Supplements can be good for aging dogsOur pets are living longer, but with those extra years comes a drawback: age-related health problems. Many pet owners try to turn back the clock by giving their furry companions vitamins and supplements. Packaged Facts market research firm estimates that last year pet owners spent about $1.3 billion on supplements or treats with nutritional benefits. Joint deterioration and cognitive dysfunction fueled a large chunk of those sales. While pets share our aches and pains, they shouldn't share human treatments. Here are five things you need to know before adding vitamins and supplements to your pet's diet.
1. Your pet's kibble may be enough.
"Your average healthy dog or cat on a quality commercial pet food does not require any dietary supplementation," said Dr. Jennifer Monroe, a veterinarian with Eagles Landing Veterinary Hospital in Georgia. "Most commercial pet foods add vitamins and minerals to their diets to provide complete and balanced nutrition for pets."
When in doubt, look for
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Supplements can be good for aging dogsOur pets are living longer, but with those extra years comes a drawback: age-related health problems. Many pet owners try to turn back the clock by giving their furry companions vitamins and supplements. Packaged Facts market research firm estimates that last year pet owners spent about $1.3 billion on supplements or treats with nutritional benefits. Joint deterioration and cognitive dysfunction fueled a large chunk of those sales. While pets share our aches and pains, they shouldn't share human treatments. Here are five things you need to know before adding vitamins and supplements to your pet's diet.Read More »from Pet Supplements: 5 Things You Need to Know
The Paula Deen Museum is set to open soonCelebrity chef Paul Deen's admission last week that she had used racial epithets "a very long time ago" has turned into a nightmare public relations disaster for the 66-year-old.Read More »from Georgia Town to Open Paula Deen Museum
Following a bungled public apology, Deen received word that the Food Network would not be renewing her contract - a network where her Southern cooking had been a fixture for more than a decade. Now other companies -- Smithfield Foods, Home Depot, and Wal-Mart among them -- also announced that they weredropping Deen.
"Paula Deen will survive but she will never be whole again," Howard Bragman, vice chairman of Reputation.com, told USAToday.
Maybe, maybe not. In the wake of all this bad news, many notable figures have come forward to urge focus and not blow past comments out of proportion.
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Last Friday, comedian Bill Maher also chimed in saying: "If you're 66 years old, and you were raised in Georgia, and you were a child before the civil rights movement, do you
Dogs don't fare well when left in hot carsYou may enjoy taking your canine companion for a ride during the dog days of summer, but experts advise pet owners not to leave dogs, cats or any other pets unattended in a hot car.Read More »from Dog Days of Summer Can Be Deadly for Pets
On an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a car with the windows cracked can reach 110 degrees in 10 minutes, according to the Animal Protection Institute. In 30 minutes the interior can reach up to 120 degrees.
Such temperatures can be deadly for dogs, which can't sweat like humans do. Dogs can cool down only by panting and drooling, meaning it's easier for them to suffer from heat exhaustion. Signs of heat exhaustion in dogs include excessive panting or drooling, trouble breathing, agitation, vomiting, diarrhea and loss of consciousness.
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But hot cars aren't the only places that put pets at risk. Even being outdoors on a warm day can be deadly, as evidenced by the death of Louisiana Tech's mascot, Tech XX, who died of heat stroke last summer.
A registered service dog in CaliforniaRebecca Farrar was just 4 years old when she became seriously ill and was diagnosed with diabetes. Today, as a Type 1 diabetic, 9-year-old Rebecca's blood sugar can drop without warning, putting her at risk of hypoglycemia, which can lead to a coma or even death. Often, Rebecca doesn't realize her blood sugar is dropping, but someone else does: her yellow Labrador, Shirley.Read More »from Diabetic Alert Dogs Save Lives
Dogs have provided assistance for people with physical and mental disabilities for decades, but in recent years researchers have discovered that canines can also detect illness in humans. With a sense of smell 100,000 times more sensitive than ours, dogs have sniffed out many things, including cancer and dips in glucose levels.
Originally, Rebecca's dog was being trained in the U.K. as a seeing-eye dog, but she had to replaced because she didn't like her harness. However, her diabetic owner had noticed that she always licked his hand before he became hypoglycemic, so Shirley was retrained as a diabetic alert dog.
A poodle catIn 1987, a feral cat in Montana gave birth to a litter of five kittens, but one of them looked a little different from the others.Read More »from Poodle Cats Are New Breed, Researchers Say
The female kitten had thick curly hair that breeders had never seen before, and she caught the eye of Persian breeder Jeri Newman. Newman adopted the kitten and dubbed her "Miss DePesto" after the curly-haired character in the television show "Moonlighting."
Now, 25 years and nine generations of curly furred cats later, researchers at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna have confirmed that the felines are a genetically distinct breed.
