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KCBS anchor Jeff Bell talks to Dr. Jennifer Scarlett of The San Francisco SPCA in this weekly feature discussing everything about animals and pets. On air: Sundays, 1:35 p.m., 3:35 p.m., and 9:21 p.m.
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KCBS Animal Update: Dealing With A Pet Custody Battle

February 24, 2014
Animal Update: KCBS' Jeff Bell and Dr. Jennifer Scarlett take on the topic of pet custody battles in this week's segment.
KCBS Animal Update: Dealing With A Pet Custody Battle
February 24, 2014
Animal Update: KCBS' Jeff Bell and Dr. Jennifer Scarlett take on the topic of pet custody battles in this week's segment.
KCBS Animal Update: Coyote Safety
February 11, 2014
Animal Update: Dr. Jennifer Scarlett says coyotes are very adaptable to urban environments and that there are over 100 of them in San Francisco.
The Evolution Of Cat Litter
February 3, 2014
Animal Update: Dr. Jennifer Scarlett with the SF SPCA says cat litter has only been around since the 1940s and that before that, cats were mainly indoor/outdoor animals.
Animal Update: Holiday Pet-Adoption Windows
November 18, 2013
Animal Update: For the 27th year, the San Francisco SPCA will showcase adoptable animals in the windows of Macy’s in Union Square. KCBS' Jeff Bell talks with Dr. Jennifer Scarlett of the San Francisco SPCA about the event and how interested members of the public can volunteer to help.
The Fungus Among Us
November 11, 2013
Animal Update: KCBS' Jeff Bell talks with Dr. Jennifer Scarlett about two fungi; ringworm which can be transmitted between pets and their owners, and White Nose Syndrome, which is a fungus that has heavily affected the worldwide bat population.
Myths about Black Cats
October 21, 2013
Animal Update: Black cats can cause some trepidation amongst the superstitious year-round, but these fears can be heightened around Halloween. KCBS' Jeff Bell talks with Dr. Jennifer Scarlett of the San Francisco SPCA about the historical reasons for the mystery around black cats and how it affects present day adoption patterns.
Housetraining your Puppy
October 14, 2013
Animal Update: October is “Adopt a Shelter Dog” month, and housetraining can be a major concern for prospective foster owners. KCBS' Jeff Bell speaks with Dr. Jennifer Scarlett of the San Francisco SPCA about the importance of this training and how to ease the difficulties of the process.
How Much Do Our Pets Remember?
September 30, 2013
Animal Update: Research is being done to test the abilities of dogs and cats in regards to their memory. KCBS' Jeff Bell and Dr. Jennifer Scarlett of the San Francisco SPCA discuss the findings.
KCBS Animal Update: Canine Influenza
September 23, 2013
KCBS Animal Update with Jeff Bell on the emerging issue of canine influenza.
West Nile Virus And Pets
September 9, 2013
Animal Update: Many fear for their own health during West Nile Virus season, but what about pets? KCBS' Jeff Bell talks with Dr. Jennifer Scarlett of the San Francisco SPCA about how common the ailment is with pets and the warning signs owners can be on the look out for when fearing possible transmission.
Doggie Alzheimer’s
September 2, 2013
Animal Update: September is World Alzheimer’s month, and many are surprised that their pets are susceptible to the ailment. KCBS' Jeff Bell talks with Dr. Jennifer Scarlett of the San Francisco SPCA about the science behind the disease and warning signs for pet guardians.
Planning for Your Pet’s Future
August 26, 2013
Animal Update: While many of those planning for their own death remember to allocate their physical possessions, some will ultimately forget their pet. KCBS' Jeff Bell and Dr. Jennifer Scarlett of the San Francisco SPCA discuss what pet owners can do to ensure their loved ones will continue to receive care.
Strychnine Poisoning
August 19, 2013
Animal Update: Police believe that meatballs laced with strychnine were deliberately placed around San Francisco last month, and some of the city’s canine inhabitants have been poisoned. KCBS' Jeff Bell and Dr. Jennifer Scarlett of the San Francisco SPCA discuss how owners can keep their dogs safe.
Health Benefits of Having Pets
August 5, 2013
Animal Update: Being cute is not the only service a pet can provide their owners. KCBS' Jeff Bell talks with Dr. Jennifer Scarlett of the San Francisco SPCA about the multitude of health benefits individuals can experience while owning a pet.
Why Kittens?
July 29, 2013
Animal Update: It's “Kitten Season” and Bay Area shelters are reporting that they are full of newborns. KCBS' Jeff Bell talks with Dr. Jennifer Scarlett of the San Francisco SPCA to discuss the science of “Kitten Season” and give advice to potential adopters.
Tips for Hot Summer Days
July 22, 2013
Animal Update: KCBS' Jeff Bell talks with Dr. Jennifer Scarlett of the San Francisco SPCA about what pet owners need to remember on summer days in order to keep their pets safe.
Preventative Cat Health
July 15, 2013
Animal Update: While cats hold the title of “most popular pet” in America, they are less likely to get checked up by a veterinarian than other pets. KCBS' Jeff Bell and Dr. Jennifer Scarlett of the San Francisco SPCA discuss lifestyle tips (including regular vet visits) that will keep felines happy and healthy.
Itchiness and Pets
July 8, 2013
Animal Update: Pets itching and scratching is relatively common, but when should owners be concerned? KCBS' Jeff Bell talks with Dr. Jennifer Scarlett of the San Francisco SPCA about the indicators that pet owners should look out for to distinguish between a normal scratch and something that may need attention from a vet.
The Importance of Microchipping Pets
July 1, 2013
Animal Update: KCBS' Jeff Bell talks with Dr. Jennifer Scarlett of the San Francisco SPCA about the process of placing microchips in pets, and how these small devices can aid owners locate their loved ones if they should ever get lost.
Pet Safety on July 4th
June 24, 2013
Animal Update: KCBS' Jeff Bell talks with Dr. Jennifer Scarlett of the San Francisco SPCA about the tribulations pet owners face on the fireworks-laden Independence Day holiday and what they can do to ease the fears of their loved ones.
Animal Update: Breed In Dogs
June 17, 2013
This week's Animal Update is on how you can't judge a dog breed simply by its appearance.
Animal Update: Adopt A Shelter Cat Month
June 10, 2013
Animal Update Dr. Jennifer Scarlett talks about the month of June's designation as Adopt a Shelter Cat Month.
Preventing Dog Bites
May 20, 2013
Animal Update: KCBS' Jeff Bell talks with Dr. Jennifer Scarlett of the San Francisco SPCA about dog bites; specifically, what group of people is most likely to be bitten and what precautionary techniques can be employed.
Heartworm Disease
May 13, 2013
Animal Update: KCBS' Jeff Bell talks with Dr. Jennifer Scarlett of the San Francisco SPCA about the dangers of heartworm disease and what pet owners can look out for to identify potential cases.
Introducing Dogs to Kids
May 6, 2013
Animal Update: KCBS' Jeff Bell talks with Dr. Jennifer Scarlett of the San Francisco SPCA about how to make the process of bringing a canine into a family with children a painless and smooth experience.