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Saturday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2015. There are 222 days left in the year.May 18-24, 2015 is Dog Bite Prevention Week. This event by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) along with the United States Post Office (USPS) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) focuses attention on preventing dog bites.TIH: 1934, bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were shot to death in a police ambush in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.CREW
Jon Patch - Host
Adriana Odachowski DVM - CoHost
Jenna Winter - Producer
Zach Budin - Network Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special Guests:
Celebrity Dog Trainer and long time friend of Talkin' Pets, Bash Dibra, will join the show 5/23/15 at 5 PM EST to discuss holiday travel with your pets
Mr. Wayne Tucker, CEO, Bio S.I. Technology LLC., will join Jon and Talkin' Pets to discuss and give away his Jackpot Livestock Formula and Jackpot II Equine Formula along with Floor-Mate at 630 PM EST on 5/23/15

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Saturday, May 16, the 136th day of 2015.
There are 229 days left in the year.Today in History: 1975, Japanese climber Junko Tabei became the 1st woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month.This upcoming week; May 18-24, 2015 is Dog Bite Prevention Week. This event by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) along with the United States Post Office (USPS) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) focuses attention on preventing dog bites.
Jon Patch - Host
Jillyn Sidlo - Co Host
Lexi Lapp - Producer
Zach Budin - Network Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special Guests:
David Fung & Yena Kim - authors of MENSWEAR DOG PRESENTS THE NEW CLASSICS FRESH LOOKS FOR THE MODERN MAN - join Jon and Talkin' Pets 5/16/15 at 5 PM EST to discuss and give away their book
Kyra Sundance - Dog Tricks Kit - will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 5/16/15 at 630 PM EST to discuss and give away her products

Up to nine million animals were affected by earthquake and aftershocks, HSI estimates

KATHMANDU (15 May 2015)—Following Tuesday’s destructive aftershock in Nepal, Humane Society International will send livestock veterinarians to care for animals in heavily affected rural areas. HSI continues to conduct an assessment of the needs of local animal welfare organizations for expansion of their facilities and will meet these needs on a case-by-case basis. HSI estimates that as many as 6 million to 9 million cows, goats and other livestock were injured or killed following the April 25 earthquake. Thousands of street dogs and cats also are in need of care.

Humane Society International’s Sarah Vallentine, who lives in Kathmandu, said: “Tuesday’s strong aftershock caused further destruction and has worsened the conditions of many people and animals already traumatized by the devastating April 25 earthquake. The initial earthquake caused animals to suffer a range of conditions from broken and crushed bones and lacerations and respiratory disease like pneumonia from days and nights exposed to the elements without shelter. We’ll continue to assist with vital supplies – humanitarian and veterinary - to provide a lifeline to both animals and people struggling to cope here in Nepal.”  

Humane Society International will continue to help animals, large and small, affected by Nepal’s earthquake and strong aftershocks:

  • HSI is working with its affiliates, the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and Humane Society International/Australia, to deploy three veterinarians with livestock expertise to Nepal in the coming days. 
  • This week, our vets travelled to Sindhupalchok to carry out crucial vaccinations and veterinary treatments, in partnership with World Vets, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Animal Nepal, SPCA Nepal, Himalayan Animal Rescue Team and Nepal’s Department of Livestock Services.
  • HSI is providing tarpaulins to shelter goats, cows, poultry and other animals from the harsh sun and driving monsoon rain. Many of these animals have been exposed to the elements since the earthquakes destroyed their permanent shelters, and as a result they are suffering from respiratory illnesses. Animal Welfare Network of Nepal (AWNN) will coordinate the supply of these tarps and will also assist in setting them up with the villagers in remote locations.

HSI will work  with animal groups in Nepal, including: AWNN, Society for Animal Welfare and Management, the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Center, Animal Nepal, Nepal SPCA, Himalayan Animal Rescue Team and others.

Donations are urgently needed to support our lifesaving efforts in Nepal and wherever animals and people are affected by disasters.

