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Talkin' Pets News

May 26, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Katy Meyer - Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Services

Producer - Daisy Charlotte

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer / Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Vicki L. Thayer DVM, DABVP (feline) Winn Feline Foundation/Executive Director, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 5/25/18 at 721pm ET to her organization and the 2018 Joint Scholarship Recipients


Friends, neighbors, and especially NCIS fans, sit yourselves down because this is a story you’re going to want to hear. It’s a tale of love, of broken trust, of a friendship that reportedly came to an end over a dog bite.

Pauley Perrette fired off three tweets that seemed to signal something darker than simple boredom had fueled her decision to leave NCIS after 15 seasons. Her tweets were vague, but they included phrases like “multiple physical assaults,” an allusion to a “machine” keeping her silent and the need to protect her crew, and the words, “He did it.” After her tweets garnered widespread attention, the actress added one more thought: “I want to thank my studio and network CBS They have always been so good to me and always had my back.” A source told the Wrap that the actress didn’t mean to imply that there has been physical abuse or sexual harassment on the set, but her tweets did spark discussion about an on-set dispute from a couple years ago.

In 2016, after more than a decade of appearing together on the CBS procedural, things reportedly turned icy between Perrette and her co-star Mark Harmon. The inciting incident? Harmon, who plays Jethro Gibbs, brought his dog to set. An unidentified crew member was playing with the dog, who reportedly bit him—causing an injury that requires 15 stitches, the Wrap reports. After that, insiders told the Wrap, Harmon continued to bring the dog to set. Harmon’s attorney, Barry Axelrod, told the Wrap that this was not the case, while one person familiar with the situation added, “If he brought the dog to work, he was on a leash or in his trailer. He definitely took steps to make sure that the dog was with him and was not just roaming freely, and then he just stopped bringing him altogether.”

Per the Wrap’s sources, some members of the NCIS cast and crew were uncomfortable with Harmon’s dog returning to the set but were reluctant to confront Harmon, who is also an executive producer on the series. Perrette, however, had the power to say something, thanks to her status as the show’s most beloved character, Abby Sciuto. And when she did, their rift reportedly began.

A source told the Wrap that an arrangement was quietly put in place to ensure that the two never had to film in the same location. When they did appear together in Perrette’s final season of NCIS, it was apparently a feat of TV editing magic: “She did her scenes on one day and he did his work on other days, and they still produced a great show,” the source said. “It was simply scheduled that they did not work the same days.”

This arrangement seems to explain why Gibbs and Abby have appeared in far fewer scenes together in recent seasons. Abby never even said goodbye to Gibbs in person during her farewell episode. However, a source made sure to clarify that the actress had already made her decision to leave the show before the alleged dog bite incident even happened.

When reached for comment, CBS pointed Vanity Fair to its original statement following Perrette’s tweets: “Pauley Perrette had a terrific run on N.C.I.S. and we are all going to miss her. Over a year ago, Pauley came to us with a workplace concern. We took the matter seriously and worked with her to find a resolution. We are committed to a safe work environment on all our shows.”


The global pet food market size is projected to reach $98.81 billion by 2022, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc., exhibiting a 4.3 percent CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) during the forecast period. The rise in the number of people taken in pets is expected to be a major driving factor over the coming years.

Increasing number of nuclear families in emerging economies of Asia Pacific, particularly India, China, Vietnam and Indonesia, has resulted in the growing trend of pet ownership and this is expected to drive market growth over the forecast period. Rising need for nutritious, healthy and organic pet food on account of increasing awareness regarding animal health is expected to augment market demand.

Increasing life expectancy across the globe has led to older generation getting pets to guide them through routine chores; this is expected to fuel pet food demand over the forecast period. Innovation in specialty, premium and gourmet pet food products and packaging techniques is expected to propel growth in larger markets of U.S., Europe, and Japan.

Natural and organic products were once a niche segment in the industry; however, major food manufacturers are now getting in on the trend, which Grand View Research says is likely to have a positive impact on the market over the forecast period.

