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Talkin' Pets News October 3, 2020 Host - Jon Patch Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services Producer - Kayla Cavanaugh Network Producer - Darian Sims Social Media - Bob Page
The worldwide pet furniture market is likely to recover from COVID-19 and grow by $4.1 billion during 2020-24, market research firm Technavio reports. The compound annual growth rate is predicted to approach 6 percent, the company states in its new analysis. Thirty-seven percent of the growth will originate from North America, according to Technavio. Factors such as the growing millennial population, the high number of dual-income nuclear families, and an ever-increasing trend of pet humanization will significantly drive the pet furniture market growth in this region during the forecast period. According to the firm: “Pet furniture market is expected to be driven by the availability of a wide range of fashionable and multifunctional pet furniture. Pet furniture designs have evolved significantly over the last couple of years. Market players are exploring innovative ways to combine multiple functions and styles to cater to the demands of pet lovers. For instance, they are designing furniture that fits seamlessly in homes without compromising on aesthetic value. This is resulting in the availability of a variety of pet furniture, which is driving the overall market growth.” The advent of smart pet beds is one of the major trends in the global pet furniture market, with significant resources going into research and development. Such beds track pets’ weight, rest and activity while providing climate control. The data collected via a mobile app provides owners with more information about their pet’s health. Smart beds also offer thermostatic control that allows owners to adjust the temperature. “The growing demand for pet houses is mostly attributable to their aesthetic appeal,” according to Technavio. “Key market competitors design modern and sleek pet houses as per customers’ demands.” ----------------------------------------------------- A new scientific report confirms that cats and dogs can be infected by the novel coronavirus, and that neither animal is likely to get sick. Cats, however, do develop a strong, protective immune response, which may make them worth studying when it comes to human vaccines. There is still no evidence to suggest that pets have passed the virus to humans, although cats do shed the virus and infect other cats. Infected dogs in the new study didn’t produce the virus in their upper respiratory tracts and didn’t shed it at all, although some other studies have found different results. Neither the cats nor the dogs in the study showed any illness. Angela M Bosco-Lauth, Airn E Hartwig, Stephanie M Porter and other researchers at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences note that while millions of humans have been infected with the virus worldwide and 1 million have died, there are only a handful of reports of pets that have become infected naturally. If cats can shed the virus, why aren’t they infecting people, which is a theoretical possibility? One reason is that the number of humans who have contracted the virus is so large, and they are the ones giving it to cats. Another possible reason is that infection in everyday life is very different from infection in the lab. In the new experimental work, scientists inserted pipettes in the nasal cavities of cats and dogs to give them the virus. The animals received anaesthesia before the procedure, but the point is that this doesn’t happen in most homes. Later, other cats were put into close contact with the infected cats, who were shedding the virus. Does this happen in the real world? There is some evidence of street cats in Wuhan, China, having been exposed to the virus. But it may be that in the United States, because many cats are kept indoors, transmission is minimal. Or, Ms Bosco-Lauth said, cat infection with the virus could be relatively common without humans noticing, because of a lack of symptoms. “Those cats that were infected in the experiment?” she said. “You would never have known.” Cats might also pass the virus on to wildlife. Ms Bosco-Lauth said that an as yet unpublished work shows that deer mice may become infected with the novel coronavirus. Ferrets have been shown in the laboratory to be susceptible to infection with the virus, and to spread it to other ferrets. But scientists at Tufts reported, in a paper that has yet to be peer-reviewed, that in one house with 29 pet ferrets and two humans with Covid not one ferret became infected with the virus. The researchers concluded that there could be genetic barriers to infection that are overcome in a lab with concentrated doses of virus. Minks, which are in the same family as ferrets, appear to be very easily infected, and to get sick from the disease. Researchers have also reported transmission from animals to humans at mink farms in the Netherlands in a paper not yet peer-reviewed. The Colorado State researchers advise keeping cats indoors, particularly if a human in a household has become infected, because they could spread it to other cats. Also, if a person with Covid needs to be admitted to a hospital and has pet cats, Ms