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25 Nov

Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Your Pet

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It's time for Thanksgiving, which means family gatherings, football, and, most importantly, food. Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, the list goes on! While you may be salivating just thinking about the pounds of food about to laden your table, your dog probably is, too! However, before trying to include your canine companion in your festivities, check out these safety tips to make sure you aren't accidentally feeding him or her something poisonous. 

  1. Don't give your dog any turkey or ham bones to chew on. They can easily splinter and choke or harm your dog's throat and intestines. Opt for a bone from the pet store and bring it out once everyone sits down to dinner! 
  2. Avoid giving you pets food items with high fat content, like gravy, as it can cause pancreatitis. Make sure not relatives are slipping the dog a scrap or two and keep an eye on the garbage can!
  3. While dogs act like they can eat anything, they should really stay away from foods like onion, garlic, raisins,and mushrooms. They could cause some major stomach issues for dogs and even death. Check out the full list of what foods to avoid here.
  4. Keep pets away from the dessert table. We all know chocolate is bad for dogs and so are certain ingredients that contain xylitol.

We know you want to include your pup in the festivities so check out our list of dog-safe holidays treats!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

13 Nov

How to Continue Steve Irwin's Legacy

November 15 is Steve Irwin Day, so it's a perfect time to remember the Crocodile Hunter and everything he represented. First and foremost, he stood for conservation, which is why he established Australia Wildlife Warriors Worldwide with his wife, Terri. With this organization, anyone can help injured, threatened, or endangered animals, from volunteering to donating whatever they can.

Their mission statement is "to be the most effective wildlife conservation organization in the world through the delivery of outstanding outcome-based programs and projects, inclusive of humanity." Adhering to their mission, they have opened conservation projects both in Australia and around the world, from the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to Tiger 511 in Sumatra.

Just because you aren't Steve Irwin doesn't mean you can't make a difference! If you are interested in learning more about the organization, or want to donate to their cause, please head to the Wildlife Warriors website.

Show your support for Steve Irwin Day by wearing khaki! Why? According to the Wildlife Warriors:

When you see that khaki uniform, it is a sign that somebody is there to get in and get their hands dirty and save an animal or campaign for wildlife conservation. You don't have to be Terri, Bindi or Robert Irwin or a member of the Zoo Crew to be a Wildlife Warrior. Anyone can make a difference. 

So wear your khaki and share it on social media using #KhakiIt!

Get more Steve Irwin here, with some highlights from The Crocodile Hunter!

31 Oct

Dog Sees Mom's Halloween Costume, is NOT Pleased

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(Guest post by Christian Cotroneo from

This dog is about to see a ghost.

He doesn't know it yet. So, he's stationed, adorably, at the bottom of the stairs bristling with anticipation.

Wait for it ... 

It's the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man:



Run, Luke. Run!

In this mesmerizing video, posted on YouTube, the massive Great Dane flees in terror from the phantom of the stairwell.

First, he gallops to the couch.


He tears into the kitchen.


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30 Oct

Baby Owl Gets His Groove On to the Monster Mash

Oakley the baby owl has some killer moves! In this video from 2012, a handler from the Eagle Valley Raptor Center shows Oakley, a rescued baby owl, dancing to the Halloween classic, "The Monster Mash," with his owl buddy. The doll was originally placed in his cage to offer the baby owl some comfort and security. 

The handler wanted to see what Oakley's reaction would be to a strange voice, and this was it!

Oakley was released a few months after this video was recorded. Hopefully he still has the Halloween spirit! 

Watch another owl rescue here!

30 Oct

Keep Your Pet Safe This Halloween

Photo by Jeff Foott

Candy, costumes, a few scares, it must be Halloween! With so much excitement around this spooky holiday, it's important to remember to keep your pet safe. From costumes to trick-or-treaters, here are some pet safety tips to remember for tomorrow night!

