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 Talkin' Pets News

July 11, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Matt Matera

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Consultant / Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Anthony Ferraro, Chief Customer Officer, Ecoclean Solutions Inc. will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 7/11/20 at 530pm ET to discuss and give away their 20% Vinegar Weed Killer safe for pets & family

Chris Perondi Co-Author of "The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever" will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 7/11/20 at 6pm ET to discuss and give away his new book with Larry Kay

As you may have already heard, a wild bear - named Bruno by his followers - has already traveled from WI, IL, IA, and is now in Missouri. 

The Humane Society of the United States released this statement regarding Bruno:

According to Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, “With the rest of the country, the Humane Society of the United States is following Bruno the bear’s journey across the Midwest. We understand that for many, spotting a wild bear is exciting, especially one who has become a social media star. However, we urge the public to maintain a safe distance from Bruno – especially for his safety and to minimize any potential conflict or danger. It is ironic that Bruno made his way into Missouri at a time when the state is considering a hunting season on bears like him, and we hope that he did not travel such a long distance only to be killed by a trophy hunter. We urge the Missouri Department of Conservation to acknowledge the outpouring of support from Missourians and others have shown for Bruno, and to spare Bruno and other bears from the fate of becoming a trophy in someone’s home.”


New legislation in Florida means that pets can be included in domestic violence protective orders.

The bill was signed into law last month by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, People reports. It took effect July 1.

“With this new law, Florida joins more than 30 other states who have enacted meaningful public policies to safeguard both humans and pets from violence in the home,” the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal said in a statement.

ASPCA stated that 89 percent of pet-owning women entering domestic violence shelters report that their abuser threatened, harmed or killed a family pet. Additionally, as many as 48 percent of domestic violence survivors with pets delay seeking safety, fearing what would happen if they left their pets behind.

“Under normal circumstances, adults, children, and pets living in an abusive home often face major obstacles to escape harm’s way. Unfortunately, the necessity of staying at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has made this situation substantially more dangerous for both people and pets,” said Jennifer Hobgood, senior director of state legislation for the ASPCA, Southeast Region.

“As our nation responds to this pandemic, reports of increasing rates of domestic violence have surfaced in many areas, including Florida. This lifesaving law now makes it clear that courts may include family pets in temporary restraining orders, and we thank Governor DeSantis for signing this bill to help domestic violence survivors and their pets reach safety.”


The owners of a 20-year-old golden retriever named Augie believe she’s the oldest dog of her breed.

Jennifer and Steve Hetterscheidt celebrated Augie’s birthday on April 24 at home in Oakland, TN, CNN reported.

The Hetterscheidts adopted Augie when the dog was 14.

The GoldHeart Golden Retrievers Rescue in Maryland wrote on Facebook that the dog is the “oldest known, oldest living” golden retriever.

“There’s nothing to not love about her,” said Jennifer Hetterscheidt. “She’s happy doing something and happy doing nothing.”


Once thought too frozen to burn, Siberia is now on fire and spewing carbon after enduring its warmest June ever, according to CNN. The most immediate impacts of the climate crisis are in the nether-regions of the world where temperatures are extreme and inhospitable. One of the most alarming examples is playing out in Siberia, which just saw temperatures reach triple digits as it endured its warmest month ever. That June heatwave in Siberia has led to some staggering numbers, according to scientists, as CNN reported.

The wildfires in Siberia started much earlier in the spring than ever before, according to The Washington Post. Permafrost is thawing, infrastructure is crumbling, and sea ice is dramatically vanishing. "We always expected the Arctic to change faster than the rest of the globe," said Walt Meier, a senior research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, to The Washington Post. "But I don't think anyone expected the changes to happen as fast as we are seeing them happen."

The wildfires released an estimated 59 megatonnes of carbon dioxide across Siberia in June, according to scientists at the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS). This spate of fires on landscapes that are typically too cold, wet, and icy to burn is raising alarms for ecologists and climate scientists, according to National Geographic. They fear the rash of blazes is another sign that the Arctic is undergoing rapid changes that could set off a series of consequences on a global scale.

The fires can be a double whammy for the Siberian ecosystem. If they become a regular occurrence, it could cause new species to colonize the area, which would set the stage for more fires. Also, the increased intensity and duration of the fires may accelerate the climate crisis by thawing the ground and releasing trapped carbon that has accumulated in frozen organic matter, as National Geographic reported.

