Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Website Updates

Sorry about the lack of updates. I've been working on making some changes to the website. Once I get those finished I will be able to concentrate on writing some more posts for the blog.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Speedlinks: October 13, 2009

Your portal to the most interesting, absurd, and unbelievable animal stories in the news today.

1.) Having a pet is not only fun but may also be good for your health.

2.) Monkey See, Monkey Do. New gene therapy techniques allow color blind monkeys to see in color.

3.) The world's largest living dog? "Clifford" unavailable for comment.

4.) A third of all dinosaurs to be removed from history books and natural history museums.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Household Hazards: The Bathroom

Bathrooms contain many hidden and not so hidden hazards to our pets. Medications, soap and other sundries, and open toilet bowl lids can all lead to problems. If accidentally ingested these items can cause serious health problems for your pets. The best way to avoid this is to put medication in tightly sealed containers and to not leave them out within reach of your pets. In general all medications should never be given to your pet unless directed by your veterinarian.

Soaps, toothpaste, and sun blocks should also be kept away from your pets. If ingested they can cause stomach upset, vomiting, or diarrhea. Toilet bowl lids should also be kept closed to prevent your pet from consuming treated toilet bowl water as this could irritate their digestive tract as well.

Lastly, make sure your have a trash can with a secure lid on it. While we may not think much of throwing away old razors, strands of dental floss, or other products we use on a daily basis our pets may find them to be entertaining toys. Needless to say if they happen to swallow any of these items they could inadvertently harm themselves and cost you a lot of money.


Sunday, October 4, 2009

Animal Welfare Week

It's Animal Welfare Week until 10/10 so be sure to be extra nice to all your furry, feathered, and scaley friends. Read more...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Halloween Pet Costumes

It’s quickly approaching that time of year again when the leaves change color and children roam the streets dressed as their favorite alter ego. But increasingly each year pets are getting in on the Halloween action as well. If you are considering or are already planning on dressing up the family pet this year then here is a brief list of pointers to keep in mind.

DON’T use costumes that have a lot of small items or accessories attached to them. Ribbons, bows, bells, and other such items can be chewed off and could be a potential health risk to your pet if swallowed.

DO choose an appropriately sized outfit. Make sure any costume you choose allows your pet to move around freely and isn’t too tight around the neck.

keep an eye on your pet at all times. It may not be readily apparent but when we dress our pets they have a higher chance of getting stuck in places they may normally go. Under furniture, beneath bushes, and behind cabinets are all places they may feel safe but can also potentially get trapped if their costume catches on anything.

DON’T torment your pets. No matter how cute it may look to have Fluffy dressed as a cheerleader if she really hates having to wear the outfit than don’t force her to wear it all night long.

DO have a good time. Above all have a good time and have a Happy Halloween!

Strapped for ideas? Try one of these websites to purchase a costume or find some inspiration.