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KCBS Animal Update

The KCBS Animal Update

The KCBS Animal Update


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.

  • Animal Update: Prong Collar Awareness

    August 4, 2014

    Animal Update: Dr. Jennifer Scarlett with the SF SPCA suggests positive reinforcement for a stronger bond with your pet when it comes to leash training.
  • Animal Update: Taking Dogs On Summer Road Trips

    June 9, 2014

    Animal Update: Jeff Bell gets tips from the SF SPCA's Dr. Jennifer Scarlett on how to make the most of a road trip with your dog.
  • Animal Update: Exotic Animals As Pets

    May 13, 2014

    Animal Update- Dr. Jennifer Scarlett with the SF SPCA tells us how state laws vary on owning exotic animals as pets.
  • 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.

Animal Update: Delving Into the Top of Declawing

A lot of people have heard, perhaps for many years, that they shouldn’t declaw their cat but not everybody understands why.

10/10/2012

cat

Animal Update: Community Cats

Feral Cat Day is a special day for those who advocate controlling and reducing the number of community cats through humane, non-lethal methods.

10/17/2011

A walker takes dogs to a dog park. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Animal Update: Humane Education

KCBS’ Jeff Bell talks to Dr. Jack Aldridge about the importance of humane education.

10/03/2011

A dog walker escorts dogs along the beach at Crissy Field near the Golden Gate Bridge. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Animal Update: Responsible Dog Ownership Days

The month of September has been designated as a time to promote responsible dog ownership, a topic KCBS’ Jeff Bell talks to Dr. Jack Aldridge, Director of Veterinary Services at The San Francisco SPCA about.

09/19/2011

cat

Animal Update: Litterbox Problems

Based on the calls received at the SPCA litterbox issues are the number ONE feline behavior problem, according to Dr. Jack Aldridge Director of Veterinary Services at the San Francisco SPCA. KCBS’ Jeff Bell talks to Dr. Jack Aldridge about litterbox problems.

09/12/2011

wrinkly dogs

Animal Update: Back To Dog School

Jeff Bell talks to Dr. Jack Aldridge, Director of Veterinary Services at The San Francisco SPCA, about dog schools.

09/05/2011

A dog sits in a doghouse.

Animal Update: Pet Resumes

Just having a pet can make it harder to find housing, especially for renters. There are a lot of animals coming into the SF SPCA shelter who were surrendered by their owners due to a housing change into a place that doesn’t allow animals. Having a pet resume is a starting point for negotiating with landlords to keep a beloved pet.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–08/29/2011

A dog walker escorts dogs along the beach at Crissy Field near the Golden Gate Bridge. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Animal Update: San Francisco, Safest Major City for Cats, Dogs

KCBS’ Jeff Bell talks to Dr. Jack Aldridge, Director of Veterinary Services at The San Francisco SPCA, about San Francisco being designated the “Safest Major City” for cats and dogs and what this means.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–08/22/2011

Animal Assisted Therapy - A Golden Retriever acts as an assistance dog. (Wikipedia)

Animal Update: Animal Assisted Therapy And Puppy Dog Tales

KCBS’ Jeff Bell talks to Dr. Jack Aldridge, Director of Veterinary Services at The San Francisco SPCA, about therapy programs for adults and kids.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–08/15/2011

A poodle gets examined at an animal hospital. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/Getty Images/AFP)

Animal Update: Pet Vaccinations

August is designated as National Immunization Awareness month by the Department of Health. KCBS’ Jeff Bell talks to Dr. Jack Aldridge, Director of Veterinary Services at The San Francisco SPCA, about what we need to know about vaccinations for our pets.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–08/08/2011

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