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Talkin' Pets News

June 13, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Holly Ganz, Microbial ecologist turned entrepreneur and Founder of AnimalBiome will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 6/13/20 at 630pm ET to discuss and give away her dog & cat gut supplement


A cat named Kitzia appears poised to take on the title of Frowniest Cat Ever.

She’s rising through the ranks of Instagram fame, reports. She’s one of a long line of angry-looking felines and has amassed more than 56,000 followers.

Kitzia, who belongs to photographer Viktoriia Otdielnova, goes by @grumpy_kitzia on Instagram.

According to, Kitzia “has a sweet, friendly personality that doesn’t fit with the natural scowl she is always sporting.”

The original Grumpy Cat, an internet sensation and pioneer of the pets-as-influencers trend, died in May 2019 at age 7.


The eruption of a volcano in Ecuador's Amazon region left several cities covered in ash on Tuesday, fueling concerns of a potential health impact as the South American nation slowly emerges from a brutal coronavirus outbreak.

The Sangay volcano has had moderate eruptions for over a year that have had little impact because of its remote location, but a recent change in wind patterns has pushed ash toward the coast and affected areas including the largest city, Guayaquil.

"The ash comes out of the Sangay volcano and spreads into the Guayas province, and we see a quantity of ash that is arriving near Guayaquil," Benjamin Bernard of the Geophysical Institute of Ecuador told reporters, referring to the province where Guayaquil is located.

The institute said it expects minor volcanic eruptions to continue in the coming days but does not expect a major eruption.

The Guayaquil airport halted flights to clean the runway, and authorities began clearing ash from public spaces to avert potential respiratory problems. Roads were closed to traffic in some parts of the provinces of Los Rios and Chimborazo.

"Now we have to wear the mask not only because of the coronavirus but also because of the ash that covers all of Guayaquil," said homemaker Karen Figueroa, 30, who was removing ash from the patio of her Guayaquil home.

Guayaquil in March and April suffered one of the region's worst coronavirus outbreaks, which overwhelmed the health system and forced authorities to collect corpses in homes.

The health ministry this month said the spread of the disease had slowed significantly and that deaths have dropped below 10 per day from a peak of 194 per day.


Firefighters in Morristown, TN, were recently called to rescue a macaw from a tree, and although they weren’t quite sure how to go about the task, they were determined to help if they could.

Neighbor Sylvia Tharp told WBIR she heard sounds from a tree and soon realized they were coming from Harley, the 15-year-old macaw that lives next door.

“I heard, ‘Mom! Mom! Mom!’ and I thought it was a kid at first,” Tharp said. “Then, Harley started squawking like a scream, and I knew it was much closer than normal.”

Firefighters arrived and extended a ladder. One tried to coax the bird onto his arm.

In the end, they shook the branch slightly and the reluctant macaw flew down.

Harley is now safe at home.


A tiny statuette of a bird carved from burnt bone about 13,500 years ago reveals the origins of Chinese art, embodying a style different from prehistoric three-dimensional artwork by people in other parts of the world, researchers said on Wednesday.

The figurine, found at a site called Lingjing in Henan Province in central China, depicts a standing bird on a pedestal and was crafted using stone tools employing four sculpting methods - abrasion, gouging, scraping and incision, the researchers said.

It is the oldest-known three-dimensional art from China and all of East Asia by 8,500 years, although there are primitive abstract engravings on bone and stone and personal ornaments made of animal teeth and shells predating it.

The bird sculpture, the product of an Ice Age hunter-gatherer culture, is six-tenths of an inch (1.5 cm) long, apparently representing a songbird.

"Examining this figurine under the microscope and looking at its high-resolution 3D reconstruction is a moving experience. It opens a window on micro-gestures made by a great artist," said archeologist Francesco d'Errico of the French National Centre for Scientific Research, who is also attached to the Universities of Bordeaux and Bergen.

Humankind's earliest-known three-dimensional carvings, made of mammoth ivory, date to 40,000 years ago from southern Germany.

The bird was so expertly crafted from the bone of an unidentified mammal that the artist made the tail slightly oversized so the figurine would not fall forward, indicating an understanding of achieving balance, said d'Errico, a senior author of the research published in the journal PLOS ONE.

