It's frustrating that the media headlines keeps wanting to focus on breed with the tragic incidents which have happened in the news recently. Unless people read the full article, they don't get the complete picture that: Animal experts said breed alone could not predict whether a dog was dangerous.
Veterinary Behaviourist Dr Jacqui Ley, said "When a dog is being aggressive it may be that a person or a dog or something is frightening them or making them feel worried and they want it to go away," she said.
American Staffordshire Terriers share a similar history to the pit bull terrier, which is a restricted breed in Victoria, Dr Ley said, both coming from a background of being used for bull baiting and dog fighting. "But just because they share this history with the pit bull terrier doesn't mean they're an awful breed that should be banned ... it's very much the individual animal and situation." ... See MoreSee Less
Snowball the dancing sulfur-crested cockatoo is more than just an internet sensation - he is changing the way scientists think about dancing!
Aniruddh Patel, a neuroscientist, had recently published a paper asking why dancing—a near-universal trait among human cultures—was seemingly absent in other animals. Some species jump excitedly to music, or are trained to perform dancelike actions, eg canine freestyle, or will perform courtship dances. But “they’re not listening to another bird laying down a complex beat,” says Patel. True dancing is spontaneous rhythmic movement to external music.
Snowball's dancing is different. He doesn't just copy the movement's of his human carer. He adapts to changes in rhythm and beat. His dancing has also evolved as he is exposed to different types of music. He has even invented his own new moves!
Interesting article on how the popularity of gluten-free and low-carbohydrate diets for humans has been reflected towards grain-free diets for our pets.
The New York Times traces the shift away from grain back to a headline-grabbing recall of tainted Chinese kibble in 2007, in which wheat gluten from a particular supplier was contaminated with melamine. That was enough to help fears about wheat, and then grains more generally, spike.
Although fewer than 1 percent of Americans have the gluten allergy known as coeliac disease, avoiding gluten-containing grains such as wheat and barley as a health measure became very popular in the early 2010s. In 2012, as much as 30 percent of the United States population was trying to reduce their gluten intake, despite scant scientific evidence that gluten is harmful to most people.
During the same period, Americans were also becoming suspicious of the health implications of corn’s many uses in modern food processing. In addition to being common in the American diet, wheat, barley, and corn form the base of many conventional dog foods. ... See MoreSee Less
PSA: Five fatalities, which occurred in the Sydney areas of Surry Hills, Redfern and Darlinghurst, were a result of the dogs contracting leptospirosis, a rare disease that’s spread through animals coming into contact with puddles infected with rat or mice urine.
The disease presents in animals with general sickness symptoms, including a lack of appetite, a reluctance to move, fever and chills. In more severe cases, pet owners might see shivering, weakness, increased thirst and urination, vomiting and diarrhoea, possibly with blood.
If you are in an at-risk area the advice is to talk with your local vet about vaccinating against the disease. ... See MoreSee Less