Animal Radio® Show #432 March 15, 2008

Richard Karn
(Home Improvement) - Air Buddies
Richard Karn (Big Al on Home Improvement) has shared the movie-set with lots of animals...including, and not limited to, "Tim Allen" he says.

Celebrating the anniversary of the AIR BUD movie series, Richard played "dad" in the last Walt Disney canine family adventure, AIR BUDDIES.

Richard tells Animal Radio® listeners about working with chimps - saying some of his best roles were opposite primates. He also talks about his furry...and scaly family.

Strange Bedfellows
Kinky Friedman, Howl
Do you know that Al Franken's dog Kirby eats poop but Al loves (and kisses) Kirby anyway; that Dave Barry really, really wants a dog; and that Kinky Friedman sleeps with his four dogs and a cat named lady (and a shot gun!)? Find out this and more in Howl, a Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit By the Editors of Bark.

Kinky not only discusses his sleeping arrangements (his cat sleeps on his head, surrounded by four dogs) but talks about Dilly, his pet armadillo, and his run for governor of Texas.

Kinky runs the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, which is currently home to 60 dogs, 10 pigs, 3 donkeys, horses and cats, which are available for adoption. Please check out the Utopia Ranch for more information.

Is a Skunk Your Next Pet?
Shelor Brumbeloe,
Skunks are widely misunderstood as a family pet. They are very intelligent (sometimes too much for their own good) and are extremely clean, affectionate and quite funny.

Skunks have a unique personality, health and dietary considerations that you should be aware of if your skunk is to become a member of your family. A baby skunk is not a puppy or a kitten, but an intelligent animal with its own set of natural actions and strange reactions!

When you first acquire a skunk, it will need to be spayed or neutered, get the required skunk shots and be de-wormed. It will, however, have its scent glands removed.

Skunks can be easily potty trained. They are naturally very clean and "corner trained" instinctively. This means they will choose their own corner, not one that you pick, but one it picks on their own!

Just like a small child, you will need to skunk proof your home. This means that you will need childproof locks on cabinets and a secure screen door lock. You will also need to remove everything from the bottom shelf of your bookcase, as they will pull things off. And as with other pets, keep them away from your house plants, as some may be toxic.

While you may be used to seeing skunks in the typical black and white color, they actually are born with many colors, strip styles, chips, swirls and even solid colors.

But before you run and get one of these pets, make sure that is it legal in your state. Here are some states where it is still illegal to own a skunk as a pet:

Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia.

In the remaining states were skunks are legal, they are only available in the month of June.

Don't miss the 20th Annual Skunks as Pets Show on September 27, 2008 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Perilous Poisons
Dr. Steven Hansen, ASPCA Poison Control Center
Has your dog ever chomped on chocolate? Does your kitty like to snack on plants?
In observance of National Poison Prevention Week (March 16 to March 22), the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) sheds light on the most common dangers pets may encounter, and offers helpful advice for poison-proofing your home.

In 2007, the APCC managed more than 130,000 cases, and the public utilized the Center's 24-hour hotline with emergency and non-emergency inquiries alike. Last year, the APCC also played a critical role in keeping pet parents, veterinarians, and the American public accurately informed during the pet food recall crisis.

Out of all of the calls that were received in 2007, most of them involved common household goods and products:

Just Say No to Drugs: A whopping 89,000 calls were related to the unhappy combination of pets and medications such as painkillers, cold and flu preparations and antidepressants

Bugged out: In the effort to battle home invasions by unwelcome pests, our furry friends could be unintentionally put at risk for certain insecticides. More than 26,000 calls pertained to insecticides.

Don't Eat the Daisies: In 2007, common household plants such as lilies, azaleas and kalanchoe, were the subject of more than 8,000 calls to the poison center.

Don't take the Bait: It is important to be aware of the risks that chemical baits can post to your pet. Last year, the Center handled approximately 7,600 queries about these baits.

Mind the Mop: While many cleaning products can be used safely in homes where pets live, it is still important to take necessary precautions to protect furry family members from accidental overexposures.

If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, make the call that can make all the difference: (888) 426-4435.

Play the Animated Flash Game: Cooper the careful canine can help you clean up potential problems in the animated home.

Orthotics for Your Pet
Dr. Jim Humphries, Veterinary News Network
Just like us, our pets can suffer a number of orthopedic injuries, some of which can be devastating and debilitating. Veterinary orthopedics continues to make great advances, but what happens when surgery is not an option or when the surgery alone can't give a good quality of life? Luckily, the science of orthotics can provide additional support and just might save the lives of some pets.
View the video.

NEWS UPDATE: Pet Food Lawsuits Near Settlement
Lawsuits that were soon filed after the recall of 90 brands of pet food last year by Menu Foods are near settlement. The pet food that was recalled contained whole-wheat flour from China that was found to be tainted with the toxin melamine.

A recall was issued by Menu Foods after testing its products on 50 animals, seven of which died. Unfortunately, more animals were harmed in the interim. A total of 3,730 pets died of kidney failure with another 11,700 who were sickened by the tainted food.

Over 120 lawsuits were filed all over the United States. The lawsuit claims unfair and deceptive trade practices, negligence in failing to provide adequate quality control, unjust enrichment and breach of implied and express warranties. Some people were even claiming emotional distress due to the death or illness of their pets.

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Talk With Your Animals
Joy Turner

Joy speaks with Riley, who runs when his guardian, Joanne, cooks.

Boy Finds Rare Snake
Britt Savage
You know what they say "Two heads area better than one," unless they're on the end of a snake and they're fighting with each other!

A Missouri boy found a rare two-headed snake with two independently thinking brains. Ten-year-old Cody Kannir was playing in his backyard when he found the two-headed baby black snake crawling on a stump. He brought it into show-and-tell the next day, but his mother suggested they take the snake to the local wildlife conservatory. Snake experts are taking extra care with the snake, which they say is about a week old. Feeding hasn't been easy because it's really two snakes with one body, so they feel like eating at different times, or worse, at the same time. That's when the fighting starts!

Puppy Survival Plan
Vladae, The Dog Wizard
Vladae shares some surprising tips and tactics to getting a new puppy.

Puppy Survival Outline:

Listen in as Vladae also helps a caller with her problem at the end of the leash. He offers some great tips for a dog with separation anxiety.

Do you need help with your dog? Call us at 866-405-8405 and we will schedule you to personally speak with Vladae.


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