Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The cherished pet "just went wild" upon seeing her.
Thanks To Sami at 2UE for this one!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
There are some rules that all who enter must follow, including no children under the 5th grade , cats too young to be held have scarves around their necks, customers may not hold or stroke a cat if it resists, must let napping cats lie, and never bring cat nip or cat food to the café.
It would seem that one hour of communion with a loving fur-ball at the cost of about $9 US dollars, is a bargain that many cannot resist.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
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Friday, April 24, 2009
The team, some of which produced the world's first cloned puppy, Snuppy, created Ruppy by first infecting dog fibroblast cells with a virus that inserted the fluorescent gene into a cell's nucleus. They then transferred the fibroblast's nucleus to another dog's egg cell, with its nucleus removed. After a week dividing in a Petri dish, researchers implanted the cloned embryo into a surrogate mother.
Transgenic dogs will give researchers another potential tool to understand disease.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
An attendent will be with the animal at all times during the flight and animals will be secured in cases. This should reduce the number of pet injuries when being transported as cargo.
Dr Jo says "I'm guessing it may be a while before we see this in Australia. Qantas? Virginblue? Jetstar?"
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Apparentlyof the 340 injuries to postal workers in NSW last year, 170 were linked to dogs. Along with reversing drivers, the life of a postie is never easy!
More reports here.
Dr Jo says "Try giving the dogs a treat each day.This way a postie will be a friend for life, not an enemy to bark at or chase and send away."
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
It seems that the snakes, after heavy rainfall, are looking for places to campout and for potential nest sites. More here.
Decided to capture and relocate our snake. Called a snake handler and while he saw it, it managed to hide either in our pond or in the bushes nearby. Still a snake lurking!
More news about snakes...
Snakes on a plane
The Daily Telegraph
Dr Jo says "Problems involving owner underwear is actually quite common in our pets. Most simply enjoy being near it when left alone. It reminds them of us as this is where our scent is concentrated most. Occasionally some will even ingest it. Some dogs have been known to raid the laundry basket and parade your g-string or larger granny-style undies in front of your entire dinner party!"
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Dr Jo says... "Cats need taurine in their diet.They also need a high concentration of protein. I wonder how much this cat is getting. Perhaps she should try a good quality dry food. The cat may not taste this as meat but he will get the nutrients he needs."
Thursday, April 9, 2009
On a lighter note, a post mortem of Yellow band discovered that she was in fact a he!!
Full story here
Increasing temperatures will expose pets to new infectious diseases spread by ticks, fleas and mosquitoes, according to new research in Europe.
- The European dog tick is transmitting a malaria-like disease into countries where it was once rare and increasing numbers of Ixodes ticks increase their risk of passing tick-borne encephalitis to horses and dogs.
- Cat flea typhus, still a rare disease, may also become more common in both cats and dogs.
Dogs in central Europe will increasingly become vulnerable to the roundworm dirofilaria spread by mosquitoes.
- Increasing spread of sandflies due to climate change may also increase canine leishmaniosis
Original source: news.com.au
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Dr Jo says "No one asked me to talk about my ferrets :("
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
- owners reprimanding the dog by physical and verbal means
- owners allowing the dog to initiate play and to win tug-of-war games
- allowing the dogs onto household furniture
- feeding the dog directly from the family table
- not being trusted with children
- not responding to basic commands
- variable obedience to different people
- variable degrees of obedience depending on the location
- displays of problem behaviours such as destructiveness and barking only when family members were present
- displays of fearful reactions in specific circumstances and excessive displays of specific behaviours
- owner tolerance of significant degrees of aggressive behaviour
- inadequate or ineffective obedience training
- biting of adult household members
- possible influence of ad libitum feeding
O'Sullivan et al.(2008). The management and behavioural history of 100 dogs reported for biting a person. Appied Animal Behaviour Science, 114: 149-158.
A recent study (Herron et al, 2009) has shown that such aversive techniques result in the dog being more aggressive towards their owner. Dog owners need to learn that aversive techniques can put them in danger and find other more appropriate solutions to their pet's behaviour problems.
N.B. Next time you watch an 'educational' television show about dogs, look out for aversive techniques being used!
Herron, M.E. et al (2009). Survey of the use and outcome of confrontational and non-confrontational training methods in client-owned dogs showing undesired behaviors. Applied Animal Behaviour Science Vol. 117: 47-54.
Also see this article
So yes, dogs can be "jealous"
Dr Jo says "I own a mixed breed - what does that say for my looks!!"
Monday, April 6, 2009
Dr Jo says "Bet her family were glad to see her home"
Could your dog survive as a castaway?
- A dog's main aim in life is to find food and shelter. OK, nowadays its not antelope and caves. It's more like gourmet cuisine and your sofa. But it's an inbuilt survival strategy.
- Feral dog populations do well in most countries. These animals have learnt to scavenge. They may be hungry but generally their survival instincts kick in when abandoned.
- Your pampered pooch has teeth and will defend himself when required. When he is hungry or threatened, he will ensure he survives. He will compete with others for his precious resources,especially when these are in limited supply.
Thanksfully most dogs never need to use these instinctive skills. Could you be living with a wild dog?
Should we hunt crocodiles?
Thursday, April 2, 2009
The dry desert heat can make anyone thirsty, but the marauding pests - who some estimate now roam the outback in their millions, are causing havoc in their pursuit of a drink.
Pride of the pride...Asali the lioness was the smartest of the pride and gets a reward.
IT'S an act of feline co-operation that would put many a moggie owner to shame. The keepers at Taronga Zoo have trained an irascible, 125-kilogram lioness to volunteer her hip at the edge of her cage so they can administer vaccination injections - no sedation, no drama, no claws before bedtime.
Sydney morning Herald
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
March 24, 2009 -- A team of veterinarians has found a surprising link between compulsive tail-chasing in dogs and high cholesterol, according to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of Small Animal Practice.