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Talkin' Pets News

February 15, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Lexi Adams

Reporter - Dan Adams

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Jerry Grymek - Doggie Concierge at Hotel Penn in NYC - post conversation of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show remote broadcast.



A Pennsylvania man is accused of scamming the owners of terminally ill pets out of hundreds of thousands of dollars with the promise of “cancer-curing” drugs.

Jonathan Nyce of Collegeville, Penn., has been charged by indictment with wire fraud and the interstate shipment of misbranded animal drugs for allegedly selling fake canine cancer-curing medications online.

The indictment accuses Nyce of fabricating several companies beginning in 2012, including Canine Care, ACGT, and CAGT, through which he claimed the development of drugs for treating and “curing” canine cancer.

It is alleged these drugs, which were marketed under the names “Tumexal” and “Naturasone,” comprised bulk ingredients, which were blended and packaged by the accused at a facility in Pennsylvania.

“The defendant’s alleged conduct here is shameful,” says William M. McSwain, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. “As any dog owner will tell you—myself included—pets quickly become part of the family. When they become sick, caring owners look for hope, often doing everything they can to keep their beloved pets alive and well.

“The defendant is charged with taking advantage of that nurturing instinct in the worst way possible by defrauding pet owners and giving them false hope they might be able to save their dying pet. That is both cruel and illegal, and now the defendant will face the consequences.”


The American Heartworm Society (AHS) is calling on animal health professionals to help educate the public on the ongoing threat of heartworm disease.

Veterinarians from across the U.S. are asked to submit data from their clinics to be included in the 2019 AHS Heartworm Incidence Survey. The information will be used to create AHS maps, which provide insight regarding trends in heartworm incidence and its spread into new areas of the country.

The maps, generated every three years, are used by veterinarians, animal shelters, and animal rescue organizations to help educate pet owners about the threat and prevalence of heartworm disease.

“Each veterinary practice that submits data on the number of animals tested and diagnosed over the 2019 calendar year enables AHS to create a more comprehensive and useful map,” says the society’s president, Chris Duke, DVM. “We urge every clinic and shelter—large or small—to take a few short minutes to submit their information.”

The results, as well as the updated AHS map, will be available in April as part of Heartworm Awareness Month.


Gastrointestinal diseases account for the most deaths among broodmares near the time of foaling, according to a recent report from the University of Kentucky.

Based on a review of 3,000 necropsies, 121 cases of peripartum death were identified by researchers at the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory over a two-year period. Of those 121 deaths, 52 (43%) were related specifically to gastrointestinal disease.

Cecal rupture, colonic torsion, and colonic rupture accounted for the most deaths, but other diseases were noted, including rectal tear or prolapse, cecal impaction, and gastric rupture.

Deaths unrelated to the gastrointestinal tract were placed in one of four other categories: musculoskeletal, reproductive, vascular, or miscellaneous.

The report stated that fatal vascular lesions were responsible for 24% of peripartum deaths and included rupture of the uterine artery which, of all disease identified, was the number one cause among these peripartum deaths.

A well-functioning gastrointestinal tract depends largely on an appropriate diet based on high-quality forage and concentrates. For mares in late gestation and early lactation, a suitable diet that meets escalating energy needs remains an essential element of sound management. Aside from the staples of forage and concentrates, supplementation with research-proven nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids and natural-source vitamin E, can boost reproductive success.

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