Peter first welcomes Dr. Robert Reed, who discusses many key points about canine influenza, or dog flu. This condition is not seasonal, and often causes local outbreaks. And, people can carry the virus! Reed also tells us which dogs should receive the vaccine. Reed is Medical Director, VCA Rancho Mirage Animal Hospital.
Then Peter welcomes Dr. Naomi Rose, Marine Mammal Biologist, Animal Welfare Institute, to discuss swim with dolphin programs. A new Mexican owned facility has recently opened in Scottsdale AZ, with the usual promotional methods being employed to attract visitors. Animal Welfare Institute has new survey data showing that a growing proportion of Arizona residents do not approve of holding dolphins in captivity for the purpose of swimming with them. This represents a great positive change over the past two decades.
February is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month, and so Lori then welcomes Anne Martin, PhD., Executive Director of House Rabbit Society. Lori and Anne begin by talking about the many joys of living with one or more pet rabbits. They continue discussing some of the serious rabbit welfare issues including overpopulation (they are the third most surrendered animal to shelters after cats and dogs), rabbit fur, rabbits in testing for cosmetics and household products, and rabbit meat.