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Talkin' Pets News

March, 14, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media / Technical Consultant - Bob Page

Special Guest -  Dr. Dana Varble from NAVC will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 3/14/20 at 5pm ET to discuss Pets and the Coronavirus



Marnie, a Shih Tzu who attracted 1.8 million followers on Instagram and became a poster dog for adoption of older pets, has died.

Marnie had 1.8 million followers on Instagram before her death at age 18.

She was 18.

Marnie, who lived in Los Angeles, was known for her “lolling tongue, amused expression and tilted gait,” The New York Times notes.

She was adopted from a shelter in 2012 by Shirley Braha. Braha said her pet died “very, very peacefully” of old age.

Before she was adopted from the Connecticut shelter, Marnie was filthy, with matted fur, Braha recalled. Once she has cleaned the dog up, Braha made a hobby of posting her pictures to Instagram, and Marnie started to become popular. Many followers even decided to adopt older dogs of their own, according to The Times.

Marnie was photographed with celebrities such as Selena Gomez, Katy Perry and Betty White.


A rescue dog named Kratu won hearts with his hilariously bad agility course run at the annual Crufts dog show in Birmingham, England.

Crufts is named after its founder Charles Cruft. ... It was in 1891 that the first Cruft's show was booked into the Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington and it has evolved and grown ever since.

It is held over four days (Thursday to Sunday) in early March now at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, England. The highest profile dog show in British culture, it is the largest show of its kind in the world, as declared by Guinness World Records.

The Romanian dog, a Carpathian-Mioritic mix, has been appearing at the show every year, but is now retiring.

In saying adieu, he romped around the course, played in a tunnel and stole hurdle pole.

Kratu didn’t win, but he had a great time.

The 2020 Crufts Dog Show came to an end Sunday, with wire-haired dachshund Maisie winning the Best in Show award shortly after qualifying for the final as the Hound group winner.

Kerry blue terrier Pixie won the Terrier group earlier in the evening, but there was no beating the dachshund to the top prize:

In a moment that will go down in Crufts history, the winner then held up the final lap of honour as nature called .


A 21-year-old South Florida man leading police on an hours-long chase was able to take a little time for himself and pet a few cats.

According to Boca Raton authorities, Daniel Pinedo-Velapatino, 21, stole thousands of dollars in cash from his friend's wallet after a night of partying and crashed a Lexus into multiple vehicles - including at least one police cruiser - including at least one police cruiser - and a fire hydrant before he ditched the car.

While officers with the Boca Raton and Delray Beach police departments pursued him on foot, Pinedo-Velapatino found himself outside Candice Noonan's sliding glass door in her backyard.

According to WPBF, Noonan confronted the 21-year-old, asking if she could help him. He apologized and told her that he'd been mowing the lawn next door, and was wondering if he could get a glass of water.

She agreed and went to go get Velapatino a bottle of water. When she returned, she found him rolling around on her floor, petting her cats.

Noonan described the situation to the TV station as "very odd."

"It almost looked like he either was on drugs or he was mentally handicapped," she said.

Noonan's husband began questioning Velapatino, who quickly fled the premises. Noonan and her husband realized what happened when they saw police cruisers passing outside.

For his part, Velapatino tried getting away by swimming across a nearby waterway, but he was quickly apprehended by a police boat.

Police say Velapatino now faces a long list of charges, including burglary of an occupied dwelling, three counts of drug possession, three counts of assault, hit and run, and grand theft auto, among others.

He's currently being held in the Palm Beach County Jail, jail records state.


Keystone Light beer is seeking a canine mascot.

The search comes as the brand celebrates the introduction of Keylightful, described as “a refreshing mix of raspberry and lime flavors and Keystone Light.”

In a Facebook post, the company explains that the mascot will be called “Lil’ Breezy Keezy.”

