Talkin' Pets News
July 20, 2019
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Anne Lampru - Animal Alternatives, Tampa Bay, FL
Producer - Lexi Lapp
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Social Media - Production - Bob Page
Special Guests - Honey County whose music video "Country Strong" debuted this week will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/20/19 at 630pm ET to discuss their music CD, pets and will give away a few CD's as well
GOBankingRates has released rankings of the “most and least expensive cities in the U.S. to own a cat or dog.”
The top-10 lists are based on the cost of pet day care, pet insurance and overall cost of living. (To compile its ranking, GOBankingRates evaluated the 50 largest cities in the U.S.)
The most expensive city to own a pet, according to GOBankingRates, is San Jose, CA. The city has an average cost of pet day care of $40 and average insurance cost per month of $42.
San Francisco is the second most expensive city, with an average cost of pet day care of $36 and average insurance cost per month of $42.
In fact, the study suggests that six of the most expensive cities to own a pet are in California.
Out of the 50 cities, the city named “least expensive” to own a pet is Indianapolis, where the average cost of pet day care is $19, the average insurance cost per month is $31.50 and the general cost of living is comparatively low, according to the ranking.
Wichita is second on the “least expensive list,” with an average cost of pet day care of $22.67, an average insurance cost per month of $29.50 and a low overall cost of living.
Americans are becoming increasingly obsessed with watching their pets on security cameras while away from home, according to new survey results. The research, commissioned by Comcast and conducted by Wakefield Research, included 1,000 U.S. adults who are cat and/or dog owners and use a camera to monitor their pets.
Nearly half (44%) of those surveyed check in on their pets four times a day or more, and nearly 2 in 5 (38%) take a peek during work. Additionally, 94% say checking in on their pet is one of the best parts of their day.
The survey also found:
- Pet owners love furry distractions. Nearly 3 in 4 (73%) pet owners who check their cameras do so while on vacation to sneak a peek of their pet(s) whenever possible. Nearly 3 in 5 (59%) have checked while at a party or social event; more than 2 in 5 (44%) have checked during a workout; during a meeting (38%); while talking on the phone (38%); and while out on a date (32%).
- Pets are more entertaining than family and friends. More than two-thirds (68%) of respondents reported checking in on their pet(s) more than social media to see what their family and friends are up to. More than 4 in 5 surveyed (84%) also reported they have shared video clips of their pet(s) on social media platforms.
- Pets’ lives are not so secret. Eighty-eight percent of respondents have checked in on their pets and caught them doing something naughty such as sitting in a forbidden place (39%); making excessive noise (36%); eating human food that has been left out (33%); damaging furniture or accessories (30%); hiding or moving objects around the home (30%); relieving him/herself on the floor or on the furniture (26%); vomiting (19%); or getting stuck somewhere (17%).
- Pet owners want ways to find videos of their pets quickly. Nearly two-thirds (65%) of respondents reported it is a bigger hassle to search hours of video clips of their pet(s) with no way to filter them, than to not have any clips of pets because their camera only has live feed, and they would like a filter feature to help them find clips faster.
Comcast announced that it has launched a new “pet filter” feature on its Xfinity Camera to make it easier for customers to keep tabs on their pets. The filter uses artificial intelligence to sort through hours of footage to identify just those with pets in them out of the more than one hundred motion-triggered video clips a typical camera can generate each day.
“We developed this feature to help our customers quickly filter motion-triggered events by people, vehicles, or pets because we wanted to bring them the video clips that matter most even faster,” said Dennis Mathew, vice president and general manager of Comcast’s Xfinity Home. “It’s an intelligent home security solution that enables our customers to easily check in on their loved ones from anywhere, anytime.”
A presenter on BBC Earth was shocked when she encountered a massive jellyfish while diving off the south-western coast of England. Biologist Lizzie Daly was exploring the waters as part of "Wild Ocean Week" when she swam up to a barrel jellyfish that was larger than her.
"What an unforgettable experience, I know barrel jellyfish get really big in size, but I have never seen anything like it before," Daly wrote on Instagram.
Barrel jellyfish usually grow to be about three feet and weigh around 55 pounds. They tend to wash up on shore during the summer months, but it was rare to see one that is over six feet tall.
Daly started "Wild Ocean Week" to help raise money for the Marine Conservation Society. She began circumnavigating the United Kingdom on July 7th to showcase the marine life that lives off the coast. She has been documenting her travels on Instagram, which included seal diving and swimming with blue sharks.
"I get really excited at the thought of boasting about our wonderfully wild coasts and so this July I am embarking on my very own marine adventure #WildOceanWeek," Daly said. "I want to bring the audience on the journey with me so I will be uploading videos and updates live as it happens throughout the week. Diving with seals, swimming with blue sharks and generally celebrating our coasts #WildOceanWeek is about showcasing how you can immerse yourself with diverse wildlife right on your doorstep and most importantly, supporting those on the forefront of conserving our marine environments."
