Animal shelters across the country cite higher lost pet intakes on July 5th than on any other day of the year. For too many dogs and cats, fireworks displays cause them to bolt from their homes in a blind panic. To better understand this common phobia, it helps to look at Fourth of July festivities from your pet’s point of view. If you’re hosting a party or barbecue, your pet is already dealing with the stress of unfamiliar people in his environment. Some of those people may be rambunctious children who have not been taught how to politely interact with pets. Perhaps some have had a few too many “adult beverages” and are behaving rather strangely. Then just as darkness falls and your pet is settling down for the night, BAM! He gives an alert. He is told to stop barking. BAM! There it is again! And again! Then the odors hit him, awful smells of fire and smoke and burning chemicals. The humans, however, seem to think … [Read more...] about Helping Pets Cope With Fourth of July Fireworks
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In another sign that California is becoming more pet-friendly, state legislators may create a $5 million grant to help fund veterinary services, dog and cat food and kennel crates at homeless shelters that accept animals. State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, introduced Senate Bill 258 in February and said it could lead to getting more homeless people off the street and into shelters. “People aren’t going to go in the shelter and leave their best friend in the street,” Hertzberg said Monday when SB 258 went before the Human Services Committee, where it passed 6-0. “And sometimes their best friend is a pet.” More shelters have begun accepting pets in recent years, although there still are many holdouts. According to the bill, only 16 of 187 shelters surveyed in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose were pet friendly. Of large homeless service providers in San Diego County, only the Alpha Project has a blanket pet-friendly policy. … [Read more...] about Bill would fund homeless shelters that accept pets
Bringing pets to Germany For many people, a pet is part of the family. But there's no need to leave a family member behind when you move, as each person moving to Germany from outside of the EU is allowed to bring up to five animals with them. These animals must be household pets and cannot be brought to the country to be sold or traded. This can be any combination of five animals, except in the case of rabbits as any more than three is considered commercial trade in pets. Although how anyone could possibly run a successful trading business with just four or five rabbits I do not know. A fairly large range of creatures can be brought into Germany as a pet but if your pet is a little less conventional it is probably best to check it isn't mentioned in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) website. Just like in many countries around the world, ownership of certain breeds of dog is restricted in Germany. Although it varies a little from state to state, … [Read more...] about Everything you need to know about having a pet in Germany
It’s the time of year when tropical poinsettias abound, a feast for the eyes in church vestibules, restaurants and just about anywhere there’s holiday decor.Do they pose a risk to people or pets? Not usually, but it’s a good idea to keep them out of reach of small children and the family cat or dog.“Poinsettias get a bad rep. They can be toxic if they’re consumed. But they’re very bitter to taste, so the risk is low,” said Dixie Schneider, designer with Springs In Bloom florist, 318 E. Colorado Ave.Quite a number of the bad-tasting leaves would have to be consumed to sicken someone. An Ohio State University study showed that a 50-pound child would have to eat more than 500 poinsettia leaves to have any side effects.“Those beautiful flowers you’ve been so wary of keeping in your home during the holidays (lest they poison pets or children) are not toxic,” reports Live Science, citing a study that looked at nearly 23,000 cases of … [Read more...] about Can the season’s plentiful poinsettia displays be harmful to you or your pets?
Marilynn Marchione, Ap Chief Medical Writer Updated 12:04 am CDT, Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Principal Scientist Jessica Langbaum, right, and her mother, Ivy Segal, 67, go over procedures for Segal's gene testing Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 at Banner Alzheimers Institute in Phoenix. Banner is conducting two studies that target the very earliest brain changes while memory and thinking skills are still intact in hope of preventing the disease. less Principal Scientist Jessica Langbaum, right, and her mother, Ivy Segal, 67, go over procedures for Segal's gene testing Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 at Banner Alzheimers Institute in Phoenix. Banner is conducting two ... more Photo: Matt York, AP Larry Rebenack, 71, finishes his gene testing procedure Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 at Banner Alzheimers Institute in Phoenix. "I have a lot of friends and acquaintances I've seen deteriorate," including one who started blowing through stop … [Read more...] about Studies in healthy older people aim to prevent Alzheimer’s