Talkin' Pets News
January 6, 2018
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Dr. Linda Register - East West Animal Hospital
Producer - Lexi Lapp
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Executive Producer - Bob Page
Special Guest - Peter Zheutlin author of "Rescued" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 1/06/18 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away his new book
Talkin' Pets News
June 10, 2017
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Dr. Linda Register
Producer - Zach Budin
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Executive Producer - Bob Page
Special Guest - Hour 1 Dr. Jeffrey Werber - Pet Appreciation Week
MILWAUKEE, WI — The Postal Service reissued a 1-cent stamp featuring a distinctive bobcat design in a water-activated gum coil of 10,000 stamps at the American Philatelic Society Stamp Show today. Customers may purchase the Bobcat stamp at usps.com/stamps, at 800-STAMP-24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide.
The stamp art is a highly stylized, digital image of a bobcat with golden eyes, a pink nose and fur in shades of brown. Nancy Stahl of New York City illustrated the stamp under the guidance of Carl Herrmann of Carlsbad, CA, one of the stamp program’s five art directors.
“The Bobcat stamp is an ideal product for small-business mailers — and any customer, for that matter — to use whenever a price adjustment goes into effect,” said U.S. Postal Service Executive Director of Stamp Services and Corporate Licensing Susan McGowan in dedicating the stamp. “Customers won’t have to discard their old denominated stamps since the new Bobcat 1-cent stamps can be used when mailing statements, brochures and any other correspondence.”
The Postal Service originally issued this bobcat design in 2012 as a 1-cent definitive stamp in coils of 3,000. Definitive stamps, also known as mail use stamps, may vary in denomination, are issued in unlimited quantities, and may remain on sale for an indefinite period. Commemorative stamps are produced in limited quantities and depict the cultural and historical heritage of the United States (e.g., important people, events, places or special subjects of national appeal or significance). Commemorative stamps are usually issued at the 1-ounce single-piece First-Class Mail letter price, and are sold for a limited period of time. Today, commemorative stamps are Forever stamps, which are sold at the current price for mailing 1-ounce First-Class letters and are good for mailing letters anytime in the future, regardless of price changes.
Bobcats (Lynx rufus) are members of the feline family found across the United States. The medium-sized cats are proficient hunters, stalking their prey with patience and stealth. Much of the bobcat’s diet consists of rabbits and rodents, but they are not particular when it comes to choosing their next meal.
Bobcats are found in a wide range of environments, including mountains, forests and deserts. Their coats can range in color from beige to brown, with dark spots and stripes. Tufts of fur on the tips of their ears, and short bobbed tails help distinguish bobcats from other felines. Bobcats are mostly nocturnal and solitary, finding dens in caves or rocks. In the wild, bobcats can live more than 12 years.
The Bobcat and many of this year’s other stamps may be viewed on Facebook at facebook.com/USPSStamps, via Twitter @USPSstamps or at beyondtheperf.com/2013-preview.
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase stamps at a local Post Office, The Postal Store at usps.com/stamps, or by calling 800-STAMP-24. Customers should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others, and place them in larger envelopes addressed to:
Main Office Window Unit
PO Box 5066
Milwaukee, WI 53201-5066
After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. While the first 50 postmarks are free, there is a 5-cent charge per postmark beyond that. All orders must be postmarked by Oct. 9, 2013.
The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online at usps.com/stamps or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:
United States Postal Service Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014
Two philatelic products are available for this stamp:
· 789216, First-Day Cover (Bobcat stamp plus Patriotic Star stamp), $0.91.
· 789221, Digital Color Postmark (Bobcat plus Patriotic Star stamp), $1.62.
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California legislature passes SB 1221 prohibiting the cruel use of dogs in hunting bears, bobcats
NEW YORK— The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) applauds California legislators for passing Senate Bill 1221 to ban the cruel and unsporting practice of “hounding” bears and bobcats, and urges Gov. Jerry Brown to swiftly sign the bill into law. Sponsored by Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), the state Senate passed the bill on a 22-13 concurrence vote yesterday, approving amendments to enable wildlife research, nuisance wildlife control, and unintentional wildlife and dog encounters on private property.
“Hounding is not fair sport, it is blatant animal cruelty,” said Nancy Perry, senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations. “Although SB 1221 faced strong opposition from the hound hunting lobby, California legislators listened to their constituents and have once again demonstrated their commitment to passing laws to prevent the suffering of animals. We encourage Governor Brown to sign this important measure into law.”
Hounding involves fitting dogs with radio devices that allow bear and bobcat hunters to monitor the dogs' movements remotely. Dogs are released to chase a frightened wild animal for miles until the animal is exhausted and typically seeks refuge in a tree. At that point, the hunter approaches the cornered animal and shoots the bear or bobcat down from a limb.
In addition to the fatally injured bears and bobcats, the dogs suffer, too. In the course of defending themselves, bears have inflicted fatal injuries to dogs. Often times, when a dog becomes injured or is perceived as being too timid or slow, the dog is abandoned and left to starve to death. Due to this type of hunting, animal shelters are often inundated with abandoned or injured hunting dogs who are no longer wanted by their owners.
“California should lead the nation in animal welfare, but the barbaric practice of hound hunting is out-of-step with citizens' strong desire for humane laws,” added Perry. “More than 30 states have already banned this practice, including states where hunting is still a popular practice, and California should join the growing list by enacting SB 1221.”
For more information on the ASPCA and to join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade, please visit www.aspca.org.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Cat owners should keep cats indoors, use tick preventatives to reduce chance of disease
COLUMBIA, Mo. —Lone Star ticks, which are notorious carriers of many diseases including cytauxzoonosis, or “bobcat fever,” have been spreading across the nation in recent years. As a result, cats across much of the country are now exposed to the deadly disease. University of Missouri veterinarian Leah Cohn, a small animal disease expert, and Adam Birkenheuer from North Carolina State University, have found an effective treatment for the dangerous disease.
“Previous treatment methods have only been able to save less than 25 percent of infected cats, but our method, which is now being used by veterinarians across the country, has been shown to save about 60 percent of infected cats,” Cohn said. “While that number isn’t as high as we’d like due to the deadly nature of the disease, our method is the first truly effective way to combat the disease.”
Routinely carried by bobcats and mountain lions, Cohn and Birkenheuer also found that bobcat fever can even infect tigers. All types of cats, but only cats, can catch bobcat fever. Cohn calls the disease the “Ebola virus for cats,” saying that it is a very quick and painful death for cats that succumb from the infection. Bobcat fever is easily spread between cats through tick bites, but Cohn and Birkenheuer found that the disease is not readily passed down through birth like malaria and many other protozoan diseases.
“Bobcat fever affects healthy outdoor cats the most, because they are the most likely to get bitten by ticks,” Cohn said. “The disease acts very quickly and can kill a cat less than a week after it begins to show signs of being sick, so it is important to get treatment from a veterinarian as soon as the cat appears ill.”
Cohn says the best way for cat owners to prevent their cats from catching bobcat fever is to keep them indoors as much as possible. Early symptoms of the disease include sluggishness and refusal to eat. Pet owners who also have dogs should use tick collars, because while dogs are not susceptible to the disease, they can bring infected ticks into contact with house cats. Cohn says tick preventatives for cats also can help, but owners should be sure to check with their veterinarians to make sure they use cat-specific products, as tick collars for dogs can be harmful to cats.
Cohn says her future research involves creating a vaccine to protect cats against bobcat fever. Her work has been published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, the Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and the Journal of Veterinary Parasitology.