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Animal Radio Episode 1001
From Caped Crusader to Canine Crusader Actor Burt Ward was the original 'Robin' on the hit series Batman. Now heâ€™s devoted to giant breed dogs and runs the Gentle Giant Rescue. He tells Animal Radio that as many as 25 Great Danes share his bed with him and his wife Tracy. The Secret Life of Mac Inspired by the viral videos of cats stealing clothes and other items, author Melinda Metz weaved a story about a Klepto-kitty named Mac who will steal your heart. Why is it some cats, left to their own devices, choose to abscond with everything from lingerie to money? EMTâ€™s Canâ€™t Treat Animalsâ€¦ Yet Police in Boston are praising proposed legislation that would allow emergency medical service workers to treat police dogs injured in the line of duty. Currently, Massachusetts' laws penalize EMT's if they assist an animal in an emergency. Can Our Pets Become Addicted To Opioids? The opioid crisis isn't just impacting people. A new study in Pennsylvania says there's been a big increase in the amount of pain medication being prescribed for pets in the state. The new research shows opioid prescriptions for animals in the state are up 41% over a 10-year period. It's unclear why there's been such a dramatic increase. But, if opioids are so addictive for humans, are they addictive to pets? Read more about this week's show. Next Week: Comedian Paula Poundstone
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1011. Is Your Dog Laughing At You Behind Your Back?
Can Dogs Laugh? Dogs are capable of laughing, and they typically do so when they are playing. Canine laughter begins with the doggy equivalent of smiling but also includes a sound that is much like panting. Animal behaviorist Patricia Simonet recorded those sounds while dogs played. On analyzing the recordings, she found that they involved a broader range of frequencies than regular dog panting. So, what makes a dog laugh? What can we do to make them laugh? Are they already laughing about us behind our back? We'll try to figure out what tickles their funny bone. Listen Now Anti-Vax Controversy Affects Pets Just as there are anti-vaxxers who don't want to vaccinate their children, there are people who don't want to vaccinate their pets. However, experts want you know that vaccines do not cause autism in pets. The most dangerous of all of the dog diseases is rabies, which is effectively a death sentence for a dog and could've been prevented with the Rabies vaccine. Also, the distemper virus has returned to North America, reportedly transported on dogs that were not vaccinated. Lori Brooks reports why it just makes sense to protect your furry-family by finding a happy medium of reduced but necessary vaccinations. Listen Now Blind Dog Gets Seeing-Eye Puppy A North Carolina couple's puppy is now famous for quickly appointing himself as a seeing-eye-puppy for their 11-year-old golden retriever that lost both of his eyes to glaucoma pain. The puppy, named Maverick, came to their family in January and Charlie, the now blind dog, was at first not excited to have another dog in the house.Â However, Maverick soon appointed himself as Charlie's protector. "When they would play, Maverick would realize that Charlie had lost the toy, so [Maverick] would pick it up and put it back in front of Charlie to re-engage him in playtime," said their owner.Â Yes, they're now famous on social media and have their own Instagram page. Listen Now Devoting Her Fame To The Animals Katie Cleary is a Model, Actress and Philanthropist, Filmmaker who got her start in the entertainment business on the hit TV show America's Next Top Model. After graduating college, Katie landed the role on NBC's hit game show Deal or No Deal. Katie's main passion is advocating animal welfare issues while rescuing and rehabilitating animals and lovingly finding them forever homes. She tells us about her 12 pets. Listen Now Number Of Dog Bites Decreasing Every year dogs bite about 4.5 million people.Â Dog bites and other dog-related injuries accounted for nearly one-third of all homeowners' insurance liability claim dollars paid out in 2018. Â Over the past year, the number of dog bite claims has decreased by 9%. However, the news isn't all good. The number of emergency room visits by children age 1 and under actually doubled from nearly 1,800 visits in 2001 to more than 3,100 last year. Listen Now Read more about this week's show.
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1009. Finding Stolen Pets
Finding Stolen and Lost Pets Kelly Matthews has granted her first interview to Animal Radio to talk about breaking-up dog theft rings. Her business, CritterCops.net locates stolen and lost pets. Up until now, she's feared going public because of retribution from thieves she's exposed. She'll tell us what it's like tracking down stolen dogs. Listen Now Vitamin D Toxicity Hill's brand pet foods expands their recall after the FDA encouraged further testing of additional lots of food. The irony is that high levels of Vitamin D produce symptoms similar to those the prescription foods are indicated for. In other words, Hill's K/D Kidney Diet is supposed to help dogs experiencing kidney failure - which is also what happens with too much Vitamin D. Dr. Debbie expresses grief that Hill's did not alert veterinarians of the first recall. This is an incredible FAIL for Hill's. Listen Now Marketing Pet Food To Vegan Pet Owners As the pet food segment continues to grow at break-neck pace, it's no wonder that manufacturers are pulling out all the stops to market your pets food to you with little relevance to the pet's health. Now, on the heels of the Vegan trend, pet food makers are offering Vegan alternatives for both cats and dogs. Cats are obligate carnivores and must eat meat to absorb necessary amino acids. Listen Now Lifelike Robotic Puppy The Tombot Puppy is the latest therapy robot pet to offer the kind of unconditional love that dogs are known for. The golden Labrador retriever robot pup barks, wags, and responds to touch, providing emotional support to seniors, people with dementia and anyone who can't have a live pet. Tombot's creators wanted the robot to look and behave as close to a real dog as possible, so they enlisted the help of Muppet's creator Jim Henson's Creature Shop for the design. Listen Now Pet Spending is UP Again When it comes to providing food, health care and other necessities for our pets, we apparently are not skimping. A new analysis shows we spent $3 billion more on our pets last year than we did the year before. The American Pet Products Association annual report shows pet lovers in the United States spent $72.5 billion on their pets in 2018, which is a 4% increase. Listen Now Read more about this week's show.