|Animal RadioŽ June 2012 Audio Newsletter|
Pop Diva Sheena Easton Guests
Get Paid To Watch Videos
Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You To Know
Man Spends $60,000 In Custody Battle For Dog
Fish Tank Kings
Lost Bird Blurts Out Address
Diamond Pet Food Recall Expands Yet Again
Man Spends $60,000 In Custody Battle For Dog
Diamond Expands Recall
Dog Receives Life In Prison
Bad Economy Doesn't Mean Cutting Back On Pet Expenses
Lush Lawn Can Cause Cancer In Dogs
Couples and Their Pets
Doggie Ice Cream Trucks and Vending Machines For Fido!
Animal RadioŽ Show #648
Eddie Money Guests
The Cat Owners Manual
The $46,000 ButterflyJessica Speart chronicled the 200 million dollar a year butterfly smuggling business. She followed one of the notorious smugglers and shares her story about Winged Obsession.
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39 States Included In The Pet Food Recall 2012 - Violations Report
Contaminated pet food is on the news today, after the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration announced nine states reported a Salmonella outbreak. The matter at hand has been challenging authorities since April, and all measures to contain it have failed so far. At the moment, 39 states have been included in the pet food recall 2012.
First reports of contaminated pet food first occurred in April, with Diamond Pet Foods initiating three voluntary recalls of dry dog food manufactured in its facility based in Gaston, S.C. Since then, Kirkland, Premium Edge, Wellness, Chicken Soup, Apex Pet Foods, Dog Lover's Soul, Canidae, Natural Balance and Diamond Naturals have been added to the list of the pet food recall 2012.
As of last month, Diamond Pet Foods has ordered the recall of dry dog food manufactured between December 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012. Initially there were only nine states on the list, but after 14 cases of people infected with Salmonella were reported, the company has expanded the number of states the recall takes place.
The company's statement reads: "We have taken corrective actions at our Gaston, S.C., facility and voluntarily expanded the recall out of concern for our customers and their pets".
Thus, the following states are now operating recalls of Diamond Pet Foods' dry dog food brands: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the persons that caught Salmonella might have been infected while feeding their pets. The Center for Veterinary Medicine with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that 14 people in nine states got sick with a rare strain of salmonella, called Salmonella Infantis.
The CDC has put together a little guide to help pet owners avoid contamination with Salmonella. It's mandatory to wash your hands every time you handle your pet's food and treats. Barton Behravesh, in charge with the CDC outbreak response team, said pet owners should handle the food and treats with the same attention they'd handle a baby bottle.
The problems keep piling up for former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield. A Forsyth County (N.C.) Superior Court judge has ordered Mayfield to pay $1 million to a postal carrier who was attacked in 2011 by Mayfield's five dogs.
The carrier, Mary E. Bolton, charged Mayfield with negligence in permitting their dogs, pit bull/Labrador mixes, to roam freely on his property. According to court accounts, Bolton was delivering the mail on April 21, 2011, and had a package too large to fit into the mailbox. She drove onto the property (which had "No Trespassing" and "Beware of Dog" signs visible) but was attacked by the dogs.
Mayfield, who was home at the time, chased off the dogs, carried Bolton into his house, and called 911. Bolton was transported to a nearby hospital, and after several months off work, now suffers from nerve damage and post-traumatic stress disorder. Animal control authorities confiscated and later euthanized the dogs.
Bolton indicated that she lost an estimated $14,000 in income because of the injuries. Mayfield has said he offered to pay for her medical costs, but did not show up in court or file an answer to Bolton's charges. While Mayfield expressed regret over the incident, he also noted the reality of the situation, that his house is nearly a mile from the street and that he moved to the country expressly to allow his dogs to run free on his own property.
"I'm far enough off the road to not get messed with," he said. "My dogs never left that property, yet I've got a $1 million judgment against me."
