Hold The Salt: Is Beach Water Safe For Dogs?

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(PET CARE/DOGS) While we all love to have fun with our dogs at the beach, we must remember to bring along fresh water to keep our doggie friends hydrated.

If your dog continually drinks ocean water during a day at the beach, he or she may become ill with salt poisoning.

Read on to learn more about how to stay safe and have fun with your dog at the beach. — Global Animal

As a precaution, try not to let your dog drink ocean water when at the beach. Photo Credit: BarkPost

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Last week, we talked about the rare dangers of drinking out of lakes; the risk of blue-green algae poisoning. This week, the dangers of swimming – or actually, drinking – out of the ocean.

As I said last week, I don’t want to make you paranoid about letting your dog play on the beach. However, I have seen some pretty severe cases of salt poisoning in the ER and ICU. When it comes to beach-play, make sure you are a pet-savvy owner and understand the following: the unusual sources of salt poisoning (aside from ocean water), the dangers of salt poisoning, the clinical signs, and how to prevent it.

When excessive sodium is ingested, clinical signs of salt poisoning include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Inappetance
  • Lethargy
  • Walking drunk
  • Abnormal fluid accumulation within the body
  • Excessive thirst or urination
  • Potential injury to the kidneys
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Death

Aside from ocean water, other sources of salt poisoning include:

  • Table salt (which is why we no longer recommend using salt to induce vomiting in dogs and cats!)
  • Ice melters
  • Paintballs
  • Homemade play dough
  • Enemas

So, how do you prevent salt poisoning?

When out on the beach, provide your dog with fresh water in a bowl (use the Frisbee as a bowl). Remember to keep in mind that when dogs exercise and play on the beach, they pant excessively and lose water. If left with no water source, dogs will drink ocean water rather than fresh water. Unfortunately, dogs aren’t smart enough to know that this is dangerous. With the high sodium concentration in salt water, it can result in hypernatremia (elevated salt levels in the body), which can result in an increased osmolality of the blood. Later, when your dog has access to fresh water, he may drink excessively to counter this, resulting in potential brain swelling due to rapid shifts in fluid.
Treatment for salt poisoning includes careful administration of IV fluids, electrolyte monitoring, treatment for dehydration and brain swelling, and supportive care.

When any poisoning occurs, the sooner you seek treatment, the better the prognosis. With salt poisoning, immediate veterinary attention is important. You can also call Pet Poison Helpline for assistance at 855-213-6680.

Better yet, avoid the situation to begin with – fresh water at all times when exercising your dog vigorously!

More Paw Nation: http://www.pawnation.com/2012/05/23/is-salt-water-poisonous-to-dogs/#page=1

Put Your Paws Up For National Dog Day!

National Dog Day has been an annual celebration since 2004. Photo Credit: National Dog Day Foundation

(PETS/DOGS) Attention dog lovers! It’s time to celebrate the dog days of August, and share your appreciation for your canine buddies.

August 26th is National Dog Day; so make sure you go out of your way to appreciate your favorite canine friend, and if you don’t have a special canine in your life, celebrate by adopting one from a shelter.

National Dog Day has been an annual celebration since 2004. Photo Credit: National Dog Day Foundation

Back in 2004, National Dog Day was started by the National Dog Day Foundation, with the intention of honoring all of the canines that make our lives better, and encouraging the rescue of dogs in need.

The foundation’s motto is, “Saving 10,000 Dogs – One Day at a Time,” and it’s a goal they try to meet each year.

There are just two very important things to remember when celebrating National Dog Day. First off, make sure you acknowledge our dog companions make our lives easier by providing unconditional love, protection, and aid to those in need. Secondly, send a little love back by rescuing a dog in need of companionship.

As a treat for the festivities, Petsami made a compilation of some of the most charming canines on the web. Give it a watch below, and have a happy National Dog Day!

— Anthony Armentano, exclusive to Global Animal

Join The Stampede! Celebrate World Elephant Day

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(ELEPHANTS/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Happy World Elephant Day! This global campaign was founded in 2012 to shine a light on the delicate state of elephant populations across the globe. In addition to habitat loss and exploitation, poaching for the ivory trade is one of the most difficult issues conservationists must face to protect these gentle giants.

But how can you get involved in the fight to save elephants, before they become permanently extinct?

Continue reading below to learn more about the global efforts taking place to stop elephant poaching in its tracks, and shut down ivory markets across the globe once and for all. — Global Animal

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Poaching for the illicit ivory trade drastically impacts elephant populations in both Asia and Africa. Photo credit: The Guardian

Huffington Post, Susan Lieberman, Ph.D

August 12th has been considered “World Elephant Day” for the last few years. It’s an opportunity for the global community to celebrate the magnificence of Asian and African elephants and for all of us to rededicate ourselves to ensuring a world where elephants and people live in harmony.

