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Talkin' Pets News

June 8, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - People Magazine's Sexiest Veterinarian Dr. Evan Antin at 630pm ET to discuss dental care

A new study finds that dog owners tend to get more exercise than other people.

The research indicates that dog owners are four times as likely to meet physical activity guidelines, The New York Times reports.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Liverpool and other organizations, included about 700 participants in Great Britain. It was published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Dog owners tended to spend nearly 300 minutes per week walking. Non-dog-owners averaged about 100 minutes.

Guidelines call for 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.

Carri Westgarth, who led the study, doesn’t necessarily recommend getting a dog just for the exercise benefits.

Westgarth told The Times: “A dog is not a tool just to make us more physically active. But if you feel that you have the time, inclination and finances to take on the responsibility of having a dog, they are a great motivator to get out walking when you otherwise would have made excuses not to.”

Mexico is home for marine turtles. Of the seven species that exist in the world, six nest on Mexico's coasts, four of them in the Mexican Caribbean. However, for decades this treasured marine animal has faced the contamination of their habitat and the looting of their nests, which has caused them to be in danger of extinction.

To counteract the damage, the National Program of Inspection and Surveillance for the Protection of Sea Turtles was implemented in Mexico, coordinated by the Federal Procurator for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA), in colaboration with the Secretariat of the Navy, Armada de México (SEMAR), the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) and the Federal Police (PF). Volunteers and companies such as Grupo Sunset World, who understand the urgency of preserving the country's natural riches, are supporting this great effort.

The sea turtle has existed for more than one hundred million years. They shared the Earth with dinosaurs and witnessed their extinction. During their life cycle, when they are about to reproduce, they travel thousands of kilometers to the coast where they were born to lay their eggs. Each year during nesting season, which runs from May to November, Grupo Sunset World follows PROFEPA's guidelines, and train staff who will be involved in the process in locating nests, constructing of pens, counting eggs and releasing offspring, as well as creating reports

The Sunset Royal Beach Resort staff in Cancun is trained by the Municipal Ecology Department of Cancun for safe handling of female turtles, eggs and nests, as well as pens, which are installed according to the guidelines established by the Directorate of Municipal Ecology. From 2010 to 2018, Sunset World has actively participated in the Marine Turtle Protection Program, protecting 84,565 eggs and releasing 71,939 turtle hatchlings.

The Sunset Royal Beach Resort staff is also working hard to keep the beach free of sargassum. Although the macroalga does not directly affect the turtles, it can prevent them from laying their eggs on the beach and cause them to lay their eggs at sea, and offspring are lost. We are all part of the problem...and the solution: May to November is turtle nesting season in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, and each visitor can help sea turtles by doing these very simple things:

Always take a moment to deposit garbage it in its place.

  • Sometimes turtles float near the shore. Do not drive boats or jet skis near them.
  • If you camp on the beach, pay attention to where you are walking or pitching your tent so as not to disturb the turtles or their nests.
  • Make sure all lights from your room or cabana on the beach are turned off at night.
  • Do not drive vehicles on the beach during nesting season.
  • Make sure that all beach furniture is put away at sunset.
  • If or your children play in the sand, do not leave holes or mounds. Flatten the area afterwards.
  • Do not support bars that use lights on the beach at night

Sometimes we are oblivious to the effects of global warming. The truth is that our decisions as consumers and tourists define our impact on the environment. We cannot ignore the damage caused in our favorite places to vacation just because we don't live there. Companies, governments and people all over the world are responsible for caring for the ocean. If we fill it with garbage, that's what we'll get in return.

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 Laurence Fishburne is perhaps best known for his work in the memorable "The Matrix" series and other award-winning properties, but this iconic actor also serves as the host of the educational television show "Information Matrix." The program seeks to educate his listeners and viewers on some of the major issues that are facing this country and the world as a whole. Recently, one of the episodes analyzed the trends that are growing in the energy industry, specifically the habits of consumer consumption.

