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Objective-To share my animal experiences, photos, 
information about pets/animals, and neat science news.

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I just discovered this site. It appears to keep track of dog attacks.
I always try to read about dog attacks and learn about the specific details.

19-year-old woman dies days after being mauled by pack of dogs (8/30/2019)


Heparin shortage around the corner??


Toxic algae kills 3 dogs soon after exposure.


My work van set a new record--147 degrees F.
Please keep kids and pets out of vacant cars in the summer.



A well-written article about taurine (no endorsement of the company intended)

The Importance of Taurine for Dogs and Cats

I think we are going to find out that feeding "Grain-Free Dog Foods"
actually leads to poor GI absorption of taurine: Therefore a relative tissue deficiency
in the face of recommended dietary levels.



Florida health officials warn of rabies in
Disney World's Epcot theme park

A good review of Rabies


My work van set a new in-vehicle record for me.
144 degrees F on a sunny afternoon.
This is a deadly temperature for kids and pets.



In my Environmental Physiology course we spend about 1 week on CO.
Look at what can happen......

CO Trouble Here

I always carry a sensitive CO detector with me when I am traveling.
This is it:


It even detects 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 ppm. It lets you know anything above zero.
Some detectors don't alarm until 100 ppm or above--too late for accurate readings.



More FDA info on Grain-Free Diets/Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs


The pig ear situation has now turned into a multi-state recall.

Pig Ear Recall


Today, Michigan issued a consumer warning about bulk pig ears-Salmonella was found and at
least 12 people have been hospitalized.

Article 1

Article 2



Outside today the high was about 90 F.
The image below shows what temps were found inside my work van during the past 24 hours.

The low was 70 F (probably late last night)
The high was 142 F (probably late this afternoon-it was sunny)
The current temp was 90 F (at 9 p.m. when I took the picture)
So this thermometer records low and high from past 24 hours
and also displays the current temperature.
It also records those 3 numbers for humidity.



I wish I knew the solution to this problem:

One-year-old girl dies in hot car



Another article that does a good job of presenting the facts as we know them.
There are still many unknows.

Grain-free dog foods linked to fatal heart condition (Dilated Cardiomyopathy, DCM)


This story has been developing over the past year and now it seems more certain something bad is happening.

Click on the article title to read it.

FDA warns--16 dog food brands may cause heart disease in pets (dogs)

My opinion-peas, lentils, legume seeds, and potatoes should never be the main ingredients in any dog food.

I make my own dog food and I use peas to a small extent (with meat by far the main ingredient-always).

See the below picture to see what I fed yesterday for one of the 4 daily feedings my Border Collies got. I feed 4 times daily so the stomach
doesn't get stretched out. The other 3 meals would not contain peas. Do you know that regular dog kibble expands 100%
when it gets to the canine stomach. You can do a little experiment to verify my statement. The below meal
contained chicken (from drumsticks that were 79 cents a pound), peas and carrots. The peas and carrots were uncooked.


I believe that this problem with certain dog foods involves the "Web of Causation" disease model. Where many factors interact to bring about the DCM. If enough  factors are not present, then the disease does not develop.




The hand-held infrared thermometer is reading 169 degrees F. Is this dog (my Onyx, 180# Newfie) in danger of developing hyperthermia? The answer:  not at all-not possible.
Take home lesson---unless you know about thermoregulation and thermodynamics, stay on the porch and keep your mouth shut.


In the U.S., about 3-4 people per year die from rabies. But worldwide, that figure is about 60,000 deaths.
Many of the worldwide deaths (about 99%) are due to feral dog bites. Almost all human deaths
caused by rabies occur in Asia and Africa.
The below link goes to a recent, good article in the Washington Post.

"I was bitten by a feral dog while overseas. My search for rabies shots was a terrifying ordeal."


During my Spring course-Environmental Physiology of Domestic Animals, we spend about
one week on carbon monoxide (CO). I always suggest having one or two CO detectors
in every home, even if the house does not use fossil fuels. The detectors should have
a digital readout (in ppm) so you can see realtime levels. When I travel, I always carry an
industrial grade CO detector with me because I know some motels/hotels have no idea of the danger.
Recently, my detector read 15 ppm in a motel (usually the reading should be between 0 and 10).
That level is not an "alarm" level, but it made me question the source. Most household CO detectors will
not make an alarm sound until 50 or 100 ppm. Too high for my comfort.

This recent article motivated me to make this post:

This Article



Clifford was a great classroom guest........


Broccoli is good for dogs. I have heard this from several
sources (including from someone working with pets who have cancer).




Vitamin C Production in Goats vs Humans


Suicides among veterinarians become a growing problem


Any surgeon worth their ilk would know all about ectopic organs/structures.
This surgeon did not.

Surgeon fined $3K for removing kidney he thought was tumor


90 year old cyclist tested positive for a banned drug.
But it's not his fault........
It could happen to any one of us.

The Story

The drug (hormone)