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Animal Radio Episode 807

May 22, 201587 min
Laser Therapy on Pets Animal Radio Veterinary Correspondent Dr. Marty Becker is excited about his new gadget. It's only the size of an iPhone Plus but it has multiple applications in the veterinarian's office. Could Laser Therapy be used on your pets? Canine Flu Update This year's strain of Canine Flu is different than past epidemics. There is a vaccine for the previous strain H3N8 but not for this new one called H3N2. Veterinarians are looking for new ways to fight the new virus that seems to be affecting felines too. 911 Dispatcher Hero When Police Dispatcher Lynn Willett received an emergency call to check on the welfare of an elderly man, she had no idea she would end up adopting his dog. Lynn tells us her heartwarming story about a German Shepard named Sgt. Roscoe. Xylitol Toxicity on the Rise Anyone who has a dog knows they will pretty much chew on anything they can get their paws on, but this story underscored how careful we need to be around them. Luna, a 2-year-old Golden Retriever in Glenwood City, Wisconsin, found the pack of "Ice Breaker" Lemon-flavor gum containing Xylitol. She suffered severe liver damage and had to be euthanized. Xylitol is found in all sorts of things, including sugar-free gum, vitamins, toothpaste, dental floss, nasal sprays and baked goods. Even a couple of pieces of gum can result in life-threatening blood sugar and liver failure. Warning About Dynamic Pet Products' Real Ham Bone Rodney Canutt, says the product killed his dog Teddy. Veterinarians found three big clumps of sharp shards of the bone in his intestinal tract. Dynamic Pet Products offered to pay for Teddy's cremation and vet bills, but Canutt is still considering legal action. The Better Business Bureau says Dynamic Pet Products' Real Ham Bone for Dogs is suspected of killing or hurting nine dogs nationwide, but it's still available at Wal-Mart. More this week

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