Pets And Animals Blog by Rebecca West (To Be Edited)

Welcome to Rebecca West's Pets and Animals Blog.

Tua Plu, street dog brings gifts for food (image via Orawan Kaew)
Posted on March 30, 2017

Adorable terrier mix in Thailand that found himself on the street offers a humble gift in exchange for each meal, showing that animals know how to barter, too.

4 More People Foods that are Dangerous to Dogs
Posted on March 29, 2017

Add another four things to your Do Not Feed list for the dogs, because while you may be hip to most of the potentially toxic no-nos out there, you may not know them all. Check and see which four we've added.

National Puppy Day is March 23
Posted on March 28, 2017

The Late Show host Stephen Colbert and the North Shore Animal League of America have partnered up for animal adoptions, and the results couldn't be funnier when celebrity guests lie about the qualities that make these pets most lovable.

Virginia Passes Laws Regarding Puppy Mills
Posted on March 27, 2017

New laws in Virginia regarding dogs sets the bar for other states to follow. Find out what they are and how they might impact you.

Mini cow Moonpie thinks she's a dog (image via RRR Facebook)
Posted on March 24, 2017

If you thought the lonely pony in the Amazon commercial could make you go "Ohhhh" and melt your heart, wait until you meet Moonpie, the rescued calf adopted by a dozen dogs.

JFK's the Ark opens in New York
Posted on March 23, 2017

Airports and airlines have long offered VIP sections for travelers of the human variety, but now New York's JFK is offering a section for animals to chill in in style.

How to Calm a Stressed Cat
Posted on March 22, 2017

Stress isn't just for people, animals feel it, too. If your cat were to exhibit signs of stress, would you know how to minimize it? Read our tips on how to calm a stressed cat and find out.

Fill your garden with nectar-bearing plants this spring
Posted on March 21, 2017

Spring is here for much of the country. With declining honeybee populations, learn which plants you can get a head start on in your garden for providing nectar-bearing sustenance for Earth's pollinators throughout the growing season.

The Water Garden Aquaponic System
Posted on March 20, 2017

Not sure if you want the commitment of a fish tank? Looking for a place to keep a small, indoor herb garden but don't know where to put it? Enter the Water Garden and both problems are instantly solved.

Keeping Pets Safe from Common Indoor Hazards
Posted on March 17, 2017

It's not just the great outdoors that can pose dangers to our pets. Find out which indoor hazards could be putting your pet at risk for potential harm before it's too late.

A cat's coat is a window to its health
Posted on March 16, 2017

Did you know the condition of your cat's coat can signal to you a number of different ailments that you might not otherwise catch? Find out what it means when your feline suffers hair loss, lesions and even acne right here.

Hounds are floppy-eared dogs
Posted on March 15, 2017

Certain breeds of dogs are more prone to ear infections than others. Do you know which they are, why it's important not to ignore the problem and how to avoid the scenario in the first place? Find the answers here!

Observing K9 Veteran's Day
Posted on March 14, 2017

What are the best ways to observe K9 Veteran's Day? To find out the answers to that question and a brief history of the noted event throughout the ages, read on.

Suckermouth fish are natural algae eaters
Posted on March 13, 2017

Like rust, algae never sleeps. That's why it's a good idea to have a few algae eaters in your tank setup to keep the slimy green stuff at bay. But which are the best? Find out here.

Asian Lady Beetles Are Not Your Grandmother's Ladybugs
Posted on March 10, 2017

A beetle from Asia introduced here in the United States back in the '60s is giving ladybugs a bad name and animals a bad time. Find out more about them and how much harm they can cause your pets.

BrewDog Brewery Offers Paid Time Off for Dog Adoptions (image via Facebook)
Posted on February 28, 2017

Finally, somebody gets the importance of adopting rescue animals and the need for spending time with them and bonding before leaving them on their own to adapt.

Tips on fish care for beginners
Posted on February 27, 2017

New to keeping and caring for aquarium fish? No worries! We've got some helpful tips on fish care for beginners every new or prospective fish owner should know.

Pigs can benefit from algae materials for enrichment
Posted on February 26, 2017

Algae is used for so many things anymore, and now scientists have determined it is a suitable food enrichment material for pigs. Could your little piggy benefit from it?

Cats need to maintain a particular diet in order to remain healthy
Posted on February 25, 2017

Cats and dogs have different diet requirements. Find out what you should be feeding your furry felines in order to keep them healthy.

How Fish Float, Have You Ever Wondered?
Posted on February 24, 2017

Have you ever wondered how fish keep themselves afloat? If you've got a curious mind and you don't already know, you might just be surprised by the answer.

Dogs and Digestive Problems
Posted on February 23, 2017

Stomach upset and digestive problems in dogs are usually easily dealt with at home. Find out what the most common causes are and how to deal with them.

Rescued dogs at Luvable Dog Rescue (image via LDR Facebook)
Posted on February 22, 2017

Eugene, Oregon, is home to Luvable Dog Rescue, a place where dogs can escape high-kill shelters and kennel stress until a forever home comes along. Learn more about it.

Bunny Teeth & Healthy Treats
Posted on February 21, 2017

How much do you know about your pet rabbit's teeth? With February being National Pet Dental Health month, we've got everything you need to know.

Fat cat in need of a diet
Posted on February 20, 2017

Got a fat cat that needs to lose weight? Check out our tips for feline weight loss.

February is National Pet Dental Heath Month
Posted on February 17, 2017

Good dental hygiene in animals is every bit as important as it is in people. National Pet Dental Health Month is a reminder to all of us of that importance. Have you checked your pets' teeth lately?