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1138. Making Vet Vistis Enjoyable For Your Pet - Dr. Marty Becker Explains 'Fear Free.'
Going to the Vet can be a traumatic experience for your pets. Following Animal Radio Veterinary Correspondent, Dr. Marty Becker’s instructions can make the Vet actually a fun place to go. We call it Fear Free visits. Also, it all began when a man left his laptop and his dog locked in his pick-up truck while he went into a local pub. It was super hot that day, but luckily for the dog, a pack of thieves were casing the street for easy to grab loot and spotted the laptop sitting on the truck’s passenger seat. They smashed the window, grabbed the laptop and ran off. Also, the Internet of Things may be touted as the next big thing in technology, but those Internet connected solutions designed to make your life easier can cause huge problems as many pet owners recently found out. PetNet, an Internet-connected feeding service, experienced a server outage last week that left many pets hungry for hours and many pet owners very upset! And finally, Steven Rowley tells us about his close relationship with Lily and how a tumor on her head eventually took her life. He’s was offered one million dollars to write a cathartic book about the experience on spec. Not bad for his first major published novel.
1137. "I Could Pee On This." Francesco Marciuliano Transcribes Cats.
Sally Forth writer and author of I Could Pee On This Too, Francesco Marciuliano is back for more abuse. He’s transcribed more poems and verse from cats. Is he a single man with a lot of cats? We’ll see. Also, a four-eared cat named Batman found a new home this month within hours of being put up for adoption at a Pittsburgh animal shelter. This unique cat’s extra ears are the product of a recessive gene mutation, which is needed by both parents in order to reproduce extra ears. Also, two years ago George, the dog, lost his best friend, a Labrador named Blackie. George’s owner, Jacquie, said that George was overcome with grief. But then a few weeks ago a duck showed up and everything changed. The duck and dog formed an instant bond and are now inseparable, going on walks together, sleeping next to each other in the kennel and spending quiet time together when George needs a rest. Also, Richard Phibbs is known as a celebrity photographer to Merryl Streep, J-Lo and many more. But he’s decided it’s more gratifying to take picture of adoptable animals, in turn helping them find homes. He says they’re also easier to work with than the celebrities or their publicists. And finally, Google has patented a new car coat that allows pets and people to stick to it. Officials say the most injuries from being hit by a car are when the person or pet hits the ground. This coating ensures that the victim will stick to the car when they’re hit, keeping them from falling to the ground. This is for real folks… Google it.
1136. Can Our Pets Be Neurotic, Compulsive Or Anxious?
Dr. Nicholas Dodman is back. He is the world’s foremost expert on animal psychiatry. He’ll tell us about a horse with Tourette’s and dogs with Attention Deficit Disorder. He says our pets suffer from the same psychiatric maladies as humans and are often treated with the same medications. Also, Comedian Christine O’Leary not only teaches comedians how to be funny, she uses her powers for the greater good. Her shows raise money to rescue dogs from Aruba. She’ll tell us why comedy is like watching Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. Also, Americans’ attachment to their pets has fostered a $60 billion industry that is producing best-in-show stock performance. Shares of several companies that sell pet food, develop diagnostic medical tests for animals and offer veterinary care, have far outrun the many other types of stocks this year, with an average total return of nearly 35% versus around 8.3% for the S & P 500. And finally, Virgin Australia Airlines is positioning itself as the “Pet Friendly” airline and you won’t believe what they’re doing to back up that claim. They have offered to fly rescue dogs across the country to new owners for free! Not bad in a day and age when most airlines ‘nickel and dime’ you for everything.
1135. Flipper's Trainer Talks About The Dark Side Of America's Notorious Dolphin
You may be surprised to learn how much your pet will cost over a lifetime. In fact, 82% guess wrong. And you’ll definitely be surprised to find out what the most expensive pet is. Also, Marc Ching of ThePetRestaurant.com believes the only real healthy way to feed your pets is to cook human-grade foods for them. He’ll tell us some of the ingredients that we should and shouldn’t use. Listen up if your pet needs to lose a few pounds. Also, Remember America’s favorite dolphin? Ric O’Barry was her trainer. When one of the 5 Flippers died in his arms, he decided that what he was doing was wrong. Now he heads a crusade to release and rehabilitate dolphins in captivity. He’ll explain why he’s changed his stance 180 degrees and turned down millions to do what’s right for the animals. Also, how far would pet owners go to protect their dogs and cats? Would they rescue them first in a house fire? Would they go hungry so their furry friend could eat? 63 percent would choose their pet over their significant other and more than half would rather resort to cannibalism before eating their own pet. Lori Brooks reports on this strange but profound study. Also, there’s a new list out of the most AND least pet friendly cities in the U.S. thanks to Wallet Hub. The top most pet friendly city is Orlando. Now, on the flip side, the city at the bottom of the list is…well, you’ll just have to listen.