Without a doubt, the trends in energy consumption are changing. In decades past, fossil fuels and coal were among the only energy sources available. While wind power and water power were around, these were minuscule compared to the dependence of the country, and the world, on fossil fuels. Recently, there has been a significant push to rely on my renewable and environmentally friendly resources. Climate change has been one of the biggest reasons for this push. While some people are pushing back on this change, the proportion of the world that is using renewable, green energy sources is increasing. Examples of this include nuclear power, solar power, hydroelectric sources, and more. Where is this trend going to end up in the future? All of this is discussed on "Information Matrix," hosted by Laurence Fishburne.

"Information Matrix," hosted by Laurence Fishburne, is a public television show that is proofread carefully to ensure that it meets strict quality standards prior to dissemination to a wider viewing audience. The show has received a variety of awards and accolades in recognition of its work.

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Recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)—helpful with jaw repair and long bone defects in dogs—works wonders, is expensive ($1,000 per milligram) and must be handled with care: “If you were to get a little BMP on your instruments or glove, and you touch, say, a muscle, there would be bone growth in that muscle,” says one veterinary surgeon.

To see Ethel frolic on four good limbs, one would never know that the 2-year-old Yorkshire terrier came perilously close to losing her right front leg following two unsuccessful surgeries to repair a broken ulna and radius. Instrumental in her remarkable recovery was the use of (BMP), which grows new bone over a special scaffold.

When Ethel was referred to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, her prognosis was not good. Amy Kapatkin, DVM, MS, DACVS, professor of small animal orthopedic surgery, approved the use of BMP in a last-ditch effort to save Ethel’s damaged limb, but gave the procedure just a 1% chance of success. Though hopeful, Ethel’s owner, Mary Ann Lawson, gave Dr. Kapatkin permission to amputate the damaged limb if the procedure failed.

The extent of the injury and Ethel’s diminutive size proved problematic. The use of BMP requires that the affected bone be stabilized with plates to facilitate proper bone growth. However, 50% of Ethel’s distal radius was gone, and her remaining bone was smaller than most commercially available plates.

But Dr. Kapatkin still felt BMP was worth a try and suggested that Ethel be kept at the hospital while she healed to prevent her from accidentally reinjuring herself. At one point, due to the limited soft tissue and thin skin in her tiny distal limb, the plate started to protrude from her leg and had to be removed. However, Ethel was well on her way to healing fully by that point, so the plate was no longer necessary. Ethel healed so well that by her three-month recheck, she was able to run on her new leg.

Ethel is one of more than 60 dogs treated using BMP at UC Davis since 2012. The school receives the compound for compassionate use from a manufacturer at no cost, which allows doctors to provide the bone growth protein to approved patients free of charge.

A Texas veterinarian’s request to appeal her suspension and probation for shooting a cat through the head with an arrow has been rejected by that state’s Supreme Court.

In 2015, Kristen Lindsey shot a feral cat and then bragged about it on social media. In a Facebook post accompanying the photo, Lindsey wrote, “My first bow kill, lol. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through it’s [sic] head. Vet of the year award … gladly accepted.” A state board in 2016 suspended her veterinary license for one year and placed her on probation for four years.

Since her one-year suspension ended in October 2017, Lindsey has been permitted to practice veterinary medicine on a probationary basis. Following that, she attempted to get her sentence overturned in district court and the Texas Third Court of Appeals. Another appeal to challenge the rules dictating her disciplinary action also was pending. In April 2018, she lost both cases and was ordered to pay all costs related to the trial court and the court of appeals.

“The Texas Supreme Court now becomes the highest authority in the state to confirm what we’ve known all along—that Kristen Lindsey is wholly deserving of punishment for her brutal killing of Tiger,” says Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “This was a case of a veterinarian not only ignoring her responsibility to relieve suffering, but actually rejoicing in the suffering she was inflicting on [the cat].

“This has been a sickening case of cruelty that should have resulted in a much more severe punishment than a one-year suspension. The legal system should have permanently barred Lindsey from ever practicing veterinary medicine again.”

