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Talkin' Pets News

August 8, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Linda Register - East West Animal Hospital

Producer - Kayla Cavanaugh

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media / Consultant - Bob Page

Special Guests - Betsy Brevitz, D.V.M., author of "The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook" will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 8/08/20 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away her new book

National Football League Referee, John Hussey, founder & CEO of Cuddly, will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 8/08/20 at 621pm ET to discuss is animal organization


Firefighters in Santa Barbara County, CA, rescued a dog that fell 75 feet from a cliff.

The incident occurred Sunday morning at Mesa Bluffs, KSBY-TV reports.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department responded after receiving reports at 9:46 a.m. They arrived to find that the dog had fallen 75 feet or more.

A firefighter went over the side of the cliff and rescued the dog using a high-angle rope system, bringing the pooch to the bottom of the bluff, according to a tweet from Daniel Bertucelli, spokesman for the fire department.

The dog was returned to its “happy owner,” Bertucelli said.


Thailand's emerging student pro-democracy movement has adopted a Japanese cartoon hamster, Hamtaro, as a creative way to get support from young people around the country.

University and high school students have rallied almost daily in the past two weeks to demand the dissolution of parliament, an end to harassment of government critics, and amendments to the military-written constitution that critics say help maintain the influence of the army over the political system.

This past week, three of the protests were themed around "Hamtaro," where protesters ran around public places in circles, like a hamster wheel, while singing a modified version of the cartoon's jingle, saying the government loves feasting on taxpayer's money and demanding Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha dissolve parliament.

"The Hamtaro cartoon is what on television every morning, so it connects with us easily," said Pumiwat Rangkasiwit, 20, a student activist from a group called New Life Network.

Japanese publishing house Shogakukan, which owns the license to Hamtaro, declined to comment on the use of the cartoon in Thai protests when contacted by Reuters.

Student groups have used social media to find new ways for protests, via hashtag #Ideaformob, leaders told Reuters.

Groups are also planning other themes for protests, including Japanese cartoon character Naruto and Harry Potter.

"Young people grew up with these popular culture characters and they help add new dimensions to our movement, making it relatable and easy to communicate with young people," said Jutatip Sirikhan, 21, president of the Student Union of Thailand.


Two lots of a hydrochloride (HCl) formula used for short-term intravenous sedation have been recalled due to the possibility of the presence of lidocaine.

Fresenius Kabi USA, in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), issued a voluntary recall of two lots of dexmedetomidine HCl in 0.9 percent sodium chloride (NaCl) injection (product code: 671050/batch numbers: 6121853 and 6122207).

The solution, which is a human product that may be used by veterinarians, is approved for intravenous use and indicated for sedation of non-intubated patients prior to and/or during surgical and other procedures. The recalled formula might contain trace amounts of lidocaine, which could result in anaphylaxis in patients with an allergy.

The company, FDA says, is notifying its distributors and customers by letter and asking them to discontinue use and distribution of any affected product.


For veterinarians who are keen to talk to clients about skin allergies, now’s the time to scratch that itch.

This is the goal of Itchy Pet Awareness Month from Zoetis. Taking place in August, the campaign, which is in its second year, encourages animal health professionals to talk to owners about skin allergies and explain how treating the condition can significantly improve their pet’s life.

Since 2013, “itchy dog” clinical visits have increased 50 percent, with 7.5 million dogs diagnosed with pruritus (itch) in 2019 alone, Zoetis says.

“The top four reasons pet owners bring their dogs in for veterinary visits today are because of skin-related issues such as allergies, ear infections, lumps or bumps, and skin infections,” says Andrew Hillier, BVSc, MANZCVS (canine medicine), Diplomate ACVD, director of dermatology medical strategy at Zoetis.

Skin allergies, which are typically caused by infection, parasites, or as a reaction to fleas, food, or environmental factors, can get in the way of everyday activities, Zoetis says. To help treat them, veterinarians should ask clients to observe and report common signs of skin allergies (e.g. excessive licking, chewing, biting or scratching, foot chewing, hair loss, recurrent ear problems, redness of skin, body odor). This can help establish a diagnosis and the best treatment option available, according to Zoetis.

