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Talkin' Pets News

July 21, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

CO-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrail Custom Dog Services

Producer - Daisey Charlotte

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer  / Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests - Executive Assistant at the Algonquin Hotel in NYC, Alice De Almeida will join Jon and Talkin' Pet 7/21/2018 at 521pm EST to discuss their Cat Fashion Show & Animal Fundraiser on August 2, 2018

Dr. Stanley Kim will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/21/2018 at 720pm EST to discuss 3-D surgery a game changer for veterinary surgery at the University of Florida

 

Despite fears that millennials are abandoning brick-and-mortar retail in favor of e-commerce, they actually go to stores more than other generations do, a new survey suggests.

More than 50 percent said they visit a store once a week or more, Greg Zakowicz of Oracle Bronto writes in an article for Total Retail. The findings don't include grocery or convenience stores.

Only 44 percent of Generation Xers and a 27 percent of baby boomers head to a store that frequently, according to Oracle Bronto's survey of 1,000 U.S. consumers.

Among the most popular reasons that millennials gave for shopping at stores, rather than online, were not having to wait for product delivery and being able to see and touch the products before buying.

That's not to say your online presence isn't important. For more than 60 percent of millennials, social media is an important source for learning about new products, Zakowicz. That's much higher than for Generations Xers (45 percent) or baby boomers (25 percent).

The Oracle Bronto findings fit with those in a recent report from Packaged Facts called Pet Food in the U.S., 13th Edition. Packaged Facts reported that brick-and-mortar retail still rules when it comes to pet food sales.

Fully 93 percent of cat owners and 88 percent of dog owners bought pet food in a store in the last year, Packaged Facts wrote in a blog post about the report. And in fact, 81 percent of cat owners and 76 percent of dog owners buy all of their cat/dog food in a store without pre-ordering it elsewhere.

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The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, rescued several exotic and endangered animals from Deer Haven Mini Zoo in Keymar, Maryland. The animals, including two lemurs, a bobcat, six arctic foxes, four cavies, and a coatimundi, were removed from the unaccredited roadside menagerie and transferred to sanctuaries.  After the Animal Legal Defense Fund announced its intent to sue Deer Haven Mini Zoo for violations of the federal Endangered Species Act and state cruelty laws in April, the owners agreed to voluntarily relinquish some of the animals on the property.  

“The animals from Deer Haven Mini Zoo suffered in cruel conditions for years,” said Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells. “Thanks to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, these animals will now live out their lives at sanctuaries prepared to meet their unique physical and psychological needs.”  

In addition to a long history of Animal Welfare Act violations identified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Animal Legal Defense Fund documented illegal conditions at Deer Haven Mini Zoo including very ill animals, poor sanitation, and safety hazards. According to USDA inspection reports, several people have been bitten and/or injured by animals. 

The Animal Legal Defense Fund facilitated the transfer of 14 animals to reputable sanctuaries across the country, including Endangered Primate Foundation, Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, and Foster Parrots in Rhode Island. A special thanks to Loving Transport and Primate Rescue Center for their assistance with transporting the animals to their new homes.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund continues to work with the zoo owners in an effort to rescue additional animals.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund files lawsuits against roadside zoos across the country that fail to meet the standards of care required by the Animal Welfare Act and Endangered Species Act.  In April, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court ruling that the Endangered Species Act applies to captive animals after the Animal Legal Defense Fund sued a roadside zoo in Iowa. 

For more information, visit aldf.org.

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Business owners in Geneva, IL, who want to open their doors to pets will be able to do so under a measure passed this week by the city council.

Until now, pets have only been allowed at grooming salons and vet offices, the Daily Herald reports. When the updated law takes effect in a month, most businesses will be able to allow pets by simply posting a sign at their entrance.

Based on state law, pets still won't be allowed in restaurants.

The measure passed by an 8-2 vote. Even the aldermen who voted "no" actually support allowing pets in businesses, according to the Herald.

Aldermen Jeanne McGowan, who cast one of the "no" votes, said it would be best to "let our code reflect that Geneva is already a pet-friendly town." Any business owner who doesn't want pets on the premises could "simply post a sign saying 'no pets allowed,'" McGowan said, according to the Herald.

