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Talkin' Pets News

July 27, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Karen Vance - Behavior and Agility Trainer - Tampa Bay, FL

Producer - Daisey Charlotte

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media / Production - Bob Page

Special Guests - Author Zak George will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/27/19 at 5pm ET to dicuss and give away his new book, "Zak George's Guide To A Well-Behaved Dog"

Tim Hern - Host of CommuterLife Radio - Spotlight interview on car travel with your pet at 635pm ET  on 7/27/19

 

Queen Elizabeth has issued a ban on any further dogs at Buckingham Palace, RadarOnline.com reports.

The queen made the decision after learning that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle planned to adopt another rescue dog.

A source told RadarOnline.com, “Harry and Meghan have moved their offices in with the Queen’s Buck House, and she absolutely does not want some mutt messing up her rugs.”

The source added that the queen’s famous corgis “don’t take too kindly to outsiders.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are welcome to have more pets at their home in Frogmore County, according to the source.

Just not at the queen’s castle.

The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International released findings of an undercover investigation revealing a lucrative ivory trade in the nation’s capital, where ivory dealers take advantage of the lack of local laws banning the sale of ivory. Legislation has been introduced in the Council of the District of Columbia that would prohibit sales of certain ivory products as well as those made from rhino horn within the District.

From April to July 2019, investigators found ivory products for sale at several Capital store locations. Most of the ivory sellers were unable to produce documentation verifying the age or origin of the ivory when asked by the investigator. Without documentation, it is impossible to know whether items were imported in violation of federal law, which prohibits imports or interstate sales of ivory from recently killed elephants.

Among the ivory items found for sale during this investigation: a full elephant tusk, $600,000; a multi-figurine game board, $48,000; carved horse-drawn chariots, $12,000; and various figurines and jewelries, ranging from $150 to $18,000. 

Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and president of Humane Society International, said, “The Council of the District of Columbia must act to pass legislation that will protect imperiled elephants and rhinos by removing the financial incentives to kill them and trade in their parts. Washington D.C. should no longer condone a trade that decimates Earth’s iconic species.”Councilmember Mary M. Cheh said, “ we must not sit passively while the ivory market thrives in the District. Limiting the demand for ivory and horns is key to stopping the unnecessary and inhumane slaughter of these animals —and we cannot wait.”

Facts

    • The illegal wildlife trade is a multibillion-dollar global industry that affects millions of animals and communities around the world. Wild animals such as elephants and rhinos are killed in massive numbers and suffer from horrific cruelty. Poachers brutally kill elephants and harvest their tusks, sometimes while the animal is still alive.
    • The African savanna elephant population has declined by 144,000 – 30% of the population – since 2007, primarily because of poaching. More than 1,000 rhinos were poached in Africa in 2018, out of 29,0000 rhinos remaining worldwide.
    • The legal market for ivory products provides a cover for illegal ivory products to flourish because of the ease of mixing the two. Enforcement efforts are often hampered by a lack of resources or the difficulty of visually distinguishing illegal ivory from legally acquired ivory.
    • The greater Washington, D.C., area is likely the largest remaining metropolitan market for ivory products in the United States, according to a 2017 report by the wildlife trade monitoring organization, TRAFFIC.
    • A 2015 report by the International Fund for Animal Welfare of the U.S. ivory market that surveyed Craigslist listings identified Washington, D.C., as one of the top five markets among all locations surveyed.
    • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service instituted a near-total ban on importing or engaging in the interstate sale of African elephant ivory in 2016. However, federal regulations do not address intrastate trade in African elephant ivory. U.S. states and the District of Columbia must do their part to ensure that their laws sufficiently protect at-risk animals.
    • California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, New Hampshire, Illinois and Minnesota have passed anti-wildlife trafficking laws that are similar to the legislation that the HSUS and HSI support in Washington, D.C. Voters in Oregon and Washington approved statewide ballot measures on the issue by 70-30 margins in both states.
  • Last Council Period, the Council of the District of Columbia’s Judiciary and Public Safety committee chaired by Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen heard public testimony on a previous version of this legislation but failed to advance the bill out of committee before the end of the Council Period. 

