• December 8, 2019 /  Pets and Animal

    Edited By Peter Wray ” January 23, 2012
    One topic I and other ACerS staff frequently get asked about relates to a story from last April about the special healing borate-based glass fiber pads developed by glass scientists Delbert Day and Steve Jung in conjunction with MoSci Corp., a Rolla, Mo.-based glass products company. The news last year was that the glass fiber product, dubbed DermaFuse by MoSci, helped speed the healing of venous stasis ulcers in a majority of patients enrolled in a small human clinical test group of adult diabetics supervised by the internal review board of the Phelps County Regional Medical Center.

    Most of the inquiries that come to me are from people who either are suffering with hard-to-heal skin ulcers or sores themselves or are reaching out to me on behalf of friends or family members who have the condition. Their questions are all pretty much along the lines of, “How can I or my doctors get my/their hands on DermaFuse?”

    Up until just recently, I had to disappoint a lot of people because MoSci mainly does the R&D for glass products, and then licenses or reaches a supply agreement with third-party commercial companies and institutions, which then shepherd the products through regulatory processes and handle marketing and distribution. And, from what I understand, there are still testing, certification and agreements with distributors that need to be completed before it is authorized for human use.

    However, the significant news is that Avalon Medical Ltd. has arranged for the DermaFuse material to be classified as “veterinary medical device” and is now marketing the product under the Rediheal brand to the veterinary and animal care marketplace.

    Rediheal borate glass fibers are successfully being used to treat injured green sea turtles and other animals. Credit: Avalon Medical Ltd.
    According to the Rediheal website, the company is making the product for various size animals (“Equine version now available”) and is also offering a putty-like version of the product that can be shaped for bone healing.

    While the story I originally wrote focused on a case study of human patients with venous stasis ulcers, it appears that Dermifuse/Rediheal material works shockingly well on many types of wounds. For example, the Rediheal website has several amazing animal case studies including large and small lacerations, dental void packing and gunshot wounds. (Warning – photos are not for the squeamish!)

    In regard the gunshot wound case, a dog sustained at 42-square-inch wound in its back that was treated with Rediheal. According the company, the wound shrunk rapidly, and 40 days later it was nearly healed.

    For me, one of the most jarring things about the gunshot wound is that there appears to be almost no scarring (see for yourself), and the dog”s fur seems to have completely regrown

    More information and case studies are on a special Rediheal/Avalon Facebook page, including successful efforts to heal injured green sea turtles at Jekyll Island, Ga.

  • December 7, 2019 /  Pets and Animal

    If you want something enormous and not just big, look no further than a large stuffed animal! Stuffed animals have been a staple of children’s bedrooms and toy boxes for years, and now you are no longer limited to purchasing the small versions of these cute and lovable plush toys. Now you can get life-sized models that will send any adult into stuffed toy heaven!

    Think how happy a youngster will be as they cuddle a large stuffed animal. It’s true that they’re a little pricier than their smaller brothers and sisters, but you get a whole lot of hugs for money that is undoubtedly well spent. A few online businesses provide large stuffed animals that are from three and a half feet tall and go up to six feet in height. There is a large selection of products online in every stuffed animal category, such as stuffed dogs, to giraffes and even polar bears.One of the best parts about the MyBigPlush large stuffed animal collection, is not only are they extra soft, but some are also posable, which only adds to their realism. All kids who are feeling down and out will cheer up a lot after they see one of these simply whimsical plush animals.

    For the discerning adult collector, large stuffed animals are a great addition to any plush and/or toy collection. These cuddly creatures aren’t just for kids! Similar to children, you may see yourself desiring to warm up to these giant pillow-like creatures.

    Have you ever pondered what thrilling stories a large stuffed animal may recall if he or she had the ability to speak? Kids who spend time talking to and playing with stuffed animals know the answer to that.There is no question that a child’s mind knows no bounds when it comes to using imagination to bring these enchanting soft toys to life.

    Large stuffed animals are a great lifelike type of the animal
    they were made to mimic.While it’s lovely to imagine what it might be like to snuggle up to a real bear, you can be certain your child will be wrapped in warmth when they cozy up to the next best thing.A great thing regarding large stuffed animals is that they duplicate those located in the wild in all of their perfect moments.