On June 4 the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) announced that it received confirmation of equine infectious anemia (EIA) diagnosed in a horse that was transported from Washington back to its home in Canyon County in May 2019.

“Horse owners are strongly encouraged to incorporate an annual Coggins test into their animal health regimen regardless of whether they travel interstate,” said ISDA State Veterinarian Bill Barton, DVM. “Horses that acquire EIA are infected throughout their lives and will remain a source of infection to other horses in close proximity, so Coggins tests are incredibly important to managing the spread of EIA.”

Equine infectious anemia is a viral disease that attacks horses’ immune systems. The virus is transmitted through the exchange of body fluids from an infected to a uninfected animal, often by blood-feeding insects such as horseflies. It can also be transmitted through the use of blood-contaminated instruments or needles.

Coggins test screens horses’ blood for antibodies that are indicative of the presence of EIA. Most U.S. states require horses to have proof of a negative Coggins test in order to travel.

Once an animal is infected with EIA, it is infected for life and can be a reservoir for the spread of disease. Not all horses show signs of disease, but those that do can exhibit:

  • Progressive condition loss;
  • Muscle weakness;
  • Poor stamina;
  • Fever;
  • Depression; and
  • Anemia.

There is no vaccine and no cure. A horse diagnosed with EIA dies, is euthanized, or must be placed under extremely strict quarantine conditions (at least 200 yards away from unaffected equids) for the rest of his life.

Plant-based burger maker Beyond Meat Inc on Thursday reported quarterly revenue above analysts' estimates in its first results since going public, and said it expects to double its sales this year.

The company's shares jumped 16 percent in extended trading.

The company said it expects net revenue of $210 million, an increase of more than 140% compared to 2018. Analysts were expecting sales of $205 million, according to Refinitiv IBES data.

"We are in the early stages of achieving the growth that Beyond Meat is capable of," Chief Executive Officer Ethan Brown said in a statement, adding that the company is focused on increasing brand awareness, expanding distribution channels and launching innovative products.

Beyond Meat's burgers feel, smell and taste like real meat, but is made of yellow pea protein, canola oil and other vegetable starches.

The California-based company said net loss widened to $6.6 million in the three months ended March 30, from $5.7 million a year earlier.

Loss per share for the first quarter narrowed to 95 cents per share from 98 cents.

Net revenue came in at $40.2 million, an increase of 215%, the company said. Analysts had expected revenue of $38.9 million.

Fair Oaks Farms and several past employees are under investigation after undercover footage of animal abuse was published by Animal Recovery Mission on June 4, 2019.

Fair Oaks Farm in Fair Oaks, Indiana is the largest dairy in the United States and the nation’s largest agritourism destination. The farm has a joint venture with Coca-Cola Company.

According to its website, Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) is a vanguard not-for-profit organization, dedicated to eliminating extreme animal cruelty operations worldwide. Its mission is, “to be an uncompromising defending force for the welfare of animals, in addition to putting an end to and preventing pain, suffering, and torture inflicted as a result of inhumane practices.”

Richard Couto is the founder of the ARM and an animal cruelty expert. Couto exposed Fair Oaks Farms in what he refers to as “Operation Fair Oaks Farms,” calling it, “the largest undercover dairy investigation of all time.” The video details the horrifying abuse hidden inside the dairy industry.

An undercover investigator working for ARM gained employment and filmed the experience. Couto said he has never seen such consistent, constant abuse by everyone they had contact with at Fair Oaks Farms.

“When you throw out the dead you always have to go this way [back way],” a Fair Oaks farmworker said to the undercover investigator in the video. “For them, if the tourists come this is bad for the company. If you bring the dead calves. Do you understand?”

The most heartbreaking scene of the video comes when footage shows calves being left in extreme heat, dying in temperatures as high as 113 degrees in the video. Mothers can be heard calling for their calves so intensely that they lose their voice.

Couto suggests that, in order to stop the abuse, Fair Oaks Farms must be shut down. He is also pushing for Coca-Cola to get out of the dairy industry and urges consumers to stop buying products from them or to stop buying dairy in general.

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