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Talkin' Pets News

October 22, 2022

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Anne Lampru - Animal Alternatives -Tampa, Florida

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The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and advocate for all dogs, is pleased to announce the winners of our AKC My Canine & Me Award, which honors children and young adults who are making a positive impact on the world with their dogs or achieving personal growth and success utilizing their knowledge of dogs and their dog ownership.

To be considered, students had to be nominated by a parent, teacher, mentor or another adult familiar with their efforts. They must also be in good academic standing, and a short essay should also be included describing the bond between the child and their dog, and the reason for the nomination.

The winners of the 2022 AKC My Canine & Me Awards are:

Personal Achievement Award: Celebrating children who have overcome personal challenges with the help of their dog.

Bentley Brown: Bentley suffers from PTSD and anxiety and is raised by his grandparents, Chris and Rhona Watts. While only being 9 years old, he has already gone through a great deal of therapy and found solace in his dog, rescue GSD/Husky mix, Alaska. Alaska and Bentley support each other through everything, and she gives him confidence and comfort in all aspects of his life.

Innovative Junior Award: Celebrating children who have excelled in honing their creativity through training skills with their dogs.

Miles Morgan: Miles has overcome his anxiety and found confidence in forming a human-canine bond with Bernese Mountain Dog Zuri. He and Zuri attended dog classes, quickly moving on to Canine Good Citizen (CGC) 1, CGC Community, and now CGC Urban. Being close with his grandparents and watching them experience dementia, and knowing how Zuri has supported him, Miles hopes to continue Zuri’s training and make Zuri a registered therapy dog for the elderly.

Community Achievement Award: Celebrating juniors who show commitment and passion through fundraising and contributing to their community for the welfare of dogs.

Addison Murphy: Addison, after rescuing a black lab mix, created “The Dusk Project”. The project undertook fostering and training Dusk to help her become a therapy dog for local law enforcement. Dusk has now officially become a member of the Gainesville Police Department as their community therapy dog. Addison has an inspiring passion for dogs and for serving her community and is in the process of training her second pup that will also go to law enforcement.

Influential Junior Award: Children demonstrating leadership skills with their dog during after-school activities or gatherings and inspiring their peers and teachers as a result.

Caleigh Brown: Caleigh began her journey with dogs at the age of 8, and her dogs have received many accolades and certifications over the years. She is the president of her local dog club, is a leader at the 4-H National Convention and Conference and heads her school’s stress-relief therapy dog club. She trains both dogs and dog handlers, and gives talks at schools, meetings, fairs and more. She looks to promote responsible dog ownership, share effective dog training, and the impact of the canine-human bond with others.

Winners were awarded $1,000 scholarships which can be used toward tuition, additional training classes or another dog-related activity. Additionally, they received a plaque honoring their achievement and a mention and interview on AKC.TV.

If you are interested in nominating a child for the 2023 AKC My Canine and Me award, please visit AKC.org to learn more about the program.

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It’s hard to believe fall is just around the corner and Christmas will be here soon! We’ve had a busy summer, continuing our celebration of Doris’ centennial year, including recent book-signings of Doris Day – Images of a Hollywood Icon, kindly hosted by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and Pasadena Pops. We thank the Academy Museum for joining the centennial tributes with their Technicolor Summer Doris Day Matinee Screenings, as well as Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena Pops for including Doris’ timeless music in their American Icons concert, commemorating the centennials of Doris, Judy Garland, and Peggy Lee.

And it’s not over yet! We are adding a beautiful holiday ornament to our Doris Day Centennial Logo collection. The round ornament matches previous ornaments and features our sketch of Doris and her poodle Muffy on the front and a red DDAF logo on the back to hang on your Christmas tree or display year-round. Don’t delay, order yours today, exclusively from DDAF’s online store.

Why not get an early start on your holiday shopping? Our popular Doris Centennial Logo sweatshirts, T-shirts, and mug are still available for a limited time, and you’ll find a selection of gifts for all your animal-loving friends and family. As always, all proceeds benefit DDAF and the animals. As an added bonus, we will include a free Doris Day My Heart CD with your order while supplies last.

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The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for all dogs, is excited to announce that the AKC Canine Flyball CanAm Classic will be broadcast on ESPN2. This action-packed canine event premieres on Sunday, October 23rd, 2022 at 9p.m. ET on ESPN2. The world’s largest flyball tournament was hosted by the North American Flyball Association (NAFA) and brought the top Flyball teams together in head-to-head competition, which took place on October 7th-October 9th, 2022, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, IN.

