WGN Radio Petcast: Preparing for Emergencies, Pet Insurance, Cat Genetics, Parrots and Ferrets


This WGN Radio Petcast wins the Gold Medal for being the most jam packed ever! (May take a moment to load):

Tracy Reis, national director of Red Star Emergency Services at the American Humane Association talks about preparing for your pets’ survival in emergencies. Everything from carrier training for cats to the importance of microchipping.

Pet insurance can be a life saver, literally, Dr. Michele Caruso tells the story. In this instance, Caruso talks about Trupanion Pet Insurance, which pays back 90 percent.

Dr. Ernie Ward has advice to use on how to avoid fleas and ticks, and where to get your products from in the first place – especially this year, which should be flea and tick heavy. He also talks about mosquitoes and heartworm disease. How can flea infestations, and incidents of heartworm be on the rise when the current prevention products work? Dr. Ward also talks about misconceptions concerning costs that are “whacked out.”

There’s also new product – called Bronchi-Shield Oral –  (which dogs actually like) to prevent kennel cough, which Dr. Arne Zislin reveals. Coughing, hacking dogs – can all be prevented.

Dr. Leslie Lyons traveled high and low, thousands of miles, around the world to learn about cat genetics. With a simple cheek swab, there’s a test now to determine the part of the world your cat derives, and your cat’s ancestry.

Betsy Saul, co-founder of petfinder.com – 20 millions adoptions! I spoke with Betsy at BlogPaws. She says, we’ve begun to understand the dog issue – fewer dogs in shelters in many places in the country, but with cats – there’s no such luck. What’s the deal with cats?

No one on the planet knows more about parrots than Irene Pepperberg – she brings us up to date with the latest research, as I spoke with her at the Conference of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

At BlogPaws, I met someone who’s traveled for miles to support ferrets, the host of Enlightened Ferrets.