Porter suggested, the cat’s caretakers should know to observe social distancing as they would with a person. The infected cats that showed immunity, Ms Bosco-Lauth said, were animals that were infected by contact with other cats, not by pipette. And, she said the immune response was stronger than in some other laboratory animals, although how long that protection might last is completely unknown. A sanctuary for the endangered California condor in Big Sur was destroyed by a California fire, according to Ventana Wildlife Society. While no people or condors were at the facility when it burned, at least four condors are missing, Kelly Sorenson, executive director of Ventana Wildlife Society, told CNN. “We have eight chicks in nests and at least four of these are in the path of the fire,” Sorenson said. “In central California, over the last two decades, there have been 41 nestings, each with one chick, and six of these birds experienced wildfire. Five of the six survived, so it’s hopeful for the birds currently experiencing the Dolan Fire. We have not been able to check on those chicks yet, and as for the free-flying flock, most are accounted for though at least four remain missing.” Among the missing condors is Iniko, whose name means “born during troubled times.” The baby condor hatched on April 25, according to the condor sanctuary. The news comes as fires continue to ravage the Golden State. In the last 11 days, 1.32 million acres have burned up and down the state, after 400 lightning strikes hit northern California. Two live cameras recorded the fire’s devastation on the sanctuary. The nest cam, where Iniko is being raised by wild parents Redwood Queen and Kingpin, was lost on the evening of August 20, and the Sanctuary Cam, with an overview of the release area, was burned on August 21. The decline of condors, which Ventana Wildlife Society said is North America’s largest flying land bird, “has been attributed to shooting, poisoning, electric power lines, egg collecting, and habitat loss,” according to the non-profit’s website. “In 1987, the last wild California Condor was taken into captivity to join the 26 remaining condors in an attempt to bolster the population through a captive breeding program.” After the captive breeding program was successful, condors began being released back into the wild, Ventana Wildlife Society said. It has been releasing captive-bred condors at its Big Sur sanctuary since 1997. Sorenson said the organization is “already making plans to rebuild so we can continue to recover condors to the wild.” “As condors and their chicks have survived wildfire in the past, there is still hope for Iniko and the others,” Ventana Wildlife Society wrote on its Facebook page, where it is seeking donations to help its efforts to rebuild. “Once it is clear, we will rebuild as nothing will get in our way of restoring this magnificent species back to nature! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Of the more than 10,000 dogs whose owners entered them into People magazine's World's Cutest Rescue Dog contest, little Lamb Chop came out on top. After nearly two weeks of voting, the 12-pound Maltese, adopted by Christin Schubert of Milwaukee in December 2014, was declared the winner of the annual competition, according to People. Lamb Chop was born in a puppy mill, along with an estimated 2.4 million other dogs in the U.S., where she lived for six years and probably gave birth to multiple litters, the outlet reported. ″When she was rescued, local vets had to remove all of her teeth because they were rotten,″ Schubert told People. She was also treated for cauliflower ear and had several tumors removed. "I couldn't bring her home right away, because she had to have all of those surgeries, and Washington County (Humane Society) used a significant portion of their medical fund to take care of her," Schubert continued. "I am really thankful for that. They are a small, little shelter that I think does really great work with animals." Like many rescue dogs, Lamb Chop had socialization challenges after being adopted. She was scared of people and did not know how to play with other dogs, according to the magazine. But she's since adjusted, thanks to classes for shy dogs and a trainer who helped her learn to trust humans again. ″I can go grocery shopping and come home, and she’s just sitting there happy and waiting, unlike when I first would leave her,″ Schubert said. Schubert has since become an advocate for pet adoption. ″We always say that in order for puppy mills to close, the public needs to stop funding them through their purchases,″ she explained to People. "Lamb Chop is a super-cute face to an ugly industry." These days, Lamb Chop carries only a few signs of the neglect and abuse she's faced. Her tongue hangs out, especially when she's tired, because she has no teeth, and she's "still shy," Schubert explained. "We’re working on that, and I think with treats and people’s patience, she will be anybody’s best friend." "I always tell people that I think she is super brave and resilient, given what she has gone through,″ she added. "She has an amazing joy for life." The second and third place winners of this year's contest were 6-year-old Lunas, found covered in fleas in Jackson, Mississippi, and Diana, 3, who had previously been abandoned with a broken back in Oklahoma. