pets

Westminster Kennel Club
4:00 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

One Step For Mutts, One Leap For Dogkind

Mutts will be allowed to compete in the Masters Agility Championship at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in February.
Flickr Photo/Pet Adviser

Ross Reynolds talks with Westminster Kennel Club spokesperson David Frei about the decision to include mixed-breed dogs in the upcoming Masters Agility Championship on Feb. 8 in New York City.

Pet Safety
2:54 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

FDA Tries To Prevent Pet Death With New Regualtions On Pet Food

There are already a lot of options for pet food: including all-natural choices. But the FDA is stepping in to make sure that all pet food is safe.
Flickr Photo/Rocky Mountain Feline

Sure all dogs go to heaven, and cats have nine lives, but that doesn't mean we don't want to keep our pets safe while we have them and now the Food and Drug Administration is getting involved.

This morning the FDA proposed new regulations that will, for the first time, govern production of pet food and farm animal feed. Marcie Sillman talks with Daniel McChesney, director of the Office of Surveillance and Compliance at the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine about the new regulations and how they will be implemented both domestically and abroad.

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Pets Vs. Livestock
4:55 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

One Girl's Mission To Re-Classify Pygmy Goats

Ava Anissipour and her goat Juju visiting the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Jenna Montgomery

Ava Anissipour is on a mission to convince Federal Way to re-classify pygmy goats as pets, not livestock. Anissipour has had a pygmy goat since she was nine years old; she's 12 now.

Anissipour says pygmy goats make perfect household pets: affectionate, smart and well behaved. The Federal Way City Council plans to vote on pygmy goat classification in the coming weeks.

Marcie Sillman sat down with Anissipour to talk about her efforts.

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Dog Allergies
11:33 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Hypoallergenic Dogs: Myth Or Fact?

White House

Last week when we were talking about dogs in bars, restaurants and grocery stores the conversation turned to people who are allergic to dogs. One woman called to say her dog was hypoallergenic. But is that a real thing? Veterinarian Dr. Karen Hoffman reveals the truth to Ross Reynolds.

Pet Travel
10:52 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Flying With Fido

Flickr Photo/Mayan Explore

 During the summer travel season it can be hard to leave pets at home. But instead of having Fido miss out on a fun vacation, many animal lovers choose to bring their pets on the trip. How can you make sure your furry companion is safe and happy on the way to your destination? Ross Reynolds gets travel tips for pet owners from Dr. Karen Hoffman, a veterinarian at Maple Leaf Pet Corner.

Dogs In Public
11:47 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Listener Debate: Should Dogs Be Allowed In Bars And Restaurants?

Flickr Photo/torbakhopper

  There are more dogs living in Seattle than children according to recent census data. You’ve probably noticed the dog parks, dog spas and even dogs hanging out in bars, restaurants and other public places. According to state law, animals (excluding service animals) are not allowed in food establishments. But should they be? We want to hear from you: should dogs be allowed in public spaces like bars and restaurants? Ross Reynolds takes listener phone calls.

Science News And Pet Problems
9:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

A Budget Deal, Immigration, Understanding Cancer, And Pet Questions Answered

Mischief comes with pet ownership, but Steve Duno is here to help!
Flickr Photo/Noelle Noble

Budget Deal In Olympia
Everett Herald columnist and Weekday’s regular Olympia guru Jerry Cornfield brings us analysis of the tentative budget deal reached by state lawmakers.
 
Immigration Deal In DC
Yesterday's immigration reform vote is being hailed as a rare example of bipartisanship. The Senate voted 68 to 32 yesterday to overhaul the nation’s immigration system. It now heads to the House. We talk with Jill Jackson of CBS News from Washington, DC.

Rethinking How We Study Cancer
A scientist at Johns Hopkins University developed a mathematical model to better understand why some cancer tumors are resistant to cancer fighting drugs. Science reporter Carl Zimmer explains the study and how scientists are changing the way they think about cancer.

Pet Questions Answered
Got a difficult dog or cat? Pet trainer, Steve Duno, tackles your questions at 206.543.5869 (KUOW).  Also, is neutering dogs always a good idea?  

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Biotech
12:07 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Bionic Bulldogs And Spider Goats: The Future Of Biotech's New Beasts

Artistic interpretation of the future of pets, the Genpet by Adam Brendejs.
Flickr Photo/Adam Brandejs

How is biotechnology changing our pets, our livestock and other wild things? Ross Reynolds talks with Emily Anthes, the author of "Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts," about how biotech will change our pets and livestock.

Pets
12:32 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Dog-Sharing Co-Op Offers Free Dog Sitting

Tallulah Bell is a 10-month old terrier/basset hound mix available for adoption at PAWS.
PAWS

People in the Northwest are among the most likely in the nation to have pets. That's according to a new survey by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. Washington, Oregon and Idaho rank in the top 10 for pet-owning households — with Oregon at No. 4, Washington at No. 6 and Idaho at No. 9. Maybe you’re one of the Northwest’s many pet people. If you are, you know that owning a dog can be e lot of work. But what if you had help? Free help. Sound too good to be true? According to Eric Husk it isn’t. He is the founder of City Dog Share, which he describes as a dog-sitting co-op. Ross Reynolds gets the details.

Eating Animals
11:29 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Why Don't We Eat Our Dogs?

Why do most people love animals they consider cute, like puppies or panda bears, but they don’t have a lot of love for animals they consider ugly, like naked mole rats? Western Carolina University Psychology professor Hal Herzog explores the paradoxical relationship people have with animals in a new book, "Some we love, some we hate, some we eat: Why it’s so hard to think straight about animals."