A report about thousands of children poisoned by laundry detergent pods, according to journal Pediatrics study there are 17,230 cases were children 6 years old and below ingested, inhaled or had skin or eye injury caused by laundry detergent pods in 2012-2013. The research was done by researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. They also said that 769 kids in the U.S. were hospitalized and one child died after ingesting a laundry detergent pod. 30 of the children went into comas and 12 suffered seizures.
Laundry detergent pods are single-use packs that is colored bright similar to candies. They are easy to use, just drop it in the washer no need to measure. These laundry detergent pods are not just dangerous to children but also your pets. Pets may mistake them as toys. Detergents contains harmful chemicals known as ionic and anionic surfactants. If your pets ingest a large amount it can be deadly, and chemicals in the detergent pods are more deadly since they are concentrated compared to bottled detergents.
The most common sign when your pet ingest a laundry detergent pod is vomiting. You will see your pets vomit has foam. These foam can be inhaled and can suffocate your pets.
What to do if your pets ingest laundry detergent?
1. Call your veterinarian immediately 2. If it turns out to be a minor ingestion and there are no vomiting, your vet may tell you to give your pet water or milk to weaken the effects of the poison. 3. If the detergent gets on your pets coat you will need rinse it with water immediately. 4. If you pet can't breath and vomits a lot take your pet to the vet immediately.
Remember prevention is always better than care, so keep all laundry products in a safe place away from pets and kids.
Looks like Australia hates Fantastic Mr Fox or Fox news, Foxes which are not native to Australia and have multiplied in high numbers are now declared a pest in New South Wales, Australia. Authorities are also concerned because some are bringing them as pets. The NSW government issued a pest control order for foxes which has been introduced for the first time in the state that will force owners to obtain a permit.
Foxes are blamed to cost the Australian environment and economy about $227.5 million (£121m) in damages, because of the damage they cause for livestock producers, according to Primary Industries minister Katrina Hodgkinson.
Sydney Fox Rescue president, Charlie Jackson-Martin is concerned about the order "We understand that we are just one fox control method amongst many, however forcing the closure of our rescue means removing the only no-kill option for foxes currently available in NSW." Their group is a registered charity organization that rescues and finds carers for injured or orphaned foxes.
Check out this cute Video clip of a dog wearing a bear costume. They call him Munchkin the Shih Tzu teddy bear and she runs the treadmill for workout. She is quite famous on YouTube, his other video has more than 3 million views.
On her Facebook page it said that she is an 8-pound female imperial Shih Tzu from Southern California. She looks like an Ewok.
ABC News reported a 4 year-old Beagle mix named Buddy hitches a ride by hanging outside of an ambulance that was taking his owner to a hospital. Buddy is owned by an 85-year-old Texas man. Buddy ride on a small side step of the ambulance so that he can be with his owner JR Nicholson who is a Mason County rancher. Nicholson was rushed by EMTs to Hill Country Memorial Hospital after complaining of dizziness last October.
Tanner Brown, an EMT said that they didn't noticed the there was a dog on the side of the ambulance until a motorist flagged them down and told them about the dog. They have already traveled about 15 to 20 miles by that time. They loaded Buddy into the ambulance and took him to the ER with them.
I like the YouTube video from CATMANTOO, the dogs are really happy playing at a beach with a cat named "DIDGA" which has his own video skateboarding, awesome! 10 dogs and a cat playing at a beach is a ruckus!
I love watching videos of HomecomingHeroes.com, this clip which shows a large German Shepherd playing fetch with grampa, when grampa threw the ball at the far end of garden the dog fetch the ball once he return he was surprised by his owner who returns from deployment. The dog was clearly glad to see him.
Pets are considered as a family member since we spend precious moments with them and they give us unconditional love. However, having a pet is not just feeding, walking, and playing with them. We also need to take care of them and ourselves and prevent our pets having bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic diseases.
