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Talkin' Pets News

July 18, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Devin Leech

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media / Consultant - Bob Page

Special Guests - Hour 1 at 5pm ET Becky Robinson - Covid & Cats, Kitten Advice - Alley Cat Allies... 

Johnna Devereax, CPN (Clinical Pet Nutritionist) for Bow Wow Labs will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 07/18/20 at 630pm ET to discuss and give away Bow Wow Labs products

A virus being deemed “bunny ebola” is spreading throughout several states.

The fatal rabbit hemorrhagic disease (RHDV2) affects wild and domestic rabbits, as well as hares and pikas. It’s been found in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah, Business Insider reports.

The virus kills rabbits quickly, and it can survive more months at room temperature. In many cases, rabbit show no signs of illness before they die.

The virus does not affect other animals or humans.

From March to June, almost 500 animals in New Mexico were infected, according to Business Insider. “We still have no idea where it originated,” said Ralph Zimmerman, state veterinarian for New Mexico.

Veterinarians are importing a vaccine, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking to produce one domestically, Business Insider reports.


A garden snail, a popular pet, is a small creature with simple needs. They may be our enemies but apparently, the giant snails are quite affectionate when they want to be: they can produce up to 12,000 eggs per year. That's a lot of kids! Aside from a few pet snails in terrariums, snail parents don't usually look after their young. There have been reports of at least one snail living as many as 14 years in captivity. His name was George and he lived in Hawaii, in the U.S.

Giant African land snails, a popular species, are illegal; the U.S. Department of Agriculture has classified them as invasive because they eat crops. ... The largest known land gastropod is a recorded specimen of which measured 39.3 cm (15.5 in) from snout to tail when fully extended, with a shell length of 10.75 inches in December 1978. It weighed exactly 2 lb.

Angustopila dominikae snails can fit within the eye of a needle. This newly discovered snail species, found in China, may be the world's smallest land snail. The height of its shell is only 0.03 inches, making it a mere crumb of a creature. Some snails are legal only with a USDA permit. Often, you can catch land snails in your garden or a wooded area to keep as pets.

Around 5% of common garden snails in and around Sydney, Australia contain larvae of the parasite commonly known as the rat lungworm. ... That's a significant problem for the rat – and for the snails and slugs (molluscs) that are infected when they come into contact with larvae in the rat's feces. The use of snails as pets is not without risk, as their slime can carry ecoli and other dangerous bacteria like rat lungworm. Lungworms are dangerous because once ingested they head to the brain where they can cause meningitis type symptoms, with damage and possible swelling to brain. Some snails, like slugs and frogs, if consumed can cause a major health issue in dogs: lungworm infestation can cause coughing as well as more severe respiratory problems, such as bronchitis or difficulty breathing. Because cone snails are slow-moving, they use a venomous harpoon (called a toxoglossan radula) to capture faster-moving prey, such as fish. The venom of a few larger species, especially the piscivorous ones, is powerful enough to kill a human being.

To keep a pet snail, place it in a plastic tank or container that's lined with some potting soil, sphagnum moss, peat or compost. Add some dried tree branches and bark inside so your snail has things to climb and hide under. Spray the inside of the tank with water twice a day so it stays moist. Don’t add too many snails in a small space they won't have enough algae to eat. Some foods that snails eat are: Egg shells or another calcium source, alyssum, fruit and leaves of apple, apricot, artichoke (a favorite), aster, barley, beans, bindweed, California boxwood, almost any cabbage variety, camomile, carnation, carrot, cauliflower, root celery, celery, ripe cherries, chive, citrus, clover, cucumbers

Unlike humans, snails don't abide by the rules of night versus day sleep patterns. Generally, snails will sleep on and off in between periods of 13 to 15 hours. Afterwards, they experience a sudden jolt of energy for the next 30 hours, where they get all their snail chores done! Snails are hermaphrodites. Unlike you, garden snails can produce sperm like males and carry eggs like females at the same time.   Snails can bite with their thousands of teeth but due to the lack of force, it won't hurt at all. Instead, it feels like a tiny brush scraping your finger. In the right environment snails can be great pets. --------------------------------------


Wednesday, following the arrest of a man responsible for illegally shooting a bear in Florida, the Humane Society of the United States released the following statement from Kate MacFall, Florida Senior State Director for the Humane Society of the United States: 

“This week the Humane Society of the United States learned of the June 2nd tragic, cruel and senseless killing of a yearling cub in a community in Collier County, where residents nicknamed him Bailey.

The cub was not only shot and killed illegally, the shooter failed to notify the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission about the incident, which prolonged the suffering of this young animal. The prosecutor must charge him with aggravated animal cruelty for this unwarranted act and make it clear to Floridians that this action will not be tolerated.