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ A career as a professional pet-sitting or dog-walking business owner is about much more than simply playing with dogs and cuddling cats. In addition to obtaining a business license (if required), getting adequate pet-sitter insurance and bonding, and taking advantage of any training you may need to provide quality pet care, there are many business decisions you will need to make to set you on the path to pet-sitting success. Many new pet sitters and dog walkers fall into the trap of initially offering their services at very low rates to try to build a client base quickly. Unfortunately, this can have many negative consequences. Extremely low rates will not sustain the business long term. New sitters may find themselves overworked, but still not bringing in enough money to cover their basic business expenses. Low rates may also attract less than ideal clientele—pet owners who base their decisions solely on price point. These types of clients will likely leave as soon as they can find someone cheaper and may not place a great emphasis on finding a qualified, professional pet-care option. Organizations like Pet Sitters International can provide national averages for common pet-sitting services, but it is also a good idea to research what other professional pet sitters (not hobbyists), boarding facilities and doggie day cares in your area charge to get an idea of local pricing. As a general rule, boarding facilities and day cares may be slightly less expensive for one dog (when compared to the cost of three to four daily pet-sitting visits), but are often significantly more expensive for multiple pets — as many professional pet sitters charge by time, instead of a flat, per-pet fee. As you gain more pet-sitting clients, you’ll receive a variety of requests and questions from clients, including: • “Can I pay when I return from vacation?” • “Will you walk my dog with my neighbor’s dog?” • “Since only my cat will be staying home, can you visit every other day?” If you haven’t thought of these questions in advance — and what your company is willing or not willing to do — you’ll likely be unsure of how to respond and may feel pressured into giving an answer you may regret. Taking time to think out, formalize, then write down your company’s policies and procedures will save you a lot of time — and headaches — in the future! Plus, by having this information pre-determined, you will be able to answer clients’ questions about your business confidently and avoid having to decide on the fly how you will handle specific situations that may arise (such as late payments). Many new pet sitters feel uncomfortable reaching out to other established pet sitters and dog walkers. Don’t make this mistake! Even though pets are your passion, pet sitting can be a lonely career. There is strength in numbers, and there’s likely no pet-sitting situation you’ll encounter that has not already been experienced by another pet sitter. Plus, sometimes you just need to vent or share your daily joys and struggles with someone who understands what you do all day. Fellow pet sitters in your area can also be an important source of referrals when they are unable to service pet owners. Look for pet-sitter associations, industry conferences and online groups to connect with other pet-sitting and dog-walking business owners. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- At the British zoo Lincolnshire Wildlife Centre, keeping some of the bird residents' vocabulary limited to G-rated language has proven challenging — and park employees had to go as far as separating five African grey parrots to squash the swearing. According to the Associated Press, Billy, Eric, Tyson, Jade, and Elsie — who all were welcomed to the park in August — were removed from each other's presences since they were encouraging each other to curse and rally in expletive-filled rants together. "We are quite used to parrots swearing, but we’ve never had five at the same time," Steve Nichols, the zoo’s chief executive, told the outlet. "Most parrots clam up outside, but for some reason these five relish it." Though most visitors who overheard the colorful language laughed it off — "When a parrot tells you to 'f--- off' it amuses people very highly; it’s brought a big smile to a really hard year," said Nichols — the zoo decided to take measures to nip the behavior in the bud. The five parrots were spread out to different areas in the zoo so that they don't, according to Nichols, "set each other off." ----------------------------------------------------------------- In late August and early September, Sunshine Mills, Inc. announced voluntarily recalls of several lots of dog food due to potentially elevated aflatoxin levels and possible Salmonella contamination. Aflatoxin, a naturally occurring mold by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus, can be harmful when consumed in large quantities, according to the recall announcement. The company says a single 4-pound bag of 1 lot of the product showed elevated levels of aflatoxin during routine sampling by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. Ingestion of affected product may cause sluggishness or lethargy