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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

2014 Flu Shots for Your Doggy? How Do I Know If My Dog Has Canine Influenza (Flu)?

Discovery of Canine Influenza  

Believe it or not, it seems that doggies are getting the flu too. Therefore, you may have to start getting your dog a flu shot too.

According to National Geographic, the strain of flu that dogs get (canine influenza) has actually just recently came about (in the last few years). It is a newly mutated virus that is believed to have evolved from a strain of influenza which affects horses. Now that it has mutated and jumped the species barrier, dogs are going to be at high risk for this illness.

How do you feel about this? If dog flu shots become as prevalent as the human flu shot, are you going to be investing in flu shots for your furry kids as well as soon as they are available? Or are you going to wait until you can decide for yourself whether they are safe for your pet or not?

Symptoms of Dog Influenza: How Do I Know if My Dog Has the Flu (Canine Influenza)?

If your dog seems to be becoming ill, it is not completely impossible that he or she may have contracted canine influenza. Just like people, puppies, elderly dogs, and canines with existing health issues are going to be more at risk when it comes to influenza outbreaks. Therefore, it is important to see the signs of illness and turn them around before it becomes too late. Here are the symptoms of dog influenza:

  1. Coughing and hacking often
  2. Becoming lethargic or fatigued
  3. Discharge of the nose

What Could Happen After Infection?

As you know, complications could occur if illness isn't taken care of promptly. Humans and dogs alike can develop pneumonia if they become infected with the flu. This complication can become deadly very quickly- so be sure to keep an eye out for this complication if you or your doggy come down with the flu. 

How Can I Prevent My Dog from Catching Canine Influenza?

If your dog spends most of its time in isolation from other's pets, then there might not be much for you to worry about. However, it is still possible the dog flu can be transmitted to them- especially if you play with other dogs throughout the day and carry the virus on your hands. These situations and potentially contagious places may signal the need for a canine influenza shot:
  • Doggy Daycare
  • Dog Boarding
  • Dog/Pet Sitting in Your Own Home
  • Dog Parks
  • Veterinary Clinics
  • Walking Dogs Who Live in Separate Homes Together
  • Getting a New Dog
  • Coming Into Contact with an Infected Dog (Then Passing Germs to Your Dog)
  • Spending Time at a Shelter (Such as When They Run Away & Get Caught)
  • Working Around Strange Dogs

Should I Get My Dog A Canine Influenza Vaccination Shot? Will It Help to Vaccinate My Dogs?

Yes! Vaccinating your dogs can be a huge help if any of the above bullet points applies to you or your family. Since the canine flu vaccine will work on your dog just as the human vaccine works on humans, it will help your doggy to become immune to the dog influenza virus. This will prevent future infection and keep your dogs safe, healthy, and happy, rather than sickly and miserable should they come into contact with the influenza bug.

Sea Eagle Steals Video Camera, Flies Over 60 Miles- Check Out the Footage of an Australian Bird's Eye View!

Sea Eagles are curious creatures, and it makes
sense as to why one stole a camera and took
it on a flight for a bird's eye view in the
Australian wilderness.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Keeping Strong 12 Years Later

It has now been 12 long years since 9-11-2001; but it does not actually feel like it has been that long. Even though I was merely 12 years old when this happened, I understood. I knew just how big of a tragedy it was. I remember sitting in school, as teachers objected to schooling us kids; and rather show us the graphic and gruesome reality that would later be determined a terrorist attack. Yes, parents were outraged; However, I will forever be glad that our teachers stuck to their guns, knowing we should see it. Do you remember exactly where you were, and what you were doing, on this fateful day?

  The tragedy will never fade, nor will I begin to forget. Here is my tribute, and I hope that you guys enjoy this art. The attack symbolizes strength within us Americans, as we come together stronger than ever during times of need. For those of you who are not Americans, we will never forget the encouragement and friendship that such incredible international friends provide; There was an outpouring of love and heartbreak from around the world, showing that faith in humanity has not yet been lost. Naive or not, I hope that one day the majority of people across the world will be able to get along and give this world a little more of what it needs- peace and love!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Rare Pink Dolphin- Have You Seen Him/Her?

