Posted: 05 Jan 2010 11:24 AM PST
In this issue:
Breakthrough Veterinary Products for 2010
For more than ten years, Dr. Becker has been the popular veterinary contributor to ABC-TV's "Good Morning America." More recently, he has started appearing on the new "Good Morning America Weekend." He has also taped special features called the GMA Pet Clinic, which are one minute vignettes on topics such as giving medications, stopping bleeding and taking a pet's temperature. Which is why we went to him to find the breakthrough veterinary products for 2009.
Dr. Marty Becker is always looking for new, breakthrough products to help pets live happier, healthier, fuller lives, or those that make it easier for the pet owners who take care of them.
This year he polled 122 people and together, they’ve come up with a list of new, truly breakthrough products in veterinary medicine and those from the pet industry. There are tens of millions of pets who will benefit from their use.
Here is what he found:
Starving cancer - starving cancer cells to death rather than poisoning them
Light up my life - “beam me up on a Scotty” can reduce pain and speed healing
Mother Nature’s building blocks - using the body’s own cells to rebuild
Giving Pets Medication – one shot lasts two weeks!
Battling Bad Bugs – sleeping with the enemy?
New treatment for AIDS – new treatment for deadly feline viral diseases
#1 way to stop dogs from eating #2 – Nobody likes it when a dog treats its own (or another dogs) doo like a crap-atizer.
Dr. Marty Becker, "America's Veterinarian," is the popular veterinary contributor to ABC-TV's "Good Morning America" and the resident veterinarian on "The Dr. Oz Show." He is a frequent guest on national network and cable television, and radio shows. He has also been interviewed for countless magazine and newspaper articles, and has served as a consultant to or veterinary spokesman for top animal health companies. Along with his writing partner, Gina Spadafori, he is a regular contributor to Parade magazine and the Co-creator of popular web site PetConnection.com You can also join Dr. Becker on Facebook as well as on Twitter.
Right now on Animal Radio: 'Betty White' - Betty considers show business as just a hobby with the animals being her real work. She is also not speciest and loves anything with a leg on each corner, no matter what it is. Listen.
What Do Cats Do All Day?
In a survey of cat owners, Friskies found that 71% of cat owners think their cats sleep when they aren’t home. But, guess again! Friskies conducted a first-of-its-kind focus group, where they gave 50 cats a small camera to attach to their collars and to answer the age-old question, “What does my cat do when I’m not home?” Animal behaviorist, Jill Villarreal from Nestle Purina, helped with this study.
The cats wore tiny digital cat-cams that were automatically set to take pictures of the cats’ explorations every 15 minutes when the owners were away. The resulting photographs uncovered where cats go, what they do, and specifically, what they experience when their owners aren’t home.
The most photographed activity was actually of cats looking out windows and interacting with other house pets. They were also caught looking at computer monitors and television sets. The most surprising pictures were those taken around water, like the kitchen sink, the bathroom sink and the bathtub.
There’s more to life than a catnap for our feline friends. The results of this first-of-its-kind Friskies focus group are highlighted in the Scratchington Post, an online report showcasing the daily lives of America’s cats. The report includes findings from the Cat Sense survey of cat owners; photos from the cat “repurrters’ with analysis from Dr. Villarreal; background on each repurrter; and tips on how to help cats live life to the fullest by providing them with rich sensory experiences. Friskies.com/scratchingtonpost
Davy Jones Guest Host on Animal Radio®
British rocker and heartthrob Davy Jones (The Monkees) is back on Animal Radio®. The charismatic musician hasn’t missed a beat and is still touring at 64 years old – when he’s not with his horses. Jones guest-hosts on this weekend’s AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio broadcast of Animal Radio®.
“It’s amusing though, most people think I’m dead ...but I’m not really. I’m just out-there,” Jones tells Animal Radio® listeners. He says he’s regularly visits the other Monkees in their rest-homes.
“Davy Jones gets nostalgic and engages the listener on every word…he’s a great entertainer and the true talent on this week’s show…he’s also still petty cute” says Animal Radio® Executive Producer Judy Francis.
