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Talkin' Pets News

February 19, 2022

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services, Tampa, Florida

Producer - Devin Leech

Network Producer - Ben Boquist

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Monica Engebretson, Head of Public Affairs North America for Cruelty Free International, will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 2/19/22 at 5pm ET to discuss The HEARTS Act

 

On last Sunday night in Orange County, Florida, a heartless teenager, accompanied by two juveniles, kicked a cat out of a tree, and then encouraged three pit bulls to tear the feline apart. The authorities have identified 18-year-old Alik Williamsmays as the individual who kicked the tree, causing the cat to fall to the ground where it was subsequently attacked by the trio of dogs.

The helpless cat did not stand a chance against the dogs; a witness who recorded the gruesome incident told the authorities that the dogs “behaved in a tug of war with it.” According to video reviewed by the authorities, neither Williamsmays nor the other two juveniles who were present, did anything to stop the attack.

Deputies reported “the dogs were encouraged to inflict excessive and repeated injuries to the cat,” and an animal services officer stated that the likelihood of the cat dying “was very high due to its major injuries.”

Williamsmays and the two juveniles were later found walking near South Pine Hills Road and West Livingston Street; Williamsmays had blood and fur on his pants, and one of the pit bulls was observed with a“large amount of blood” on it.

Williamsmays is facing charges of animal cruelty and contributing to the delinquency of minors; the juveniles, whose ages have not been released, will likely face charges too.

Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law. Animal Victory organization relies upon the authorities and the court system to determine guilt or innocence.

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The 26-year-old man who stuck his arm into a tiger’s enclosure at Florida’s Naples Zoo in late December will not be facing any charges. River Rosenquist was working with a third-party cleaning crew when he put his arm into an enclosure where Eko, a rare Malaysian tiger, was being held.

The eight-year-old tiger grabbed hold of Rosenquist’s arm and the man suffered severe injuries. Eko was shot and killed by a deputy who was called out to the scene.

Sheriff Kevin Rambosk, with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, expressed disappointment that Rosenquist won’t be held accountable for his actions, saying in a statement:

“I am frustrated and even angered that there is no existing criminal law that applies in this tragic situation that resulted in the untimely death of a rare and endangered tiger.”

On February 4, the sheriff’s office said:

We understand that so many people were expecting and even demanding criminal charges be filed against Mr. Rosenquist. Our enforcement authority and our nation’s justice system operate within laws set forth by our legislative bodies. When incidents occur that no one ever imagined or could anticipate happening and are not governed or covered by law, the course of action is to work with the applicable legislative bodies that can enact such law. That is what we are doing.

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For the first time in state history, a wolf pup born in Colorado was fitted with a collar to help wildlife officials track its movements.

A private company contracted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife used a helicopter to capture the 86-pound animal, not yet a year old, using a tranquilizer dart Wednesday in Jackson County, where the pack is known to reside.

Field staff fitted the collar on the black female, which will be known as 2202, the agency said in a news release. The first two numbers (22) indicate the year the animal was captured, and the second set of numbers indicate the wolf’s gender and order in which it was collared. Any males captured will have odd numbers.

"The wolf pup was given a health exam during the collaring process and appears to be in good health,'' Colorado Parks and Wildlife Terrestrial Section Manager Brian Dreher stated in the news release.

The animal is one of six produced by female wolf F1084 and male wolf 2101 last spring in the area. The pups were the first wolves born in Colorado in eight decades.

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The drought that has enveloped southwestern North America for the past 22 years is the region’s driest megadrought—defined as a drought lasting two decades or longer — since at least the year 800, according to a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Thanks to the region’s high temperatures and low precipitation levels from summer 2020 through summer 2021, the current drought has exceeded the severity of a late-1500s megadrought that previously had been identified by the same authors as the driest in 1,200 years.

University of California Los Angeles geographer Park Williams, the study’s lead author, said with dry conditions likely to persist, it would take multiple wet years to remediate the effects. “It’s extremely unlikely that this drought can be ended in one wet year,” he said. The study was coauthored by Jason Smerdon and Benjamin Cook of the Columbia Climate School.

