Anyone who owns a pet knows that animals have no hesitation when it comes to trying to eat random objects they find lying around the house. Cats chew on various plants and dogs work part-time as vacuum cleaners when food is dropped on the kitchen floor. However, many things that people wouldn’t ordinarily give a second thought to can be incredibly toxic to common household pets. Because animals don’t have the same metabolisms as humans, a compound that human bodies can easily break down may prove to be lethal in a smaller animal at the same dose. Here, we will explore several foods and plants that you may not realize can be potential medical dangers for your pet if consumed.
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Dogs have long been considered “man’s best friend.” It’s fair to say that they have certainly earned the title. The bond between humans and canines is unmistakable. They’ve been our companions for tens of thousands of years. And ever since the domestication of the dog, people have been drawn to them (and they to us). Dogs have helped us in so many ways and expect little in return. They share our beds, hunt with us, kept vermin and pests away, serve the military and police, assist the disabled, and faithfully remain our loyal companions. The beautiful friendship between Humans and dogs has had some surprising effects on both species. Here are some the ways we’ve helped each other along the way.
Dogs are highly expressive animals and are always communicating exactly how they think and feel. And although most of their communication happens with body language, they also have a surprisingly large range of vocalizations such as barks, yelps, whines and growls. In much the same way we use words to form sentences to say different things, dogs can vary their barks depending on what they’re feeling or trying to say. And if you know what to listen for you can interpret the range of sounds your Labrador creates. Here’s how to tell if there’s a burglar outside, it’s bathroom time, or if they’re just playful.
Let’s face it. We’re always on the go, and the main culprit in our speedy life, is our car. It takes us everywhere, yet because we are always busy, we never give it the cleaning that it deserves. And, when you do clean it, there are certain things you just can’t get in “perfectly clean” conditions. So, in order to solve the issue, here are someways to not only clean your car quick, but also achieve a “straight out of the dealership” clean.
Dogs have been our furry companions for thousands of years, but they didn’t always look the way they do today. Many well-known breeds have changed a lot physically in the last century, largely thanks to humans. By identifying specific traits — such as size, coat color, and demeanor — and allowing only those animals to mate, humans have created at least 167 different “breeds,” or groups of dogs with unique physical and mental characteristics. Still, they’re all part of the same species. Here’s a look at how some of your favorite dog breeds have changed over the last 100 years.
Admit it: You’ve fantasized about your future Fido more than a couple times. You walk into the shelter, lock eyes with “the one” and the next thing you know, you’re frolicking through fields of freshly mowed grass and endless tennis balls with your true love. Except, how are you supposed to know which breed is going to be your best match (or if your current four-legged friend is your ultimate counterpart)? Turn to the stars, of course. Here, the best dog for every zodiac sign.
What’s the science behind the weird behaviors of cats and dogs? Live Science looked into several mysteries, including why dogs eat poop and why cats stretch so much, to explain the possible evolutionary and biological reasons for each. Let’s take a leap into the wild brains of your adorable, and often baffling, four-legged housemates.
Since the beginning of time, animals have gone extinct on Earth for many different reasons, such as a dramatic climate shifts, natural disasters, or human intervention. For decades, the notion of “de-extinction”—or the resurrection of an already extinct animal— has hovered on the scientific fringes. Now, new advances in science and genetic engineering, specifically biotechnology, could enable scientists to bring some of these animals “back” from extinction, and there are a few already on the list. Here are some of the candidate species scientists are currently considering for de-extinction.
The greatest holiday in the history of holidays is Halloween (actual fact). Grown adults get to dress in any ridiculous costume they want without being judged and kids get to collect as much candy as humanly possible. But we’re not the only ones who get to enjoy the spookiest holiday of the year — our pets… View Article
Brain scans show that with dogs, it’s what you say — and how you say it A new study by a team of Hungarian researchers suggests that dogs understand both the words we say and how we say them by using the same parts of the brain as humans do to recognize and process spoken language. The study… View Article
The federal government declared a major disaster in Louisiana Sunday after torrential rain deluged the state killing at least eight people, flooding thousands of homes and prompting more than 30,000 water rescues. Parts of southern Louisiana and Mississippi have been hammered by up to 25 inches of rain late since last Friday, causing what Louisiana Governor John… View Article
On Tuesday Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos confirmed the company’s plans to open more brick-and-mortar retail stores and expand Amazon Prime member benefits during the company’s annual shareholder meeting. While still primarily an online retailer, Bezos promised shareholders that Amazon is “definitely going to open additional stores,” but specific details of the expansion remain unclear, including… View Article