Flyball is a team sport with multiple dogs and handlers on a team. “The AKC is thrilled to offer ESPN viewers a chance to witness such an exciting canine sport,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. “This is the largest Flyball tournament in the world, so viewers can really get a sense of what the sport is all about.”

To watch the event, tune in on October 23rd at 9p.m. ET on ESPN2, the ESPN app, or check your local ESPN2 channel listings for more information. The broadcast will be hosted by sportscaster Carolyn Manno with analysis by Ashley Hilliker and Bill Ellis.

For more details on the AKC Canine Flyball CanAm Classic, visit http://www.nafacanam.com/index.htm

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Scientists have been left perplexed after billions of crabs and crustaceans reportedly disappeared mysteriously in the Bering Sea off the US state of Alaska in the last several years.

Ben Daly, a researcher with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), told US media outlet CNN the snow crab population shrank from about 8 billion in 2018 to 1 billion in 2021.

“Snow crab is by far the most abundant of all the Bering Sea crab species that is caught commercially,” Daly said. “So the shock and awe of many billions missing from the population is worth noting – and that includes all the females and babies.”

While the reasons for the dramatic fall in the crab population are still being researched, experts fear the likely cause includes increased predation and stresses from warming water on the cold-water species.

“Environmental conditions are changing rapidly,” Daly told CBS News. “We’ve seen warm conditions in the Bering Sea the last couple of years, and we’re seeing a response in a cold-adapted species, so it’s pretty obvious this is connected. It is a canary in a coal mine for other species that need cold water.”

The sharp drop in their numbers forced the ADF&G last week announced the cancellation of the Alaska snow crab harvest for the first time ever in Alaska, the United States’ largest state.

It said that while there would be “substantial impacts” on harvesters, the department has to balance the impacts with the “need for long-term conservation and sustainability of crab stocks”.

The authority also scrapped the Bristol Bay red king crab harvest.

Jamie Goen, executive director of the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers said some crabbers will be going out of business as a result of the cancellation.

“This is so unbelievable that this is happening. We have third-generation fishermen who are going to go out of business,” AP news agency quoted Geon as saying.

Last year’s snow crab harvest of 2,540 tonnes was the smallest in more than 40 years. According to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, the crab fishing industry in Alaska is worth approximately $200m.

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Morris Animal Foundation announced today a new multimillion-dollar research initiative focused on hemangiosarcoma, the leading cause of cancer deaths in the Foundation's Golden Retriever Lifetime Study cohort of dogs.

A major goal of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study - one of the largest longitudinal studies ever conducted in veterinary medicine - is to help focus research dollars in areas identified as critical to improving canine health. After 10 years of data reporting, enough data has been gathered to show the outsized impact of hemangiosarcoma on cancer deaths in the study cohort of 3,044 dogs.

“Hemangiosarcoma, an almost universally fatal cancer, accounts for approximately 70% of cancer deaths to date in our study cohort,” said Dr. Kathy Tietje, Vice President of Scientific Operations at Morris Animal Foundation. “With meaningful and targeted research efforts, and a greater investment of funding, we hope we can improve the outlook for all dogs diagnosed with this devastating disease.”

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study launched in 2012 to help animal health researchers better define and understand the environmental, genetic, nutritional and lifestyle risk factors for the development of cancer and other major diseases in dogs.

The Foundation will open the call for Hemangiosarcoma Initiative proposals on January 12, 2023, focused on advancing the prevention, detection and treatment of, and potentially cures for, hemangiosarcoma. 

For this grant call, proposals should have a high potential for translation to clinical practice in the areas of:

  • Early disease diagnosis
  • New therapeutic approaches, either alone or paired with diagnostics to monitor treatment efficacy
  • Genomic prediction of breeding values

Researchers and research groups will have access to samples and data from the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, although other samples and datasets may also be used.

“Hemangiosarcoma is one of the deadliest forms of canine cancer,” said Tietje. “This upcoming research initiative is dedicated to our Golden Retriever Lifetime Study dog owners and veterinarians and their beloved golden retrievers. They are helping the research community move the needle on this deadly disease.”   

All proposals submitted to Morris Animal Foundation in response to this RFP will undergo administrative and scientific review by a Scientific Advisory Board. Interested researchers can find additional information, including award types and funding levels at Morris Animal Foundation Apply for a Grant.  More information about the initiative can be found in the Foundation’s Hemangiosarcoma Initiative prospectus.

