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What Makes You Howl? What Hisses You Off? These pet podcasts on Pet Life Radio shine a light on hot-button pet issues that make owners growl, wag and purr, or bare their teeth. Host Amy Shojai brings together an array of top animal experts to discuss, explain--and sometimes argue about--common and not-so-common pet peeves. Do you have an opinion about breed bans? What about declawing cats, or keeping “exotic” pets? Has your city limited the number of critters you can keep? Opened a dog park? ...
 
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When your pets' behavior threatens to destroy your house--and your relationship--Who you gonna call? Dr. Marty Becker, America's Veterinarian answers that question, and has joined the Behavior Tour, sponsored by Ceva Animal Health and American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. The tour travels across the country helping pet owners understand some…
 
Service dogs offer aid and comfort to thousands of people around the world. And a service dog's duties encompass all sorts of work. They guide vision impaired partners or sniff out bombs, find lost people or rescuing individuals from disaster--and of course offer emotional support and nonjudgmental love along the way. Caring for their health can be…
 
There's no doubt that dogs bring smiles to our faces with happy wags. Some of these canine nurses could be furry angels when they become therapy dogs that visit with people in need of healing face licks and snuggles. But exactly what is a therapy dog and how are they trained? Can you and your dog become a therapy team? Learn all about the ANGEL ON …
 
Your old cat needs medicine for hyperthyroidism. The puppy burned his mouth chewing something "wrong." A veterinarian diagnoses and prescribes the best treatment for your fur-kids, parrots and other exotics--but what if your animal companion refuses to cooperate? How do you get that Rx down those snapping jaws? It becomes even more of a challenge w…
 
You can find self-proclaimed experts all over the Internet, so it's refreshing to find a pair of debut authors who actually have the credentials for their topic. Join Pet Peeves today to learn how the book Cat Calls came about from co-authors Susan Logan (editor of Cat Fancy Magazine) and famous New York cat sitter and CatChannel.com columnist Jean…
 
I hate mosquitoes not only because they’re itchy aggravation, but these nasty vampires spread deadly heartworm disease. Heartworms are found all over the world, affect wildlife, dogs and cats. While it’s easy to prevent the disease there are concerns that some populations of heartworms have become resistant to the medication we give our pets. And t…
 
Camilla Gray-Nelson trains women to train their dogs--and yes, it's a bit different than the male viewpoint. If you're a lady with a pet dog and at the end of your leash with Fido's antics, you'll want to learn the tips in this show. Camilla has been training dogs and solving problems for more than 20 years and today runs Dairydell Canine Center in…
 
In our modern society where perfect bodies and youthful looks rule the media, it may be politically correct to "make allowances" for other-abled humans. But in the world of pets, where so many need homes, would you adopt a disabled animal? What would you do if the perfect pet turned out less than ideal? How do you decide when and where to draw the …
 
It’s called natural, holistic, complementary, and integrative-- bottom line, veterinary medicine has gone back to the past to treat and cure pets. What exactly is holistic healing? The natural vet, Dr. Shawn Messonnier, explains the concept and why he decided to expand his practice to include holistic treatments. In this show, learn how natural med…
 
Alley Cat Rescue (ACR) sponsors the 2nd Annual "Free Feral Cat Spay Day" on April 27, 2011. But just what is a "feral cat" and why should you care? Feral cats are born and raised without human contact, and live life on the wild side. You might call them yowling nuisances when they potty in your garden or drive indoor cats crazy-- but they’re simply…
 
Today the pet products industry appears to be one of those "bullet proof" endeavors even in the wake of economic downturn. That’s wonderful for the companies, of course. And a number of the big guys fund high-profile animal foundations -- Pet Peeves featured Morris Animal Foundation and Winn Feline Foundation to name two worthy organizations. But s…
 
About 4 million cats pass through United States shelters annually, and most never make it out alive. A top killer of cats in shelters might surprise you - it’s kitty colds! What can we do to stop this horrible situation? Join my guest Dr. Kate Hurley, director of the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at the University of California - Davis. She reveal…
 
Losing a beloved pet devastates owners, yet we don't always get the support we need, or know where to turn for help. Dr. Diane Pomerance is a certified Grief Recovery Specialist who serves as director of the Pet Grief counseling Program for the SPCA of Texas. She is also active in pet rescue--pets who have lost loves of another kind--and has writte…
 
Service dogs have become a very public and vital part of our society. But there’s another area that doesn’t get quite as much hand-waving. Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) includes companion animals as a part of the patient’s therapy in a treatment plan designed by a health care professional. For instance, a child might be more willing to toss a ball …
 
Today's guest, P.A. Woodburn, share the making of her mystery book CRIES IN THE DARK on today's show. It incorporates the world of animal research, and the "what if" of communicating with animals. As an animal lover who at one time worked for Green Peace, she brings an insider's perspective to this work of fiction, a thrilling story that's a perfec…
 
Millions of homeless animals end up in shelters every year. Half of the pets that go into shelters die there, because time runs out before they can be adopted. How can caring pet lovers stem the furry tide? Janice Brown, Founder of Tails Magazine, has started a letter-writing campaign called "Letters for Pets," urging President Obama to declare Apr…
 
