Lori begins with a shocking report from World Wildlife Fund, which demonstrates that humanity has wiped out 60% of all wild animal life on earth since 1970. Peter and Lori then continue with other news, including President Trump’s signing of much appreciated legislation to continue funding NOAA’s marine debris program, celebrities are joining forces to end dog racing in Florida, and more!
Next because November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month, Lori speaks with Dr. Douglas Kunz, Medical Director of Desert VCA Animal Hospital about diabetes in cats, from symptoms to diagnosis to treatment. Did you know that diabetes is present in one out of every 200 cats and that it is more common in females?
Peter then welcomes John Thompson, Deputy executive Director and COO at National Sheriff’s Association. Thompson has been leading the effort to develop and make available realistic simulators to train law enforcement personnel to manage encounters with dogs, instead of shooting them. Thompson, a passionate dog lover, has teamed up with VirTra and many other interested parties in the Law Enforcement Dog Encounters Training (LEDET) program, which is being made available to departments throughout the US.
In the final segment, Lori tells us about the most common reasons dogs and cats visit the Veterinarian, with skin issues topping the list for dogs and stomach issues for cats. Then Lori speaks with Alana Miller, President of Blind Cat Rescue, located in North Carolina. In addition to providing forever homes to cats with no or very limited vision, they also do the same for cats with feline immunodeficiency virus and feline leukemia virus. Miller reports the blind cats do surprisingly well without sight. The most common cause of blindness in her cats is neglect, specifically untreated eye infections, consequent to respiratory infections.