"By how big they are and how hot they are, I would say there's no way they're not burning down," said Amber Soja, an associate research fellow with the National Institute of Aerospace and an expert on Siberian wildfires, to National Geographic. Already, the area's carbon dioxide emissions for June were its highest in the 18 years of the CAMS dataset, surpassing the record of 53 megatonnes set just one year ago in June 2019. Siberia also had a warmer than average winter. CAMS said that the warm winter meant that "zombie" blazes were able to smolder through the winter and may have reignited this spring, according to

Globally, June 2020 was more than half a degree Celsius warmer than the 1981-2010 average for the same month, and on a par with June 2019 as the warmest ever registered. Siberia, which is larger than the U.S. and Mexico combined, was more than 5 degrees Celsius above normal for June, according to Copernicus Climate Change Services satellite data, as reported.

Some parts of Siberia had an average temperature that was 10 degrees Celsius, or 18 degrees Fahrenheit, warmer than average. The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet through a process known as Arctic amplification. Arctic ice melt has accelerated, which leads to seasonal snow cover that isn't as white and absorbs more sunlight, which leads to more warming, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.----------------


From a report by Abby Moore an Editorial Assistant at mindbodygreen. Dogs have long been known as "man's best friend," but according to new research, they may also teach children how to develop their own friendships. A study published in the journal Pediatric Research found that young kids with pet dogs have better social and emotional skills than those without. 

The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Western Australia, pulled data from 1,646 households, each with children between 2 and 5 years old. Of the group, 686 were dog owners. 

The data looked at children's physical activity and social-emotional development, accounting for potential behavioral influences, like age, sleeping patterns, screen time, and more. Given that information, kids with dogs were 23% less likely to struggle with their emotions and social interactions than kids without dogs. 

Additionally, kids who joined their families on dog walks at least once a week were 36% less likely to struggle socially and emotionally. The greatest impact, however, came with playtime. Kids who played with their dogs at least three times per week were 74% more likely to engage in prosocial behaviors, like sharing. 

While there seems to be a clear link between dog ownership and a child's social and emotional development, the researchers were unable to determine exactly why.

"Our findings indicate that dog ownership may benefit children's development and well-being," co-author Hayley Christian, Ph.D., said in a news release, "and we speculate that this could be attributed to the attachment between children and their dogs."

For parents out there, this study suggests acquiescing to your child's requests for a pup might be worth consideration, especially for only children or kids who tend to be shier and could use more time with a lovable four-legged friend.

Don't have children? Well, owning a dog may affect adults' physical activity, mental health, and heart health, too. For all the cat people out there: Don't fret. More research—especially on other types of pets—is needed to gain a more thorough understanding of these findings.


The Humane Society of the United States released the following statements about a new victory:    

Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States said: “Millions of visitors flock to Yellowstone National Park every year hoping to catch a rare glimpse of a beautiful grizzly bear. This weeks victory upholding the restoration of Endangered Species Act protections, will keep one of America’s most treasured wildlife populations out of the crosshairs of trophy hunters seeking a bearskin rug. It is time to stop playing politics with our native wildlife and take seriously our deep moral and legal obligation to protect and recover our most vulnerable populations."

Nicholas Arrivo, managing attorney for wildlife litigation at the Humane Society of the United States said: “The Ninth Circuit’s ruling is a major victory not just for Yellowstone’s imperiled grizzlies numbered at approximately 700, but also for the Endangered Species Act itself. This should bring to a close nearly three years of litigation by the Humane Society of the United States and other groups, making it clear that the Fish and Wildlife Service must make decisions on the basis of science alone, and cannot rush to delist a species to appease states and trophy hunting interests.”

The first reported case in the U.S. of Sars-CoV-2 was a tiger at the Bronx Zoo, followed by pet cats and a German shepherd in New York State. Dr. Runstadler provided an overview of the Coronavirus Epidemiological Research & Surveillance (CoVERS) study. “The study we’ve started grew from some of what we already know about viruses like SARS-CoV-2 and related viruses that have caused epidemic events in the past,” he said.

“We know that these viruses are spilling over into human populations from animal hosts. It is usually animal hosts in the wild but [it also occurs] through domestic intermediate hosts or other animals that are in semi-domestic situations. For SARS-CoV-2, that really is no different.”