The researchers calculated the intensity of droughts by analyzing tree rings, which provide insights about soil moisture levels each year over long time spans. They confirmed their measurements by checking findings against historical climate data. Periods of severe drought were marked by high degrees of soil moisture deficit, a metric that describes how much moisture the soil contains compared to its normal saturation.

Since 2000, the average soil moisture deficit was twice as severe as any drought of the 1900s, and greater than it was during even the driest parts of the most severe megadroughts of the past 12 centuries, say the authors.

Studying the area from southern Montana to northern Mexico, and from the Pacific Ocean to the Rocky Mountains, the researchers discovered that megadroughts occurred repeatedly in the region from 800 to 1600. Williams said the finding indicates that dramatic shifts in water availability happened in the Southwest well before the effects of human-caused climate change became apparent in the 20th century.

Existing climate models have shown that the current drought would have been bad even without climate change, but not to the same extent. Human-caused climate change is responsible for about 42 percent of the soil moisture deficit since 2000, the paper found.

One main reason climate change is causing more severe droughts is that warmer temperatures are increasing evaporation, which dries out soil and vegetation. From 2000 to 2021, temperatures in the region were 0.91 degrees Celsius (1.64 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than the average from 1950 to 1999.

“Without climate change, the past 22 years would have probably still been the driest period in 300 years,” Williams said. “But it wouldn’t be holding a candle to the megadroughts of the 1500s, 1200s or 1100s.”

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The idea of entomophagy (eating insects) is slowly gaining popularity. Bugs are considered as a delicacy around the world. Some people cringe when they see bug in their plate while some people enjoy it as an appetizer. Scorpions are high in protein while crickets are packed with nutrients like lean protein, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, minerals and vitamins.

Fried spider is a regional delicacy popular in Cambodia. It is prepared by frying in sugar, salt and garlic. The legs of the spiders are crunchy in taste while abdomens are gooey. It is considered to be a healthy snack full of protein and zinc.

Silkworm is a mid-afternoon snack in South Korea. It has a bitter taste and pungent smell. Beondegi is the most popular Korean street food which is made with steamed silkworm pupae with few spices.

Deep-fried scorpions are found commonly on the streets of China and Thailand. They are high in protein and fatty acids. They are usually deep-fried and this crunchy delight is served with white rice.

Mealworms are high in protein and are considered to be the staple food in Netherlands. Mealworms are served best with polenta fries.

Crickets are packed with nutrients like lean protein, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, minerals and vitamins. Due to presence of nutrients, adding it into a meal can give you various nutritional benefits. It is deep fried and sprinkled with various spices and is one of the hot selling snack in the streets of Thailand.

Queen ant eggs are eaten with tortillas, beans, chili peppers and chorizo. They help in boosting the immune system and provides extra dose of energy. It has a nutty taste and are used to make decadent Belgian chocolate.

In Japan, wasp is considered as a buttery delight. This is the kids favourite dish which is usually roasted, fried or sauteed. These and more may be arriving at a restaurant or grocery store near you.

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What does lab-grown sautéed chicken breast taste like?

The Times’s reporter Kim Severson visited Upside Foods in the Bay Area, which is growing chicken from animal stem cells. The meat, she writes, “had less chew but much more flavor than a typical grocery-store breast.”

Supporters say cell-based meat — which is different from the plant-based meat sold by Beyond Meat, Impossible Burger and other companies — could lessen the environmental impact of industrial meat production and reduce animal suffering. Meat giants, government agencies and investors like Bill Gates see cell-based meat as a way to expand alternative meat. Critics caution that the environmental benefits are unproven, and that the scientific process to create the meat could introduce allergens.

Either way, engineered chicken is a long way from hitting the grocery store: Only a few hundred people in the world have purchased cellular meat, all of them in Singapore, the first nation to approve it.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported additional cases of H5N1 strain of avian flu in a commercial broiler chicken farm in Fulton County, Kentucky and in a backyard mixed flock in Virginia. These cases follow the most recent case in Dubois County, Indiana in commercially turkeys. More popularly known as the bird flu, H5N1 is a highly pathogenic strain that is lethal to all poultry that contract the disease.

The impact of these confirmed case of bird flu is felt around the world. For backyard flocks, it means the euthanasia of beloved pets. While public health and federal officials have claimed that there is no immediate threat to public health, experts in the agriculture and poultry industries are worried.