Here are some tips by Veterinary Dr. Donna Solomon of Animal Medical Center of Chicago to prevent zoonotic disease in pets:
1. Have your pet's stool sample evaluated for parasites twice a year. 2. Give your dog heartworm prevention drugs. 3. Don't let your pet lick your face. 4. Don't let your cats roam and hunt outdoors. 5. Wash any bite or scratch wound you get from your pets immediately with soapy water. 6. Wash hands before you handle food. 7. Cook food to safe internal temperatures 8. Do not feed your pet raw meat. 9. Dispose your pet's waste properly. 10. Vaccinate your pets for Rabies and Leptospirosis. 11. Do not let your pet drink contaminated water. 12. Do not touch or let your pet go near wild animals. 13. Eliminate or reduce the population of rodents. 14. Wash your hands after touching your pet. 15. Wipe your pet's feet after walking outside and its anal area after pooping with hypoallergenic diaper wipes. 16. If your pet is sick, seek veterinary care.
I came a cross a story of a dog owner on gizmodo about how a Ventura County Sheriff's Deputy threaten to shoot and kills his 21 months old pet dog. He said while they were camping the cops approached them and shouted "Who's dogs are these? Get them under control or I'll shoot them!" which in my opinion is unprofessional for a police officer. One of the cop even had his gun pointed at his dogs.
Despite being in the 21st century some authorities of other countries are still living in the stone age. Islamic authorities in Malaysia are investigating a "dog patting" event that has the purpose of improving dog ownership in the multi-ethnic Muslim-majority country.
The event is called "I want to touch a dog" and held in a park on the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur last Sunday, October 19, 2014. The event encouraged people to pat dogs which are considered unclean in Islam. It was such a success that it drew hundreds of spectators majority are Muslims that it was noticed by crazy religious leaders.
One of a crazy Muslim leader, Nooh Gadut said it was an insult to them, "Don't try to create a culture that is opposite to Islam."
Syed Azmi Alhabshi is a Muslim who organized the event said that he did it to help people overcome their fear of dogs and promote compassion towards animals.
Maybe some of their clerics are supporters of ISIS.
Meet Bentley, he's a one-year-old King Charles Spaniel owned by Nina Pham who contracted Ebola while taking care of Thomas Eric Duncan who died last week because of Ebola. Bentley is under medical surveillance. In a news report, officials said that Bentley will be taken care of in a former naval air base where he’ll be supplied with bedding and toys. I hope he'll not end up like Excalibur owned by the nurse in Spain which also got infected with Ebola. Excalibur was euthanized.
Poor Bentley, he looks scared and I bet he is missing Nina.
I like the story of the dog "Lazarus" who survived euthanasia, that dog is a fighter. I think he really likes to live. It was on the news last week, a mixed-breed dog surviving euthanasia and a car accident. The dog was sent to the animal shelter by its owner. Lazarus new owner is Jane Holston of Helena, Alabama.
Madrid, Spain - The sweet and cuddly dog named Excalibur owned by the nurse who got infected with Ebola has been killed last Wednesday October 8, 2014 even as animal rights activists and protesters tried to block authorities from getting into the house of the nurse and her husband. There have also been a petition online to spare Excalibur's life that was signed by hundreds of thousand people.
Excalibur, a 12-year-old rescue dog, was killed and it was confirmed by Javier Rodríguez of Madrid’s regional government. He said that the dog will be cremated.
Thomas Skinner of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during an interview said that dogs and other animals can have an immune response to Ebola, which means that they can be infected.
The faithfuls had the chance to bring their pets to church for the World Animal Day last October 4, 2014. Pet owners of dogs, cats, spiders, birds, snakes, turtles and other animals celebrate the World Animal Day which coincides with the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
Blessing of the Animals by Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Merced, California USA, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014.
Rev. Paul Price blesses a dog at Trinity Episcopal in Redlands California
Blessing of the Animals at Seton Catholic Central in Binghamton, New York.
Philippines Pet Blessing at Malate Church, Manila Philippines
If you think you are giving your pet treats, think again you may be giving your beloved pets poison. If you are eating tasty food and your pet stares at you looking so adorable, don't give them your leftover if it contains human food that are poison to pets.
Check out the very useful infographic from vet-medic.com, that identifies food that can harm your dog. It also offers healthy treats that you can give your dogs.
Rule of the Thumb:
"Hard treats such as bones, can damage teeth. If you can push your thumbnail into a treat and it leaves a mark, it's probably safe. The same rule applies for chew toys."