Alley Cat Allies congratulates New York for becoming the first state to ban the declawing of cats. Today Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill from the New York legislature that prohibits the surgical procedure. The ban takes effect immediately.

“Gov. Cuomo and New York legislators have earned our praise by banning this all too common veterinary practice that is agonizing for cats,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Declawing is a misnomer—it’s more accurate to call this procedure de-knuckling. It amputates the last bone of a cat’s toes, which is like cutting off a person’s finger up to the first knuckle.

“Cats need their claws for behavioral and grooming reasons, so when they are taken, it can lead to lasting psychological and physical harm. For some cats, this even leads to them losing their homes. Doing away with the practice sets New York ahead in the humane treatment of its cats.”

As part of its “Keep Cats’ Claws on their Paws” campaign that pushes for declawing bans throughout the country, Alley Cat Allies supporters sent more than 1,000 messages to New York legislators asking for this ban. Alley Cat Allies also collaborated with The Paw Project on the effort.

“Congratulations to New York for leading the way to outlaw this painful, unnecessary mutilation of cats,” said Dr. Jennifer Conrad, founder of The Paw Project. “We look forward to working with other states to follow New York’s lead and protect the cats in their states.”

While New York is the first state to ban declawing, others are also considering such legislation, including Massachusetts, New Jersey and California. Declawing is already banned in many American cities and most of Europe.

Robinson added that while declawing is often done to address unwanted scratching behavior, there are many resources available for owners to address these behaviors without harming the cat. These could include scratching posts, vinyl nail covers and humane deterrents.

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About Alley Cat Allies

Alley Cat Allies, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., is the global engine of change for cats. We protect and improve the lives of cats through our innovative, cutting-edge programs. We are seen around the world as a champion for the humane treatment of all cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than a half-million supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens worldwide. Its website is www.alleycat.org, and Alley Cat Allies is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

New York has become the first U.S. state to ban the declawing of cats.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation prohibiting the practice, effective immediately.

“Declawing is a cruel and painful procedure that can create physical and behavioral problems for helpless animals, and today it stops,” Cuomo said in a press release.

“By banning this archaic practice, we will ensure that animals are no longer subjected to these inhumane and unnecessary procedures.”

New York Sen. Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris said, “I am proud of the new Senate majority’s emphasis on animal welfare and am glad the Governor enacted this legislation.”

Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal said, “Now that my bill has become law, New York has been catapulted onto the leaderboard of humane states, and we expect other states to quickly follow in out footsteps.”

The governor’s office stated:

Declawing involves the removal of all or most of the last bone of each of the toes of the front feet, and tendons, nerves and ligaments that allow for normal function of the paw are severed, resulting in intense and chronic pain and other serious medical or behavioral issues. After the claws are removed, cats often shift their gait and where it places most of its weight, causing strain on its leg joints and spine, which can lead to early onset arthritis and prolonged back and joint pain. Cats’ claws play an important role in various aspects of their lives, including to assist in climbing and maintaining balance and to escape danger.

CNN noted that the law “makes exceptions for ‘therapeutic purposes,’ or when the declawing would benefit the cat’s health.”

The New York State Veterinary Medical Society states on its website: “Veterinarians take the issue of onychectomy (declawing) very seriously and believe that it should be an available option when the alternative is abandonment or euthanasia.”

The society states that veterinarians “should be permitted to make medical decisions after direct consultation with a client and a thorough examination of the patient and its home circumstances.”

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Dunkin' Brands Group Inc said on Wednesday it would add vegan burger maker Beyond Meat Inc's plant-based sausages to its breakfast menu at stores in Manhattan.

The donut and coffee chain is the latest restaurant to join the vegan bandwagon by adding plant-based options, following Restaurant Brands International Inc's Tim Hortons in Canada earlier this year.

Shares of both Beyond Meat and Dunkin' were up about 2% before the bell.

Beyond Meat's Chief Executive Officer Ethan Brown said the partnership is a step forward in making plant-based meat accessible and easy to enjoy, even while on-the-go.

