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

Welcome to Rebecca West's Pets and Animals Blog.

trimming bird nails
Posted on May 26, 2017

Should you or shouldn't you attempt to trim your bird's nails yourself? What about their beaks? Read our tips for grooming your pet birds and learn what to tackle yourself and what to leave to the professionals.

Small pets with particular diets
Posted on May 25, 2017

Small pets can come equipped with impressive appetites, but they need to be given the right foods, if they're going to stick around and enjoy your company for long. Do you have one of the small pets on our list?

Keeping Reptiles as Pets
Posted on May 24, 2017

If you're keeping reptiles as pets, there are some things you need to know. Up their odds for survival by reading these 5 important tips for creating the right environment for your reptile.

Gerbils as pets, how to keep them healthy
Posted on May 23, 2017

Having a gerbil as a pet can be great fun, but do you know how to keep them healthy? Read our tips for gerbil owners on the best ways to extend longevity in "desert rats."

More & more jails & prisons are instituting animal care programs
Posted on May 22, 2017

New therapeutic "MASH" unit in central Arizona puts inmates and shelter animals under the same roof, with life-changing results.

Breeder dogs are often kept caged up
Posted on May 21, 2017

Another Georgia town has enacted a pet sales ban geared at undermining kitty and puppy mills. Is your town among the other 200+ cities nationwide to enact a similar ban?

The Adventures of Otitis the Cat (image via Molly Lichtenwalner)
Posted on May 20, 2017

A special needs kitty resembling a blue eyed snow seal has become a hit on Instagram and is the inspiration for a children's book. Find out who he is and how he ended up with his unusual look.

Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne's Doggy Daycare (image via Kelly Osbourne Instagram)
Posted on May 19, 2017

With all the makings of a reality show in the works, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne have a new pet project: a doggy daycare in the U.K. on their Buckinghamshire estate that will take up to 30 boarders a day.

Dogs have a calming effect on kids
Posted on May 18, 2017

The "K9th Circuit Court" is now in session in Florida, and it's helping kids overcome the trauma that comes with testifying. (VIDEO)

Do you understand me?
Posted on May 17, 2017

A new study has shown women recognize dog communications more readily than males. Are you surprised?

Juniper and Moose (video screenshot via the dodo)
Posted on May 16, 2017

A foxy little lady named Juniper has fallen head over heels for a handsome Husky by the name of Moose. You have to see their love story to believe it.

Bardo Brewery in D.C. is opening a dog park
Posted on May 15, 2017

Fans of baseball and dog lovers in the D.C. area have a new dog park to look forward to at Bardo Brewery near Nationals Park.

engorged tick
Posted on May 13, 2017

Each spring and summer sees an uptick in ticks and the spread of Lyme disease. A handy new map can help you determine your risk levels for the area of the country you live in. (See Map)

Lana, the "saddest dog in the world"
Posted on May 12, 2017

Once dubbed the "saddest dog in the world," Lana the rescue dog is returned to the shelter and facing euthanasia in a matter of days if someone doesn't adopt her or offer to foster parent her.

Frankie the rescue dog & two blind kittens (image via Sherry Stewart)
Posted on May 11, 2017

Shedding their tough dog images, two rescue pit bulls nurtured three sightless cats back onto the road of relative independence one gentle nudge at a time.

Science dog (image Tara Howard Twitter)
Posted on May 8, 2017

Hysterical image of an adorable service dog in training donning science gear goes viral on Twitter

Tiny Dog Rides Golden Retriever Pal
Posted on May 5, 2017

Meet Hank and Bella, the odd couple. Hank is a gentle giant to Bella's tiny little sassy chassis. Whenever Bella needs a lift, Hank is always there.

The Singing Vet (image via Fox Hollow Animal Hospital)
Posted on May 4, 2017

One veterinarian in Colorado goes to extraordinary lengths to ensure his patients are as calm as possible before surgery by serenading them. Find out who he is and how it works. (VIDEOS)

New York State considers ban on declawing cats
Posted on May 3, 2017

The declawing of cats is a controversial procedure around the world. Here in the U.S. only a handful of cities have outlawed it. Now, New York is proposing a statewide ban.

Scottish Fold Cat
Posted on April 30, 2017

U.K. veterinarians are calling for a ban on a designer breed of cat known for its odd appearance and a gene mutation that renders it susceptible to "serious health and welfare problems."

The Running of the Chihuahuas (image via Cocina 214)
Posted on April 29, 2017

Love Chihuahuas and margaritas? Can't wait to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Head on over to Winter Park, Fl, for Cocina 214's annual The Running of the Chihuahuas charity race.

Pit bulls have gotten a bad rap over the years
Posted on April 28, 2017

States have begun to review their "Dangerous Dog" laws this year with an eye toward making them fairer for everybody involved and increasing pet ownership responsibility. This week, Maine joined that movement.

Are you up to the task of adopting a rescue pet?
Posted on April 27, 2017

Good intentions aside, would you have the wherewithal to adopt a rescue animal with special needs? Check out this list of important questions to answer before taking the plunge.

Intersexed Dog has Sex Change Operation (image via BBC/PA)
Posted on April 26, 2017

Another believe-it-or-not moment concerning pets has arrived, this one concerning a small dog in the U.K. that underwent a sex change operation. Find out why and how it turned out right here.

Dobie Helps Dad Wash Harley (image via YouTube Screenshot)
Posted on April 25, 2017

Some pets can't just sit back and watch all the fun without getting involved — even when they're help is uninvited. (VIDEO)