In this instance, Mayfield was not charged with a crime. But it is one more in a series of tragic and traumatic events piling up against Mayfield. His home was auctioned off because he owed roughly $3 million on the property. Mayfield also still faces charges of drug possession, larceny and possession of stolen goods. He has also been involved in lawsuits with his stepmother, whom he accused of (but later recanted) being involved in the death of his father.
He has not raced in NASCAR since 2009, when he was suspended for testing positive for methamphetamines. At the time, he protested his innocence, but Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon expressed concern about sharing a track with him.
Mayfield did not file a response to Bolton's charges because he says he cannot afford attorneys on this matter as well as his criminal ones.
"If I had $1 million to give away," he said, "I wouldn't be in this situation."
If you had the cash, around $150,000, would you clone your pet? George Semel did. And he spent an hour explaining why and fielding calls on Animal RadioŽ (http://AnimalRadio.com/640PODCAST.mp3).
The entire episode was taped for TV and TLC's "I Cloned My Pet." Be sure to catch this on TV Monday May 21st at 10pm P/E. This is your opportunity to go behind the scenes with Animal RadioŽ.
George mentions that he has tissue that is cryo-preserved already from another dog since 2005, but he couldn't afford to clone that dog at that time. He says it was also in advance of the proper techniques to clone a dog. The tissue for this dog is still on hold.
The cloning techniques are far more advanced now, so George was able to clone Bob. The process allowed them to clone 10 million cells from Bob's tissue. The cloning was successful, and there are triplets of Bob still in Korea with their surrogate mother, where the cloning took place. George did get to see the puppies after they were born on December 28th, and states that the puppies all look genetically identical to Bob.
George tells us that he has been sworn to secrecy about the amount he paid for the cloning, but stated that, "It is an expensive proposition." There was never really a signed agreement for the cloning, and the Koreans surprised George with the triplets. They are now demanding a larger payment than was expected. George and his friend Alex are trying to raise the remainder of the money. They have created a song, The Clone Song, and are selling it for $.99 a download to offset the cost of the process.
George has not been able to test the DNA of these puppies to see if they are true clones of Bob, he is just taking the Koreans word for it. However, he will be able to check their DNA against the original Bob's DNA when he brings the puppies back to the United States.
When asked why George didn't adopt one of the many homeless dogs waiting for homes, he stated that, "I was saving a saved animal that didn't get to be fully saved." He states that he originally made a commitment to a saved animal.
When asked what dog cloning can lead to, with regard to female dogs that are kept in cages to be surrogates for these clones (much like puppy mills), George states that the technique is currently being used in people and this is no different. For example, he states, a woman will carry a baby for another woman who can't have children and be paid for her services. But the difference is that these female dogs didn't ask for this kind of life!
George hasn't made arrangements to pick up the puppies yet, but hopes to have them with him soon. He states, "I did it for the dog. I didn't really do it for myselfŚ I did what I thought was the right thing for the puppy, meeting my obligation to him..."
George doesn't feel he is playing 'God," but feels that someone has to be adventurous enough to examine what the boundaries are and to push those boundaries. George hopes that one day humans will also be cloned, as he feels there is a place for that as well.
We received many calls during the interview. Some were for cloning, while others were against. What do you think? Would you clone your dog?
This Little Piggy is a Pet, Court Rules
One little piggy is going to be able to continue crying "wee wee wee" all the way to its Houston home. A Texas judge has ruled that the pig is a pet, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
The battle over Wilbur the pig began when Alex Sardo gave his wife, Missy, the then-7-week-old Vietnamese pot-bellied pig. But when the couple's homeowners association found out, they wanted the piglet out. Cypresswood Community Improvement Association sent a letter to the Sardo family stating they had 30 days to get rid of it or face a lawsuit.
The family sued instead, insisting Wilbur was a pet. And a Harris County district judge agreed, but not entirely for the reasons you'd expect.
The HOA argued that under its guidelines, only "common" and "traditional" pets were allowed. But based on the evidence, the court ruled that Wilbur's breed wasn't meant for commercial purposes and was indeed a pet.
The court further stated that the issue wasn't just about what is and isn't a pet, but rather the amount of control HOAs can assert over residents.
