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How to save a baby bird you found out of its nest

How to Save a Baby Bird and how to know when to leave it be. -By Shon Arieh-Lerer and Anne Marie Lindemann Felix, Berthold, and Felix II are the names I gave the three baby birds that I’ve attempted to save at different points in my life. I tried to take care of each until he or she was able to fly. All three died under my care. Needless to say, each experience left me mildly traumatized. In an attempt to prevent the same thing from happening to other people and other birds, I decided to find out what, exactly, I had done wrong. I talked to the New York Wild Bird Fund, the National Audubon Society, and naturalist and author Leslie Dayand gained invaluable insight into what one should actually do upon finding a baby bird out of its nest. Watch the video above for their expert advice. Shon Arieh-Lerer is a Slate freelance production associate and a member of the comedy group His Majesty, the Baby. Anne Marie Lindemann is a former associate producer and editor for Slate Video. To watch the video associated with this story, please click... read more

The Most Popular Dog Name Reveals More About Us Than Our Dogs

The Most Popular Dog Name Reveals More About Us Than Our Dogs -Article courtesy of Tiffany Moore, We all like to think our dogs’ names are the most unique or original, but unless your dog is named Saint Ezmeralda Wooferstein, your dog’s name is most likely something super common. According to a recent nationwide survey conducted by Nextdoor, the most popular dog name in the U.S. is (drum roll, please) Bella! Who knew Americans loved Twilight so much? To view the full list, please click this link to be directed to Top Dog Names in Dallas / Ft. Worth Top Dog Names in the... read more

A Royal Report

A Royal Report Here is our annual newsletter!  You’ll find great information about news pertaining to ARAC, as well as tips on how to keep your pet healthy! Click the arrows to the left or right to continue on to the next page of the report. If you’d like to download a pdf of the newsletter, please click... read more

Pet Poison Hotline

Pet Poison Hotline If you have questions about what it poisonous to your dog or cat, or your animal has ingested something and you are worried. Here is an important website to visit – for a comprehensive list of Pet Poisons & Toxins for Dogs and... read more


Dateline: NEW YORK CITY BREAKING NEWS! Pup reporter Madison Murray is on the case in New York City.  Did you ever wonder what it‛s like being a dog in NYC? Well, I am a dog in NYC! Instead of “Sex in the City”, it’s “Puppy Paws in the City”! Let‛s talk about the great parts first, like taking my dad, Andy Murray, for a puppy adventure in Central Park. We enter the park at the Dakota Apartment building (where John Lennon lived), then through Strawberry Fields, across The Lake to The Ramble where Dad turns me loose to play in the creek (don‛t tell anyone, Central Park is leash-only) through the Great Lawn. Then we double back to Columbus Circle for an ice cream cone and my favorite food truck, Mr. Softee! Let me tell you, THAT is one good time and it wears my puppy butt out! Another wonderful thing I like is my dog park on a pier in the Hudson River. I meet my best friends, Jack and Banana, Boston Terriers, at the dog park for an hour of wild and crazy activity! Then home for dinner with my Dad. Now for the not so good part of being a dog in NYC. When it‛s 15 degrees outside, the wind is blowing, it‛s snowing or it‛s raining and cold and I’ve got to go potty, there‛s nothing good about those scenarios!!! Topped with the fact that we live on the 36th floor! At those times I sometimes wonder if Dad really wants to have a dog in NYC. It is as difficult on him as it... read more

News from CAT: Fat Cats Aren’t Healthy Cats

News from CAT: Fat Cats Aren’t Healthy Cats My family and friends asked me recently why my two cats have sagging fat belly pouches? What am I doing wrong to cause my own cats to look like that? My answer was: “I don’t know”. Recently I attended two seminars back to back relating to obese cats. This is what I learned. How many of you have cats that are overweight or obese? In the United States, 15% to 35% of cats are overweight to obese. If a cat is 20% or more above their ideal weight they are considered obese. The average cat should weigh between 9-11 pounds. To give you an example, a 9 pound cat that gains 2 pounds is considered obese. Obesity in cats increases the risk of diabetes and hepatic lipidosis (liver disease) and is associated with increased incidences of conditions like lower urinary tract disease and osteoarthritis. Sadly, 90% of cats age 12 and older have arthritis. Added weight on a cat in this age group can be very debilitating, not to mention, more painful. New studies show the loss of muscle mass and the gaining of fat occurring in aging cats is due to several factors. Mainly it is caused by metabolism changes after being spayed or neutered, their inactivity as indoor cats and being allowed to free feed on dry food only that does not contain enough protein or moisture. These cats generally have the low swinging pouch bellies with muscle mass loss along the shoulders and spine. This can be improved by adding canned food to their diets. The brands of canned foods recommended... read more