“By helping pet owners understand and overcome skin allergies and encouraging routine veterinary care, we can help life get back to normal for many families,” Dr. Hiller says.


Microorganisms that inhabit the horse’s cecum and colon influence welfare beyond the health of the gastrointestinal tract. In addition to their critical role in breaking down and fermenting feeds, these microorganisms may also:

  • Play a role in immune function, such as protecting the horse against an overgrowth of disease-causing organisms in the digestive tract and neutralizing potential toxins;
  • Enhance the gut-brain connectivity, which affects behavior; and
  • Participate in disease processes such as nutrition-related disorders.

“We already know that the number and type of microorganisms that make up the microbiome change in response to diet and nutritional supplementation, stress, age, body condition, exercise, disease, breed, and medication use,” explained Kentucky Equine Research nutritionist Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D.

Any factor that reduces the diversity and richness of the microbial population can destabilize the microbiome.* Decreases in lactic acid-utilizing bacteria or butyrate-producing bacteria, for instance, can significantly change the anti-inflammatory properties of the microbiome. Similarly, increases in Lactobacillus and Streptococcus species can bring about negative consequences.

“While we have come a long way in this arena, our understanding of what distinguishes a normal from an abnormal microbiome remains limited,” Crandell emphasized. “Further, the functional implications of observed changes in the microbiota require further study.”

According to the researchers, “It is time to move forward and use the knowledge now acquired to start manipulating the microbiota of horses as has already happened in human microbiota-related research.”


The Atlantic hurricane season is on pace to become one of the worst in recorded history, forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center said on Thursday.

The 2020 season has started off with a record-setting nine named storms so far and could become “extremely active” in the coming months due to hotter-than-average sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. 

Forecasters have predicted an active season because of warmer ocean temperatures driven by climate change, but the 2020 season is on pace to break records. 

Climate change has triggered more intense and frequent weather disasters like hurricanes and wildfires, both of which hit different parts of the U.S. during a worsening pandemic

“This is one of the most active seasonal forecasts that NOAA has produced in its 22-year history of hurricane outlooks,” U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in a statement. “We encourage all Americans to do their part by getting prepared, remaining vigilant, and being ready to take action when necessary.”

Weaker tropical Atlantic trade winds and an enhanced west African monsoon will also make storm conditions worse, along with a potential La Nina event that could contribute to more intense storms over the Atlantic, NOAA said. 

The hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30., is set to have 19 to 25 named storms, with 7 to 11 of those storms to develop into hurricanes. NOAA predicts that there will be 3 to 6 major hurricanes with winds greater than 111 miles per hour. 

Hurricane Isaias made landfall in the Carolinas on Monday with 75 mile-an-hour winds and a 5-foot storm surge, and downgraded to a tropical storm the next day as it battered the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic area with heavy rain and winds. Isaias marked the ninth storm and the second hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic season. 

“It is now more important than ever to stay informed with our forecasts, have a preparedness plan and heed guidance from local emergency management officials,” NOAA administrator Neil Jacobs said in a statement. 


The toilet paper crisis of 2020 will probably be remembered as a strange and humorous aside to the COVID-19 pandemic. But a new report from the U.S.-based Natural Resources Defense Council says there's a different but more worrisome toilet paper crisis now looming in Canada, and it's driving global climate change. The Issue with Tissue 2.0: How the tree-to-toilet pipeline fuels our climate crisis, claims a significant portion of virgin wood fibre from the one million acres of Canadian boreal forest clear-cut every year goes to large American toilet paper producers. 

"With every roll of their unsustainable toilet paper, companies are pushing the world toward an unthinkable future, destroying ancient and irreplaceable Canadian boreal forest for something as short lived as a flush," said co-author Jennifer Skene. President and CEO Derek Nighbor says the characterization that Canadian forests are being cut down to make toilet paper is patently untrue, and that the report is an exercise in "wanton polarization."

"In Canada, we're not harvesting trees to make toilet paper, we're harvesting trees in a planned and sustainable way to produce lumber. And then at those sawmills, the leftover wood chips, sawdust and bark then go off to different facilities for further processing," he said.  "The wood fibre that ends up going to toilet paper is about one per cent of our overall wood fibre basket."  The report says clear-cutting for toilet paper and other short-term use products like facial tissues and paper towels, is putting 26 million metric tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere every year. 

