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DR. TINA: Does your dog itch, sneeze or drool?

If so, the solution might be in your bathroom right now.

We're revealing four things in your medicine cabinet

you can share with your pet,

plus a whole lot more, tonight on Pet Talk.


NARRATOR: Tonight, pet owners sound off.

THERESA: Come on, people, get a hold of your dogs' barking.


CORY: How would you like to step in that?

DAVID: It is time to settle some pet wars.

KELLY: People get crazy over this.

DAVID: We have a really great solution for that.

NARRATOR: And is sleeping with your pet putting you at risk?

DR. COURTNEY: We took swabs of Leo's bedding and your bedding.

[audience groans]

NARRATOR: Plus, new ways to save money and keep your pet safe.

DAVID: That stuff is gonna sink in.

NARRATOR: Welcome the hosts of Pet Talk,

David Mizejewski,

Dr. Courtney Campbell,

Dr. Tina Olivieri,

and pet reporter Andre Millan.


DAVID: We all love our pets, but I think we can all admit,

we don't always love other pet owners, right?

Right, everyone?


DAVID: So we asked people about their biggest pet owner peeves,

and things got pretty interesting, check this out.

WOMAN: I hate it when dog owners let their dogs roam freely

around the dog park, and they just don't watch them.

And you're just sitting there playing on your cell phone,

like, no, you need to come get your dog and watch your dog,

that's what you're here for.

MAN: Stop letting your dogs

drink out of public drinking fountains.

That's disgusting.

I don't want dog slobber in my mouth.

WOMAN: Cat lovers, please don't allow your cats

to walk across the kitchen counter

where we're feeding our families

and coming to visit you and eat your food.

And I surely don't want to be coughing up a hairball, ugh!

WOMAN: I hate it when pet owners don't put their pets on leashes.

Sometimes I'm walking through a public place,

'cause they come up and bother my dog, who's a Doberman,

and she doesn't play.


DAVID: A lot of those are things that we all experience,

and they all irritate us, right?

DR. TINA: Yes, yes.

DR. COURTNEY: I mean, pets drinking

out of a human water fountain, like, who does that?

DR. TINA: How does that happen?

DAVID: Apparently some people do that.

Well, that's what our next segment is all about.

It is time to settle some pet wars.


Our first question is a pet war as old as time,

but our guest has been taking fighting back

into the 21st century.

CORY: No one gets away with this in my neighborhood.

Hey, guys, it's Cory, and I'm an ultimate poop shamer.

I can guarantee you that he's not gonna pick up after his dog.

My neighbor downstairs just got home,

and he always walks his dog.

Past couple weeks, I noticed he hasn't picked it up.

How would you like to step in that?

So I guarantee you, if I watch him,

he's not gonna pick it up today either.

There he goes again.

Guarantee he doesn't pick it up.

See? See? Told you guys.


DAVID: We have Cory via webcam.

Welcome, Cory.

So tell us why you're poop shaming

and what do you see is the big problem going on?

CORY: I guess it all started one morning

when I went to take out the trash,

and when I came back in I smelt something that wasn't trash,

it was actually dog poop on my foot.

DR. TINA: Mm-hmm. Been there.

CORY: And I have a dog myself,

he's actually a big fan of your show.

DR. TINA: Ahh, cute! Hi!

CORY: I don't think anyone gets a dog

deciding that they want to pick up dog poop,

it's just part of the territory.

And I live in a condo association,

if I'm gonna pick up after my own dog,

I don't get why other people

don't pick up after theirs pretty much.

DAVID: Well, we don't blame you on that,

I mean, nobody likes stepping in dog poop,

not only is it unsanitary, but it actually can spread disease.

It can spread disease to your pets, I'm assuming, right,

if there's parasites and things like that?

DR. TINA: I always worry about Chi Chi stepping in dog poop,

you know, 'cause she's getting older,

and, you know, she's more susceptible.

DAVID: And I've actually seen piles of dog poop

bigger than Chi Chi.

DR. TINA: Yeah, I was gonna say,

yeah, she's about four or five pounds, so definitely.

DR. COURTNEY: Listen, you don't know what's out there,

I mean, you know, and Cory, to your point,

you don't know what's out there.

I mean, Giardia is a really common parasite,

and I struggle to get rid of this in some pets,

because they're stepping in other dogs' poop.

DAVID: So not only is it potentially unhealthy

for your own pets,

but it actually is really bad for your local environment.

Dog feces is one of the main urban pollutants.

It gets into the waterways, fecal coliform starts blooming,

it can actually impact wildlife.

So I think everybody is probably on the same page

that it's a really good thing to pick up your dog poop,

so my personal opinion in life

is that you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar,

and sometimes being a little bit more positive and friendly

might get the job done a little bit more.

DR. TINA: Have you ever confronted this person?

CORY: Basically I asked him why did he not pick it up,

they said they forgot a bag.

Well, I said, I mean, the bag and the dog

pretty much go hand in hand,

you can't have one without the other,

they said they were gonna go home, get the bag,

and then that poop was obviously still there

when I went the next morning.

DR. TINA: Oldest trick in the book,

I'm gonna home, I've heard that before.

DAVID: Well, wait, listen, guys, listen,

we have a really great solution for that.

So check this out.

If you are on the crafty side,

and you want to do a little DIY project...

DR. TINA: Not the crappy side, but the crafty.

DAVID: Crafty, not crappy, exactly.

So what this is is a poop bag dispenser,

so, Cory, your neighbor can never have an excuse

that he or she does not have a bag.

What this is is a, you know, simple bird house,

you can pick one of these up at the craft store,

you can build one on your own.

We filled in the hole here so a bird won't actually use it,

and it's, you know, it's got these cute little doors,

and inside we filled it with grocery store bags,

just plastic grocery store bags.

So, again, you know, your neighbors will never have

an excuse to not have to, you know, that they don't have a bag

to pick up the poop.

And also, it's a really great way to recycle these,

and, you know, give them a second life.

Now if you're not, you know, this crafty,

you can even go a little bit more low key.

DR. COURTNEY: Oh, wow, that is low key.

DAVID: Totally, and just take a plastic water bottle,

and yeah, stuff it filled with, you know, again, plastic bags.