1134. Diseases Your Pets Can Give You
24-year-old Frenchman Guirec Soudee is sailing around the world with a strange companion, his chicken. He’ll check in with us from Greenland and explain why he chose this first mate. Also, Science author Kathleen McAuliffe explains the link between Toxoplasma, a parasite cats can transmit, and it’s potentially profound effects on humans, including schizophrenia and even suicide. Even dogs can be responsible for transmitting fatal parasites. This is not fiction. Every pet owner should be aware. Also, Lori Brooks reports on a strange story about a senior that ended up in ICU after her Greyhound licked her. This cautionary tale may have you thinking twice about letting your dog lick you all over. Also, a new study researched all the animals that would make good pets. Believe it or not, cats and dogs are NOT even in the top 25. You may be surprised to learn what the best pet is according to this study. But you won’t be able to get one in the United States. Also, Dr. Debbie White takes on canine car sickness. Whether your pup is scared and anxious of traveling in the car, or they actually get motion sickness, the good doctor has practical solutions for conquering the common problems.
1133. Pet Prenuptial Agreements
The founder of the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, Wilma Melville shares stories of growing her nationally recognized organization by rescuing the dogs that would go on to rescue humans. Also, many couples these days are using prenuptial agreements to decide who gets the pets in the case of a future divorce. Legal experts say the number of couples deciding who keeps pets ahead of time is growing. And, there are even free online versions of pet prenups for couples to easily sort out their plans for the future. If you’ve missed your chance to draw up a prenup for your pooch and worry your partner could take it away someday, there are methods to improve your chances in a canine custody dispute. Whoever takes care of the pet, took them to the vet and paid for the pet’s supplies and vet bills will stand a better chance of gaining custody, especially if you can prove it in court. Also, one Connecticut family is heartbroken over their beloved dog Simon (a mixed breed) who is currently on death row & local town wants to euthanize him. Dr. David Young (Simon’s Dad) tells Animal Radio that a teenage neighbor deliberately cut the fence separating their yards and illegally trespassed on Young’s yard where Simon was playing. The teenager was brandishing a lacrosse stick in a threatening manner. Simon feeling threatened bit the teenager on the leg. Simon has been in City Custody over a year awaiting a court decision. Also, more than half of dog moms and dads put their pet’s health above their own according to a new study. 55% of the pet parents who were interviewed said a healthy diet for their dog is of the highest importance to them. But sadly, the experts found we don’t always consider the health benefits of our own food. Just a third of us consider the nutritional benefits of the food we’re adding to our shopping baskets for our own consumption. And, although we shop for our pets with their health in mind, we could be doing more harm than good at home. Over a third of the dog parents admitted to feeding their fur kid chocolate and cheese, which in some cases can be extremely toxic. Only 68% claimed to know ‘some’ of the food items that are dangerous for dogs to consume. See our list of toxic foods.
I really love listening to this show yet wonder why theres not more calls about the Pitbull breeds, I have 2 and seems like its a show more for cat questions. But, always interesting
Among serious animal discussions, this is the best!
I enjoy (and learn something new) from nearly every episode.
That's why I think this is among the best. But, episode 316 with the discussion of the dog about to die in the arms of... hey, I am nominating podcast 316 as the most touching animal story of the year at Surf Review & Report magazine.
Yeah, I cried while watching (and reading) Old Yeller, but that was done a long time ago and, besides, it was fiction. The discussion in episode 316 is a true story that will force any human to tears!
Keep up the great work - Bill Anderson.
Fun and informative!
Like no other pet show, this is a very fun and interactive program featuring the best experts and celebrities. It's like a morning show for people that are crazy about their pets! I make it my weekend tradition. Try it too.