Dunkin's breakfast sandwich will come with a Beyond breakfast sausage patty, an egg, cheese in an English muffin and could be rolled out nationally in the future, the company said.

Tim Hortons' breakfast sandwich is available across 4,000 stores in Canada, and features the patty alongside cheese, tomato, lettuce, and other condiments.

Beyond Meat's faux meat patties and beef crumbles are also used in Del Taco Restaurant Inc's tacos and Carl's Jr's burgers.

Most recently, Blue Apron said it would also add Beyond Meat's plant-based burgers to its meal-kits.

Valerie Harper's husband, Tony Cacciotti, revealed that doctors have recommended he move his wife to hospice care amid her cancer battle.

However, regardless of the advice, Cacciotti explained that he had no plans to do so and plans to be by her side and caring for her for as long as he is able.

"I have been told by doctors to put Val in Hospice care and I can’t [because of our 40 years of shared commitment to each other] and I won’t because of the amazing good deeds she has graced us with while she’s been here on earth," he wrote in a message to fans posted to the actress' Facebook page.

"We will continue going forward as long as the powers above allow us, I will do my very best in making Val as comfortable as possible," he continued, additionally sharing his gratitude for those who have helped with the financial costs of Harper's care.

"For those of you who have been in this position, you will totally understand that 'it’s hard letting go.' So as long as I’m able and capable, I’ll be where I belong right beside her," Cacciotti continued. "Many, many thanks for your outpouring of kindness and support."

Deanna, a friend of the couple who has worked hard to raise funds for Harper during her battle with cancer, added in the post, "We are so grateful for your love and support."

"I will continue to provide updates on Valerie's Facebook page from time to time as we know that you will be thinking about her," Deanna added.

Animal Lover and supporter and friend of Talkin’ Pets, Harper, who is best known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off, Rhoda, was diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a form of cancer, in 2013.

Harper and Cacciotti tied the know in 1987 -- nearly a decade after her divorce from her first husband, actor Richard Schaal -- and share one daughter, Cristina Harper.

Grupo Amegrove, the world’s largest cooperative fishing industry society in the mussel category, has received recertification of its operations for sustainable seafood production by Friend of the Sea. Friend of the Sea is the preeminent global certification standard for products and services that respectand protect the marine environment. With this certification, Grupo Amegrove can display the Friend of the Sea eco-label on its products.

“In our experience, leaders set an example for others to follow. This is one of the many things that is impressive about Grupo Amegrove and its commitment to the marine environment,” said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea. “They are the largest mussel cooperative, so the industry is watching what they do.”Grupo Amegrove has been certified by Friend of the Sea since 2013.

Founded in 1977, Grupo Amegrove is made up of about 400 members, with a fleet comprising more than one hundred boats. The society has 335 rafts and a production capacity of 22,000 tons of mussels per year. They supply both Spanish and international markets. Amegrove covers all the phases of mussel production and treatment process, from cultivation to commercialization. 

The society has its own infrastructures for purification, sanitary control, selection of raw material and purification. Their treatment plant is located in the port of Moloxo, at the entrance of the Ría de Arousa. The plant has a supply and purification capacity of around 140 tons every 15 hours. Their Frigo amegrove brand features cooked and quick-frozen meats from Galician rivers, to supply both the national and international markets. The Mytilus lab conducts microbiological analysis in surfaces and food as well as in fresh or sea waters.

 

The American Tree Farm System (ATFS) announced four Tree Farmer families from among more than 70,000 certified Tree Farmers as this year's Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year.

They are:

  • South: Stan and Suzanne Wood of Bremen, Alabama;
  • Northeast: Bill and Tina Buckel of Bittinger, Maryland;
  • North Central: Mike Trail of Columbia, Missouri;
  • West: David and Dar New of Bellingham, Washington.

To learn more about the backgrounds of these winners visit talkinpets.com news section.

Across the U.S., there are more than 21 million family forest owners. Collectively, these individuals care for the largest portion, more than one-third, of America's forests. Their efforts provide essential resources, such as clean water and air, wildlife habitat, recreation spaces and a sustainable wood supply for the products Americans use every day.