  1. Keep any candy out of reach! We all know chocolate can be deadly for your pets, so keep all of those fun-sized (or full-sized) candy bars away from that curious dog or cat.
  2. Put that friendly dog or cat in another room with the door shut while greeting trick-or-treaters. You don't want your pet to dart out the door, especially if they are known to be skittish or eager to run any chance they get! 
  3. For those of you with black cats, keep an even closer eye on them before, during, and after Halloween. Black cats are at high risk of cruelty this time of the year due to their association with superstitions. 
  4. We love those pet costumes, just make sure you aren't needlessly stressing out your dog or cat when dressing them up! Some dogs and most cats freeze when their bodies are covered, so pay attention to your pet's body language.
One of the puppies in Animal Planet L!VE's Puppy Cam. Photo by Mary Beth McAndrews
  1. Make sure those pet costumes don't have any pieces that can be easily chewed off and eaten. Also, make sure your pet can still breathe and move properly in that costume. Yeah, your puppy is an adorable alligator, but if he can't see, it might not be a good choice!
  2. Pumpkin can be good for you pet, but you should still keep them away from your jack-o-lanterns. Canned pumpkin can help with digestion, but nibbling at a raw pumpkin can cause stomach issues and blockage. On the subject of pumpkins...
  3. Keep pets away from lit jack-o-lanterns! You don't want them to knock over a candle or candles and burning themselves.  

Have a safe and fun HOWL-o-ween!

Check out our adorable pet costume gallery here and submit your photos on Twitter or Instagram using #HOWLoween!


29 Oct

Get the Facts on National Cat Day

Everybody loves cats. And even if you say you don't, you know you enjoy a funny cat video now again! But cats are more than just a funny video. For example, did you know that cats are crepuscular? That means they are most active at dawn and dusk! Learn more about everyone's favorite Internet sensation with some help from our friends at Theory Animation!

Every year 3.4 million cats enter a shelter and only 1.3 million of those cats find a home. If you're thinking about adding a feline companion to your life, please check out your local shelters and rescues! Even if you want a specific breed, there are plenty of rescues that cater to your needs.

Check out some adorable kittens on the Animal Planet Live Kitten Cam!

Live video by Animal Planet L!ve

26 Oct

Happy National Pumpkin Day!

It's the day for everyone's favorite gourd! So what better to celebrate than with animals loving pumpkins just as much as humans?

Watch this corgi puppy growl and bark at a tiny pumpkin! It doesn't seem like he'll be enjoying a pumpkin spice latte anytime soon!

OK, so there isn't an actual pumpkin in this video, but this baby sloth's name is Punkin, so that's enough, right?

Teddy the porcupine loves pumpkin so much it makes him squeal! 



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13 Oct

Is This the Jersey Devil or Just a Well-Timed Halloween Prank?



A Little Egg Harbor Township man is claiming that he spotted the fabled Jersey Devil in Galloway, N.J., while driving home from work.

"I was just driving past the golf course in Galloway on Route 9 and had to shake my head a few times when I thought I saw a llama," he wrote in an email to "If that wasn't enough, then it spread out leathery wings and flew off over the golf course."

Dave Black snapped several photos as the creature flew off, only one of which came out. He shared that one with, claiming it was real and not something he had Photoshopped, according to the news outlet.

According to, Black said one of his friends suggested that it could have been an owl carrying and flying away with some sort of animal, but Black says the animal he saw was about the size of a deer.

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29 Sep

It's National Coffee Day: Get Cat-feinated!

What would the majority of us do without coffee? Without it, this blog post certainly wouldn't have been written, nor would the images we've shared below ever been taken! So, take a minute to sip and slowly drink a nice cup of Joe, all while enjoying the incredible magic of latte cat art!








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1 Jul

Summer Safety Tips for Your Pets: Fireworks, Sunburn and More

With the Fourth of July just a few days away, people across the country are preparing with patriotic decorations, food, and fireworks. However, this can be an especially stressful time for pet owners since the loud explosions from fireworks can cause distress in our furry friends. Couple that with extreme heat, a plethora of thunderstorms, and vacation travel, the ease of summer may not be so easy for our pets.

Sadly, dogs have been known to run away from home after being spooked by fireworks. To avoid this from happening, the best thing to do is be prepared. 

Many owners have tried getting their dogs used to the sounds of fireworks by playing sounds of fireworks in the background every so often, months before the Fourth. If you find yourself in a crunch for time, the best way to prepare is to keep your dog inside, and to have a safe space for them if they get spooked. This includes having a traveling crate nearby that the dog can hide in. Additionally, communicating with your pet is a great way to soothe them. 

You can also try playing white noise in the background the drown out some of the noise of fireworks or diverting your dogs attention through play, cuddling, and being a nearby support.

If you find it necessary, for those dogs whose stress levels are high, vets can prescribe you medication to sedate your dog during this stressful time. This should ultimately be a last-resort effort.

There are also several clothing options for your that will fit your dog tightly to make them feel safe and secure; these include ThunderShirt and Anxiety Wrap.

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