It is still unclear whether three-dimensional artwork arose independently in various locales or by diffusion from a prehistoric center of origin. The figurine differs in size, style and technology from older and contemporaneous carvings from Europe and Siberia, d'Errico said, suggesting it belongs to a distinctive Chinese artistic tradition.


Using a One Health approach to enhance developments for human and canine cancer treatments is central to a new manuscript, supported by World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA’s) One Health Committee (WSAVA OHC).

Based on a workshop on comparative oncology led by Chand Khanna, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, William Eward, DVM, MD, DAVOS, and Joelle Fenger DVM, PhD, DACVIM, presented at last year’s WSAVA Congress, the publication highlights the need for closer commercial relationships between the human and animal health pharmaceutical and biotech sectors.

This proposed solution, referred to as drug “Development Incentivization Strategy Using Comparative Oncology (DISCO)” could fast-track the development of cancer treatments for humans and dogs, researchers say, as many cancers occur in both species.

“We hope our recommendations will reposition comparative oncology canine trials as integral and parallel to human development, and this move will create opportunities for step-wise iteration and the improvements in the human cancer drug development path that are increasingly necessary,” Dr. Khanna says.

Published in Annals of Medicine and Clinical Oncology, the manuscript outlines new commercial perspectives on the value of closer relationships between the human and animal health pharmaceutical and biotech sectors.

“Commercial transactions may include cross-licensing between animal health and human pharma/biotech, where translational data on the optimal use of drug candidates from studies in pet dogs with naturally occurring cancers inform human trials, as well as pet trials for regulatory approval in animal health markets,” says the manuscript’s coauthor, David Warshawsky, PhD. “This approach is a core value of our novel cancer drug development strategy.”

The authors and WSAVA OHC say the paper will be used as a springboard for future initiatives to expand awareness of comparative oncology, as well as promote its use in creating the proposed closer alignment of human and animal health pharma and biotech.

“The field of comparative oncology as part of cancer drug development stands out as a successful example of the One Health approach to medicine, and this new manuscript presents a nuanced and novel strategy to deliver this translational opportunity,” says Michael Lappin DVM, PhD, DACVIM, chair of WSAVA OHC.


Despite the widespread custom of weaning foals within six months of birth, best practices for weaning have yet to be established, according to some behavioral experts.*

Under natural conditions, weaning occurs over the course of several months beginning when the foal is 9 to 11 months old. Together, the mare and foal initiate weaning, and their bond remains close for some time afterward, sometimes until the mare’s next foal is born. While the origin of early weaning remains unclear, most private and commercial breeders separate mare-foal pairs 4 to 7 months after birth.

Advocates of early weaning suggest this benefits mares and foals because:

  • Maternal milk production decreases dramatically by the third month of lactation, and the nutritional needs of the foal cannot be met by maternal milk supply alone. Thus, early weaning facilitates management of the foal’s nutritional intake without maternal interference;
  • Early marketing of foals can only be possible with early weaning;
  • A foal’s attention will be transferred from mare to human; and
  • Mare reproductive efficiency can be optimized by limiting the potential negative effect of prolonged nursing.

On the flip side, early weaning can be problematic. Examples of some detriments associated with early weaning include:

  • Altered behavior such as increased long-distance whinny calls and increased elimination, altered feeding and sleeping patterns, though usually temporary;
  • Increased locomotion and therefore increased risk of injuries, also transient;
  • Foal aggression, suspension of play activities, redirected suckling;
  • A potential cause of stereotypical behaviors; and
  • Negatively affecting the development of a healthy intestinal microbiome.

“Weaning is widely recognized as a major source of stress that can lead to long-lasting effects on welfare and immunity,” said Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., a nutritionist for Kentucky Equine Research.

“Regardless of how weaning is achieved, it is a stressful event. Supplementing mares with omega-3 fatty acids during gestation and nursing, then both mare and foal after weaning will help to support healthy immune systems.”


