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Animal RadioŽ July 2011 Newsletter

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Anxious PupMany Dogs Are Suffering From Anxiety
More than 40% of those taking part in the "The Thundershirt Dog Anxiety Survey" say they either have, or have had a dog with fear and anxiety issues. Loud noises are the most common anxiety triggers for dogs. Guardians with nervous dogs reportedly spend more than one-billion-dollars each year treating.

The Top Most Dangerous Days
VPI Pet Insurance's Grant Biniasz explains why June is the busiest month for claims. Surprisingly, few claims in December and the holidays. Be aware of the days to be aware of!

Unlikely FriendshipUnlikely Friendships
Maybe you've seen the picture of the leopard and the cow cuddling, the elephant and the sheep nuzzling, or the housecat curling up with an Iguana. Jennifer Holland chronicles the odd relationships.

How Do You Ship a Bear? UPS!
QANNIKQannik, a 5-month-old polar bear cub found as an orphan on Alaska's North Slope is being shipped via UPS to temporary digs in the Louisville Zoo in Kentucky. The cub's name means "snowflake." Operation Snowflake has been in the works for two months.

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Emma TurnerSheep Discovers Cancer
Emma Turner says her pet sheep, Alfie, was the first one to detect that she had breast cancer. Turner says Alfie just started butting her in the chest over and over. A bruise eventually developed, and she subsequently discovered a lump on her breast.

Martin LevinTeaching Old Dogs New Tricks
92 year old Martin Levin says all he knows about management he learned from his Dog! Levin started Law School at 62 and passed the bar at 65! Now he's chronicled his life in his book.

Having a Safe 4th
Our dogs don't enjoy the fireworks like we do. Sometimes it's just better to leave them inside with some music and treats. We even have some tips for calming the savage beast.

The Attack of the Killer Foxtails
Watch out for FoxtailsWTF! Foxtails again? These things are everywhere. And they can cause our pets all kinds of problems including abscesses and infection. Dr. Debbie uncovers the truths about these buggers.

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Stolen PetDog Theft to Become Felony?
Stealing a dog in New York could soon mean time in a cage for the thief. Legislation is being debated in Albany that would make it a felony to steal a family dog or cat. That would mean a conviction could send someone behind bars for almost half a decade. This is in response to a recent run of dog-nappings in Long Island.

It's Allergy Time Again
Our pets are itching, scratching and even pulling out their hair. Dr. Debbie and Groomer Joey Villani are tapping into your pet's problems and finding cures for what ills your furry friend.

Cats prefer women
Cats Prefer WomenIn a recent study, researchers videotaped and analyzed interactions between cats and their owners over several sessions. They found that felines have a far easier time making females do what they want. A mere flick of the tail, for example, was all it took to get kisses or kibble. Guys weren't as good at detecting these subtle clues.

Does Your Pet Know What You're Thinking?
Dog TelepathyDogs are so in tune with us that they can read our minds, according to a new learning and behavior study. Canines are probably born with the ability. Practice makes perfect according to the study. The more a dog hangs around humans, the better he or she becomes at "canine telepathy."

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Trouble got rippedWho Will Care When You're Not There?
Estate attorneys Bob Kass and Betty Carrie cover the common mistakes people make in planning for their pets' welfare. Did you know Leona Helmsley left her dog "Trouble" 12 million dollars? Trouble only got 2 million of it after courts found loopholes.

The Top 10 Most Dangerous Days for Pets
Veterinary Pet Insurance culled their database for the most claims filed on a single day. June 7th was the busiest day for vets according to the research. Listen up and you'll know what days you can expect a wait at the doctor's office.

Goats as PetsGet Your Goat!
Goats aren't just for farmers anymore. With minimal space, goats allow even those with small backyards the experiences and pleasures of keeping livestock. Sue Weaver says they're just like having a cat or dog, but better.

Vladae's home is Animal RadioŽWhy Does My Dog Roll in Cat Poo?
Vladae The Russian Dog Wizard answers the age-old question about rolling in inappropriate stuff. He also explains why he got bit this week by a German Shepard. 25 stitches in his thigh!

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Pet Stay Las Vegas

Tasty MailmanDebra Wilson Goes Nuts for Mutts
She's back and she needs to change to decaf! Debra Wilson (MAD TV) is spending an awful lot of time with animals, and we love it!! From Oprah to big lizards to tasty kitties ... you won't want to miss this guest host.

Curious Pet Trends Disturbing
The largest pet health report ever compiled reveals a number of disturbing trends, such as a 46 percent increase in canine diabetes since 2005, and data showing that cat owners do not often seek veterinary care for their felines.

Rolex CollarFido Tells Time
Apparently you don't need to be able to tell time to look good wearing an expensive watch. Karen Denney recently purchased her border terrier a collar with a built-in Rolex watch that costs more than $4,100.

Spider Bite Improves Sex?
Spider ViagraA study has shown that spider venom may be the equivalent to Viagra. Men bitten by the Brazilian wandering spider are claiming that their sex lives were greatly improved. But be careful, the venom of the Brazilian wandering spider can sometimes be deadly and many men experienced priapism - long and painful erections.