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Walkin’ Pets by HandicappedPets.com won the Best Wild Card Film award for its music video TO THE PETS! in the 2018 Canine Film Festival held in Miami on July 14. Mikayla Feehan, social media coordinator at Walkin’ Pets, wrote the song and directed the filming for the video. She participated in the Directors & Filmmakers panel presentation at the festival and accepted the award on behalf of Walkin’ Pets.

TO THE PETS! is a fun-filled video showcasing many dogs, several in Walkin’ Wheels dog wheelchairs. The video was created by Walkin’ Pets to raise awareness that disabled and aging pets are fully capable of having a good time. The video also features a rather relaxed cat, a goat in a wheelchair, and a snake feeling the groove wrapped on her owner’s arm atop a motorcycle.

The video is also being featured in the Top Dog Film Festival, which kicks off in Australia this summer, and the Bow Wow Film Festival, which will be shown in theaters across the U.S. TO THE PETS! can be found on YouTube as well. 

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Brown recluse spiders are in the category of the most venomous and dangerous spiders in the United States. If not given proper treatment, a brown recluse spider bite could even result in death. There have been multiple stories nationwide about these nasty arachnids getting too close for comfort and causing life-altering injuries.

Two recent stories come from Kiara Boulton of West Memphis, AR and Tamara Owsley of Topeka, KS. Both of them endured spider bites that nearly took their lives away from them.

Boulton was stepping out of the shower when she noticed a bump on her foot may have been that of a brown recluse bite. She went to the hospital and was prescribed medicine to help the bite, but it did not help. A few days later, Boulton started limping and her toe turned black. Her toe ultimately needed amputation, but the infection spread so quickly that they needed to remove her entire leg. She has undergone seven surgeries since then.

Owsley contracted necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease, from walking straight into a brown recluse web and being bitten. She was playing hide and seek outside at the time. She initially ignored the swelling on her arm, but as it kept growing she knew she needed to do something. She was soon hospitalized for 41 days to treat the rapidly spreading infection. The infection attacks the skin underlying the muscles, nerves, fat, and blood tissues. Owsley says that since then, she’s had 15 surgeries and most of her arm has been cut away.

So, the question is, how can you prevent a nasty spider bite like this? According to Rick Vetter, a retired professor at the University of California, it’s difficult for most doctors to diagnose a spider bite and sometimes end up misdiagnosing. He says, “There is no way to test spider venom in part because the beads lodged under the skin are so minuscule, and doctors often diagnose based on ruling out other conditions and self-reports from patients.”

Additionally, Vetter says that conditions like fungal infections, diabetic ulcers, septic embolism, and even leukemia can be mistaken for spider bites. This leads to delayed treatment. He says that there’s really no one definitive way to determine a spider bite. If you see one biting in real-time or spot a dead spider nearby. Otherwise, listen to your own instincts and see a medical professional ASAP if you’re dealing with a red, tender bump that you are unsure about.

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A Sun City Center woman discovered a rabid bat clinging to her arm in on Monday, health officials said. 

The woman was helping her friend into a vehicle when something struck her arm, according to the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough. At the time, she didn't see what it was and went home. 

“While at home she went to the restroom and discovered a small bat clinging to her arm," said spokesperson for DOH-Hillsborough, Kevin Watler, in a news release. "The woman immediately squished it with a towel."

She then contacted the DOH, where they tested the squished bat and discovered it had rabies. 

"Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to warm-blooded animals and humans," Watler noted.

The victim is now being treated for the disease, according to the DOH. 

DOH-Hillsborough advises anyone who has been bitten, scratched or exposed to the salvia of any wild animal to report it to the local health department. They say to avoid contact with wild animals and to make sure that you don't unintentionally attract them with open garbage cans and litter.  

"Some may be tempted to feed or help the animal, but it isn't worth the risk," Watler wrote. 

In 2018, Hillsborough County alone has reported seven rabid animals (four cats, two bats and one raccoon), which have exposed 15 people to the disease. "It's clear that there are rabid animals living throughout the county and state," Watler said. 

Keep your pets safe as well with up-to-date rabies vaccinations. In the event your pet does get bitten by a wild animal, DOH says to seek veterinary assistance immediately.   

Walter said that it's important to teach children to stay away from unfamiliar animals, both wild and domestic, even if they appear friendly. 

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