ATFS is an internationally-recognized education and certification program designed specifically for family forest owners. The program provides enrolled landowners with tools, community and support to keep their forests healthy. In return, Tree Farmers care for their land, meeting rigorous Standards of Sustainability, and take part in a third-party assessment to certify their land management practices. Collectively, there are 19 million forested acres within the ATFS program nationwide.

"Owning forestland in today's age is not an easy task due to disasters such as hurricanes and catastrophic wildfires, as well as insects, invasive species, the rising costs of forest management and more. Yet, we're fortunate that families and individuals across the country care so much about doing right by the land that they take on these challenges and work incredibly hard every day as terrific stewards of their land," said Tom Martin, president and CEO of the American Forest Foundation, the nonprofit conservation organization that oversees ATFS. "Our Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year showcase this passion for stewardship. They not only have outstanding properties to show for it, but they also are passionate about spreading the word in their communities about the benefits of good forest management. We are proud to honor them and share their stories and accomplishments."

To be considered for the Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year award, individuals must exhibit exceptional forest stewardship to protect and improve our forest resources, and must promote forest stewardship within their communities.

About the 2019 Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year:
Southern Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year, Stan and Suzanne Wood of Bremen, Alabama: Stan and Suzanne Wood showcase how hard work and sweat equity can produce incredible results, even in a short amount of time. Purchasing more than 2,000 acres of an old industrial fiber plantation in 2006, the Wood family set out to practice sustainable forestry for timber and wildlife habitat. In just 13 years, together they have planted more than 900 acres of loblolly and longleaf pine, developed an advanced road system throughout the property, built a bridge out of an old tractor trailer bed, improved the hardwood stands along their three mile stretch of the Black Warrior River, developed an annual prescribed burn program and controlled the ever-spreading invasive Chinese Privet. The Wood family places a great deal of effort on wildlife as well, improving habitat for both game and non-game species. They plant food plots annually, have several dozen bird boxes throughout the site, and are proud to say that seven native species of woodpeckers call their property home. In addition to their efforts, Stan and Suzanne have made spreading the good word of stewardship a priority for their Tree Farm. They host 12 to 15 tours a year for school groups, local non-profits, forestry professionals, policymakers and more. Using their forest as a demonstration site, they showcase the benefits of sustainable management, even leaving a small area unmanaged so that visitors can see the difference.

Northeast Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year, Bill and Tina Buckel of Bittinger, Maryland: Bill and Tina Buckel are the true definition of a forest-owning family. Growing up on a farm, Bill developed a deep passion for forestry by working in the woods with his father and uncle. Over the years, Bill and Tina have inherited and purchased land, now collectively managing 134 woodland acres known as Rocky Resolve Tree Farm. They share a love of stewardship, working their land themselves and instilling that love of the forest in their children and extended family. Along with their daughter Karla and son Derek, they have enjoyed hiking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing through the road systems on each of their Tree Farms. They have faced many challenges brought on by Mother Nature – invasive pests such as the Emerald ash borer and the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, and severe storms, including Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which caused widespread damage to their trees. Despite all of this, Bill and Tina, with help from their son, have improved their tree stands through thinning and planting, built and maintained roads, created wildlife and bird habitat with field mowing, bird boxes and more, operated a small portable sawmill to produce lumber for the farm, and set up a sugar maple system, capable of collecting sap from 450 trees. They impart their love of sustainable forestry to their community, offering tours to local forestry groups and schools, especially through the Cub Scouts program for Bill, and through the Adult Learnings program for Tina. The Buckels proudly display Tree Farm signs along public highways on all three of their Tree Farms. Read more about the Buckels.

North Central Regional Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year, Mike Trial of Columbia, Missouri: Mike Trial has a deep passion and wide knowledge about tree farming that dates back to planting his first seedlings with his father in 1967. Just a year later, they joined the American Tree Farm System, and began planting more seedlings, specifically black walnut across their 55-acre Tree Farm. Over the years, he has battled invasive species, conducted thinnings to give room to the quality trees, and replanted to produce high quality lumber, always keeping meticulous records of his efforts. In more recent years, Mike, like many others has struggled with how to operate a sustainable tree farm operation on small acreage. To solve this, he purchased a small sawmill to mill his own logs. Like his dad, Mike is a lifetime member of the Missouri and National Walnut Council. He received his 50th anniversary American Tree Farm recognition in 2018. He enjoys spreading his knowledge of tree farming with others by working with the University of Missouri School of Forestry students, and by hosting pruning and tree planting workshops on his property.

