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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Why is My Older Cat Refusing to Use the Litter Box?


DEAR JOAN: One of my cats is a 15-year-old male that was feral. We’ve had him a good long time in the house, and, finally, after 10 years, he isn’t spending most of his time under a bed because there was a noise.

He has never had a problem holding everything until he could sneak out to the litter box in the dark and do his business. Then all of a sudden about two months ago he started peeing on the bath mat in one of our bathrooms. This was usually at night.

We started keeping the door shut, but he then started using the carpet in my office as his private commode, both peeing and defecating on it sometimes. I tried using some repellent that contained methyl nonyl ketone (didn’t want coyote pee smell, too) on the carpet with little or no effect on his behavior. I ended up discarding the carpet and now keep the door closed.

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How to Stop Your Dogs from Biting His Nails or Skin


Dogs bite themselves or their nails occasionally to pull something out that could be lodged in between his nails or even a broken nail.  But when your dog continues to bite his nails or anywhere on his skin or legs, there is an issue that needs to be addressed.  In most cases, you will want to see your veterinarian, but there are some ways to check and stop your dog from biting his nails or skin.

Fleas or even a tick

Sometimes you don’t even see a flea on your dogs’ fur, but you do see your dog chewing, licking and scratching to the point of hair loss and bleeding. As always, your veterinarian can give you a recommendation, but there are some home remedies you can try as well.  Make sure to groom your dog daily with a flea comb and dip it into soapy water in between strokes and through your dog’s fur. Putting a few drops of eucalyptus oil in your dog’s shampoo when washing her can help repel fleas. Adding brewer’s yeast and garlic to a dog’s food has been known to discourage fleas and ticks!  Other home remedies to try!

To read more on this story, click here: How to Stop Your Dogs from Biting His Nails or Skin


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Meet Merlin, The Ragdoll Cat Who Hates Everything


Holidays got you down? Well, you've got a friend in Merlin, the cranky Canadian Ragdoll cat whose angry face has surpassed the level of 'resting' - it's just permanent.

Thanks to his furrowed brow, piercing blue eyes, and signature frown, Merlin has become a star on Instagram, and now has more than 45 thousand devoted fans who hang off his every scowl. If you're one of those people who constantly gets accused of 'looking mad,' or if you're actually just pissed off all the time, Merlin is the spirit animal you never knew you had. He doesn't even give a damn about Christmas, the most jolly time of year. Are you in love yet?

To read more on this story, click here: Meet Merlin, The Ragdoll Cat Who Hates Everything




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'Pig-Bull' Steals Hearts With Pig-Like Appearance


STATESVILLE, N.C. -- A pitbull that has garnered himself the nickname of "pig-bull" for his eerily similar appearance to that of a pig is in search of his forever home.

"He's my special project," said pitbull advocate and volunteer Jennifer Bradford. "I met him and just fell in love with him, he's so sweet."

"Pig-bull," also known as Casper, is up for adoption through Carolina Big Hearts Big Barks rescue. While he's known for his energetic nature and sweet heart, the two-year-old pitbull has had a hard time getting adopted due to his breed, size and special needs–Casper is deaf.

"He was born deaf," Bradford said. "He knows his hand commands."

To read more on this story, click here: 'Pig-Bull' Steals Hearts With Pig-Like Appearance



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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Popular Christmas Decoration Has Babies And Pets Being Rushed To The Hospital


True story: I was working the other day and decided to light one of my beloved Bath and Body Works holiday candles that I’d just scored during their huge seasonal sale. For the first few minutes, I reveled in the awesome, spiced-apple scent while working on the day’s assignments.

But after a few minutes, I started coughing uncontrollably and I felt so lightheaded. As I tried to think of what could be causing it, my eyes wandered to the candle and it hit me — this thing was making me sick. I put the candle out and after about 20 minutes, I felt totally fine. That’s when I knew I had to start researching side-effects of using scented candles. If you’re anything like my candle-loving self, you’re about to be so disappointed in what I found.

