Click here to learn more.
Vetstreet. All rights reserved.
Vetstreet does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. See Additional Information ›
Jan. 8, 2014: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.
After multiple surgeries and more than 3,000 hours of care, Walter the sea otter is settling in to his permanent home at the Vancouver Aquarium. Walter was rescued from the shoreline in British Colombia in October by the aquarium’s marine mammal rescue team after he was reported to be lethargic and uncharacteristically approachable. He was suffering from injuries to his right flipper, several teeth and his eyes due to a shotgun blast. Although doctors weren’t able to save the otter’s eyesight, he made a slow but steady recovery from his injuries thanks to intensive care at the aquarium’s rescue center. Because he can’t be released into the wild, Walter was transported to the Vancouver Aquarium on Tuesday, where he’ll take up residence with three other rescued sea otters who get ongoing care there.
The small animals frequently pop up on their hind legs while foraging, throw their front paws in the air and let out a cry that sounds like “wee-oo.” The behavior spreads quickly through the pack the way that fans at a sports stadium would do the wave. But why do prairie dogs do this? A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B suggests that they do the “jump-yip” as a test to make sure their neighbors are on alert. If they get a lot of responses, they let down their guard slightly, focusing more on foraging and less on scanning the horizon for predators. "They are capitalizing on others' awareness and actively probing that awareness,” said James Hare, a study researcher from the University of Manitoba in Canada. — Read it at Live Science
Pet care experts including Dr. Marty Becker report that in 2013, we averaged one pet food or treat recall every 11 days. Among the top problems with the food were microbial contamination with pathogens like salmonella, contaminants including plastic and gas, and problems with the balance of nutrients. The experts also offered advice to avoid problems with bad food, including rotating pet food frequently, scooping the food with a clean measuring cup, and washing pet food dishes after every meal. — Read it at the Pet Connection column via Philly.com
A commuter with a keen eye spotted a gray cat stuck in a scary position on an Interstate 80 off ramp in San Francisco, and helped save his life. After noticing the cat in the same spot for a couple of days, the man called the city’s Animal Care and Control center. An officer from the center was able to stop traffic and pick up the kitty to bring him to a local shelter. When no one came forward to claim the cat, the Good Samaritan who first called to report the danger he was in came in to adopt him — and named him Freeway. — Read it and see photos from Animal Care and Control San Francisco
At the Red River Zoo in Fargo, N.D., many animals who are given access to both their yards and indoor enclosures have chosen to keep warm inside. (Some of the animals have had their outdoor access temporarily restricted for their safety.) But with temperatures dipping to 16 below zero and a wind chill of minus 41 degrees, there was one group who was quite happy to play outside: the zoo’s wolf pack. “They’re playing and rolling around. They appear to be having a great day,” said the zoo’s Sally Jacobson. — Read it and watch video at Fargo’s In Forum
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Take our breed quiz to find your next pet.
Get all the best pet news and information sent right to your inbox!
Thank you for subscribing!
The Community Hospital staff took care
of a lost black Lab who wandered into
their ER with an injured leg.
Dr. Debbie Mandell shares the signs of
heat stress, plus which breeds may have
conditions that could put them in…
These scented oils may help you relax,
but putting them on your cat or dog
could have serious consequences.
You may love the idea of sharing your
bed with a kitten, but Dr. Marty Becker
says you should wait until he's older.
There's a lot of false information out there
about heartworm disease, so we're
debunking common misconceptions.
A rare breed that's often mistaken for a
Chihuahua, the Russian Toy is a tiny dog
known for his big personality.
Annual examinations are the cornerstone
of a good preventive care regimen and
can save you money in the long run.
Check out our collection of more than 250 videos about pet training, animal behavior, dog and cat breeds and more.
Wonder which dog or cat best fits your lifestyle? Our new tool will narrow down more than 300 breeds for you.
Visit HealthyPet magazine for interviews with pet-loving celebrities, health advice from our experts, training tips and…
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.
Thank you for subscribing.