Further key findings from the report suggest:

  • Demand for dry products is anticipated to exhibit a CAGR of 2.5 percent in terms of volume from 2015 to 2022 owing to handling convenience. It does not require special handling and can be stored easily.
  • The wet/canned segment is projected to expand at a CAGR of 4.9 percent in terms of revenue over the forecast period due to increasing demand for products with high water content.
  • Demand for dog products is predicted to rise at a CAGR of 2.7 percent in terms of volume from 2015 to 2022 on account of rising trend of dog ownership across the globe.
  • In 2014, approximately 83.3 million dogs were taken in as pets in U.S. Demand for dog food is expected to rise at a CAGR of 2.5 percent, in terms of volume, over the forecast period.


Pennsylvania legislators considered a plan to allow hedgehogs and sugar gliders to be kept as pets, but ultimately voted down the idea.

Pennsylvania's House of Representatives shot down the measure 120-71, Lancaster Online reports.

Opponents say such animals could harm the local ecosystem if they escaped, since they are non-native species. 

Rep. David Zimmerman, who proposed the measure, said there's little chance of that, since the animals can't readily live in the wild in the Keystone State.

Kristen Tullo, Pennsylvania director for the Humane Society of the United States, praised the vote.

Lancaster Online quoted her saying: "Once the novelty wears off, owners often abandon exotic pets at shelters, turn them loose where they will either perish or threaten native ecosystems, or lock them away in a cage where they suffer from neglect."

The news outlets said four states prohibit the animals.


Bobbie Taylor, the former director of the Lawrence County Animal Shelter in Moulton, Alabama, was sentenced this week after being convicted of six counts of animal cruelty earlier this year.

In June 2015, the ASPCA had assisted the Moulton Police Department in seizing more than 300 animals from the Lawrence County Animal Shelter after a shelter volunteer reported animal abuse and mistreatment at the facility. The ASPCA was contacted by the Moulton Police Department for assistance with this case, following the reported abuse.

At the scene, the dogs and cats were found living in filthy, deplorable conditions—some of the animals were in small wire crates, while others were crowded into enclosures, competing for space and food. Many animals appeared to be emaciated, and suffering from medical issues like parvovirus, distemper and untreated wounds.

After removing the animals from the property, the ASPCA provided medical attention and daily care for the animals, and reunited a number of lost pets with their original owners. We also found homes for more than 200 animals during a two-day adoption event. 

The ASPCA transported the remaining animals to various animal welfare agencies across the country to be made available for adoption. Some of the dogs who required behavioral rehabilitation for severe fear and under-socialization were transported to our Behavioral Rehabilitation Center, where animal behavior experts provided treatment to help them get ready for new, loving homes.

On May 22, 2018, Bobbie Taylor was sentenced to a total of nine months in county jail, which is suspended subject to 24 months of probation, with a minimum of the first three months of the probation being supervised. Some of the conditions of the probation require that Bobbie Taylor shall: not violate any Federal, State, or local law; permit the Probation Officer to visit her home or elsewhere; pay fines, court costs, restitution, assessments, and other court-ordered monies; report to and cooperate fully with a mental health provider for assessment and treatment of all mental health conditions and diseases; not own, possess, or have in her custody or control any animals other than the ten she was permitted to keep pursuant to the July 2015 animal surrender agreement, whether in a personal capacity or as an operator or employee of an animal shelter or rescue.

We’re grateful for the support of the local community in Moulton, law enforcement, volunteers, the public and the media on this major rescue effort and for their help in giving animals a second chance.


As the unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day is a great excuse to get outdoors and celebrate with your family and friends—including your four-legged ones. Whether you’re attending a party, barbequing or just soaking up some rays, it’s important to keep your pet’s safety in mind. To prevent any Memorial Day mishaps, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) has put together some tips to help protect pets during the “Dog Days” of the season.

Barbeques are probably one of the most popular Memorial Day activities, but remember that cookouts can bring with them potential dangers for your pets, including citronella torches, grills and a bevy of food and drinks. Be sure to keep alcoholic beverages away from animals, and remind guests not to give them any table scraps or snacks. Be aware and keep your pets away from dishes that may contain raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate and avocado—they’re all especially toxic to animals.