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Rescuing Animals With Rewards (RAWR) Act, H.R. 97 – the first stand-alone animal protection measures to pass the House in the 116th Congress. The legislation would amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to authorize rewards for thwarting wildlife trafficking linked to terrorism and organized crime.
Wildlife trafficking is a major transnational crime that is estimated to generate over $10 billion a year in illegal profits, and the drivers of the enterprise are often organized, sophisticated criminal enterprises, including known terrorist organizations. Wildlife trafficking not only threatens endangered species worldwide, but also jeopardizes local security, spreads disease, undermines rule of law, fuels corruption, and damages economic development.
“Wildlife crimes undermine national security and cause immense cruelty to animals,” said Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action. “We applaud Representatives Vern Buchanan and Dina Titus for offering a creative way to crack down on these international crimes.”
“Wildlife trafficking is a nefarious and persistent threat to endangered animals across the world,” said U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL). “The RAWR Act provides another tool to crack down on the billions of dollars generated by this illegal activity.”
“Congress took a major step to put the world on notice that international wildlife trafficking will be treated as a serious crime,” said U.S. Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV). "This heinous practice decimates endangered species and generates billions of dollars for transnational criminal networks. Passage of this bill is an important bipartisan victory in the House, and I hope the Senate will move quickly to ensure that elephants, lions, rhinos, and tigers will be protected for generations to come.”
The passage of the RAWR Act comes on the heels of a recent House appropriations amendment championed by Animal Wellness Action and the Animal Wellness Foundation that passed by a vote of 239 to 192 to bar imports of sport-hunted trophies from elephants and lions, both listed as threatened or endangered across their range. Rep. Buchanan led that amendment and Rep. Titus supported it.
Animal Wellness also supports other legislative initiatives to stop the trade in animal parts, including the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act and the Bear Protection Act, which seeks to stop the killing of bears for their gall bladders.
Twenty-five cities throughout North America have landed on the inaugural list of Better City for Pets certified cities.
The certification honors the work that has been done to create a friendly environment for two- and four-legged citizens and the commitment from each of these cities to continue improving their pet-friendly programs and policies.
Mars Petcare and experts from the Civic Design Center created the certification as an extension of there Better Cities for Pets program. The program works with local governments, businesses and non-profits to provide resources, tools and grants that help communities make pets more welcome.
“I want to thank and congratulate the 25 cities that have prioritized people and pets in their communities,” said Mark Johnson, president of Mars Petcare North America. “From helping people live healthier lives to creating social connections, pets can truly transform our communities. These certified cities are helping to make a more pet-friendly world and we hope that many more cities will join us in this commitment.”
The following cities share the honor of being the first to achieve the Better City for Pets certification:
- Bloomington, IN
- Nashville, TN
- Calumet City, IL
- Oakland, CA
- Cleveland, OH
- Plano, TX
- Dallas, TX
- Port St. Lucie, FL
- Fort Wayne, IN
- Reno, NV
- Franklin, TN
- Rochester, MI
- Hallandale Beach, FL
- Royalton, MN
- Henderson, NN
- Santa Clarita, CA
- Laguna Niguel, CA
- Southport, NC
- Meaford, Ontario
- St. Petersburg, FL
- Memphis, TN
- Topeka, KS
- Miami Lakes, FL
- Tucson, AZ
- Miami, FL
Through an online assessment at BetterCitiesForPets.com, participating cities were asked to share data on existing and future pet-friendly features within three sections: city profile, survey and priorities. Cities were then evaluated based on 12 traits of pet-friendly cities across the areas of businesses, parks, shelters and homes. Cities that met the certification criteria and committed to continuing their progress in creating a welcoming community for people and pets received the Better City for Pets certification. All cities that completed the assessment received a personalized report outlining their strengths and areas of opportunity, along with resources and tools from the Better Cities for Pets program to help them on their pet-friendly journey.
Cassandra Christensen was recently awarded the Hannelore Bugby Scholarship for Female Entrepreneurs by The Academy of Pet Careers. This scholarship is only offered once per year to a female student who shows ambition and aspires to start her own pet business. The ideal candidate is one who wishes to make a difference in the industry, and Cassandra has proven the desire to improve the lives of pets through her experience and goals.
“I’ve always been passionate about helping others overcome issues with their pets. I want them to feel confident so that they can have a better and happier relationship with their dog, and to worry less about their dog being unsafe or impossible to handle,” says Cassandra.
Cassandra’s experience began at an early age when she was told the only way she could get a dog is if she trained it herself. This led her to join her local 4-H club and become an award winning 4-H Handler. She knew she wanted to own her own business as soon as she started high school, so she made it her goal to take every business course available to her. In addition, she spent her free time working with rescue dogs at her local shelter, dreaming of ways she could help them.
Cassandra goes on to further explain her goals of owning a training business: “I’d like to run a business where I’ll be training service dogs of many specialties, teaching group classes, working with dogs with behavioral issues, and running a doggy-daycare. One of my future goals is to work with shelter dogs that are labeled ‘unadoptable’ due to behavior issues or their breed stereotype so that more dogs are able to find their forever homes.”