While your favorite candles may smell good to you, their chemical makeup could be making you sick. According to MCS-America, most fragranced products contain anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 different chemicals. Even more alarming is the idea that despite the U.S. National Academy of Science have declared that fragrances should undergo neurotoxicity testing, most of the products on the market have not undergone testing to make sure that they’re safe for humans.

To read more on this story, click here: Popular Christmas Decoration Has Babies And Pets Being Rushed To The Hospital

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25 Racehorses Killed Trying to Escape California Wildfire


SAN DIEGO — Approximately 25 race horses were killed when a wildfire engulfed about eight barns at a training center in northeast San Diego County, the California Horse Racing Board said. Other horses that were in surrounding pastures remained unaccounted for.

Nearly 500 horses were stabled at the San Luis Rey Downs training center in Bonsall when the fire erupted amid strong Santa Ana winds Thursday, and workers risked their lives to free horses from stalls and herd them into safer areas, a board statement said.

Horses worth hundreds of thousands of dollars who are usually carefully walked from place to place were simply set free and encouraged to run away as flames engulfed the center, which is just a few miles from where the fire broke out.

To read more on this story, click here: 25 Racehorses Killed Trying to Escape California Wildfire



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The Running Shoes for HORSES: Clip-On Plastic Covers Could Make for Happier Hooves


A pair of canny inventors has launched the world's first running shoes designed specifically for horses.

Animal lovers Louisa and Charly Forstner came up with the novel product after years of fitting steel shoes to their horses' hooves.

The clip-on shoes, called Megasus Horserunners, are made from shock-absorbing plastic materials and claim to make life more comfortable for both horse and rider.

Unlike steel shoes they move with the horse's hoof, and can be removed quickly to allow horses to strengthen their tendons and ligaments.
A set of four shoes can be pre-ordered for £175 ($219) from horserunners.com and they can be shipped to the UK.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Bearded Dragon Addicted to Unexpected Object that Makes Him Go Crazy–I Couldn’t Stop Watching!


Bearded dragons are pets that are more common than you’d think and are quite interesting little creatures.

This bearded dragon named Frankie is no different.

She happens to be obsessed with one kind of fruit and will do anything to get at it.

If you think that bearded dragons are not that fast, you are most definitely wrong. They move like lightning, and Frankie went NUTS when she saw a piece of fruit on the ground.

Little did she know that her owner was tricking her… Talk about a workout!!

To read more and see the adorable video, click here: Bearded Dragon Addicted to Unexpected Object that Makes Him Go Crazy–I Couldn’t Stop Watching!





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Mother Horse Delivers a Miracle, Defining All the Odds: She Gives Birth to Twin Foals


A heartwarming example of how Mother Nature can produce wonders happened in May.

Emma, a mother horse delivered a miracle, defining all the odds. Her owner got a pleasant surprise when Emma laid down to deliver her foal. According to the UC Davis Center for Equine Health, “a number of factors can affect a mare’s ability to conceive, maintain a healthy pregnancy and produce a healthy foal, including proper nutrition, preventive medicine, a routine program of parasite control and exercise.”

According to the Center for Equine Health, although it is common for a high number of twin embryos to abort spontaneously within the first six weeks of pregnancy, approximately 80 percent of twin conceptions that are present after 40 days of pregnancy are aborted by the eighth month of pregnancy.

Horses usually give birth to one horse per conception.

It is not uncommon for them to conceive twins, but it is definitely extremely rare for both embryos to survive. What usually happens in this situation is that one of the two embryos takes over the other one during some point of the pregnancy, leading to the second embryo dying early. In other cases, the veterinarian will have to perform an abortion to remove the second foal in order for one of them to grow normally and healthy. According to the Center for Equine Health, late abortions can lead to significant complications, such as infection, trauma, reduced fertility during the next breeding, illness, and inflammation of the laminae.

