TAKE ACTION: With Over 1 Billion Animals Impacted By Australia’s Fires, Here’s How You Can Help

Adelaide wildlife rescuer Simon Adamczyk is seen with a koala rescued at a burning forest near Cape Borda on Kangaroo Island, southwest of Adelaide, Australia. Photo Credit: David Mariuz / AAP Image via Reuters

(HELP ANIMALS) Severe wildfires burning across Australia for months now have taken a tragic toll on it’s iconic habitats that make the continent an ecological wonder.

With nearly 18 million acres burned, experts estimate upwards of 1.25 billion animals–many of them unique to Australia–have been killed since the fires started in September.

A number of animal rescue groups and volunteers are working overtime to help farm animals, pets, and wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and more, who are so desperately in need of rescue and treatment.


Adelaide wildlife rescuer Simon Adamczyk is seen with a koala rescued at a burning forest near Cape Borda on Kangaroo Island, southwest of Adelaide, Australia. Photo Credit: David Mariuz / AAP Image via Reuters

TAKE ACTION

Global Animal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that funds emergency animal rescue initiatives worldwide, is collecting donations to disperse between several vetted Australian rescue organizations, including Adelaide Koala Rescue and WIRES (Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Services). 

Please consider supporting the efforts to save animals in critical peril. Your compassion in action and support of Global Animal Foundation can help save the lives of animals in crisis.


VIDEO: A group of baby koalas rescued from the Adelaide Hills fire zone area are now being cared for by Adelaide Koala Rescue team members.

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Captain Dave Soldavini holds a baby kangaroo rescued from a wildfire in Cobrunga, Australia. Photo Credit: Jeremy McMahon / United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service via AP
A horse is seen through dense smoke from a bushfire on a farm in Eden, in Australia’s New South Wales. Photo Credit: Saeed Khan / AFP via Getty Images
Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Services (WIRES) volunteer and carer Tracy Dodd holds a kangaroo with burnt feet pads after being rescued from bushfires in Australia’s Blue Mountains area. Photo Credit: Jill Gralow / Reuters
A koala receives treatment from a vet at Adelaide Koala Rescue. Photo Credit: Mark Brake / Getty Images
Rural Fire Service (RFS) crews engage in property protection of a number of homes along the Old Hume Highway near the town of Tahmoor as the Green Wattle Creek Fire threatens a number of communities in the southwest of Sydney, Australia. Photo Credit: Dean Lewins / AAP Image via Reuters
A kangaroo is seen in bushland surrounded by smoke haze early morning in Canberra, Australia. Photo Credit: Lukas Coch / AAP Image via Reuters

Wildlife rescuer Susan Pulis feeds kangaroos in a bedroom transformed into a temporary shelter on Raymond Island in Australia. Photo Credit: Christina Simons / The New York Times
A kangaroo is seen at the Flinders Chase National Park in a bushfire-affected area on Kangaroo Island, southwest of Adelaide, Australia. Photo Credit: David Mariuz / AAP Image via Reuters

Koalas Orphaned by Australian Wildfires Rescued

(ANIMAL VIDEOS/WILDLIFE RESCUE) Experts estimate that nearly 1 billion animals have been killed since the Australian bushfires started in September. Fortunately, this group of baby koalas were rescued from the Adelaide Hills fire zone area and they’re now being cared for by a team of professional volunteers. — Global Animal

TAKE ACTION

Global Animal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that funds emergency animal rescue initiatives worldwide, is collecting donations to disperse between these vetted Australian rescue organizations.

Please consider supporting the efforts to save animals in critical peril. Your compassion in action and support of Global Animal Foundation can help save the lives of animals in crisis.


Adorable Puppy Watching The Rain Is The Cutest Thing Ever

(DOGS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEOS) This puppy watching the rain is quite possibly the cutest thing you’ll see on the Internet–ever. Wouldn’t you agree?! — Global Animal

Energizing Exercises With Your Dogs

Photo Credit: surfneng via Flickr

(PET CARE/DOGS) Not only can introducing your dog to different forms of exercise help minimize their risk of joint pain later in life, but it can also help him/her get the most out of their active doggy lifestyles. Read on for more information and check out these great new ideas for exercising with your pet. — Global Animal

An active lifestyle is extremely important, but can also impact dogs’ joints. Photo Credit: surfneng via Flickr

At times it may seem as if your dog has boundless energy, racing around the garden, playing with other dogs while out walking, or chasing sticks for hours on end. While an active lifestyle is important for your dog’s health and well-being, the constant running and jumping can impact on his joints.