When a confirmed case of bird flu is reported, people can’t help but wonder if other cases are transpiring without being properly monitored. It is important that we all do our part to control the spread of bird flu.

Dr. Teresa Morishita, Professor of Poultry Medicine & Food Safety at Western University of Health Sciences, explains saying, “The trouble doesn’t end with commercial poultry, an outbreak amongst backyard poultry flocks is also of great concern.”

Dr. Morishita continued, “While the current strain of bird flu may not be easily transmitted to humans, COVID-19 has served as a great example to the general population of how quickly these different strains of viruses can mutate. A strain that isn’t highly contagious to humans today could mutate to be a serious threat to global health in the future.”

According to Dr. Morishita:

  • The confirmed cases of bird flu in the US is of great concern to not only the farmers and flock owners but to health officials across the US, and globally.
  • To stop the spread of bird flu, unfortunately birds have to be euthanized, including backyard flocks
  • Everyone needs to exercise caution and report any unexplained bird sickness and deaths your veterinarian
  • Improving our monitoring of animals is the only way to lessen the risk of another bird flu outbreak.
  • During these times, reduce contacts with wild birds including waterfowl and gulls or in the areas where these birds congregate and definitely don’t contact/handle your birds if you have had contact with these wild birds. Let us all do our part to control the spread of bird flu in the US!

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Did you know? The wood bison stays in the grass and sedge meadows across British Columbia, Yukon, Alberta, Manitoba and Northwest territories. Wood Bison have also been seen at Alaska’s Inoko Flats across the lower Yukon River.

The wood bison is affected by cold weather and massive snowfall that make grazing challenging.

Interesting Facts about Wood Bison

  • It is the largest native terrestrial land mammal living in North America.
  • The wood bison is one of the 11 animals that survived in Canada.
  • The wood bison calf is red when at birth.
  • These animals have a unique upward hump at the base of the neck
  • The wood bison forms herds during the mating season.

The habitat of the wood bison is determined by its location. Some wood bison prefer living in the native savannas with the grass edges. Other wood bison live in open land and the pastures of coniferous forest. The wood bison also prefer living in areas with access to water, especially during the summer.

A free wood bison lives between 10 to 20 years in a harsh forest environment. However,  wood bison can live up to old age when kept in captivity.

Female wood bison give birth to a young calf every year when they attain physical maturity. The wood Bison has a gestation period of 9 months, similar to that of a man. A young calf weighs an estimate of 30 to 70 lb.

Hostile environments and habitat loss are a threat to the future of the wood bison.

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A Las Vegas, Nevada, Chick-Fil-A operator, and his grown son, are facing felony charges for killing a neighborhood cat. The authorities have named Karl and Logan Garcia as the men who allowed dogs to surround the cat in their backyard, and then viciously kill him.

Karl Garcia initially told the authorities that the cat attacked his dogs, but a Ring video revealed the truth – the dogs had surrounded the cat and neither Karl or his son attempted to get them away. The video also showed the cat being beaten with a bat, shot with a BB gun, and finally killed with a .22 caliber gun.

On April 14, when the police responded to a call about shots fired on Saxon Canyon Street, Karl Garcia tried to convince them that the neighbor’s cat, Taco, had attacked his three dogs in his backyard. A review of video footage revealed that Taco was surrounded by the dogs, and then beaten, before being shot at close range.

The arrest report indicates that Taco was hit several times with a bat, then shot with a BB gun, and finally killed with a .22 caliber gun. The responding officers have stated that they felt the cat would have fled the yard if the dogs would have been taken inside of the home.

These men are now facing a slew of charges. Karl Garcia was arrested on felony charges of willful/malicious torture or killing of a cat/animal, five counts of discharging a gun where others might be endangered, conspiracy to kill/maim/disfigure/poison animal of another, and destroy/conceal evidence.

Logan Garcia was arrested on a felony count of willful/malicious torture or killing of a cat/animal and a gross misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to kill/maim/disfigure/poison an animal of another and destroy/concealing evidence.

Update 2/7/2022: Animal Victory has learned that Logan Garcia’s trial will begin on 5/02/2022. Karl Garcia has petitioned the court for the return of his three dogs. He has a Calendar call court date scheduled on 5/02/2022, with the jury trial scheduled to begin on 5/09/2022.

