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Talkin' Pets News

May 9, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Gino Sassani - Lost World Reptiles - Tampa Bay, FL

Producers - Zach Budin & Kayla Cavanaugh

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Special Guests -The great music artist & personal friend of Talkin' Pets Kristine W joins Jon & Talkin' Pets 5/09/20 at 5pm ET to discuss & give away her latest album Love and Lies, chat about her ranch and farm and her overall love for animals

Founder Jackson Madnick of Pearls Premium Ultra Low Maintenance Lawn Seed joins Jon & Talkin' Pets 5/09/20 at 630pm ET to discuss and give away his People, Pet & Friendly lawn seed

When clinicians at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine began caring for Scout in July 2019, they had no idea they would soon inspire, and appear in, a Super Bowl commercial. But they had a canine star on their hands, and a very appreciative client who set in motion the ad’s production. As Super Bowl LIV airs Sunday, Feb. 2, on FOX, Scout will appear alongside members of the school’s faculty and staff who have been part of the 7-year-old golden retriever’s cancer treatment journey. The new 30-second commercial, titled “Lucky Dog,” will air during the game’s second quarter and was paid for by WeatherTech, manufacturer of automotive accessories and home and pet care products. Scout is a member of the family of WeatherTech founder and CEO David MacNeil. The ad follows Scout’s journey as a cancer survivor, celebrates the work being done at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine, and encourages viewers to donate to the school’s cancer research efforts at weathertech.com/donate. Cancer is the number one cause of illness and death in the aging dog population. Having lost his last three dogs to cancer and with Scout now also affected by the disease, efforts to advance life-saving treatments and technology are close to MacNeil.

Last summer, however, tragedy struck when Scout collapsed at home. He was rushed to his local animal hospital, where an ultrasound revealed a tumor on his heart. Scout was given a grave prognosis: a life expectancy of no more than one month. He was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive cancer of blood vessel walls.

Searching for more information, Scout and his family rushed to UW Veterinary Care on the recommendation of their local veterinarian. There, specialists with the emergency and critical care and oncology teams stabilized Scout’s condition and arrived at a cutting-edge treatment plan. In mid-July, he began chemotherapy at UW Veterinary Care, followed by radiation therapy targeting his heart tumor. He also received immunotherapy aimed at stimulating his immune system to attack cells expressing specific tumor proteins. Just a month later, Scout and his family received good news: His heart tumor had decreased in size by 78 percent. By September, the tumor was 90 percent smaller than its original size. Today, Scout’s heart tumor has all but disappeared.

Dogs and people not only share similar cancer rates — about one in four dogs and one in three people will develop cancer in their lifetime — but naturally occurring tumors in dogs often share almost identical characteristics to human cancers in terms of recurrence and spread (metastasis), response to treatment and more. Past clinical studies at the School of Veterinary Medicine have yielded new technologies and treatments with better effectiveness and less toxicity. For instance, successful clinical trials in pet dogs with naturally occurring nasal tumors in the early 2000s at UW Veterinary Care led to widespread use of TomoTherapy in human medicine. This state-of-the-art machine, developed at UW–Madison, uses CT-guided radiation treatments to attack cancer with pinpoint accuracy while sparing nearby healthy tissues — a form of treatment that Scout benefited from. Funds raised by the Super Bowl commercial (100 percent of gifts) will be used to support research at the School of Veterinary Medicine to better diagnose, treat and prevent cancer and for the purchase of specialized equipment that will aid clinicians and researchers in identifying new cancer-fighting drugs and treatments — discoveries that are shared with the world.

Talkin' Pets News

March 31, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jay Stutz - Good Dog U Animal Planet

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Author of "The Wild Inside" Jamey Bradbury will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 3/31/18 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away her novel

Skip Cherryholmes, guitarist/vocalist and co-founder of Bluegrass band SIDELINE will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 3/31/18 at 630pm EST to discuss and give away their new CD

MARIA MENOUNOS, host of Sirius XM’s “Conversations with Maria Menounos,” actress & author, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 3/31/18 at 721pm EST to discuss the Beverly Hills Dog Show and the "Every Dog is a Star" movement