You know, you can put it on a post, you can put it on a fence,

you know, you might even get away

with putting this on a telephone pole,

or something right in your neighborhood.

So we've added a little sign here that says,

'Have a bag, give a bag, need a bag, take a bag,

'cause we all give a poop.'

DR. TINA: I love it! DR. COURTNEY: Ahh, I love it!

DR. TINA: That's so good.

DAVID: So, Cory, again, you know, this is just

one other option, Cory, that you might want to consider.

Anybody else out there that's having this issue,

because if their excuse is that they don't have a poop bag,

well, you can take that excuse away from them.

DR. COURTNEY: Yeah, it seems a little bit friendlier

than gathering all the poop

and putting it right at their front door.


CORY: Yeah, well, I did actually make a sign,

but I just learned from you guys apparently

the 'Shame! Shame! Shame!' was not a good idea to do.


DR. TINA: Oh, my God.


DAVID: There's also some different tactics

you could take.

And one other thought, too, that I think could be effective

is that sometimes a physical barrier is your best bet.

DR. TINA: Not you. [laughs]

DAVID: Putting up a fence around your yard, even a small fence,

can actually go a long way in keeping dogs from, you know,

coming in and pooping.

And, you know, if you don't want to put in a fence

and go through that expense, you know, plant a few shrubs,

just make some kind of physical barrier

that will prevent the dog from coming onto your property

and leaving its package there.

DR. COURTNEY: Anti-poop shrubs,

that sounds like a good idea, yeah.

DAVID: Alright, Cory, well, thanks so much for

being with us, good luck, we're rooting for you.


Alright, our next question is something

I think we can all relate to,

'cause even if you're an animal lover,

you may not be feeling the love at 3:00 AM.

Watch this.

DR. TINA: Oh, boy.


THERESA: I have a problem.

My neighbor has a barking dog that just won't stop.

There's not just one dog, there's two.


There's a high and there's a low.

It's like they're harmonizing.

In the morning, they bark, when I come home, they bark,

when I go to sleep, they bark.

I love dogs; I love them so much that I'm a dog trainer.

I even tried to fix the problem by offering obedience classes,

but I was turned down.


Come on, people, get a hold of your dogs' barking.

It's your responsibility as a pet owner,

and if you can't do that, you shouldn't have one.


DR. TINA: Wow, she's offered obedience training.

DAVID: Yeah, I mean, there's not much more you could do, right?

DR. COURTNEY: I know, I mean, she's taken all the steps

to get this done.

DR. TINA: That's amazing, and you know what, you guys,

Theresa is actually here with us today.

Welcome, Theresa.

THERESA: Hi, thank you for having me.

DR. TINA: Hi, guys.

So, so, tell me why you're so passionate about this?

THERESA: Because I actually own a pet business,

and I run a business out of my home,

and a lot of times these dogs bark on the balcony,

and we're very close,

and the balcony that's next door to mine,

the dogs bark constantly,

and yeah, it's actually really disruptive to my daily life.

DAVID: So does that trigger the dogs that you have?

THERESA: It actually does, it triggers my dog to bark,

and all the, yeah, and I actually can manage,

like, between three and ten dogs a day in my daycare program,

and I can keep them quiet,

and they may bark once, but then I correct them.

DR. TINA: On the opposite side of this topic,

we also have with us the beautiful Kelly here,

and Kelly's joining us,

and she says she's taken every possible precaution

to get her dogs to quiet down,

but she says dogs will be dogs,

and people like Theresa need to have a whole lot more patience.

KELLY: Yeah, I have, this is Bella, Bella Blue,

she is one of two of my Bedlington terriers.

DR. TINA: Beautiful.

KELLY: Bedlingtons are terriers, they're very territorial,

and they are gonna bark.

I mean, I get it, you know,

an incessantly barking dog is a problem,

and I've paid for an animal behaviorist

to help with this problem,

I have exhausted, honestly, every resource at my disposal

to try to curtail this problem.

The particular neighbor I have, you know,

has said some horrendously offensive

and aggressive things to me.


KELLY: Yeah, I mean, you know, people get crazy over this.

DR. TINA: You bring up such a good point.

And I think it's important,

you know, to establish a kind and communicative connection

with your neighbors, you know,

and if someone had been more pleasant with you,

it would've changed that whole experience for you,

so we actually have something, Pet Talk-approved.

Can you grab this for me, please, David?

Yeah, and this is what we call an anti-bark box,

and we made this for you, Theresa,

to maybe kind of bridge the gap

and establish a more loving kind of connection to your neighbors.

DAVID: I'll say, too, like a lot of these things, you know,

if you're having a problem with your dog barking,

one of the best things that you can do, I think,

is keep the mind occupied and keep the body occupied.

So, like, a tired dog is a happy dog,

and enrichment toys like this one

where you can hide a treat in there,

and they have to spend time focusing on it,

that's gonna take away that excess energy

that otherwise gets channeled into random barking,

so that might be something...

DR. TINA: Yep, it just builds up over time.

DR. COURTNEY: Let them show their natural instinct.

You mentioned terriers,

they seem to be territorial and things like that.

You identified the number one step--

find out why they're barking in the first place--

are they bored, territorial,

are they suffering from like separation anxiety?

I mean, here's another example

of exactly like what we just discussed.

Here we have an interactive toy,

you can mix low-fat cheese with your kibble,

and they have to work really, really hard to get that out.

A rawhide could be another example.

However, there are, and we have to talk about this

because they're out there,

but there's two controversial examples of methods

to get them to stop barking.

One is a citronella collar,

which will emit a citronella spray,

and then the other is a shock collar

which will emit a little bit of an electrical pulse

every time that they bark.

Now, the challenge here is that a lot of behaviorists

feel like they will become more fearful,

and more anxious when we do things like that.

So I would definitely work in conjunction

with your veterinarian

to figure out whether that's a good method.

DR. TINA: This is such a great topic.

Thank you guys so much for being here,

thank you to your wonderful little babies.


This is so great. We'll be right back!

DR. COURTNEY: Coming up...

WILL: We let them on the bed, we let them hang out.

ERIN: He lets them on the bed, and he lets them hang out.

