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Talkin' Pets News

April 21, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer / Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests - Natalia Morris, oldest sister and main songwriter for SOUTHERN HALO as well as a big pet lover, will join host Jon Patch 4/21/18, live on Talkin’ Pets at 630pm ET to discuss & give away their upcoming album, Just Like in the Movies

 

A wild animal rescue group is undergoing pressure from Clackamas County to undergo several changes.

One of the main concerns for Clackamas County officials is that "A Walk on the Wild Side" doesn't have regulatory oversight to allow the public to tour the rescue.

A code enforcement spokesman told the rescue they need to limit the amount of time they're open to the public through the month of October. This will allow the rescue to operate under the same building code as haunted houses and "other temporary attractions."

"The buildings that they're using in the refuse - a number of those have never actually been permitted," said building codes administrator Scott Caufield.

"Wild Side" volunteers told KATU they will try to abide by the county's new demands, adding they usually aren't even open to the public until October. However, they open occasionally for private tours to donors, kids with terminal illnesses and elderly groups.

"We have taken down the tents over the smaller petting zoo animals. Those are gone already," said volunteer Olivia Robertson. "Some electrical things to fix what they want done have already been bought as well."

The county has said it is willing to possibly compromise on off-season tours once "Wild Side" completes building code upgrades.

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released a statement last week on the ongoing opioid shortages affecting both human and veterinary medicine, resulting from issues at a drug manufacturing plant.

“In order to prevent any pharmaceutical drug shortage that negatively impacts patients, DEA is working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, drug manufacturers, wholesale distributors, and hospital associations to ensure that patients have access to necessary hospital-administered pain medications,” said the DEA in its statement. “These include certain injectable products that contain morphine, hydromorphone, meperidine, and fentanyl.”

“In recent months, the largest U.S. manufacturer of these injectable products has slowed production at one of their manufacturing facilities in order to perform necessary and required upgrades. As a result, this company voluntarily surrendered a portion of their quota allotment and DEA reallocated these amounts to three DEA-registered manufacturers of FDA approved injectable products in accordance with DEA regulations.

“DEA is communicating actively and directly with all entities impacted and is committed to making further adjustments to individual procurement quotas as necessary and will also consider other measures that may be necessary to address potential shortages for these products.”

The shortage is expected to last into 2019, according to DEA.

Veterinarians experiencing shortages should report the information to the FDA, and use professional judgment in treating patients with opioids and available alternatives, said the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Veterinarians can also visit avma.org/opioids to learn more about the laws governing veterinary opioids and find resources for use in your practice. These include:

  • A back-office guide to help veterinarians identify potential “vet shoppers” and prevent drug diversion
  • State requirements for veterinary participation in prescription drug monitoring programs
  • Veterinary CE requirements related to opioids and other controlled substances

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A 17-year-old Thoroughbred gelding from an Orange Country, California, facility has been diagnosed with equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM, the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus-1 [EHV-1]) after developing neurologic signs of disease, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) reported April 13.

“The gelding has been isolated and placed under quarantine,” the CDFA’s statement said. “Exposed horses will be monitored for clinical signs and temperatures will be taken twice daily. Any horse displaying a fever or compatible clinical signs will be tested.”

Herpesvirus is highly contagious among horses and can cause a variety of ailments in equids, including rhinopneumonitis (a respiratory disease usually found in young horses), abortion in broodmares, and EHM. In many horses, the only sign of EHV-1 infection is fever, which can go undetected.

In addition to fever, other common signs of EHV-1 infection in young horses include cough, decreased appetite, depression, and a nasal discharge. Pregnant mares typically show no signs of infection before they abort, and abortions usually occur late in gestation (around eight months) but can be earlier. Abortions can occur anywhere from two weeks to several months following infection with EHV-1.

Horses with the neurologic form usually have a fever at the onset of the disease and might show signs of a respiratory infection. A few days later, neurologic signs such as ataxia (incoordination), weakness or paralysis of the fore- and hind limbs, urine retention and dribbling, loss of tail tone, and recumbency (inability to rise) develop.

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According to a study published by Dutch researchers*, low-dust bedding and feed resulted in significant reductions in airborne dust, endotoxin, and live fungi levels in horse barns. Specifically, inhalable dust concentrations were 86% lower in units with wood shavings and haylage (low-dust bedding and feed) compared to those with straw and hay.