Dogs, Cats Caught in Obesity Epidemic

Dogs, cats caught in obesity epidemic Garfield is not the only fat cat around. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than 50 percent of the nation’s cats and dogs are overweight. And just as concerning, more than 90 percent of their owners don’t recognize that their pet is carrying around extra pounds. “People automatically think a fat cat is a happy cat,” says Ernie Ward, owner of Seaside Animal Care in Calabash, N.C. “But it’s not cute. It’s killing.” Ward founded the organization in 2005 after realizing that many veterinarians were not talking to pet owners about obesity. Ten years later, he says, vets are finally having those necessary conversations. “It’s an emotional land mine,” Ward says. “You don’t know when you’re going to step on the wrong button because people inherently have a problem with questions (about how they’re) feeding pets because we equate love with food and treats.” Not unlike humans, pets can face obesity because of too much food and too little exercise, says Eve Flores, a veterinarian and co-owner of DTLAvets with Leia Castaneda. Overweight animals are more prone to a host of health conditions, including arthritis, high blood pressure and blindness. Below are some suggestions from Ward, Flores and Castaneda for pet owners looking to improve pets’ health: • ANNUAL CHECKUPS. Many pet owners do not take their dogs or cats to the veterinarian until something is wrong. “We can’t practice preventive medicine if we’re not seeing the pets,” Flores says. Pets should be seen by the veterinarian at least once a year for the doctor to evaluate the animals —... read more

Human Meds Trigger Calls to Pet Poison Hotlines

Human Meds Trigger Calls to Pet Poison Hotlines By SUE MANNING, Associated Press – Fri Jan 28, 4:13 pm ET LOS ANGELES – Human medications including dropped pills sickened more pets in the United States last year than any other toxin. It’s the third year in a row that human medications top the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ list of top 10 toxins, which will be released Friday. Over-the-counter medicines with ibuprofen and acetaminophen, antidepressants and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medicine topped the list. Janet Hardie in Groveland, Calif., knows the danger well: Earlier this year, she brought home incontinence pills and set them on a table beside her chair in the living room. A while later, she looked down and Priscilla, her year-old Lhasa apso, was tearing into the blister pack. “She had eaten three. At least I couldn’t find them,” Hardie said. She and her neighbor called the ASPCA hotline in Urbana, Ill. A veterinarian had them weigh the dog and read the prescription information, then feed the dog a half piece of white bread and two teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide. Then they kept Priscilla active so the contents of her stomach would fizz and she would vomit within 15 minutes. “The doctor was on the telephone for about an hour,” Hardie said. “It was like having her here, she was so precise.” About a quarter of the 168,000 calls received by the hotline in 2010 were about pets who had swallowed human drugs, said veterinarian Tina Wismer, senior director of veterinary outreach and education at the center. The Pet Poison Helpline in Minneapolis,... read more

Humans and their pets benefit from new treatments and techniques

DR. JAMES MURRAY PARTICIPATES IN SEMINAR ON ADVANCEMENTS IN PAIN, REHAB FOR ANIMALS DALLAS (Mar. 2, 2009) — With state-of-the-art advancements in pain and rehabilitation for animals providing greater comfort for pets and their owners, Abrams Royal Animal Clinic’s Dr. James Murray DVM participated in the Pain and Physical Rehabilitation Seminar at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University recently. “Unlike humans, pets in pain or distress cannot discuss their symptoms with us,” said Dr. Murray. “The seminar provided the newest techniques and research on how to determine pain, the causes and how to provide the best treatments possible. We are indeed fortunate to have such information provided by one of the country’s finest veterinary establishments.” From Feb. 20-22, Dr. Murray was involved in lectures presented by guest speaker, Dr. Jacqueline R. Davidson, Clinical Professor at Louisiana State University, and Texas A&M Faculty and RVT Staff on such topics as overviews of physical rehabilitation and pain management for enhancing recovery following surgery, and for improving patients with chronic pain conditions. Classroom topics included: recognition of pain in animals, nutrition and osteoarthritis, osteoarthritis treatment plan, assessment/gait analysis/treatment plan, postoperative rehabilitation, analgesics, rehabilitation in cats, and tools of the trade. Additionally, Dr. Murray actively participated in the seminar lab which gave hands-on experience and use of therapeutic exercises, underwater treadmill, and the... read more