Minimize joint pain

Much like people, dogs—and other animals—are at risk of joint pain and arthritis later in life. This can be caused by general wear and tear of the cartilage in your dog’s joints. While your dog has a natural supply of the amino sugar glucosamine in his joints – glucosamine helps rebuild cartilage and lubricate the joint – this supply diminishes with age.  Glucosamine for dogs is a particularly effective supplement that could help treat your dog’s mobility issues, but it’s also important to include variety to your dog’s activity.

Alternative exercises

Varying the amount of pressure placed on your dog’s joints by introducing different exercises into his routine could help protect your dog and enable him to lead a more agile life for longer. Here are some exciting new exercise ideas that will benefit you both.

1. Swimming

Swimming is particularly good for older dogs with joint problems, especially if they have arthritis. Some dogs love water and will instinctively jump into it, however don’t assume your dog is a natural swimmer. A good way to test this is to try them with an easy ‘chase the ball’ activity. It is also advisable to use a pet flotation device at first to ensure your dog’s safety.

2. Cycling

Cycling is a great activity for your joints and can be for your dog’s as well. Attach a tow leash to your bike and place the harness on your dog. This should be positioned in the correct place, so ideally he is just to the right of the saddle with his nose parallel to the pedal. Use an attachment system that allows your dog to run alongside the bike, rather than in front or behind. Practice together in short intervals, working up to longer distances.

3. Hide and seek

Sit your dog in a room of the house that is the designated “seekers” room. Tell your dog to stay, and then leave the room to hide. The first few times you do this stand somewhere easily visible then call your dog, rewarding them when they find you. Increase the difficulty of your hiding place as they get used to the game. You could also hide a treat or toy somewhere in the house to keep your dog’s brain engaged.

4. Dancing with dogs

Canine freestyle is a choreographed set of moves where you and your dog display skill and teamwork to the backdrop of music. One type of canine freestyle showcases the artistry of the dog’s movements, while the other emphasizes the handler and dog’s movement together. Both are excellent forms of competition for dog lovers to become involved in.

Festive Felines: Cats In Christmas Trees (GALLERY)

Cats, Kittens, Funny Cat Pictures, Cat Pictures, Christmas, Christmas Decorations

"I'm watching...always watching..." Photo Credit: Michelle Wiggins

(CATS/FUNNY ANIMAL PICTURES) Christmas is finally here, and many pets are getting themselves into the holiday spirit, while others are simply getting into trouble. Check out these festive felines and decide whether they’ve been naughty or nice. — Global Animal

He knows if you've been bad or good! Photo credit: Joyce Hendricks
Pumpkin hangs out in the Christmas tree. Photo Credit: Ashlee Wroblewski
Sanya's first Christmas. Photo Credit: Tammy Merdian
Nothing gets past these glowing eyes! Photo Credit: Kristen Markell
"I'm watching...always watching..." Photo Credit: Michelle Wiggins
Ava loves hiding in and eating the Christmas tree! Photo Credit: Sonja Dahlquist
"Thinking about climbing the tree...but resting under the blanket for now." Photo Credit: Ashlee Wroblewski
"This is my spot." Photo Credit: Judy Clark
You can't peek at the presents with these eyes watching you from the tree! Photo Credit: Lou deMiguel
Suddenly the Christmas tree becomes a jungle gym. Photo Credit: Sarah Lisk
"I have to get to this tree..." Photo Credit: Brenda Walton

 

Mazel Tov! Pets Celebrate Hanukkah (GALLERY)

Photo Credit: hiscrivener.wordpress.com

(HOLIDAYS/ANIMAL PICTURES/HANUKKAH) ’Tis the season to spin the dreidel and light the menorah! Check out these precious pets as they celebrate the Festival of Lights! — Global Animal

Photo Credit: hiscrivener.wordpress.com
Photo Credit: hiscrivener.wordpress.com

 

Photo Credit: opcatchat.blogspot.com
Photo Credit: opcatchat.blogspot.com

 

Photo Credit: dogguide.net
Photo Credit: dogguide.net

 

Photo Credit: tumblr.com
Photo Credit: tumblr.com

 

Photo Credit: tumblr.com
Photo Credit: tumblr.com

 

Photo Credit: tumblr.com
Photo Credit: tumblr.com

 

