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Montreal Passes Controversial Law to Ban Pit Bulls and Similar Breeds

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In news that shocked dog lovers around the world, Montreal has passed a law that will ban Pit Bulls and "Pit Bull type dogs," includingStaffordshire Bull Terriers,American Pit Bull Terriers,American Staffordshire Terriers, as well...

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Home/Yard Puddles

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“It’s important to remember that water can present dangers even close to home,” says Werber. Water found around the house and garage may contain hidden dangers that can poison pets. Water that collects in the garage or yard...

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Distilled Water

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A small amount of distilled water is not harmful to your pet, but as a sole source of water, it is not recommended and can lead to serious side effects. “Distilled water lacks minerals and can cause the body to loose important electrolytes...

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Ocean Water

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Ocean water contains excessive amounts of sodium (about 100 times more sodium than tap water). If your dog consumes it, the sodium draws water into the gut, leading to several immediate issues, including dehydration of tissues as well as diarrhea. Symptoms...

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Toilet Water

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To keep them sanitary, toilets are often treated with an array of cleaners, toilet bowl disks, or bleach additives. And according to Hennessey, many of these products can seep into toilet water. “These chemicals are often diluted...

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Stagnant Ponds and Lakes

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Due to a lack of circulation, this type of still water can harbor large numbers of potentially pathogenic bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae, and parasites like Coccidia and Giardia. Ponds or lakes are specifically susceptible to significant amounts...

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Pool Water

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Pools (whether saltwater or fresh) can be hazardous to your dog if he consumes a large amount of water from them. Hennessey notes that pools are typically clean. However, the chemicals, even diluted, can become too much if a pool is the constant...

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Park Puddles

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Pups will often make a beeline to stagnant puddles of water they find at places like off-leash dog parks. To them, it is no different than drinking from a bowl of fresh and filtered water. “Water in random public locations where...

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Can Water Make Dogs Sick?

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by Nicole Pajer Just because your dog has a nice fresh bowl of filtered water waiting for him at home doesn’t mean that’s his only drinking source throughout the day. When your pup sees water—in any form—it’s...

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Human Microbes

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While birds feed each other by ingesting food and regurgitating it back up to share, this is not something pet owners should do for their birds, as humans have bacteria, yeast, and other organisms in their mouths that are not found in birds...

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Pest Traps

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Common items used to catch insects and rodents, such as sticky paper, glue traps and snap traps, can cause serious injury and death if a bird gets into them. Flighted birds can land on traps and get stuck in them, plus birds can ingest poison...

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Drugs

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Ingestion of prescription and over-the-counter drugs for humans is a common cause of death among all types of pets each year, according to the ASPCA. Birds, in particular, are attracted to smooth, colorful objects like pills and love to put...

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Poisonous Plants

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Birds like to chew on everything around them, including plants. In the wild, birds naturally gnaw on plants to survive. Many pet owners have plants in their homes and never think about whether they are safe for birds to ingest. Some bird owners...

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Certain Foods

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Foods containing chocolate, caffeine and alcohol are toxic to birds and should never be offered to them, even in small amounts. In addition, avocadoes, garlic, onions and salty foods, such as pretzels, chips, popcorn and some crackers, can also...

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Well-Intentioned Playmates

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Many bird owners also have cats and dogs and, as natural predators, these pets often instinctually to want to run after prey such as birds. Even if they are well-meaning, playful dogs and cats have sharp nails that can puncture a bird’s...

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Secondhand Smoke

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As with aerosols, birds are acutely sensitive to cigarette and cigar smoke. Smoke inhalation by birds can lead to recurrent respiratory tract infections, difficulty breathing and even death. Birds can get sick not only from breathing in smoke...

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Aerosols

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Birds have unique respiratory tracts that are exquisitely sensitive to aerosolized toxins. Non-stick coatings such as Teflon found on pots and pans and inside some stoves and toaster ovens may kill pet birds when these coatings are heated to...

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Inappropriate Chew Toys

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Parrots, like small children, are very oral and like to put everything in their mouths. As their name – hook bills – implies, parrots use their pointy beaks, strong jaws and dexterous tongues to manipulate, explore and chew objects....

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Windows, Doors, Fans, Etc.

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Like their wild counterparts, pet birds can be adept flyers but often face hazards in homes that wild birds would never encounter. Flighted pet birds often fly out open windows and doors and smack into mirrors and ceiling fans. They also fly...

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10 Home Dangers for Pet Birds

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By Dr. Laurie Hess, Dipl ABVP (Avian Practice) We do our best to keep our family members, including our pets, safe at home. Yet, as a result of their ability to fly and their inherent nature to chew, pet birds are subject to many potential...

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10 Home Dangers for Pet Birds

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We do our best to keep our family members, including our pets, safe at home. Yet, as a result of their ability to fly and their inherent nature to chew, pet birds are subject to many potential home dangers that other pets are not subject to and that you might even not be aware of. What kinds of danger? Consider these 10 common household dangers for pet birds.

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New York Passes Law That Allows Cremated Pets To Be Buried With Owners

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For pet lovers in New York state who want to take their beloved, deceased dog or cat with them to the great beyond, a new law has passed that will allow this to happen. On September 26, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that allows...

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Are Onions and Garlic Bad For Your Dog?

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by Caitlin Ultimo Garlic and onions may be ingredient staples of your favorite dishes—even some dishes that you share with your dog. But you should think twice before letting your pet lick up the rest of your garlic and onion-based...

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Can Small Animals Live with Dogs?

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By Vanessa Voltolina Whether you’re welcoming a Guinea pig into your dog-loving home or adding a new dog to your family of rabbit owners, introducing a small animal to a dog requires patience, love and consistency, said Carol Osborne,...

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