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Talkin' Pets News

November 17, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media / Production - Bob Page

Special Guests - Denise Fleck author of The Pet Safety Crusader's "My Pet & Me Guide to Disaster Pawparedness" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/17/18 at 5pm EST to discus and give away her new book

Lu Ann Smith, Grant Coordinator for the Doris Day Animal Foundation will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/17/18 at 630pm EST to discuss their foundation nd their efforts to help in the California fires

Jerry Grymek the famous Doggie Concierge from Hotel Penn in NYC will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/17/18 at 720pm EST to discuss details for The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at the host hotel directly across from Madison Square Garden

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our listeners, stations and pets around the world...


Ever wonder what your pets do when you aren’t home? If you are the owner of a Samoyed or Yorkshire Terrier, chances are your dog is barking.

Furbo, the company behind this smart phone-connected, treat-tossing dog camera, released its 2018 list of the “naughtiest” and “nicest” dog breeds based on the number of barks the animals let out a day.

Furbo is able to get an idea of these numbers thanks to its product, which can alert owners via a phone notification that their dog is barking. This allows pet parents to check in on their pets through the app connected to the Furbo camera.

Based on the numbers gathered from Furbo users, Samoyed dogs bark the most, often up 52.8 times every day. The second chattiest canine, the Yorkshire Terrier, doesn’t come close to the Samoyed’s record. According to Furbo the little dogs bark about 23.6 times a day. Bernese Mountain Dogs, on the other paw, are the quietest of the dog breeds, and only let out about 3.1 barks per day.

The Naughtiest Dog Breeds (Most Barks Per Day)

  1. Samoyed – 52.8 barks
  2. Yorkshire Terrier – 23.6 barks
  3. Poodle – 22.2 barks
  4. Bichon Frise – 20.3 barks
  5. Doberman – 19.6 barks

The Nicest Dog Breeds (Least Barks Per Day)

    1. Bernese Mountain Dog-  3.1 barks
    2. West Highland Terrier – 3.5 barks
    3. Shetland Sheepdog – 6.1 barks
    4. American Staffordshire Terrier – 6.2 barks
  • Shiba Inu – 8.1 barks

Total U.S. pet spending hit $77.13 billion in 2017, according to the Pet Business Professor blog.

That represented a $9.84 billion, or 14.6 percent, increase from 2016.

The blog’s John Gibbons wrote that there was “almost universal good news” in the market.

“The movement to Super Premium Foods made a deeper penetration across demographics,” he wrote. “Deflating prices in the Supplies Segment spurred spending. Veterinary prices had record low inflation which increased spending AND visit frequency.”

According to the blog, in 2017, the average U.S. household (pet and non-pet) spent $593.63 on its pets. That represented a 14.3 percent increase versus 2016.

Numbers in the report come from or are calculated using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Surveys.

Two St. Louis-based dog food companies have voluntarily recalled certain formulations of their dry dog foods due to an excess of vitamin D, according to FDA recall announcements. Natural Life Pet Products has recalled the 17.5-lb bags its Chicken & Potato dry dog food, while Nutrisca has recalled 4, 15 and 28-lb bags of its Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food, the releases state. No other products are affected by this recall. 

Affected products are as follows:   

17.5 lbs Natural Life Chicken & Potato Dry Dog Food 

Bag UPC: 0-12344-08175-1

Bags have a “Best by” date code of May 29, 2020 through August 10, 2020. The code can be found on the back or bottom of each bag, the release notes.

4 lbs Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food 

Bag UPC: 8-84244-12495-7  

15 lbs Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food 

Bag UPC: 8-84244-12795-8 

28 lbs Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food 

Bag UPC: 8-84244-12895-5 

The bags affected have a “Best by” date code of February 25, 2020, through September 13, 2020, which can be found on the bottom of the bag. 

The Natural Life Pet Products food was distributed to retail stores in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and California. The company discovered a formulation error after researching complaints of vitamin D toxicity from three pet owners, the release says. 

The Nutrisca food was distributed to retail stores nationwide. A formulation error was discovered after investigation into reports of vitamin D toxicity from three pet owners, the release states.

Clinical signs of elevated vitamin D levels can include vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss. At very high levels, excess vitamin D can lead to more serious conditions including renal dysfunction, the FDA release says.

Pet owners or veterinary teams should discontinue feeding these foods to pets, and the products affected by the recall should be disposed of or can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund, the release says. 

