unless her daughter takes care of her bird, she will not inherit the estate.

Pet trusts are becoming more and more common now that laws have been passed making them legal. Typically, when someone lists an animal in their will, they will leave around $10,000 to $35,000 for the care of the animal. With the exception, of course, with Leona Helmsley who left $12 million dollars to her dog Trouble. Most people don't have that kind of money!

As with Leona Helmsley, elderly owners who live alone are more inclined to set up pet trusts. They could also be irritated with their children because they don't call or visit, or just because they love their animals so much.

But if you don't have someone you trust, there is a place you can turn to. Pet retirement homes are a new option. The Stevenson Companion Animal Life-Care Center in Texas, is one of those options. They currently has about 320 animals from 18 different states at their facility, and for about $50,00 you can enroll your pet, who will be taken care of for the rest of their life.

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Kevin Fitzgerald ­ "Emergency Vets"
When Puppy Gets into Things He Shouldn't

Everyone's heard about plants such as poinsettias being bad for your dog, but did you know that Macadamia nuts are toxic and can produce devastating neurological results?

And what do you do when your puppy gets into your medicine on your nightstand? Also, do you think your dog will be fine if he swallows a few pennies? Beware, the zinc in pennies can destroy a dog's red blood cells.

Dr. Fitzgerald has great information regarding these subjects and many more. If you have a dog ­ you don't want to miss this!


Talk With Your Animals
Joy Turner
Joy speaks with Booger who wants to remain a semi-feral cat, and have the best of both worlds - who wouldn't!


Rae Ann Kumelos, Voice of the Animal
Who is graced with the most fanciful names in all of the Seven Seas, is the inspiration for a spaceship's telescope, and catches the eye of the Poet Laureate? Lobster: much more than just a cantankerous crustacean.

The $2,000 Hamster
Britt Savage
We all know at times that pets can be expensive, but a $2,000 hamster? A family was on a road trip with their hamster when they noticed he was missing. After a thorough search, the saddened family thought that the hamster had simply escaped from the car.

Miles later, when the car was taken to a mechanic to find out why the car wouldn't start, the mechanic found that the hamster had not only chewed it's way through the seats, but had also done a great damage to the wiring.

Even though the repairs were about $2,000, the family was relieved to have their hamster back.


Animal E.R. ­ Ready When You Need Them!
Dr. Jim Humphries, Veterinary News Network
Cold weather, holiday food, toxins and injuries can cause our pets serious problems this time of year. Thankfully, animal emergency rooms are now common. Staffed by highly trained team members and loaded with high-tech equipment, it might be difficult to distinguish the animal ER from your local human hospital.


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