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Animal Radio Episode 816

July 25, 201587 min
Groomer Certification Several high profile recent pet deaths are highlighting the possible need for government regulation of the over $6 billion pet grooming industry. Our very own "Dogfather," Joey Villani is spearheading the move towards regulation for the pet grooming industry. The Cost of Pet Ownership The first year of being a pet parent to a cat will cost about $1,035 and for a dog that number is $1,843 as estimated by the ASPCA. The estimates seem somewhat conservative by Animal Radio's standards. What Vaccines Does My Pet Really Need? Doc Halligan has the 411 on pet vaccines. Can they cause cancer? Are they really necessary? Is there a way to tell if your pet needs them or can skip them? Why are the pharmaceuticals only testing for one-year? The Wealthiest Pets In The World Just like people, there are some really wealthy pets in the world! The richest of them is probably not a shock to you – it's "Grumpy Cat!" Grumpy's owner has made more than 100 million dollars for appearances, modeling, book deals and ads. That's a larger net-worth than Cameron Diaz or Jamie Foxx. Also on the list is "Moose" the Jack Russell who starred as "Eddie" on Frasier, "Keiko" the killer whale, "Rin Tin Tin," the dogs who starred as "Lassie" and Virgin America spokes-dog "Boo." Smart Pigs According to Dr. Lori Marino, new research shows that pigs are smart as, if not smarter than, chimpanzees and dogs. The often lowly regarded swine may even have self-awareness, something our companion animals don't understand. Read More… Next Week: The Truth About Anesthesia Free Dental Cleaning with Doc Halligan

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