"No food is right for every dog, so watch what they eat, and make sure that you're the one setting the menu."
sausages - contains preservatives that can cause thiamine deficiency. Contains Sulphites
Cooked bones - can splinter and damage dog's intestine.
cow's milk - most dogs are lactose intolerant
onions and garlic - can cause Heinz body anemia, contains disulphide
cakes, sweets, artificial sweeteners and mints - artificial sweeteners can cause dog's blood sugar to drop dangerously low that can cause seizure, vomiting, liver failure, and coma. Contains Xylitol
Human Chocolate - acts as stimulant that can cause diarrhea, high heart rate, muscle tremors and seizures. Contains methylxanthines, theobromine, and caffeine
Grapes and raisins - contains toxins that can cause sudden development of kidney failure within 48 hours of snacking. Contains Mycotoxin.
Anti-freeze - can cause vomiting, diarrhea and breathing difficulties. contains Ethylene glycol.
A photo from Tampa police shows a scared dog trapped in the river trying hard to get out of the water and at background you will see a huge manatee just watching and standing by. The cops said a concern citizen saw the dog and called the cops. An officer snapped the picture while the dog is being rescued.
Hope For Paws received a call from Rescue From The Hart about a Pit Bull stranded in a remote location. The dog's heartless, irresponsible owners had abandoned her there, leaving her to die. She was found in a vacant fenced government property that the rescuers couldn't access, so they needed the pit bull to come to them. The rescuers placed a cheeseburger across the road, hoping that the pit bull found a way out of the fence to get to the food. Well she did, the goodhearted rescuers tried to bait her with the food throwing little pieces, but she was afraid of them and was extremely cautious so they set a trap instead and watch her from a distance. She was so hungry that after a few minutes, she took the bait and the trap door closed behind her. Now she's safe thanks to the rescuers!
The moment she was in a safe location the rescuers remove her from the trap cage and after some time she was wagging her tail, it was so heartwarming. I hope someone adopt her!
I read a very informative article on Los Angeles Register on how to save your Dog's lives in case of emergency. It gave tips on important points you should know if you are a dog owner. The tips are from Denise Fleck an animal care instructor with the Los Angeles County Regional Occupational Program and author.
Here are the important tips:
1. Put the closest 24-hour animal emergency center on your speed dial. It will also be helpful if you visit the place and check how much they charge, services available, and form of payment they accept.
2. Attend a pet first aid class and have a pet first aid kit at home. Pet first aid kits should include hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting when cats or dogs ingest certain types of poison, gauze to stop bleeding and a thermometer to take your pet’s temperature under the tail. (101 degrees Fahrenheit is normal for cats and dogs, but 104 means there is something wrong.)
3. CPR in dogs are different, you will need to close off the mouth and breathe into your pet’s nose for a direct pathway.
A Pit bull mix was seen running on the 710 freeway last Thursday August 21, 2014. It was really dangerous and the dog can be hit by speeding vehicles. However, brave and animal loving Los Angeles area drivers teamed up to rescue the dog. Vehicles were seen slowly following and shielding the dog from other vehicles.
When they led the dog on the side of the road, brave Andie Valerio chase the dog and capture it with her bare hands, lifting her to safety.
The Pit bull mix is female and she was wearing a purple collar. The dog has no microchips or tags. I hope she can be reunited with her owners or better yet a responsible pet owner adopt her.
This is an old YouTube video of a Siberian Husky crying because of her dead owner. I have seen a dog cry before but not like this maybe there is something wrong with the dog. A dog is a very loyal friend and most of the time if their owner dies, they become severely depressed.
It's hard to tell if your dog is depressed since you can't ask how they feel or if they are okay. This is why it is very important to bring your dog to a vet if you see your best-friend has an abrupt change in behavior. So that they can assess what causes it.
Depression in dogs differs from each, here are some signs that dogs make if they are depressed:
1. Moody - the most common sign that your dog is depressed is if suddenly your pet stop getting excited on things he look forward to. You will see him often inactive and moping around all day. His head will be hanging and his tail are between his legs. His ears will also be pulled back.
If you want him to get back to his perky self is to introduce new activities or toys and when you see his tail wag or if he gets excited reinforce the positive behavior immediately.