The company explains:

To enter via Instagram, tag @KeystoneLightOfficial and post a pic of your four-legged friend with a caption (100 words or less) on why they should be the official Lil’ Breezy Keezy (Instagram entries must include #SearchForLilKeezy and #Contest to be eligible), OR send us a photo and caption to our email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 4/10/2020.

PennLive reports that it’s a yearlong opportunity — one that will pay the dog’s owner $10,000 and a one-year supply of Keylightful (to be awarded as an additional $1,000 check).

The entry phase ends April 10, the company states. The judging phase run from April 11 through April 25. 2020.


During a search and rescue mission in Scotland’s Fisherfield Forest on March 8, Border Collie Nell also went missing. Thankfully, all it took was a little bit of tenacity — and a lot of sizzling sausage — to lure her out of hiding and back to safety.

The dog was in the process of searching for two marathon runners — one of which was her owner — when she was frightened by the sound of a helicopter. Rescuers were unable to locate Nell on Sunday — but come Monday, they ingeniously used food to get her to come out of hiding.

“They fired up the barbeque [sic] and soon had sausages and bacon sizzling,” a spokesperson for Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team told the BBC. “Having been lured closer by the smell of food, a nervous Nell was eventually secured and after a picnic lunch, she and her rescuers walked the five miles back to the roadside.”

Amidst the chaos of Nell’s Houdini act, rescuers were able to locate her owner and the other missing runner on Sunday. According to the rescue team, the runners had mild hypothermia, but are otherwise unharmed and recovering nicely.

Nell also seems to be recovering well. In a Facebook post, her owner shared an update, noting that she “still has a stick in her mouth as always.” Sizzling sausage and a stick? Now that’s what we call a happy ending.


In 2016, Lida Xing of China University of Geosciences first examined a piece of amber — or fossil tree resin — that came from a mine in northern Myanmar. He took one look at the fossil, and he knew that he had to send it to his colleague, Jingmai O’Connor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.

The piece of amber — about 99 million years old — is smaller than a fingertip, Dr. O’Connor and a team of researchers report on Wednesday in the journal Nature, and suspended inside of it is the skull of the smallest known bird, and, therefore, dinosaur, ever discovered. They called the bird Oculudentavis khaungraae — a name that comes from the Latin words for eye, teeth and bird. The dinosaur’s skull is only 14.25 millimeters, or a little more than half an inch, from its beak to the end of its skull. The animal had bulbous eyes that looked out from the sides of its head, rather than straight ahead like the eyes of an owl or a human.

“We were able to show that this skull is even smaller than that of a bee hummingbird, which is the smallest dinosaur of all time — also the smallest bird,” Dr. O’Connor said. “This is a tiny skull, and it’s just preserved absolutely pristinely.”

Bee hummingbirds, which are still alive today and found in Cuba, have braincases — for birds, that means the skull minus the length of the beak — that measure about 8.8 millimeters long, while the braincase of Oculudentavis is about 7.1 millimeters, or just over a quarter of an inch long. This ancient bird also has more teeth in its mouth than any other known fossil bird, suggesting the bird was a predator that hunted other creatures.

Most scientists now believe that birds are theropods, dinosaurs of a group that included tyrannosaurus and spinosaurus, but that birds were on their own evolutionary branch from a common ancestor. Paleontologists have long assumed that as birds evolved away from other dinosaurs, having teeth was a trait that was in the process of disappearing altogether. “But this specimen strongly shows that evolution’s really going in all different directions,” Dr. O’Connor said.

When Ed Stanley, a research scientist at the Florida Museum of Natural History first saw the specimen, he thought that it was a pterosaur — flying reptiles closely related to, but which were not themselves, dinosaurs. Such doubt will linger, he explained, until remains are found that reveal what the rest of the body looked like — and whether those remains bear any bird features.

Dr. O’Connor said, “It’s just a skull, and there are no features preserved in it that are like ‘this is definitively avian.’” “We have so little information right now,” she said.

