Animal Activists Sued By University Of California Regents For Threatening University Reseachers

Documents stated that they hurled firecrackers at his house and planted Molotov-cocktail-like explosives at the homes of other faculty members and threatened to burn down their houses.
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Head louse – כינת הראש

Some cool Lice images:

Head louse – כינת הראש

Image by Eran Finkle
Pediculus humanus capitis.
Photographed handheld at night using improvised reversed lens and a table lamp. A bit missed focus and lack of DOF.כינים

Grass lice

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Helpful Tips on Caring for Senior Pets

A relationship with a companion animal can be one of the most rewarding experiences we humans encounter in our lifetimes. In the last 20 years, medical science has repeatedly shown that having a dog or cat in your life can result in health benefits for you, including improved, self-reported mental and physical health, and even fewer doctor visits compared to no-pet people. Additionally, caring for pets can help us to develop a greater sense of responsibility, elevate our own sense of self-worth and foster a mutually beneficial bond that enriches not only our lives but those of our pets, too.

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Dog skin Problem: Mites

Dog skin Problem: Mites


dog mitesPerhaps your dog will be one of the lucky ones who never get any dog skin problem.  But sometimes, even the most pampered and well groomed indoor dog can catch a dog skin problem.  Any dog, no matter what kind of breed or environment he’s in, can be a candidate for a variety of dog skin problems.


Examples of parasites that attack even the cleanest of the dog are mites.    Mites are very tiny parasites that cause dog skin problems by triggering irritation and also cause infection.  There are three types of mites that cause problems in dogs.  Demodex and Sarcoptes both cause mange and Otodectes causes inflammation of the ear.


Among the three types of mites that causes dog skin problem, Otodectes is the only type that can be seen without the use of a microscope.  Seldom, you may see them as tiny white moving dots in the ear.


Demodex is another type of mite that causes dog skin problem.  Although they are naturally carried by most dogs, this type of mite does not usually cause nuisance.  But it can become a dog skin problem from time to time when your dog is undergoing stress.  It can also attack puppies and causes dog skin problem because puppies’ natural defenses are not fully developed yet and are more susceptible to this parasite’s attack.


Demodex causes what is termed as pustular dermatitis in your cute puppies, located around the head and shoulders.  Sometimes it becomes infected, a dog skin problem that is known as juvenile pyoderma.  Signs of this dog skin problem are: hair loss, flaky and oily skin, and a characteristic “mousy” odor.


In treating this type of dog skin problem, your dog must be taken to the vet within 24 hours of this developing or serious scarring can occur.  Your vet can prescribe antibiotics and drugs that give your dog effective relief.  Your vet might also suggest a special shampoo to control the oiliness of the coat as well as the smell.


Sarcoptes is another type of mites that cause dog skin problem that can affect your dog regardless of his age.  This type of mite is more commonly known as scabies, a dog skin problem that can also affect humans.  The Sarcoptes burrow through the skin and produces tunnels where they lay their eggs.  When this type of dog skin problem attacks humans, the infection usually dies away, although you should still consider treating it.


The following are signs of this type of dog skin problem in your dog; itchy rash of red spots usually located on ears, elbows, and hocks.  On human skin, the “tunnels” can actually be seen.


Rapid treatment is also very important in treating this type of dog skin problem in order to avoid human infections and also to prevent your dog from harming himself by scratching and biting.  The vet can prescribe special chemicals that are applied in insecticidal shampoos.  The vet can also prescribe drugs to help stop your dog from biting and scratching himself.

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Cool Topical images

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Image by Nottingham Vet School
Box of Fuciderm Gel


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Terramycin spray
Active ingredient oxytetracycline

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Celebrity Catwalk’s Paws in the City Event June 1st

On June 1st couture-conscious canines will prove that compassion is always in fashion as they ‘put on the dog’ for a good cause at Paws in the City, a Celebrity Catwalk event. Stepping…

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Hip Dysplasia in Weimaraners

The Weimaraner is a relatively new breed of dog that dates back only to the 19th century. They were bred by noblemen of the Weimar court who wanted a breed that embodied a good sense of smell, strong intelligence, fearlessness and especially speed, as they were used for hunting wolves and deer. Unfortunately, as the breed developed through the generations, hip dysplasia in Weimaraners became a common disease.