For communities and countries in Africa, every day is elephant day–as rangers fight to stop the poaching that is slaughtering elephants across the continent; as communities struggle against lawless gangs that threaten both their security and their livelihoods; as governments struggle to stop the corruption and criminal syndicates that fuel the illegal wildlife trade; and as governments and conservationists fight to stem the greed and desire for ivory by closing ivory markets in multiple countries.

These efforts must be scaled up and continued 365 days a year. On the government and policy front, there have been some recent positive moves. The Obama Administration in the U.S. should be congratulated this World Elephant Day for taking several laudable steps. In 2013, the President issued an Executive Order to Combat Wildlife Trafficking and in 2014 he issued a National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking.

African Nations use elephant poaching as a form of income. Photo credit: Jo Crebbin/Shutterstock
African nations use elephant poaching as a form of income. Photo credit: Jo Crebbin/Shutterstock

More recently, in response to the growing poaching crisis that continues to threaten African elephant populations, President Obama followed up on his national strategy while in Kenya last month. There he announced the publication of an excellent proposed rule (known as “4(d)” for the clause in the legislation in which it appears) by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that will result in a near-total ban on the domestic commercial trade of African elephant ivory in the U.S.

It is critical that other governments, including those of China and European countries, also close their ivory markets. It is very encouraging that there have been recent statements by China that it plans to shut down its domestic ivory market. Hopefully that will happen soon.

African elephant range countries continue to bear the brunt of the scourge of elephant poaching and ivory trafficking. They have asked the world to end the trade in ivory and devalue its economic worth by closing markets. When the member governments of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meet next year, they have a real opportunity to take further action on this crisis.

Meanwhile, on July 30th the United Nations General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution that targets the global problem of wildlife trafficking, including in elephant ivory, calling on all 193 UN member states (governments of the world) to take a series of actions to “prevent, combat, and eradicate the illegal trade in wildlife.”

A woman organizes confiscated elephant tusks in Manila, Philippines. Photo Credit: Romeo Ranoco, Reuters
A woman organizes confiscated elephant tusks in Manila, Philippines. Photo Credit: Romeo Ranoco, Reuters

The resolution recognizes the intrinsic value of biological diversity to human wellbeing, while expressing concern over widespread poaching and trafficking. The resolution says the increasingly sophisticated networks of organized crime involved with trafficking threaten human health and safety, security, good governance, and sustainable development.

The resolution contains a number of vital actions for countries to take, including strengthening their enforcement and prosecutorial efforts. But what is most significant is that for the first time, the global community at the highest level is standing up and recognizing wildlife trafficking as the transnational organized crime that it is and committing itself to attacking it with all the tools used to combat other forms of trafficking.

All of these commitments by governments must be followed up by real action, at all levels, to stop the poaching, stop the trafficking, and stop the demand. We must all work to see these commitments fulfilled – by governments, conservation organizations, intergovernmental organizations, private industry, and citizens worldwide.

If – and only if – we can do all of that, we have reason to hope that when the world celebrates World Elephant Day next year we will be able to celebrate increasing and more secure elephant populations across Africa and see the possibility of their recovering across their range in the not too distant future.

More Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-lieberman-phd/bringing-awareness-of-poaching-and-trafficking-on-world-elephant-day_b_7971150.html

Shark Attacks Vs. Shark Finning: Facts Behind The Fear

Worldwide, there are only about 60 shark attacks on people each year. Photo credit: Pakistantoday.com
Worldwide, there are only about 60 shark attacks on people each year. Photo credit: Pakistantoday.com

(OCEAN CONSERVATION/SHARKS) This week kicks off Discovery Channel’s most anticipated summer staple, Shark Week. Referred to as “the Super Bowl of the sea,” Shark Week is the longest-running cable TV programming event in history and a feeding frenzy in terms of ratings.

Worldwide, there are only about 60 shark attacks on people each year. Photo credit: Pakistantoday.com
Worldwide, there are only about 60 shark attacks on people each year. Photo credit: Pakistantoday.com

But while Shark Week is good for the Discovery Channel, many are asking: Is it good for sharks?

“For shark conservation to gain traction, we need a supportive public,” which may be harder to come by “if people are constantly being exposed to images that portray sharks as violent and dangerous,” according to Suzannah Evans, a doctoral student in science communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In 2014, three people were killed by sharks worldwide. However, as many as 273 million sharks are killed by humans each year from recreational fishing, habitat loss, pollution, bycatching, and perhaps most prominently, shark finning.

“Shark Week provides access to audiences who are interested in sharks, yet the image of sharks presented by the Discovery Channel emphasizes their potential violence over their declining numbers,” Evans and co-author Jessica Gall Myrick explain in “Do PSAs Take a Bite Out of Shark Week? The Effects of Juxtaposing Environmental Messages With Violent Images of Shark Attacks.”

There’s no denying that sharks are in dire need of protection as they’re populations continue to decline–placing them among the most threatened marine life on Earth, with some species even facing extinction.

