Talkin Pets Radio Social Media Update...This past week on the Talkin Pets Radio Social Media channels we had some really good posts...A sweet boy is brought to tears by a puppy in the best way possible... a squinty kitty tries to steal a whole fish from his owners plate... pug puppies and a great story on Matilda the resident kitty at the Algonquin Hotel in New York.We also posted a great story on International Guide Dog Day urging people to resist petting guide dogs while they are working. This one is very informative...And lets not forget the video story of the cute puppy whos Mom died and was taken in by a Cat and her kittens... but we started last Monday with an adorable video of bulldog who braves a bridge over water... sort of... You can reach all of our social media channels right from our web page... talkinpets.com t-a-l-k-i-n pets.com facebook, twitter & instgram links all right on top of the home page... make sure you friend, like & follow along all week long for entertaining and informative Talkin Pets Radio content all week long.--------------------------
It literally was a whale of a job..... 60,000-pound carcass removed from California beachA contractor working for the state parks department spent two days using an excavator to cut up the 40-foot whale, which was hauled off to a San Diego County landfill.The end of the two-day, $30,000 project included skimming the top layer of sand off the Lower Trestles, a surfing beach near San Clemente where the whale washed ashore.That was to eliminate any sand contaminated by the whale's body fluids.As they started to dismember the carcass, they said it was messy but it wasn't as messy as it could have been," Rich Haydon, area state parks superintendent.The whale was a tourist attraction for a few days. Despite an overpowering stench, some people skipped work or school to snap photos with the towering carcass.
Pop went the weasel and down went the Large Hadron ColliderIt's one of the physics world's most complex machines, and it has been immobilized - temporarily - by a weasel.Spokesman Arnaud Marsollier says the world's largest atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN outside of Geneva, has suspended operations because a weasel invaded a transformer that helps power the machine and set off an electrical outage this week.Authorities say the incident was one of several small glitches that will delay plans to restart the $4.4 billion collider by a few days.Marsollier says that the weasel died - and little remains of it.Officials of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym CERN, have been gearing up for new data from the 27-kilometer (17-mile) circuit that runs underground on the Swiss-French border.--------------------
How Does Zika Affect Pets? The Virus Will Spread Across Yards In The US This Summer...Mosquito-transmitted virus Zika has taken over headlines lately, and the longer it sticks around, the worse the virus seems. It can affect healthy adults and the damage it can cause to unborn fetuses is scary news for pregnant women across the Americas. With news that Zika can cause microcephaly and neurological complications such as Guillain-Barré Syndrome and myelitis, researchers are aiming to discover as much as possible about the virus. One question that frequently pops up actually concerns our furry friends, and rightly so — they're part of the family. So how does Zika affect pets?The good news is, there haven't been any reported cases of Zika affecting pets. The bad news is, there hasn't really been enough research on the connection between Zika and animals (beyond mosquitoes, of course) to conclusively say they cannot be affected, but experts do know that some animals have contracted Zika.According to the CDC, Zika was actually first detected in a mildly feverish monkey in Uganda's Zika Forest in the 1940s. Other primates have since been infected with the virus, but none have shown any symptoms other than a mild fever (if they have any symptoms at all). Another range of experiments in the 1970s proved that non-primate animals could be infected as well, when researchers in Indonesia infected cows, horses, water buffalo, goats, ducks, and bats with the virus — but there was no evidence that they actually developed the disease or that they could then transmit it afterwards.Veterinarian Jennifer Coates, DVM, said:
At this point, mosquito control measures and the use of repellants labeled for animals are the best preventative measures available should you have to travel to a Zika endemic area with your pet or if natural transmission through mosquito bites does become a problem locally in the future.
To my knowledge, there have been no reports of illness or birth defects related to Zika virus infection in animals. That does not necessarily mean that it does not occur, however. It simply means that the research has not been done.So it looks like the verdict is still out for pet owners concerned about the threat of Zika, researchers are racing to do something about Zika in humans, so it might be a while before similar research on animals catches up. ----------------------
Keep your pets away from this toxic sweetner....Most people know chocolate is dangerous for pet, some people know about the dangers of grapes and raisins, but few people know about xylitol.Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is present in a lot of different products now. While it is OK for people, it can cause a rapid drop in blood sugar and even liver failure in dogs and cats and can easily be fatal.You would be amazed how prevalent it is. It is often found in:— Nasal sprays— Over The Counter sleep aids— Multivitamins— Prescription sedatives— Antacids— Stool softeners— Chewing gum— Breath mints— Dental products like toothpaste and mouthwash— Ice cream— Candy— Jell-O— Syrup, jam, honey, ketchup— Energy drinksSo anytime your pet consumes something, read the label carefully. If xylitol is included in the ingredient list, seek veterinary care immediately.If you are ever unsure about the safety of something your pet ate, you can always contact the Pet Poison Helpline 24 hours a day at 800-213-6680 or www.petpoisonhelpline.com.----------------------