Photo Credit: chanukahcats.tumblr.com
Photo Credit: chanukahcats.tumblr.com

 

Photo Credit: iheartjews.com
Photo Credit: iheartjews.com

 

Photo Credit: Flickr/bf_photos
Photo Credit: Flickr/bf_photos

 

Photo Credit: wtfhub.com
Photo Credit: wtfhub.com

 

Photo Credit: funnydogsite.com
Photo Credit: funnydogsite.com

 

"Photo

 

Photo Credit: smosh.com
Photo Credit: smosh.com

 

Photo Credit: smosh.com
Photo Credit: smosh.com

 

Photo Credit: handmademonster.etsy.com
Photo Credit: handmademonster.etsy.com

 

Photo Credit: lolcat.com
Photo Credit: lolcat.com

 

Tips For Bringing A Puppy Home For The Holidays

There are many factors one should consider before choosing to adopt a dog. Photo credit: Getty Images

(DOGS/PET ADOPTION) It’s finally the holiday season, and for many, there’s no better gift than a new puppy. However, it’s important that pet parents understand the importance of adoption as well as how to properly care for their new pet.

Choosing to adopt a furry friend is a very important (and sometimes difficult) decision. If your children or loved ones are hoping for a pet puppy this holiday season, there are several things you can do to ensure an easy and successful transition.

Here are six tail-wagging tips that will help you find the perfect pup this holiday season! — Global Animal

There are many factors one should consider before choosing to adopt a dog. Photo credit: Getty Images
There are many factors one should consider before choosing to adopt a dog. Photo credit: Getty Images

Biscuits & Bath, Dr. Yasmine Mortsakis and Tito Rivera

It seems that every holiday season brings the “must-have” toys or gifts for kids, but there is one that tends to be a perpetual crowd-pleaser: a puppy. And if your kids want a pup this year, you may want to first consider the following six tips to help find the ideal pup to join your family. Dr. Yasmine Mortsakis, DVM, Director of Health & Wellness at NY Vet Practice, which offers full-service veterinary care at Biscuits & Bath, and Biscuits & Bath Behavior Counselor Tito Rivera advise:

Consider your child’s age.

Rottweiler causing a baby laugh attack
Dogs can be playful friends for children of all ages. Photo credit: Global Animal

Puppies are a lot of work, and families with small children should consider adopting an older dog, as these pooches are already trained and make great companions.

Be mindful of your child’s temperament.

Companion breeds are usually a better choice for small children or children with disabilities. Also, regardless of the breed, small children tend to do better with calmer dogs.

Supervise puppy play.

Before their first interaction with the new pup, children should be taught the proper way to handle and treat their new four-legged friend. Interactions between a dog and a young child (under 10 years) should always be supervised by a responsible adult.

Be prepared to train your new pup.

Adoption helps save the lives of animals in need. Photo Credit: OlgaKay
Adoption helps save the lives of animals in need. Photo Credit: OlgaKay

Keep in mind that there will be an adjustment period for your new dog while he/she gets acquainted with its new family, and most dogs will need some level of training upon entering a new home. The Biscuits & Bath Training and Behavior Department offers a complimentary phone consultation prior to getting your new pup. This is an important first step that can lead to many years of enjoying your dog successfully.

Visit a vet ASAP.

It’s important to the long-term health of your new dog to get him/her a veterinary exam early on. Then schedule annual checkups to maintain good health. NY Vet Practice offers a complimentary phone consultation prior to picking up your new dog.

Adopt from a shelter or pet rescue.

So many loveable dogs are abandoned, and they are in need of a good home and make great companions. Also, most of these dogs have already had their behavior evaluated, so you can more easily find the dog that’s the best fit for your family.

More Biscuits & Bath: http://biscuitsandbath.com

Top 5 Pet Safety Tips For Hanukkah

Photo Credit: ryanseacrest.com

(HANUKKAH/PET SAFETY) The Festival of Lights has arrived! While many are busy celebrating with delicious food and fun festivities, it’s important to remember to keep your pet safe from some of these not-so-animal-friendly traditions.

Check out these top five tips for Hanukkah cat and dog safety. Also, make sure to protect your pet from other holiday dangers like wrapping paper and decorative lights. — Global Animal

Certain Hanukkah traditions aren’t very safe for our pets, so make sure to plan ahead this holiday season. Photo Credit: ryanseacrest.com

PetMD, Dr. Patrick Mahaney

Hanukkah brings so much excitement with rich (delicious) food, toys, gifts, and the beautiful Menorah, it can be easy to forget that these traditions aren’t good for our pets. Plan ahead and use common sense to keep Fido and Fluffy safe over Hanukkah and other holiday festivities.