It’s clear that humans are much more of a threat to sharks than they are to us. Scroll below to learn the brutal truth about shark attacks versus shark finning. — Global Animal

Bite-sized Facts About Sharks

  • Sharks have been around for 400 million years
    • Pre-dating dinosaurs and even trees!
  • They have had little need to evolve
    • A testament to just how effective their anatomical make-up is.
  • There are over 400 types of shark
    • 500 known species if you include those that are extinct.
  • Sharks vary widely in size
    • From the 8 inch pygmy lantern shark, right up to the 60ft whale shark.
  • Despite their negative portrayal in media and film, shark attacks are extremely rare
    • You’re more likely to be crushed by a falling vending machine, or be struck by lightning.
  • Shark anatomy is fairly consistent across the species
    • But each have their own unique features.
  • Sharks have skeletons made up of cartilage rather than bone
    • Cartilage is more durable and lighter than bone, helping the shark save energy.
  • Unlike most fish, sharks don’t have a gas-filled swim bladder
    • Instead, they have an oil filled liver that offers buoyancy, using this in conjunction with forward movement to control vertical position.
  • The jaws of sharks are not attached to their skull
    • They move separately , allowing them to thrust forward and latch onto prey.
  • The surface of a shark’s jaws have extra support called ‘tesserae’
    • These tiny hexagonal plates are made up of calcium salt deposits, giving cartilage more strength.
  • Shark’s may have up to 3,000 teeth at one time
    • They are fully embedded into the gums, with shape and size varying depending on their purpose.
  • Sharks continuously grow multiple rows of teeth
    • When a shark breaks or loses a tooth, a new one moves forward to replace it, much like a conveyor belt.
  • It’s estimated that some sharks may lose 30,000 or more teeth in their lifetime!
    • Tooth replacement rates vary from several days to several months.
  • Most sharks have 8 rigid fins
    • A pair of pectoral fins, a pair of pelvic fins, one or two dorsal fins, an anal fin and a caudal fin (tail).
  • All sharks are carnivorous
    • Ranging from small bivalves and crustaceans, to seals and even other sharks.
  • Sharks can be found in all seas
    • They generally avoid fresh water with the exception of some species, and are commonly found to a depth of 2,000 meters.
  • Not all sharks are solitary
    • Many sharks a very social, hunting in packs or congregating in large numbers during breeding.
  • Sharks need to keep moving in order to breathe
    • Some species have evolved to remain stationary, resting on the sea bed and pumping water over their gills.
  • Sharks never enter a true state of sleep
    • Some species are able to ‘sleep swim’, as their swimming is coordinated by their spinal cord as opposed to their brain.
  • Sharks can detect blood at one part per million
    • They can even determine the direction of a particular scent based on the time it takes to reach one nostril compared to the other.
  • Sharks have keen eyesight
    • As well as their acute smell, sharks have great eyesight even in dimly lit environments. This is due to a mirror like layer in the back of the eye called the tapetum lucidum (the same found in cats).
  • Sharks have ears
    • Located within a small opening on each side of their head. Sound travels faster in water, and sharks rely on sound heavily.
  • Sharks can detect electricity
    • Sharks have electroreceptor organs called ‘ampullae of Lorenzini’, and they use this to detect electromagnetic fields which all living creatures emit.
  • Most sharks live 20-30 years
    • Maturing slowly and reaching a reproductive age anywhere from 12 to 15 years
  • Sharks are a k-selected species
    • This means they produce a small number of larger, more developed young, as opposed to a mass number of under developed young.

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Tips For A Happy Summer: Protecting Your Pet From The Sun

As a precaution, try not to let your dog drink ocean water when at the beach. Photo Credit: BarkPost

(PET CARE/ANIMAL HEALTH) We are deep in the dog days of summer, and while you may remember to protect your own skin with sunblock, don’t forget about protecting your pets, too! Just like humans, pets are also susceptible to skin damage.

Although certain animal breeds are more likely to experience skin damage than others, it’s important to stay informed about the possible health risks of sun exposure. Continue reading for more on how to protect your pet from the summer sun. — Global Animal

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PHYS.org

Excessive sunbathing damages the skin. Humans are not the only ones who need to monitor their exposure to UV rays: animals are at risk too. Dogs and cats with white or thin coats are at particular risk, as are animals with very closely shorn fur or with certain pre-existing conditions. Dermatologist Christa Horvath-Ungerböck from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna explains which animals are particularly sensitive, how to prevent sun damage to the skin, and how to treat a sunburned animal.

Dogs' noses are more susceptible to sunburns. Photo credit: Vetmeduni Vienna
Dogs’ noses are particularly susceptible to sunburns. Photo credit: Vetmeduni Vienna

Human or animals skin with little or no pigmentation is very sensitive to the sun in general. Hairless pets or pets with very short or thin fur can also be vulnerable. For dogs and cats this applies in particular to those parts of the skin that are regularly exposed to the sun. These include the ears, the bridge of the nose, the skin around the eyes, and the back. “Some animals particularly enjoy lying on their backs to bask in the sun. This exposes the skin on their bellies, which is often hairless, to the rays of the sun, increasing the risk of sunburn,” reports veterinary dermatologist Christa Horvath-Ungerböck.