ASPCA urges North Carolina lawmakers to vote no on ag-gag bill

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is urging North Carolina lawmakers to reject HB 405, legislation that would prevent whistleblowers from exposing animal cruelty, food safety violations and other factory farm atrocities the public deserves to know about. In a newly released poll conducted by Lake Research Partners, 74 percent of North Carolina voters say they support undercover investigations by animal welfare groups on farms. Furthermore, by a margin of nearly 3 to 1, North Carolina voters oppose legislation that would prevent these undercover investigations. Opposition to this bill is strong across all parties, regions, and demographics. HB 405, which passed the House of Representatives in April, is expected to be heard by the Senate Committee on Commerce today.

“North Carolina residents are clearly appalled by HB 405, an insidious attempt to cover up horrific abuse on factory farms,” said Chloe Waterman, senior manager of state legislative strategy for the ASPCA. “The ASPCA urges the North Carolina Senate to take heed of the strong desire of its constituents to know what is happening behind barn doors by defeating HB 405.”

This ag-gag bill threatens to cover up not only horrific animal abuse and food safety problems, but also illegal or unethical environmental and labor violations at any business. HB 405 is so far-reaching that it could even prevent nurses from revealing elder abuse in hospitals and nursing homes, teachers from exposing child abuse in day care centers, and employees from documenting workplace discrimination or mistreatment.

Last week, the animal welfare group, Compassion Over Killing, released footage from an undercover investigation at a North Carolina chicken slaughterhouse. Filmed during March and April 2015, this video captured workers violently tossing birds across the facility, slamming birds upside down into moving shackles, and throwing sick and injured birds in with piles of dead birds as if they were trash. If HB 405 were to become law, investigations documenting this type of cruelty would never see the light of day. Past investigations of industrial farms have led to major food recalls, criminal convictions and critical reforms.

“North Carolinians value farm animal welfare and a safe food supply and this poll shows that they respect the role of whistleblowers in our society,” said Daisy Freund, senior manager of Farm Animal Welfare for the ASPCA. “The ASPCA hopes lawmakers listen to their constituents and protect their right to know how their food is produced.”

In an effort to bring more transparency to practices on factory farms, the ASPCA recently launched the #OpenTheBarns campaign, a rallying cry for advocates representing interests as diverse as animal welfare, food, safety, workers’ rights, environmental protection and civil liberties. The social media campaign encourages advocates to share their reasons to “open the barns” and protect the public’s right to know what happens on farms.

To learn more about the ASPCA or to join the Advocacy Brigade, please visit

About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


This week the FDA recalled Nylabone Puppy Starter Kits warning that humans who touched the Nylabone Puppy Starter Kitdog chews are at risk of Salmonella infection if they did not thoroughly wash their hands and clean any surfaces that may have come in contact with the product.  Pets with Salmonella may be lethargic and have diarrhea,

Leading Los Angeles Veterinarian  Dr. Patrick Mahaney is to discuss the story and give pet owners tips on what to do if they think their pet may have Salmonella. 


Dr. Patrick Mahaney – Industry’s Leading Veterinarian
Dr. Patrick Mahaney is Los Angeles’ premier, concierge, house-call veterinarian through his company  California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness (CPAW), Inc. He also provides holistic treatment for cancer patients at the  Veterinary Cancer Group.
Dr. Mahaney is a highly sought after certified veterinary journalist and shares his expert perspective on animal health and current events via  Animal Wellness, AOL’s  Paw NationHamptons PetThe Honest Kitchen Blog, PetMD’s  The Daily Vet, Pet360’s  Pet-Lebrity NewsPetSafePet World Insider, and Victoria Stilwell’s   He co-hosts an internet radio show,  Holistic Vets on the Radio Pet Lady Network.
Dr. Mahaney makes television appearances, including Hallmark Channel’s  Home & Family, Bite Size TV’s  The Girl Spot, and is the go-to-holistic veterinarian for Animal Planet’s  My Cat From Hell.
He participates in public speaking engagements through  BlogPawsUCLA Extension, and  Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Mahaney is a member of many professional advocacy groups, including the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS), and Lesbian Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA).