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Recent Pet Food Recalls and Alerts

NestlĂŠ Purina Recalls Limited Number of Dry Cat Food Bags Due to a Potential Health Risk

NestlĂŠ Purina PetCare Company (NPPC) is voluntarily recalling approximately 870 bags of dry cat food shipped to Colorado, Idaho and Oregon. This is being done as a precautionary measure, as the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Only the following products with both the "Best By" date and production codes shown are included in this voluntary recall:

Product Name Bag Size "Best By" Date & Production Code* Bag UPC Code
Cat Chow Naturals Dry Cat Foot 6.3 lb. AUG 2012 10331083 13 17800 11320
Friskies Grillers Blend Dry Cat Food 3.15 lb. AUG 2012 10381083 06 50000 08450
Friskies Grillers Blend Dry Cat Food 16 lb. AUG 2012 10381083 06 50000 57578

*"Best By" Date and Production Code is found on the back or bottom of the bag.

The bags of dry cat food in this recall were distributed in error in February, 2011 to a small number of customers in Colorado, Idaho and Oregon, which may have further distributed the product to other Western states. There have been no consumer complaints and no reports of illness.

No additional Purina cat or dog products are involved. Only products which match the "Best By" date and production codes above are involved.

Consumers who have purchased any of these dry cat food products with these "Best By" Dates and Production Codes should discard it.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the product and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated products. People handling contaminated dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may exhibit decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

At NestlĂŠ Purina PetCare, the safety and efficacy of our products are our top priority. We apologize for any inconvenience due to this voluntary recall. For further information or to obtain a product refund, please call NPPC toll-free at 1-800-982-6559 weekdays 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time, or visit

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Rolling in Cat Pooh

Christy I would like to know why my dog likes to roll in cat pooh?

Doctor Debbie: You ask a great question that has plaqued many a dog lovers mind! Why do dogs savor their special "doggie perfume" - whether it be cat poop, cow dung, or a decaying carcass?
You may hear lots of theories out there from various animal experts, but the truth is that nobody really has an absolute answer. I tend to side with the belief that they are marking where they have been and just want to share their Eau de Poop. Dogs find many of these smelly things interesting and fun- and just want to include us with their games.
Another common theory is that it's an attempt to mask their scent- so they can hunt and not have their own scent picked up.
I truthfully believe dogs just find this behavior downright FUN! Note the joy in their body language when they do it. As the humans in the home, we cannot stand the behavior- but they just think it's a fine way to spend the day!
Best Wishes!
Dr. Debbie


My dog is slipping on smooth surfaces

Sandra: Dear Dr. Debbie, I have a quick question. My small dog is having much difficulty running and sometimes walking on smooth surfaces. Her pads are smooth and I think that is the problem. She is 8 years old and in good health.  Is there a product or something you can recommend to help her not slip. I'm concerned she will hurt herself. Thank you so much for the wonderful work you do. I listen to you on Animal Radio and appreciate your style and knowledge.  Best Regards, Sandy

Doctor Debbie: Hi there Sandy!
There are a couple things you can just depends on what works best for her and your household.
The most effortless change is to provide throw rugs or yoga mats for traction. But of course not everyone wants to turn their home into a yoga studio! But sometimes a few strategically placed mats or rugs can help in the heavy traffic areas.
There are different styles of doggie booties sold through pets stores. But if you are the creative type you can purchase toddler socks that gave the "grippie" bottom on them. Then you need to sew a velcro fitting to the top to easily secure.
I've also had some folks with dogs in agility competitions use a product called "Firm Grip". It is a spray you apply to the bottoms of the feet and is made of a natural rosin.
I'd also make sure to mention her slippage on the floors to your vet. This can be a very early sign of orthopedic or neurologic problems- would be worthwhile to have the vet give her a good look and feel!
Thanks for tunining in to the show!

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America's Family Pet Expo,
Where: Puyallup Fair & Events Center
110 9th Aenue SW
Puyallup, WA 98371
When: Jul 08, 2011 (Fri) - Jul 10, 2011 (Sun) Time: 10 am - 6 pm
The world's largest pet and pet product expo comes to Puyallup, WA. Over 1,000 animals including dogs, cats, equine, birds, fish, llamas, pot bellied pigs, goats, rats, reptiles, rabbits, miniature horses and more may be on display in stage shows, competitions and demonstrations. Thousands of pet products for sale at special show prices. Plenty of animal experts, pet adoptions, hands-on petting and learning opportunities. Everything you need to know for a happier, healthier pet.

Animal Celebration 2011,
Where: Todd's Point, Fort Bragg CA
200250 Ocean View Drive
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
When: Jul 16, 2011 (Sat) Time: 11 - 4pm
Join us for a sunny day on the Mendocino Coast Headlands celebrating Pets and Animals. Located Watch a K-9 Demonstration, learn about local Resources and Rescue Groups, get your Dog a Photo or show off your pet in the Talent Contest or Best Dressed Patriotic Pet. Horse rides and Petting Zoo too.

Dog Day of Summer Event
Where: Hudson Mills Metropark
8801 North Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130
When: Jul 30, 2011 (Sat) Time: 11 am - 2 pm
Join the fun with your dog (or dogs) at our Dog Day of Summer Event. You will have a howling good time. Participate in training clinics, watch herding demos, sign up for doggie contests, and learn helpful tips from local veterinarians and more.

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