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Talkin' Pets News

June 2, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Jarrod Lazaus - HUmane Society of Tampa Bay

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer / Social Media - Bob Page

Reporter - Georgia Malpartida

Special Guest - Academy of Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year, Grammy nominee, pet lover and multi-million selling 80's icon Sylvia is set to release new CD, Second Bloom - The Hits Re-imagined will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 6/02/18 at 630pm ET

 

Hurricane preparedness for pets

What you need to know help your fury friends survive the storm

 
With the start of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season many of you are making mental notes and physical preparations for what could be an active season - but don't forget about your fury friends.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommends that you actually make a plan and build a kit specifically for your four-legged pet. 
Make a Plan
  • If you leave your pets behind, they may be lost, injured – or worse. Never leave a pet chained outdoors. Plan options include:
  • Create a buddy system in case you’re not home. Ask a trusted neighbor to check on your animals
  • Identify shelters. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets.
  • Find pet friendly hotels along your evacuation route and keep a list in your pet’s emergency kit.
  • Locate boarding facilities or animal hospitals near your evacuation shelter. Consider an out-of-town friend or relative
  • Locate a veterinarian or animal hospital in the area where you may be seeking temporary shelter, in case your pet needs medical care. Add the contact information to your emergency kit.
  • Have your pet microchipped and make sure that you not only keep your address and phone number up-to-date, but that you also include contact info for an emergency contact outside of your immediate area.
  • Call your local emergency management office, animal shelter or animal control office to get advice and information.
  • If you are unable to return to your home right away, you may need to board your pet. Find out where pet boarding facilities are located. Most boarding kennels, veterinarians and animal shelters will need your pet's medical records to make sure all vaccinations are current.If you have no alternative but to leave your pet at home, there are some precautions you must take, but remember that leaving your pet at home alone can place your animal in great danger!
Build A Kit 
  • Food. At least a three day supply in an airtight, waterproof container.
  • Water. At least three days of water specifically for your pets.
  • Medicines and medical records.
  • Important documents. Registration information, adoption papers and vaccination documents. Talk to your veterinarian about microchipping and enrolling your pet in a recovery database.
  • First aid kit. Cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Including a pet first aid reference book is a good idea too.
  • Collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag and a leash.
  • Crate or pet carrier. Have a sturdy, safe crate or carrier in case you need to evacuate. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down.
  • Sanitation. Pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach.
  • A picture of you and your pet together. If you become separated, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you. Add species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics.
  • Familiar items. Familiar items, such as treats, toys and bedding can help reduce stress for your pet.
 
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United makes short-term exception to transportation of military pets...
 
United Airlines has announced it will make an exception to its new PetSafe restrictions for U.S. military members and their animals through June 18.
 
The airline suspended its animal travel program in March following a number of incidents, including a dog being sent to Japan instead of Kansas. Since then, United has been revamping the program, including implementing new restrictions to take effect June 18.
 
When the program starts up again later this month, United will only fly cats and dogs. There will also be breed restrictions, with 21 breeds of dogs and four breeds of cats banned from flying in the cargo hold, including Shih-Tzus, Pit Bulls, bulldogs, and Burmese and Persian cats, among others, due to their higher potential for health risks.
 
But if you’re a member of the military and United flew you and your animal to wherever you’re stationed, the airline is making an exception.
 
For any military members or their spouses who need to travel with a pet between now and June 17, United will transport your animal wherever you need, despite the program’s current suspension.
 
“We are committed to the principle of ‘If you’re in the military and United flew your pet there, we will fly it back to the U.S.’ We’re still working out the details of the post-June 17 exception process, and we will open up reservations for this pet travel as soon as we can,” United spokesperson Charles Hobart said.
 
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How to Make Your Pet Instagram-Famous — and Get Paid Doing It...
 
Sure, social media influencers with millions of followers are impressive. But most of them are only human. Nowadays, Insta-famous pets are where it’s at: Animal celebs like Doug the Pug and Grumpy Cat can also make bank on their every post for a leading brand.
With the explosion of furry superstars in the past decade, many pet owners with fair to middling social followings (but very cute and special pets!) are wondering how they, too, can get in on the action.
 
In terms of which pets make the best accounts, it mirrors quite similar to human creators — having a unique look or being cute/good-looking can help — [but] what matters most is dedication toward creating content, building a community and engaging with other related content creators.
 
Backgrounds and personality shine over everything! While a cute pet may get an initial glance, compelling stories and a personality capture people’s hearts and make them come back for more. If you are debating about sharing the love you have for your pet, you need to think about whether both you and your pet are ready to make that commitment together. Are you able to have your pet pose and be camera-ready for that perfect shot? Can you commit to producing enough content on a regular basis that you can post at least once a day? Are you ready to engage, follow, and comment with your followers, as well as other related pet accounts so new people can discover your account too?
So what are some best practices for getting your pet who has a small or moderate following to the 5,000-plus follower mark?
• Pick a niche: There are a lot of pet accounts, why do people want to follow yours? Differentiation is key.
• Brand yourself: Ensure your usernames, profile photos and color schemes are consistent across all of your social media and creative channels for maximum recognition.
• Get the necessary equipment: You can started with a phone, but eventually, you’ll want to invest in the right type of camera, website and editing software.
• Practice photography and editing: Creating high-quality content takes a lot of work, and honing skills like photography and video editing requires lots of practice.
• Be consistent by setting a schedule: Posting on a regular schedule can help to maintain your viewer base, as people will know when to expect new content from you.
 