“Minute airborne particles can settle in the airways of horses, causing inflammation and obstruction and potentially equine asthma, also known as recurrent airway obstruction or heaves,” explained Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., a Kentucky Equine Research nutritionist.

In addition to endotoxins and live fungi, inhalable dust particles can also contain other airway irritants such as beta-D-glucan (a type of fiber), ultra-fine particles (<100 nm in diameter), microorganisms, mite debris, vegetative material, inorganic dusts, and noxious gases such as ammonia from urine.

“Owners are encouraged to stick to the tried-and-true methods of improving air quality,” recommended Crandell. “Low-dust hay, hay soaking, and hay alternatives could help horses with equine asthma. If you need help with any of these options, be sure to consult a KER nutrition advisor to find viable options for your horse.”

Studies also show that omega-3 supplements, such as EO•3, help horses with equine asthma. EO•3, which contains the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, is top-dressed onto the feed and helps horses with equine asthma, including heaves in older horses and inflammatory airway disease in young, athletic horses.

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Queen Elizabeth II is reportedly distraught over the loss of Willow, the last in a line of corgis that has kept her company since childhood.

Willow was put down after suffering from cancer, the Daily Mail reports.

The dog was 14. She was part of a lineage that had been with Britain's Royal Family since 1933.

Willow was the 91-year-old queen's "most devoted companion" but not her only pet, according to the Mail. The queen also has two corgi-dachsund mixes, known as "dorgis." Their names are Candy and Vulcan.

The queen has owned over 30 Pembroke Welsh corgis since 1945.

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An updated law in Arizona prohibits misrepresenting pets as a service animal, and it brings fines of as much as $250 for people who violate it, The Republic reports.

The legislation became law this week with the signature of Gov. Doug Ducey.

There are questions, however, about whether the law can be effectively enforced.

Business proprietors can ask what the animal is for, but under federal law they can't ask specifics about the disability. They also aren't allowed to request proof that the animal is trained, The Republic reports. They are, however, permitted to ask a person to take an animal off the property if it is being unruly.

Some advocates for the disabled had argued that the new legislation was unnecessary and could prove harmful.

According to The Republic, April Reed of the group Ability360 said the law could put people with "hidden" disabilities such as epilepsy "in a position of defending themselves and having to potentially prove in court that they are a person with a disability and that they do have a service animal."

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The House Agriculture Committee approved the King Amendment. The entire Farm Bill will soon move to consideration on the House floor.  It’s more important than ever to contact your representative to urge them to oppose this dangerous provision!

Congress begins debating the 2018 Farm Bill this week and Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is trying yet again to get his favorite anti-animal amendment, the “Protect Interstate Commerce Act,” added to the bill. Your U.S. representative needs to hear from you now!

Though its title sounds innocent, the Protect Interstate Commerce Act—widely known as the King Amendment—is an awful piece of legislation that has the potential to destroy hundreds, if not thousands, of important animal-protection laws. It would prohibit states from passing laws regulating “agricultural products”—which definitely includes farm animals, and is potentially broad enough to include other animals, like dogs from puppy mills. This is a clear overreach of federal power that would not only stop states from passing new laws, but would eliminate protections already in place, creating a disastrous race to the bottom for animal welfare. 

In fact, Rep. King and the agriculture industry want to get rid of laws like Question 3 in Massachusetts, a ballot measure that resulted in one of the most comprehensive farm animal-protection measures in the country. This law requires that eggs, pork, and veal produced and sold in Massachusetts come from farms that don’t use the cruelest confinement practices. If Congress passes the Protect Interstate Commerce Act, Question 3 and 10 state-level farm animal confinement laws like it will be in jeopardy. 

Countless other state and local animal-protection laws may also be at risk, including:

  • Laws banning the sale of cat, dog and horse meat in California, Georgia, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.
  • Laws banning the sale of foie gras and shark fins in California. 
  • Local laws banning retail pet store sales of commercially bred puppies in Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.

We must act now and stop this attack on animal welfare in its tracks.

Defeating the King Amendment, the Protect Interstate Commerce Act, is essential to ensure the protection of animals across the country now and into the future.  Visit ASPCA.org for more information.