Amber fossils from Myanmar in recent years have contributed to numerous remarkable discoveries about dinosaurs and other prehistoric organisms. But a number of paleontologists declined to comment about the specimen in the latest study. These scientists and others are increasingly wary of the amber’s sourcing, citing concerns about Myanmar’s military, the country’s treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority and a conflict with a different ethnic group in the state where the amber is mined.


What you need to know about the Coronavirus…

What is the coronavirus?

An outbreak of the new coronavirus called COVID‐19 began in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. The virus causes respiratory illness and has infected thousands worldwide. Cases have been reported in the United States.

What are the symptoms?

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.

How does it spread?

The virus spreads through the air from coughing and sneezing and also from close personal contact like touching or shaking hands.

How to help prevent the spread of coronavirus

  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • When you sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Aim for eight hours of sleep each night
  • Eat a well-balanced diet

For more information visit the CDC website at


In response to emerging reports that a dog in Hong Kong has tested “weak positive” for novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has updated its advisory document regarding pets and the virus.

The organization’s One Health and Scientific Committees concur with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), stating there is “no evidence at this time” that pets could be a source of infection for other animals or humans. However, those who are sick with COVID-19 should avoid contact with animals, just as they should with people, until more information is known about the virus.

“When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick,” CDC says. “If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a face mask.”

Regarding the dog that tested “weak positive” in Hong Kong, WSAVA reiterates the Hong Kong Agricultural, Fisheries, and Conservation Department’s (AFCD’s) report the animal, a Pomeranian, did not appear to have any relevant symptoms of the virus and likely tested positive because its owner was infected with COVID-19.

“On March 5, AFCD reported nasal, oral, rectal, and fecal samples from the dog had been tested,” WSAVA’s advisory states. “On Feb. 26 and 28, oral and nasal swabs were positive, while on March 2, only nasal swabs showed positive results. The rectal and fecal samples tested negative on all three occasions.”

Tests completed at both AFCD’s veterinary laboratory and the WHO-accredited diagnostic human CoV laboratory at Hong Kong University (HKU) detected a “low viral load” in the nasal and oral swabs.


In 2019, pet owners proved once again that their dogs and cats truly are part of the family. Annual sales of pet products and services in the United States reached another record high last year, according to a press release from the American Pet Products Association (APPA).

Overall pet industry sales were 5.7% higher in 2019 than in 2018, reaching a colossal $95.7 billion last year, according to the new report. Sales for 2020 are forecasted to increase by another 3.5%, landing at roughly $99 billion.

Of the four major spending categories—pet food and treats; supplies, live animals and over-the-counter (OTC) medicine; veterinary care and product sales; and other services—pet food and treats continue to lead the pack. Nearly 37% of total pet industry sales were in this category, nearly double the spend in any other category.

Dog and cat foods were the predominant purchases, aided by the popularity of pet food mixers and toppers. The subscription pet food delivery trend also accounted for some of the success in this category, which is expected to see another 4% increase in sales this year.

"Consumers are more educated than ever about the ingredients that go into their pets' food, which means they're willing to pay more for quality products," says Steve King, CEO of APPA, in the release. "As the demand for natural, minimally processed ingredients continues, we expect to see steady growth in this category."

Spending in the other categories shifted slightly due to reorganization in what’s included in each category. Here’s the breakdown in spending throughout all four categories:

  • Pet food and treats: $36.9 billion
  • Veterinary care and product sales (includes surgical procedures and sales of pharmaceuticals and other products through veterinary clinics, as well as routine veterinary care): $29.3 billion
  • Supplies, live animals and OTC medications (includes retail sales of fish, reptiles, small animals and birds, as well as toys, enrichment products, habitats etc.): $19.2 billion
  • Other services (includes all services outside veterinary medical care, such as boarding, grooming, insurance, training, pet sitting etc.): $10.3 billion

Compared with the global economy, which expanded by 43% over the past decade, the overall pet care market has grown by over 66% in the same time period, with the U.S. dominating the market spend.