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Known as Selkirk Rex, the breed is the fourth type of curly haired cat, but it's distinct from other Rex breeds. Unlike the Devon Rex and Cornish Rex, this breed's hair is of normal length and isn't prone to balding, and it differs from the LaPerm breed because its coat is thicker.
Sometimes called "a cat in sheep's clothing," the Selkirk Rex's signature fur is caused by a
By Melissa Breyer, Mother Nature Network
One of the great perks of being around during this phase of human history is that we seem to have a relatively good understanding of food. Which doesn't mean that we are necessarily heading in a great direction (junk food and its ilk seem rather self-destructive to the species), but through trial and error, we have a lot of wisdom behind us. We know that steaming the bud of an otherwise intimidating thistle flower yields a delicious cooked artichoke and that beyond the menacing claw of a lobster awaits yet another delicacy.
We can also thank our foodie forefathers for discovering the things that can kill us. To those who discovered that belladonna and hemlock should not be eaten: we salute you. But we're a funny bunch. Although our most basic instinct is for survival, we continue to eat poisonous things, or parts of them at least. If you doubt it, consider the following foods.
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- Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Healthy Living – Thu, Jun 20, 2013 9:23 AM EDT
This is your brain on a robotIn 1942, writer Jerry Siegel (the co-creator of "Superman") and artist Leo Nowak introduced a comic-book character named Robotman, a scientist whose human brain had been transplanted into an immortal robot body. Now, a Russian multimillionaire has proposed making this a reality by the year 2045.Read More »from Billionaires Could Live Forever by Putting Their Brains in Robots
Robot immortality is the brainchild of Dmitry Itskov, an Internet entrepreneur who wants to help people live forever. To accomplish that goal, he founded the 2045 Initiative to bring together specialists in robotics, artificial organs, neural interfaces and related technologies. This week he is hosting the Global Future 2045 International Congress in New York City, a conference with the goal of developing "a new strategy for human evolution."
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Itskov has reportedly already reached out to a long list of billionaires offering them the first shot at this technology - for a fee that has yet to be disclosed. "You have the ability to finance the
'Game of Thrones' Take The Black StoutOmmegang Brewery has announced its next "Game of Thrones" inspired beer, with this one is likely to satisfy those mercenaries with a taste for something stronger.Read More »from 'Game of Thrones' Black Stout Beer Announced
Titled Take The Black Stout (inspired by the series "Night Watch" guard), the brew follows the earlier successful launch of Iron Throne Blonde Ale back in March.
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Sporting a gorgeous label (by the same firm that crafted the series's opening credits), Ommegang Take The Black is a 7 percent stout "as dark as the winters that once engulfed Westeros, as robust as the men who swear their oaths at the Weirwood Tree. Chocolate and caramel sweetness are balanced by hop bitterness. Roasty, woodsy notes, and an earthy finish."
Due to the success of Iron Throne, Ommegang is ramping up production of Take the Black, which will be available in both 750-mL bottles and sixth barrel kegs.
"The Take the Black Stout follows the wildly successful Iron Throne Ale, which hit stores earlier
Dog cools down in the summer heatReady for lawn parties, patio dining and treks to the dog park? Make sure your dog has the tools to enjoy this season with you. Consider this your warm-weather pet checklist:Read More »from How to Keep Your Pets Healthy in the Summer Heat
Stock up on preventatives
Pests will be pervasive summer, thanks to unusually warm winter months. Avoid the temptation to slack off on meds that help your pet fight fleas, ticks and especially heartworm, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Newly released generic formulations make it easier - and cheaper - to take action. You can purchase chewable PetTrust Plus heartworm tablets at Sam's Club and Walmart pharmacies, and Pet Armor topical flea and tick medication at major retailers such as Target and Walgreens.
"A lot of pet owners don't want to get dog's nails trimmed or give medication because it's so much trouble," says dog trainer Harrison Forbes. "Now it's easy and it's really going to help. With heartworm in the South, my vet says there are two kinds of dogs: dogs on heartworm preventatives and dogs that
Dog running with a toyIt can seem that dog parks aren't as much fun as they used to be. There are many reasons why - from overcrowding to distractions - so we turned to the owner of two pooches who are Atlanta dog park "veterans" and a vet for advice on how to make a day in the park a happy experience for everyone.Read More »from How to Avoid Dog Park Drama
Frank Anderson's dogs, Jake and Zeke, know their way around Atlanta's green space. While the 11-year-old littermates may not be the most active dogs, they still appreciate a daily romp. Both pooches perk up when you mention the p-a-r-k.
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Summertime crowds flock to Atlanta's historic Piedmont Park, but Anderson avoids green spaces teeming with pooches and people. Instead, he and his partner frequent smaller, neighborhood spots such as Adair Park. It's a quieter space where Jake and Zeke can chase squirrels to their hearts' content. To make the most of your dog park experience this summer, Anderson and veterinarian Liz Hanson offer a few words of