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Talkin' Pets News

August 10, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr Adriana O - Wellswood Animal Hospital - Tampa, FL

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Andrew D. Moerschel

Social Media/Production - Bob Page

Special Guests - Janet Vorwald Dohner author of "The Encyclopedia of Animal Predators" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 8/10/19 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away her new book 

Alice De Almeida, Executive Assistant Algonquin Hotel - 630pm ET - 10 minute discussion on Hamlet's recent fashion show and fundraiser in NYC




With National Homeless Animals Day approaching and over 85 million U.S. pet-owning households projected to spend $75 billion this year, the personal finance website WalletHub released an in-depth report on 2019’s Most Pet-Friendly Cities.

In order to determine where Americans’ animal companions can enjoy the best quality of life without breaking the bank, WalletHub compared the creature-friendliness of the 100 largest cities across 24 key metrics. The data set ranges from minimum pet-care provider rate per visit to pet businesses per capita to walkability.

Most Pet-Friendly Cities


Least Pet-Friendly Cities


Scottsdale, AZ



Detroit, MI


Orlando, FL



Aurora, CO


Tampa, FL



Nashville, TN


Austin, TX



Newark, NJ


Phoenix, AZ



Santa Ana, CA


Las Vegas, NV



Chula Vista, CA


Atlanta, GA



Milwaukee, WI


St. Louis, MO



Buffalo, NY


Seattle, WA



Laredo, TX


Portland, OR



Fresno, CA

Key Stats

  • Stockton, California, has the lowest average veterinary care costs (per visit), $37.08, which is 2.3 times lower than in Plano, Texas, the city with the highest at $84.24.
  • Miami has the most veterinarians (per square root of population), 0.3380, which is 88.9 times more than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the fewest at 0.0038.
  • St. Paul, Minnesota, has the lowest monthly dog-insurance premium, $34.84, which is 2.5 times lower than in San Francisco, the city with the highest at $88.76.
  • San Francisco has the most pet businesses (per square root of population), 0.8455, which is 21.4 times more than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the fewest at 0.0395.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:

Jennifer Aniston’s real-life Friend is offering her support after the death of her beloved dog.

Courteney Cox shared a sweet tribute to her former costar’s white German Shepherd Dolly after Aniston’s ex Justin Theroux announced her death on Instagram.

“We love you dolly ??,” Cox, 55, wrote on Theroux’s social media post.

Cox’s message to Aniston, 50, and the Leftovers actor, 47, joined those of several other celebrity pals, including Olivia Munn, who commented nine red heart emojis, and Orlando Bloom, who wrote, “rip beauty.”

Theroux announced Dolly’s death on Instagram Monday with a sweet slideshow of photos that appeared to be from an outdoor burial ceremony with Aniston.

The pup was covered in flower petals as she was laid to rest and later wrapped in a white blanket. An additional photo shows two hands — one presumably Theroux’s and the other appearing to be Aniston’s — holding each other over the dog’s leg.

Justin Theroux/Instagram

“Tonight, at sunset, after a heroic struggle… our most loyal family member and protector, Dolly A. laid down her sword and shield ??,” he captioned the post. “She was surrounded by her entire family.”

He also included a quote from former U.S. Senator George Vest that read, “The one that never deserts, the one that never proves ungrateful … is the dog- faithful and true, even in death.”

Aniston, who split from Theroux in February 2018 after two and a half years of marriage and seven years as a couple, adopted Dolly in 2006.

“I’m like Dolly,” the actress told Allure in 2011. “Her brain moves faster than her body, and she’s slightly klutzy, which I tend to be.”

The pooch, along with the former couple’s pit bull-boxer mix Sophie, was even on hand during their 2015 wedding, with Dolly and Sophie getting spiffed up for the ceremony by Spa Dog.

“They are like Jen’s babies,” a source told PEOPLE at the time.

Pet owners across 33 states are being advised to dispose all pig ear treats, as the products are believed to be linked to an ongoing outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella infections in humans.

The connection is being investigated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state agencies.

Exposure to the treats is suspected to be tied to 127 cases of human infection and 26 people have been hospitalized, says the CDC.