The death of this cub showcases the need to employ critical education regarding the coexistence of between bears and humans. Bears are naturally shy and avoid humans. The lure of available food, garbage and birdfeeders encourages bears to come in contact with people.  And if a bear approaches, it is important to remain calm and remember that the bear is likely more scared of you than you are of him. Most black bears can be easily scared away by facing the bear directly, making yourself look as big as possible and making as much noise as possible by yelling, banging pots and pans or using other noisemaking devices.

Wild animals have adapted to humans moving into their habitats. We need to do our part to protect them and ourselves through education on bear-aware approaches and conflict prevention.

No animal should be shot just because they are moving through in your yard.”

If the public implements commonsense and simple measures such as securing garbage, removing birdfeeders during peak seasons when bears are foraging, keeping pet food indoors and cleaning outdoor grills after use, conflicts can be avoided. 


Well, it looks like PETA is at it again. A representative for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals explained why the organization wants people to change the way they speak about their pets. Jennifer White, a senior media officer at PETA, spoke on Good Morning Britain with Piers Morgan and co-host Susanna Reid about using the term “pet” to refer to one’s domestic animals.

According to White, the animal rights organization feels “pet” is a derogatory term and suggested people should stop using it since it is not animal-friendly language. She stated, “A lot of people at home who have dogs or cats will call them ‘pets’ and refer to themselves as ‘owners,’ and this implies that the animals are a possession, like a car, for example, When you refer to animals, not as the living beings they are, but as an inanimate object, it can reflect our treatment on these animals.”

The hosts were definitely not buying into the attempted social movement and a debate over various phrases that PETA want to change erupted. This isn’t the first time PETA suggests using a new word or phrase for it to be less animal-centric. PETA argued words and idioms that involve meat products are offending vegetarians and vegans. For example, instead of saying flogging a dead horse” or “killing two birds with one stone,” the organization wants people to say “feeding a fed horse”, or “feeding two birds with one scone.”

Still, in regards to the “pet” situation, White stated that PETA doesn’t necessarily hate the word, but is only encouraging people to use “companion” instead. Fighting back, Morgan stated PETA would have to change the name of its organization since the title contains the word pet, but White noted that it doesn’t apply to the company’s name since Peta is an acronym. She stated, “[The word ‘pet’] is not offensive, we’re not telling anyone it’s offensive. Animals aren’t offended by it, we’re not offended by it.”

PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk also suggested that our language be adjusted when we describe certain animals, indicating that domestic animals are a “call individual, with emotions and interest.”

“Animals are not pets—they are not your cheap burglar alarm or something which allows you to go out for a walk. They are not ours as decorations or toys, they are living beings. How we say things governs how we think about them, so a tweak in our language when we talk about the animals in our homes is needed.”

Seems to me like PETA has too much time on their hands, and are trying to change the impossible. I get you’re trying to save animals, and I’m totally in your favor, but honestly, pet is just a word. I really don’t see how you are connecting the dots here.


A teenager was mauled to death by a shark off the south east coast of Australia, police said. It is the second fatal shark attack off the country's shores in a week.

The 15-year-old boy, whose name was not disclosed, was surfing at Wooli Beach, near Grafton, around 370 miles north of Sydney, when the creature struck shortly before 2:30 p.m. local time (12:30 a.m ET), New South Wales police said in a statement.

"Witnesses have told police a shark attacked the teenager while he was surfing," the statement said.

"Several board-riders came to his assistance before the injured teen could be helped to shore," it said, adding that first aid was rendered for serious injuries to his legs.

Despite CPR efforts to revive him, the teenager died at the scene, the statement said. Beaches in the surrounding area had been closed, it added.

It is the second shark attack off the Australian coast in a week.

Last Saturday, a 20-year-old scuba diver who was spear-fishing died after they were attacked by one of the creatures off the coast of Australia's Queensland state.

A 57-year-old diver was also killed off Western Australia state in January, and a 60-year-old surfer was killed off Kingscliff in New South Wales state in June.

New South Wales police said officers and local authorities would start an investigation and report into the teenager's death.


As the days grow hotter, some dog owners may need to take extra precautions to protect their pets from potentially fatal heatstrokes, a study suggests. British researchers determined that certain breeds, as well as those that are older and/or overweight, may be more likely to suffer from the heat-related illness than others — according to the study in Scientific Reports.

The breeds identified at highest risk of heatstroke were:

  • Chow chow
  • Bulldog
  • French bulldog
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Greyhound
  • Cavalier King Charles spaniel
  • Pug
  • Golden retriever
  • Springer spaniel

Chow chows, for example, were 16 times more likely to develop heat stroke compared to Labradors. “I would recommend all dog owners consider if your pet is at increased risk of heatstroke,” said Emily Hall, the lead author and a senior lecturer in veterinary nursing science at Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom. “Are they overweight? Are they a giant breed? Are they elderly? Are they one of the breeds identified as having a higher risk?”

