Animal Radio Episode 815
July 17, 2015•87 min
Dog Weddings As silly as it might sound; it's the next big thing. Look for the fall release of The Dog Wedding in theaters. There is already a rush on dog wedding gowns, and with good reason. Executive Producer Jason Hurwitz will tell you why. Should You Have Pet Insurance? If you don't have it, you've probably asked yourself whether you should have pet insurance for when the unexpected happens. Since pets are living longer and our veterinary medicine has advanced, options for emergency treatment can be costly unless you have insurance. But that doesn't necessarily mean, "go out and get it." Doc Halligan has important tips for deciding if you should get it and choosing the right policy. Lake Algae Can Be Harmful For Your Dog If your dog likes to swim, it's probably best to make sure he only swims in the pool this summer. Pollution Control Agency is asking swimmers and pet owners to be aware of algae-ridden lakes and foul-smelling water this holiday weekend after toxins from the blue-green blooms killed some dogs last month. Animals are at far greater risk than humans to be harmed by the algae blooms because they tend to wade in the shoreline areas where algae usually accumulates and animals aren't usually deterred by the bad smell. Finding Jobs for the Un-adoptable Pete Coppolillo is scouring shelter for dogs that display traits undesirable for adoption. He's especially looking at prey drive, as these dogs make excellent "working conservation dogs." And Pete is happy to give these dogs a job and a home. Take-Your-Dog-To-Work-Day Now Includes Snakes and Pigs As take-your-dog-to-work-day becomes the everyday norm in many offices; owners of less common pets have begun to demand equality. If dogs are welcome at work, then others feathered, furry, winged and scaly companions should be allowed at the office too although some co-workers don’t agree. Snakes are allowed at the Seattle headquarters of Amazon.com. About 8% of U.S. companies allow pets at work, and the practice seems to be especially prevalent among tech firms. Read More… Next Week: Dr. Lori Marino on pig cognition - Doc Halligan with the scoop on vaccines.