Testing conducted by Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) revealed samples of pig ear pet treats collected from Pet Supplies Plus were positive for Salmonella London, Salmonella Typhimurium, Salmonella Newport, and Salmonella Infantis. The retailer has since recalled all bulk pig ear products from its stores.

Likewise, distributor Lennox International Inc., has issued a recall for some pig ear treats, as many of those who became ill reported contact with the products. Lennox believes the tainted treats originated in Argentina and Brazil.

FDA and CDC are advising consumers to avoid buying any pig ears at this time, as well as safely discard any already purchased. Further, the organizations recommend in-store and online retailers stop selling the treats immediately.

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Affected states can be viewed at in the news section.

Salmonella can cause illness and death in humans and animals, especially those who are very young, very old, or have weak immune systems. Pets do not always display symptoms when infected with the bacterium, but signs can include vomiting, diarrhea, fever, loss of appetite, and/or decreased activity level.


  • Alaska;
  • Arkansas;
  • California;
  • Colorado;
  • Connecticut;
  • Delaware;
  • Florida;
  • Georgia;
  • Illinois;
  • Indiana;
  • Iowa;
  • Kansas;
  • Kentucky;
  • Maryland;
  • Michigan;
  • Minnesota;
  • Missouri;
  • Montana;
  • Nebraska;
  • New Hampshire;
  • New Jersey;
  • New York;
  • North Carolina;
  • Ohio;
  • Oklahoma;
  • Pennsylvania;
  • Rhode Island;
  • South Carolina;
  • Tennessee;
  • Texas;
  • Virginia;
  • Wisconsin; and
  • West Virginia.


High-intensity trap-neuter-return (TNR) practices may be the safest and most effective way to control free-roaming cat populations.

This is according to a new study from the Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs (ACC&D), whereby researchers used a simulation model to evaluate different population management strategies for unowned cats over a 10-year period.

The study, published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science, found TNR was successful in controlling the number of these animals, while also drastically reducing instances of preventable deaths as compared to other methods, such as removal or culling.

TNR is the method of humanely trapping unowned community cats, having them spayed/neutered and vaccinated against rabies, and then returning them to their colony.

“The effectiveness of TNR programs often is debated, but less commonly is defined well,” says John Boone, PhD, ACC&D board vice chair. “TNR groups most often track numbers of sterilizations performed and cats entering or euthanized in shelters as measures of effectiveness. These metrics are important, but they do not measure reduction in numbers of outdoor cats or illustrate how management translates into “lives saved” in an outdoor cat population.”

Researchers also noted TNR was significantly more effective when implemented with high intensity, rather than at lower levels.Food & NutritionIsle's of Dogs' Nourish

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“Sadly, many communities still opt to do nothing to control populations of community cats or use outdated, ineffective methods—such as sporadic trapping and removal,” says Margaret Slater, DVM, PhD, one of the study’s coauthors. “This research confirms high-intensity TNR is the most effective, humane way to stabilize a population of community cats and, over time, reduce them.”

Passage of the U.S. Senator Joseph D. Tydings Memorial Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act in the U.S. House of Representatives, passed by a vote of 333-96, is intended to end the practice of horse soring. Named in honor of the late Maryland senator who spearheaded the 1970 Horse Protection Act (HPA) through Congress, the bill (H.R. 693) was first introduced in 2013 by Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), both of whom are veterinarians. It now awaits approval from the Senate.

Soring is the intentional infliction of pain on a horse’s front legs and hooves in an effort to amplify the horse’s naturally high-stepping gait, known as the “big lick,” in the show ring. The practice may involve applying caustic substances (e.g., diesel fuel, kerosene), grinding down hooves to expose sensitive tissues, placing sharp or abrasive foreign objects into the hooves or placing heavy chains around the pastern. Tennessee walking horses, spotted saddle horses and racking horses are most affected by this practice, which causes significant discomfort and can lead to lameness. Most veterinarians, veterinary organizations and horse trainers consider the practice inhumane.

“Horse soring still runs rampant even though laws have been on the books for decades banning this cruel practice,” Rep. Schrader said in a statement released the day of the House vote. “The bill that was passed will strengthen and improve current regulations by improving USDA enforcement, increasing civil and criminal penalties, and banning incentives to sore horses. This is historic and I am grateful for my colleagues who worked tirelessly to get this legislation across the finish line and for the beautiful horses that we love so much.”