Hear this special Animal Radio® broadcast on XM Satellite Radio ch. 158 (America’s Talk) Saturday January 9th at noon EST and Sunday 5 pm EST, or on any of the 99 AM/FM radio affiliates, including KOST 103.5 Los Angeles. See more listening options at http://AnimalRadio.com
Drug Sniffing Dogs For Hire
Parents have a new tool in the war against drugs – drug-sniffing dogs!
Raul Perez, of Abet Security Systems, began to offer the drug-seeking dog service to the public in 2000 and has seen the requests for his dogs steadily increase over the years. Parents who believe their children might be involved with drugs personally request his service.
Raul believes in the privacy of children, even his own, but if he believes that they are doing something behind his back, he wouldn’t hesitate to use one of these dogs.
Raul currently has three dogs. It normally takes 6 to 12 weeks for them to complete their training. He will also do training sessions for guardians who want to train their own dogs.
Abet Security is certified by the Drug Enforcement Agency in order to conduct these searches in the homes of consenting parents. However, they can only search rooms that belong to the minor child of the adult. And if they happen to find any drugs, they do not have to alert any law enforcement. They can hand the drugs over to the parents and let them decided how to handle it with their child. AbetSec.com
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is letting smokers know there is another good reason to quit smoking—the health of their pets. Most people are aware of the scientific research that shows that people who smoke are more likely to get certain types of cancer and other diseases, but a lot of people don’t know that the same goes for the pets of smokers. Second Hand Smoke is very threatening to our dogs and cats. Tune in to find out just how dangerous it is and what types of cancers they are more likely to get as a result.
If you're a pet owner, the HAPPY ACT just might bring you a tax deduction! HAPPY is an acronym for The Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years Act. Also known as House of Representatives Bill 3501. The Happy Act was introduced by Representative Thaddeus McCotter, a Republican from Michigan. Should the HAPPY Act pass in its present form, it would allow pet owners to deducted the cost of food, veterinary care, and other pet related expenses from their income taxes – up to $3,500 per year.
You Can Train Your Cat
Since the beginning of time, cats have convinced the world that they are untrainable so they can do whatever they want…but those days are over! Gregory Popovich is a professional cat trainer, who’s worked with cats for over 20 years and has trained them to perform amazing circus-style tricks for television and stage.
Gregory created The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater showcasing the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. After every show, someone comes up to him and asks him the same question, how did you train your cats?
So, he decided to put his answers down in a book, :You Can Train Your Cat: Secrets of a Master Cat Trainer.: In his book, you will find tips on how to train your cats to do circus-style tricks, as well as:
* Stop bad litter box habits
One of his secrets is that you can’t "train" a cat to do anything it doesn't want to do. As a result, he tries to build on the animal's natural habits and what they like to do. For example, if he has a cat that likes to walk around his legs, he has the cat do that in his show. Or perhaps he has a cat that likes to sit on his shoulders. He will then use that cat to do this is in his show. Each cat in his show only has one or two tricks. But, because he has about 18 cats in his show, he has about 18 different cat tricks.
While it saddens Popovich to think about any animal as being unwanted, he said it's important to support organizations that focus on preventing pet overpopulation and work to find every animal a good home. That is why all of his animals are adopted from shelters.
"My pets all got a second chance," Popovich said. "Other animals should have that, too."
You can see Gregory Popovich and the Comedy Pet Theater at the Miracle Mile Mall at Planet Hollywood Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Thursdays through Mondays. ComedyPet.com
Healthy Natural Dog Food: Humans vs. Dogs
I have always been interested in knowing how dogs function. Looking at how they are built and how they differ from humans helps us understand them. With this knowledge, we can also choose foods that suit their physiology to help them live long and healthy lives. For those of you that are frequent readers, you know I have a passion for healthy natural dog food. To understand the differences between humans and dogs is to understand why they need quality proteins and whole foods.
