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Paw’d Cast: Laura and David Troubleshoot Akita Rehoming

12/11/2018
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On the 12/6/18 program, trainer/blogger Laura and I helped called Ken from Santa Cruz to troubleshoot -- "if anything can go wrong it will" -- the transfer of an Akita from Northern California to Washington state. But what happens if it doesn't work out? Trainer Laura Pakis of ACME Canine and I do our usual "Ask Us Anything" segment at 12:30 and we will be taking calls from listeners. Please join us and tell your friends. It turns out there is an Akita breed rescue in Northern California...

Duration:00:07:52

Paw’d Cast: Rhonda Somerton, Investigating Grisly Monterey Animal Mutilations

12/11/2018
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This is a podcast from the 12/6/18 program, featuring Rhonda Somerton, a volunteer with the Humane Farming Association. She gathered information on the Salinas "River of Death," as a TV station called it. Here is how she tells the story: I was working with the Humane Farming Association, which is based in San Rafael, CA, on another matter. In October, a concerned citizen tipped me off to the fact that multiple dead dogs and goats were being dumped off of a bridge in south Monterey County and...

Duration:00:21:58

12:30 p.m. — We want your questions! Ask Us Anything! With trainer/blogger Laura Pakis

12/11/2018
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Last week, Laura and I helped troubleshoot -- "if anything can go wrong it will" -- the transfer of an Akita from Northern California to Washington state. But what happens if it doesn't work out? This will be Laura's last visit for the year and I am working on her fill-ins, which I will post ASAP. Trainer Laura Pakis of ACME Canine and I will do our usual "Ask Us Anything" segment at 12:30 and we will be taking calls from listeners. Please join us and tell your friends.

Duration:00:12:58

Ask Dr. Burtch: Canine Cardiology

12/2/2018
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A broad discussion of canine heart disease with veterinary internist Dr. Merrianne Burtch of Pacific Veterinary Specialists and BirchBark Foundation, which provides emergency care for low-income pets and their owners.

Duration:00:31:53

Ask Dr. Burtch: Pancreatitis

12/2/2018
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Dr Merrianne Burtch, Pacific Veterinary Specialists & BirchBark Foundation A half-hour interview with our favorite veterinary internist on a condition most owners -- dog or cat -- hope they never become too experienced with. This has been a perplexing disease for me, but after recording this interview, I feel much more equipped to deal with it, or better yet, avoid it in the first place.

Duration:00:26:32

Ask-a-Vet: Dr. Kelly Diehl, Morris Animal Foundation

11/29/2018
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Dr. Kelly Diehl of the Morris Animal Foundation visits with us about once-a-month. She is a vet and scientist who helps decide what animal medical studies receive funding. Topics include: Vegetarian dog food "is becoming a big problem." We talk about how alternative diets can hurt dogs -- including heart disease and grain-free diets. Taurine discussion and the importance of the amino acid that saves animals' lives. How changes in the biome -- gut bacteria -- can hurt or benefit health. Long...

Duration:00:46:03

Ask-Us-Anything: Teddy, the “Problem Pom”

11/29/2018
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For this "Ask Us Anything" with ACME Canine trainer Laura Pakis we have an in-studio canine guest -- Teddy the Pomeranian -- and her foster, Jules Beer. Teddy has shown some aggression toward people, but has calmed down considerably, especially when treats are provided. Jules and Laura develop a plan to better socialize this dog and get him into an adoptive home. This emphasizes the importance of getting animals out of shelters -- Teddy had been in one for weeks -- where they are incredibly...

Duration:00:29:12

Our Paw’d Cast: Camp Fire Pet Shelter — Crystal Moreland, HSUS

11/28/2018
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Crystal Moreland helped establish the long-term shelter for pets displaced (but identified by owners) from the 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County, CA. She is California State Director for the Humane Society of the United States. This podcast is an excerpt from the November 26, 2018 edition of KSCO Pet Radio.

Duration:00:26:44

YesOn12CA.com: Josh Balk, Animal Rights Hall-of-Fame, Humane Society of the US

10/22/2018
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Josh will be back on Sunday 10/29 (he was not heard on the 22nd due to the power failure we suffered) to discuss the Prevent Cruelty California campaign that has put a referendum item on the November ballot to make illegal the extreme crowding of layer hens, veal calves, and breeder pigs. If passed in November, California will again be the nation's leader in protecting animals at factory farms. And because all eggs and meat brought into California would have to meet the new standard, farms...

Duration:00:15:40

Meg Harrison on Flower Essences for Pets

10/15/2018
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Meg Harrison, Black Wing FarmsUse KSCO20 as a code at checkout to get a 20-percent discount on your purchase. This is probably what will become the first of several appearances (over months) by Meg Harrison, founder of Black Wing Farms and an expert on using flower essences to solve behavioral problems in animals. If you have ever used Bach Rescue Remedy for yourself or a pet, you've used a flower essence. When Brittany first appeared at our home, she suffered from severe separation anxiety...