DR. COURTNEY: Could allowing your pet in your personal space

make you sick?

We took swabs of Leo's bedding and your bedding...

The shocking results are in.


[audience groans]

DR. COURTNEY: Plus, the wildlife encounter

you need to be ready for.

DAVID: I will tell you a few things that will eliminate

pretty much 100% chance of you getting sprayed.

DR. COURTNEY: And later,

pet reporter Andre Millan goes doggie surfing.

ANDRE: I bet you've never seen anything like this.

WOMAN: Push!


ERIN: My name is Erin, this is my boyfriend Will.

WILL: I have two pets, Leo and Boots.

ERIN: I moved in with Will almost a year ago.

I am a big animal lover, but they are very, very messy.

[record scratches]

WILL: He's always licking himself.

ERIN: Then after he's done doing that,

he'll come over and try to lick your face.

ERIN: This is Boots.


WILL: She has an issue with aim.

ERIN: She's left feces stains on my pillowcase before.

Even after that incident, she still sleeps on our bed.

One time, Will found cat litter in my hair.

She drops her toys in the toilet.

WILL: It's one of Boots' surprises.

ERIN: Boots also has a really bad habit

of making a mess when she eats.

Her bowl is pretty dirty.

I definitely am concerned about Leo and Boots.

WILL: I almost think it's just on her.

I think it's fine.

ERIN: Are their poor, dirty, messy habits

going to affect their health, and is it going to affect ours?


DR. COURTNEY: If you live with pets,

you've probably asked yourself this question at least once.

How dirty is it?

And, well, today we're gonna find out.

Please welcome Will, Erin and Leo.


Welcome! Welcome!

Well, based on what we saw, that was pretty intense.

Does this cause a little friction in the house?

ERIN: Oh, yeah, definitely.

When I moved in I couldn't believe,

like, how these pets were all over our stuff

and the messes that they were making

all over the apartment...

WILL: Ah, it's not that bad.

ERIN: ...that he lived in, and now we live in.

WILL: They're my babies.

DR. COURTNEY: That's right, they're your babies.

And so they're allowed to do whatever they want.

WILL: Yeah, we let them on the bed, we let them hang out.

ERIN: He lets them on the bed.

He lets them hang out on the bed, the couch, the counter.

DR. COURTNEY: If it was up to you, would they be on the bed?

ERIN: No, they would not be.

DR. COURTNEY: Okay, they would not be on the bed.

ERIN: No. DR. COURTNEY: Alright.

DR. COURTNEY: We paid Will and Erin a house call

and swabbed some of the pets' most commonly used items,

and sent them to ABC Laboratories in Los Angeles,

to see just how dirty their home really is.

Are you guys ready to see the results?

WILL: I don't think so. ERIN: No, not really!

DR. COURTNEY: We've no choice now.

Let's head over here, let's take a look.


The first item we have here that is dirty in the house,

we call that the 'filth,'

and then we're gonna talk to you about how to clean it,

we'll call that the 'fix.'

The first one that we swabbed here is their food bowls.

Now, the reason why this is so important

is because whatever's in their food bowl, they will kiss you.

So we want to know what's there, alright?

WILL: He just licked us this morning.

DR. COURTNEY: So, here is what they found.

WILL: Oh, my God!

ERIN: Oh, my God! That's horrible.

DR. COURTNEY: Millions of colonies of E. coli.

[audience groans]

And they believe that this E. coli

was coming from Leo's fecal material.

[audience groans] There's poop in the bowl.

So, here's the fix-- we've got to wash the bowls.

How often are you washing the bowls right now?

ERIN: Not enough, I guess.

WILL: Like, once a couple months.

ERIN: I get nervous about, like, you know,

the sponge that I'm using on my dishes,

like, using that with the bowl.

Or I don't even want to put it in my dishwasher 'cause...


ERIN: I know it's dirty and I know it needs to be cleaned.

I don't know what to do.

DR. COURTNEY: Yeah, it's tough,

because you want to have a separate scrub brush

for Leo and Boots, and it's different than yours.

So, we want to do this at least...

You guys eat from clean dishes, right?

ERIN: Yes. WILL: Yeah.


So let's do it at least once a day, or have a rotation, okay?

ERIN: Okay. WILL: Okay. We can do that.

DR. COURTNEY: Let's take a look, number two.

We got all these toys here.

A rope toy, plush toy, a plastic toy.

The dirtiest item in the house was...

Take a guess.

WILL: The... ERIN: I don't know. The corn.

DR. COURTNEY: The...well... ERIN: I don't know.

DR. COURTNEY: You're right!

What they found on it was a bacteria

called Klebsiella pneumoniae.

Now, this particular bug

has been known to cause pneumonia in people.

ERIN: Yeah, that's not good.

DR. COURTNEY: It's pretty bad. It's pretty bad.

WILL: And you're a nurse!

ERIN: I know, I know! [laughter]

DR. COURTNEY: How does that make you feel

that you could possibly...?

ERIN: Like my house might be dirtier than the hospital.

DR. COURTNEY: Your house might be dirtier than the hospital.


What we want to do is make sure that we take these rope toys,

possibly soak 'em, you can do that in water,

and then put 'em in the microwave for three minutes.

Get 'em piping hot.

Obviously, let 'em cool down

before you get to give 'em to Leo.

Plush toys, washing machine, hot cycle, and the hot dryer.

And then the plastic toy, we can put in the dishwasher, okay?

Is that something you think you can do?

ERIN: Yeah, I think so. WILL: Think we can do that.

DR. COURTNEY: Alright.

Well, let's move on to number three.

Now, this is crazy to me,

because what we found is, we found,

we took swabs of Leo's bedding and your bedding,

and which one do you think is dirtier?

WILL: Dog bed, definitely. ERIN: Our bed.

DR. COURTNEY: You think that...

ERIN: I think he sleeps on our bed more.

WILL: It's only 'cause she sleeps on the bed.

DR. COURTNEY: It's only 'cause she sleeps on the bed.

ERIN: Thanks, thanks. That's nice.

DR. COURTNEY: Alright, here's what they found.

They found more E. coli in this bed

than they've ever found in any bed before.


ERIN: That was what I was worried about.

WILL: But we, like, we change 'em, like, once a week.

