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Talkin' Pets News

December 1, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Maria Ryan

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media / Production - Bob Page

Special Guests - Singer/Songwriter Jimmy Charles’ Debut EP, HARD WAY TO GO, Set For December 7 Release, Jimmy will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 12/01/18 at 630pm EST to discuss and give away his new CD

Woodrow Wear Power Paws for pets steps up to help animal victims of the California fires and Lorraine Walston Owner of the company will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 12/01/18 at 720pm EST to tell her story


Pet ownership is on the rise in the U.S., with dogs leading the way and large increases in the number of less traditional pets like poultry and lizards, according to recently released data from the American Veterinary Medical Association. The 2017-2018 edition of the Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook, the most comprehensive and authoritative source of data on pet ownership and related habits of U.S. pet-owning households, found that nearly 57 percent of all U.S. households owned a pet at end of year 2016. About 38 percent of households nationwide owned one or more dogs — the highest estimated rate of dog ownership since the AVMA began measuring it in 1982. Cats were the next most popular pet, found in 25 percent of U.S. households.

More people than ever own specialty or exotic pets, such as fish, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, turtles, snakes, lizards, poultry, livestock and amphibians, according to a press release from AVMA. More than 13 percent of U.S. households owned a specialty or exotic pet at year-end 2016, a 25 percent increase from 2011. The incidence of poultry owned as pets climbed 23 percent in five years, with 1.1 percent of all U.S. households now claiming poultry as pets.

Pet ownership is highest in more rural states. The 10 states that had the highest percentage of pet-owning households in 2016 were:

  • Wyoming (72%)
  • West Virginia (71%)
  • Nebraska (70%)
  • Vermont (70%)
  • Idaho (70%)
  • Indiana (69%)
  • Arkansas (69%)
  • Mississippi (65%)
  • Oklahoma (65%)
  • Colorado (65%)

Pet ownership is generally lower in urban states. The 10 states with the lowest percentage of pet-owning households were:

  • Rhode Island (45%)
  • South Dakota (46%)
  • New York (50%)
  • New Jersey (47%)
  • Maryland (49%)
  • Illinois (49%)
  • Massachusetts (49%)
  • Connecticut (50%)
  • Georgia (51%)
  • New Hampshire (52%)

The 2017-2018 Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook also looks at who visits a veterinarian, how frequently and under what circumstances. Survey findings show that dog owners have a higher propensity to obtain veterinary care than do owners of other types of pet. On average, in 2016, dog-owning veterinary clients made three visits to the veterinarian. Cat-owning veterinary clients made 2.4 visits.

Functional pet food products are positioned to play a key role in pet-product industry growth, according to market research firm Packaged Facts.

Functional pet food is “designed for preventive healthcare or to address specific pet health conditions,” according to the firm.

“Just as many Americans are proactive about their own health diet-wise, a sizeable majority of pet owners believe the pet foods they buy have a strong impact on the health of their pets,” says David Sprinkle, research director for Packaged Facts.

Survey data published in the report Pet Industry Outlook: Veterinary Services and Pet Product Retailing reveal that 72 percent of dog and 67 percent of cat owners agree that “High-quality dog foods/cat foods are effective for preventive healthcare,” and more than a three-fourths of dog and cat owners agree that “targeted pet foods with special nutrition formulations are beneficial to pets with specific health concerns.” Top functional foods sought by dog and cat owners include:

  • Oral/dental health formulas.
  • Skin and coat/long hair formulas.
  • Senior/mature formulas.
  • Weight management formulas.
  • Joint/mobility formulas.
  • Digestive/sensitive stomach formulas.
  • Hairball formulas (for cats).

Many of these conditions are connected to the graying of America’s companion animals. Dogs and cats are living longer, and as a result are dealing with age-related conditions including joint, coronary, cognitive and immune-system-related health problems, as well as diabetes and cancer. Senior-targeted pet products cover all of these needs as well as routine daily concerns, and because of their more specialized health focus, senior products and services are typically priced well above the market average.

Older pet populations also drive human-style advancements in veterinary care, medications and supplements supported by newer payment options such as pet insurance, according to the company. Moreover, as pets age, the human/animal bond deepens, creating an increased willingness among pet owners to do whatever it takes to keep their pets healthy and happy for as long as possible. Because of all these factors, Packaged Facts forecasts functional pet food targeting conditions related to aging will have excellent growth prospects in coming years.

A new study identifies the “10 most pet-friendly airports” in the U.S.