Signs that a dog is overheating include excessive panting, vomiting, excessive drooling, bloody diarrhea and if it collapses, said Dr. Kenneth Drobatz, a professor and the chief of the section of critical care in the department of clinical sciences and advanced medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

Flat-faced breeds, such as bulldogs, are especially vulnerable because their breathing is compromised by the shape of their skulls, Hall explained. “Dogs use panting to cool down, which works by passing air over the nasal passages allowing evaporative heat loss,” she said. “Dogs with shorter muzzles (brachycephalic breeds) have less area to allow heat loss.”

Sometimes dogs get into trouble because of their enthusiasm for play, said Dr. Daniel Fletcher, an associate professor of emergency and critical care at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. “The ones with excited, active personalities will just go and chase the ball and chase the ball and chase the ball,” he said. “You don’t realize they are in trouble till it’s too late. They’re a little too good to us, to their own detriment sometimes.”

Dogs that are panting excessively should be taken to a cool area and ideally doused with water at room temperature, Fletcher said. “If the dog is not back to normal breathing in 15 minutes it’s a good idea to get the dog to a vet,” he added. “If the dog’s temperature goes above 107 or 108, you can get damage to the organs and the dog’s ability to make blood clots.” “Sometimes they may initially seem to go back to normal, but in a couple of hours or a day the dog might develop kidney failure or respiratory or heart issues,” he said. --------------------------------------


An alligator that many people believe once belonged to Adolf Hitler has died in the Moscow Zoo.

The zoo said the alligator, named Saturn, was about 84-years-old when he died on Friday.

According to the zoo, Saturn was born in the United States and later sent to the Berlin Zoo, from which he escaped when the zoo was bombed in 1943. His whereabouts were unknown until 1946, when British soldiers found him and gave him to the Soviet Union, the zoo said.

“Almost immediately, the myth was born that he was allegedly in the collection of Hitler and not in the Berlin Zoo,” the zoo said in a statement.

But, it noted, “animals are not involved in war and politics and it is absurd to blame them for human sins.”


California’s foie gras ban was upheld this week by U.S. Central District of California Court Judge Stephen V. Wilson, however, the caveat is that if the transaction takes place out of state, and if the foie gras is NOT located in California at the time of purchase, it is still legal.

Foie gras, which is made from the fattened livers of force-fed ducks and geese, can be sold to individuals in California as long as it is delivered from out of state by a third party. Ridiculous!

Ducks and geese are cruelly and inhumanely force-fed through tubes shoved down their throats so that their livers are painfully enlarged up to 10 times their normal size.

As previously reported by WAN, California’s ban has been subject to a prolonged legal challenge by the foie gras industry since lawmakers placed a ban on the production and sale of foie gras in 2004. The law went into effect in 2012. In January 2019, the United States Supreme Court, for the second time, denied the foie gras industry’s plea to take its case.

The foie gras industry responded by filing yet another amended complaint to challenge the constitutionality of the law, which was subsequently dismissed in January of this year.

However, the court left open a narrow window for the challengers to try to substantiate their request that the ban not apply to out of state producers seeking to sell foie gras to California buyers.

Unfortunately, this time, the judge agreed with the plaintiffs, comprised of out-of-state foie gras producers, who claimed that they lost nearly a third of sales due to California’s foie gras ban.

“There is no principled way to distinguish between foie gras produced out of state and transported into California by the purchaser, and that which is delivered by a third party,” Judge Wilson stated in an official court document.


“Humans don’t have a monopoly on sexually transmitted infections,” Rachel E. Gross writes. “Oysters get herpes, rabbits get syphilis, dolphins get genital warts.” And animals including fish and parakeets can be infected by chlamydia.

The iconic Australian koala may appear innocent and cuddly, but its dark secret could hold the key to tackling sexually transmitted disease among humans. Up to 70 per cent of koalas are infected with chlamydia, with some wild populations seeing a 100 percent infection rate, a major cause of poor health and even death for the species in Queensland and New South Wales.

To develop a vaccine for the disease, researchers are looking to koalas, who experience a form of chlamydia that’s very similar to that in humans, though more deadly. So far, the research has greatly helped the marsupials, giving vets more tools to save those that get infected.

Adult koalas catch chlamydia just as people do — through sexual transmission — but young koalas can also become infected by eating pap, a nutritious type of feces, when it is excreted by infected mothers

The more common strain, Chlamydia pecorum, is responsible for most of the outbreak in Queensland and cannot be transmitted to humans. The second strain, C. pneumoniae, can infect humans if, say, an infected koala were to urinate on someone, though it's unlikely.

For over two decades, scientists have brought wild koalas into wildlife hospitals to treat their chlamydia with antibiotics. The downside is that the antibiotics may be altering those gut microbes that allow koalas to eat eucalyptus, notes Katherine Dahlhausen, a doctoral student at the University of California, Davis.

While the progress looks promising, there are still several issues that need to be addressed before any koala Chlamydia vaccine can be widely used.





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