How does that, how does that happen?

DR. COURTNEY: You're basically sleeping with E. coli while...

ERIN: Sleeping in their food dish.

DR. COURTNEY: Well, here's the fix for that.

We've got a removable bed cover for Leo.

Definitely that has to be washed at least once a week.

Here's a washing detergent, no perfumes, no dyes.

You could wash 'em more than once a week.

That's totally fine.

They swabbed Leo's bed.

Less bacteria than in yours.

WILL: Oh, my goodness! How does that happen?

ERIN: He's the one who lets it...

I was so against it, letting the pets in the bed.

WILL: But they're my pups. They're my babies.

ERIN: I grew up with dogs not allowed to sleep on it.

DR. COURTNEY: Got to let your babies in the bed, right?

ERIN: You're such a sucker.


DR. COURTNEY: Well, here's the deal, for Boots,

we don't want Boots to track litter in the bed,

so we have fast clumping litter,

litter made out of recycled newspaper.

That's a different type of litter that won't clump.

And then, of course, a mat for Boots to wipe his boots on

when he comes out.

Alright, well, this is, yeah, it's all about balance,

and we want you to snuggle with your pets.

We just want you to do it safely.

You know what I mean?

Washing toys, having a rotation in the house for the food bowls.

That's excellent.

WILL: Yeah, we'll be a little more attentive to that for sure.

DR. COURTNEY: Alright, perfect. That's good.

Thank you so much for joining us.

I really appreciate it.

You guys have been fantastic.

ERIN: Thank you so much. DR. COURTNEY: Thank you so much.

DR. COURTNEY: We'll be right back.

ERIN: Whistle, whistle.

WILL: Here, Leo!

NARRATOR: Coming up...


DAVID: So, all of that spray right there

on the poor dog's nose, that stuff is gonna sink in.

NARRATOR: ...the one thing you need to know to protect yourself

and your pet in a skunk encounter.

DAVID: That will eliminate pretty much 100% chance

of you getting sprayed.

♪ ♪


DAVID: As we humans develop more and more natural habitat,

it's becoming more likely to spot wildlife

in our neighborhoods.

And tonight we're gonna meet one of those animals.

It's time for Wildlife At My Door!

So, with me today, we have one of our audience members, Elden,

and, Elden, you have a pretty interesting

Wildlife At My Door encounter, right?


DAVID: Okay, tell me what happened.

ELDEN: We were coming home from a walk,

and my dog sees a skunk right outside our apartment door.

DAVID: Okay.

ELDEN: He goes charging up to it, thinking,

like, this is something I can play with.

DAVID: Right. Was he on a leash?

ELDEN: He was on a leash. He broke off the leash...

DAVID: Oh, my goodness!

ELDEN: ...charged up to the skunk.

Well, the skunk was having none of it, okay?

DAVID: I bet.

ELDEN: Up goes the tail.

My dog got sprayed right in the face, okay?

He jumped back, like, two to three feet,

like, 'What did you do to me?'

I scoop him up immediately, take him into the apartment.

DAVID: You must have been gagging?

ELDEN: It was not pleasant, okay?

DAVID: Yeah, it's a pretty powerful odor.

ELDEN: Yes. The fire alarm goes off.

I'm like, oh, my God! Now what? Right?

So, we're all outside.

There's a woman that's saying,

'There's a gas leak in the building.'


So, she thought that there was a gas leak

because she smelled the skunk?

ELDEN: Yes. Few minutes later, the fire department shows up.

DAVID: Oh, no.

ELDEN: Four huge fire trucks.


ELDEN: Firefighters in full gear.

They go charging into the building.

I go up to the fireman, I say, 'I am so sorry,

but my dog got sprayed by a skunk.'

He busts out laughing.

DAVID: Well, it is kind of funny.


Well, I will imagine that you maybe

have a little bit of post-traumatic stress

from that experience,

so I actually have a little guest that I want to bring out,

so I just want to give you a little bit of warning,

because we have a live skunk

that we're gonna bring out to talk about.

So, Christie, are we ready?

We'll bring in our skunk friend here.



DAVID: So, skunks are pretty common

in urban and suburban areas.

They are one of the species that is actually pretty okay.

I'm gonna put my gloves on here,

because this is a wild animal.

We're gonna give him a little bit of treat here.

This is a species that, you know, can live in suburbia,

can live in urban areas.

Again, as you learned,

they're an animal that we sometimes encounter.

And as far as wildlife go,

they're really not generally considered dangerous.

They're not an animal that, you know,

generally is gonna bite you.

But they do have this incredible defensive ability,

and that is to spray.

And what's going on there is that in their backside,

they have two glands, and they produce a kind of musk.

And it's something that they do

to prevent predators from coming after them.

ELDEN: And it works.

DAVID: So, if they feel threatened...right.

And that's exactly what happened with your dog.

Your dog ran right up and that skunk was not having it.

And what they'll do is they'll give you warning signs.

They'll stomp, they'll sort of, you know,

make themselves, like, really apparent.

They'll puff up.

They'll even sometimes stand up on their front legs,

and that's when you know that a spray is about to be imminent.

So they don't want to spray.

In fact, once they discharge,

it actually takes them a while to refill those glands up,

so then they sort of, they don't have any defenses.

So they don't want to spray you or your dog,

but it's a normal, natural behavior,

and it is something that happens.

It's not particularly pleasant, as you learned, right?

It can, if it gets in the eyes of your dog, or even you,

it could burn, cause temporary blindness.

In some people it can cause, like, asthma-like symptoms.

And, of course, the big thing is that it just stinks.

ELDEN: Oh, yes.

DAVID: It just stinks.

And that stink will linger for a really long time.

I mean, it can linger for weeks.

To demonstrate exactly what happens

when a skunk sprays someone, I have a little set-up over here.

So, why don't you come over here with me, Elden,

and I'm gonna show you really what goes on.

Alright, so, this is just a, you know,

simple kind of water gun here,

and we've got some water in here

with a little bit of solution in it, right?

So, a skunk, believe it or not,

can actually aim where its musk is gonna spray.

So it's not just a cloud.

So, it's actually very similar to what I have going on here.

This is pretty much what happens.

