Animal Radio® Episode 732
December 12, 2013•99 min
39 Ways NOT To Kill Your Best Friend
Seasoned Veterinary Surgeon Dr. Judith Samson-French researched case files to determine how we can avoid accidentally killing our pets. Even with our best intentions, we may be putting our furry-friends in harms way. She'll reveal some of the stranger ways good owners unexpectedly killed their pet.
Dog Gets Obamacare
While millions are having difficulty signing up for Obamacare, a dog was able get processed under Colorado's healthcare exchange. It was a mistake of course. The insurance account was supposed to be opened for Shane Smith, not his 14-year-old Yorkie "Baxter."
Trains, Planes and Chihuahuas
Our guest, Congressman Jeff Denham (R-California) has introduced the Pets on Trains act to allow crated pets on Amtrak trips of less than 750 miles. The lawmakers say they envision a car designated for pet travel. Convincing the government subsidized Amtrak to be competitive with the already accepting airlines may not be that easy. Amtrak banned pets in the 70's.
ABC 20/20 Report On Rip-off Vets Draws Ire
When Animal Radio® Veterinary Correspondent Dr. Marty Becker was featured in the prime-time show on dishonest veterinarians, he had no idea they would translate meaning in the editing room. After many vets spoke angrily about the 20/20 report, Dr. Becker resigned from ABC, ending 17 years of dedicated service on Good Morning America. Hear what happened and what was supposed to happen in this exclusive conversation.
Airline Almost Kills Dog -Wants Owner To Keep Silent
A pet-owner is claiming that United Airlines nearly killed her dog - then tried to bully her into staying silent. Janet Sinclair signed up for United Airlines' "PetSafe" program, which promises that pets will never "be exposed to temperatures greater than 85 degrees for more than 45 minutes." But when Sinclair arrived, her greyhound Sedona was near death. The vet bills came to $2,700. United Airlines agreed to pay for medical expenses - but only if Sinclair signed a non-disclosure agreement. Sinclair has decided to make her plea public with a Facebook campaign. United Airlines said they didn't pay up because Sinclair unfortunately "declined to accept the terms of the agreement."
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Next Week: Miranda Perry with Online Pet Scams - From NatGeo's Taboo, Boomer the Dog - David Beart's Pet Friendly House.
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