Veterinary surgeon Nicolas Jarvis, who works at a UK horse sanctuary, said:

“Although mares quite often conceive twins, it is rare that both embryos survive. If you have two foals, they are vying for space and the chances of them coming out alive and well are slim.”

This basically means that usually, the foals fight inside the womb for the growing space, and one usually wins the fight.

To put things more into perspective, the survival rate of twin horses is a very low 10,000 to 1.

For humans, the percentage of live twin births per year is approximately 27 percent. This means that there are approximately 1 billion twins on this planet. It seems to be a lot, but considering that there are approximately 7.4 billion people in total, the number remains pretty low. Twins, in general, are an uncommon phenomenon. For horses, this number is even lower than for humans. Having foals that are twins is, therefore, an extremely rare occurrence, a wonder of nature as one can call it.

So, when Emma gave birth to twins, and both of them survived, both vets and the internet became amazed. It is the first set of documented twin foals since 2009, the last ones being Colby and Leo, a set of twin foals born in the UK. It had been almost 10 years since Mother Nature produced such a miracle.


The twin foals are called Grace and Will, and they are in very good health.

Even better, they are both expected to live happy and long lives, making them miracles of nature. According to the Center of Equine Health, when two live foals are delivered, there is a very high risk of foaling problems for the mother, as well as a high chance at a loss of life for both foals during their first two weeks of life. The owner of Emma was (and is still) stunned by the event and didn’t even know that Emma was carrying twins this entire time.




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Did You Know That You Could Be Living Near Some of the World’s Most Dangerous Animals?


Do you know if you’re living near some of the world’s most dangerous animals? You very well could be. Whether you’re going for a swim, a hike, or even if you’re just relaxing outside, you might encounter a deadly creature. When it comes to danger level, size really doesn’t matter. Some of the smallest animals also are the deadliest.

Take mosquitoes, for example. These tiny pests are well-known for their disease transmission, causing more than 750,000 deaths each year, compared with the larger, more aggressive hippo that causes around 500 deaths annually.

The list contains creatures that are poisonous and vicious, huge and small — proving that danger isn’t dependent on size. But don’t let us scare you away from your next adventure; just be on your guard!

1. Tapeworm


The tapeworm is usually found in raw, contaminated fish or meat. This parasite causes cysticercosis, an infection that spreads throughout the body’s tissue, and affects the muscles and the brain, causing seizures. It can kill up to 700 people yearly.

Being vegan doesn’t look so bad now, does it?

2. Black Mamba


The fastest snake there is, the black mamba can travel up to 12.5 miles an hour. Like the Golden Poison Dart Frog, one of the snake’s bites is poisonous enough to kill ten people. There is an antidote for the venom, but it must be taken within 20 minutes of the bite to prevent death. If you find yourself in the savannas of Eastern and Southern Africa, you might see one of these snakes. Don’t be too worried though, they only attack when threatened.

3. Box Jellyfish


Let’s hope you can swim at a fast pace if you come near these stinging jellyfish. If you happen to be in Australia and swimming the Indo-Pacific region, you might be able to catch a transparent box jellyfish. The sea creature has 15 tentacles, grows to approximately 10 feet long, and is transparent. Their long tentacles are coursing with nematocysts (stinging cells), and attack the skin cells, nervous system, and heart all at once. There are hundreds of stinging incidents — most fatal — annually.

The venom has an antidote, but most victims don’t make it to the hospital to receive it. Survivors are usually left with weeks of pain and scarring.

4. Cape Buffalo


With the nickname “black death,” there’s little guesswork around whether or not these African mammals are deadly. Although calm in a herd, when an individual cape buffalo is threatened or hurt, you better keep your distance. Six feet tall and weighing in at almost a ton, the animals are a force to reckon with, and are apparently the most deadly creatures dwelling on the African continent. You can’t outrun these animals either, as they can reach a charging speed of 35 mph.