Particularly Vulnerable Pets

House pets with white or short fur are at particular risk of sunburn. The Dogo Argentino breed, white bulldogs, Dalmatians, boxers, whippets, beagles and white or multi-coloured cats with white patches have skin that is very sensitive to light, especially on their heads. In summer animals with shorn fur can also have a problem. The short hair allows UV rays penetrate down to the sensitive skin and cause sunburn.

Hairless dogs and cats are naturally more sensitive to the sun, since they lack the natural sun protection fur affords. Here too though, skin pigmentation plays a role, and darker animals are less vulnerable to UV rays. Owners of vulnerable breeds should take particular care to protect their animals from the sun.

You can protect your pet's nose from sun damage with a custom-made umbrella. Photo credit: Vetmeduni Vienna
You can protect your pet’s nose from sun damage with a custom-made umbrella. Photo credit: Vetmeduni Vienna

Sun Protection For Animals

“As a rule, animals should have a shady place to lie in. Especially at midday, when the sun is at its strongest and presents the greatest risk, not just for the skin but for the animal overall”, explains dermatologist Horvath-Ungerböck.

Particularly sensitive animals require sun protection in the form of a waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 or a sunblock containing zinc oxide, for example.
For longer hikes through the mountains where the sun’s rays are particularly aggressive, sensitive animals should wear a t-shirt, coat or hat for protection.

The skin specialist advises owners not to worry: “Not every white dog or white cat needs sunscreen or clothing to protect it from the sun. If sun damage has already occurred though, or if an animal is highly sensitive, it is up to us to protect it from further damage.”

Treating Sunburn In Animals

If sunburn is visible as reddened, warm or flaking skin, the animal should be moved to the shade as quickly as possible. Cool compresses and ointments to soothe the skin can help relieve the initial symptoms. If the burn is severe, a veterinarian should be consulted as treatment with a cortisone product may be indicated to prevent inflammation. If the skin changes present as a secondary infection, antibiotics may be indicated. The affected animal will need to be well protected from the sun in future to prevent permanent damage.

White cats are quite susceptible to sunburns. Photo credit: Vetmeduni Vienna
White cats are also quite susceptible to sunburns. Photo credit: Vetmeduni Vienna

Certain Pre-Existing Conditions Can Increase Skin Sensitivity

Some illnesses and genetic defects that result in a thin coat can make the skin more sensitive to sunburn. Any longer-term stimulus that results in a loss of fur is a possible factor. These can include parasitic infections, chronic skin conditions, or congenital hairlessness. In some cases, exposure to the sun can worsen an existing condition. Animals with autoimmune skin diseases must be carefully protected from the sun, for example. And areas of the skin that were covered by fur but are suddenly exposed due to hair loss, such as scar tissue after an operation or injury, should be carefully observed and shielded as needed.

Damage Caused By Sun Exposure

In animals, sunburn results in an acute inflammation of the skin that can cause itching or even pain, depending on the individual animal. Frequent sunburns can lead to pre-cancerous conditions or even actual skin tumours. “We sometimes see squamous cell carcinoma on the heads of white, outdoor cats as the result of chronic sun exposure. The affected areas of the skin then need to be surgically removed,” Horvath-Ungerböck explains.

More PHYS.org: http://phys.org/news/2014-06-dogs-cats-prone-sunburn-animal.html

8 Indestructible Dog Toys Worth Barking About

(PET CARE/DOGS) Let’s face it, dogs get bored. Thankfully there are plenty of options for dog toys on the market, but how can you choose a toy that will last for more than an afternoon?

The Humane Society recommends shopping for toys that are marked as indestructible. Keep in mind no dog toy is completely destruction proof. However, here are some of the best-made toys renowned for their super long-lasting qualities.

cute dog playing with indestructible dog toy
Check out these top indestructible dog toys that are great for aggressive chewers. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Kong Classic by Kong

Kong, the popular makers of dog toys are back at it once again with the Kong Classic. In a firefighter red hue, this dog toy is made completely from all natural rubber. The material is ideal for heavy chewers as it holds up steadily to regular use. It is shaped like a stack of three connected donuts each a bit wider than the next. Dogs love trying to keep up with this toy as it bounces erratically thanks to the funky shape. Available in six sizes, the Kong Classic can fit most any size dog. Best of all, Kong toys get a seal of approval and are recommended by the Humane Society.

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Peanut by Ruff Dawg. Photo Credit: Amazon

Peanut by Ruff Dawg

Choppers, get ready! The Peanut chew toy is shaped like the iconic in-shell peanut and features a similar nutty hue to the real deal. Dogs who love to get their chew on can spend hours munching on this chew toy without having to worry about destroying it. The Peanut’s shape combined with its rubber material allows for the toy to bounce haphazardly, keeping your puppy fit and active as it chases the ‘nut. This toy comes in two sizes including Wee-Nut for smaller dogs and the regular Peanut for medium and larger breeds.

