Daily Pet News
An End to Pet Allergies?
In the movie, Cats and Dogs, Jeff Goldblum’s character invents a vaccine for humans that cures dog allergies. Well, real life scientists are currently working on an injection that will cure cat allergies. Early studies show the vaccine is effective at reducing cat allergy symptoms by about 40%. When the irritants are injected instead of breathed in naturally, they turn off the T-Cells. The body builds a long term tolerance to the allergen, allowing the patient to interact with cats without the severe coughing and sneezing.
Pets, Plants, and Dangers
If you have been outside at all lately, then you have seen the trees and flowers in full bloom. And while they are beautiful, some plant life is very dangerous for your pets. The toxins can cause difficulty breathing, convulsions, or organ failure. Among a list of toxic plants are lilies, azaleas, elephant’s ear, oleander, and sago palms. The ASPCA website has a complete list.
Algae to Control Diabetes in Pets
Research shows that algae can help to control diabetes in pets. It’s important to start with a high protein, low carbohydrate diet to reduce the fluctuation in blood sugar. Couple the diet with spirulina and results should be quicker and better. Various studies show that the algae can balance blood sugar, reduce fat, inhibit osteoporosis, and speed up healing.
Where to Find a Particular Breed of Dog
Are you in search of a specific breed of dog? There is a new website called PerfectPetFinder.com that is designed find your perfect companion. The website has a form that can be used to help choose a breed for you. The form will indicate the most compatible breed based on living quarters, and activity levels and personality of the pet owner.
Cats and Vets
Cats are far less likely to visit the vet than dogs, but not because they are healthier. In fact, they are 4 times more likely to contract rabies. But many cats don’t like to travel and may have anxiety simply from being put in their carries. Some owners assume this is the case and do not even attempt to round up their cats. Unfortunately, the cats are getting the short end of the stick as they need to be examined , just as dogs.
What to Do When You Lose Your Pets
People lose pets everyday, but what do you do if you find one? A good place to start is by visiting local pet stores and posting flyers in the area. You can also call a veterinarian, and a local shelter. Get the word out through as many channels as possible to speed up the reunion. If you have the time, the means, and the desire, you can take care of the scared animal after getting checked by your veterinarian.
Pet Airways Riding High
Pet Airways more than doubled its sales for 2010 as compared to 2009. The world’s only airline specifically designed for the comfort and safety of companion animals boasts a 100% success rate for pet transportation. Pets enjoy a climate controlled main cabin ride and are examined periodically during the flight. Flying can be a dangerous experience for pets, but those dangers can be minimized with an airline that specializes in pet travel.
Benefits of Seizures Assistance Dogs
Epileptic children can benefit from specially trained seizure assistance dogs. The dogs can alert parents when their children have a seizure. They will also roll the seizing child onto its side so it will not choke. At times when a child may walk into traffic or other dangerous predicaments during a seizure, the dog will take the form of a protective blockade.
A recent birth is worth mentioning. An Indiana mixed breed horse gave birth to twins. Horses only conceive twins in approximately one in every ten thousand pregnancies. And of those 1 in ten are carried to full term with a very small portion of the foals being born as healthy individuals. However, these twins have beaten the odds and are doing well.
Dangers of Biking with Long Leashes
A San Jose women died recently when she became entangled in a long dog leash when she was passed on a running trail by a biker and his dogs. The unfortunate accident has led to a change in leash law. From now on, San Jose trail patrons will only be allowed to use 6 foot leashes or shorter. Shorter leashes are not only safer, but are much better for training your dog to stick by your side.