5. Cone Snail


With a beautiful, small, and delicate appearance, these Caribbean sea creatures live close to the shore in shallow water and on coral reefs. But what’s a beauty without its beast? These 4-inch to 6-inch snails have poisonous venom within their concealed, teeth-like projectors. If the venom, called conotoxin, enters the victim, they face complete paralysis. Your best bet is heading to the emergency room ASAP. Better hurry because according to the snail’s nickname (“cigarette snail”), the poison will kill you in about the same amount of time it takes to smoke one.

6. Saltwater Crocodile


Unlike the black mamba, the saltwater crocodile is much more inclined to attack, as they’re easily provoked. The croc can be found in the oceans near India, Vietnam, and northern Australia.

Weighing more than a ton and stretching 23 feet in length mean it’s no match for mankind. Their bite delivers a pressure of 3,700 pounds per square inch  compared with the 200 psi of a man’s bite into a piece of meat. The crocs cause hundreds of deaths annually — more than sharks.

7. Deathstalker


Found in the deserts of the Middle East and North Africa, this scorpion’s venom is the most deadliest of its kind. The sting can cause fever, coma, convulsions, paralysis, and ultimately drowning from fluid build up in the lungs. Seek medical help immediately to avoid the side effects of the sting!

8. Rabid Dogs


More than 30,000 people are killed by dogs each year, mostly due to the dog being infected with rabies. This usually occurs in areas where there’s a heavy stray dog population, such as India.

Don’t worry though, dogs are still a man’s best friend, just watch out for the stray ones!

9. Tsetse Fly


Flying around such sub-saharan countries as the Congo and Angola, the tsetse fly’s deadly punch comes from the parasites it carries. Trypanosomes cause what’s known as the “African sleeping sickness.” The disease disrupts the sleep cycle, as well as changes behavior, and can result in a lack of coordination. No vaccines or medicines exist, and death can be the final result. However, you can take precautions by wearing neutral colors, steering clear of bushes, and wearing permethrin-treated gear.

10. Golden Poison Dart Frog


Native to the northern Pacific coast of South America, these rain forest frogs have enough poison to kill up to 10 people. About 2 mcg, which would fit the top of a toothpick, is all it takes to kill one person.

The Emberá indigenous tribe would lace their blow darts with this venom, ensuring death upon contact. If you happen to be visiting the rainforest, don’t go touching these frogs. The venom is hidden under the frog’s skin, making for a poisonous surprise.

11. Hippopotamus


These animals are known as Africa’s deadliest. They need no provocation and will attack just because. They are especially aggressive toward humans, known for tipping over their boats and even causing up to 500 deaths each year. They also can weigh more than 6,000 pounds, so try not to get squished.

12. Humans


Humans have been killing each other since the beginning of time. Wars alone have resulted in an estimated 1 billion deaths. Gun violence and terror attacks are just some of the ways humanity faces death. Our effects on climate change —and threat to pretty much every living creature —make us the most deadly species in the world.

13. Mosquito


Mosquitoes carry various pathogens that cause a staggering amount of deaths each year. More than 3,000 species of the insect exist and can be found all around the world. The Aedes, Anopheles, and Culex genera are largely responsible for transmitting malaria, encephalitis, yellow fever, chikungunya, elephantiasis, West Nile virus, dengue fever, and Zika. Together, these diseases have been responsible for 700 million deaths. Because they’re attracted to humans’ body temperature and the exhalation of carbon dioxide, more than half the human population faces infection. Insect repellents are your best bet against these blood-suckers.

14. Pufferfish


These blowfish can be found in such places as Japan, China, and the Philippines. They’re the second-most-poisonous vertebrate in the world and their neurotoxin — tetrodotoxin — is the most deadly. More poisonous than cyanide, tetrodotoxin causes paralysis, dizziness, vomiting arrhythmia, and breathing difficulty. The poison is spread throughout the fish’s skin, muscle tissue, and various organs. But that’s not enough to stop people from consuming the fish for a good meal. The poisonous parts are avoided in preparation and are uneaten, of course. In Japan, the meal is called “fugu,” and is prepared by trained professionals. However, deaths still result from not being careful enough preparing the fish.