combined with decreased appetite, vomiting, icterus, or diarrhea. To date, no adverse events have been reported in association with these products, which were distributed in retail stores throughout the country. A recall of dog foods potentially contaminated with Salmonella was announced in late August. The Georgia Department of Agriculture discovered the presence of Salmonella in a sample of a single 3-pound bag of Nature’s MenuSuper Premium Dog Food with a Blend of Real Chicken & Quail. Salmonella-infected pet food poses a health risk both to pets and their owners. Clinical signs in pets and people are similar and may include lethargy, fever, vomiting, diarrhea (possibly bloody), decreased appetite, and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can infect other animals and humans. To date, there have been no reports or complaints of illness from eating these foods. Pet owners are encouraged to contact their veterinarian immediately if their pet has eaten any of these contaminated foods or displayed any of the signs mentioned. Retailers who received the recalled lots have been contacted and asked to pull them from their inventory and shelves. Pet owners who have these products in their possession should discard them immediately. Anyone with questions is advised to call 800-705-2111 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. ________________________________________ When it comes to managing hunger, some cats might benefit from indulging all at once rather than multiple times per day. This is according to new research out of Canada. A team of animal nutrition specialists from the University of Guelph’s (U of G’s) Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) and Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) have found that feeding cats one substantial meal per day, rather than several smaller ones, can help control their hunger as well as reduce the risk of obesity. Researchers conducted a study using a controlled group of eight healthy-weight, indoor cats under the age of five. Two feeding regimes were arranged, each consisting of the same diet and amount of food. Half the cats were fed only in the morning, while the others were fed in four smaller meals throughout the day. The cats, U of G says, were equipped with activity monitors to measure their voluntary physical activity. Additionally, the animals’ food intake was recorded daily and their body weight was noted weekly. Researchers also measured cat metabolism through breath and blood. The findings showed high physical activity in the cats fed multiple times a day, but similar overall energy expenditure between the two groups. No weight difference was observed. However, researchers note, the felines who ate once daily showed higher post-meal levels of three key appetite-regulating hormones, demonstrating they were more satisfied with their food intake. This suggests a reduction of feeding frequency could better control feline appetite, leading to less food-begging behavior, consequent overeating, and instances of obesity. “These findings may surprise the veterinary community and many cat owners who have been told their animals need several small meals a day,” says the study’s coauthor, Adronie Verbrugghe, DVM, PhD, Dip. ECVCN. “But these results suggest there are benefits to this approach.” Despite the findings, longer studies are necessary to fully understand the feeding pattern’s benefit, Dr. Verbrugghe says. “This approach is really yet another tool in a veterinarian’s or a cat owner’s toolbox for managing a cat’s weight and keeping their animals healthy and happy,” she says. “But we always have to look at each individual animal and account for the cat’s and owner’s lifestyle. So, although this approach might be helpful to promote satiety in some cats, it might not help another.” ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Colic spares few horses over a lifetime but, as horse owners know well, some episodes of colic are far worse than others. According to a recent study of veterinary emergency calls, colic that requires an after-hours veterinary visit all too frequently results in a poor outcome.* Researchers evaluated data from 2,600 emergency veterinary calls. Those data show that colic was by far the most common complaint precipitating emergency visits from veterinarians. In total, 35% of all after-hours emergency visits were due to colic. The next most common emergencies were wounds (20%) and lameness (11%). Of the 2,600 emergencies, 18% (480 cases) had critical outcomes, meaning they were euthanized, died, or required hospitalization or surgery. Colic accounted for almost half of the critical cases. This study does not reveal how many of the colic cases were sudden onset or recurrent, or whether owners had been trying to manage horses throughout the day and finally requested veterinary assistance in the evening. “The types of colic in this study were not specifically identified, but we know that colic caused by changes in feed or feeding practices contribute to problems in both the large and small intestine,” Catherine Whitehouse, M.S., a nutrition advisor for Kentucky Equine Research, said. Dietary factors associated with colic in horses include: • Feeding certain types of forage that are particularly fine (e.g., coastal