"This is releasing an enormous Pandora's box of previously locked up carbon from the forest vegetation and soils, reducing the forest's capacity to absorb more carbon and creating an insurmountable carbon deficit at current rates of logging," said Skene.  In the report, the NRDC takes aim at Proctor & Gamble, maker of Charmin, the best selling toilet paper brand in the U.S., criticizing it for continuing to use 100 per cent virgin forest fibre without any shift to recycled fibre or more sustainable wheat straw or bamboo fibre. 

According to Skene, toilet paper made from virgin fibre has three times the climate impact as that made from recycled material. A new, contested report from the Natural Resources Defence Council in the U.S. says Canadian toilet paper production is devastating Canadian boreal forests and fueling climate change.  In a statement to CBC, Proctor & Gamble said: "When you buy Charmin, you are making a responsible choice. Charmin is Rainforest Alliance and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, sourced from responsibly-managed forests."

Nighbor says so far consumers have not shown much demand for toilet paper made with recycled fibre. Plus, he says, there is a limit to its use. "I think you can recycle paper six times, so you're always going to need virgin fibre," he said. "If you have lumber sawmills with chip piles piling up that they can't sell, that becomes a fire risk. So we view it as part of the circular economy. And if people, based on preference, want more recycled content, we would support that."According to Nighbor, only 0.5 per cent of the harvestable Canadian forest is cut every year, with the vast majority used for lumber production.

The Canadian boreal forest stretches from Newfoundland and Labrador to the Yukon. According to Natural Resources Canada, it is not considered ancient because most of its trees are relatively young and regularly affected by forest fires, insects and other natural disturbances. ----------------


Large U.S. ending corn stocks could swell even larger this fall, and not just because of increased yields. A bumper crop combined with diminished demand due to the pandemic could boost new crop ending U.S. stocks to the highest level in 33 years.

A new survey by Farm Futures found 2020 corn yield projections to increase 11.5 bushels per acre from 2019 to 178.9.

Based on updated acreage estimates from The Department of Agriculture’s June Acreage report, Farm Futures’ 2020 corn yield estimate would raise 2020 corn production to 15.03 billion bushels, 32 million bushels higher than July 2020 World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates.

Soybean yield prospects are also more favorable than last year. Growers estimated 2020 yields at 51.0 bushels per acre, up 3.6 from 2019. If realized, that would put 2020 soybean production at 4.233 billion bushels, 98 million bushels higher than July 2020 WASDE projections and 19 percent higher than 2019 production. 

Farm Futures surveyed 1,044 respondents on July 14-27 via an email questionnaire.


A nudist in Berlin got too close to nature for comfort when a wild boar snatched his plastic bag - which had his laptop inside.

The naked man gave chase to the boar and her two piglets - much to the amusement of fellow sunbathers.

Adele Landauer, an actor and life coach, took photos of the chase at Teufelssee - a popular bathing spot - and put them on Facebook.

"Nature strikes back!" she wrote, adding that the man laughed it all off.

"He gave it his all", with not a stitch on, she reported. "I then showed the photos to the man, he laughed soundly and authorised me to make them public."

Ms Landauer provided more details on her Instagram page, saying the incident was a good example of someone persevering to achieve their goal.

She said there were many nude sunbathers at the spot when the wild boars appeared.

While the man was bathing, she writes, the boars calmly ate a pizza from his backpack and then "they were looking for a dessert".

"They found this yellow bag and decided to take it away. But the man who owned it realized it was the bag with his laptop.

"So, he was very focused and run [sic] behind the boars in order to get it back."

The onlookers "adored him how focused he stayed and when he came back with his yellow bag in the hand we all clapped and congratulated him for his success".

There is a strong tradition of naturism in Germany, where in summer it is quite normal for people to strip off in parks. The back-to-nature movement is known as Freikörperkultur - "free body culture" - or FKK for short.

Wednesday's incident comes just days after a particularly bold urban fox in Berlin was found to have walked off with dozens of people's shoes, which they had unwisely left in their gardens.

In the coronavirus lockdown there were many reports of animals becoming more daring, taking advantage of empty public spaces. Wild boar have already made themselves at home in some Berlin suburbs.


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