Visit animalvictory.org for more information

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A Connecticut man is facing multiple charges after the authorities discovered a recently dismembered rabbit inside of his vehicle. It is one of the most depraved acts of cruelty that we have encountered and 25-year-old Patryk Sochocki must pay for his crime!

Sochocki’s despicable act of cruelty was discovered on October 11 when police observed him swerving a vehicle being driven along Route 32 in Willington. When the police approached his car, they witnessed “chunks” of white fur on his shirt. The fur was from a recently purchased rabbit which Sochocki had maimed while driving!

Officers found the severely injured rabbit inside of the car – the innocent animal’s hind legs had been severed with a pair of scissors! Tragically, the mutilated rabbit was still alive and suffering when it was discovered – the animal had to be transported to a veterinarian to be humanely euthanized.

Sochocki is facing multiple charges, including:

First-degree wounding/killing of an animal, as well as use of drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle under the influence and failure to drive in the proper lane.

Update 2/07/2022: Animal Victory Organization has learned that the next court date is scheduled for 3/10/2022.

Visit animalvictory.org for more information

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AKC ReuniteSM, the largest non-profit pet identification and recovery service provider in the United States, is pleased to announce that the Kennel Club of Philadelphia generously donated $100,000 to AKC Reunite’s Adopt a K-9 Cop matching grant program.

The Adopt a K-9 Cop program allows AKC Reunite to match funds from AKC Clubs, AKC affiliated organizations and the public, three-to-one, up to $7,500 per grant. These donations help police departments throughout the United States purchase K-9 police dogs. Many of the police dogs acquired with the help of these grants are used as patrol dogs as well as detection dogs, helping to locate narcotics, explosives and/or evidence.

“AKC Reunite continues to do wonderful things for dogs and people everywhere, and with our donation again this year the Kennel Club of Philadelphia continues to be a proud supporter of their great work,” said Wayne Ferguson, Kennel Club of Philadelphia President. “Last year we funded eight AKC Reunite Pet Disaster Relief trailers in the Northeast and this year we are expanding our reach to help provide 40 K-9 cops around the country,” he added. “Our production of the National Dog Show with our partners at NBC and Purina helps make this a significant reality for all concerned.”

“We are extremely grateful to the Kennel Club of Philadelphia for their generosity to the Adopt a K-9 Cop program,” said Tom Sharp, AKC Reunite President and CEO. “AKC Reunite is committed to helping police departments acquire new K-9 police dogs, and this contribution will significantly support our efforts.”

Over 100 Adopt a K-9 Cop grants have been awarded since the inception of the program. Learn more about how to get involved in the AKC Reunite Adopt a K-9 Cop grant program and see pictures and stories of dogs already donated at https://www.akcreunite.org/k9/.

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SSPCA International announced the successful evacuation of 154 dogs and 131 cats stranded in Afghanistan. The 285 animals arrived at Vancouver International Airport via chartered plane on February 1 in a culmination of a 6-month-long operation by SPCA and partners: Kabul Small Animal Rescue (KSAR), War Paws, Marley’s Mutts, RainCoast Dog Rescue Society, and Thank DOG I Am Out Rescue Society.

“After doing everything in our power to make this evacuation a reality, we are thrilled to report that the animals have arrived safely in Vancouver, Canada, and are enjoying some well-deserved rest after their long journey,” said Lori Kalef, director of programs at SPCA International, “We are so grateful to our many partners for their tireless work on this rescue mission and are excited to report that the animals in our care are happy, healthy, and ready to find their forever homes or be reunited with their families.”

The withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan in August 2021, along with the ensuing unrest and instability in the region, created a situation in which dogs and cats were increasingly abandoned as owners fled the country, according to a release from SPCA International.

SPCA International worked with its partners to arrange for the extraction of these animals to a safe location, overcoming numerous barriers such as travel restrictions and safety threats, including the August 26 bombing just outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.

The partner organizations handled these considerations, as well as issues such as housing, care, and feeding as logistics problems were solved. An additional hurdle, and one of the reasons the animals were brought to Canada over the US, was the temporary CDC suspension on importing dogs from 100 countries with a high risk of rabies.