Founded in 1948, Morris Animal Foundation is one of the largest nonprofit animal health research organizations in the world, investing more than $149 million in over 3,000 critical studies to date across a broad range of species. Learn more at morrisanimalfoundation.org.

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National Cat Day, celebrated on Saturday, October 29th, is a day to encourage cat adoption and learn more about ways to improve the lives of cats. A federal bill gaining attention in Congress aims to ensure that felines used in laboratories have a chance to find their forever homes across the country.

More than 18,000 cats – along with 60,000 dogs and 140,000 rabbits – are used in experiments in the United States every year, with many suffering and dying in cruel, unreliable tests. Even when cats (and other animals) survive an experiment, they are often killed and discarded if they are considered no longer useful to the laboratory, when they could instead be released for adoption into loving homes.

Cats are used in many experiments including those involving vision and hearing, sleep patterns, paralysis and the brain, strokes and parasites. Such studies may involve invasive and gruesome procedures including drilling holes in their skulls to implant electrodes, or being intentionally deafened and blinded. Over 5,400 cats are used in experiments known to cause pain and some are purposely performed without pain relieving drugs. Cats may be selected for experiments because they are easy to handle and house, are inexpensive and easy to acquire. Hundreds of cats are held in laboratories but not used in experiments and even these cats may be killed if they are deemed “surplus” to the laboratory.

Now, the Companion Animal Release from Experiments [CARE] Act, championed by Californian Congressman Tony Cárdenas, could ensure that cats, as well as dogs and rabbits, are put up for adoption rather than killed when no longer wanted for experiments in laboratories that receive taxpayer funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The Bill was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives in October 2021 and is currently open for lawmakers to add their names to it in support, to make legislative progress more likely.

Congressman Cárdenas said, “It’s simple: if a research facility uses pets for research, then they must work to find them homes. We experiment on over 200,000 dogs, cats, and rabbits each year. The least we can do is give these living beings a chance at life in a loving home. My bill requires research facilities funded by the NIH to develop adoption policies for those animals. This is part of a larger effort to move away from animal-based testing and research wherever possible and toward more humane and sound scientific research.”

Monica Engebretson, Cruelty Free International’s North America Head of Public Affairs, said, “While we believe that these experiments shouldn’t be happening in the first place, we are pleased that the CARE Act has the potential to save hundreds of animals with a desire to live free from suffering. Organizations across the U.S. are ready to help laboratory survivors find happy endings. Anyone who cares about animals should support the CARE Act.”

People can help to advance the CARE Act by contacting their Representative and asking them to become a cosponsor of the bill to #SendSurvivorsHome. Representatives can be contacted at bit.ly/CAREAct22.

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Today, an animal advocacy organization filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) about a dairy industry campaign targeting Gen Z online gamers. The campaign, called “Beat the Lag (BTL),” uses popular video gaming platforms, such as Twitch and YouTube, and well-known gaming influencers to target youth aged 10 to 23 with an advertising campaign exalting the benefits of dairy products. “Beat the Lag”, a play on gaming terminology, is used here to contend that consuming dairy products boosts gamers’ energy. The complaint, filed by Animal Outlook, alleges that the campaign makes health, environmental, and animal welfare claims that range from misleading to absolutely false. “These ads, which are targeted at vulnerable youth, make sweeping, false claims about the dairy industry,” said Piper Hoffman, Senior Director of Legal Advocacy at Animal Outlook.  “Documentation of the animal cruelty and environmental degradation the dairy industry causes is overwhelming, and the claimed health benefits of dairy products are deeply disputed. The FTC must fulfill its responsibility to protect consumers of all ages from deceptive advertising by bringing an enforcement action against the dairy industry organizations responsible for these ads. The truth is that gamers, the environment, and the cows will all be better off when people ditch dairy and eat vegan.”  Animal Outlook says that false claims in the ads about the treatment of cows in the dairy industry are especially egregious, given the extreme suffering of cows raised for dairy, which Animal Outlook has documented in its undercover investigations. In one ad, a gamer exclaims, “I’m getting jealous of these dairy cows, they’re treated so well!” Elsewhere, he states that cows are milked “so delicately that the cow basically didn’t even know what was going on,” and that they are  “lavishly taken care of” and experience “outstanding cow comfort.”   In reality, says the complaint, dairy producers use a range of painful, standard practices that cause cows inevitable and extreme suffering. Cows are repeatedly impregnated and have their babies taken away at birth so their milk can be sold. Cows are forced to produce literally tons more milk than they would naturally, often causing painful inflammation called mastitis. Their flesh is burned away to remove their horns, often with no pain relief. Crowding and neglect lead to injury and disease; many cows end up as “downed” animals who cannot walk or even stand up. Animal Outlook has documented workers dragging downed cows using a tractor and metal clamps on the cows’ hips, and cows left for days without medication, shelter, veterinary care, or access to food or water, until they died. Once their milk production drops, at a fraction of their normal lifespan, cows in the dairy industry are slaughtered. The Beat the Lag campaign also suggests that dairy products provide health benefits that can reenergize gamers. In one ad, PrestonPlayz, a gamer with over 13 million YouTube subscribers. tells viewers that “a wedge of cheddar cheese…is like a strength potion.” But the FTC complaint notes that the health benefits of many dairy products are deeply disputed, and that some, such as full-fat dairy products, are widely recognized as unhealthy. In other ads, gamers extol the supposed sustainability of dairy farms (“Dairy farms are recycling water…and only using as much as they need”). But, as the complaint points out, dairy production is known to use vast amounts of water and emit significant amounts of greenhouse gasses. Animal Outlook has asked the FTC to enforce consumer protection laws by ordering the removal of all false and misleading Beat the Lag claims, prohibiting new false or misleading statements, compelling the campaign’s producers to publish corrections of their previous claims, and working with the USDA to prevent it from approving future advertisements containing false or deceptive claims. The ads were produced by Dairy Management, Inc., a USDA-supported industry association funded by a government-supported checkoff program, which collects fees from dairy producers which are meant to fund marketing that boosts dairy.  