Name Oakland Zoo's Baby Boy Baboon

Oakland, CA…May 7, 2015 – Oakland Zoo announces the birth of two half-sibling baboons (male and female). Mothers, Krista and Maud, gave birth at Oakland Zoo within nineteen days of each other. Baby hamadryas baboon, Kabili, is the fourth female born at Oakland Zoo in two years. Her name is “Kabili,” which means honest, brave in Swahili. She was born on Saturday, March 14th. The second baby is a baby boy hamadryas baboon, born on Wednesday, April 1st.

Oakland Zoo is hosting a naming contest to name the first baby boy baboon born at the Zoo. The public is encouraged to go to and vote for their favorite baboon name. The three name options are: Muriu (pronounced Mahroo, meaning Son), Maliki (meaning King), or Mazi (meaning Sir). The names are Swahili. All funds raised from the naming contest will go towards enrichment items for animals at Oakland Zoo.

The two infants are the youngest of three older female siblings, Mocha, Kodee, and Mimi. The babies are half siblings as they share the same father, Martin, but have different mothers.

The youngsters can be seen on exhibit daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The mothers and babies do have access to their night house, should they want to be inside with their infants. Zookeepers are excited and encouraged by behaviors that indicate the Zoo’s two harems of baboons are reacting well to the new arrivals. “All of the youngsters are part of the same harem,” said Senior Keeper Adrienne Mrsny of Oakland Zoo. “The siblings are very curious about the new babies and with the mothers’ permissions will look at the babies, often trying to groom or play with them. Kabili is living up to her name (Swahili for brave) by following her much older sisters in climbing and walking around to explore the exhibit. The baby male spends much of his time gazing at the world around him as he holds onto his mom; he took his first steps during his second day on exhibit.”

The babies’ parents are troop leader, Martijn (fourteen years of age), Krista (19 years of age) and Maud (9 years of age). The group was relocated to Oakland in 2013 from the Emmen Zoo in the Netherlands. The international move was facilitated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which Oakland Zoo is accredited by and follows breeding recommendations.

Oakland Zoo has two troops of baboons that can be seen daily by the public from 10:00am - 4:00pm at the Baboon Cliffs exhibit, located down the hill from the African Veldt. The Baboon Cliffs Exhibit opened in the fall of 2009 and is approximately 8,100 square feet in size. It includes a cascading waterfall, climbing structures, a spacious area for the baboons to roam, a night house facility, and offices for Zoo staff. Guests are able to observe all thirteen of the baboons from a large viewing deck.


Hamadryas baboons live in complex social structures. An adult male will have several females in his “harem” which he will protect in exchange for exclusive breeding rights. The females will develop relationships as well and assist each other with child rearing. While the males are not as involved as the females in rearing the infants, they are good fathers who will protect their offspring and as they get older they will sometimes play with them or otherwise allow them to join in their activities. 

A group of baboons is often referred to as a troop. They are generally 24 – 30 inches in length and can weigh up to 80 pounds (females weigh generally weigh around 40 pounds and males weigh 75-80 pounds). Hamadryas baboons eat vegetables, protein-rich insects, and some red meat. They have an active lifestyle and live to be around 30 – 40 years of age. Hamadryas baboons in the wild are found in Ethiopia, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. In the wild, baboons congregate in very large groups to sleep at night. During the day, they separate into smaller groups to forage for food. Throughout history, Hamadryas baboons were worshipped by Egyptians as the incarnation of their God, Thoth, who is often depicted with the head of a baboon.


The Bay Area’s award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid’s activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks. For more information please visit our website at


Animal Victims of Nepal’s Earthquake Receive Emergency Aid from Humane Society International’s Veterinary Medical Team

HSI helps dogs, cows, goats, chickens and people alike in strike zone;

(1 May 2015) – Animals injured or abandoned as a result of Nepal’s devastating earthquake are receiving emergency veterinary aid and care from Humane Society International’s Animal Rescue Team. HSI is working with our partner organisations such as Animal Welfare Network of Nepal in Kathmandu to provide life-saving veterinary medicines, vaccinations, surgical equipment and other supplies, as well as looking into providing shelter and food for sick, injured, lost and abandoned animals.