The HPA already bans sored horses from competing in shows, exhibitions or sales, but the legislation has been largely unenforced for years. In addition to making it illegal to engage in—or instruct others to engage in—soring for the purpose of showing or selling the animal, the PAST Act would strengthen the HPA in several ways, according to the Animal Welfare Institute:

  • Engage the USDA to train, license and assign inspectors to horse shows instead of having horse industry organizations choose their own inspectors. Show managers would still have the option of whether to hire inspectors, but those who opt out would risk greater liability if soring is detected.
  • Ban the use of devices implicated in the practice of soring, such as stacked shoes and ankle chains.
  • Strengthen penalties for those who engage in soring. Maximum prison time for violators would increase from one to three years, and maximum fines per violation would increase from $3,000 to $5,000. A third violation could result in permanent disqualification from any horse show, exhibition, sale or auction.

“As a veterinarian and lover of animals, it is time we end the inhumane practice of horse soring,” Rep. Yoho wrote in a media release. “The walking horse industry had plenty of time to self-police and change their ways, but they decided to press on. They have failed to take advantage of this opportunity and now it is time for horse soring to end.”

A Cleveland-area woman was sentenced to 10 days in jail for feeding stray cats near her home — but she’s been given a reprieve.

A judge suspended the sentence of Nancy Segula, 79, WJW-TV reports. That means she’ll be on probation instead of heading to jail.

Segula had received the sentence for contempt of court after continuing to feed the cats.

She’s now required to stop feeding the cats and to remove objects from her yard that may be providing shelter for them.

Segula had been cited several times for animal-related violations, including feeding the cats.

“The concern’s been all the cat feces, the urine smell, dead cats that have been found,” said Bonnie Hackett, animal warden for Garfield Heights, according WJW.

The animal warden and animal advocates recently removed cats from Segula’s yard, the news station reports.

Some Arizona state troopers had an unusual morning on Tuesday, chasing an 80-pound emu on a highway outside of Maricopa.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety received a call at 11:15 a.m. about an emu running in the intersection of State Routes 84 and 347, with people running after the large bird, according to Bart Graves, media relations specialist for DPS.

The emu was then located at Wild West Ranch. According to Graves, the owner of the bird was trying to capture it with the help of several others. One trooper was able to secure the bird with his patrol vehicle to prevent the emu from running in the roadway.

The trooper, the owner and others were able to throw a tarp over the emu and secure the bird on the ground. Eventually, the bird was put in the back of a pickup truck and taken back to its pen, according to Graves. The bird was exhausted, according to the DPS Twitter page, and was brought home to a cool bath.

A woman in Central Florida says a 400 pound alligator ate her 100-pound dog.

Cynthia Robinson told investigators in Auburndale, Florida that she was walking her 6-year-old dog, Tank, by a retention pond when the gator attacked.

Robinson told Bay News 9 that she wanted to help her dog, but the alligator was huge and Tank didn't stand a chance.

A trapper with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has been sent to the park to search for the gator which they believe will be euthanized.

A man who became wedged between rocks while collecting bat droppings in the Cambodian jungle was rescued after being trapped for almost four days.

Police said Sum Bora slipped Sunday while trying to retrieve his flashlight, which had fallen in the small rocky hollow.

Bat droppings — guano — are used as fertilizer and sold for supplementary income by poor farmers, who sometimes try to attract bats to their property.

His worried family began searching for Sum Bora when he didn't return after three days, Cambodia's Fresh News reported. His brother found him and alerted authorities to his location in the Chakry mountain jungle in the northwestern province of Battambang.

About 200 rescue workers carefully extricated the trapped man by destroying bits of the rock that had pinned him in an effort that took about 10 hours, Police Maj. Sareth Visen said.

The 28-year-old man was freed at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, looking extremely weak, and was taken to a provincial hospital, the police official said.

The rescue was spearheaded by specialists from Rapid Rescue Company 711, which is connected to Prime Minister Hun Sen's elite military bodyguard brigade. The group also was prominent in rescue efforts when a seven-story building collapsed in June in the southern city of Sihanoukville, killing 24 people.

Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in the world, with 35% of its 15.2 million people living in poverty, according to a U.N. Development Program report last year.

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