- Bridget Marquardt | Animal Nation | Fri, Aug 24, 2012 4:58 PM EDT | Comments
We recently sat down with pet first aid expert Denise Fleck for a quick lesson in how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver on a dog or cat.
Everyone knows how easily dogs can choke on bones or toys, so this is an essential thing for any pet owner to know and Denise says she's seen this simple method save lives before.
For more information on Denise's Pet First Aid classes, check out her website here.
By WebVet.comWe've seen dogs get reunited with their owners thanks to Facebook and cats tweeting about their playtime -- so it should come as no surprise that the number of pets "using" social media has soared over the past year.
Just updating my status
According to a new study by pet insurer Petplan, there's been a 36% increase in the number of pet owners creating Facebook and Twitter accounts for their animals in the last 12 months. Facebook is the more popular destination, with 7% of dogs on the site, compared to 4% of cats.
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And if owners aren't letting their pets bark and meow on their own -- they're certainly talking about them on their own profile pages, as 42% of pet owners upload pictures of their pets (that's it?). Meanwhile, 37% of pet parents most status updates on behalf of their furry children.
Even though cats are the dominant Internet animal when it comes to memes, its the dogs people want to talk about. Petplan noted that man's be...Read More »
- Babble.com | Animal Nation | Thu, Aug 16, 2012 1:12 PM EDT | Comments
Duh-nuh. Duh-nuh. Shark Week! It's nearly as exciting as the Olympics - maybe even better. Full of drama and excitement, "Shark Week" started this past Sunday on The Discovery Channel, and lots of people get really into all the fun learning and excitement that sharks bring. Of course, don't forget the four-legged members of your family want in all the fun! Let them join in - maybe play dress up - like these guys below! Check out these cool pets dressed up for Shark Week! - By Devan McGuinness
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- Vetstreet.com | Animal Nation | Tue, Aug 21, 2012 10:47 AM EDT | Comments
By Linda Lombardi | vetstreet.comWhether you're faced with a hurricane, blizzard or a sudden wildfire, pet owners should consider having emergency plans in place to protect their pets during natural disasters.
During Hurricane Andrew, Zoo Miami sheltered its flock of pink flamingos in a public …
But what if you were responsible for hundreds of wild animals - and a category 4 hurricane was bearing down?
Emergency preparedness at a zoo involves a lot more than just a few gallons of bottled water and a full tank of gas. It takes knowledge of animal behavior, creative use of facilities, and a huge amount of human dedication.
Zoo animals aren't evacuated in advance of a storm, says Ron Magill, communications and media relations director at Zoo Miami. "These storms can change course at the last minute, so you may end up evacuating animals into the hurricane zone," he adds.
Plus, the stress associated with moving animals can lead to injuries and even death, so "s...Read More »
- Vetstreet.com | Animal Nation | Wed, Aug 22, 2012 11:40 AM EDT | Comments
By Colleen Oakley | vetstreet.com
Think all bird watchers are blue-haired retirees?
It was actually a 12-year-old boy who recently logged the 100 millionth observation on eBird, a popular site where birders can record daily feathered-critter sightings.
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Two scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in conjunction with Audubon, launched eBird in 2002 with the sole purpose of creating a massive scientific database of citizen observations about avian abundance and distribution. Since then, more than 93,000 people have submitted their findings.
But eBird wasn't always such a raging success.
"The first few years of the project failed to capture much interest," says Cornell eBird project leader Chris Wood. "In hindsight, we had done a very good job of thinking about how to gather data so that it would be useful for the scientific community, but we hadn't thoug...Read More »
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