2. Eat less or Don't eat at all - if a dog is depressed he usually eat less or worse he will refuse food at all.
Make sure you feed your dog on schedule as much as possible and be patient if he don't eat immediately once you give the bowl don't remove it right away. You can also add a little wet food but not always he might look for it every meal time.
3. Inactivity, sleep too much - On the average dogs sleeps 14 hours a day. But if the dog seems to sleep too much give him something to do or give the little pooch a walk.
4. Aggressive behavior - usually it is because of not enough exercise, so let him run in the yard or in a park.
5. Appears looking for someone - this usually happens following the loss of a family member the dog will look from one room to another searching for the lost individual.
Depressed dog will be okay as long as they are drinking, eating, urinating and defecating and they still wants to go outside for a walk just be patient specially if they are grieving. By giving them ample attention and activity like enjoyable things your dog likes, most of them tend to overcome depression on their own.
With rising temperatures it's important not to leave small children and pets inside a park vehicle. Leaving your pet and kids in a hot vehicle will not just endanger your love ones but you will also be facing the law.
Lt. Mike Budreau of the Medford Police Department said that this is a problem when spring and summer arrives.
Diana Schropp a vet at Medford's Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center said that, when the temperature is getting higher from 70 Fahrenheit and above, leaving a pet in a hot car even with a cracked window and with the air-conditioning off can result to heat stroke. If the dogs temperatures get to 106 and above, the dog will have seizures since dogs have difficulties in cooling off and getting rid of excess heat. Symptoms of heat exhaustion in dogs includes forceful panting, weakness, staggering and a darker colored gum.
American Veterinary Medical Association stated that just 10 minutes inside a parked car the temperature can rise 20 degrees hotter than the air outside. It will also continue to rise every minute.
For kids, symptoms of heat exhaustion include vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, and headache.
Leaving your pet locked inside a hot parked vehicle will get you a 2nd degree animal neglect which is a Class B misdemeanor. If the pet is injured or dies, you will get a 1st degree animal neglect which is a Class A misdemeanor.
Police advice people to call 911 if they see a hot vehicle with a distressed dog or kids inside an officer will respond to rescue them.
A cute pooch don't seem to realize that he was asking a statue to play fetch with him. The dog is really determined to get the statue to throw the stick. He even place the stick in-front of the statue's foot and begin to run, jump, and crouch just to get the attention of the statue.
Robert Gabbert who is a soldier and stationed in Afghanistan was on his tour of duty last March leaving behind his lovely Shiba Inu which is 3 years old named Baxter. He left it with his girlfriend, thinking that she will take good care of him. But to his disappointment he learned while in duty that his girlfriend sold it on Craiglist.
Gabbert looked for the new owners of his dog Baxter he wrote on Craiglist:
"I am currently deployed and my ex sold my dog. I just found out and I am trying to find the people who bought him. I will pay anything to get him back. His name is Baxter and he is an Shiba Inu."
"I do not have my phone with me. You can email me. The phone number is my mom’s she is helping me locate him. If you have any information PLEASE give us a call or an email."
Luckily, he found the person who bought his dog and agreed to return Baxter to him but they were reluctant at first.
I think my 12year old German shepherd dog has a Degenerative Myelopathy Disease. Since I noticed that he is having difficulty standing. He drags his hind feet while walking and he's wobly when walking. He has been a member of our family for 12 years and it will be hard losing him. He's also having urinary and fecal continence. But he eats well. we will be bringing him to the Vet for testing.
I found valuable information about Degenerative Myelopathy Disease on caninegeneticdiseases.net, and it is sad that it is an incurable disease. All we can do now is take care of our dog until his last breath.
Canine degenerative myelopathy (DM) or chronic degenerative radiculomyelopathy is a progressive disease that affects the dogs spinal cord that is comparable to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Ussually it affects older dogs. The onset is typically begins at the age of 8 years old.
It will begin with the loss of coordination (ataxia) of the dogs hind limbs. You will notice that dog will wobble while walking and standing up. The dog will also drag the hind feet. It will initially affect one hind limb and then the other. As the disease advances, the dog's limbs will become weak and the dog begins will have difficulty standing until the dog will not able to walk. It can take from 6 months to 12 months before the dog turn paraplegic. The dog will also experience loss of urinary and fecal continence. Degenerative Myelopathy Disease is not a painful disease.