Let's see if I can... There we go.


DAVID: So, the skunk just sprayed that dog over there.

Guys, can we dim the lights a little bit

so we can see where I shot it up on the front there?

Yeah, and check this out with the handheld flashlight.

You see that?


DAVID: So, all of that spray all over,

you can see those fluorescent glows

right there on the poor dog's nose,

that stuff is gonna sink in to the fur, to the skin,

and just have that horrific odor.

But that's an example of how far away a skunk can get you.

So, why don't we head back over with our skunk buddy here?

I will tell you a few things that you can do

to prevent a skunk from spraying you.

So, it's pretty simple.

ELDEN: Okay.

DAVID: My rule of thumb, as always,

with all wildlife species, is if you never approach them,

you never try to pet them, you never try to feed them,

you just let them be wild animals,

that will eliminate pretty much 100% chance

of you getting sprayed or bitten or whatever,

with any kind of wild animal.

ELDEN: Mm-hmm.

DAVID: Skunks are omnivores.

They're a species you actually want around in your yard.

They eat things like rodents,

so they keep the mice population down.

They eat things like snakes, including venomous snakes.

They're actually resistant to snake venom.

Their bodies can metabolize it, so they typically won't die

if they're bitten by a venomous snake.

So these are animals you want around.

They even eat insects and garden pests.

ELDEN: Okay.

DAVID: So, if you see 'em, don't panic.

What you did was absolutely right as far as your pet goes.

Keep your pet on a leash, follow the leash laws.

If you can do obedience training with your pet

so that they can respond to 'sit, stay, come,'

that oftentimes can keep them out of trouble with wildlife.

So, we can live in harmony with them,

as long as we respect them and let them be wildlife.

So, thank you so much, Elden.

ELDEN: Thank you!

DAVID: We really, really appreciate you coming out here.

So sorry for your trauma with the skunk.

So, much more is coming up next.


NARRATOR: Coming up...

ANDRE: I bet you've never seen anything like this.

NARRATOR: Pet reporter Andre Millan reveals

the one item you should never be without

before your pet takes a dip in the water.

ANDRE: My dad has always taught me that.

♪ ♪


DR. TINA: Sun, sand, waves, and doggie surfing?

Yeah, it's a real sport, with totally tubular health benefits

for both you and your dog.

When he heard about this, our pet reporter Andre Millan

and his dog, Sugar, had to check it out.

ANDRE: Dogs can do some pretty amazing things,

and my dad and I have seen it for ourselves.

But I bet you've never seen anything like this.

PETER: Surfing with your dog is not an extreme sport,

it's extremely fun.

ANDRE: I've never been to a surf competition with dogs,

so this is my first time, and I'm super-excited.

So, when did your surf club take off?

PETER: Started eight years ago,

and I heard that there was a surf dog competition,

and I went, 'Are you kidding me? A dog surf?'

I had never heard about that.

So the result was I started a group

called the So Cal Surf Dogs,

because I wanted to get all these people together

to organize everybody,

to help raise money for various dog charities

here in Southern California.

ANDRE: I hear there's a special term

that you call the dogs here, 'surfurs?'


ANDRE: Tell me a little more about that.

PETER: Yes, we've coined the expression 'surfur,' F-U-R.

But as soon as they do that one time,

they're now officially a surfur.

ANDRE: So, can any type of dog breed surf?

PETER: Any dog can surf.

We have some surf dog competition winners

here with us today, Gidget, Colonni, Derby.

ANDRE: Do I think you're gonna be a champ?

I mean, you look pretty stuffed, so you're ready to go.

I think she's gonna be a champion

and come out with a great experience out of this.

PETER: Before we get our surf dogs out in the water,

we like to have a short clinic.

We use the So Cal Surf Dog acronym.

And the first one is the S, which is sweet spot.

We want to make sure the dog has his rear feet on the sweet spot

at all times.

The next is O for orientation.

You want to make sure you're aiming straight at the waves,

or straight away from the wave.

C, control. This is where you control the surfboard.

A for advance.

What you're trying to do is build up

to the same speed as the wave.

And then we get to L, launch.

As the wave starts to overtake you,

you want to push it easy into the wave.

Are you ready? Do you want to give it a try?

ANDRE: I've been ready since I got here.

I've been ready since I got here.

I think she's ready, if anything.

PETER: Okay, let's go do it.

ANDRE: Let's do it.


Come on, Sugar, let's go!

CROWD: Sugar! Sugar! Sugar!


ANDRE: It's time to go surfing.

First time with my dog.

And the water's perfect.

Oh, baby, I'm excited for you!

Am I excited? I am ecstatic!

ALECIA: Now push.


ALECIA: I'm Alecia, I'm a dog trainer,

and I train dogs how to surf.

ANDRE: Let's do it.

ALECIA: I'm gonna have you hold the back.

ANDRE: Okay.

ALECIA: Right here.

When I say go, you're just gonna give her a good push.

ANDRE: Alright.

ALECIA: One, two, three, give her a little push.


ALECIA: Oh, it was close, it was close!

ANDRE: That's hilarious.

So, when I got in the water,

I thought, I hope Sugar can get this down.

I hope that she can actually surf and prove me wrong.

ALECIA: Sit, baby.

ANDRE: Go, go, go, go, go, go, go!

ALECIA: Now, when you're ready, push, push, push, push, push!

Stay back, baby, stay back.



ANDRE: Come on, momma.

PETER: Surfing with your dog is a lot of fun,

because you're both getting exercise while you're doing it.

You're also reinforcing the bond and trust

between your dog and yourself.

ALECIA: Now, push, push, push, push, push!


ANDRE: Go, girl!

That was amazing!

I've never done anything like this.

Sugar's the very first one in my whole family

to ever be the first dog to go surfing.

ALECIA: Yes! Yes!

ANDRE: Sugar!

ALECIA: Sugar was incredible.

For a first time for a dog to surf like that, I was amazed.

ANDRE: Shake it off, Sugar, shake it off.

PETER: Andre, you and Sugar did so well today...

ANDRE: Thank you, thank you.

PETER: ...that as a thank you for sharing

what we do in So Cal Surf Dogs,

we want to present you with this custom BruSurf surfboard!

