Animal Radio Episode 847
February 26, 2016•87 min
Emotional Support Animals
Often confused, there is a major difference between Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals. Lori Brooks has the lowdown on what this means for you and your Emotional Support Tarantula. Yes, he'll be able to get on a plane, but he may be legally turned away from your favorite restaurant.
Stolen pets are on the rise. It doesn't matter what breed you have. An estimated two million pets were stolen last year in the United States. That's up 32% according to the American Kennel Club. And the number of actual dogs stolen could be potentially much greater. You need to be extra careful with your furry-family or they might end up in the ugly under-belly of human nature.
Welcome the Pets in Bed
Many experts say "keep the pets out of the bed." But a recent study from the Center for Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona could change some minds. Researchers surveyed 150 sleep center patients and found that more than half of pet owners allowed their pets to sleep in the bedroom. One out of five described their pets as disruptive, but 41% said their pets were quiet and even beneficial to their nightly sleep.
Dogs in Flint, MI Test Positive for Lead Poisoning
The Flint Water Crisis has canine victims. Two dogs have tested positive for lead toxicity and more are suspected. The state is offering free test for dogs and cats that show the symptoms of lead poisoning. Unfortunately, the signs of toxicity are similar to many other diseases.
Zika Virus and Animals
The big question this week on our toll-free phone lines is about the rapidly spreading Zika Virus - and if our pets can be affected. While there is no evidence yet that they can carry it or transmit it, the relevant question is if they can be sickened by it.
Next Week: Lynsey Polacheck - Marlon Hargis (Exile) - Doc Halligan