Faux – A Different Kind of Volunteer

It was 14 years ago on March 17 that a marvelous litter of Australian Shepherds was born in our neighborhood. Six weeks later while walking my cantankerous Border Collie Chauncey, I saw the litter and immediately spotted one out of the dozen that seemed to be the center of attention. All the others wanted to play with her because she was such a happy little soul and such a great sport. I didn’t need another dog, but there was just something about her that was magical, so I asked if I could just take her home for one night. Chauncey was not pleased, but it was for just one night. The next morning I called our neighbors and asked how much the puppies were. They said “$250, but they would sell her to me for $200.” At that time they might as well have said a thousand, but I decided that my rainy day fund could help me out this one time and paid the full $250. I wasn’t going to treat this pick of the litter with anything but top dollar. While Chauncey was still not very happy about our new roommate, she adjusted because the puppy hero-worshiped her. I always thought that I trained the puppy, but looking back I realize now that it was Chauncey who taught the puppy how to raise a human. Eventually after many name tries (Clancy, Mary Posa, etc.), we settled on Faux Marble because her coat looked like fake marble. Over the years, she grew from an adorable puppy to a rather beautiful Aussie. Yet, she retained her Miss Congeniality title... read more

Cat Litter Box Choices

Your cat’s nose knows.  It’s time for humans to learn.  Published with Permission, “Cat Fancy” Magazine As told to Marty Becker, DVM, and Janice Willard, DVM  Let me give you humans a glimpse of the average cat john (or “powder room,” for those of you with delicate sensitivities). Have you ever stood in line to enter a Port-A-Potty, torched by bright sunlight on the third day of a county fair? If so, you went inside, closed the door and the smell was probably so bad it made your eyes water and your nostrils sting. About that point in time, holding your breath, you are thinking, “I don’t even want to touch anything in here, and I wonder if anyone would see me if I went out behind the cow barns instead?” What if this was the only toilet option you had available? Well my human friends, I’ve been through the above olfactory purgatory many times. It’s just that my personal “smell hell” comes in the form of too many cats sharing too few cat boxes, which aren’t cleaned often enough to stocked with the right essentials. Sure, you of the opposable-thumb crowd may know how to use a can opener, but we cats have a much better sense of smell than you do. If it bothers you to use a dirty, stinky, crowded latrine, how do you think we feel about that plastic pan filled with gobs of stinky logs that we have to share with three other cats next to a vibrating washing machine? D.B. Cameron, DVM, owner of the Animal Behavior Clinic in Nevada City, Calif., even... read more

Things I must remember as a dog

The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff. I do not need to suddenly stand straight up when I’m lying under the coffee table.  I will not roll my toys behind the fridge, behind the sofa or under the bed.  I must shake the rainwater out of my fur before entering the house.  I will not eat the cats’ food, before they eat it or after they throw it up.  I will stop trying to find the few remaining pieces of clean carpet in the house when I am about to get sick.  I will not throw up in the car.  I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc. just because I like the way they smell.  “Kitty box crunchies”, although they are tasty, are not food.  I will not eat any more Kleenex or napkins and then redeposit them in the backyard after processing.  The diaper pail is not a cookie jar.  I will not chew my human’s toothbrush and not tell them.  I will not chew crayons or pens, especially not the red ones, or my people will think I am hemorrhaging.  When in the car, I will not insist on having the window rolled down when it’s raining outside.  We do not have a doorbell. I will not bark each time I hear one on TV.  I will not steal my mom’s underwear and dance all over the backyard with it.  The sofa is not a face towel. Neither are mom & dad’s laps. 18. My head does not belong in the refrigerator. I will not bite the officer’s hand when he reaches in... read more

How Much Do Cats Sleep?

How Much Do Cats Sleep? If you’ve spent any time with cats, you’ve probably noticed that they spend a lot of quality time snoozing. In fact, cats sleep anywhere from 13 to 16 hours per day. In other words, your friendly companion feline spends approximately 2/3 of his entire life in dreamland. Cats sleep more than almost any other mammal. Realistically, your cat sleeps about twice as much as you do. How much an individual cat sleeps depends on his age, hunger, the temperature and the weather. Like humans, cats go through both Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and non-REM sleep. Although no one can actually ask a cat, the assumption is that your cat dreams during REM sleep. You may notice his whiskers twitch or his eye moving behind his eyelids. The deep non-REM sleep is when the cat’s body grows and repairs itself. As with other aspects of your cat’s behavior, you should pay attention to how much he sleeps. Some variation in sleep habits is normal, but if you find your cat is sleeping more or less than usual, it may indicate a problem. If you notice any change in sleep habits, you should contact your veterinarian. A cat that seems lethargic or depressed may be ill. Conversely a cat that is sleeping less than usual may have a thyroid problem. Although dogs are more often hypothyroid (meaning they don’t have enough thyroid hormone), cats are more likely to be hyperthyroid (meaning they have too much thyroid hormone). Because the cat is producing extra thyroid hormone his metabolism goes up, and he sleeps less. Most cats, particularly... read more