Quickly shifting focus from the department’s ongoing studies, the research team started locally by sampling patients from veterinary hospitals in Massachusetts. Initially, they hoped to determine whether significant spillover was occurring in situations where close human-animal contact was common. As the study’s focus began to take shape, however, the CoVERS team established the following three key phases:

  • In the first phase, they screened a variety of companion and large animal species to estimate the transmission of SARS-Cov-2 to animal hosts. The subjects were chosen without regard to the COVID-19 status of owners or other humans with which the animals had contact.
  • In the second phase (where the team is currently focused), the investigators are screening and monitoring paired owners and animals to evaluate direct SARS-Cov-2 transmission and identify high-risk situations.
  • The third phase will focus on monitoring farm and veterinary school animals that are in regular contact with humans for natural SARS-CoV-2 infection as well as inter- and intraspecies transmission over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first animal to be tested for the CoVERS project was a hedgehog. The group has also tested horses, bats, a coyote and even seals, but Dr. Runstadler said most of the samples have been taken from dogs and cats.

“Based on some of what we know from experimental inoculations of animal hosts and from what has occurred naturally as well, it appears that cats may be the most interesting population in terms of domestic animals.”

Of the more than 350 animals that have been tested through CoVERS to date, there have been no cases of SARS-CoV-2. “We are glad that we have not detected positives in the population of patients that we’re looking at,” Dr. Runstadler said.

Looking ahead, the team is interested in enrolling more human-animal pairs for the home phase of the study, which they hope includes adding human samples for testing. “If we get a spillover event we will be able to look at the virus coming from the human as well as the spillover virus,” he explained. “That may be important for understanding how this virus actually does spill over, when it does in those rare instances, between humans and animals.”


A highly contagious canine disease has experienced a surge this year, and it is suspected safety measures related to COVID-19 may have played a role.

Pet hospitals report an “alarming” increase in the number of confirmed parvoviral enteritis cases and hospitalizations during the pandemic, with data from its more than 90 pet hospitals showing a 70 percent jump in parvo cases relative to ER cases this year as compared to the same time periods in the past five years.

“We are in the very early stages of analyzing this data, looking for possible causes of the increase and determining what the implications are for this and other preventable companion animal diseases,” says one hospital’s chief medical officer, James Barr, DVM, DACVECC.

Potential factors include:

  • reserving appointments for those patients requiring emergency care;
  • disruptions in the timing or prevention of puppies receiving full prophylactic vaccine series, resulting in incomplete immunity;
  • release/adoption of shelter animals prior to completion of vaccination series;
  • increased exposure to parvovirus outdoors (i.e. dog parks); and
  • financial hardship (e.g. job loss, pay cuts) preventing or delaying clientele from seeking routine vaccinations, including both puppy vaccinations and boosters for adult dogs.

“Parvovirus outbreaks pose a serious threat to our canine friends, but skipping routine vaccinations could also put human health at risk through the possibility of rabies exposure,” Dr. Barr says. “We, as veterinary professionals, must advocate for the critical public health role of veterinary medicine, and champion the message: Pets serve not only as invaluable sources of emotional support, but also as sentinels and potential vectors of infectious disease.”

“If the U.S. continues to see COVID-19 cases increase or a second wave, this may exacerbate these trends and further harm our patients,” adds clinical programs manager, Lenore Bacek, DVM, MS, DACVECC. “To prevent further increase and to ensure this does not happen again, veterinary hospitals and related businesses must continue to be recognized as essential services and receive state and federal support.

“The importance of preventive care must also be continuously stressed to the public. As we delve more deeply into this data, our hope is we will better understand the complexities of this parvovirus outbreak, as well as shine light on the value veterinary medicine brings to public health.”


One lot of canned cat food has been recalled in the U.S. and Canada due to health concerns associated with elevated levels of choline chloride.

The J. M. Smucker Company, in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has issued a voluntary recall of one lot of Natural Balance Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Formula (lot code: 9217803).

Cats that have ingested the impacted product might experience mild nausea-related effects (e.g. excessive salivation, constricted pupils and poor vision, diarrhea, vomiting), or more severe symptoms, including difficulty walking, muscle shaking, tremors, irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing, possible cardiac or respiratory failure, and, in extreme situations, death.

Smucker advises pet owners throw the product away. Additionally, those who believe their cat has been impacted by the tainted product should contact their veterinarian immediately.

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The strength of any horse lies in part on its muscular well-being. Optimal nutrition and thoughtful training strategies result in muscle accretion over time, observable on physical examination. On a microscopic level, though, what happens to muscle cells as training progresses, from week to week, month to month?

Using sophisticated analytical technologies, researchers recently dove into this metabolic netherworld in an effort to characterize the metabolites found in skeletal muscle of exercised horses.* Metabolites are the end products of cellular regulatory processes. The field of study that measures metabolites in response to environmental stimulus, like exercise, is referred to as metabolomics. It utilizes mass spectrometry or nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry to analyze many different metabolites in a biologic sample.

