This season, there have been reports of dogs becoming sick and dying after exposure to ponds harboring the so-called blue-green algae. Especially frightening is that even clear ponds can sometimes have the blue-green algae growing in them and that exposure can cause rapidly progressive illness and sometimes death. Veterinarian Robert Reed joins Peter to explain what exactly blue green algae is, why it is such a hazard to dogs and what to do if a dog may be exposed.
Our next guest is Stu Chaifetz, who is an investigator with SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness). Even though cockfighting is illegal in all 50 US states, this cruel and barbaric activity still occurs. Stu announces SHARK’s new campaign to seek out, investigate and close down cockfighting operations.
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.
We conclude with a feature about the remarkable platypus, and challenging little quiz about bees.