Alongside the thousands of people killed or displaced after the earthquake, thousands of animals are also struggling to cope with the aftermath. Many have sustained injuries from being trapped in collapsed buildings or hit by falling debris; thousands of animals have been crushed to death or buried alive in the disaster.

Rahul Sehgal, director of HSI Asia, said: “There is complete devastation in many areas for people and animals alike, and we’re helping both. For many people, their animals are all they have left, so HSI’s animal aid is a vital lifeline. Today the team has visited several affected areas where the surviving animals are living in stressful conditions, often exposed to the elements and in need of basic veterinary care and medicines. We are attempting to locate a facility to serve as a temporary shelter for animals who have been left behind as well as for animals in critical need as assessed by the team. We also helped a man who was singlehandedly trying to clear out the rubble of his home so that he could retrieve whatever worldly possessions he had left. Compassion doesn’t care if you have two legs or four.”

In Sengden Village a remote village outside Kathmandu where 85 per cent of the houses were levelled, people and animals are living in makeshift tents. One woman encountered by our team, Mrs Purnima Tamang, is all alone without family except for her flock of eight goats that she refuses to leave as they all shelter together in what remains of her home. “Call them what you want – my property, my family, my friends, they are all I have left,” she told HSI’s rescue team.

Her goats are suffering from exposure, having been soaked by rain for five days, and so HSI veterinarians are treating their respiratory problems and will return to help Mrs Tamang with medicine and food.

In every village HSI has visited so far, animals are getting sick from exposure in the heavy rain; many are too sick to eat, and most of the animal feed is buried in the rubble anyway. Complicating matters is that many of these villages are not easily reached as they are remote and reached only by mountainous dirt roads. It is a desperate situation, and HSI veterinarians have been the first responders on the ground to provide aid in many of these villages.

Seghal, said: “We are seeing a wide variety of animal issues here such as animals lacking shelter, food and medicines. We were able to provide treatment for some physical injuries such as cuts and lacerations, but we realize that the disaster for the surviving animals has just begun. In the absence of basic needs most of the goats are already showing signs of respiratory stress and almost all animals have diarrhoea. These signs indicate the urgent need to provide veterinary care to prevent onset of life threatening diseases. These animals have already survived a large scale disaster and it would be heart-breaking to see them succumb to something as easily preventable as respiratory diseases.. The humanitarian teams are vaccinating people and we’re working alongside them vaccinating animals. Everyone needs help here.”

We will continue to provide updates as well as photos from our animal rescue efforts in Nepal. Email the HSI media contacts to be kept informed of developments. Donations are urgently needed to support our lifesaving efforts in Nepal and wherever animals and humans are affected by disaster.

H.R. 2016/S.1081would prohibit body-gripping traps on National Wildlife Refuges

Washington, DC, April 27, 2015 – Today, leading animal welfare and wildlife conservation organizations -- Born Free USA, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) –  announced support for the reintroduction of the Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act (H.R. 2016/S.1081) in both the U.S. House of Representatives by Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and the U.S. Senate  by Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.). This bill would ban the use or possession of all body-gripping animal traps -- including snares, Conibear traps, and steel-jaw leghold traps -- on lands within the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS).

Born Free USA, AWI, and IFAW commend Congresswoman Lowey and Senator Booker for backing the bill and urge swift passage of the legislation to ensure that all National Wildlife Refuges are safe havens for wildlife.

“Indiscriminate body-gripping traps on public land affect the welfare of wild animals and humans alike,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “That’s why I reintroduced the Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act to prohibit the use of inhumane steel jaw leghold traps, Conibear kill traps, and snares within our National Wildlife Refuge System. We need to address this inherent cruelty and restore the true meaning of ‘refuge.’”

"The use of body-gripping animal traps in federal wildlife refuges is contrary to the very mission and purpose of these protected areas. These cruel traps don't distinguish between targeted animals and protected animals, endangered species or pets, and are a safety hazard to people. It's past time to remove this antiquated and inhumane practice from federal wildlife refuges," said Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J).

According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, “Animals and people should have the freedom to enjoy these Refuges without the threat of stepping into a body-gripping trap. The brutality of these traps is shocking; they can crush limbs and organs, and animals often remain trapped for days, in massive pain, before dying. It is inexcusable to subject any animal to such a fate on lands intended for their preservation.”