Can Toy by Soda Pup from True Dog

It turns out that dogs like soda pop, too. Featuring the Coca-Cola classic motif, this rubber can comes in a bright green color. Eco-friendly parents can feel safe sharing this toy with their furry pet as it is made using biodegradable and nontoxic rubber. Additionally, the interior is hollow and there is a hole on one end of the can where you can stuff doggy treats for a fun treat dispenser. The Can Toy comes in three sizes, small, medium and large, to make it easy to choose the right can size for your dog.

PlayBites Bear from JW Pet. Photo Credit: ladspetsupplies.com
PlayBites Bear from JW Pet. Photo Credit: ladspetsupplies.com

PlayBites Bear from JW Pet

Available in a variety of shapes including a bone, donut, caterpillar and bear, this chew toy is a made from all natural rubber. In addition to being safe to chew on, each of the designs features some type of treat-dispensing system. For the bear the treats are stored in a central chamber, while the caterpillar and bone feature several chambers for housing different types of treats. Make snacktime even more exciting with the thrills of PlayBites.

Kong Quest Starpod by Kong

Another winner from the Kong line, the Kong Quest Starpod is unique from the other toys as this is a low-profile toy. Designed to resemble a starfish with circular arms that have hollow centers, the exterior features rubber nibs to add to the oral stimulation. Perfect for a puppy in the chewing stage, this toy comes in a small, as well as large size for bigger breeds. As with most chew toys, this is also a treat-dispensing device that holds soft and hard dog treats.

Everlasting Treat Wheeler from Starmark

As one of the top virtually indestructible dog toys on the market, the Everlasting Treat Wheeler is shaped like a toy truck wheel. Save your human kids’ toys from getting chewed on by giving your dog this cool toy instead. The interior is perfect for dispensing treats, while the exterior is made from rubber free of latex, phthalates and vinyl for safe chewing.

Tuggo. Photo Credit: Amazon
Tuggo from Tuggo Dog Toys. Photo Credit: Amazon

Tuggo from Tuggo Dog Toys

The best way to play tug of war for any dog, Tuggo takes a classic game and puts a twist on it. The toy features a big red ball with an attached rope. Use the toy as is, or easily fill the ball with a weighted substance, such as water or sand, to add up to 20 pounds of resistance. Your dog will get quite the workout with the Tuggo chew toy.

Jolly Egg by Jolly Pets

This big red egg is the perfect addition to any collection of indestructible chew toys. Made using high-density polyethylene plastic, the Jolly Egg is capable of floating on water, as well, making for a great toy to take to the lake this summer. Choose from the small and large sizes to give your dog the right size toy for its choppers.

Author Bio

Andy Krinner has worked TTPM (Toys,Tots, Pets & More) for almost ten years.

6 Tips To Keep Your Dog Cool During The Dog Days Of Summer

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(DOGS/PET CARE) Summer days can be fun for pets and humans alike. The sun is shining, the sky is clear, and the park has never looked more inviting. But just as children and even adults can be negatively affected by excessive heat, animals are susceptible to those same dangers.

Here are six tips to keep your beloved pet happy and healthy during this heat wave and throughout the summer season.

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You can help keep your pets cool this summer with a few helpful tips. Photo Credit: Sunny Oaks Pet Resort

1. No parking, please

Never leave your pet in a parked car. It doesn’t matter if you’re getting milk or just picking up a prescription. As with babies, leaving an animal in the car is extremely dangerous and even fatal. Leaving a living creature in a metal box with lots of windows results in something called the greenhouse effect, which will make the inside of your car much hotter than it is outside. To keep your pet safe, either shop at a pet friendly store or leave him home with the air conditioner running.

2. Bath time

Summer days usually make the best beach days. While it’s not always convenient or safe to bring your dog to the beach (unless you have plenty of fresh water), it’s sometimes nice to cool down in other ways. You can let your doggie into the pool if he’s a skilled swimmer and you make sure he’s not drinking chlorinated water. Just remember to rinse off any salt or chlorine. A better idea, however, is a nice romp in a clean kiddie pool around noon.

3. Get a trim

A good haircut usually solves life’s problems, and it can definitely help your pet keep cool this summer. Give your dog’s fur a nice cut, leaving it about an inch long. Make sure not to trim all the way down to his skin, as this will leave your pet without protection from the sun. Keeping your cat or dog brushed, well-groomed, and free of any excess fur will do wonders for his or her summer.

4. Exercise intelligently

A nice bath is the perfect cure for a hot summer afternoon. Photo Credit: Rummy’sBeachClub.com

While exercise is important for both pets and their caretakers, it’s usually best when kept to the early hours of the morning and later in the night. This keeps your pets healthy as well as cool. Never force your pet to go for a walk in the heat, especially on asphalt where he can burn his paws, unprotected by sneakers or flip-flops, and always make sure to provide plenty of water before, during, and after a run.

