Talkin' Pets News
August 12, 2017
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Maria Ryan - DogGone Positive
Producer - Zach Budin
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Executive Producer - Bob Page
Special Guest - David Baron, author of American Eclipse, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 8/12/17 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away his book just in time for the August 21, 2017 Eclipse
(May 20, 2013)—As we prepare to kick off summer this Memorial Day weekend, The Humane Society of the United States reminds everyone to keep pets safe during the warm months ahead.
“Summer is the perfect time to enjoy being with your pets,” said KC Theisen, director of pet care issues at The Humane Society of the United States. “But it’s important to keep your pets’ ID tags current in case they get lost, and beware of dangers associated with the warm weather, like hot pavement, hot cars and garden chemicals. With just a few extra precautions, you and your four-legged family members can have a happy and safe sun-filled season.”
The HSUS offers a few tips to keep your pets safe and healthy during summer:
Safer summer outings
- While Fido may leap at the opportunity for a joy ride, leaving any pet—dog, cat, rabbit, etc.— alone in a parked car during warm weather can be deadly. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85 degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car, even with the windows cracked open, can reach 102 degrees within just 10 minutes, and after 30 minutes the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Even when the temperature outside is a balmy 72 degrees, the temperature inside your car can rocket to a fatal 116 degrees in less than an hour.
- Your four-legged friend needs exercise too. However, exercising in the summer heat can be just as uncomfortable for your pet as it is for you. Take your walks in the early mornings or late evening, not in the heat of midday, and remember that hot pavement can burn the pads of your pet’s paws.
- Keep your pet inside moving cars whenever you travel. A carrier is the safest place for your cat. Letting your dog travel with his or her head outside the open car window is dangerous—flying particles and debris can cause eye damage, and some pets have actually fallen out of moving vehicles. And dogs should never ride unsecured in the back of pickup trucks, regardless of how slow you are moving.
- Heartworms, ticks and fleas are more of a problem in warmer months and can cause serious health problems. Contact your veterinarian about products that will keep your pet healthy and parasite free.
- Avoid using cocoa mulch, pesticides, fertilizers and other gardening products that can pose hazards to pets, and encourage your neighbors to do the same.
- Summertime can also bring major weather events like hurricanes and tornados. Remember, never leave your pets behind – if conditions aren’t safe for you, they are not safe for your pets. Visit humanesociety.org/disaster for tips on disaster preparedness.
- Sunburn is a hazard for pets who spend time outdoors. Use a pet-safe sunscreen to protect your pet from the sun’s harming rays, which can cause skin cancer especially of the ears and nose.
- For pet owners in the East Coast, while cicadas may be a tempting treat for dogs, eating too many can cause digestive upset.
Avoid losing your pets:
- Check that your pet’s ID tags and microchip information are current, and that their collar is secure. Tags and microchips are life preservers in the event you lose a pet, and will allow whoever finds your pet to notify you quickly.
- Keep your feline friends safe and content indoors by providing them with cat grass and window perches that bring the great outdoors inside. Or consider screening in a porch or outdoor patio where you can allow your kitty some safe outdoor time. Also, cats can be trained to “walk” on a harness (never just use a collar and leash or tie your cat out), allowing you both to enjoy a little more leisure time in the yard.
- Common summer noises like fireworks and thunder may startle pets. For many animal shelters, the day after a town fireworks display is one of the busiest days of the year, as family pets become lost fleeing the sounds. Before a storm or fireworks display, bring your pet indoors or put him/her on a leash or secure tether.
For more pet health and safety tips visit humanesociety.org/pets.
How Many Pets are Lost? How Many Find Their Way Home?
ASPCA Survey Has Answers
First published national study of its kind regarding lost pets
NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that a telephone survey of more than 1,000 pet-owning households across the country has uncovered new data regarding how many pets have been lost, how many ultimately made it home, and how their guardians found them.
The study involved a random digit dial survey of pet guardians to find out if they lost a dog or cat in the past five years – and if they did, did they find that pet – and where did they look? There were 1,015 households that had cared for a dog or cat within the past five years, and of those pet guardians surveyed:
- 15 percent had lost a dog or a cat in the past five years – a lower number than had been anecdotally reported;
- 85 percent of those lost dogs and cats were recovered;
- The percentage of lost dogs compared to lost cats was quite similar – 14 percent for dogs and 15 percent for cats; and
- Cat guardians were less likely to find their cat – only 74 percent of lost cats were recovered, while 93 percent of lost dogs were recovered.
"This research tells us that there is a possibility that a significant percentage of the stray dogs and cats in the shelters around the country do not have someone looking for them," said Dr. Emily Weiss, vice president of shelter research and development for the ASPCA. It also highlights the importance of ID tags and other forms of identification to ensure the quick return of lost pets."
In addition, there were differences in the ways in which the lost dogs and cats were recovered:
- Forty-nine percent of dog guardians found their dog by searching the neighborhood, and 15 percent of the dogs were recovered because they were wearing an ID tag or had a micro-chip;
- Fifty-nine percent of cat guardians found their cat because it returned home on its own; 30 percent found their cat by searching the neighborhood; and
- Only 6 percent of dog guardians and 2 percent of cat guardians found their lost pets at a shelter.
The data from this research study that shows how and where the guardians found their animals could be extremely helpful for those who may lose a pet in the future. Searching immediately when one knows the pet is lost, and searching within the neighborhood first through visual searches as well as posters and internet opportunities proved to be key. Checking local shelters from the first day your pet is lost is also important.