ANDRE: Oh, my God!


ANDRE: That's you, momma!

Thank you so much, thank you so much.

This is my dog's board.

I've never had a surfboard, let alone given to my dog.

CROWD: Sugar! Sugar! Sugar! Sugar!

ANDRE: And she definitely beat my expectation.

She definitely did it, third try.

And I'm really proud of her.

Feel like a good and happy parent.

ALECIA: Woo-hoo!

ANDRE: You happy? Are you good?

She's sleepy. She's sleepy. Yeah, she's done.


This is the biggest milestone for her and I.

I love her so much, she means everything to me.


DR. TINA: Andre and Sugar are here today.

Welcome, you guys!

ANDRE: Hi! Thank you, thank you.

DR. TINA: So, Sugar took a few spills there.

Was she having fun doing that?

ANDRE: Oh, no, she had a great time. She loves the water.

DR. TINA: She did? That's wonderful.

You know, and a lot of dogs love water.

Golden retrievers, Labs, poodles.

These guys were bred to be water dogs,

water retrievers, water rescue dogs.

It's really cool.

A lot of them have a great affinity for it, and now pugs.

ANDRE: Yeah, now pugs.

Now I'm giving a good name for the pugs, yeah.

DR. TINA: Yeah, exactly, exactly.

This just brings up a really good point, too,

that we want to introduce these guys

slowly and calmly into water.

So, I meet a lot of pet owners who have water-loving dogs,

and their dog has just been

traumatically introduced to water,

whether that's been them getting the dog thrown in the water,

or throwing a toy into a lake.

ANDRE: Right, not doing it properly.

DR. TINA: Exactly, and having that dog just run into the lake,

and, 'Wow! I'm in water! What's happening?' You know?

ANDRE: Yeah, boom! Freaks. Frantic.

DR. TINA: And it's so scary for them,

and so make sure the first experience

is always just very pleasant,

very calm and very secure for your dog.

ANDRE: Yes, of course.

DR. TINA: So I've got a couple of great tips

if you want to introduce your dog to swimming,

and we're gonna just go over these.

I have some great products here, yeah.

So, this is doggie sunscreen,

so you want to make sure there's no zinc oxide.

Make sure it's doggie approved,

so we want to make sure that it's labeled for dogs.

Check with your vet to make sure.

And a lot of dogs will have lighter skin tones,

or they'll have white hair.

ANDRE: Like this one.

DR. TINA: Yeah, exactly.

Or they'll sunbathe with their belly,

and so, really, if you guys notice that your dog has areas

where there's a little bit less fur or lighter fur,

you can apply the sunscreen.

So, we're gonna take this...

ANDRE: Oh, yeah.

DR. TINA: ...and, Sugar, pardonnez-moi here.

Hi! Yeah!

And so, you can apply it just to the bridge of the nose.

She says, 'Dr. Tina!' Alright.

And then just a little to her little lips here.

There we go.

ANDRE: She's like, 'You're touching my face.'

DR. TINA: I know! I know! We just met.

ANDRE: Yeah. DR. TINA: Jeez!

ANDRE: Give me treats first.

DR. TINA: And a little to the ears,

and voilà, there's great protection there.

The second thing I want to talk about is flotation gear.

So, this is really important, and we actually, yeah,

we have this handy-dandy flotation device.

ANDRE: Let's try it on.

DR. TINA: You want to... ANDRE: Of course. I'll do it.

DR. TINA: ...give it a go here?

And, so, yeah, so flotation devices

are really important for our pets.

ANDRE: Come here, pup.

DR. TINA: And we want to make sure they fit properly.

ANDRE: Come here, momma.

DR. TINA: These are great for lakes or pools.

And we just want to make sure

that it fits snuggly and securely,

because it can actually drag them down

if it's not the right fit.

And also it keeps them calm and secure,

and you really want to apply these flotation devices

on especially your little guys,

and your ones that are first starting out.

Anytime, you know, you're unsure

of how they're gonna be in the water,

you want to use one of these guys.

Give 'em a good rinse afterwards,

and also rinse their ears.

Ears can get really infected a lot of times

when dogs get exposed to water at the beach or at home.

So, you want to apply an ear cleaner,

certainly a veterinary formulated one,

and just give 'em a good clean,

and they're good to go, right out of the water.

ANDRE: Yeah, see that, girl? We got tips.

Thank you so much.

I actually have tips myself, if you don't mind me sharing?

DR. TINA: Oh, please, go right ahead.

ANDRE: So, as you know, over the years I've taught many dogs

and introduced them to water,

and with these tips I've learned

that it helps introducing them to water

much easier and much more efficient.

So, step one, I always have a leash on the dog,

and that's just because my dad has always taught me that,

with the leash,

you have guidance and control of the brain,

so you can always have the dog and tell him what you want to do

and direct him where you want to go.

DR. TINA: I love that.

ANDRE: Step two, the human goes in first,

so they acknowledge that the human is safe

and they are very familiar with what the human's doing.

And step three, once you have the dog in the water,

with the leash you can give the guidance,

and keep the head above the water.

DR. TINA: Great! Okay, perfect!

ANDRE: And have your hand under the stomach to give support.

So, just like humans, we need guidance and support,

so with that, that's a great technique.

And then, step four,

repetition and follow-through is the biggest key.

DR. TINA: Thank you so much for being here, Andre.

ANDRE: Thank you so much. DR. TINA: Thank you, Sugar!


DR. TINA: I can't believe she can surf! I can't even surf.

We'll be right back.


NARRATOR: Coming up, beds, baths and...bunny runs?

PAIGE: You don't have to go buy. You can make it yourself.

NARRATOR: More money-saving DIY projects your pets will love.

DR. COURTNEY: This is penthouse material.

I mean, this is amazing!

NARRATOR: And later, we reveal four things

in your medicine cabinet you can share with your pet.

DR. TINA: We use this on Chi Chi at home.


DR. COURTNEY: There's a lot to consider

when choosing the perfect pet house,

but why buy when you can DIY?

Tonight, we're gonna show you

how to make the perfect hideaway for your pets,

and here to show us how

is DIY expert and proud pet owner, Paige Hemmis.

Welcome, Paige!