1. Menorah

Photo Credit: lolcat.com

The Menorah is a quintessential Hanukkah symbol. Over eight successive days, the candles are ignited until the Menorah is fully ablaze. That can pose potential life threatening danger for both pets and humans, since tradition dictates the candles burn themselves out, creating a fire hazard for the entire household.

Confine your pet away from the room containing a lit Menorah, or update your Hanukkah observance by creating a pet-safe glow using battery operated candles.

2. Dreidel

The whirling excitement of this four sided top may attract the interest of curious pets. Avoid dangerous gastrointestinal foreign body obstructions by preventing your pet from participating in the festivities. Additionally, keep the dreidel and other holiday game pieces out of your pet’s reach when not in use.

3. Chocolate Gold Coins

Each Hanukkah, children eagerly wait to receive coin-shaped chocolates wrapped in gold or silver colored foil. Careless placement of these tasty treats could permit a curious pet to taste the precious bounty.

As chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine (both methylxanthine stimulants), a dog’s consumption of the faux denomination can cause severe toxicity. Also, the metallic foil wrapper, sugar, and fat all can cause gastrointestinal problems, including vomiting, diarrhea, and pancreatitis.

4. Latkes

Photo Credit: epicurious.com

Latkes are a savory Hanukkah treat harboring considerable toxic potential for pets. Potato and egg are combined with onion, fried in oil, and slathered with sour cream and/or applesauce. Fresh grated onion, one of the Latke’s three main ingredients, causes Heinz body anemia in both dogs and cats. Besides onion’s toxicity, Latkes are high in fat and carbohydrates, which are likely to upset your pet’s digestive tract.

5. Doughnuts

Doughnuts, also known as sufganiyot, are made of a fried dough filled with artificially colored red custard or jelly, and then sprinkled with powdered sugar. This celebratory pastry sounds tasty, yet is heavy on calories, fat, and sugar.

A pet’s ingestion of Hanukkah doughnuts could lead to gastrointestinal signs, including vomiting, diarrhea, and decreased appetite. Severe endocrine conditions, such as pancreatitis, can also ensue from your pet’s inappropriate sufganiyah consumption.

More PetMD: http://www.petmd.com/dog/slideshows/seasonal/top_five_hanukkah_safety_tips

Dogs Who Think They’re Christmas Trees (GALLERY)

Cute Puppies and Dogs, Cute Animals, Cute Animal Pictures, Christmas, Christmas Decorations

Christmas dog is pooped after opening all of the presents. Photo Credit: Flickr, taylorhood

(DOGS/CUTE ANIMAL PICTURES) Happy holidays! Not in the Christmas spirit? Take a look at these festive pups! Whether it be a Corgi dressed as a Christmas tree or a pug wrapped in presents, these dogs know how to deck the halls and are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. — Global Animal

Adorable Christmas Dachshund. Photo Credit: Flickr, jillbeninato
These Golden Retrievers are in the Christmas spirit. Photo Credit: swvhreno.com
These fancy Dachshunds make great Christmas decorations. Photo Credit: Flickr, doxieone
This might be the cutest Christmas decoration ever! Photo Credit: Tumblr, all-things-bright-and-beyootiful
This adorable pup is doing his best Christmas-themed Myspace picture. Photo Credit: statigr.am
This adorable Labrador had too much eggnog. Photo Credit: 500px.com
Who wouldn't want to wake up to this cutie under their tree on Christmas Day? Photo Credit: Flickr, taylorhood
This pooch doesn't seem to be in the Christmas spirit. Photo Credit: Flickr, annierudolph
This dog makes Christmas in bed look like the best idea ever. Photo Credit: Flickr, petithiboux
Christmas dog is pooped after opening all of the presents. Photo Credit: Flickr, taylorhood
This Boston Terrier is full of holiday cheer. Photo Credit: Flickr, honeybeeg

Who needs a Christmas tree when you have an adorable dog? Photo Credit: media.egotvonline.com