November is Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month. Older dogs and cats offer many benefits as pets, compared to youngsters. It’s time that mature pets get the respect and attention they deserve! This show offers sneak peeks into updated and revised award-winning books Complete Care for Your Aging Cat and Complete Care for Your Aging Dog. You’ll hear some of the…
 
There’s a reason such events are called a disaster -- but that word falls short when it comes to Katrina. The animal victims haunt pet lovers, especially those personally touched by the tragedy who did everything right -- and still lost so much. Karen O’Toole lived through the devastation, and was on the front lines as a rescuer and witness. She ch…
 
The old adage "you are what you eat" applies to dogs just as it does people. And today, pet owners need a crystal ball to sift through the choices on the grocery aisle. Even if you home cook or raw feed, there are pitfalls that could leave your dog in trouble. Steve Brown offers answers for owners who home prepare food-- or buy it in the bag-- in h…
 
Not all trainers believe in cookie power and clickers--they consider it lax or ineffective. But punishment-based training of some high-profile celebrity trainers is labeled unscientific and ineffective by others. Who’s right? Is there room for both? Would you shock your dog to get him to behave? Stephanie Smith, PhD has something to say on the matt…
 
Researchers have made amazing strides in specialized areas of veterinary medicine. These treatments can greatly improve a sick animal’s quality of life, and often cure or at least add months to years to the time the pet and owner can share together. Today’s guest explains all the details about veterinary specialties. Dr. Nancy Kay is a board certif…
 
We’ve a bumper crop of kittens every year, with up to 4 million cats a year enter shelters. It hurts my heart to think of all the loving, needy felines that lose their homes--and their lives--every year. And it doesn’t have to happen! The American Humane designates June as the prime time for cat and kitten adoptions. But you don’t have to wait for …
 
A week doesn’t go by that I don’t read a cat story in the local or national news. It’s great we have news coverage of controversial feline issues such as declawing bans, cat collectors, mandatory spay/neuter, as well as the warm-and-fuzzy coverage. But it hisses me off when the writers don’t know a Tonkinese from a Tabby. My expert guest, Sue Ewing…
 
It's a national tragedy that a special month promoting cat adoptions is necessary. Felines get the short end of the adoption stick because of cat myth-perceptions. We’ll dispel some of those myths and offer listeners terrific free resources designed for cat owners, veterinarians and shelters. Dr. Patricia Olson of Morris Animal Foundation and the H…
 
Missing the litter box sends many cats to the shelter when owners can’t stand living with the mess. And while some cats do the dirty deed because of medical issues, there can be problems diagnosis-- or treating-- the problem even once it’s identified. I attended Dr. Jacqueline C. Neilson’s lecture at the Western Veterinary Conference on dealing wit…
 
If you have a cat, you deal with claws. Learn all about ways to direct your cat’s natural inclinations in acceptable outlets. Dr. Jean Hofve offers tips on training, plus her unvarnished opinion of declaw surgery, laws against the practice and more. For more about declawing issues, tune into "Claws & Effect" on another Pet Peeves show. Need pet car…
 
Western Veterinary Conference provides continuing education to veterinary professionals with more than 800 hours of continuing education with world-renowned instructors, networking with 6000 veterinarians, and more than 430 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services. This year, the icing on my cake included interviewing legendary animal…
 
Talk about insurance raises hackles these days, and coverage for pets--furry family members--can be just as important. Last year people spent about $25 million on veterinary care. We want to take the best care of our pets as possible, but in trying economic times, that can be a challenge. Dr. David Goodnight with PurinaCare Pet Health Insurance edu…
 
Dog-loving owners can have unrealistic expectations, and can easily misunderstand normal dog behaviors. They believe dogs purposely act "bad" to get back at the owner, or blame problems on the dog’s stupidity. Too often, these socially inept canines end up in shelters! Yet dog training CAN be easy and fun-- and literally can save your dog’s life an…
 
Studies have shown that pets lower our stress levels, and people remain healthier and live longer more fulfilled lives when they share it with a pet. Today we’re learning that if our animal companions can do this for otherwise healthy folks, as well as those with physical challenges, they also offer extraordinary benefits for emotional injuries! Jo…
 
I love pets. I love reading. But it really hisses me off when authors relegate animals to window dressing. Best-selling thriller author James Rollins never makes that mistake, and brings the animals to life in his latest veterinary medical thriller. In this fascinating interview, learn about his research and writing routine, how he transitioned fro…
 
In recent shows week, I’ve talked with ATF canine handlers partnered with accelerant detection, explosives detection, and tactical dogs. I’ve been impressed by the dedication of the handlers, and applaud the ATF’s position on positive dog training. Today we’re completing the series with a canine trainer for the ATF, Shawn Crawford. And while the AT…
 
While I hate the thought of guns, I understand how hunters and sports-folk have a passion for them. And I also recognize the need for firearms in law enforcement to counter all the bad guys out there using deadly force. But I really like the idea of canine officers trained to assist their human partners. Because once that trigger’s pulled, there’s …
 