PAIGE: Thank you! Thanks for having me.

DR. COURTNEY: Well, something tells me

you've got a lot of pets at home?

PAIGE: I do. I have five pets.

DR. COURTNEY: That's a full house.

PAIGE: Two dogs, three cats, and then, with our roommates,

there's nine bodies living in the house, but you know what?

DR. COURTNEY: That's a lot of footsteps.

There's just footsteps all the time.

PAIGE: But there's a lot of love!


Now, we've got five pets,

and they're crawling all through crevices and nooks and crannies,

and things like that.

Some of these nooks and crannies

you've actually created yourself.


DR. COURTNEY: Oh, that's beautiful.

PAIGE: I've done a little DIY, so instead of buying,

like our audience here, you don't have to go buy.

You can make it yourself.

DR. COURTNEY: Well, let's find out how to make

some of these things, because this is exciting.

Everybody knows one of the things cats love to do

is sleep, right?

PAIGE: Mm-hmm. A little bit, yep.

DR. COURTNEY: And, well, pets in general just love to sleep.

They can sleep up to 18 hours a day,

so I think finding a good bed

or a good relaxation zone is perfect.

PAIGE: Yes, and you know cats, they love to jump up,

and they love to be a little bit higher,

so I'm literally getting something

we have around the house and turning it on its head.

DR. COURTNEY: Well, this looks beautiful as it was.

Now you've added a whole bunch of accoutrements here.

It looks amazing.

PAIGE: Okay, so this was a bedside table.


PAIGE: And we have the before picture,

so just, you know, kind of boring, kind of nothing.

So, what I've done is I've taken off the hardware

and added my own little frilly hardware.

DR. COURTNEY: You added these?

PAIGE: Yes, and then turned it upside down.

So, this was the top.

This is now the bottom.

And we know that when cats jump up, they love to jump,

they love to scratch, but they're also gonna make,

like, a big wave, so you want to stabilize your base.

If we kept this on the wood floor or the carpet,

it would be that stable, so what I've done is added bun feet.

DR. COURTNEY: Ah, these are called bun feet?

PAIGE: These are called bun feet, yes.

And what you need is a top plate.

And you can get this from your local hardware store,

and four of these little bun feet.

They come in a variety of sizes.

DR. COURTNEY: Sounds simple enough.

PAIGE: Can you hold this for me, please?

DR. COURTNEY: Oh, I can definitely do that.

PAIGE: And I'm gonna swoosh around here,

and all you do is add these...

It's gonna get a little loud.

[drill whirs] There we go. Whoops!

DR. COURTNEY: I like that. I like that.

PAIGE: Alrighty, now all you need to do is

screw in the top of that bun foot.

DR. COURTNEY: Alright.

PAIGE: So it's good and tight.

And then what I did on the top was add a little kitty bed.

So if you can...your large muscles, you can help me.

DR. COURTNEY: Oh, please, there's zero muscles here.


PAIGE: Okay. So, what I've done here

is I've added a kitty bed to the top.

DR. COURTNEY: Wow! This is plush!

PAIGE: It is plush.

DR. COURTNEY: This is really nice.

PAIGE: You know, it's like moving up

to a top-floor apartment for the kitty.

DR. COURTNEY: I'd say this is penthouse material.

I mean, this is amazing.

Plush, it's high up. Cats are gonna love this.

PAIGE: Yes, and we have all the directions for you guys,

but if you want to know how this is done,

all you do is take a screw and a washer, drill that in,

and then a little hot glue, and it makes it look pretty

for Mercury.

DR. COURTNEY: Obviously, as soon as you make this,

make sure you supervise your kitty cat

so they don't eat this or ingest this.

These little ribbons, sometimes cats like to play with it.

Otherwise, I think this looks amazing.

PAIGE: And check this out.

A little extra kitty storage inside.


DR. COURTNEY: Alright, they're going in,

they're not coming out.

They're just gonna hide there forever.

PAIGE: I think maybe you hide their toys there.

DR. COURTNEY: There you go. I like that.

And what do we have here? This is incredible.

PAIGE: Well, we've got our lovely model, Layla,

as our bunny.

DR. COURTNEY: She's doing fantastic.

PAIGE: Exactly.

And what this is, is a bookshelf that we turned on end.

This is a great way to bring the bunny out,

maybe if you have friends over,

if the family's in the living room,

and you want something nice, and you don't want the big cage.

This is something that you can do.

DR. COURTNEY: I'm getting the inspiration for a lot of these,

are you just knocking furniture over on its side,

flipping it around?

PAIGE: Kind of, yes.

DR. COURTNEY: I like this. This is perfect.

PAIGE: You just think of it differently.

So, check out what we did here.

This is just a little lathing material and chicken wire,

so that keeps bunny safe inside.

And then, look how ingenious this is.

While Layla's on that side, this is actually a picture frame

that we took the glass out, added little hinges,

and then a little hook right there.

And, you know, I feel like you're a fancy guy.

DR. COURTNEY: Oh, well, I try.

PAIGE: I'm gonna give you this. This is a water bottle.

DR. COURTNEY: I'm a classic man, you know what I mean?

PAIGE: Here's some fancy things, and this is how easy this...

You can buy these at your craft store.

DR. COURTNEY: Oh, I like this.

PAIGE: Peel those off and add those to that,

and just think like we're putting it in our living room.

DR. COURTNEY: This one looks like a mustache.

I'm gonna put this one on, too.

PAIGE: Here, and then this is a little L for little Layla.

I'm gonna come over there.

DR. COURTNEY: A little L for little Layla.

PAIGE: Oh, my gosh! You are a DIY-er.

You're a crafter is what you are right now.

DR. COURTNEY: Look at this! Oh, my goodness!

This is incredible!

PAIGE: You fill that up with water,

and then turn it around here, and we put it inside.

DR. COURTNEY: Is it okay if I lie to people

and tell 'em I did this, 'cause this looks so amazing?

PAIGE: Well, you did, clearly.

DR. COURTNEY: Yeah, well, kind of, yeah.

PAIGE: Clearly, you did, yes.

DR. COURTNEY: Oh, this is awesome.

What do we have over here?

PAIGE: Well, we also have another model here.