“The scope of this mission was truly amazing, with monumental efforts spanning two continents, six organizations, and countless hours in order to reach the finish line,” said Jesse Adams, Founder of RainCoast Dog Rescue Society. “We are so proud to have played a part in bringing this historic rescue to fruition.”

The animals are currently housed in a temporary shelter in Vancouver, awaiting adoption or a reunion with their owners. According to SPCA International, local Canadian organizations are providing resources and support for the rescued animals: No Dogs Left Behind, Rosier Days Dog Rescue, Cats Cradle Animal Rescue, and Greater Victoria Animal Crusaders.

“It’s incredible to see our temporary shelter filled with canine and feline friends, and we’re thankful to each and every volunteer helping to operate this space for making our mission possible,” said Susan Patterson, Founder of Thank DOG I am Out Rescue Society. “We are committed to creating new and wonderful lives for the animals left behind during the chaos of the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.” “Everything we do, we do for the creatures without a voice to advocate for themselves. This mission has proven that our impacts on their behalf are greater when we come together,” said Zach Skow, founder of Marley's Mutts. “We believe deeply in creating second chances for animals and couldn’t be happier for the hundreds of dogs and cats who will now have theirs.” ++++++++++++++++++++++

Cat-loving veterinary students are encouraged to sharpen their claws and pounce on a scholarship opportunity from EveryCat Health Foundation and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).

The organizations are on the hunt for third- and fourth-year cat-focused veterinary students to receive one of two $2,500 scholarships. Recipients will be selected based on academic achievement, financial need, and demonstrated leadership, as well dedication to and excellence in the study of feline medicine, health, and welfare.

“We recognize the important role veterinary students play in elevating feline medicine,” says AAFP’s chief executive officer, Heather O’Steen. “It is vitally important to provide our future feline veterinarians with the resources and support needed to improve the veterinary experience for cat caregivers and veterinary staff alike.”

Submissions will be jointly reviewed by AAFP and EveryCat Health Foundation. In addition to a short application form, students are required to answer two essay questions, explaining their interest and background in the health and welfare of cats, as well as their future career goals as they relate to feline medicine.

The deadline for applications, including all supplementary documents, is March 21. Recipients will be notified by April 25.

Visit www.veterinarypracticenews.com

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Veterinarians euthanized two Quarter Horses in mid-January after they tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA), according to officials from the Texas Animal Health Commission. At the time of diagnosis, the horses were kept at the same facility in Ector County, West Texas. Meanwhile, mandatory reporting has revealed that seven horses in San Bernardino County, California, have confirmed positive tests.

Appropriate biosecurity and quarantine measures have been implemented by state officials, and local veterinarians and horse owners continue to monitor horses that might have been exposed.

The disease, which is caused by a virus, is colloquially known as swamp fever because of its original prevalence in Gulf Coast states, where environmental conditions are favorable for transmission by blood-feeding insects, especially horseflies and deerflies. In addition to insect vectors, transmission occurs through the use of improperly sterilized needles, scalpels and other surgical instruments, dental equipment, or any other blood-contaminated tools.

The USDA reported 29 positive cases of EIA in 2020. Those cases occurred in six states: Texas (17 cases), Iowa (6), Georgia (3), California (1), Colorado (1), and New Mexico (1). More than 1.3 million tests were performed in that year. According to a summary released by the USDA, 23 of the 29 cases were found in Quarter Horse racehorses suspected or confirmed to be infected through unhygienic practices by trainers and owners, including reusing needles, syringes, or IV sets; administering blood transfusions from untested donors; and using illegal blood products from other countries.* These horses ran in both sanctioned and unsanctioned races.

In the United States, two types of EIA tests are authorized for use: agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID) test, known as the Coggins test by most horsemen, and the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test. In 2020, the tests were used with near equal frequency. A negative EIA test is required for most horse shows, racing events, rodeos, exhibitions, and interstate travel. Interstate movement of horses that have tested positive for EIA is prohibited under federal law unless the horse is being hauled back to the farm of origin, a slaughterhouse, or a diagnostic or research laboratory.