Let’s start with the teeth and jaw. Dogs have 42 well-spaced teeth. People have 32 and our teeth are close together. The space between dogs’ teeth allows food to enter quickly. Dogs’ mouths are funnels to get food into the stomach as quickly as possible. Your dog gulping his food is his natural way of eating. He has fewer taste buds than we do, so there appears to be no need for him to savor his dinner! Our canine friends also lack the ability to grind food. Their jaws only allow up and down movement, not side to side like ours. They also do not predigest starches in the mouth like we do. We get cavities. Dogs get more tarter build up, but no cavities!
It takes about 5 seconds for food to move from their mouth to the stomach. Once in the stomach, the food is stored and digestion begins. Dogs have more acid in their stomachs than people do and this allows them to break down bacteria more effectively than we can. They also have this antibacterial ability in their saliva.
The small and large intestine in the average human is approximately 36 feet long. That’s the length of a school bus! A 70 lb dog has a 6-foot long intestine therefore dogs need high quality proteins to be able to digest them quickly. People have longer digestive systems so we can handle eating raw fruits and vegetables. Give a dog a piece of whole carrot and it comes out the other end much the same way it entered!
Complex carbohydrates and vegetables should be cooked and vegetables pureed to allow predigestion. Cooking keeps the glycemic index low to help maintain even blood sugar levels. This causes less stress on the pancreas and liver and less chance of developing diabetes.
If you are like me and have your dog sleeping on the bed with you it’s not a great leap to understand that after being domesticated for thousands of years dogs, while different from humans in many ways, are similar in others. You need whole natural foods to thrive in our environment and your dog needs, healthy natural dog food to do the same.
Dr. Janice Elenbaas DC has had a long and successful career as a Chiropractor to both humans and animals. As the first woman recognized to adjust animals in Canada and a founding member of the first Ontario Veterinarian Chiropractic Association she is passionate about our animals’ health. With four years of Nutritional Studies coupled with a natural approach to health care and a lifelong love of animals it was only natural that Dr. Elenbaas founded Lucky Dog Cuisine Inc. A company dedicated to providing All American, all natural, “Human Grade”, cooked meals for dogs. For more information or to contact Dr. Elenbaas please go to www.luckydogcuisine.com.
Crystal Cat Watch Raffle
Mesmerizing with marquise-shaped aurora borealis eyes, a fabulous feline shines with clear pave crystals covering its body, tail, and face. The chic cat covers this Gossip(R) watch's white dial. Silvertone hour, minute, and second hands and Arabic numbers at 3, 6, 9, and 12 complete the face. A black croco-style strap finishes the fun, fetching look. Stainless steel case back. Approximate measurements: Strap 6-1/2"L to 7-1/2"L x 3/8"W. Cat 2"L x 1"W.
We will draw the winning ticket February 8, 2010 live on our webcam at noon Pacific Time, weather permitting.
Raffle tickets are just $1 each, but there is a $5 minimum purchase to cover our costs. To enter send a check or money order made payable to The Cat House on the Kings and marked "RAFFLE TICKETS" in the memo section to The Cat House on the Kings, 7120 S. Kings River Rd., Parlier, CA 93648 and your tickets will be mailed back to you within 10 days. You need not be present to win.
Please note: We are not permitted to accept raffle ticket payments online. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The Cat House on the Kings is California's largest no-cage, no-kill, lifetime cat sanctuary and adoption center located on 12 acres along the Kings River in Parlier, California, which is in the central San Joaquin Valley, southeast of Fresno. Since its founding 17 years ago, The Cat House on the Kings has saved over 18,000 cats and 5,000 dogs (not counting the 40,000 animals we have spayed and neutered!) and currently cares for more than 700 cats and kittens in a unique, cage-free environment! Take a tour of our facility! The Cat House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and receives no government or public funding, and relies entirely on donations from the public to carry out its mission. You can help The Cat House on the Kings just by spreading the word! Just send this link to our YouTube video to all your friends and family.
For more information, please contact us.
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