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Talkin' Pets News

August 18, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer / Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests - Sarah Albee - Author Dogs Days - 5pm EST

Debbie Guardian  - Owner of Opie and Dixie - 630pm EST

 

New survey data from realtor.com suggests that pet owners will do almost anything for their furry friends, including forgoing their dream home. Specifically, 75 percent of pet-owning home buyers said they would pass on an otherwise-perfect home if it wasn't right for their animals. "It's heartwarming to find that people will put their pets' needs first, even when it comes to one of the biggest financial decisions they will ever make," said Nate Johnson, chief marketing officer for realtor.com, said in the release. "This survey shows that we really do consider pets part of the family — and that their needs are a critical part of finding the perfect home."

The online survey of more than 1,000 people who closed on a home in 2018 was conducted in July by Harris Research. Among the home buyers surveyed, 80 percent reported owning pets. Dogs were the most common pet (64 percent), followed by cats (41 percent), birds (12 percent), and fish (11 percent). Younger buyers were more likely to be pet owners, with 89 percent of 18-to-34 year-olds reporting ownership of pets, compared to 63 percent of buyers 55 and older. People with children also were more likely to own pets (91 percent, compared to 57 percent of those without children).

The survey found that 87 percent of pet owners took their beloved critters' needs into account when they were looking for a home. Nearly 90 percent of pet-owning buyers said that their animals' needs were important or very important in their home-search process (39 and 48 percent, respectively). Only 7 percent said their needs were unimportant.

This was especially true for younger pet-owning buyers and buyers with children, the overwhelming majority of who said that their pets' needs were an important part of the home search process (91 percent of 18-to-34 year-olds and 90 percent of 35-to-54 year-olds), compared to 64 percent of 55+ buyers. Similarly, 89 percent of people with children said their pets' needs were important, compared to 72 percent of those without children.

It's not just dogs and cats that influence home-purchasing decisions: The survey found that pets like fish, birds, rodents and reptiles have a roughly similar impact. An overwhelming majority of dog owners (90 percent) and cat owners (87 percent) said their pets' needs were important or very important during their home search, compared to 87 percent for fish, 89 percent for birds, 91 percent for horses, 92 percent for rodents and 98 percent for reptiles.

Of the pet owners surveyed, 75 percent would pass up an otherwise-perfect home if it did not meet their pets' needs. Younger buyers were more likely to say that they would forgo their dream home if it wasn't pet friendly (79 percent for 18-to-34-year-olds and 77 percent for 35to-54-year-olds), compared to 64 percent for buyers 55 and older, as were those with children (81 percent versus 57 percent for those without children).

In roughly equal numbers, owners of all different kinds of pets, including fish and reptiles, said they would also pass up a dream home if it didn't meet their pets' needs. Pet-owning home buyers were asked to rank the three home features they considered to be the most important for the needs of their pets. They were: a large yard (45 percent), any outdoor space (36 percent), a garage (33 percent), large square footage (29 percent), a dog run (26 percent), sturdy flooring (26 percent) and close proximity to outdoor spaces (25 percent).

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Add Royal Caribbean International to the list of companies that have cracked down on or banned the practice of bringing an emotional support animal on your journeys.

Such pets are no longer allowed on the company's cruises, MarketWatch reports.

A company spokesman told MarketWatch: "We are updating the policy to differentiate emotional support animals from service animals that are trained and certified to perform a function for a person with a disability."

Service animals are still permitted.

Emotional support animals have been a hot issue in the travel industry lately.

In June, Delta said it would no longer accept "pit bull type" dogs as service or support animals as of July 10. It also introduced a limit of one emotional support animal per customer per flight.

In May, American said it would no longer allow certain animals, including insects, hedgehogs and goats, under its emotional support animal policy.

A lobbying group called Airlines for America wants the federal government to ban all emotional support animals except dogs from flights. The organization represents nine airlines, including United, American, Southwest and Jetblue.

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Pets On Planes...

Forget flying with snakes, birds or bunnies. Southwest is the latest airline to change its policies for bringing animals on board.

Next month, only dogs and cats will be considered emotional support animals.
The changes start Sept. 17.

You can have one cat or dog. They must be in a carrier or on a leash.

Southwest says from 2016 to 2017, they saw a 30 percent increase in the number of emotional support animals on board.

The airline is clarifying what qualifies as trained service and emotional support animals, saying only cats and dogs will be considered emotional support animals and unusual or exotic animals will not be accepted.

The airline writes: "We want to make sure our guidelines are clear and easy to understand, while providing customers and employees a comfortable and safe experience."

Emotional support owners must have a letter from their doctor.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has raised alarm about one way people might access opioids to misuse and abuse: their pets.

As America's opioid epidemic rages, some pet owners could be stealing pain medications intended for their furry friends, according to a statement from FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb.

"We recognize that opioids and other pain medications have a legitimate and important role in treating pain in animals -- just as they do for people," Gottlieb said in the statement.

"But just like the opioid medications used in humans, these drugs have potentially serious risks, not just for the animal patients, but also because of their potential to lead to addiction, abuse and overdose in humans who may divert them for their own use," he said.

Gottlieb also said there hasn't been much information about responsible opioid prescribing for veterinary medicine professionals, and so the FDA developed a resource guide on what veterinarians need to know.

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Canine influenza has spread to 30-plus states...

A new strain of canine influenza made headlines in 2015 when it first appeared in the United States, sickening hundreds of dogs in Chicago. It took less than three years for that strain to spread to more than 30 other states.

Clinical signs of the virus in dogs can include sneezing, reverse sneezing that progresses to coughing, lethargy, decreased appetite, and fever.

Since influenzas are caused by viruses, there is no medical treatment, but veterinarians can offer supportive therapy for dogs with the flu.

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The Ridiculously Rich Pets That Have It Better Than You
A dog's life? It's not so bad when you're worth millions and live in a mansion.

Pet spas, cat memes and canine Instagram celebrities are simple facts of modern life. Even regular pets wear rhinestone collars and go to salons to get their hair done.
But when animals are adopted by the rich and famous, they become part of estate planning and amass riches through inheritance or in their own right.
Don’t believe us? Get ready for the proof: Here are a couple of the most ludicrously loaded furry friends the world has ever seen.

Trouble: Real estate top dog
New York real estate tycoon Leona Helmsley — nicknamed the Queen of Mean — was known for her flamboyant personality and controversial statements. She also had a strong relationship with her dog, Trouble.
When Helmsley died in 2007, she left behind a multi-billion dollar estate, with $12 million earmarked for the pooch.
A New York court reduced Trouble’s inheritance after deciding it was too excessive, but made sure the Maltese would remain a millionaire. A large portion of Helmsley's estate also was put into a trust to benefit dog causes.

Grumpy Cat AKA: The meme worth millions
Everyone knows Grumpy Cat. Her face has graced T-shirts, calendars and computer screens everywhere.
In 2014, her image and story were even made into a snarky Christmas movie, with Aubrey Plaza of Parks and Recreation providing the cat’s voice.
Some estimates contend that the Grumpy Cat brand could be worth up to $100 million, though her owners have stated that the crabby kitty's image generates a low six-figure annual income.

Max AKA: The meme worth millions
Everyone knows Grumpy Cat. Her face has graced T-shirts, calendars and computer screens everywhere.
In 2014, her image and story were even made into a snarky Christmas movie, with Aubrey Plaza of Parks and Recreation providing the cat’s voice.
Some estimates contend that the Grumpy Cat brand could be worth up to $100 million, though her owners have stated that the crabby kitty's image generates a low six-figure annual income.

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