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Is Microchip Safe for Your Pet?

More and more pet owners are turning to microchips to solve the problem. Micro-chipping is a very simple process, no more difficult or invasive than giving the pet an injection. It’s no bigger than a grain of rice, and is implanted in the fleshy area near the shoulder blades. Like tags on cattle, the microchip identifies the pet so the correct owner is known. The process costs about $20 which doesn’t seem like all that much. It beats the alternative of losing your new puppy who you’ve already invested a bunch of time and training like this in. After an animal is implanted with the microchip, they get a collar tag bearing their registration number and phone number....

Is Microchip Safe for Your Pet?
posted on: Sep 5, 2014 | author: Staff writer

Harmful Foods Your Cat Shouldn’t Eat...

Alcohol: While one glass of wine is enough to knock my grandmother right over, it’s also enough to kill a cat. And as far as the harder stuff is concerned, two teaspoons of whiskey is enough to put a five-pound cat in a coma, and three teaspoons will kill it. Tuna: You can still give this as a treat, but it is no replacement for actual cat food. While cats love the taste, tuna just doesn’t provide all of the essential nutrients that a cat needs, and too much of the fish can lead to mercury poisoning. Tuna should only be fed to them occasionally, and in small doses. Onions: Onion in any form can break down a...

Harmful Foods Your Cat Shouldn’t Eat
posted on: Sep 16, 2013 | author: Staff writer

Common Dangers that Pose a Threat to Pets on the 4th of July...

Fireworks: In addition to being loud and scary to pets when lit, unused fireworks can be toxic if ingested. Many contain hazardous chemicals like chlorates that harm red blood cells and the kidneys, soluble barium salts that cause life-threatening drops in potassium, and sulfur and coloring agents that contain dangerous heavy metals. Gastrointestinal issues like vomiting, a painful abdomen and bloody diarrhea can result. The severity of the reaction will depend on the type of firework and the amount ingested. In severe cases, pets can suffer tremors or seizures, along with acute kidney failure, bone marrow changes, shallow breathing and jaundice. When lighting off fireworks, its best to keep pets indoors, away from the noise and risk for...

Common Dangers that Pose a Threat to Pets on the 4th of July
posted on: Jul 2, 2013 | author: Staff writer

Natural Disaster Safety – Establishing an Emergency Plan for Your Dog...

Hurricane season is upon us once again, and all dog owners should have a disaster plan in place for their pets. I’ve never been through a hurricane with my dog, but I did experience a house fire with her, and it was horrific. I’d never even considered having a plan in place in case of a fire, let alone a hurricane or other natural disaster, but that night I vowed to never be without one again. If you are the victim of a natural disaster or a house fire and don’t have a plan, you may not have a chance to escape without some tragedy....

posted on: Sep 11, 2011 | author: Staff writer

Bee-Toxic Pesticide Killed German Bees, But Is Safe in America...

As we have detailed in a number of stories, a pesticide (clothianidin) produced by Bayer may be responsible, at least in part, for the precipitous decline of the bee population in the last few years. The pesticide was approved on the basis of a study that the EPA knew to be faulty. There is little evidence supporting Bayer’s claim that clothianidin is safe (and a growing stack of evidence that it isn’t). Bayer’s response to all the negative press surrounding clothianidin: go into spin mode. But the company’s recent blog post on clothianidin’s safety is itself full of holes....

posted on: Jan 15, 2011 | author: Staff writer

Keeping Your Pet Safe This Halloween

• Do not leave the pet outside. Bring them inside, even if your yard is fenced. Dogs and black cats are often the target of pranksters. Often it is just teasing but the acts can get cruel, so protect your pets by having them in a safe place. Black cats are especially at risk, since people make the unfair association with evil. Veterinarians often treat more animals who’ve suffered burns, cuts and injuries from malicious people during Halloween. • Keep pets restrained. It is best to keep dogs away from the front door. If the dog must be there, keep him leashed. Children in strange costumes may be frightening and scary to the dog. Even gentle dogs can...

Keeping Your Pet Safe This Halloween
posted on: Oct 11, 2010 | author: Michael

Exotic Pets Can Make Kids Ill

The pediatricians’ group says these non-traditional pets — which include hamsters, hedgehogs, baby chicks, monkeys, lizards, and turtles — are likely to carry harmful or even potentially deadly germs. In addition, these exotic pets also tend to bite, scratch or claw much more often than the familiar cats and dogs. The germs on their bodies and their unpredictable behavior can put younger children at risk, particularly those aged 5 and under. Children in this age group are more vulnerable because their immune systems are still developing and they also put their hands in their mouths more often than at older stages. Parents have little understanding of the risks from potential infections exotic pets carry, according to the research...

Exotic Pets Can Make Kids Ill
posted on: Oct 8, 2008 | author: Staff writer

Do Abused Cows Yield Unsafe Food Products?...

This incident also raised many questions about food safety in the U.S. in general and the nation’s public schools in particular. The video shows slaughterhouse workers kicking cows or landing jabs on the area near their eyes. They repeatedly gave electric shocks to the cows. At some points, they rammed the cows with a forklift and forced water in high pressure hoses up the noses. The cruel treatment was apparently aimed at forcing the animals to their feet in preparation for slaughter. There was a big reason the animals were down on the ground: they were too sick, very weak, or otherwise in such a sorry physical condition that they could not stand on their own four feet....

Do Abused Cows Yield Unsafe Food Products?
posted on: Jan 31, 2008 | author: ews

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