5. Beat the heat, stay inside

It may be a tad inconvenient to drag a bigger, wilder dog inside for the afternoon, but animals are more sensitive to heat than people. Too much sun can be extremely dangerous. So if the day’s turning out to be uncomfortably hot, do your pet a favor and bring him inside. He’ll thank you for it.

6. Maintain your cool

It’s hard to stay cool with the sun beating down your brow or muzzle. Keep your pets cool by making sure they have a shady place to stay at all times throughout the day. A nice, well-ventilated dog house is a great start. A grassy area, free of treatments and pesticides, is also ideal for puppy lounging. Finally, and most importantly, is to keep your dog well-watered. Make sure that your beloved animal has access to fresh, clean, and cool water at all times. If it’s extra hot, consider stocking your pet’s water bowl with ice cubes. He’ll be living the high life and staying cool all summer long thanks to you.

— Bianca Caraza, exclusive to Global Animal

Book Review: ‘Snowflake’ Succeeds in Using Fiction to Communicate Climate Facts

(BOOK REVIEW) A modern-day climate thriller meets think piece, Snowflake chronicles the journal entries of Ben Wallace, a brilliant high school senior who sees the world beyond his years.

Some might say he’s an “old soul,” while others dismiss him as a bleeding heart vegan liberal due to his progressive views on climate change, eating meat, hunting, factory farming, pollution, species conservation, and overpopulation.

"Snowflake" by Arthur Jeon
“Snowflake” by Arthur Jeon

Often called a “snowflake” or “Soy Boy” (as one school bully nicknames him), Ben must constantly defend himself in an out-of-touch gen-Z world consumed with Instagram, selfies, memes, and TikTok.

As a gifted student who obsessively reads scientific papers, Ben is all too familiar with the present-day attacks on our environment and frequently experiences what he refers to as “obsessive climate spirals”–often triggered by horrifyingly authentic tweets, quotes, and news headlines (i.e. “Humans Speeding Extinction, Altering Natural World at Unprecedented Pace” & “Worldwide, 7 Million People A Year Die from Air Pollution”).

Presented with these terrifying truths regarding “climate chaos” and the fate of the world, Ben predicts a looming environmental catastrophe–humanity’s imminent self-extinction.

He recognizes how this impending ecological disaster is provoked by the current President of the United States, who not only passes policies without any consideration for climate change, but denies that it exists altogether–putting the entire globe at risk.

After a profound mind-altering experience and two nearly fatal family tragedies, Ben experiences a spiritual awakening as he recognizes how all life is connected and that we’re all simply animals fighting to survive.

Radicalized by humanity’s downfall (and perhaps his skipped anxiety meds and therapy sessions), while simultaneously guided by his love of animals, philosophy, and moral justice, Ben pledges to take action in pursuit of his grand “Idea,”as he calls it–to assassinate the president in an ultimate act of environmental defense.

“To save my generation and defend our planet, the president must die.”

This becomes Ben’s daily mantra for six weeks leading up to his grand scheme.

Ben recognizes, “If you keep letting something go, it never ends.” Confronted with daily media headlines like “A Species Goes Extinct Every 20 Minutes, Over 26,000 A Year,” Ben can’t simply ignore the grim state of the world and “wait for the broken machinery of our system to repair itself.”

After all, “What future do any of us have in the face of such destruction?”

But no matter how enraged, this vegan 18-year-old activist makes a rather unlikely assassin as even he feels remorse over the accidental killing of a silverfish. Because of this, he struggles daily with the philosophical, practical, and moral reasons that render his actions not only justified, but necessary.

This may seem like a heady mixture, but it’s all wrapped up in a fast-paced and compelling thriller that keeps the pages turning. You’ll find yourself effortlessly consuming information about real world issues, without feeling like you’re stuck in a classroom.

No doubt, Snowflake is bursting at the seams with facts and inspiration, empowering readers with the knowledge and gall to hopefully take action themselves against environmental injustices.

Ultimately Ben envisions a better world and maps out the steps to get there in what eventually becomes a modern-day manifesto, inspiring future generations to come.

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World Environment Day 2020: Overpopulation & Humanity’s Toll On Nature

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(ENVIRONMENT/GO GREEN) Today, June 5 marks World Environment Day, which has focused on pressing environmental issues since 1974.

While this year’s theme focuses on ‘Biodiversity,’ there’s no doubt that humanity’s unhealthy relationship with nature holds the largest impact on climate change and habitat disruption.

Overpopulation not only pollutes the Earth and consumes its natural resources, but it’s also the driving cause of global warming, pollution, habitat loss, and mass extinction.

The damage our species has caused to the Earth seems insurmountable at times, and considering the current state of the world, it’s clear our prevailing systems failed to consider a variety of factors.

One organization, Having Kids, is proactively addressing issues surrounding overpopulation and aims to shift the world towards a sustainable family planning system based on what future generations of children will objectively need.

