Pros and Cons: A young lady in Bethesda, MD is thinking of adopting a tea cup pig (pictured) and wants to know if it’s a good or bad idea.
Ring Tone Risk Assessment: A Washington DC family has a cat that turns aggressive upon hearing the sound of mobile phone ring tones, and there is concern that their newborn baby could be harmed by the pet's actions.
Preparing For a New Arrival: Dr. Weitzman is joined by Laurie Hess of Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills, NY; they offer suggestions to a woman who thinks her parakeet is showing signs of pregnancy.
Music “Purus River” by Uakti; "The Coral Song" by A.J. Jenkins.
One of TV’s most popular animal shows is at the center of a of controversy stemming from an investigation that has produced some very serious accusations. We get details from James West, the Mother Jones news producer who first shed light on claims of abuse and neglect by the Animal Planet network, and producers of the program "Call of the Wildman."
Hearing Aids for Bats? Sandra Tsing Loh of The Loh Down on Science has the story of a recent discovery which suggests bats have developed a novel approach to “social calling.”
The recent California drought is the worst the state has experienced in nearly a century. And experts are saying the dry spell could last for at least another year. Reporter Susan Murphy of KPBS in San Diego tells the story of the dry spell’s toll on dozens of the city’s avian species and what scientists are doing to reverse the trend.
Pet Fostering Get “Thumbs Up” From Uncle Sam: Thanks to a successful legal challenge, people who volunteer to foster pets for animal rescue organizations can receive tax deductions for their efforts. Jonathan Lovvern, chief counsel of The Humane Society of the United States sorts out the specifics for us. Music: “Madeira River” and “Cartiano Marra” by Uakti
Post Traumatic Stress: A Virginia dog who was recently attacked by a group of pit bulls has become very aggressive towards other dogs. What is the best course of action for resolving this issue? Music: “Purus River” & “Almitak” by Uakti
Starfish living in Pacific waters from Mexico to Alaska are inexplicably dying by the thousands. Katie Campbell of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s EarthFix project dives in to chronicle the work of scientists who are struggling to find the reasons behind the deaths.
DIY Grooming: Known as the star of Animal Planet’s reality show, "The Groomer Has It," Jorge Bendersky is an A-list pet care specialist whose clients include top models, notable actors, infamous billionaires and popular recording artists. Jorge shares a few “do it yourself” grooming tips that will make any pet ready for the red carpet. Music: "Verdi's Va Pensiero" by Uakti.
The diminutive and seemingly loveable canine breed is at the center of serious accusations by residents of a Phoenix, Ariz., suburb who say they’re being “terrorized” by packs of roaming Chihuahuas. Melissa Gable of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control in Arizona sheds light on a story that has made international headlines.
Operation Chihuahua: The escalating problem of abandoned and homeless Chihuahuas in California inspired animal control workers in San Francisco and a major airline to devise a novel partnership in order to find new homes for the animals. Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti; "The Cha-Cha Chihuahua Song"
Is There Such Thing as a “Hypoallergenic Pet?”: A Washington, D.C., woman has a husband who developed an allergic reaction to their dearly departed cat. They want to adopt another and heard that Persian cats don't aggravate allergies. True or false? Dr. Katy Nelson, host of "The Pet Show with Dr. Katy," joins Dr. Gary Weitzman in the attempt to find an answer.
Phone Peril: An otherwise very well-behaved 4-year-old Lab-Retriever in Silver Spring, Md., barks non-stop when her caretaker is on the phone or talking to someone. Music: “Purus River” & “Dig A Pony” by Uakti
The Snow Leopard is one of the world’s most elusive and endangered animals. It's also being recognized as a symbol of Olympian power, grace and beauty during this year’s winter games. Marco Werman of PRI’s The World tells us why the species is so admired and what is being done to rescue the species from brink of extinction.
No Medals for Sochi’s Treatment of Strays:Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States tells a story of distressing animal abuse in the Russian city hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Healthy Teeth, Happy Pet: 78 percent of dogs and 68 percent of cats over the age of 3 suffer from dental disease. And giving your pet’s teeth the “brush-off” could lead to critical and expensive health issues. Dr. Heather Loenser, co-host of the TV program “Pet Emergency 101,” offers tips for achieving better dental hygiene for your pet.