15 Apr 2010
No poker faces here! Lady Gaga couldn’t help but smile recently when she cozied up to an uber-cute koala at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia. Down Under in late March for a series of performances, the superstar carved time out of her exhausting concert schedule to chill with some cuddly creatures, including this fuzzy guy.
While perhaps not dressed for the zoo (then again, is she ever dressed down for any occasion?) it seems that Gaga enjoyed her time with the animals. Who wouldn’t?
15 Apr 2010
A horse with the markings of a Dalmatian dog has been discovered running wild in DevonThe young horse, who was born to a chocolate brown mare, is a British spotted pony whose father shares the same unusual colouring.Perhaps rather predictably named Spotty, he was born just over a week ago at Wembury Point, near Plymouth although his family usually grazes on Dartmoor.
British spotted ponies have a variety of colour types including white spots on a dark background which are known as “snowflake”.Spotty’s black spots on a white background are known as “leopard spot”.The markings were a natural camouflage for ponies roaming the heaths and forests of ancient Britain and are included in several Stone Age paintings and on ancient manuscripts.During Roman times the horses were presented to important officers as a sign of their power. Around 170 are born in Britain every year.
15 Apr 2010
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No matter how careful we are as pet owners, dogs and cats sometimes still manage to cut themselves, get overheated and eat things they really shouldn’t. In honor of National Pet First Aid Awareness month, we at Paw Nation want to help you be prepared should trouble strike.We asked Dr. Elisa Mazzaferro, Director of Emergency Services at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Colorado, and the official veterinarian of Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl VI what she recommends you do in these five common situations:
1. Treating A Cut or Scratched Paw
“One of the most important things clients can do if injury is on the animal’s paw is to put pressure on it with a clean towel and bring the pet into the nearest veterinary hospital,” Dr. Mazzaferro tells Paw Nation. Don’t apply a tourniquet because it can decrease blood supply to the injured limb and be dangerous. And you should probably avoid rinsing a wounded paw in water. “Sometimes that will release a blood clot that’s formed.” says Dr. Mazzaferro.
2. Evaluating Vomiting and Diarrhea
“If your pet’s vomiting or diarrhea occurs more than just a couple of times, or if there is blood in it, or any suspicion of the dog or cat having gotten into a toxin, the pet needs to be seen by a veterinarian right away,” says Dr. Mazzaferro. Otherwise, if vomiting occurs just a couple of times, withhold food and water for at least six hours and see if the condition subsides. “If they continue to vomit or become lethargic, or if they’re a puppy or a very small, toy breed dog, I would bring them into a vet because they can dehydrate quickly,” says Dr. Mazzaferro