Continue reading below for more behind the group’s mission as they call on 100 key world environmental influencers to adopt a “child-first” family planning model. — Global Animal

World Environment Day 2020. Photo Credit: Huffington Post

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2020: GROUP URGES 100 KEY INFLUENCERS TO ADOPT SUSTAINABLE AND EQUITABLE FAMILY PLANNING MODEL

Organization calls for child-first family planning model

The organization Having Kids is urging 100 key world environmental influencers to move from our current and failing and unsustainable approach to family planning to a cooperative system based on what all children objectively need. This new system is based upon a variety of peer-reviewed research papers, and has been featured in Newsweek, Salon, Hello Magazine, and many other popular outlets. That change has never been more vital, given recent reactions to vast racial and economic inequity, the ongoing threat of pandemics, and massive volatility in world population prospects.

Read the full letter here.

Our current family planning system does not guarantee children any minimum level of welfare or equity, and does not take into account impacts on our ecologies, or the relationship between family planning and the building of human rights-based democracies. As our ecological and social conditions continue to deteriorate, it is becoming increasingly clear that the current system failed to account for a variety of factors. It was a mistake, and one that enables policies that Nobel laureate Steven Chu likened to a pyramid or Ponzi scheme.

The alternative we propose, called Fair Start, is simple: communities help parents to plan and wait to be ready before having kids, and ensure resources to give all kids a fair start in life, and smaller and more regenerative families make it all possible. We believe it is the best interpretation of the fundamental right to have children. The Fair Start Model is ten to twenty times more effective at protecting children and our environment, and building human rights and democracy, than other policies that address these issues. For many reasons, it is an overriding human right which can be furthered by all means effective.

According to Executive Director Erika Mathews: “Because our current system of family planning oppresses future generations and puts us all at existential risk, it is illegitimate, and an impediment to the constituting of true democracies.”

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Having Kids is a 501(c)3 nonprofit nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring a fair start for all children by reforming family planning with the human rights-based and child-first Fair Start model.

National Rescue Dog Day Is Here, So What Are You Waiting For?

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(RESCUE DOGS/PET ADOPTION) Today, May 20, is National Rescue Dog Day, a day to recognize and appreciate the countless benefits of adopting a four-legged friend in need of a forever home.

Over 3 million abandoned and abused dogs enter animal shelters each year, and their potential for love is limitless. These dogs often overcome extreme odds, but can still provide boundless comfort, security, and friendship as family pets.

They offer a variety of therapeutic benefits to help relieve anxiety, depression, and PTSD, and with a little extra training, rescue dogs can also serve as dutiful service pets for the elderly or those with disabilities.

Proud parents of rescue pets know first-hand how their four-legged friends improve their lives, and couldn’t imagine a more worthy companion. So today, for National Rescue Dog Day, celebrate the joys of animal adoption and give your furry friends a well-deserved treat!

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If you’ve been considering bringing a new four-legged family member into your home, what are you waiting for?

Making a commitment to a pet is a huge responsibility and can seem overwhelming at times. While the adoption process has many variables and requires patience, luckily there are countless resources and shelter workers–who know the pets best–available to help you find the perfect match.

If you’re not quite ready to adopt a pet, you can still help by volunteering at a local shelter, making a financial donation, or fostering a pet today.

What Should I Know Before Adopting a Shelter Dog? (Resources)

Adopt a pet, rescue a cat, dog, puppy or kitten
Visit Global Animal’s pet adoption database

San Diego Sea Lion Plays In Bioluminescent Waters

(ANIMAL VIDEOS/OCEANS) In the video clip above, witness a sea lion playing in the bioluminescent waves in the San Diego Bay. A pair of kayakers were delightfully surprised by the unexpected visitor and were lucky enough to capture the rare moment on film. — Global Animal

Don’t Forget To Wash Your Paws!

(DOGS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEOS) With so many safety measures currently in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, hand-washing is still the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infections. Watch this doggy demonstration in the video clip above! For more delightful dachshunds, follow Three Daxie Trouble on Facebook. — Global Animal

Dog Mom Anthem Says “Happy Mother’s Day” To All Dog Moms

(DOGS/PETS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEOS) Did you know dog moms can celebrate Mother’s Day, too?! This Dog Mom Anthem goes out to all the compassionate dog mothers out there! — Global Animal

Are Plants Poisoning Your Pets? (GALLERY)

World Environment Day is a great day to plant a tree

(CATS AND DOGS/PET CARE) Flowers and plants are a wonderful addition to any garden, but some of our favorites can adversely affect our favorite animals. Check out the gallery below of 10 pet-poisoning plants that may be growing in your backyard. — Global Animal

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Some of the most common flowers and plants can be harmful to your pets.

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Some favorite flowers and prized plants can be four-legged friends’ worst enemies. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals lists hundreds of pet-poisoning plants, including these 10.