The NWRS encompasses the most comprehensive and diverse collection of fish and wildlife habitats in the world, and provides a home for more than 240 endangered species. Overall, the NWRS harbors species of more than 700 birds, 220 mammals, 250 reptiles and amphibians, and 200 fish. Despite the NWRS’ mission “to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans,” a staggering 54 percent of the refuges within the system allow trapping on refuge grounds.

"Body-gripping traps slam closed with bone-crushing force on any animal that trips the device, while strangling snares tighten around the neck or body of their victims until death finally ends the torture. This cruelty should not be permitted in any place that is called a ‘refuge,’” said Cathy Liss, president of AWI. “Passage of this legislation would be a crucial step toward reducing the suffering inflicted on our nation’s wildlife.”

IFAW Campaigns Officer Carson Barylak added, “The Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act will put a stop to the use of cruel and ecologically destructive traps on wildlife refuges, allowing these public lands to serve their intended purpose--preserving wildlife and ensuring that all Americans can enjoy our shared natural heritage on refuges.” 

Born Free USA, AWI, and IFAW assert that animals and people should have freedom to enjoy National Wildlife Refuges without that danger present, and urge other members of Congress to join Congresswoman Lowey and Sen. Booker in support of H.R. 2016/S.1081.

Born Free USA is a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, the organization leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to North America the message of “compassionate conservation” — the vision of the United Kingdom-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free, along with their son, Will Travers. Born Free USA’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at,, and

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1951 and dedicated to reducing animal suffering caused by people. AWI engages policymakers, scientists, industry, and the public to achieve better treatment of animals everywhere—in the laboratory, on the farm, in commerce, at home, and in the wild. For more information on AWI, visit

Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

April 25, 2015
Jon Patch -Host
Suzanne Topor DVM - Co Host
Lexi Lapp - Producer
Zack Budin - Network Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special Guest Hour 1 - Kirk Miller DVM, Clinical Instructor Oregon State University, Portland Humane Society Faster, safer, more effective spay method
PORTLAND, Ore. – A new type of procedure to spay female cats has been shown to be safe, effective, and saves a little bit of time – which can be important in some high-volume programs such as those operated by animal shelters.
A study on the procedure has been published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, by Kirk Miller, a clinical instructor with the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University, and practicing veterinarian with the Oregon Humane Society in Portland.
It found that a procedure called a “pedicle tie” is effective at stopping blood flow through two vessels that that go to a cat’s ovary, a preliminary step to removing the ovary and uterus. It’s essentially tying the vessels in a knot – and works just as well, and is about 30 percent faster, than a procedure used for decades that required multiple ligatures to accomplish the same purpose.
There had been no prior study on this approach, and some concern it might cause additional bleeding. But in a survey of 2,136 kittens and adult cats that were neutered using the new technique, it was found to safe with no significant increase in hemorrhagic complications, and slightly reduced the time the animal needed to be under anesthesia.
And, for an average procedure, it saves a couple of minutes out of an overall operation that can take from six to 20 minutes, depending on the skill and experience of the practitioner.
“Saving two minutes may not sound like much, but when you do thousands of these procedures every year, like we do, it can add up in savings of both time and money,” Miller said. “Over the course of a year this may free up about two weeks of time for both the surgeon and anesthetist. That increased efficiency means we can serve more animals, provide the care they need and make them eligible to find new homes.”
The procedure can be taught fairly easily and expertise in it gained within a week or two, Miller said. With its safety and efficacy now verified, it’s anticipated that the procedure may soon be used much more broadly, he said.
Aggressive spay and neuter programs are needed to help address broader concerns about unwanted and homeless companion animals. The American Society for Prevention to Cruelty to Animals estimates there may be as many as 70 million stray cats in the United States. Neutering of dogs and cats helps to address this critical problem, while improving both their behavior and their health
About the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine: The primary mission of the college is to serve the people of Oregon and various livestock and companion animal industries by furthering understanding of animal medical practices and procedures. Through research, clinical practice and extension efforts, the college provides Oregon's future veterinarians with one of the most comprehensive educations available
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