Degenerative Myelopathy Disease offenly affects German shepherd dog, boxer, and Pembroke Welsh corgi.
Here is a video on How to Care for a Dog with Degenerative Myelopathy
Pets in Peril is an organization that helps pets in needs in Flint Michigan. Pets in Peril director Edith Campbell with her team of 7 women and 1 men goes house to house in Flint's poor neighborhoods to look for abused and neglected dogs. She found chained dogs that suffered the brutal and chilling winter. Her team fed the dogs and find them foster homes.
While rescuing neglected pets, she brings with her "Polo," a 3-year-old bull dog-pit bull mix. Polo was rescued on the north side of Flint.
Campbell said: "Polo was pretty much dying when we picked him up. We had known him for months and months, but we couldn't get him from the owner. He was being used for breeding."
"Eventually, volunteers were able to convince the owner that Polo was not going to benefit them anymore and the owner gave him up to Pets in Peril. Finally, after all those months, we got him. I was so happy." she adopted Polo after fostering him.
FDA said that a pet jerky treat that are mostly manufactured in China are linked to more than 1,000 deaths in dogs, more than 4,800 complaints about sick pets, and three (3) sick people who ate the jerky.
However, the Food and Drug Administration didn't identify the specific causes of the illness or deaths.
FDA said: “The agency continues to caution pet owners that jerky treats are not required for a balanced diet and encourage them to consult with their veterinarians, both prior to feeding treats and if they notice symptoms in their pets.”
The 3 sick humans are composed of 2 toddlers who accidentally ate the product and 1 adult who ate it. 1 toddler has a salmonella infection, while the other kid has a gastrointestinal illness and fever just like the dogs who ate the product. The 1 adult had a nausea and headache.
FDA said that they got about 1,800 new reports of illnesses and deaths since its last update in October.
Here are the breakdown of the cases:
60% has symptoms of gastrointestinal trouble and liver disease. 30% has kidney disease 10% for other complaints like neurological and skin conditions.
There are also a report that Petco and PetSmart announced that they will be banning the selling of dog and cat treats imported from China in light of this FDA warnings.
A woman from Canada allegedly stole a German shepherd family dog will be facing multiple charges that includes breaking and entering, theft, possession of property obtained by crime, and mischief.
The owner of the dog caught the alleged dognapper walking their dog and they have recorded everything on cam and it was a furious showdown. The woman who stole their dog even shave the German shepherd to disguise him. Neil Haskett the owner of the dog, caught the encounter on his video camera when they confront the woman.
Their dog was stolen when his family visit a relative, and they left their German shepherd dog at home named "Partner." To their surprise when they returned, they realized that their house had been broken into and "Partner" is gone.
Haskett reviewed the surveillance cameras and he saw a woman wearing a blue jacket approaching their home, and she was checking out the back door. After a few minutes, another camera caught the same woman with a friend leaving the house with their dog.
The family decided to hit the street and look for their dog in the neighborhood to their surprise they saw a woman walking a dog that looked just like Partner. They caught it all on tape check out the video above. The woman said she got the dog from Pet Safe.
The woman also said that she took the dog because she thought the dog was being abused by the owner and denies breaking into the home.
PATERSON, N.J. - It supposed to be just a drug raid at a Paterson, N.J. home but they also uncovered a large pit bull dog-fighting ring that was run by the owners of the house.
It was reported that police found 25 dogs in the filthy home on Van Blarcom Street, among them are four dead dogs that are stuffed in garbage bags. Also 18 of the dogs that were found are just puppies, and they were jammed into dirty crates. There were also 3 adult pit bulls that are maimed. Rescuers are now looking for kennel spaces and veterinarians that will take care of the 18 pit bulls puppies.
Paterson Animal Control Officer John Decando said that this is one of the largest dog fighting rings he’s seen. There were blood on the walls, apparently from dog fights.
Two disgusting monsters are now facing a long list of charges. Police arrested 21-year-old Caurie Swinger and 32-year-old Ashley Bryant.