"APPA's latest industry figures remind us of just how much Americans love their pets," King says. "By understanding consumer behavior, we're not only fostering the success of the pet industry for generations to come, we're notably improving the lives of pets and the humans who love and care for them."


Suffering moderate burns and smoke inhalation might have a detrimental effect on the cardiovascular health of animals.

This is according to a new study out of the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (UC Davis VMTH), published in Scientific Reports.

The findings were based on the examinations of 51 felines that were referred for treatment after experiencing burns and smoke inhalation during California wildfires in 2017 and 2018. Echocardiograms found more than half of the cats had heart muscle thickening and nearly 30 percent had blood clots or were found to be at a high risk of developing them.

Six of the cats in the study died or were euthanized due to cardiac issues during the course of their care.

“What was most surprising to us was the vast number of cats affected and the severity of their condition,” says the study’s lead author and assistant professor of clinical cardiology at UC Davis VMTH, Catherine Gunther-Harrington, DVM, DACVIM (cardiology).

While humans also experience cardiovascular changes after suffering burns, Dr. Gunther-Harrington says there is typically a correlation between the severity of the burns and the risk of these changes. This was not the case with the felines studied, she says.

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“Many of these cats had moderate burns, but really severe heart changes,” Gunther-Harrington explains.

While additional research is needed to better understand how the findings may impact human health, the study’s authors says veterinarians should screen for cardiovascular changes in felines that have been exposed to wildfires.

“Most of these cats were able to survive and recover, despite the severity of their condition,” Gunther-Harrington says. “That gives us hope because we know there will likely be more cats in the future injured in wildfires. The more we learn, the better care we can provide for them.”


When we think of reaching for electrolytes, most of us are dealing with a sweaty horse on a sunny, humid day. What about that same horse on a frigid, crisp day that has worked equally hard?

“No matter what the actual ambient temperature is, a horse will begin to sweat as soon as its core temperature rises. This elevation in core temperature depends on how hard the horse is working,” explained Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., a nutritionist for Kentucky Equine Research.

In the summer, when horses traditionally have short, tight coats, it is easy to gauge how much a horse is sweating and what its electrolytes needs may be. In the winter, the heavier coats of unclipped horses may make it look like a horse is sweating more than it actually is, yet it will take longer to dry.

Sweating, an essential mechanism of thermoregulation, results in electrolyte losses. Replacing those electrolytes will help horses recover quickly following physical exertion.

“Determining how much of an electrolyte product to offer in the winter can be challenging because sweat loss is tricky to assess. Overestimating how much your horse actually sweats in the cold is not a problem, though, because the body will rid itself of excess electrolytes as long as the horse has enough water to drink. This is another reason why it is important that horses have access to fresh water to drink as they choose,” Crandell advised.


In response to the coronavirus pandemic, pet businesses across the country are increasing their cleaning frequency, switching to touchless checkout, and promoting online and phone orders — including bulk — with curbside pickup and expanded delivery.

Stores are seeing an uptick as pet parents stock up, with Nancy and Chris Guinn of Dog Krazy reporting that Thursday sales at their five Virginia stores exceeded that of a busy Saturday.

“Customers are buying months worth of dog food instead of their monthly/weekly bags,” Nancy explains. “Our online orders for delivery have spiked over the last 48 hours.”

The Guinns have lowered the minimum order for free delivery to $35 and widened the area to 30 miles from any location. To avoid shortages of particular products, she says, “We are putting a limit on how much food people can buy at one time. We are allowing three bags to leave the store per customer, but anything above that is being paid for up front, special ordered and delivered to their homes the following week.”

Amid the changes, though, locations are facing a shortage of their own.

“We’re paying attention to coronavirus, but right now our biggest concern is supplying toilet paper to our 60-plus employees!”

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