Results from the study by Upgraded Points “illustrated a growing number of pet-friendly airports, each fully equipped with pet-relief stations and pet parks,”. For those who travel through airports with pets, finding terminals to accommodate these special travelers can be a stressful event, the firm notes. New federal regulations requires each airport that serves over 10,000 passengers a year must maintain pet relief stations to provide for service animals of all types. The Upgraded Points study evaluated these larger airports and their current facilities.

Points were awarded for those airports that went above and beyond regulations — for example, by extending pet relief stations to include law enforcement dogs, emotional support animals and transit pets. The company adds: “Similarly, many pet relief areas were rather rudimentary, using fake grass, or those areas were hidden in out-of-the-way places within terminals. As a result, points were also awarded in the study to those airports that offered pet parks with real grass, faux fire hydrants, ease-of-accessibility and ample space for pets to run and play.” Other amenities also played into the points awarded, like fully fenced areas, available water fountains or onsite boarding and daycare facilities.

The top pet-friendly airport is John F. Kennedy International Airport. The release explains: “With multiple terminals that have access to post-security pet relief areas, JFK ranked highest in the Upgraded Points study. One terminal boasts a 4,000 square foot outdoor garden patio that is open to both passengers and pets. This area contains tables and chairs, with a seating capacity of around 50 people. Other areas have pet bathrooms set with artificial grass (with built-in drainage), replicas of fire hydrants, sinks and waste receptacles.” JFK also offers 24/7 animal care and veterinary services for all kinds of pets: dogs, cats, horses, birds, livestock and exotic animals. In addition, American Airlines has installed a pet relief area at its terminal departures level, with a 1000-square-foot grassy area for pets to relax after a long flight.

The top 10:

  • John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  • Los Angeles International Airport
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
  • Austin–Bergstrom International Airport
  • Reno-Tahoe International Airport
  • Dallas Love Field Airport
  • Denver International Airport
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport

“From Denver to JFK, there were many outstanding airports featured in our article,” said Upgraded Points founder Alex Miller.


Veterinarians in the United Kingdom are being warned about a new and unusual outbreak of feline tuberculosis that has struck at five separate locations in England.

Pet cats at the as-yet-undisclosed sites caught a strain of TB caused by Mycobacterium bovis, a bacterium more typically found in cattle and wild animals such as bison, deer and elk. According to, the pathogen can affect practically all mammals, including humans; however, by far the more common cause of TB in people is Mycobacterium tuberculosis. M. bovis has been associated with TB in cats in the past, including in England and the United States.

The latest cases in the U.K. involve young cats with no history of outdoor access, which is noteworthy because M. bovis usually infects cats via bites and scratches while they are hunting outside.

Investigators suspect the source of the cats' exposure was their diet: All of the affected pets were fed the same brand of commercial raw, frozen food. The brand's name has not been made public.

The VIN News Service asked Dr. Danielle Gunn-Moore, an expert in feline TB at the University of Edinburgh who is investigating the outbreak, what veterinarians and the public should know and you can find this information at in the news section.




What are the symptoms of the bovine strain of TB, and is it usually fatal?

TB caused by M. bovis in cats in the U.K. is usually cutaneous and caused by bite wounds and wound contamination from infected rodents. It usually presents as lesions around the wound, being seen as non-healing wounds or ulcers.

These new cases, however, are intestinal. Sufferers therefore typically present with weight loss, abdominal masses, and diarrhea. Without treatment, the disease is fatal.

What other clues should veterinarians consider when making a diagnosis?

Of note, almost all of the recent cases have been seen in young, often pedigreed, cats that are not allowed outside and hence, do not hunt.

We would like to urge clinicians to be aware of the possibility of tuberculosis in such cats, particularly if they have been fed on a raw-food diet.

Could clinical signs of M. bovis infection resemble anything else?

The two diseases vets are most likely to think the cats have are feline infectious peritonitis, known as FIP, or intestinal lymphoma — a type of cancer.

Both are seen most commonly in young, pedigreed cats.

Is there a test to diagnose the disease?

Yes, the blood test is the Interferon gamma release assay, or IGRA.

Otherwise, a needle aspirate or biopsy needs to be taken and sent for cytology or histopathology — to look for typical changes — then specialist culture or PCR (polymerase chain reaction).

Can the disease be treated, or are infected animals euthanized?

If the cats are diagnosed early, treatment could be considered — but the infection is a risk to the owners, and the treatment of the cat would involve three drugs being given daily for at least six months.

What risk do infected cats pose to human health?

There have only been six cases of M. bovis being passed from cats to people reported globally over the last 150 years.

Is the latest outbreak confined to five sites and is pet food definitely the cause?

Other households are being investigated and we are still investigating the possible link to commercial raw food. The food samples were taken at the time of diagnosis, not the time of infection, so may only offer circumstantial evidence.