Believe it or not, pink dolphins are not just a thing that stems from the imagination. I know you all might think that it's crazy to believe a pink dolphin would even exist; but it does! There is a very beautiful pink dolphin that was discovered right in the United States, in the state of Louisiana to be exact. Have you heard of this fascinating creature yet? If not, it would be an honor to share its photos with you!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Confessions of a Dog (Well... Dogs...)

I found this hilarious photo strip, and had to share it with you guys. It appears that it originates from The Meta Picture but feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. I'm going to call it "Confessions of a Dog" as it is the cutest and funniest compilation of doggy no no's that I've seen in a long while. I know we've not had a pet post in a while, so I hope that this MPMETM blog post will be up to par :) I've been so busy with work that I'm hardly on here as I should be!! I hope everyone is having a FANTASMIC day!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

10 Reasons to Have Rats as Pets

We all know pets are awesome, period. We all have our own tastes of course! I am personally a kitty person. Some of you are dog people. Some are snake people. We all have our favorite species, and sometimes we love to venture into the unknown.

This is why I bring you this article- so that you can check out the top ten reasons for rats as a pet.

Monday, May 27, 2013

10 Common Pests and Illnesses To Avoid

This is a new video on our Youtube channel! 10 common pests and illnesses that pets can get. This is perfect for new pet owners that need to know what parasites, pests, and illnesses that they are up against. Pests can cause serious health issues, as can infections. Some, such as rabies and heartworms, can eventually cause death. For a pet that will lead a long, happy, healthy life, it is important to avoid them.

Ticks and fleas seem to be the most common in households. For you and your pets, which pests seem to pop up the most? What preventatives do you use to avoid these pests? Leave any answers or opinions in our comments section! Suggestions and ideas are welcome as well guys!!!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Elderly Tornado Survivor Finds Missing Dog DURING News Interview Video

I saw this on the news several times today, and there is finally a video up of it for me to share with you guys. This elderly woman got 1 wish- to be safe from the tornado. However, she wasn't sure about her second wish: for her missing best friend to be found. As she was being interviewed- her second wish is granted. Check it out- it's so sweet and heartwarming guys!!!!

Facebook Comes To Rescue In Light Of Ok. Tornado Tragedy- PLEASE READ!!!!

Alright everybody, I know most of you are aware of the tragedy in Oklahoma. While we may not be able to rewind time, WE ALL CAN HELP THEM! HOW??? There are Facebook Groups that is being used to post "lost and found". ONE OF THE BIGGEST? Pets!!! YES! There are pets being listed as lost/found on this page. Please everyone, share this post and these groups as FAR as you possibly can. Belongings are being found over 250 miles away from the site of the tragedy as well. Here's some currently listed, I'm pulling these from the groups, all group links & names at bottom of post:

*FOUND* TAG SAYS "MCKEY": Posted on link #1

*FOUND* No Info Given, BLOODHOUND, posted on Link #2:


Link #1:   OK Tornado Doc & Picture Recovery (7,000 members)
Link #2:    McClain Co Animal Response Team (700 likes)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Strange Cat Facts Infographic!!

Everyone loves some strange facts. While many of us already know some of these, it's definitely interesting to see the rest of the facts.

You have to love these crazy little critters though. All of their odd quirks and antics are the reasons that we keep them as pets. They are never shy to entertain us and they definitely don't disappoint! Unless they destroy something, or cover our homes in fur... but that is okay, it was part of the bargain when we took them into our homes ;)

I hope you guys enjoy and don't shy away from sharing if you found this infographic to be rather interesting! Also, I originally looked for the embed code, but that didn't go over well. So I'm just going to let you guys know that it is assumed property of Pets Central as stated in the top right of the graphic :)

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Important Snake Bite Infographic: Cats & Dogs

This infographic is particularly helpful, and I decided to share it so ALL of our dog lovers can watch their dogs closely this summer. Please hit "SHARE" so that friends and family can see this important information.

This gives you a little information regarding snake bites in pets. A snake bite can cause serious illness, long term health effects, and death as you all know. I hope this infographic proves useful!!! Lets keep our pets protected this summer, and avoid leaving hideouts and habits for snakes in the areas that our dogs frequent. By keeping the environment safe for your dog, you can greatly reduce the risk for a snakebite!

ALSO: This infographic originates in Australia so statistics will differ :)

Another Post: Common Myths & Facts About Ticks

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Dog Blows It Up! (My Animation!)