This little pup is tangled in Christmas cheer! Photo credit: Flickr, jenaescamera
Hopefully Santa calls this cute Chihuahua for help Christmas Eve! Photo credit: Flickr, meredithdavis
He is definitely in the Christmas spirit! Photo Credit: Flickr, matties-diary
What a festive holiday dog! Photo Credit: Flickr, erikcurtis
The perfect Christmas Corgi! Photo Credit: Flickr, Mi.bee
The pit bull Christmas guard! He'll make sure none of your presents go missing! Photo Credit: Flickr, pittylova
The cutest Christmas Pomeranian we've ever seen! Photo Credit: media.egotvonline.com
An adorable holiday pup! Photo Credit: Flickr, littleshawna
Who needs a Christmas angel when you could have a Christmas bulldog? Photo Credit: statigr.am
An adorable Christmas Labrador! Photo Credit: Flickr, mrpattersonsir
This adorable pup can't wait for his presents from Santa on Christmas morning! Photo Credit: Flickr, michellemc
This cutie is definitely on our Christmas list! Photo Credit: Flickr, franz_207
A very puggy Christmas! Photo Credit: houndbound.com
We have another Christmas guard dog to protect us from the gift thieves. Photo Credit: Flickr, scott cromwell
This is one cute holiday pooch! Photo Credit: Tumblr, peacebeginswithasmil3
This pup may not look too happy but he definitely looks too cute! Photo Credit: shannonberrey.com

11 Ways To Make Your Holiday Dinner Cruelty-Free

Photo Credit: ordinaryvegan.net

(VEGETARIAN/VEGAN) With the holidays in full swing, why not consider animal-friendly food options?

Not only is it a great way to spread Christmas compassion to animals, but all of your guests will benefit from a healthy feast.

See below for 11 ways to help you cook up a cruelty-free dinner the animals will be grateful for. — Global Animal

Photo Credit: ordinaryvegan.net

PETA

Chances are, if you’re hosting a holiday feast this year, you’ll have at least one friend or family member who will be a little flustered by the feathered fowl at the center of the table. For either ethical or health reasons, many people are making the switch to a vegetarian or vegan (vegetarian minus the eggs, dairy products, and other animal products) diet. Although this is all well and good for them (and for turkeys), it can present a definite challenge for their carnivorous hosts.

These delicious recipes will please every palate and make it easier to give up the giblets, giving everyone—including animals—something to be thankful for this holiday season.

In order to avoid ruffling any feathers this holiday season, PETA has dished up these handy tips:

1. Make the holiday stuffing vegetarian-friendly by using vegetable broth instead of a meat-based broth.

2. Great gravy is a cinch with canned Franco-American mushroom gravy or Hain instant vegan gravy, available in traditional brown or “chicken” flavors. Just add water and simmer.

Tofurky is a great turkey substitute for a vegan Christmas meal. Photo credit: Casey Roder

3. Serve any one of these tasty vegan turkeys instead of the traditional fowl.

4. When baking the holiday bread, be sure to use an egg replacer and soy milk in place of eggs and milk.

5. Not sure what to make for hors d’oeuvres? Check out our recipe page and choose from a variety of tasty vegan recipes.

6. Swap the milk and butter with soy milk and margarine for vegan mashed potatoes that everyone will love.

Rice milk and soy milk are great dairy-free milk alternatives.

7. Whip up a vegan dessert using one of our recipes, or if you’re in a pinch, pick up some nondairy ice cream for a quick and delicious dessert.

8. Be sure to have a vegan dressing for the salad; our shopping guide has a list of vegan dressings that can be found at most grocery stores.

9. Forgo the butter this year and use margarine instead. Try Earth Balance, or check out ourshopping guide for more vegan margarines.

10. Save time in the kitchen by having each of your guests bring a vegan dish to share. Our holiday recipe guide has loads of tempting dishes that will satisfy even the pickiest of palates.

11. Still not sure about how to make a vegan cake or what to use in place of gelatin? Our handy substitution guide will answer all your vegan cooking questions.

