A recent outbreak of avian flu in South Korea has killed at least 34 humans and infected another 362, according to government figures released Friday morning. The country’s health minister said that cases are still suspected in three more provinces.
The H7N9 strain appears to be highly contagious among poultry but rarely spreads to humans only one percent of people who contract it die from it, according to Chinese research cited by the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC). But there have been several instances where human infections have spread to nearby dogs and cats, which can transmit germs like viruses through contact.
This latest incident raises questions about whether pets should be vaccinated against certain illnesses. In this case, the vaccination may not provide much protection as it was designed originally for use in China, where the H7N9 strain originated. The vaccine also doesn't protect against all strains …Read More
We all know cats are cute, but did you know they can do amazing things? Sure, if you own one, your house will smell like cat pee (and maybe some other stuff) for days, but there are plenty of reasons why owning a feline companion is beneficial even essential that go beyond making your home look less clean than it actually is.
Here are six benefits of owning a cat
1. Cats Are Fun
"I love my cat," says Dr. Ryan McCarthy, director of clinical services at New York-based nonprofit organization The Center For Feral Paws. "She's an absolute doll." McCarthy has been working with feral cats for more than 15 years, helping them find permanent homes in much the same way he once helped his mother care for her litter of kittens.
And while a lot of people think of cats as aloof creatures who've never demonstrated …Read More
If you have ever been near a spider at all, you know that they creep us out. But if you consider yourself someone who likes the outdoors or has an affinity for cute animals, then it might seem like a great way to spend some time and maybe even some money to bring home a little friend.
It turns out that many people do exactly this, considering that black widows alone kill more than 2 million Americans each year. And with several species of spiders living across North America, Europe and beyond, the choice is yours where you want to live. Some species are venomous, but most aren't.
Nowadays, you'll find house-friendly tarantulas, wolf spiders (which resemble Tasmanian devils) and even cave spiders. So what makes these creatures so attractive to keep around our homes? For starters, they’re relatively inexpensive compared to other types of exotic pets.
They also don’t …Read More
If you're like many people with pets, the idea that you might need to schedule an appointment at your vet to have your dog or cat's teeth professionally cleaned may come as quite a shock. After all, dogs and cats are usually taken care of by humans themselves, not professionals trained in veterinary medicine.
But just because we tend to groom our own pets doesn't mean they don't also require professional dental attention on occasion. In fact, brushing your pet's teeth is actually more important than brushing your own! It's just another reason why regular visits to the veterinarian are so essential.
Like humans, cats can get cavities and other oral diseases, which if left untreated can lead to pain, infections and even death. There's no way around this, but there are some things you can do to help prevent problems from occurring in the first place.
For example, make …Read More
Keeping a pet fish isn't as hard as you might think. If you follow these basic guidelines, you'll be able to keep a healthy, vibrant pet fish alive for years to come.
The first thing you need to do when buying any type of fish is to research the species. There are many different types of fish that live in various environments, so it's important for you to know what kind of fish you have before making any purchases.
In this article, we will discuss how to choose a good aquarium set up, how to maintain an aquarium, and what to look out for if there are problems with your fish.
Once you've decided which kind of fish you want (and purchased them), you're ready to start setting up your new home. But before diving into getting everything together, there are a few things you should consider.
What You Need …Read More
A large cat with long claws, sharp teeth, and an insatiable appetite what more could anyone ask for? Tigers are among the most popular pets available today, but they're not for everyone. While some people want to raise one as part of their family, others decide to keep them strictly as a source of entertainment.
In either case, there are certain things that must be considered before owning a tiger. This article will explain how to take good care of your new friend from purchasing a tiger cub to training them properly.
While tigers are generally docile cats, they do require proper nutrition and lots of attention like any other living creature. The following pages include information on everything from feeding to training to safety concerns. Read up, get educated, and then start dreaming!
What You Need to Know Before Owning a Tiger
Before anything else, you need to know …Read More