How much do your top pet influencers earn? 
These influencer accounts have the potential to earn from hundreds to thousands of dollars per post — Tibby the Corgi, for example, earns well over $2,000 per post.
 
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Why the secret to your success could be owning a pet

 
Few things compare to the joy of coming home to a furry companion. But just in case you need another reason to snuggle your pet, here's one: Animals provide mental and health benefits that can serve you well in your professional life.
Employers like Google and Amazon have already caught on to this fact, and many workplaces are now pet-friendly. A number of billionaire tech titans are proud pet owners, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
Here are three science-backed ways owning a pet can contribute to your success:
 
1. They reduce stress
Science indicates that pets can help lower stress levels and feelings of anxiety. In a study, participants were exposed to a stressful situation and tasked with stroking a rabbit, turtle or toy versions of said animals. The toys had no effect on relieving their stress but petting the actual animals did — even for those participants who initially said they don't like animals.
 
Studies show that pets provide a number of emotional and mental health benefits.
In another study, dogs were found to reduce pre-exam stress levels in college students, and the American Heart Association released an official statement in 2013 noting that pet ownership diminishes stress.
While many working adults are used to living in a constant state of stress, workplace and happiness researchers Annie McKee and Emma Seppälä say that it can take a heavy mental and emotional toll on you, eventually crippling your success.
 
2. They boost your mood
Pets can help deter feelings of sadness or mild depression because they keep loneliness at bay. Studies also show that playing with pets can promote a positive mood and causes your brain to release feel good neurotransmitters like oxytocin, which creates a sense of calmness, and serotonin, which regulates your mood.
And a positive outlook on life is actually essential to success, according to Virgin Group founder Richard Branson. The billionaire says that he was able to build the multinational corporation because he didn't focus on the negative aspects of other airlines and what they were doing wrong.
"Positive thinking is [an] incredibly powerful tool," says Branson. "Simply put: positive, proactive behavior spurs positive, proactive behavior."
 
3. They help you socialize
Not only do pets offer companionship, but they can help foster human interactions as well. A study found that pet owners were 60 percent more likely than non–pet owners to get to know new people, while dog owners in particular were much more likely to have befriended or received social support from someone they met in a pet-related situation.
Science shows that having close friendships can help you boost your resilience and bounce back from hardships — a necessary skill if you want to be successful.
 
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There’s a scientific reason why you should talk to your dog in a ‘baby voice’

 

 
It’s a well-known quirk of human nature that adults tend to talk to babies in an over-the-top, cartoony tone of voice. Science calls it “infant-directed speech,” and it’s thought to actually aid infants in picking up on language cues. You might also have noticed that people tend to talk to their pets in a similar manner, but since dogs obviously aren’t on the verge of learning how to speak in a human tongue a team of researchers wanted to see if there was any real benefit to this strange habit.
As it turns out, humans who engage in “dog-directed speech” (DDS) aren’t just doing it to be cute. Dogs actually seem to prefer it over a more level tone of voice when it is used to say certain dog-relevant words. A new study explains how it all works.
 
To test whether or not dog-directed speech had any effect on attention the researchers borrowed 37 pet canines from volunteers and ran a series of tests.
Each dog was leashed and brought into a room with two humans and subjected to recordings of different words and phrases spoken in both a standard tone of voice and a more exaggerated dog-directed tone. The researchers measured the amount of time the dogs were attentive to each individual and then, after the dogs were taken off their leashes, how long each dog spent near the human before wandering off.
What the team discovered is that dog-directed speech did indeed grab the dogs’ attention and hold it for longer than a level voice tone. However, the effect wasn’t uniform across puppies and adult dogs. Puppies tended to respond to the dog-directed speech irregardless of what words were actually being spoken, while adult dogs were more likely to respond to DDS when the words being spoken were relevant to them.... like “walk,” for example.
 
“Overall, the results of this study suggest that naturalistic DDS, comprising of both dog-directed [speech patterns] and dog-relevant content words, improves dogs’ attention and may strengthen the affiliative bond between humans and their pets,” the researchers write.
 
So there you have it. The next time someone gives you a weird look for talking to your dog like a baby, just tell them that nature has your back.
 
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A dispute between neighbors over dog poop escalated into violence when one neighbor shot two others and then shot himself during a standoff with police...
 
The incident unfolded Wednesday evening in Yakima, Washington when a 62-year-old man who lives in the area approached his neighbors and accused them of allowing their dog to defecate in his yard.
Carl Stone was there when it all happened. He says he and his cousin, 43-year-old Michael Bretches, and 19-year-old Shawna Umphrey were all outside together when the 62-year-old man began to threaten them with a gun.
 
“He hurried up and grabbed my cousin by the neck, and then he pointed the gun towards his neck and he said, ‘Now, you’re gonna die.’ I was gonna try to do something, and he pointed the gun to me, he said, ‘You do anything, I’m gonna shoot you,’” said Stone.
 
He says they all tried to run, but the man opened fire, shooting his cousin and Shawna Umphrey before retreating back to his home. Shawna was struck twice.
 
Neighbors called police, and an hours-long stand-off followed as the 62-year-old neighbor holed up in his home and refused to come out.
 
“He was holed up for several hours. We made several attempts to have him come out. After about an hour and a half, it was decided to call the SWAT team in,” said Bastinelli.
 
Around 3 a.m. Thursday, Bastinelli said the SWAT team entered the man's home and found him with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
 
Police say the victims and the suspect are all currently in the hospital.
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