Western Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year, David and Dar New of Bellingham, Washington: David and Dar New are an incredible example of conservation for the greater ecosystem. Their 165-acre property, located in Snohomish County, Washington, was almost lost when an uncle passed away and the land was put up for sale. Now third-generation owners of the Nourse Tree Farm, David, Dar and Dar's mother, were fortunate to purchase the property, saving it from development. While they had no forestry background, they knew they wanted to care for this family legacy in a sustainable manner. They immediately had a forest management plan created and began a decade long journey to learn about forest management. Early in their ownership, while on a family outing to the property, they noticed a run of Coho salmon that had stranded due to a destroyed tributary channel off the Pilchuck Creek. Working with a wildlife biologist and their local conservation district, the New family worked to restore the flow of the river by building a channel through a pasture field, installing large woody debris and doing extensive planting along the riparian areas. Today, they are able to walk the river in the fall and watch the salmon navigate through the streams successfully. In addition, the New family has harvested 65 acres of the over-mature red alder and replanted with alder, Douglas fir, pine and hemlock for diversity, added an extensive fruit orchard, and set up an LLC for the Tree Farm so that their children do not experience the same difficulties with succession planning. Sharing their story with the community, David and Dar have hosted university extension forestry events, evening events, tours and schools and community groups to see their Tree Farm.

One of these Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers, based on judging from AFF's governance, will be selected as the American Tree Farm System National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year, which will be announced later this year.

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"My father is our hero," Buddy Ackerman's daughter told ABC Action News of his quick maneuver that saved her dog Osi from the jaws of a nearly 8-foot gator

A 75-year-old Florida man leveraged some quick thinking to save the life of his daughter’s Golden Retriever after the dog was attacked by an alligator.

Buddy Ackerman of Palm Harbor, a city about 30 minutes northwest of Tampa, opened up to local station ABC Action News about the harrowing July 9 incident — which saw a nearly 8-foot gator make quick work of grabbing the canine, named Osi, as the pup was relieving himself near a backyard pond.

“He was squealing a good bit when the thing grabbed him,” Ackerman told the outlet, recalling being “a nervous wreck” and slipping and falling onto his backside while “tugging” against the reptile. “Alligator is going one way, I’m going the other,” he said.

Eventually, Ackerman recounted, the gator “opened its mouth real wide and backed up a little” after he kicked the reptile two times in the snout. The maneuver allowed Osi to get free from the larger animal’s grasp.

“My father is our hero,” Ackerman’s daughter, Jody, told ABC Action News of her dad, who was watching the dog while she was on vacation. “Osi and I are so very grateful that nobody was hurt.”

An adorable snapshot taken after the incident showed Osi next to a “DANGER” sign with a picture of a gator on it, warning people not to “feed” the animals.

For Ackerman, he was just thankful Osi was a larger dog, explaining, “I don’t know what would have happened with people with little Pekingese or something running around. I guess we’d say goodbye.”

The Tampa Bay Times reports that it was dark outside when the incident occurred, as Ackerman was walking Osi around 5:30 a.m. local time, and that the dog walked away without injury.

“I’m chalking it up to good luck,” Ackerman told the Times of his victory. “I was worried more about my daughter and how she would feel.”

According to ABC Action News, trappers retrieved the gator — who was 7 feet, 7 inches long.

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When 1-year-old Stella escaped a burning house, she sustained enough damage to put her in an oxygen-saturated kennel for two weeks, according to a recent news release. She also became the face of a pioneer movement in veterinary medicine by becoming the first animal to get a cod fish skin graft.