Never leave your pets unsupervised around a pool or lake—not all dogs are expert swimmers. If your pet seems like they would enjoy a swim, introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they always wear flotation devices when on boats.  Also, try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains potentially dangerous chemicals like chlorine. Many pool chemicals will cause burns to the mouth, throat and stomach, so it’s important to keep a close eye on your pet when they are around the pool. Also, be sure to keep any extra chemicals stored out of paws’ reach.

Unless specifically designed for animals, insect repellant and sunscreen can be toxic to pets. Signs of repellent toxicity include drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. DEET, a common insecticide in products for humans, may also cause neurological issues in dogs.

Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so if you’re spending time outside, ensure that they have plenty of fresh, clean water and make sure that they have a shady place to get out of the sun. You’ll also want to note that animals with flat faces—like Pugs and Persian cats—are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with those who are elderly, overweight or have heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.  Make sure that your pet is fitted with a microchip or ID tag with identifying information, or (preferably) both. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Everyone loves a Memorial Day barbecue, but for those who eat meat, eggs or dairy, avoiding the worst factory-farmed products can be tricky. Make sure your Memorial Day meals are farm-animal friendly by checking out our Shop With Your Heart resources, like the “grocery list” of welfare-certified meat, eggs and dairy brands, as well as plant-based alternatives.

If you will be traveling this Memorial Day weekend, make sure to never leave your pet in your car unattended car.  As we celebrate this holiday, we also want to stop and reflect on the men and women who have sacrificed for our country. This Memorial Day, we honor them. Have a happy, safe and healthy holiday with your loved ones! For more safety tips and helpful resources, download the APCC mobile app and the ASPCA mobile app to stay informed and aware year-round! If you have any reason to suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately with our 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435.


In February 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) suddenly removed tens of thousands of animal welfare records from its publicly accessible website. These documents described violations at federally licensed animal facilities—including commercial dog breeders, zoos and research labs—and any resulting enforcement actions taken by the USDA. Without access to these records it is impossible to learn which facilities are failing to comply with animal-protection laws.

Likely to quell pressure from Congress and the public in the year since the information “blackout,” the USDA has produced a trickle of website updates. But the records it now shares are heavily redacted and remain devoid of enforcement records. 

“The USDA is choosing to protect those who profit from animal suffering over the animals themselves,” said Robert Hensley, Legal Advocacy Senior Counsel for the ASPCA.

The agency has continually assured the public that its animal welfare records are still available via Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. However, the USDA’s responses to our requests strongly contradict this promise. The agency either ignores them completely, takes months or years to reply or claims that the requested records—many of which were previously available on the public website—are exempt from disclosure.

The agency’s responses to our requests for dog breeder inspection photographs, reports and enforcement actions have all had relevant information redacted, including the names of the facilities and inspection dates. In more than one case, the entire inspection report was blacked out. 


Vegetable gardening is a popular hobby, especially in the warmer months. It can be a wonderful way to grow fresh, healthy snacks for yourself—and for your pets. However, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) wants to make sure you’re prepared to keep your furry friends safe this growing season with these easy tips.

It may be best practice to put up a low fence to keep your pet (and other animals) out of your garden. Dogs love to dig—and they don’t know the difference between digging up a barren patch of dirt versus your prize pumpkin. Cats are also notorious for using gardens as their own personal litter boxes. 

Some forays into the garden can be not only destructive, but dangerous. Garden products like pesticides and herbicides can cause serious harm to your pet. Dogs also love to eat fertilizer and compost that—while healthy for your garden—will just give your pet an upset stomach. 

It can be mystifying when some vegetables are poisonous in certain circumstances, but perfectly healthy in others. For instance, did you know that tomato plants and unripe tomatoes are toxic? The plant and small green tomatoes contain tomatine, which can cause vomiting, weakness and even heart issues. But as the fruit grows, the level of tomatine decreases dramatically, so ripe tomatoes make for safe, non-toxic treats. Similarly, raw potatoes may be problematic for your pet, but cooked potatoes are fine in moderation. 

