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Animal Radio Episode 794

Februrary 20, 201599 min
Better Living Through Pheromones Animal Radio® Veterinary Correspondent Dr. Marty Becker is back with the scoop on pheromones. Can the synthetically produced smell be helpful in calming cats and dogs, or is it a waste of money? Pedigree vs. Mutt It's long been thought that mutts are much healthier, both mentally and physically, than those pure bred for pedigree. While there may be some truth to this, it is not always the case. Author Michael Brandow describes how the quest for status has harmed man's best friend. Feeding Hungry Pets This week's Zeuterin Hero Person makes sure that those on welfare are able to feed their pets. The law doesn't allow welfare recipients to buy pet food with food stamps. Allison Smith started the Pet Pantry, supplying resources for strapped pet owners. Another Pet Food Merger JM Smucker, the company behind Smucker's Jam, has purchased Big Hearts Pet Brands, which includes Meow-Mix, Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Kibbles 'n Bits and Natural Balance. Recent consolidations mean that only a handful of companies make your pet's food. Perhaps the food will also be sourced and made in the same factories. This may not bode well for the consumer or your pets. Therapy Ducks? Former Ohio National Guardsman Darin Welker uses ducks to treat his PTSD. The town council says he hasn't presented enough evidence that the ducks serve a medical need and that he would face imminent harm without them. Man Finds Dog 18 Months Later Richard Brower's German Shepherd, Dozer, was stolen 18 months ago. He looked everywhere. After a year-a-half, Richard decided to share his home with a new dog. He did an online search for 'German Shepherds for sale,' which led him to the local animal rescue and right there was Dozer on the front page. Tax Breaks For Pet Owners It's that time of year again. Taxes. Your pet might come in handy here. Of course your cat is always available to help sort papers of lay down on them so they don't get moved, but there really are some more financially practical ways they can help your bottom line. Zombie Cat in Custody Battle Last week, we had the story of Bart the cat that was hit by a car and buried but was actually still alive. Bart dug his way out and made it to his neighbors yard. Bart is now officially, and fondly known, as the Zombie Cat. If you think his story couldn't get stranger, think again. More this week Next Week: Pet Owners Are Less Likely To Have An Affair

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