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The Centers for Disease Control is expanding its romaine lettuce recall. It is now advising people throw away whole heads of romaine in addition to chopped romaine. Salad mixes with pieces of romaine should also be discarded. The agency said 53 people in 16 states have become infected with E. coli from lettuce. No deaths have been reported. The contaminated lettuce is from the Yuma, Arizona region. However, the CDC said unless you can confirm where the lettuce is from, it should be thrown away.

The information below is from the CDC:

What’s New?

  • Based on new information, CDC is expanding its warning to consumers to cover all types of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. This warning now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine.
  • Do not buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.
  • Unless the source of the product is known, consumers anywhere in the United States who have any store-bought romaine lettuce at home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, throw out any romaine lettuce if you’re uncertain about where it was grown. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.
  • Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.
  • The expanded warning is based on information from newly reported illnesses in Alaska. Ill people in Alaska reported eating lettuce from whole heads of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.

Highlights

  • Information collected to date indicates that romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region could be contaminated with  coli O157:H7 and could make people sick.
    • At this time, no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified.
  • Advice to Consumers:
    • Do not buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.
    • Unless the source of the product is known, consumers anywhere in the United States who have any store-bought romaine lettuce at home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, throw out any romaine lettuce if you’re uncertain about where it was grown. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.
  • Advice to Restaurants and Retailers:
    • Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.
    • Restaurants and retailers should ask their suppliers about the source of their romaine lettuce.
  • CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 ( coli O157:H7) infections.
  • 53 people infected with the outbreak strain of  coli O157:H7 have been reported from 16 states.
    • 31 people have been hospitalized, including five people who have developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.
    • No deaths have been reported.
  • This investigation is ongoing, and CDC will provide updates when more information is available

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A 90-pound African spurred tortoise nicknamed “Humpty” is recovering following a surgery to fix his shell, which was severely cracked in several places when he fell off a wall in Fallbrook, county officials said. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again after his nursey rhyme fall, but Humpty the tortoise is expected to make a full recovery thanks to a local veterinarian specializing in reptile health.

Humpty, estimated to be about 35 to 40 years old, was discovered injured with his severely damaged shell on Sunday after a dog apparently chased him off a 10-foot retaining wall, County Animal Services Director Dan DeSousa said.

“He’s a 90-pound tortoise, not a cat, so he didn’t land on his feet,” DeSousa said. “He instead landed on his back, on his shell.” The fall happened after the tortoise apparently escaped from his owner’s yard — the docile but powerful animal could have dug under a gate or broken through a fence, DeSousa said — and was found in someone else’s yard.

County Animal Services is caring for Humpty, and on Tuesday took him to a reptile specialist veterinarian for surgery. “The specialist actually had to pry back parts of the shell, had to get in there with levers, to make sure it would fit back together as tight as possible,” DeSousa said. “Fixing it was like a home-improvement project, with screws and other fasteners. Once it was in place, they covered the cracks with the material used to coat dentures, both to help it adhere and to prevent infection.”

Like a human bone, the shell will heal over time, DeSousa said. But like anything with a tortoise, it’s a slow process — probably at least a year. But for county officials, the decision to treat Humpty was an easy one, considering that African spurred tortoises, the largest mainland species, can live to about 70 years old, and Humpty could likely live another 35 to 40 years, if treated.

A Fallbrook resident contacted the county earlier this week claiming that Humpty might be his, DeSousa said. But when told that the tortoise’s medical bills had already reached more than $4,000, that caller was no longer so sure about his ownership claim.

If the rightful owner does come forward, that person will have to pay the medical bills, DeSousa said. Otherwise, the shell surgery and any other costs associated with Humpty’s recovery will come from the Spirit Veterinary Medical Fund, a pool of money that’s been donated to the county to help animals just like Humpty that need extensive medical care.

On Wednesday, Animal Services posted several photographs of the recovering tortoise on its Facebook page. Humpty appeared to have a grin on his face, and one Facebook user noted that “he looks very pleased with himself.” “He is still on some very powerful pain medications,” the county page responded, adding a grinning emoticon. Humpty is recovering at a local county animal shelter, but if he goes unclaimed, will be sent to a facility specializing in tortoise rescues.

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