Acutely infected horses may show signs of fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, and atypical bloodwork, namely thrombocytopenia or anemia. Most horses, however, show few clinical signs, and diagnosis may be difficult. Animals remain infected for life. While euthanasia of infected horses is typically not mandated by state enforcement agencies, lifelong quarantine and permanent identification are typical restrictions.

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Sarcoids are often aesthetically displeasing but, more importantly, they may cause discomfort and performance limitations depending on where they form. With no effective treatment available for these common neoplasms, a recently developed technique called “sarcoid immunotherapy” could be the solution.

Sarcoids are locally aggressive, nonmetastatic growths caused by certain bovine papillomaviruses (BPV). Potential treatments include surgical excision, cryotherapy, and chemotherapy, either alone or in combination. Many of these treatments, however, seem to be counterproductive. According to a recent report, those treatments may lead to recurrence in a substantial number of cases.* When those growths recur, they tend to be more aggressive than the original lesions.

“Despite the poor prognosis associated with therapy, sarcoids can grow in anatomic locations that limit the function of the horse—the saddle region, for example. This often demands that veterinarians ‘try anything,’ often with dire consequences,” said Catherine Whitehouse, M.S., a Kentucky Equine Research nutritionist.

A novel approach to treating sarcoids currently being explored involves administration of “immunotherapeutic vaccines.” The rationale for immunotherapy is simple: spur the horse’s immune system into action, prompting it to destroy sarcoid tumor cells. The vaccines were created using preexisting technology that involved inserting specific BPV genes into influenza virus particles that invade sarcoid cells.

Two distinct therapeutic vaccines were created and subsequently tested in 29 horses classified with mild, moderate, and severe sarcoma. Treatment resulted in sarcoid regression in 20 of the 29 patients, and regression occurred over the course of many months, anywhere from six to 20. Of the nine horses that did not respond, all had severe disease and five had a history of previous unsuccessful treatment.

“Another important finding was that synchronous tumor regression was appreciated. This means that both injected and noninjected lesions responded to treatment,” shared Whitehouse.

This therapeutic approach brings light to a bleak situation; however, additional work must be performed to optimize the immunotherapeutic agent and devise effective treatment schedules. Nonetheless, the researchers noted, “The strategy has already proven effective in reducing or eliminating the sarcoid burden even in severe cases, and in clearing the BPV infection that underlies disease development.”

Support skin health by feeding a well-fortified diet. Targeted supplementation with well-known immune boosters may be warranted in special cases. The antioxidant vitamin E is known to modulate immune function, so supplemental vitamin E may be appropriate for horses with sarcoids. “Studies conducted at Kentucky Equine Research indicate that Nano-E, which features a delivery system known as nanodispersion, is the most rapidly absorbable form of vitamin E when compared to synthetic and other natural sources,” explained Whitehouse.

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The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the health of all dogs, announces a Champion Sponsor level gift from The Kennel Club of Philadelphia.

The Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s $100,000 donation will help support CHF’s robust portfolio of canine health research grants that seek to prevent, treat and cure canine disease. The Foundation is currently managing 164 active research grants studying diseases such as cancer, atopic dermatitis, diabetes, glaucoma, and more.

“The AKC Canine Health Foundation has a long and valued relationship with The Kennel Club of Philadelphia (KCP),” says Dr. Darin Collins, CHF Chief Executive Officer. “This generous gift made possible by Mr. Wayne Ferguson, President of The Kennel Club of Philadelphia, and all the KCP membership will be used to further advance our funding of research that promotes the health of all dogs, everywhere. Thank you, KCP.”

The Kennel Club of Philadelphia has been a member of the American Kennel Club since 1913. In partnership with Purina and NBC, KCP hosts the annual National Dog Show, which airs on NBC on Thanksgiving Day. It is the most widely watched canine event in the world, reaching nearly 20 million dog-lovers.

“Once again this year, the Kennel Club of Philadelphia is thrilled to make a donation in support of the mission of the AKC Canine Health Foundation,” said Wayne Ferguson, KCP president. “The National Dog Show, NBC, and Purina help make it possible for the club to recognize CHF's ongoing important and significant work for our dogs and their people.”

Thanks to the generous support of donors such as The Kennel Club of Philadelphia, CHF will continue to invest in quality canine health research so that all dogs can live longer, healthier lives. Learn more at akcchf.org.

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