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Riverside County, CA – Monday morning started a bit different for staff at Mission Middle School in Jurupa Valley. A misguided coyote found himself inside of the school and staff cornered him in a bathroom stall before calling Riverside County Animal Services for help.

When animal services officer Will Luna saw the coyote cowering behind the toilet he did his best to coax him out, acknowledging that the animal was scared.

Fortunately, all is well that ends well. The coyote was loaded into the animal services vehicle and transported to an area where he could be set free.

Officer Luna stated that it is getting more and more difficult to relocate displaced wild animals because there is so much development that encroaches into their natural habitat. But this young coyote got his second chance. As Officer Luna watched him run away, he said, “free as a bird,” adding “my job is done.”

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Bowling Green, KY – More than a dozen dogs have been rescued from unimaginable conditions inside of a dilapidated camper in Bowling Green. The Bowling Green/Warren County Humane Society shared images of the deplorable conditions the dogs had been forced to live in, writing:

What is more sad than seeing a dog in a shelter kennel? Seeing them in a home where they would rather be absolutely ANYWHERE else. When “home” is a nightmare, the word “shelter” takes on a whole new meaning. We recently assisted Animal Control officers with a situation where 14+ dogs were living (partially with their owner) in a travel camper. The conditions were beyond belief and the dogs desperately needed to be rescued ASAP.

All of the dogs were surrendered by their owner and taken to the animal shelter for care. One dog was in such poor condition that she could not be saved. The animal welfare agency said:

she did spend her last bit of time with us and we made sure that she was spoiled rotten and made to feel so loved that maybe, just maybe, she could forget her sad past for a while at the end of her journey.

The rescued dogs are suffering from a variety of maladies, including fleas, skin infections, malnutrition and more. The shelter is hoping to raise funds to help get them the care that they need.

The shelter has addressed the dogs’ prior owner, writing:

Although there is NO excuse for allowing this situation to happen, the point of this post is NOT to dwell on the owner. They are being dealt with according to the law and we hope they are given the tools to create a healthier environment for themselves while not being given the responsibility of any more lives.

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Hayden, Idaho – A woman was left speechless after receiving a call from someone at the Kootenai Humane Society letting her know that her cat, Harriet, was at the shelter. The call was particularly stunning to Susan Moore because she thought that her cat, after being gone for nine long years, had died.

Harriet vanished from Moore’s California ranch nearly a decade ago; after numerous fruitless searches, her distraught family assumed the worst. Fast forward to Sept. 19, 2022 – good Samaritans found Harriet on the side of the road in Idaho and took her to the shelter; it was there that staff discovered a microchip. Information on that chip led to the phone call that left Moore stunned.

Shelter Development Director Vicky Nelson told USA Today:

“The lady (who) was at the front desk called the owner that was listed on the chip, she started talking to her, and the lady was pretty much speechless because she didn’t realize that her cat was still alive.”