Daffodil Danger

Squirrels tend to leave daffodil bulbs alone. That’s good news for gardeners, but bad news for cats and dogs. The bulbs are the most toxic part of the plant and can poison dogs and cats.

Daffodil bulbs can poison your pet. Photo Credit: Kropsoq, Wikimedia Commons
Daffodil bulbs can poison your pet. Photo Credit: Kropsoq, Wikimedia Commons

Kiss of Death from Tulips

Tulip bulbs are toxic too, and not just to pets. Humans should think twice before tasting a tulip. In fact many plant’s roots and bulbs hide toxic defenses. Even the seemingly benign potato can develop dangerous levels of the poison solanine, if the spuds grow too close to the surface and turn green.

Tulip bulbs are dangerous for pets and humans. Photo Credit: Tulip Fields with the Rijnsburg Windmill, Claude Monet, Wikimedia Commons
Tulip bulbs are dangerous for pets and humans. Photo Credit: Tulip Fields with the Rijnsburg Windmill, Claude Monet, Wikimedia Commons

Wimpy Name, Deadly Effect

Periwinkle may have a sissy name, but this ground cover can kill a cat or dog if they ingest it. The poison punch of periwinkle comes from vinca alkaloids. Those same chemicals once served as anti-cancer drugs until they were replaced by synthetics.

Periwinkle can kill a cat or a dog. Photo Credit: Selena N.B.H, Wikimedia Commons
Periwinkle can kill a cat or a dog. Photo Credit: Selena N.B.H, Wikimedia Commons

Beauty Bad for Beasts

Showy rhododendrons can be the end of the road for pets. Eating a few leaves can cause serious problems, even death. The plant contains a nasty nerve poison, grayanotoxin. That poison can contaminate honey if bees feast on rhododendrons. In Nepal, this tainted honey fetches a high price because of its supposed medicinal properties, reported National Geographic.

Rhododendrons can be very problematic for pets. Photo Credit: FG2, Wikimedia Commons
Rhododendrons can be very problematic for pets. Photo Credit: FG2, Wikimedia Commons

Aloe and Goodbye

The slimy sap of an aloe plant can sooth burned skin, and the chemicals, known as saponins, make aloe a naturally foamy shampoo. But those same chemicals are deadly to fish — and cause vomiting, diarrhea, and tremors in cats and dogs.

Aloe causes vomiting, diarrhea, and tremors in cats and dogs. Photo Credit: Frank Vincentz, Wikimedia Commons
Aloe causes vomiting, diarrhea, and tremors in cats and dogs. Photo Credit: Frank Vincentz, Wikimedia Commons

Pet Poison: Ivy

The signature vegetation of higher education, English ivy, also contains saponins — particularly one known as hederagenin, which some people take as a stimulant. The effects on pets, however, are anything but stimulating. Ivy can make cats and dogs very sick and the leaves pack more toxic punch than the berries.

Ivy can make cats and dogs very sick. Photo Credit: The Pond and Erman Biology Center at the University of Chicago, Bob Krist, Corbis
Ivy can make cats and dogs very sick. Photo Credit: The Pond and Erman Biology Center at the University of Chicago, Bob Krist, Corbis

No Tea for Kitty

Chamomile tea may sooth human nerves, but the plant can cause allergic reactions in cats and dogs as well as skin irritation, vomiting and diarrhea.

Chamomile can cause allergic reactions in cats and dogs. Photo Credit: Pikiwikisrael, Wikimedia Commons
Chamomile can cause allergic reactions in cats and dogs. Photo Credit: Pikiwikisrael, Wikimedia Commons

Doesn’t Keep Vet Away

An apple a day may be good for people, but the leaves, stems and seeds of apple trees release cyanide when chewed. Humans too can be exposed to cyanide if they chew up apple seeds. However, it would take approximately 100 grams of crushed apple seeds to poison an average size adult human, according to the Naked Scientists.

The leaves, stems, and seeds of apple trees release cyanide when chewed. Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wikimedia Commons
The leaves, stems, and seeds of apple trees release cyanide when chewed. Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wikimedia Commons

No Coleus for Canines

Oils in the many-colored foliage of coleus plants can cause vomiting and bloody diarrhea in dogs and cats.

Coleus plants can cause vomiting in dogs and cats. Photo Credit: Roger Price, Wikimedia Commons
Coleus plants can cause vomiting in dogs and cats. Photo Credit: Roger Price, Wikimedia Commons

Push Up Daisies

Daisies and other chrysanthemum species contain natural pesticides that can poison pets. However, those natural pest poisons — including sesquiterpene, lactones, and pyrethrins — make daisies an excellent guard plant to deter pests form attacking other, less-defended flowers and crops. Helpful bees, though, are undeterred.

Daises contain natural pesticides. Photo Credit: Jessica Merz, Wikimedia Commons
Daises contain natural pesticides. Photo Credit: Jessica Merz, Wikimedia Commons

More Discovery News: http://news.discovery.com/animals/pets/gardens-can-be-dangerous-for-pets-130618.htm

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