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Talkin' Pets News
June 23, 2018
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Dr. Katy Meyer - Tampa Bay Veterinarian Emergency Services
Producer - Zach Budin
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Executive Producer / Social Media - Bob Page
Special Guest - Dr. Tom Edling - discussion on cat behavior and Felisept a difusser and spray to prevent stress and anxiety in cats at 720pm EST.
Watch Out! Summer Plants that Can Poison Your Pets...
 
Before letting your dog or cat stop and smell the flowers, make sure they are safe for your pet.
Unfortunately, numerous plants are toxic to pets, with some even causing fatal effects.
 
Plants to avoid include azalea bushes, daffodil bulbs, wisteria seeds and many more.
 
Concerned pet owners can find a complete list of poisonous plants at the Humane Society of the United States’ website. It is important to check this page before bringing a new plant into your home or adding one to your yard.
If your pets does consume a plant that you believe is toxic, make sure to visit a vet or an emergency animal hospital right away.
 
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Delta cracks down on 'emotional support pets' after passengers bring spiders, possums...
 
Delta Air Lines will begin limiting the number of emotional support animals that passengers can bring on its airliners, a shift that comes as lawmakers tighten rules governing the practice.
 
Starting July 10, the Atlanta-based carrier will allow only one such pet per customer and stop considering pit bulls in the category. Congress began considering legislation narrowing the definition of such animals for air-travel purposes earlier this year after a series of incidents, including one in which a dog died in an overhead bin during a United Airlines flight.
Delta said its rules reflect growing safety concerns, including cases in which employees were bitten. Earlier this year, the carrier began requiring pet owners to provide immunization records, and it now requires them to use the full-service check-in process when traveling with an animal.
 
Since 2016, Delta has noted an 84 percent increase in incidents involving service and support animals. Aside from dogs, customers have attempted to bring comfort turkeys, gliding possums, and spiders aboard for emotional comfort.
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More Companies Opening Offices to Pets

 

If you walked into the offices at Harpoon Brewery in the Seaport, there’s a good chance you could be greeted by Ahab, a one year old golden doodle who quietly wanders among the cubicles.
 
You might also see Dyson, who loves to sniff around looking for left over lunch crumbs, or Marnie who sits happily underneath a desk.
 
Dan Kenary is the CEO, and has welcomed dogs to the office since tcompany bought a small brewery in Vermont where dogs regularly wandered the halls.
“It was just so fun and it didn’t hurt productivity at all,” he said.
He started encouraging the Boston employees to bring their dogs and he believes it has benefited the dogs, the workers and the office as a whole.
“You just see it have a positive influence across the company. It increases the comfort level,” he said.
 
A recent study found that 40 percent of workers would be willing to give up benefits like vacation time to have a pet-friendly work place.
According to Kathleen Murray of Wellness, millennials are particularly drawn by the idea.
 
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Are you prepared for a pet emergency? Most Americans are not...
 
Nearly 70 percent of households in the U.S. own a pet, according to a survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association. Of those pets, it is estimated that 1 in 3 will need emergency veterinary treatment every year.
Emergency treatment can be a huge added expense for pet owners. According to Petplan, a pet insurance company, the average cost of unexpected veterinary care for dogs and cats is between $800 and $1,500, depending on where you live.
Most Americans would be caught off guard by an unexpected $800 expense. Only 39 percent have enough in their savings to cover a $1,000 emergency, according to a survey by Bankrate.
"Out-of-pocket medical expenses is one of the leading causes of bankruptcy for people, and pets are one small version of that," said Eve Kaplan, a certified financial planner and investment advisor at Kaplan Financial Advisors in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey.
As veterinary medicine has improved, there are a lot of treatments available to help pets in emergencies. But everything comes with a price.
 
Aside from having emergency funds built into your family budget, there are a few other resources to help with medical costs for a pet.
One is pet insurance, which is growing in popularity. Today, 2.1 million pets in North America are insured, according to the North American Pet Health Insurance Association.
 
If you do decide to get pet insurance, veterinarians advise getting it when your pet is young and healthy. As with human health insurance, pre-existing conditions factor in to most pet insurance plans.
CareCredit is another option to help with payments. It's a credit card that can be used for medical expenses, and most vets accept it. Cardholders who opened an account at a veterinary office used their card an average of 5.37 times for vet services in 2017, according to CareCredit.
 