Bermudagrass hay) or feeding overly mature hay that can become lodged in certain sections of the gastrointestinal tract if the horse is unaccustomed to it or if water is not available. • Limited access to forage or changes in forage source have been associated with colic episodes. “Free-choice access to pasture grazing is ideal but not suitable for all horses. Small, frequent hay meals or slow-feed tools can mimic the natural grazing behavior of horses and support digestive function,” Whitehouse advised. • Avoid abrupt diet changes. “A general recommendation is to make any diet changes gradually over 7-14 days; however, some horses with a history of digestive issues may require an even more cautious approach to changes in diet and management,” Whitehouse advised. • Finally, feeding one or two larger meals of concentrate rather than spreading those meals out three or four times a day to avoid large changes in fluid volume in the large and small intestine. “The horse’s body moves water in and out of the intestinal tract, particularly the large intestine, to meet the water needs elsewhere in the horse’s body. Removing water from the large intestine leaves food drier than normal, potentially contributing to an obstruction. In addition, large water fluxes alter the type of number of microbes in the large intestine responsible for fermentation,” Whitehouse explained. Alterations in the microbiota can result in hindgut acidosis, a condition in which the pH of the cecum and colon becomes more acidic than normal. Feeds are therefore not fermented optimally, and the horse does not derive the most energy from them. Whitehouse added, “As the hindgut becomes more acidic, fiber-degrading microbes decline and the microbiota shift towards lactate-producing microbes that can exacerbate acidosis and decrease volatile fatty acid production, which gives the horse energy.” ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Saving the lives of animal health professionals and reducing instances of veterinary suicide is central to a new complimentary industry resource. Published as part of National Suicide Prevention Month (September), After a Suicide: A Guide for Veterinary Workplaces offers “postvention” strategies managers can implement within veterinary workspaces should an employee die by suicide. Specifically, the guide, which was developed by experts in veterinary medicine, suicide prevention, and survivors of suicide loss in the veterinary medical community, includes: • best practices for how workplace leaders and staff should respond in the immediate aftermath of a suicide; • guidance on helping the workplace community grieve and cope in the short- and long-term; • tips on working with the media and community partners; and • suggestions for how to safely memorialize employees, as well as identify and support team members who may be vulnerable and reduce the risk of suicide contagion. The resource was released in partnership by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA), and the Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE). “Supporting veterinary medical professionals in the aftermath of a colleague’s suicide is vital,” says AFSP’s chief medical officer, Christine Moutier, MD. “Because suicide loss survivors can develop significant grief and even physical and mental health issues if not appropriately supported, postvention is a critical step and is actually part of suicide prevention. The appropriate handling of the aftermath of a suicide in a veterinary office can pave the way for a workplace culture that is smart about mental health.” “An employee’s suicide has a deep and disturbing impact on survivors, including coworkers,” adds VHMA’s president, Michelle Gonzales-Bryant, CVPM. “Managers who have had to support and comfort employees in the wake of such a tragedy understand the importance of offering grief counseling and other actions to support employees, mitigate the impact of the trauma, and prevent further loss.” --------------------------------------------------------------------------- ”The famous Italian diver Enzo Mallorca dove into the sea of Syracuse and was talking to his daughter Rossana who was aboard the boat. Ready to go in, he felt something slightly hit his back. He turned and saw a dolphin. Then he realized that the dolphin did not want to play but to express something. The animal dove and Enzo followed. At a depth of about 12 meters, trapped in an abandoned net, there was another dolphin. Enzo quickly asked his daughter to grab the diving knives. Soon, the two of them managed to free the dolphin, which, at the end of the ordeal, emerged, issued an "almost human cry" (describes Enzo). (A dolphin can stay under water for up to 10 minutes, then it drowns.) The released dolphin was helped to the surface by Enzo, Rosana and the other dolphin. That’s when the surprise came: she was pregnant! The male circled them, and then stopped in front of Enzo, touched his cheek (like a kiss), in a gesture of gratitude and then they both swam off. Enzo Mallorca ended his speech by saying: “Until man learns to respect and speak to the animal world, he can never know his true role on Earth." ~ Vangelis.” ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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