Weimaraners are noted for being devoted to their family, whether that ‘family’ is a single person or one replete with several children.

Weimaraners are not the type of dogs who obey routine commands or whose habits can be predictable. They are smart dogs, but choosy about how they use their intelligence. They sometimes may seem bored while being taught rote commands, but will demonstrate that they have learned the commands to please their owner. But as soon as they’re left alone, they begin finding ways to disobey.

They have a tendency to try to control the entire family if not trained properly. They require a strong-willed owner who has the time and the ability to train and play with them. They need lots of love and attention, and vigorous daily exercise to be happy, contented and compliant pets. If neglected or treated badly, they will often resort to destructive behavior which may include excessive barking and damage to your home and property. They need plenty of exercise, and if available, a yard to run and play in.

However, Weimaraners are very good at escaping from yards. They have been known to unlatch gates and jump over tall fences. They should not be left alone in a yard for lengthy periods of time.

Weimaraners are large dogs and generally not suited to living in apartments. Their size and high level of activity can cause them to knock things about without realizing it.

Weimaraners are the personification of grace, balance and swiftness. They have strong muzzles and long, hanging ears. Their intelligent eyes may be light gray, bluish gray or light amber. They have long necks and long, muscular legs with webbed feet. Their coats are usually glossy, smooth and short, and come in shades of gray.

A healthy Weimaraner can live as long as 17 years with the average being 12 to 14 years. Common health problems include tumors, immune system disorders, and hip dysplasia. They are also prone to bloating – so rather than one big meal a day, two smaller meals a day is better.

Hip dysplasia is a genetic disease that primarily affects large and giant breeds of dogs but can also affect medium-sized breeds and occasionally small breeds. It is primarily a disease of purebreds, although it can also occur in mixed breeds.

To understand hip dysplasia and the resulting arthritis, you need a basic understanding of how the dog’s hip joint is affected. The hip joint is comprised of a ball and socket that forms the attachment of the hind leg to the body. The ball portion is the head of the femur and the socket is located on the pelvis. In a normal hip joint the ball rotates freely within the socket. The bones are shaped to perfectly match each other with the socket surrounding the ball. To strengthen the joint, the two bones are held together by a strong ligament. The joint capsule, a strong band of connective tissue, circles the two bones to provide added stability.

This is an example of a normal hip joint:

Hip dysplasia is linked to abnormal joint structure and a laxity of the muscles, connective tissue, and ligaments that would normally support the dog’s hip joints. As the disease progresses, the articular surfaces of the two bones lose contact with each other. This separation of the two bones within the joint causes a drastic change in the size and shape of the articular surfaces.

This is an example of an abnormal hip joint:

Most dogs who eventually develop hip dysplasia are born with normal hips, but due to their genetic make-up the soft tissues surrounding the joint develop abnormally. This leads to the symptoms associated with hip dysplasia. The disease may affect both hips, or only the right or left hip.

The symptoms of hip dysplasia cause afflicted dogs to walk or run with an altered gait, similar to a bunny-hop. They begin to resist any movement that requires full extension or flexion of the rear legs. They will experience stiffness and pain in their rear legs after exercising and on first rising in the morning. Climbing stairs becomes difficult if not impossible. Some dogs will limp and are less willing to participate in normal daily activities, including walks they formerly enjoyed.

Obesity can increase the severity of the disease in dogs that are genetically susceptible and the extra weight will intensify the degeneration of a dog’s joints and hips. Dogs who are genetically prone to hip dysplasia and also are overweight, are at a much higher risk of developing hip dysplasia and eventually osteoarthritis.