This is Jerry, this is our little bird friend.

DR. COURTNEY: Hi, Jerry.

PAIGE: And we're making a bird bath.

DR. COURTNEY: Bird bath?

PAIGE: With things that you have laying around the house.

So, this is a candlestick.


PAIGE: We've ditched the candle.

This is just a regular plate, and all we're gonna do is really

just set it up like this, but we're gonna secure it first.

So, if you could get the glue ready,

I'm gonna just sand the surface.

You want a sanding surface.

DR. COURTNEY: Alright, perfect.

While I'm doing this, everybody at home,

dogs and cats love glue, so just keep them away from glue.

It can get in the stomach and cause problems.

PAIGE: Yes, and they're attracted to it,

because it smells so good.

DR. COURTNEY: They are. Absolutely.

Let's keep 'em away from glue.

PAIGE: Okay, and then we've scratched up the surface here.

DR. COURTNEY: Oh, that's beautiful.

PAIGE: And then all we do is put it in place.

One thing you want to do,

and what we've done here for little Jerry

is once a bird jumps on here,

you want to make sure that it's settled...


PAIGE: ...and you don't want it to fall over.


PAIGE: So, in your yard, maybe bury it, put some rocks on it,

or do what we did here,

and we just attached it to a board

with some great green grass.

DR. COURTNEY: Yes, and now Jerry feels secure.


DR. COURTNEY: 'Cause we don't want this toppling over.

PAIGE: Exactly.

But this is a little bird bath,

and then Mother Nature takes care of the rest.

DR. COURTNEY: I love it. PAIGE: Add a little water.

DR. COURTNEY: Working with Mother Nature is the key.

Well, thank you so much. This has been amazing!

PAIGE: Well, thank you.

I expect you to try all these things at home.

DR. COURTNEY: I am about to try.

I don't think I'll do it as well, but I'm gonna try.

For more info on how you can make these projects at home,

go to our website,

We'll be right back.


NARRATOR: Coming up, we're revealing

four budget-friendly fixes for common pet problems,

and they're probably in your medicine cabinet right now.

DR. COURTNEY: Let's reveal what's going on in here.

BRENDA: You know, some dogs actually chew to relieve stress,

so you want to arm them

with fun and appropriate items to chew on.

My first tip is DIY turkey jerky.

You'll need about two pounds of turkey

and a half a cup of blackstrap molasses,

and you just brush it on the turkey, and cut it into strips,

put it on a pan, and pop it into the oven.

DR. TINA: Super easy! BRENDA: Super easy.

DR. TINA: And remember, if your pet is entering

a potentially nervous situation,

it's always good to start off

with a calm voice, attitude and body language.

BRENDA: Here, Benny!



DR. COURTNEY: One of the most common questions I get

as a doctor is, 'Hey, Doc, is there anything I can give my pet

at home that's a medication?'

And there are actually things in the medicine cabinet

you can give to your pet safely.

Now, to be sure, any medication

that's intended for human consumption

should never be given to your pet

without strict veterinary supervision,

but if your vet gives you the go-ahead,

it's possibly a great way to save some money, right?

DR. TINA: I agree, yeah.

DR. COURTNEY: And could help your pet out in a big way.

So, let's reveal what's going on in here.

Well, we've got some medications.

Boom! I see one right here.

DR. TINA: Oh, yes. Great.

DR. COURTNEY: This is the one I want to talk about right here.

Diphenhydramine, it's an antihistamine.

It's great for allergies, great for dogs who are itching.

Obviously, it's not going to work

if your dog doesn't have allergies.

I mean, if there's mites or a skin infection,

or has food allergies, you got to get a diagnosis first

before giving an antihistamine.

But diphenhydramine, a great one.

I love it.

And the reason I love it

is because I'm mildly allergic to cats, so...

DR. TINA: Ah, there you go.

DR. COURTNEY: So I'm taking some of this, too.

Antacids are great, too.

Here's one I like, famotidine. Very powerful.

You can give it once a day for dogs who have indigestion,

or something like that.

If your dog has something more serious,

obviously, I would ask your vet

to get something a little bit more intensive than this,

but this is great, too, I love this.

DR. TINA: Love that stuff, yeah.

And I am gonna show you guys one of my favorites,

triple antibiotic ointment.

So, this is great for minor cuts and scrapes.

We use this on Chi Chi at home

when she's got little minor cuts and scrapes.

And you just want to make sure

if you're putting this in an area that the dog can get to,

can lick at, we don't want them to do that.

So you can apply this...

Let me put this guy here.

This handy-dandy E-collar that I've made.

It's just a DIY one at home.

DR. COURTNEY: I love it!

DR. TINA: But I took some paper, yep, and it's really cute.

And in the meantime, this is just a temporary one,

but in the meantime you can use this

just to keep them from licking those spots.

And then, the next one I want to show you guys

is artificial tears.

This stuff is great when Chi Chi gets a little dry eye.

And so this is good for dogs that get dry eye,

for dogs that have kind of protruding eyeballs.

And so this is really great.

If your dog at home is displaying signs of eye trauma,

that would be winking, blinking, redness,

inflammation of any kind,

or if they're rubbing at their eyes constantly,

first thing you want to do

is apply that DIY E-collar that I showed you guys,

and secondly check with your vet

before you put anything in the eyes.

So, if your dog is otherwise healthy

and they suffer from a little dry eye now and then,

this is a great product to use.

DR. COURTNEY: If your dog's winking at you,

you got to see the vet.

DR. TINA: Yeah. It's not a compliment always, so.

Thank you guys so much for hanging out with us tonight.

For more on anything you saw on the show tonight,

got to our website at

Thanks so much, and we'll see you guys next time.


ERIN: Hi, guys!

It's Erin and Will from San Diego, and Leo.

Since being on Pet Talk,

we definitely have been living cleaner lives,

thanks to Dr. Courtney's advice.

We bought one of the kitty litter mats

and we have seen a lot less kitty litter

all over the house now.

WILL: We've been washing his toys once a week.

ERIN: And we're washing their food bowls every other day

with our designated sponge.

Thank you so much for having us on the show.

Thank you so much, Dr. Courtney, for all of the advice.

Bye, guys!

WILL: Bye!

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