Community covenants generally include noise and pet restrictions. Typically, many prohibit exotic animals from being kept and restrict excessive noise during usual bedtimes. Many municipalities also have similar laws.
Generally, violators can be cited with fines if they don't comply. And as the HOA's actions against the Sardo family shows, injunctive action is also possible.
Wilbur the pig gained national attention after the Sardo family set up a Facebook page detailing the piggy's saga. And following a Texas court's ruling that the pig is a pet, it looks like their efforts paid off.
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David: My wife and I have a 12 year old Golden Retriever. His name is "Einstein" (because he's so smart) :). However, this poor dog has had a ongoing ear infection for most of his life. Believe me, we have had him to the vet constantly. We have put out hundreds of dollars in med's and doc. visits. The only medicine that even seems to work at all is (Mometamax), but it just will not clear it up. The vet even did a surgery on his ears where he cut out some of the ear on the inside. The vet said that there is another type of surgery that is more severe, but that it is only a 50/50 chance of it working, but it is way to cost preventative to really consider. Now with him being older, it probably would not help anyway.
We did try another vet a couple of years ago, cannot remember the medication that was used, but it made Einstein so lethargic that we said enough of that. It was as if he was in a drug stupor. He just laid around, wouldn't play at all, barely ate or drank any water, his eyes changed, lifeless, as if he wasn't even in there. It really scared us. You couldn't even tickle him. It was like he couldn't feel it. And he really, really, really loves having his belly scratched. Well, after taking him off those med's, in a few days, he returned back to normal. As far as his ears go, it didn't have any effect. He was on them for a little over a month.
We are pretty sure that Einstein is now deaf, or close to it. Probably caused by the infection, probably irreversible, or it could be caused by his (the vet calls it droupsy), he also called it by its official name? The right side of his face is like it is partly paralyzed, the skin kinda hangs down a bit. We had to put drops in his right eye until he learned how to blink again. Although, we think that he is not able to see out of it barely or at all now.
Of course, with him being 12, we have considered putting him down, but we really don't want to do that just yet. He seems to still be very happy and maybe not so full of energy, but still willing and wanting to play an get around on his own. He is having some issues with getting up, being stiff and such, but he doesn't appear to be in any pain except for his ears. We had to put down our 4 year old German Sheppard because of cancer and hip dysplasia, and I really don't want to go through that again if I don't have to.
I realize that without seeing our dog, that there is probably not much you can do, but if you might have some suggestions or possible recommendations. That would be so very much appreciated. Believe me, If we had the means, we would be on the next plane.
Dr. Debbie: Sorry about Einstein's ongoing ear issues- the nerve symptoms do suggest that his ear problems are chronic and severe. It sounds like your vet has recommended a total ear canal ablation as a surgical option. This usually eliminates chronic ear infections since the entire ear canal is removed. I'll agree that his advanced age and the overall cost of the procedure would be difficult to justify that step. But it can be curative for some pets.
Mike: She's been drinking a lot of water not eating as much I don't want her to suffer what could be wrong thanks
Dr. Debbie: If your baby has excess thirst I would be concerned about issues like diabetes, kidney disease and liver disease. If she isn't spayed, then I'd also consider Pyometra.
It is important to you see the vet- he'll probably want to do a basic CBC and chemistry profile to narrow down the possibilities. Since she isn't eating well, I'd definitely get her checked out soon before things progress.
Pam: I have a MaltiPoo, as sweeeeeeet as can be with lots and lots of personality. Then one day she started to lunge from her leash, bark, growl and try to take a nip at another dog. She does this to birds she sees sitting in the street too.
Dr. Debbie: I do believe your sweet little girl has found her presumed "job" in protecting you from would be threats. The leash is her extension of you and while on it, she feels she is driving away possible danger from her pack. The previous bite could partly contribute, but isn't the sole cause of this. You will need to examine your relationship as her pack leader. Dogs that do this type of behavior tend to have very loving pet parents that treat them with ample affection, but are short on the discipline end of the relationship.
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