Harriet was taken in by one of the shelter’s foster families and though she could go back to her original, California family, there is concern that whoever has been caring her for the past nine years might be missing her. Moore told the news agency,

“I feel like she belonged to somebody else after this. She lived somewhere for nine years. I mean, I have no idea whether she would remember us.”

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Environmentalists are pushing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to do more to protect Mexican gray wolves after one of the endangered predators was found dead in southwestern New Mexico. The Western Watersheds Project is among the groups that have been critical of the agency's management of wolves in New Mexico and Arizona, saying illegal killings continue to hamper the population. However, the Fish and Wildlife Service says there have been fewer wolves found dead this year than in previous years.

The agency also pointed to a revised recovery plan for the wolf that was released in early October. The agency was under a court order to revamp the plan to address the threat of human-caused mortality as one of the ways to increase survivability for wolves in the wild. Federal officials said they could not provide any details about the circumstances of the latest death since it was an ongoing investigation. It's rare that such investigations are ever closed.

Environmentalists described the male wolf recently found dead near Winston as one of the most genetically-valuable Mexican wolves in the wild. It had been released in 2018 after being born in captivity and then cross-fostered into a wild wolf den as part of an effort to increase genetic diversity. The wolf and its mate were captured near Reserve in 2021 and relocated with pups to Ted Turner’s Ladder Ranch in 2021. That move spurred a legal fight, with ranchers saying they were not notified by the federal government of plans to establish the new pack.

The Ladder Ranch has worked with the Fish and Wildlife Service for years, providing a site for captive wolves and other endangered species projects through the Turner Endangered Species Fund. Across Turner’s vast land holdings, that work has ranged from breeding endangered Bolson tortoises to providing habitat for endangered black-footed ferrets and gray wolves in the northern Rockies.

For more than two decades, the effort to return Mexican gray wolves to the U.S. Southwest has been fraught with conflict as ranchers have complained about having to scare away wolves to keep their cattle from being eaten. Many have said their livelihoods and rural way of life are at stake. Environmentalists say the reintroduction has stumbled as a result of illegal killings, management decisions and challenges stemming from the region’s year-round cattle calving season. Greta Anderson, deputy director of the Western Watersheds Project, said she noticed the male wolf was missing when officials released the latest public map.

“The good news is that wolf #1693 was able to successfully father two litters of pups, which is a testament to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s willingness to leave him in the wild in 2021 and 2022,” she said in a statement. “The bad news is that his ability to continue to contribute to the overall diversity of the wild population was tragically cut short.”  North America’s rarest subspecies of gray wolf, the Mexican gray wolf was listed as endangered in 1976 after being pushed to the brink of extinction. From the 1960s to the 1980s, seven Mexican wolves — believed to be the last of their kind — were captured and the captive breeding program was started. Wolf releases began in the late ’90s.

The wild population has seen its numbers nearly double over the last five years, with the latest annual census finding nearly 200 Mexican wolves in New Mexico and Arizona. There also are a few dozen in Mexico.

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Police in Texas say they’ve become aware of an online pet sales and transportation scam.

The Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport Police Department stated that the scammers are using the Airport’s address, 5401 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., in an effort to appear as a legitimate business. The business has been operating under several names including “EasyPetTransport[dot]com”, “englishcockerspaniels[dot]com”, and “Deluxeschnauser[dot]com,” according to a press release.

There is no animal/pet locator and shipper located at the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport.

The fake business offers deals well below market value and does not appear to be related to a verified business operating under the name “EZPetTransport[dot]com,” according to the release.

“Any website that appears to be ‘too good to be true’ should be verified before you complete a transaction with them,” police stated.

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A 55-year-old Massachusetts woman is facing several assault and battery charges for allegedly releasing a swarm of bees on a group of sheriff's deputies as they tried to serve an eviction notice.

Rorie Woods, who lives in Hadley, is accused of carrying out the attack while officers from Hampden County Sheriff's Department were dealing with an eviction notice at a home in Longmeadow.

She arrived in an SUV towing a number of beehives and started "shaking" them, breaking the cover off one and causing hundreds of bees to swarm out and initially sting one deputy, in an effort to stop the eviction.

Woods put on a beekeeper's suit to protect herself and was eventually arrested, but not before several more staff were stung, including three who are allergic to bees, an official department report said.

When Woods was told this, she replied "Oh, you're allergic? Good," according to the report.

Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi said: "We had one staff member go to hospital, and, luckily, he was all right."

He said Woods could have faced more serious charges if anything worse had happened to those stung.

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A Nevada boy has died after he was infected with a rare brain-eating amoeba that he may have been exposed to at Lake Mead, state health officials announced Wednesday.