15. Blue-Ringed Octopus


The last deadly sea creature on this list has venom that can kill up to 26 people in one bite. In minutes, the person bitten could be paralyzed and unable to breathe. If that isn’t painful enough, the victim — if breathing has been stabilized — could face hours of their body being neutralized.

16. Africanized Honey Bee


The dangers of Africanized honey bees, sometimes called killer bees, may seem obvious just by their nickname, but in all honesty their deadly moniker is actually underselling them.

Genetically engineered by a Brazilian beekeeper in the mid-20th century, the creatures are much more aggressive than their European counterparts.

They’re known and feared for their tendency to swarm in record numbers and relentlessly chase victims, sometimes for miles.

17. Great White Shark


While Great white sharks aren’t the killing machines that have been portrayed in media like Jaws, the creatures are still some of the most dangerous on Earth.

While they won’t knowingly hunt humans, great whites will often bite with their massive jaws to “test” if something is edible. Said bite can be instantly fatal to a human, and if not it will often cause them to quickly bleed.

18. Komodo Dragon


Komodo dragons are not generally thought of when people begin listing dangerous animals, however that probably has more to do with the fact that humans have limited contact with them in the wild.

The animals are deadly hunters who will track their prey, attack suddenly, and rip out their throats, then head back into the shadows until they bleed out. Only then will the Komodo feed.

19. Hyena


While hyenas are generally stereotyped as being cowardly scavengers, the truth is more complex.

Spotted hyenas kill over 95 percent of the food they eat. Striped hyenas are scavengers, however they are regularly able to chase away much larger animals, including lions, from their kills.

Hyenas don’t generally attack humans, however they have been known to on occasion in the past, especially at night.

20. African Lion


The king of the jungle is referred to as such for a reason.

The African lion is one of the world’s most accomplished predators, and while they’re not known to hunt humans, there have been several documented cases throughout history.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

An Opossum Broke Into a Liquor Store, Got Drunk and Sobered Up in a Wildlife Rescue Center


Ft. Walton Beach, Florida - An opossum that apparently drank bourbon after breaking into a Florida liquor store sobered up at a wildlife rescue center and was released unharmed.

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge officials say the opossum was brought in by a Fort Walton Beach, Florida, police officer on Nov. 24. A liquor store employee found the animal next to a broken and empty bottle of bourbon.

"A worker there found the opossum up on a shelf next to a cracked open bottle of liquor with nothing in it," said Michelle Pettis, a technician at the refuge. "She definitely wasn't fully acting normal."

Pettis told the Northwest Florida Daily News the female opossum appeared disoriented, was excessively salivating and was pale. The staff pumped the marsupial full of fluids and cared for her as she sobered up.

"We loaded her up with fluids to help flush out any alcohol toxins," Pettis said. "She was good a couple of days later."

Pettis says the opossum did not appear to have a hangover.

The store owner, Cash Moore, says he never had an opossum break in before.

"She came in from the outside and was up in the rafters, and when she came through she knocked a bottle of liquor off the shelf," Moore said. "When she got down on the floor she drank the whole damn bottle."

"But it just goes to show that even the animals are impressed with Cash's," he said.

The animal was released on Thursday.

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

After Dogs Die Eating Packaged Dog Bone Treats, Government Warns Dog Owners About Their Dangers


Our dogs are like our family members and if something ever happened to them we’d be devastated. That’s why the Food and Drug Administration is warning dog owners not to buy bone treats after 15 dogs died from them.

“Giving your dog a bone treat might lead to an unexpected trip to your veterinarian, a possible emergency surgery, or even death for your pet,” Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian at the FDA, said according to Business Insider.

The Food and Drug Administration received reports about 15 deaths and 68 reports of dogs who became ill after consuming packaged dog bone treats.