More PETA: http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/Celebrate-a-Vegan-Holiday.aspx

Dogs Celebrate Thanksgiving (GALLERY)

Photo Credit: Paw Curious

(PETS/DOG PICTURES) Thanksgiving is just around the corner! While many of you might be busy prepping for your vegan Thanksgiving dinner, others are looking for a little holiday entertainment. Here are some adorable pictures of dogs who dressed up just for the occasion. — Global Animal

Pilgrim dog says, "Tofurkey!? Yummy!" Photo Credit: Paw Curious
Pilgrim dog says, “Tofurkey!? Yummy!” Photo Credit: Paw Curious

 

The cutest pug pilgrim! Photo Credit: Sugar Pants Girl
The cutest pug pilgrim! Photo Credit: Sugar Pants Girl

 

A dog aboard the Mayflower! Photo Credit: Getty Images
A dog aboard the Mayflower! Photo Credit: Getty Images

 

“Bark, bark”? Or “gobble, gobble”? Photo Credit: That Cute Site

 

Pilgrims come in all shapes and sizes! Photo Credit: Barkin Woofer

 

Do these costumes make us look fat? Photo Credit: Walnut Creek Veterinary Clinic

 

Someone is ready for dinner! Photo Credit: Baxter Boo

 

“I am the centerpiece.” Photo Credit: Pitbull Rescue Central

 

“I’m thankful for my modeling career.” Photo Credit: Baxter Boo

 

“Don’t eat me!” Photo Credit: Petsmart

 

“Cheese!” Photo Credit: Blog Catalog, Fiesty Three

 

These Thanksgiving dogs play Pilgrims and Indians. "We're ready for seconds!" Photo Credit: Buzzfeed
These Thanksgiving dogs play Pilgrims and Indians. “We’re ready for seconds!” Photo Credit: Buzzfeed

 

These pilgrim pugs say, "Save us leftovers!" Photo Credit: Baxter Boo
These pilgrim pugs say, “Save us leftovers!” Photo Credit: Baxter Boo

What NOT To Feed Your Cat or Dog

Begging dogs sure do know how to get our attention.

(PET CARE/CATS AND DOGS) We all know how irresistible it can be to deny your cat or dog human-food, but you may not know how dangerous–and even deadly–some foods can be to cats and dogs.

Foods like chocolate, nuts, and meat can cause severe medical problems or death to your dog or cat. Read on for a list of food dangers to beware of and how to keep your pet safe.  — Global Animal

It's important to avoid feeding your dog table scraps. Photo Credit: Don Mason, Corbis
It’s important to avoid feeding your dog table scraps. Photo Credit: Don Mason, Corbis

ASPCA

Begging dogs sure do know how to get our attention.

Chocolate, Macadamia nuts, avocados…these foods may sound delicious to you, but they’re actually quite dangerous for our animal companions. Our nutrition experts have put together a handy list of the top toxic people foods to avoid feeding your pet. As always, if you suspect your pet has eaten any of the following foods, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

Chocolate, Coffee, Caffeine

These products all contain substances called methylxanthines, which are found in cacao seeds, the fruit of the plant used to make coffee and in the nuts of an extract used in some sodas. When ingested by pets, methylxanthines can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. Note that darker chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate. White chocolate has the lowest level of methylxanthines, while baking chocolate contains the highest.

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages and food products containing alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death.

Avocado

Photo credit: Diary of a Nutritionist
Photo credit: Diary of a Nutritionist

The leaves, fruit, seeds and bark of avocados contain Persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. Birds and rodents are especially sensitive to avocado poisoning, and can develop congestion, difficulty breathing and fluid accumulation around the heart. Some ingestions may even be fatal.

Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts are commonly used in many cookies and candies. However, they can cause problems for your canine companion. These nuts have caused weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs. Signs usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion and last approximately 12 to 48 hours.

Grapes & Raisins

Although the toxic substance within grapes and raisins is unknown, these fruits can cause kidney failure. In pets who already have certain health problems, signs may be more dramatic.

Yeast Dough

Yeast dough can rise and cause gas to accumulate in your pet’s digestive system. This can be painful and can cause the stomach or intestines to rupture. Because the risk diminishes after the dough is cooked and the yeast has fully risen, pets can have small bits of bread as treats. However, these treats should not constitute more than 5 percent to 10 percent of your pet’s daily caloric intake.

Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs and Bones

Photo Credit: Of Course Vegan
Photo Credit: Of Course Vegan

Raw meat and raw eggs can contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli that can be harmful to pets. In addition, raw eggs contain an enzyme called avidin that decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin), which can lead to skin and coat problems. Feeding your pet raw bones may seem like a natural and healthy option that might occur if your pet lived in the wild. However, this can be very dangerous for a domestic pet, who might choke on bones, or sustain a grave injury should the bone splinter and become lodged in or puncture your pet’s digestive tract.