Exercise can be another risk factor. Dogs genetically susceptible to hip dysplasia may have an increased incidence of the disease if they are over-exercised at a young age. Moderate exercise like running and swimming is best for exercising young dogs.

Because hip dysplasia is primarily an inherited condition, there are no products that can prevent its development. Through proper diet, exercise, and a daily regimen of Winston’s Joint System, you can slow, and sometimes halt, the progression of these degenerative joint diseases while providing your dog with relief from its pain. Winston’s provides many of the raw materials essential for the synthesis of the joint-lubricating synovial fluid as well as the repair of articular cartilage and connective tissue.

There are different assumptions on how to prevent the progression of hip dysplasia in Weimaraners. Poor nutrition, inadequate or improper exercise, and increased body weight may all contribute to the severity of osteoarthritis after the hip dysplasia has developed. By watching the calories your puppy or young dog consumes and preventing obesity in your dog, allowing only non-stressful types of exercise, and a daily regimen of Winston’s Joint System, are the best things you can do for your dog.

Prevent Hip Dysplasia & Improve Your Dogs Health Today.

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Cool Mite images

A few nice Mite images I found:

Hungry Red Mites

Image by dbnunley
These tiny little flowers blossomed today and the red mites found them immediately. The mites are very small – pinhead size or maybe a little smaller. This was shot with a Raynox DCR 150 or 250 lens.

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Mighty Mites.02

Image by Boz Bros
Mighty Mites practice 1941

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Mighty Mites practice 1941

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Boxer Dog Training

Boxer Dog Training

Boxer breed dogThe Boxer is an amazing dog and is extremely playful, energetic and definitely a handful (in a good way of course). This breed if dog is extremely loyal and when a friendship is built it lasts forever. The boxer is very unique and not for everyone, if you’re a new owner of a boxer you have to be aware that they need a lot of attention and training. They are extremely intelligent dogs which can work to your advantage when it comes to training, but then again can be very disadvantageous as they know how to use their intelligence to get what they want.


Boxer dog training consists of training them up to become guard dogs, this is their main profession if you like. People who don’t know boxers tend to assume that they are naturally aggressive when they are in fact the opposite and couldn’t be more playful than any other dog! Because of their good stature and aggressive look, people are automatically assuming this dog could do more harm than good. If your boxer isn’t trained properly then he just might.


Because of their intelligence Boxers can be very stubborn but when it comes to training a boxer it can be very helpful. Owners must remember that there will be times when you ask him to do something and he’s going to look you in the face and basically tell you where to go, he knows he is supposed to do what you are telling him but he decides he can’t be bothered and doesn’t. The main thing you have to remember in these circumstances is to be patient. From as early as 6 weeks old you should start your boxer dog training as this will help him when he grows up, socialize him, play with him and teach him, but do it in an exciting way and he is more likely to listen.


The main aspect of training for a boxer is socialization. Boxers can be very friendly dogs but they need to be trained to become one. They need to get accustomed to other dogs and people. The best way to do this is training classes. That way your boxer will be trained alongside other dogs.


When your boxer reaches 13-16 weeks old it’s time for some serious boxer dog training, this is the stage where he is going to test for dominance, he will nip and try to show you that he is the more dominant one, mainly by not listening to you. You have to be a strong leader at this time, you must show him that him acting like that will not be tolerated no matter what!


Boxers are genuinely a lovable family dog and would make a proud pet for anyone, they are dogs that prefer to sit on you lap for a cuddle than anything else. Train your boxer early with some serious boxer dog training and you can be assured you will have a stunning, loyal family friend!

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Halo Curve article1In its April issue, Curve Magazine featured Halo in its two-page article: “The Halo Effect – Pet Food Gets a New Holistic Spin.”

Halo’s VP of product development and marketing, Bettie Hamilton, is quoted extensively, sharing Halo’s holistic philosophy and dedication to giving back to the community.

“Nutrition is such a crucial driver of overall Health,” says Bettie Hamilton, VP of marketing and product development at Halo. “But it’s not just the food – it’s the interaction between the owner, the pet and the environment.”


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