Owners looking to travel with their pets this holiday season should take steps to ensure the safety of their animals. AAA advises owners to feed their pets a few hours before leaving, properly restrain them inside the vehicle and never leave them in a parked car, among other measures.
A University of California veterinarian speaking at a conference said the well-being of dairy calves and other animals is dependent on the owner's attitudes and values, and not on the size of the farm. According to this article, AVMA defines animal well-being as "the condition in which animals experience good health, are able to effectively cope with their environment and are able to express a diversity of species-typical behaviors."
A toxicologist with the Animal Poison Control Center warned that xylitol, a sugar alcohol used as an artificial sweetener and considered safe for humans, can put dogs at risk for a drop in blood sugar or even liver toxicity. Owners are advised to seek immediate veterinary help when they suspect their dogs ingested chewing gum, or other products that might contain xylitol.
Veterinarians in Georgia say the number of animals bitten by snakes in the state this year has been unusually high, primarily among hunting dogs. A veterinarian in Albany, Ga., advises owners to get their pets a rattlesnake vaccine, which he says proves effective against Diamondback, Timber Rattlers and Copperhead snakes.
U.S. researchers found that 92% of the 50 frog species in Haiti are facing mass extinction, which could indicate a deteriorating ecosystem. "When frogs start disappearing, other species will follow and the Haitian people will suffer, as well, from this environmental catastrophe," one of the researchers said. A program has been created to help save the country's threatened frogs and other wildlife species.