"I come home because I have my pets. And I want to see my pets and pet my pets and cuddle with them." She even likened the experience of having pets to having a young child in the house.
She has very cute Chow chow named Ghenghis Khan who always sleeps fronting the door, he has a strong sense of guard dog mentality but I don't think burglars will get scared of him. Ghenghis Khan is too cute to be scary. Stewart also remember one time that Ghenghis Khan woker her up at 3:30 a.m. just to let him outside to pee.
"He came to the side of my bed and he whined. And I took him downstairs and took him outside. And we walked around, looking for this full moon, which was almost discreet. And so he went pee. And we came back inside. And I went back up to bed. But I don't mind doing it. It's just part of my existence. And they make me happy."
She also has two Frenchies named Francesca and Sharkey which have their own blog "The Daily Wag."
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center located in Urbana, Illinois has release a report that they have received nearly 180,000 cases about household pets exposed to possibly poisonous substances in 2013. Prescription human medications is the top toxins in the list for 6 years in a row. About 20% of all the calls were about pets that ingest medicines for humans.
Here are the rest of the list: (ranked in order of call volume)
1. Prescription Human Medications - APCC received 24,673 cases about pets ingesting human prescription drugs in 2013.
The top 3 medications that pets are exposed to are: heart medications (blood pressure pills), antidepressants and pain medications (opioids and prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Most of the cases are owners dropped the pills and the pets got it first.
2. Insecticides - (15.7% of all calls is related to insecticides) most of the cases are cat related. Insecticides should be properly stored away from pets or it should be in a cabinet or box that can't be access by pets.
3. Over-the-Counter Human Medications - (14.7% of calls) most commonly are medicines with acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, herbal, and nutraceutical.
4. Household Products - Household toxins that pets have access to includes fire logs to cleaning products.
5. People Food - people foods that are toxic to pets are onions/garlic, grapes/raisins and xylitol (sugar substitute that is harmful to animals).
6. Veterinary Products and Medications
7. Chocolate - do not give your pets Chocolate, too much of it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, high heart rate and seizures.
8. Rodenticides - this can cause your beloved pets internal bleeding, kidney failure or seizures.
9. Plants - my dog really loves to eat plants. Most plants are harmless to pets but there are those which can be toxic like lilies which can cause kidney failure and death in cats.
10. Lawn and Garden Products - Fertilizers usually made from dried blood, poultry manure and bone meal are very attractive to pets so make sure to keep them in a safe place.
Too bad for the crocodile, it lost his lunch when a hippo decided to save the gnu that the crocodile has caught.
Hippos are one of the most dangerous animals they are known to be ruthless and scary, but not this time. The video captures a hippo rescuing a gnu that is being attacked by a crocodile. It shows the hippo chases the crocodile, then push the injured gnu with its snout to the shore.
Vadim Onishchenko, 34, took the video when he was visiting the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya.
Jeremy Espiritu 22, from Las Vegas the family dog killer is set to be sentenced by Las Vegas court. He was found guilty of slashing his family dog’s throat. He may face up to four years imprisonment on a class D felony for torturing or maiming an animal.
He was arrested for killing their family dog. He told the cops that he killed the pet because he just like to kill the dog. The poor family dog was named "Serenity" and this monster killed the pet with a six-inch serrated knife.
Jeremy Espiritu's stepfather said that he was awaken at 3 p.m. when he heard "a child or dog screaming as if they were in pain." Officer Jacoby Burns arrived at the scene and found Serenity dying in a pool of blood near the front door. The knife was located nearby.
Espiritu told the cops "I like to hurt dogs". The black Labrador mix "Serenity" was rushed to a veterinary clinic but died.
Jeremy Espiritu is a drug addict according to his stepfather. He is also a Filipino-American
A monkey in Bali, Indonesia stole a camera from a Brazilian tourist and it was all documented on a camera. The monkey even took a selfie video of himself, well sort of.
Ailton Schoemberger of Curitiba, Brazil was visiting the Uluwatu Temple in Bali and he decided to film himself while feeding the monkeys. A monkey took fancy of his camera and took it then ran to the woods. A staff from the temple gave the money a fruit to let of the camera.