Sunday, April 19, 2015

Human medication tops list of ASPCA animal poison concerns

Via ASPCA.org -The ASPCA and its Animal Poison Control Center have revealed that human medications again top of the list of toxins most commonly ingested by pets, according to cases handled by the APCC.

The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center handled more than 167,000 cases in 2014 involving pets exposed to possibly poisonous substances. Nearly 16 percent of those calls (26,407 cases) were from owners whose pets got into medicines intended for human use, putting this category at the top of the toxin list for the seventh straight year.

“Just like children, our pets explore the world with their mouths. Unfortunately, our pets are much stronger and agile, with the ability to chew right through pill containers or jump to typically out-of-reach hiding places,” said Dr. Tina Wismer, medical director of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Blog the Change: Learn Canine Body Language

For the past year or so, I have been in my own little world posting once or twice a week about animal welfare organizations and various brands that help promote animal-related causes. But today is special – because today is Blog the Change Day – and I want to share what I have been doing for the past two years as part of my “day job”.

In 2013, I approached Penny Layne, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer with 20 years experience in training people and their pets. I became aware through a mutual friend that Penny was doing dog bite prevention training for new and expectant parents, as well as providing free canine body language seminars to the local community. This was something I could get behind!

Penny’s mission is to help prevent dog bites for pet owners and people who work with pets. She has provided canine body language seminars and dog bite prevention training to breed clubs, veterinary clinics, civic groups, firefighters and paramedics, federal and local probation officers, and various corporations whose employees encounter dogs as part of their day-to-day jobs.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Petco launches video series to increase awareness for pet adoption

Via PRNewswire - Petco has announced the launch of the "Think Adoption First" video series, a documentary-style series featuring celebrity pet parents reflecting on the impact their adopted pets have had on their lives.

The first videos in the series feature professional surfer Taylor Knox, professional skateboarder and rally cross driver Bucky Lasek, Tyson Ross of the San Diego Padres, and roller derby athlete Bonnie Thunders.

The series affirms the company's commitment to a "Think Adoption First" philosophy to encourage prospective pet parents to consider adopting a homeless pet and help reduce the number of adoptable pets in shelters.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Five life-saving tips for spring kitten season

As springtime begins so too does kitten season, and Alley Cat Allies, the nation’s largest advocacy organization dedicated to cats, offers five easy ways people can help cats and kittens this season.

“If you come across a kitten outdoors, you may be tempted to bring her home with you, but that may not be the best thing for the kitten,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies.

“Deciding whether to take a kitten home with you or leave her where she is should be carefully considered based on the individual kitten’s situation and age.”

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Marshmallow peeps and chocolate bunnies? Maybe. Live chicks and bunnies? No!

Via PR Web -The East Bay SPCA, in Oakland, California, encourages parents to avoid giving live chicks or bunnies to children as Easter gifts. Each spring, animal shelters brace themselves for an influx of bunnies, chicks and small pets that were surrendered or abandoned after Easter.

As tempting as it is to wake up to find cute, fluffy friends in a child’s Easter basket, the adoption of bunnies and small animals warrants the same careful research, consideration and preparation conducted when adopting cats, dogs, and other household pets.