“My dad’s house caught on fire while he wasn’t home,” Madison Darmer writes on her GoFundMe post regarding Stella’s condition. “Both of his dogs were locked in the house. One is at MSU [veterinary] clinic for burns and smoke inhalation, and the other is really shaken up and limping pretty bad.”

According to the release, the use of Kerecis’ fish skins for treatment on humans was marked as safe and effective by the FDA in 2013. In that approval letter, the FDA states that it can be used on partial and full-thickness wounds, ulcers, deep cuts, burns, surgical wounds and open sores. According to Kerecis, fish skins can reduce inflammation, just like fish oils and omega-3 fatty acids. It accelerates wound closure and is eventually converted into living tissue.

In the release, Michigan State University (MSU) veterinarian and surgical resident Brea Sandness, DVM, BS, says Stella had second- and third-degree burns covering 10% of her body, with wounds across her head, nose, ears, hind end and sides. Because of her condition and the damage to her lungs, the Rottweiler puppy’s veterinary team at MSU’s Veterinary Medical Center wanted to avoid using anesthesia to treat her.

Luckily, Dr. Sandness recalled the Camp Fire wildfires in California. There, veterinarians had used tilapia skin to treat bears and pets that had been injured by raging fires. The fish had acted as a biological bandage to cover the wound as it healed—however, the release states, tilapia skins aren’t commercially sold in the U.S.

That problem was quickly solved, Dr. Sandness said in the release, when she found the Icelandic company Kerecis and, most importantly, their product Omega3 Wound. To make the find that much better, Omega3 Wound already had research and evidence backing descaled cod skin up, as well as an approval by the FDA. The catch, of course, was that it had never been used on animals before. According to the release, Dr. Sandness was assured by the fact that there had been minimal complications in humans and decided to go for it.

Ideally, the cod skins would be absorbed by Stella’s body as new tissue grew. Dr. Sandness says in the release that not only did the cod skins absorb well, but they decreased Stella’s pain, acted as anti-inflammatory aids and also worked as an anti-bacterial for several days.

“Stella’s case is an inspiration,” Dr. Sandness says, “and her grafts have the potential to be a new and highly-effective treatment tool in the veterinary profession.” Everyone who isn’t Stella, though, realizes she’s no ordinary puppy—she’s a fighter and a groundbreaker. “She’s a living example that the fire within her burned stronger than the fire that injured her,” Dr. Sandness says.

Sioux Falls, S.D., is the number one city for heartworms in July, the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) reports. This was revealed in the group’s monthly Top 10 Cities Heartworm Report, which warns pet owners, veterinarians, and pet-related service providers of U.S. metropolitan areas with the highest percentage increase in positive heartworm tests from the last 30 to 45 days.

“What the CAPC Top 10 Cities Heartworm Report demonstrates is heartworm disease—transmitted by mosquitoes—is a national threat to pets who are increasingly vulnerable to this debilitating and potentially fatal illness in most communities across the country,” says CAPC board member, Michael Yabsley, MS, PhD, FRES, professor in the department of population health, College of Veterinary Medicine and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia.

“It takes just one heartworm-infected dog in an area to become a reservoir of infection, increasing the number of infected mosquitoes and ultimately spreading the heartworm parasite to unprotected dogs and cats. This is why CAPC recommends monthly heartworm protection and annual testing for both heartworm antigens and microfilariae, regardless of where pets live or travel.”

According to the CAPC, the following U.S. cities have the highest percentage increase in positive heartworm tests for July:


1) Sioux Falls, S.D.

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Nationally, prevalence rates for heartworm have steadily risen in the last five years and are up 20 percent from 2013 levels, CAPC reports. This spike can attributed to many factors, including the prevalence of mosquito microclimates, a rising number of owners traveling with pets, and a greater volume of rescued animals being transported across state lines.

“Most people consider their pets as family members and wouldn’t knowingly expose them to infection with a potentially fatal disease that can ultimately compromise the length and quality of their lives, yet millions who fail to protect their pets every month from heartworm infection are doing just that. The risk just isn’t worth it. Heartworm preventatives are affordable, safe, and effective. This is why CAPC recommends all pets, no matter where they live, be tested annually and placed on heartworm preventatives 12 months of the year.”

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