Drone footage has captured images of 64,000 green turtles coming ashore in Far North Queensland to lay eggs. The green sea turtles are coming ashore on Raine Island, which is about 620 kilometres north-west of Cairns in the Great Barrier Reef, and is the world’s largest green sea turtle rookery. Thanks to drone technology, the number of green turtles laying eggs at Raine Island is almost twice as many as previously estimated. Green sea turtles - which must come to the surface to breathe - are a vulnerable species in Queensland because they are hunted for their flesh and eggs, and are often caught in trawler nets and choke on plastic bags. Researchers used the drone footage as a new way of conducting population surveys of the turtles, as part of the Raine Island Recovery Project.

Dr Andrew Dunstan, from the Department of Environment and Science (DES), said researchers had been investigating various ways of measuring the turtle population. "We're finding 1.73 times as many turtles with the drone and as we do when we directly compare with observer counts. "The team can now go back and adjust the historic population estimates." According to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, green turtles are found in tropical, subtropical and temperate waters around the world. They are the most abundant of the six species of marine turtle found in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Found in sub-tidal and intertidal coral, as well as rocky reefs and seagrass meadows, they eat algae, seagrass, mangrove fruit and jellyfish. A research paper published on June 8 shows that using drones is now the best way to count the sea turtles. "Previous population survey methods involved painting a white stripe down the green turtles’ shell when they were nesting on the beach," Dr Dunstan said.

Researchers then looked for the white stripe when they swam around later, Dr Dunstan said, adding that "the paint is non-toxic and washes off in a couple of days". "From a small boat, we then counted painted and non-painted turtles. "Trying to accurately count thousands of painted and unpainted turtles from a small boat in rough weather was difficult. "Eyes are attracted much more to a turtle with a bright white stripe than an unpainted turtle and that resulted in biased counts and far reduced accuracy. "Using a drone is easier, safer, much more accurate, and the data can be immediately and permanently stored." The researchers used Go-Pro cameras to survey the turtles underwater, with the drone vision analysed, frame by frame, in the laboratory. This reduced the observer error rate, reduced the time to count the turtles and allowed accurate counts of the painted and unpainted turtles.

The drone survey is part of the five-year, $7.95 million Raine Island Recovery Project. It is a collaboration between BHP, the Queensland Government, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and the region’s traditional owners: the Wuthathi and Kemer Kemer Meriam people. Great Barrier Reef Foundation managing director Anna Marsden congratulated the researchers. "We’re seeing the world’s largest aggregation of green turtles captured in these extraordinary drone images, which are helping to document the largest turtle numbers seen since we began the Raine Island Recovery Project," Ms Marsden said. "Raine Island is the world’s largest green turtle nesting site and that’s why we’re working with our Raine Island Recovery Project partners to protect and restore the island’s critical habitat. "We’re taking action to improve and rebuild the island’s nesting beaches and building fences to prevent turtle deaths, all working to strengthen the island’s resilience and ensure the survival of our northern green turtles and many other species."


NBC presents an encore presentation of the 2020 “Beverly Hills Dog Show” on Sunday, June 14 (4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT), featuring Best in Show winner “Nick” the Siberian Husky. Nick is a five year-old champion who, with his handler Michelle Scott, has won over 60 Best in Show titles and is the #3 working dog in the country. 

The star-studded competition is co-hosted by award-winning TV personality, author and Broadway actor John O’Hurley and American Kennel Club-licensed judge and expert analyst David Frei.  Mary Carillo, Akbar Gbajabiamila and Maria Menounos serve as contributors, and dog-loving celebrity guests include Lauren Ash, Brian Baumgartner, Reece Caddell, Jade Catta-Preta, Olivia Culpo, Ester Dean, Bo Derek, Doug the Pug, Parveen Kaur, MJ Javid & Tommy Feight, Nastia Liukin, Greg Louganis, Ariana Madix, Justine Marino, Caitlin McGee, Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier and Jocko Sims.

Hosted by the Kennel Club of Beverly Hills and produced by NBC Sports, “The Beverly Hills Dog Show” is a new breed of dog show and must-see viewing for the whole family. Before more than 1,500 dogs representing 200 eligible breeds and varieties face off for the coveted Best in Show title, the canine competitors will mingle with celebrity guests and strut their stuff on the red carpet. For the main event, each group winner will walk the show’s unique runway for the Best in Show judge to determine which dog has what it takes to be champion.


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