If you missed the post on our page, I just recently created this little animated clip. This was my very first animation with the software, and I hope you guys get a giggle out of it. Are there any suggestions as to what I should make in the future? If so, please leave a comment here or you can inbox me on the page itself :) Thanks for all support guys!!! Also, please share this post on your favorite network if you think your friends will enjoy it :)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

This Poor Litter Of Puppies Never Stood A Chance: Aborted and Euthanized

NOTE: This is not one of the puppies.
Image courtesy of nixxphotography/
        In the Middle Tennessee area (USA), a poor golden retriever mix named Shianne was faced with the horrors of entering an animal shelter, after surrendered. She was heavily pregnant, and very close to delivery. Shortly after she arrived, the county animal shelter decided to spay her.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Why Do Evil People Do What They Do?

I really don't understand people.
Why do they do what they do?
They can be completely and utterly cruel!!!
There's so many animals out there that fall into the hands of mean people.
They get beaten, abused, neglected, killed.....
Dumped off at death's doorstep.
Euthanized for being unwanted.
Left in the cold to starve.
And the worst part? Many will never know what love is.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

What Love Is All About

It is now Valentine's Day- A day of love, a day of appreciation.
If there's one thing that animals can teach us, it is to love everyone unconditionally- no matter what their flaws or imperfections may be.
They teach us to appreciate everything around us, to be happy for those that we have.
After all, all we really need is love!!!
I hope you guys enjoy these photos I've found- and I hope that you guys enjoy the true meaning of this amazing day!!!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Are the Whales Dying Out????

            In the 70's and earlier, people were rallying against the world's alarming rate at which whales were being slaughtered. In short, those activists won the dispute and the slaughter of whales has dropped from 39,000 each year to only 1,000 as far as last year's count goes. Now, there's even more reason to be worried about our largest mammals.
           Now, worldwide pollution and global warming are beginning to set in. This is a very bad problem for the whales. This is making the world's oceans a much harder place to live for the whales, as it negatively affects their health and migration patterns, as well as their food supply.

           I just wanted to bring this up to our community and ask what you guys thought! Leave comments below! :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Eliminating Cats In New Zealand!?!?! WHAT???

In New Zealand, cat owners all over face a huge problem when it comes to their feline companions. Currently, there is an environmentalist who is fighting to protect  native birds in New Zealand; which is currently threatened by domestic and feral cats. While he does mean well (and it is incredibly important to protect our native species, both plants and animals), he is certainly getting a bad name and an expected verbal outlash by cat owners across the country.

Gareth Morgan Cats
Just how would cats respond to this outrage????
Gareth Morgan is fighting to protect these birds; and is attempting to launch several campaigns to do just that. He is also targeting mice on the Antipodes Islands, as they also threaten the populations of New Zealand's wild birds.

Currently, his campaigns are failing incredibly. But what else is to be expected? He is attacking 48% of the population by attempting to eradicate the kitty population.

New Zealand is one of the top countries for cat ownership, as that 48 percentile is the part of the population that owns at least one cat.

What do YOU think about this move, no matter where you are in the world?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Monday, January 14, 2013

Under Water: Gorgeous Dog Photography

I stumbled across a single photo online, and it led me to do a little looking around. This is such a beautiful art, and I absolutely love these photos. I would like to say BEAUTIFUL WORK to these amazing artists!!!!

These dogs are definitely enjoying taking their swims and playing fetch....

Without art AND animals, our world would be a very dull place. I absolutely love how these artists caught this beauty!!!

OH! The Horror! Owner Meets Nightmare

We've all been through it. We've raised puppies, we've raised kittens....

We know how destruction works, from shoes to electronics....

But, how's this for destruction???

Let's be happy this wasn't us!!!

MY favorite?? Well, that one is at the bottom hahaha!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Magical Views: Life before Birth

I thought I would do something a little off the beaten path. The miracle of birth has always fascinated me, just as it probably has many of you. Therefore, I wanted to compile some amazing photos (whether they be real photos, sonogram images, or 3D animation) for an interesting glimpse of the miracle of reproduction. I hope you guys enjoy this, and hopefully no one is disgusted in any way!!! Leave some comments here and let me know what you think about this off-path post! :)

Cheetah in the womb

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