The boy, described as a Clark county resident under the age of 18, died from Naegleria fowleri, the Southern Nevada Health District said in a news release.

The health district said the child may have been exposed at the Arizona side of Lake Mead, which straddles the Nevada border, at the beginning of October and he began to develop symptoms “approximately a week later.”

Naegleria fowleri is a “free-living microscopic" amoeba commonly found in warm freshwater — such as lakes and rivers — or, more rarely, in inadequately chlorinated swimming pools or heated and contaminated tap water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Naegleria fowleri, also known as a brain-eating amoeba, seen through a microscope.CDC

The amoeba infects people by “entering the body through the nose and traveling to the brain,” the Southern Nevada Health District said. “The infection is extremely rare, and almost always fatal."

The news release explained how the amoeba affects the body. The amoeba infection causes primary amebic meningoencephalitis, a brain infection with symptoms of headache, fever, nausea or vomiting and progresses to a stiff neck, seizures, and coma and can lead to death. Symptoms usually begin about five days after infection. 

“My condolences go out to the family of this young man,” District Health Officer Dr. Fermin Leguen said in a statement. “While I want to reassure the public that this type of infection is an extremely rare occurrence, I know this brings no comfort to his family and friends at this time.”

The CDC recommends avoiding jumping or diving into bodies of warm fresh water during the summer, to hold one’s nose shut or keep one’s head above water in warm fresh water and to avoid putting one’s head underwater in hot springs or other untreated geothermal waters to avoid contracting the organism.

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Evanston, Wyoming – An Evanston woman is recovering from injuries she sustained last Thursday when she confronted a buck who had been laying in her driveway. Wanda Kaynor was shocked to see the buck in her driveway when she exited her home last week, and she began screaming at the animal when her dog ran directly into harm’s way.

Ring video captured the incident that shows Kaynor throwing her hat and screaming at the buck as he pushes the little dog underneath the car parked in the driveway. Her husband, Daniel, told KSL News:

“Of course, the buck didn’t like that. So, he went after him with his antlers and shoved him underneath the car.”

Describing what happened when his wife confronted the buck:

“She threw her hat at the thing, and of course, it came after her now.”

When the buck charged at Kaynor, he shoved her with his antlers, creating seven puncture wounds and crushing a vertebra in her back.

Daniel was able to grab hold of the buck’s antlers and get the animal away from his injured wife. In the process, he was punctured in his waist.

A UPS driver on the street came to the rescue and got the injured woman into his truck and to the hospital. Wanda was hospitalized and has weeks of recovery in her future. And the buck was killed by wildlife officials after a relative reported the incident to Wyoming Fish and Game.

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Cases of Canine Influenza — or dog flu — are on the rise in Nashville, and veterinarians are warning pet parents to take precautions.

At Harding Animal Hospital in Nashville, veterinarians reported seeing a spike in cases over the last three months, which is in line with the summer travel season when dogs would spend more time in boarding or daycare facilities.

There are two primary strains of Canine Influenza — H3N8 and H3N2. Both are highly contagious and are primarily spread through respiratory droplets.

Therefore, veterinarians are recommending dog owners limit their pup's time with other dogs. Also— if a dog spends time in daycare, boarding and grooming facilities or dog parks — a canine influenza vaccine is highly suggested.

"Every dog that is going to have potential exposure to another dog, or has any underlying illnesses, I would recommend it," said Dr. Stephen Ladd, a veterinarian at Harding Animal Hospital.

Dr. Ladd said the primary symptoms of dog flu are similar to the flu in humans. The most common are runny noses, coughing, fevers, loss of appetite.

Dr. Ladd said it is hard to know how long this spike in cases will continue, but he encouraged pet owners to keep a close watch on their dogs for any symptoms and call their vet with any concerns or questions.

The dog park at Centennial Park continues to stay full of dogs soaking up the sunshine. Some owners say they are opting to limit their time at the park during the flu outbreak, and even try other activities to make sure their dog is getting enough exercise.

"We've done bigger walks, played in a kiddie pool," said Kelsey Johansen, who frequents the park with her dog Goose. "Anything to keep him away from other dogs where he could get sick."

Dr. Ladd said he wasn't aware of any dog parks or boarding facilities closing due to the spike in cases, but some facilities may be limiting the number of dogs allowed inside.

If your dog does get sick, don't panic. Dogs can't transfer the virus to humans. Antibiotics can help treat the symptoms, and plenty of rest, consistent food and water should have your pooch back on its paws quickly.

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