In this study, the researchers collected muscle biopsies from unexercised Standardbreds and sent them to a laboratory so metabolites could be identified and quantified. The same horses then trained for 12 weeks, after which muscle biopsies were again harvested and examined for metabolites. The metabolite composition of the two sets of samples were compared.

Training significantly altered the skeletal muscle metabolome, according to the researchers. Of particular interest, exercise-induced changes to the metabolome resulted in an increase in almost every type of measured lipid molecule, as well as the branched-chain amino acids (valine, leucine, and isoleucine), tyrosine (another amino acid), and phenylalanine (a precursor for tyrosine, dopamine, and adrenaline).

What does this mean for the horse owner? While still in its infancy, metabolomic screening could ultimately be used to “track the impact of training and fitness on equine health.”

“Once a better understanding of muscle metabolism and the metabolites involved in training and recovery has been achieved, researchers will be able to tweak the nutritional needs of competitive horses to facilitate the production of energy and removal of wastes. In turn, this could possibly lead to a better understanding of training-related conditions such as recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis,” suggested Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., a nutritionist for Kentucky Equine Research.


Schoolchildren often encounter the word “niacin” innocently enough, as they lean over a breakfast bowl, spoon in hand, and read the packaging of their favorite cereal. Although time wears on and science classes pile on top of one another, they may learn little else about this particular B vitamin and its importance to their health.

Likewise, little is known about the dietary requirements of niacin in the horse, with researchers concluding that a robust microbial population in the hindgut manufactures enough of it and other B vitamins to satisfy requirements, in addition to any it may consume as part of its diet. In the late 1990s, two trials in exercising Thoroughbred horses showed that neither acute nor chronic niacin supplementation, at a rate of 3 g per day, affected exercise metabolism or niacin status.*

In a recent study, though, researchers took aim at a different segment of the equine population: broodmares, as other scientists had discovered a link between niacin deficiency and congenital malformations in humans and embryonic death and resorption in mice.+,○ Because mares suffer from high rates of early embryonic loss, the objective of this preliminary study was to examine the absorption and metabolism of niacin in mares to determine its potential use to support early embryonic health and to improve pregnancy outcomes.

Researchers orally supplemented four mares with 5 g of niacin mixed into applesauce. Blood was collected at specific time points: 0, 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2, 4, 6, and 22 hours after administration. Plasma was extracted and niacin metabolites were analyzed by mass spectrometry.

According to the researchers, the results revealed that “a significant amount of the supplemental niacin was absorbed and present in circulating blood following ingestion. Metabolites were present in plasma at concentrations high enough to exert biological effects following distribution to cells.”

Follow-up studies are necessary to determine the effects of niacin supplementation on the ovarian follicular environment of the mare, oocyte quality, and pregnancy outcome, as well as to determine urine excretion of metabolites.

In regard to broodmares, optimal nutrition and optimal body condition are necessary for reproductive performance. Optimal nutrition can be defined as providing all of the essential nutrients for health in appropriate amounts, while optimal body condition can be defined as provision of sufficient energy for maintenance of moderate weight.

Mares should be in moderate to moderately fleshy body condition when presented to breed. This equates to a body condition score of 5 or 6. Studies have shown that mares with a body condition below 4 might stay in anestrus longer the mares in moderate condition, and mares with a body condition less than 4.5 have decreased pregnancy rates.


The American Kennel Club announced that the Belgian Laekenois has received full recognition and is eligible to compete in the Herding Group. This addition brings the number of AKC-recognized breeds to 196.

“We’re happy to have the Belgian Laekenois as part of AKC’s family of recognized breeds,” said Gina DiNardo, AKC executive secretary. “It’s a wonderful dog that will make a great companion for active people. As always, we’d like to remind potential dog owners to do their research to find the right breed for their lifestyle.”

One of the four native dogs of Belgium, the Belgian Laekenois is a herding dog that was originally used to guard and tend to its owner’s flock, as well as guard linen drying in the fields. The breed is still able to guard its people and property today.

These dogs are known to be alert, intelligent and inquisitive. They’re reserved with strangers, but affectionate and friendly with those they know well. As a working dog, the Belgian Laekenois needs an active lifestyle with plenty of exercise and a job to do. Its coat requires regular brushing and occasional bathing.

Recognition does not mean the creation of a new breed. Many of the breeds that gain full AKC recognition have been around for many years, and some are ancient. To become an AKC recognized breed there must be a minimum number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the U.S., as well as an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders. Breeds working towards full recognition are recorded in AKC’s Foundation Stock Service (FSS).

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