Xylitol

Xylitol is used as a sweetener in many products, including gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste. It can cause insulin release in most species, which can lead to liver failure. The increase in insulin leads to hypoglycemia (lowered sugar levels). Initial signs of toxicosis include vomiting, lethargy and loss of coordination. Signs can progress to recumbancy and seizures. Elevated liver enzymes and liver failure can be seen within a few days.

Onions, Garlic, Chives

These vegetables and herbs can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could lead to red blood cell damage. Although cats are more susceptible, dogs are also at risk if a large enough amount is consumed. Toxicity is normally diagnosed through history, clinical signs and microscopic confirmation of Heinz bodies. An occasional low dose, such as what might be found in pet foods or treats, likely will not cause a problem, but we recommend that you do NOT give your pets large quantities of these foods.

Milk

Because pets do not possess significant amounts of lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk), milk and other milk-based products cause them diarrhea or other digestive upset.

Salt

Large amounts of salt can produce excessive thirst and urination, or even sodium ion poisoning in pets. Signs that your pet may have eaten too many salty foods include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, seizures and even death. In other words, keep those salty chips to yourself!

More ASPCA News: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/people-foods.aspx

SEE FULL LIST OF JERKY TREATS & PET CHEW RECALLS

Be Thankful For Turkeys Beyond Food

(TURKEYS/ANIMAL FACTS) While many people only think of turkeys around the holidays, it turns out the beautiful birds are far more useful alive than they are on a Thanksgiving dinner plate.

Read how the noble bird helps fight cancer, insects, and even heart disease for the other 364 days of the year. – Global Animal

turkey close up
Turkeys are actually very intelligent animals, despite popular belief. Photo Credit: AP

The Huffington Post, Joanna Zelman

Ask almost any person in the US what a turkey contributes to society, and he will answer, “a yummy Thanksgiving meal.” But it turns out turkeys actually have added some amazing undervalued contributions to our society, none of which involve eating them. From cancer research to alternative energy sources, it’s time to be thankful for turkeys, beyond Thanksgiving.

GREEN (ISH) ENERGY

Benson, Minnesota runs a power plant using thousands of tons of turkey manure. They burn the turkey waste to produce electricity. The New York Times reports that Benson possesses the first animal waste-based power plant in the country. The plant is a hot topic among environmentalists, who debate the pollution levels produced by the plant.

KEEPING BIG BIRD G-RATED

If it weren’t for turkeys, Big Bird would be naked. That’s because Big Bird’s feathers come from turkeys, according to USA Today. The feathers are dyed two shades of yellow, and then sent to Sesame Workshop. The same feather company has reportedly produced feather boas for Uma Thurman, Sandra Bullock and… John Travolta.

CANCER RESEARCH

As if Turkeys didn’t have it bad enough with Thanksgiving, they are also one of the most susceptible animals to cancer, according to veterinary scientist Roger Coulombe. This may be a result of humans who domesticated turkeys, creating genetic mutations in the bird. Coulombe hopes to research “human susceptibility to cancer using the turkey.”

TICK CONTROL

Tired of picking ticks off your dog, or even yourself? Maybe it’s time to recruit a turkey. Reports claim that among the various insects that turkeys consume, ticks are hot on the list.

FERTILIZER

Not all poop is created equal. Turkey litter is regarded as one of the most valuable animal manures, according to The New York Times. Unlike cow and hog manures, turkey litter is mostly dry, and considered a rich organic product.

HEART DISEASE RESEARCH

Wild turkeys may help medical researchers. The wild animal reportedly possesses a heart mutation that decreases the incidence of heart disease and congestive heart failure. Researchers at Wayne State University School of Medicine hope that by studying turkey hearts, they can better understand heart disease in humans. Unfortunately, this kind of research normally involves the animal being dead first.

DIRTY DANCING

If not for the turkey, who knows if the once scandalous Turkey Trot dance would have ever existed. This face-to-face dance involves both dancers occasionally flapping and pumping their arms. In the early 20th century, groups tried to ban this awkward yet somehow promiscuous dance. According to Mental Floss, one woman was even jailed for 50 days for dancing like a turkey.

CELEBRITY GOOD CAUSE

Turkeys: The dumbest of them all. Benjamin Franklin called Thanksgiving’s main course an “animal of courage,” but a 1997 Oregon State University poll found turkeys to be the dumbest of all the animals. Still, plenty of people stick up for turkeys, with one OSU scientist insisting that the animal gets a bum rap. “It’s an example of how a misunderstood animal behavior becomes identified as proof that the animal is extremely lacking in intelligence,” said animal science professor Tom Savage. Think about that next Thanksgiving.