Television CSI programs rely on scientific techniques to uncover evidence of a crime. But some of the most effective crime fighting detectives have four feet and fur, and sniff their way through the workload. Explosives detection dogs can identify guns, bombs, a huge array of bomb components, and do so with a happy wag. Join today’s show and learn …
 
Wildfires decimate thousands of acres each year, destroying homes and lives. Many are deemed acts of nature, but 25 percent of fires in the United States result from arson. Join Lt. Arthur Czajkowski and his arson-detection canine Porche to learn how dogs are trained, and the work they do as part of the ATF Federal Task Force and National Response …
 
Last week was all about understanding our canine family members better. This week, cats get equal time. Did you know that cats need brain-candy as much as dogs--or people? It’s not just a treat, it’s a necessity--and our felines are starving for intellectual enrichment. Too often, Kitty ends up getting in trouble because she has no legal outlet for…
 
Animals communicate with us constantly--and misunderstanding can have dire consequences. A dog wagging his tail means he’s friendly so you can pet him-- right or wrong? He licks his lips to say--what? Every dog wants to be dominant, correct? Alpha-rolling a dog shows you’re the boss--true or false? Misunderstandings can mean a damaged relationship …
 
Pet lovers enjoy novels that include dogs and cats, but the author better get the facts right! Misspelling breed names, calling the cat an "it" or (horrors!) showing the supposedly savvy heroine doctoring the doggy hero with human medication toxic to pets brings out readers’ claws. We purr with delight when authors include real-life characters and …
 
Most cases of animal abuse are never reported, because the victims can’t cry out for help. Animal cruelty is against the law-- but can’t be stopped if offenders aren’t identified and prosecuted, and existing laws enforced. Dr. Melinda D. Merck pioneered veterinary forensics and joined the ASPCA in 2007 as a Forensic Veterinarian. Her work has been …
 
Hurting animals is not only unethical, society agrees it’s sick. Appalling news reports of children torturing and killing cats and dogs makes pet lovers’ blood run cold. Such crimes demand more than a slap on the wrist, and not just to protect animals. Because abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people. Cat lover Dr.…
 
Some pets make our hearts take wing-- literally. There are 350 species of parrot, and people who share their lives with companion birds understand they’re more than mere decorations. But the normal behavior of these lovely companions can frustrate owners. What do you do when your parrot bites, screams nonstop, or pulls out his feathers? Parrot beha…
 
When an animal companion is "bad" we just want the behavior to stop. But waving a wand that makes the critter "act nice" could be compared to inserting a cork when diarrhea develops, without addressing the "why" of the symptom. We short-change our pets by not looking deeper into why they misbehave. Dr. Susan Friedman says we all behave for an effec…
 
When your parrot, cat, dog or horse acts up, who ya gonna call? These days, every Tom, Dick and Jane claims to be an expert, and frankly, they can "whisper" all they want but it doesn’t mean your pets will listen. Finding qualified behavior help can be a challenge, especially if you don’t want to make a bad situation worse with bad advice. Join Mar…
 
Cats can’t be trained! Everybody knows that-- never mind that cats they learn to use the litter box, scratch the right object, come running when the can opener whirrs, and and and-- Wait a minute! Does that really count as training? You betcha! Before your cat gets his claws into your brain and turns it to mush training you, tune into this episode …
 
Communicating with our companion animals takes more than a shout-out. In fact, cats and dogs (and other critters) talk back to us all the time. If we’d just shut up and listen, our relationship would be so much richer. Animal trainer Kayce Cover says true two-way communication with our pets isn’t just a dream; she’s turned it into a reality. Listen…
 
A recent column by noted baby doctor and syndicated columnist Dr. T. Berry Brazelton managed to hiss-off cat lovers across the country, including me! He obviously missed Pet Peeves Episode 19 - Oh, Baby! Cats & Infants and instead advised a pregnant woman to get rid of her cat, warning that the kitty could spread disease, act jealous and suffocate …
 
From warm-and-fuzzy to stories with bite, canine features fill the mainstream press these days. The popularity of pets means local and national media outlets pay attention to doggy stories. But who writes the stories, and reports breaking news on the 6 o’clock report? Too often, it’s a person who doesn’t know a Beagle from the son-of-a-Bichon down …
 
In Episode 26, we covered dogs, and now it's time to take a walk on the feline side. With more than 40 recognized cat breeds around the world, there's a cat to suit the most finicky cat lover. How careful are breeders when it comes to creating new breeds? Do they breed for looks, or for health--or both? Listen as geneticist and researcher Dr. Lesli…
 
If you love cats, you doubtless have read the book about this special feline, or have heard of it. It's hard to believe that a throw-away kitten had such impact on his human "mom" and town, and in fact has touched the world. Join Vicki Myron, author of the book, and find out secrets you won't read--including who will play her when the movie version…
 
With the holiday season in full swing, we plan to spend vacations with long-distance families--and we want to include our fur-kids in the festivities. But many airlines are no longer such "friendly skies" when it comes to travel with pets. Passengers rarely know they share cabin space with a pet; human travelors are noisier, more pungent, and aggra…
 
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