Archive for the ‘Other Pets’ Category

Petco To Reduce Number Of Pets Sold In Stores

Monday, February 25th, 2008

PetcoPetco has announced that they will reduce the number of animals for sale in its stores nationwide by 30 percent.

The company said they are making space for more products as they are trying to tailor stores to local markets.

Petco spokesman Kevin Whalen said the decision was based on the results of a test that started in November 2007. He stated that Petco is taking customer needs into consideration and is aiming to keep animals in stores for a shorter period.

But People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said that Petco’s move is because of their investigation of Rainbow World Exotics (RWE) in Hamilton, Texas, one of Petco’s animal suppliers. An undercover PETA investigator recorded abuse and neglect of birds and other animals.

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Chimp Video: “Genius” Chimp Outsmarts Tube

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Have A Story To Share About A Special Cat, Dog, Or Horse?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Do you have a personal story to share about a special cat, dog or horse who touched your life? Syndicated columnist Dr. Marty Becker, the resident veterinarian on “Good Morning America,” is co-authoring with award-winning pet-writer and Pet Connection blogger Gina Spadafori the first three titles in a new series of “Ultimate” books from HCI Books, the publisher of the best selling Chicken Soup series. Deadline for story submissions is March 15th.

For more information please visit TheUltimatePetLover.com.

Polar Bear Video: Water Fun With Knut

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Cow Escapes And Creates Havoc On Australian Highway

Friday, February 8th, 2008

PETA Calls On China To Respect Rats

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

RatPeople for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has asked China to treat rats with kindness and respect for the upcoming Year of the Rat.

The group has asked the Chinese government to consider animal welfare laws for rats used in lab experiments and to create guidelines for animals used in science.

Coco Yu of PETA’s Asia-Pacific branch said, “Rats sing, they dream, and they express empathy for others.”

Source: Associated Press

Photo: miceandrats.com

Agriculture Department To Investigate Abuse At California Slaughterhouse

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Itchmo Reader Dog And Possum Picture

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Lab

Picture sent in by Pat.

Classical Music Being Used To Calm Animals

Monday, February 4th, 2008

National Pet Dental Health Month

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

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February is National Pet Dental Health Month, so for many pet owners, it’s time to think about the health of our pet’s teeth, if we haven’t done so already.

Here is information about pet dental health care that the California Veterinary Medical Association put out:

The California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) reports gingivitis and periodontal disease in dogs and cats have become widespread, and pet owners should take some simple actions to be sure their pet has good oral health.

“We hope ‘National Pet Dental Health Month’ in February will draw attention to this serious health issue for pets. All pet owners should start a regular dental care routine for their animals in consultation with their veterinarians,” said Dr. Jeff Smith, president of the CVMA. “Oral disease can lead to serious consequences for pets, including infection, severe pain and even organ damage. With regular oral health maintenance and check-ups, most of these problems can be avoided.”

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 85 percent of dogs and cats show signs of oral disease by age four. The trouble begins when food particles and bacteria build up in the mouth to form plaque and tartar, which leads to reversible gingivitis. Gingivitis, if ignored, will progress to periodontal disease. Irreversible periodontal disease leads to tooth decay, bad breath, bleeding gums and, in severe cases, tooth loss. When bacteria from periodontal disease travels into a pet’s bloodstream, the lungs, heart, kidneys, liver and nervous system can be affected. These infections usually are treatable when caught at an early stage. However, if they are not caught in time, they can cause serious organ damage and even death.

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Bunny Video: Baby Bunny Grooming

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Woman Charged With Animal Cruelty After Ferrets Removed From House

Friday, February 1st, 2008

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A Virginia Beach woman has been charged with a single count of animal cruelty after authorities removed more than 100 ferrets and 92 dead animals from her property.

Elaine Carole McCraig, director of Ferret Rescue of Tidewater Inc., told authorities that she was running a ferret rescue shelter that got out of control. Her house, barn, and garage were overrun with ferrets and other animals.

McCraig said that she had gotten sick and was not able to care for the animals properly. She added, “The biggest mistake I’ve made is that I haven’t asked my friends for help. I hated to call anyone else. I was sure I was going to feel better.”

She stated that she was not a ferret breeder and had quit taking in some of the animals and was planning to put some up for adoption.

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Human Medicine For Pets

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Bear Video: Polar Bear Learns How To Crawl

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

PetSmart Investigates After PETA Alleges Supplier Causes Pain And Suffering Of Animals

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has launched a campaign against one of PetSmart’s animal suppliers based in Hamilton, Texas.

PETA has filed criminal and federal complaints against Rainbow World Exotics after an undercover investigator filmed and documented allegations of “unwarranted or unjustified pain or suffering” involving animals.

During a three month-span from October 11, 2007 to Jan 18, 2008, a PETA undercover investigator said that at least 118 animals died at the store, and the organization described what they saw as “routine neglect and flagrant abuse of rabbits, hamsters, birds, and animals.”

The video documents filthy facilities, dead animals, and shows a rabbit being neutered with a dull razor and Chlorox wipes.

Daphna Nachminovitch, PETA’s vice president, said, “(Rainbow) is one of PetSmart’s main suppliers, and it was an easy decision because we had received complaints and had knowledge that animals were suffering there. If PetSmart conducts regular and rigorous inspections as it claims it does, it probably knew what was going on and just didn’t think the rest of the world would know.”

PetSmart said they are taking the allegations very seriously and is conducting their own investigation. The company added that they believe the pets in PetSmart store are healthy and will continue to purchase animals from Rainbow World Exotics.

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