“Veterinarians see many problems related to chewing and ingestion of bones by dogs of all sizes and breeds. Bones can be swallowed whole or they can crack and splinter, leading to choking, vomiting or blockages in the digestive tract,” Spokesperson for the American Veterinary Medical Association Michael San Filippo said. “In extreme cases, splintered bones can perforate a dog’s esophagus, stomach or intestines, which can be fatal without emergency intervention.”

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White Lion and White Tiger Had Babies Together and They’re the Most Adorable Things on Earth


These adorable brothers are ligers—lion-tiger hybrids. Ligers are extremely rare. There are only about 1,000 of them in the world, and most of these animals live in captivity.

Yeti, Odlin, Sampson, and Apolo are even rarer than other ligers. They’re believed to be the first white ligers ever born!

The brothers’ parents are Ivory, a white lion, and Saraswati, a white tiger. White lions and tigers are almost as rare as ligers—there are just 1,200 white tigers and 300 white lions in the world.

Ivory, Saraswati, and their cubs live at the T.I.G.E.R. Sanctuary in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

To read more on this story, click here: White Lion and White Tiger Had Babies Together and They’re the Most Adorable Things on Earth



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Chris Schindler Named Vice President of Field Services at Humane Rescue Alliance


One of the nation’s leading experts on animal cruelty and dog fighting joins Washington, DC’s animal welfare organization

WASHINGTON, DC – Humane Rescue Alliance President and CEO Lisa LaFontaine announced today that she has named Chris Schindler to the position of Vice President of Field Services for the organization.  Schindler brings more than 20 years of animal welfare experience, specifically expertise in the areas of animal cruelty and dog fighting. Schindler will oversee HRA’s Humane Law Enforcement and Animal Control divisions.   He begins his duties today.

“Chris Schindler is one of the nation’s leading experts on animal crimes, dog fighting and emergency response and we’re proud that he will be leading HRA’s field services division,” said LaFontaine.  “Chris’s skill set and experience are a perfect match this role and his vast national and international network in this field will be invaluable as HRA continues to grow.”

Schindler comes to HRA from the Humane Society of the United States where he served as the Director of Animal Cruelty and Fighting for HSUS and Humane Society International.  In 10 years at HSUS, he led their efforts against animal fighting, resulting in the nation’s most significant takedowns of those engaged in this horrific activity. His work made it possible for thousands of animals to be rescued and the most heinous of perpetrators to be prosecuted. Chris has also overseen the HSUS national investigations on animal cruelty, puppy mills and equine animal cruelty as well as led the field responses on major disaster response throughout the country.

Schindler is a native of the Washington, DC region and he spent three years as a senior law enforcement officer and field supervisor for the Washington Humane Society from 2004 to 2007.

“I am thrilled to join HRA, the organization that inspired me to work in this field” said Schindler.  “I’m looking forward to continuing the outstanding work this team does every day in law enforcement, animal care and control, and urban wildlife management.”

During his tenure at HSUS, Schindler worked on strategic national and international animal cruelty investigations, compiled intelligence and maintained a comprehensive database on known or suspected animal fighters, which was instrumental in helping law enforcement and prosecutors make their cases in court. Schindler has also consulted with and educated local law enforcement agencies on the signs and substance of animal cruelty and fighting operations.  He has worked extensively with the FBI and other federal law enforcement agents on cross-state cruelty, abuse and neglect cases.

Schindler and his wife Amy return to the DC area with their six dogs.  They have a special affinity for senior dogs, as three of their canines are 16 years old and older.

About the Humane Rescue Alliance:
The Humane Rescue Alliance has protected and served the animals of the community for more than 145 years and serves more than 60,000 animals annually. The broad range of programs offered include: rescue and adoption, humane law enforcement, low-cost veterinary services, animal care and control, behavior and training, spay-neuter services, humane education, and many others. The organization is dedicated to ensuring the safety and welfare of all animals, bringing people and animals together, and working with all communities to support these relationships. HRA is based in Washington, DC, the only major urban area in the country that has all of its animal protection programs and services unified in one organization, making the Humane Rescue Alliance a model for the nation. FOLLOW US!
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