Questions can be directed to Natural Life Pet Products at (888) 279-9420 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Standard time, Monday through Friday, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to Nutrisca at (888) 279-9420 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Standard time, Monday through Friday, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Pet owners are spending an average of about $237 on their pets this year, according to a new survey.

The Saint Leo University Polling Institute survey was fielded nationally online among 1,167 adults last month.

The figure is higher than when the Saint Leo University Polling Institute last posed the question. In 2015, Americans said they would spend $98.97.

“The spenders — they are called ‘pet parents’ — are individuals who treat their four-legged friends as if they are actually family members,” Dr. Keith Jones, associate professor of marketing at Saint Leo University. “As a result, people continue to spend on their pets at holidays in a similar manner as to how they spend on their actual family members. In fact in 2014, households reported that while they were going to cut back on spending for family members, they were not going to do so for their furry family members. Some even reported they were going to increase their spending. Industry officials are uncertain as to how long this trend will last.”

Three-fifths of Americans polled, 59.4 percent, said they have pets at home.

Whether pets are replacements for children for empty nesters or those who do not have children, or for those adding pets to families with children, “the most important message to note is that a growing number of households hold their animals in high esteem,” said Rhondda Waddell, a professor of social work at Saint Leo University who teaches an interdisciplinary course about therapy and service animals. “My personal thought is ‘love is love.’ If you want to give to your pets and that makes you happy, more power to you!”

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Thanks for supporting Talkin’ Pets by supporting our wonderful sponsors… Happy Holidays to all the pet parents and your pets.

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At the request of the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care & Control (DACC), the ASPCA deployed our disaster response team to assist in emergency sheltering efforts for animals impacted by the Woolsey Fire that has destroyed an estimated 90,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. We have been on the ground since Sunday providing resources and personnel to help hundreds of displaced animals and pet owners at pet-friendly evacuation shelters, including Hansen Dam and Pierce College. Additionally, we will continue to support DACC with requests for assistance with animals remaining in the impacted areas.

 “The wildfires in Northern and Southern California are putting hundreds of thousands of people, including their pets, at grave risk, and the ASPCA is committed to working alongside Los Angeles County Animal Care & Control to provide lifesaving assistance for animals and pet owners impacted by this devastating situation,” said Dick Green, Senior Director of ASPCA Disaster Response. “We are working closely with local officials to continuously assess the situation and provide critical support to help rescue and care for animals impacted by these fires.”

The devastating Woolsey fire has already claimed lives and forced more than 200,000 residents to evacuate. Residents in need of emergency sheltering for their pets or requiring assistance with pets who remain in the evacuated areas are encouraged to call 818-991-0071 or go to

November officially marks Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and to honor this special month, he ASPCA and Talkin’ Pets wants to make sure you know all of the benefits of opening your heart and your home to a senior pet in need.

While their younger counterparts may be adorable, older pets are just as cute and loving, and they are also just as ready to become beloved pets. They just need someone to give them a chance to live out their golden years in a loving home. Not to mention, adopting a senior animal companion comes with some great advantages:

  • Senior pets don’t require the constant monitoring and training that puppies and kittens do.
  • Many are already housetrained.
  • Since senior pets are fully grown, you’ll be immediately aware of important information like personality type and grooming requirements, making it easier to choose the perfect pet for your family.
  • Since senior pets have already grown into their personalities, they are usually pretty easy going and set in their ways. 

It is a sad fact that senior pets are often the last to be adopted from shelters, putting them at an increased risk for euthanasia. When you adopt a senior pet, you’re not only welcoming a lifetime of love into your home, you’re also saving a precious life—and what could be better than that?

If you’ve been thinking about adding a four-legged-friend to your family, we ask that you consider opening your home and your heart to an older dog or cat in need. 

There is still one month until winter officially starts, but Pennsylvania already has a mascot for the season; Snow Camel. Motorists trying to get home during a major snowstorm in Pennsylvania were left stunned after they saw the camel wandering on the northbound side of PA Route 309. The camel, named Einstein, was being transported from the Peaceable Kingdom Petting Zoo to the Kimmel Center in Philadephia for an event being held by the Jewish Federation of Great Philadelphia when the vehicle transporting it got stuck in the snow. 

The camel never made it to the Kimmel Center because his handler decided it was best to bring Einstein back home, where he is safe and warm. 


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