The Academy of Pet Careers is extremely excited to have Cassandra as a student and looks forward to what she can do as a dog trainer and pet business owner trying to improve the lives of pets.
Imagine this: You open a bag of fresh salad greens and out pops a lizard. Or worse. Unfortunately, that scenario is more common than many might think.
Researchers analyzed online news between 2003 and 2018 and found 40 articles about U.S. consumers discovering live, dead or severed parts of animals in their produce.
More than half of the cases involved frogs, but lizards, snakes, mice, birds and even a bat were found in salad greens, green beans or mixed vegetables. Ten of the animals -- nine frogs and one lizard -- were found alive. In three-quarters of the cases, the produce was conventionally grown, not organic.
"It was implied over and over in national articles: If you buy organic, getting a frog is par for the course, essentially," said study author Daniel Hughes, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois.
"If that was true, we should have seen the opposite of what we found. We did not take into account market-share differences between conventional and organic produce, but this result ran contrary to common opinion," Hughes said in a university news release.
Only one of the incidents -- a dead bat found in a package of salad greens in Florida in 2017 -- led to a recall, according to the study published on July 20 in the journal Science of the Total Environment.
It's likely that the findings underrepresent the actual scope of the problem, Hughes added. Consumers may report such incidents directly to stores or produce companies and not to media. Also, stories may have appeared in print versions of newspapers but weren't published online, he explained.
"If we could better track these incidents, it might be possible to detect geographic clusters where frogs or other small animals are more common, or times of year they're more active. In those areas or times, it might be as simple as changing the crop rotation schedule or the produce variety to one where the animals can't hide as easily," Hughes said.
He offered this advice for consumers.
"Keep eating fresh produce, especially leafy greens, and if you happen to get a live frog, please don't release it in your backyard," said Hughes. "Keep it as a pet or offer it to a local school for use as an educational tool. Releasing wild animals is how invasive species start, and could introduce disease into local frog populations. Just don't do it."
Unwelcome, insect stings pose a serious risk threat to only a small percentage of people, a medical expert says.
"While millions of people suffer insect stings, true allergic reactions occur in a mere 0.4 to 0.8% of children and up to 3% of adults," said Dr. Morissa Ladinsky. She is an associate professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Small local reactions with a raised warm red area that ease within 24 hours after you're zapped are common. Large local reactions can include an increasingly large, warm and red welt that progresses over one or two days and remains even longer, occasionally with some nausea or vomiting. This may indicate a mild non-life-threatening allergy, she explained in a university news release.
"Wasp stings are infamous for this," Ladinsky said. "Our bodies differ in the level of inflammatory mediators we release to get the tiny drop of toxin out of our system." In most such cases, anti-inflammatory agents such as topical calamine, Benadryl or hydrocortisone will be sufficient treatment. Oral ibuprofen and Benadryl help as well, according to Ladinsky.
Even homemade remedies can help.
"For those who favor my gran's recipes, mixing a bit of cornstarch with cold water into a paste and covering the area -- this is a winner," Ladinsky said.
A severe life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) includes: rapid swelling of the lips, eyes and ears; dizziness; hives or welts on body areas far from the sting site; a feeling of the throat closing, and difficulty breathing.
"Call 911 immediately if you experience these types of reactions," Ladinsky said. "An allergy visit along with EpiPen ownership will become necessary going forward."
Orbitz has released a ranking of the “seven most pet-friendly trips to plan this summer.”
They’re featured on a new road trip map. Among them are Beast Coast (New York to Boston), Paw-cific Northwest (Portland to Seattle) and the Southwest National Barks Tour (Las Vegas to Bryce Canyon National Park).
The Chicago-based travel fare website based the ranking on photo-worthy road trip attractions, outdoor activities, pet-friendly lodging and bars and restaurants in geographically diverse regions of the U.S. Points of interest are marked every 100 miles or less and are available for download in Google Maps.
“There’s a road trip for every kind of dog and dog owner,” said Dan Schachner, Animal Planet host, announcer and annual “rufferee” of the Puppy Bowl. “Routes with off-leash parks, hiking trails and open play areas are great for active dogs. More passive dogs might enjoy an urban adventure with dog-friendly hotels and minimal walking.”
According to a recent online travel survey from Orbitz, 77% of vacationers are planning to take their pets on a road trip this summer. Visiting dog parks (20%) and taking selfies at tourist attractions (21%) are at the top of their to-do list.
Other findings from the survey, which included 2,000 U.S. travelers:
- 51% of travelers want to road trip with their pet in a SUV or van; 15% prefer a pickup for off-road adventures.
- 12% would choose to road trip with their pets over friends, family, children or significant others.
- Travelers are torn between taking their pets on a road trip to the mountains (24%) or beach (23%).
- Half of pet parents said the #1 thing they want to do with their pet on a road trip is drive with the windows down on the open road.
- The road trip movie most travelers would like to recreate with their pets is National Lampoon’s Vacation (43%) followed by Little Miss Sunshine (21%) and Dumb and Dumber (19%).