Escaped elephant strolls through Wisconsin neighborhoodThe pachyderm was a startling sight for residents of one small Wisconsin neighborhood.A full-grown elephant sauntered through Baraboo early Friday morning on a brief walk of freedom. The mammoth creature more suited for the 'big top' clashed with the quiet residential neighborhood.Law enforcement officers quickly got in touch with the nearby Circus World Museum, home to the wandering pachyderm. A trainer arrived and led the elephant back to the circus complex.Circus World spokesman Dave Saloutos says the elephant, named Kelly, was freed by her pachyderm partner, Isla, who used her trunk to disengage a restraint.Saloutos says Kelly lumbered across the shallow Baraboo River and wandered into a neighboring backyard where she unlatched a gate and munched on some marigolds during her couple hours of freedom.----------------
The Fourth of July — and the nights leading up to it — can be a time of dread for pet owners. Here are some tips for keeping the Fourth of July safe for pets...Many of us celebrate our nation’s Independence Day by barbequing and relaxing with loved ones. When the sun goes down, it is a tradition to gather together to admire and enjoy the bright-colored flashes of fireworks that light up the night sky. The 4th of July may be a fun-filled holiday for you, but for pets, the holiday can be potentially scary and hazardous.Among the strategies most often shared and tired: squeezing dogs into form-fitting “thunder shirts,” turning the TV or radio sound high, putting on soothing music and, in severe cases, administering vet-prescribed medications.Frightened dogs and cats left outdoors also are known to panic and escape, leading to a surge of animals winding up in local shelters.A quick list of tips for keeping pets safe this 4th of July:• Be sure your pets are wearing a collar with a current license and/or an ID tag, as well as a microchip registered with current contact information.• Keep pets indoors. If company is coming over, keep pets in a room that is off-limits to guests and provide plenty of water and food.• Create a calming environment by using favorite toys and soothing music; keep windows, doors and blinds closed.• Stay away from fireworks, even if your pet doesn’t react to them. They can cause burns and other injuries.• If your pet goes missing, start looking for him right away. Go to the nearest animal shelters with a photo and specific information about tags, microchips and licenses.Enjoy the holiday and stay safe...-------------------------
Which States Have the Fattest Pets? Pet obesity is an unfortunate epidemic that is affecting animals across the country.Banfield?Pet Hospital’s 2017 State of Pet Health Report has found that one in every three pets that visited one of its facilities in 2016 was diagnosed as overweight or obese. This breaks down to a 196 percent increase in overweight dogs and a 158 percent increase in overweight cats over the past ten years. This is a serious concern for pet owners and veterinarians since obesity can lead to a variety of other health issues like arthritis and diabetes. In hopes of helping pets to get healthy, Banfield?Pet Hospital’s 2017 State of Pet Health Report contains a comprehensive look at how pet obesity is spreading, what is causing the epidemic and what can be done about it. Part of the report, which studied the medical data of 2.5 million dogs and 500,000 cats, looks into which states are dealing with the largest number of obese pets. Where does your home state rank?Check out the states with the most overweight cats and dogs.Highest Prevalence of Overweight Dogs 1. Minnesota: 41 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
2. Nebraska: 39 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
3. Michigan: 38 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
4. Idaho: 38 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
5. Nevada: 36 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
Highest Prevalence of Overweight Cats1. Minnesota: 46 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
2. Nebraska: 43 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
3. Iowa: 42 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
4. Idaho: 40 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
5. Delaware: 39 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight-=--------------------
Summer and those pesky mosquitoes bring increased heartworm risk ...Mosquitoes transmit serious diseases, including heartworm in dogs and cats. Pet owners need to remember that preventive measures are much better than treating this disease. It is estimated that 250,000 dogs are diagnosed yearly with heartworm, and the number is increasing. In all 50 states, current recommendations for dogs are for 12 months of preventive medication. Even with monthly medications, experts insist on annual testing. The common blood tests also include detection for tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease.Cats are also at risk for heartworm infections. Outdoor cats should be on prevention and even an indoor cat has some risk. The disease is different in cats and a very small number of worms can cause a condition called Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease. A single worm can cause vomiting and breathing difficulty in cats. In contrast, dogs may have 200 worms blocking heart vessels.Veterinarians prescribe a number of products to prevent heartworm disease. Most dogs take monthly chewable tablets, but topical and injectable medications are also effective. Cats can receive topical or oral medications. No matter what monthly product is used, it must be given on a regular schedule. Some clients type the medication due date into their computer or phone. Others pick a specific date each month; stickers to place on a calendar are included in the package. A good tip is to write the dates medication is administered on the back of the box.Heartworm medication may also work against roundworm and hookworm. These internal parasites can transmit disease to people. We advise pet owners to pick up after their dogs and make sure children wear shoes outside and wash their hands after playing outdoors, especially before eating. During the winter, the monthly medications continue to control these internal parasites.Treatment for heartworm disease is complex and expensive. Radiographs, blood tests and EKGs are necessary. Dogs often get a series of painful injections and the pets must be kept very quiet as the worms die and disintegrate inside them. Untreated and undiagnosed heartworm infections can be fatal or debilitating. Even with treatment, some pets die.Heartworm is epidemic in the South. As pets travel or are transported for adoption, the disease continues to expand its range, putting all dogs and cats at increased risk. And warm and wet weather means higher mosquito populations. The forecast this summer is for a continued increase in heartworm disease in the Northeast.------------------
Are your cat toys endangering your furry friend?Cats chew and claw and pounce. They can be rough on their toys.
So if your pet is a chewer or particularly aggressive with toys you should be buying toys that appear difficult to tear apart. Even stuffed toys can be dangerous, because pets can ingest the stuffing.If you are unsure about a toy, don’t hesitate to email the manufacturer. Ask about the company’s safety standards. Some pet toy companies, including www.safemadepet.com, boast that they follow the same standards required for kids toys.Ask them if they have ever had any recalls, if they have ever had complaints about a particular toy.Checking reviews online may also answer your questions.