- 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 | 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 »
- Babble.com | Animal Nation | Mon, Aug 20, 2012 7:48 PM EDT | CommentsEleven-year-old Cole Hein has a very special relationship with his Jack Russell terrier: Bingo is his service dog. Cole has a potentially lethal form of apnea, a medical condition that causes him to sometimes stop breathing. Bingo, trained by Canada's National Service Dogs organization and the MSAR Search and Rescue Association, is certified as a hearing, medical service, and therapy dog. He's trained to alert people if Cole needs CPR.
Cole and Bingo
"In the first 6 months, she saved Cole's life three times," wrote Cole's mom Mandi Hein. "A constant companion, Bingo has given Cole freedom and safety, devotion, and friendship."
Bingo was honored for saving Cole numerous times by being inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame in 2010, reports the Winnipeg Free Press.
And now, Bingo is dying. And he has a Bucket List. Or as Cole calls it, a "Lick-It List."
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After being told that Bingo only has weeks to live after bein...Read More »
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