Duration:00:22:50

1:45 p.m. — Ask Dr. Burtch: Addison’s Disease

10/8/2018
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This is a report to correct the audio not being properly attached! Addison's Disease is a fairly common condition in dogs and horses that results from a lack of steroids being produced by the body. It is the same disease in people and is the opposite of the more common (in dogs) Cushing's Disease, where too many steroids are produced by the animal. This is an almost 14-minute discussion of Addison's with Dr. Merrianne Burtch of Pacific Veterinary Specialists in Capitola and is part of our...

Duration:00:13:39

German Shepherd Expert Bob Frost

10/8/2018
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Bob Frost is a longtime German Shepherd breeder and trainer based in Ohio. It's fair to call him one of the custodians of the breed and he is expert on all things German Shepherd Dog. I've invited him to talk about the breed, both purebred and shelter dogs. I am hoping to help people better understand these wonderful animals and somehow reduce the numbers that end up unwanted and in shelters and, sometimes, killed for lack of a home.

Duration:00:34:58

1:15 p.m. — Introduction to Pet Insurance

10/5/2018
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Because of a technical issue on our last program, this interview will run (I hope) this week. Kristen Lynch from the North American Pet Health Insurance Association spends a half-hour answering questions about a subject that can perplex pet owners but is something most of us should be taking more seriously. After doing this interview -- and thinking about having raised thousands of dollars to help pay for emergency care for uninsured pets -- I think one of the hallmarks of responsible pet...

Duration:00:28:59

ALDF’s Larris: Florida Voters Could Ban Greyhound Racing

10/5/2018
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The Animal Legal Defense Fund has joined in a coalition of organizations to support the grassroots campaign to end the cruelty of greyhound racing in Florida. Voters will have a historic opportunity to help thousands of greyhounds this November 2018 by voting “ Yes on 13” for this humane amendment. Here is their page on the topic. For this program, I interviewed ALDF attorney Lindsay Larris. Here is her bio: Lindsay Larris oversees the Legislative Affairs Program in the Animal Legal Defense...

Duration:00:12:39

Friday (9/28/18) was World Rabies Day

9/29/2018
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Friday was World Rabies Day, held annually to improve global awareness of the fatal disease and a plan to eradicate canine rabies, the main cause of human deaths, by 2030. This will be done through assertive canine vaccination programs and immediate care for humans that have suffered dog bites. One of the great public health successes is that people in rich nations rarely worry about dying from rabies. Many don't even worry about vaccinating their pets against the disease, although that is...

Duration:00:04:04

Paw’d Cast: Greyhound Friends for Life

9/29/2018
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We talk about why there is a need to rescue retired greyhounds, how the rescues -- some from Mexico -- take place, how the greyhounds become pets, and why/how you might adopt a retired racing greyhound. This is another "rescued or dead" situation, in many cases. They are also, in case you've never met a greyhound, really sweet dogs and well worth the effort that people put into saving and caring for them. Our guest, Michele Czaja is on the board of directors of Greyhound Friends for Life and...

Duration:00:18:26

1:08 p.m. — Hurricane Florence recovery

9/22/2018
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Rich Crino, HSUS Rich Crino the Humane Society of the United States spends 10 minutes with us discussing his work with animals impacted by Hurricane Florence in Horry County, SC. Here is a video, from Myrtle Beach Online, of a woman who owns 12 cats, and is one of the people who have been assisted by the Humane Society of the United States.

Duration:00:10:36

Ask Us Anything with Laura and David August 27 2018 (Harnesses)

8/27/2018
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Dog harnesses were a favored topic during this "Ask Us Anything" segment

Duration:00:22:56

Our Paw’d Cast: How much progress have we made? Nathan J. Winograd, Author and No Kill advocate

8/27/2018
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This is a fascinating and wide-ranging history of the no-kill shelter movement in America, told by a man who helped create much of that history. The number of animal lives that Nathan's work and influence have saved over the past two decades is certainly in the millions. I would not be doing this program -- or rescuing animals -- if I had never met Nathan Winograd, who will be on this week to talk about the progress that has been made during the 14 years since he founded the No Kill...

Duration:00:33:30

When must your dog go to the emergency vet?– Ask Dr. Burtch

8/22/2018
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When must you take your pet to the emergency vet? Dr. Merrianne Burtch of the BirchBark Foundation and Pacific Veterinary Specialists in Capitola was here for a 5/20 recorded segment. She answers that question, offers a warning about the artificial sweetener xylitol that can kill dogs, as well as snakebite and other emergencies. Here is her blog post on life-threatening substances. Here is the substance of her ER visits post: Here are some pretty clear guidelines for when you should take...

Duration:00:16:25