Steer clear of any veggies in the Allium genus, such as onions, garlic and chives. When eaten in sufficient quantities, they can damage the red blood cells of dogs and cats and cause serious health concerns. To ensure that your garden is pet-friendly year-round, you can consult APCC’s full list of toxic plants

The following garden staples can be fed as snacks (in moderation) or baked into yummy goodies for your pets:

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Zucchini
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Ripe Tomatoes
  • Cooked Potatoes

You might even consider growing some catnip for your feline friends. So get your gloves on and have a great (and safe) growing season!  Also, for easy to access information concerning potential pet dangers, consider downloading the APCC mobile app todayIf you suspect your pet has been exposed to any poisonous substances or ingested something dangerous, contact your veterinarian or call Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) at 888-426-4435 immediately.



Awards support the success of veterinary students who focus on feline clinical practice and research science that are vital to the future of feline medicine and welfare.

[Wyckoff, NJ; Hillsborough, NJ; May 24, 2018] Winn Feline Foundation (Winn) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) are proud to announce the two recipients of the 2018 joint scholarships for clinical practice and clinical research scientist.

Both recipients show exceptional promise: Nicole Rowbothan, a junior at Mississippi State University, was awarded the clinical practice scholarship; Courtney Meason-Smith, a junior at Texas A & M University, was awarded the clinical research scientist scholarship. Ms. Rowbotham aspires to obtain her ABVP certification in feline practice and become the owner of a feline-exclusive hospital. Ms. Meason-Smith is eager to develop an independent research career investigating histoplasmosis and cryptococcosis in cats and is developing novel diagnostics and therapeutics to address these conditions.

“Both Nicole and Courtney have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills that have led to many early accomplishments; their zealous pursuit of understanding the unique needs of cats through science will open many doors to them as veterinarians and to the welfare of cats. We aim to support and highlight their enthusiasm for feline medicine so that others will continue on the same path,” said Vicki Thayer, DVM, DABVP (Feline) and Executive Director of Winn.

In 2016, the Boards of Directors of both Winn and the AAFP approved the development and implementation of a joint scholarship offered by the two leading feline-dedicated organizations. After an unprecedented number of applicants and positive feedback from veterinary education programs, the boards decided to continue offering this opportunity, expanding the selection to two recipients in the categories of clinical practice and clinical research scientist. The application process prompted students to answer two essay questions explaining their specific interest and background in feline health and welfare, as well as their plans for future participation in feline medicine. Recipients of the $2,500 scholarships are selected based on individual academic achievement, strong leadership, and deep dedication to the study of feline medicine, health, and welfare. For more information, visit:

“We are all impressed by the dedication shown by Nicole and Courtney at such early stages in their careers,” said Heather O’Steen, CAE and Chief Executive Officer of the AAFP. She continues, “Their passion for clinical practice and clinical research, respectively, has already led to phenomenal success in the health and welfare of felines. We’re excited about what they will bring to the future of feline medicine and research.”

The AAFP and Winn are both dedicated to advancing and enhancing standards in feline care. AAFP has numerous resources for veterinary students, such as discounts to the AAFP Annual Conference, and practical resources housed in the Student Center on its website, which includes complimentary webinars and a toolkit for veterinary students. The toolkit contains materials to help veterinary students embrace a feline perspective and obtain further knowledge about the standards needed to elevate care for cats. Winn also offers various educational resources on its website, including the Cat Health News Blog, educational articles, podcasts, videos, and an annual continuing educational symposium. Information regarding research grant awards and cat health study findings are also available on the website or through subscribing to the monthly e-newsletter. Other educational opportunities from Winn and the AAFP can also be found on each website.                             

Access recipient photos here:

About Winn Feline Foundation

Winn Feline Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1968 that supports studies to improve cat health. Since 1968, Winn Feline Foundation has funded over $6.4 million in health research for cats at more than 30 partner institutions worldwide. This funding is made possible through the support of dedicated donors and partners. Research supported by Winn Feline Foundation helps veterinarians by providing educational resources that improve treatment of common feline health problems and prevent many diseases. Grants are awarded at least twice yearly with the help of the foundation’s expert review panel. For further information, go to