Some celebrities adopt babies, some may protect drunk elephants, and others save turkeys. Ellen DeGeneres and Ginnifer Goodwin are among many celebs who advocate saving turkeys instead of eating them this holiday season. These two work for the Adopt-A-Turkey Project, which fights to rescue turkeys and provide a “compassionate alternative for Thanksgiving.”

More Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/25/thanksgiving-2010-turkey-_n_788309.html#s191722

Jet Set Pets: Top 10 Tips For Safe Air Travel

Photo Credit: ASPCA

(PETS/PET TRAVEL) Air travel is often stressful, and even more so when a trip includes an airline flight with the four-legged members of your family. But with a bit of preparation, flying with a pet can be safe and comfortable for everyone. Here’s how to plan for friendly skies and wagging tails, courtesy of the ASPCA. – Global Animal

Photo Credit: ASPCA
Air travel can be very stressful for our beloved pets. Review these tips below to ensure a safe and comfortable trip for you and your furry friend. Photo Credit: ASPCA

ASPCA

Traveling can be highly stressful, both for you and the four-legged members of your family. But with thoughtful preparation, you can ensure a safe and comfortable trip for everyone.

The ASPCA urges pet owners to think twice about flying their pets on commercial airlines, especially if they plan on checking them in as cargo.

Unless your animal is small enough to fit under your seat and you can bring him or her in the cabin, the ASPCA recommends pet owners to not fly their animal.

If pet owners have already committed to transporting their pets on commercial airlines, the ASPCA is offering the following top ten tips for safe air travel with your pet:

  1. Make an appointment with your pet’s veterinarian for a checkup, and make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date. Obtain a health certificate from your veterinarian dated within 10 days of departure. For travel outside of the continental United States, additional planning and health care requirements may be necessary. Contact the foreign office of the country you are traveling to for more information.dog in suitcase
  2. Make sure your pet has a microchip for identification and is wearing a collar and ID tag. Breakaway collars are best for cats. The collar should also include destination information in case your pet escapes.
  3. Book a direct flight whenever possible. This will decrease the chances that your pet is left on the tarmac during extreme weather conditions or mishandled by baggage personnel.
  4. Purchase a USDA-approved shipping crate that is large enough for your pet to stand, sit and turn around in comfortably. Shipping crates can be purchased from many pet supply stores and airlines.
  5. Write the words “Live Animal” in letters at least one inch tall on top of and at least one side of the crate. Use arrows to prominently indicate the upright position of the crate. On the top of the crate, write the name, address and telephone number of your pet’s destination point, and whether you will be accompanying him or if someone else is picking him up. Make sure that the door is securely closed, but not locked, so that airline personnel can open it in case of an emergency. Line the crate bottom with some type of bedding—shredded paper or towels— to absorb accidents.
  6. Affix a current photograph of your pet to the top of the crate for identification purposes. Should your pet escape from the carrier, this could be a lifesaver. You should also carry a photograph of your pet.
  7. The night before you leave, make sure you’ve frozen a small dish or tray of water for your pet. This way, it can’t spill during loading, and will melt by the time he’s thirsty. Tape a small pouch, preferably cloth, of dried food outside the crate. Airline personnel will be able to feed your pet in case he gets hungry on long-distance flights or a layover.
  8. Tranquilizing your pet is generally not recommended, as it could hamper his breathing. Check with your veterinarian first.
  9. Tell every airline employee you encounter, on the ground and in the air, that you are traveling with a pet in the cargo hold. This way, they’ll be ready if any additional considerations or attention is needed.
  10. If the plane is delayed, or if you have any concerns about the welfare of your pet, insist that airline personnel check the animal whenever feasible. In certain situations, removing the animal from the cargo hold and deplaneing may be warranted.

More ASPCA: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/travel-safety-tips

MORE PET TRIPS:

How To Travel With A Pet

Top Cities For Dogs

Ready to hit the road? Anytime you travel, please consider booking flights, hotels and car rentals through the GLOBAL ANIMAL FOUNDATION TRAVEL PAGE. A portion of all bookings goes to the nonprofit  and emergency rescue for animals in crisis worldwide.

TRENDING

NEW ON GLOBAL ANIMAL