Three of the five households were in low-risk bovine TB zones, another was in an "edge" area and only one was in a high-risk location. It's unusual for such a rare form of gastrointestinal feline TB to occur in indoor cats at multiple locations, particularly low-risk ones.

From your own research, how many cats could be infected with feline TB?

Cats are most commonly infected with either M. bovis or M. microti, which also can be picked [up] from rodents, and also cause skin lesions near wounds.

Of biopsies for cats from all over U.K., taken for any reason and sent to labs for histopathology, 1 percent are found to have changes typical of mycobacterial infection. So infection of cats with mycobacteria are not rare. Of those, around a third of cases are caused by bacteria that cause TB, i.e. M. bovis or M. microti.

Veterinarians in the U.K. who suspect they may have encountered a case of gastrointestinal feline TB may contact Gunn-Moore at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

American Humane’s rescue team and animal emergency vehicle will be deployed to aid animals at the Butte County Fairgrounds in Gridley, Calif., displaced by the deadly wildfires.

“This is a life-threatening disaster for both people and animals, and the danger is not over,” said Robin Ganzert, PhD, chief executive officer and president of American Humane.

“Pets are part of our families and American Humane is on the scene to help keep these families safe and healthy together. We are grateful to those generous people who are sending in donations to help us help our best friends in their worst times, and to those who made it possible to have vitally necessary lifesaving equipment and supplies at the ready.”

The American Humane team will be assisting the Red Cross with a colocation shelter for displaced families and their animals. The Red Cross will set up sheltering accommodations and services for the human shelter, and American Humane will set up sheltering accommodations for nearly 100 animals.

American Humane will provide assistance to owners to help care for pets of Red Cross clients who come into the human shelter and maintain the animal shelter side of the operation.

Exotic birds worth a total of $15,000 were stolen from Worldwide Fish & Pet Store in New Haven, CT, the Stamford Daily Voice reports.

A newspaper delivery person noticed a door pried open at the business early Tuesday and notified police.

As it turned out, a variety of birds had been taken, including cockatoos, conures and parrots such as macaws and an African grey.

A scarlet macaw worth about $2,800 was the most valuable pet stolen, the Associated Press reports. Cages were also stolen.

Forensic detectives investigated the scene. Authorities say a U-Haul truck may have been used to transport the birds.

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating the thieves.

“The illegal trade of stolen exotic pets are rare investigations for any local law enforcement agency,” said Officer David Hartman, New Haven Police Department spokesman.

A MUTANT breed of cattle has sparked an internet "roid rage" row over their freakishly muscle-bound bodies. Startling images of Belgian Blues come days after another bovine behemoth - a 6ft 4ins steer called Knickers - shocked the world.

While Knickers made global headlines for her record height and weight this 'muscles from Brussels' breed are big all over. That's because Belgian Blues have a naturally occurring mutation called "double-muscling" - which turns them into beefcakes. However, some of those to have seen online photos and clips of the burly cattle are convinced they must be on steroids.

However Belgian Blue cattle can often endure a slew of serious health problems

"Insane...pathetic what they did to these poor creatures," wrote one of the millions of YouTube viewers to have seen the 'muscles from Brussels' breed. However, others hit back to point out their bizarre appearance is actually down to a natural occurring genetic mutation. One replied: ‘This is a Belgian breed of cattle that looks like this because of a genetic mutation that results in increased muscle mass.

"So stop this steroid and animal cruelty nonsense."Double muscling occurs in animals which lack a certain protein that regulates its muscle growth. Although it is natural, the way the mutation has been perpetuated is not, says PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

The meat industry selectively breeds animals who exhibit this mutation to produce bigger animals and, therefore, more meat

Cattle giant Knickers made headlines around the world

And the breed's bodybuilder profile certainly comes at a high price as they often suffer a slew of serious health problems.

Pregnancies are very difficult, and the animals almost always require C-sections to deliver their babies.

Once the calves are born, they may have a number of birth defects, including enlarged tongues, which can make it difficult for them to nurse.

Earlier this week we told how enormous Knickers had made it into the record books. The seven-year-old behemoth - named Knickers - has now became big MOOS around the world after the steer's story went viral "He's gone from being a production animal to I guess some sort of star,"  said cattle farmer Geoff Pearson. "We always got comments from anyone who saw him but he's rapidly becoming a local celebrity now. I'm not sure how we will handle his newfound popularity."

A Canadian farmer has now claimed his super steer is an INCH taller than Knickers. Karl Schoenrock says his own steer Dozer is just over 6ft 5ins, calling him a "gentle giant".

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