About the American Association of Feline Practitioners 

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) improves the health and welfare of cats by supporting high standards of practice, continuing education and scientific investigation. The AAFP has a long-standing reputation and track record in the veterinary community for facilitating high standards of practice and publishes guidelines for practice excellence, which are available to veterinarians at the AAFP website. Over the years, the AAFP has encouraged veterinarians to continuously re-evaluate preconceived notions of practice strategies in an effort to advance the quality of feline medicine practiced. Launched in 2012, the Cat Friendly Practice® (CFP) program was created to improve the treatment, handling, and overall healthcare provided to cats. Its purpose is to equip veterinary practices with the tools and resources to reduce stress associated with the visit and elevate the standard of care provided to cats. Find more information at



Throughout history, people have long believed and remarked on a day where everything will come to an end. While some may call it an apocalypse or doomsday or an Armageddon, all of these words just point at an idea which means ‘an end to the world.’ Last year, David Meade incorrectly predicted that a planet named Nibiru would hurl itself into Earth and kill everybody.

Then in 2012, the Mayan calendar was supposed to predict the end of the world since the calendar stopped on December 21. And back in the year 2000, people feared the end of the world with the advent of Y2K. Now almost a month into 2018, a new theory has popped up.

A conspiracy theorist by the name of Mathieu Jean-Marc Joseph Rodrigue has pointed to the Bible to support his theory that the world will end on June 24, 2018. He points to a passage in the bible that is supposed to indicate the end of days. The passage read: ‘he was given authority to act for 42 months.’

During an interview with the Daily Star, the theorist said: ‘I heard a voice in the middle of the four living beings. This is wisdom. He who has intelligence can interpret the figure of the beast. It represents the name of a man. His figure is 666.’ Supposedly by adding the number of crop harvests along with the price hike, it should produce the date of the last day on Earth.

He says that in order to find the exact date, he needs to take the number ‘666’ and add it to his previous calculations which include the 42 months as prescribed by the bible.

Mathieu then said that when these numbers are all added together it points at the date, June 24, 2018, as the end of the world. However, despite giving such an exact date he does not state how the world will come to an end.

This is not the first time that a bold theorist has come forth with a prediction of impending doom. David Meade did it last year and then backtracked by saying that seven years of disaster will begin on his original date of September 23, 2017.


Like most people, the Queen probably prefers animals to members of her own family at times.

However the devotion shown to her four-legged friends has scaled new heights after it emerged that her cows sleep on waterbeds. The dairy herd at Windsor Castle are said to have their aches and pains massaged away by the waterbeds.

When they are ready to be milked and brushed, they are then led into robot-like machines for state-of-the art care. The insights have emerged in a three-part Country file special to mark the 30th anniversary of the BBC show.

The programme was granted unprecedented access to the grounds and animals at three of her residences – Windsor, Balmoral and Sandringham. Her staff say they believe if she wasn’t the Queen she would make ‘a great farmer’s wife’ because of her knowledge of all kinds of animals.

The monarch is well-known for her love of Corgis and horses but it has also emerged that she is a champion pigeon racer and keen bird watcher. At Balmoral, where she spends every summer, she is called every time a new foal is born. She is also the owner of the biggest herd of Sussex cows in the world at her Windsor estate.

Her head groom at the castle, where grandson Prince Harry married Megan Markle at the weekend, said: ‘I often wonder that if she hadn’t been Queen she would have been a great farmer’s wife.’ Terry Pendry continued:‘She adores the countryside and there’s not much she doesn’t know about it.’

At Sandringham, she has created ten wetlands for migrating birds but in Windsor it is a different kind of liquid that holds her attention. The Queen has opened a vineyard for the first time in nearly nine centuries and is producing sparkling wine.  The approach of the royal family is said to be a mixture of tradition and modern, as evident by the waterbeds.

The show reveals how the Queen almost single-handedly saved the Cleveland Bay packhorse, with its distinctive black legs and tail, which was heading towards extinction until she started a breeding programme.

Each Country file show will look at farming on a different estate, starting with Windsor. It is there she keeps her favorite horse called Emma. Mr Pendry said: ‘The Queen loves her, and she loves the Queen. They chose each other.’

But it’s not just Emma who the Queen keeps a close eye on. At Sandringham, where she spends the winter, her stables have had CCTV installed so she can keep an eye on her beloved horses wherever she is in the world, using a computer or smartphone.

Countryfile’s three-part Queen And Country series begins on Sunday May 27 at 7pm on BBC1.


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