The cross-sectional national random digit dial telephone interview was conducted between September and November 2010. The study was published in the June 2012 issue of the journal Animals.
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.
Fourth of July is just around the corner, and while it’s typically a time for celebration, it can signify a time of devastating loss for pet owners. More runaway and lost pets end up in animal shelters on the 4th of July than any other day of the year, and during the summer months, the number of lost pets increases by 30%. Tagg—The Pet Tracker is an advanced GPS tracking device which allows pet owners to track and locate their best friend via the web or mobile device, whether it’s a normal day or during a time of crisis.
Tagg will send the pet parent an alert via email or text message if Fluffy or Fido wanders outside their designated safe area. The lightweight Tagg tracker attaches to a cat or dog’s existing collar, is designed to be worn at all times, and can operate for up to 30 days before recharging. A Tagg master kit is $99.95 which includes one month of free service; after the first month, service is $7.95/month. The Tagg gps pet tracking system is available in four colors: White, Pink, Gray and Blue and can be purchased online at www.tagg.com, Amazon.com, Target.com, Apple.com. Tagg master kits are also now sold at Target and Apple retail locations for $99.95 with three months of service.
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Red Dingo Partners with PetHub to Bring Digital Pet ID Tags to Retailers
PetHub’s digital ID platform helps Red Dingo quickly add QR codes, GPS email notifications, shelter alerts, and web profiles to its stylish tags to help protect lost pets
Seattle, WA, February 23, 2012 – PetHub (www.pethub.com), the company that provides the fastest and safest way to get lost pets home, today announced that Red Dingo (www.reddingo.com) has selected its patent-pending digital ID tag technology to include on its newest line of pet ID tags. Red Dingo, known for using high quality materials that are designed for durability and long lasting good looks, selected PetHub based on its unique ability to add Quick Response (QR) codes, GPS email notifications, shelter alerts, and consumer-friendly Web profiles to its stylish tags.
“We’re in the business of creating amazing accessories for dogs and cats, but needed a partner with the right software expertise to help us add the latest and greatest digital ID technology to our tags,” said Craig Chalk, CEO at Red Dingo. “With PetHub, not only do we get the best digital ID technology to identify pets, we also get to help our customers feel good that they can protect their pet.”
With PetHub, anyone with a Smartphone can easily scan a QR-code on a pet’s tag or use a unique Web address on the front of the tag to access a pet’s critical information and immediately take proper action to help a lost or injured animal. The new Red Dingo tags will include a free PetHub account which will provide immediate, one-scan access to critical information such as emergency contacts, necessary medication, allergies, immunizations, vet and insurance providers, dietary needs, and much more. Pet owners can update the information anytime, anywhere from any browser or mobile device.
“We envision a day when every family dog or cat will be protected with a digital ID tag,” said Tom Arnold, CEO and founder of PetHub. “Partnerships with quality manufacturers like Red Dingo will help us accomplish this even faster, ensuring that our beloved lost animals are never on the streets with only a name and number.”
The new Red Dingo tags powered by PetHub are currently available at 50 designated retailers and will be completely rolled out in the United States and Canada by the summer of 2012. In addition to the retailers, the new tags can also be purchased directly on PetHub.com starting at $15.90 (USD). Red Dingo customers will receive free unlimited storage data as well as access to educational articles, relevant event listings, and local destinations added by the PetHub community and experts. Pet owners can upgrade to the Silver subscription ($3.95 per month or $39 per year) which not only helps owners notify local animal shelters if the pet gets lost but also sends owners an email with the exact location of where the tag got scanned with a GPS-enabled phone. The Gold subscription ($4.95 per month or $49 per year) includes all the benefits of the Silver subscription as well as a collectible PetHub ID tag each spring and $3,000 emergency insurance that covers the pet for injuries sustained while lost.
Special launch promotion for Groupon Members
As a special launch promotion from Feb 28 - March 5, Groupon members can purchase the new Red Dingo digital ID tags plus a one-year silver subscription service for only $14, which is more than 60 percent off the standard annual price. For more information, be sure to watch for next week’s Groupon email that will arrive on Feb 28.
Global Pet Expo
If you’d like to see the new Red Dingo digital ID tags in-person, PetHub will be in Booth 3176 and the New Products Showcase at Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida from February 29-March 2, 2012.
About Red Dingo
Red Dingo (www.reddingo.com) is a young and progressive Australian company that was formed for the sole purpose of designing and marketing quality pet accessories. Red Dingo pet products are built to outlast any pet adventure. Like our namesake the Dingo, a bush dog native to Australia, Red Dingo products are robust in design to complement every pet’s active lifestyle. The extra effort incorporated in the design, materials and quality of each Red Dingo product means we can guarantee with complete confidence that our pet accessories will outperform all others. At Red Dingo, “near enough simply isn’t good enough.”
PetHub, Inc. (www.pethub.com) is focused on getting lost pets home faster and safer than ever before by utilizing current and new technologies, including QR code pet ID tags, GPS mapping, and real-time notifications. PetHub’s products and services were recently recognized in the December 2011 issues of both Dog Fancy Magazine and Pet AGE Magazine, where the company was honored with an “Editors’ Choice Award” as well as a “Silver Seal Retailer Select” award. The company has multiple software patents pending. Facebook users can become a PetHub fan at http://Facebook.com/PetHub or follow updates at http://Twitter.com/PetHub. See also a recent YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjR4YJbuabs.
PetHub and their respective logos are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of PetHub. Other products and company names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective owners.
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