One of the easiest ways to avoid a pet emergency is to take your pet to their veterinarian for annual checkups. They will make sure your pet gets the medical attention they need and that you have the information you need to keep your pet healthy.
 
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Please Do Not Drink Your Dog's Pee...
 
A stomach-churning video has surfaced of a woman claiming that drinking her dog’s urine has helped clear up her acne and keeps her “looking so good”.
 
The woman is then seen walking a dog to a nearby tree, placing a clear plastic cup under its lifted leg, and watching it fill with yellow liquid.
 
“Until I first drank my dog's pee, I was depressed, I was sad, and I had bad acne," she says after finishing the cup. “Dog pee also has vitamin A in it, vitamin E in it, and it has 10 grams of calcium, and it's also proven to help cure cancer.”
 
The 1.5-minute video had nearly 150,000 views. Lynn Lew claims pharmaceutical companies are keeping this “secret out of the public eye” by paying lobbyists to “get politicians to make you buy expensive pain medicine and chemo.” She also suggests the “secret cure” will alleviate pain, prevent the swelling of joints, and treat cancer.
 
It is not certain whether Lew actually drank dog urine or whether the whole video is a fake. The cup is hidden for some time behind the dog and captured from a poor camera angle. Nonetheless, promoting such activities as science is completely and utterly bogus. To be honest, we don’t really want to give this woman any more media attention but felt it our journalistic duty to remind the public that no, drinking your dog’s pee does not have any proven health benefits. None. Whatsoever. So don’t do it.
 
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Police credit dog for saving toddler...
 
Michigan parents have their dog to thank for leaving a trail of paw prints that police used to track a 2-year-old who was missing for several hours.
 
Van Buren County authorities returned Princeton Peake to his parents after he escaped his locked home in Paw Paw early Wednesday.
Myhia Perez, Princeton’s mother, said she woke up Wednesday to find her son missing from the bedroom and the front door unlocked. Domonic Peake, his father, said he panicked while searching the property surrounded by cornfields, woods and swamps. Peake only found his son’s sippy cup.
“First thing I thought was he’s face down in some water,” Peake said. “I thought I was never going to see him again.”
 
Sheriff Daniel Abbott said the family’s pit-boxer mix named Apollo may have saved Princeton’s life by staying by his side. Police followed Apollo’s tracks to find Princeton in a muddy, wooded area up to a mile away. The toddler was discovered without his diaper, covered in scratches and bug bites.
“Without those dog tracks, without being able to track him for a half a mile in a muddy field, we wouldn’t have had a good direction of travel of where that boy went,” Abbott said.
Abbott had dog food and treats for Apollo delivered to the Peake home Friday.
“I owe it to my dog, because if my son was alone who knows what could have happened,” Peake said.
He said Princeton is healthy and recovering at home. Two shiny new locks adorned the family’s front door Friday, out of Princeton’s reach.
 
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Dogs versus cats: Scientists reveal which one is smarter
Dog owners say their pets are smartest because their pet is loyal, joyous and can be trained.
Cat owners say it’s their pet — for exactly the opposite reasons.
But it now appears, that when it comes to raw brain power, dogs are clearly ahead.
Their cerebral cortex is particularly dense.
What’s the surprise about dogs being dense, cats say?
It’s all about efficiency when it comes to hunting.
It seems dogs have about 530 million neurons calculating their behavior, as opposed to 250 million in cats.
“I believe the absolute number of neurons an animal has, especially in the cerebral cortex, determines the richness of their internal mental state and their ability to predict what is about to happen in their environment based on past experience,” neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel from Vanderbilt University says.
Dogs had the most neurons of any carnivore — even though they didn’t have the biggest brains. Brown bears had roughly the same number as cats.
And previous studies indicating carnivores needed greater brain capacity than prey appears to be unfounded. There doesn’t appear to be much difference at all.
“I’m 100 percent a dog person,” Herculano-Houzel confessed, “but, with that disclaimer, our findings mean to me that dogs have the biological capability of doing much more complex and flexible things with their lives than cats can.”
But, cats argue, is that REALLY being smart?
 
 
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