    If you’ve been able to see a few of the planet’s most magnificent birds, reptiles, and mammals in person, or even if you’ve only seen them in photographs or videos, large stuffed animals can remind you of the wonderful feeling that gave you a deeper admiration of the animals they exemplify.

  • December 5, 2019 /  Pets and Animal

    An animal print has an inherent appeal to people of all ages. For the older ones, it is a throwback to the psychedelic and groovy decades of the past, for the even older ones it is a way to reminisce the early years of the modern era. And for the young ones today, it is a way to connect with their fantasies and interests in animals and the animal kingdom. For these kids, the best way to use animal fabric is through animal print bedding.

    Animal bedding is a way for kids to have a piece of the animal kingdom, without actually harming an animal. Why? Because unlike in the old days wherein having the pattern of a cheetah or a tiger meant killing those animals, today animal bedding uses artificially made animal prints. These are fabrics that are traditionally used, like cotton or some other synthetic fabric, printed with the design of the animals. It may not be as soft, or as luxurious, as the original thing, but these fabrics are a lot cheaper, a lot more accessible, and do not require any deaths of the animals the kids love!

    But when getting animal bedding, there are a couple of things that need to be remembered. First, is to make sure of the size and shape of the bed and the pillows. It’s a hassle to buy bedding, only to find out upon going home that the bed is too large, or that the pillows are too fluffy to fit! Next, and arguably more important, is to make sure that the bedding pieces are from the same manufacturer, to make sure that the colors, print, and style of the bedding are uniform. Nothing’s worse than finding out after buying a number of pieces that reds look like pinks, oranges look like yellows, and the print sizes are different. The best solution to this is to buy a bed in a bag.

    Remember these tips when getting animal print bedding and you’ll be giving your child a very stylish bedroom!

  • November 30, 2019 /  Pets and Animal

    Giving a cat a pill can be a nightmare. No cat wants something shoved down his throat, and he will fight you tooth and nail to prevent it. Although most cats are small in size, youd be quite amazed with how much power they actually have. There are ways that you can get your cat to take his pills, which we will cover below.

    The easiest way to give a cat pill is to crush the power into a powdery form by putting it between two spoons. Once the pill is powder, mix it in with some wet cat food. Cats that are used to eating dry cat food will see the wet food and think of it as a treat. They will normally eat it up, unaware that they just took their medicine.

    If the medicine happens to be in capsule form, all you have to do is pry the capsule apart then sprinkle the medicine on some wet food and serve it to your pet. If the food also contains the pill or if your pet is sick, chances are he wont eat it. In this event, you should look into a pet piller. You can get these handy devices from your veterinarian. They are plastic rods that hold the pill until you press a plunger. When you get one, you should always get a long one with a softer tip.

    When you get your gun, your vet should show you how to use it. The most difficult aspect of using the gun is getting your cat to open his mouth. The gun will more or less shoot the pill in the cats mouth, and down his throat. Youll need to hold him tight, to make sure that he doesnt wiggle his way loose. Once you have his mouth open, youll need to squeeze the trigger and pull the gun away quickly. After the pill has been inserted, make sure you give your cat a treat.

    If you arent comfortable using the gun, you can always try giving your cat his pills by hand. To do it this way, youll need to hold your cat still, and open his mouth with your hand. Once you have his mouth open, you should aim for the back of his throat and throw the pill in. Once it is in his mouth, you should close his mouth with your hand and hold it shut for a few moments. This way, your cat will swallow the pill if he hasnt already.

    If you cant get any of the above techniques to work, you can always go to a local pharmacy and get them to a make flavored gel or liquid using your cats medication. You should use this as a last resort though, as it can tend to get expensive.

  • Pets In The Classroom Grant Program Sets Goal Of Reaching 5 Million Children

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    November 20, 2019 /  Pets and Animal

    With more than 500,000 elementary and middle school students having already been given the opportunity to interact with pets on a daily basis in their classroom, the Pet Care Trust board has announced a new goal for its Pets in the Classroom Grant Program: Within the next five years, Pets in the Classroom will introduce 5 million children in 100,000 classrooms to pets and the benefits they provide.

    The new goal for this teacher grant program comes after the much quicker-than-anticipated growth of the program in the last couple of years:

    The Trust Board set a long-term goal of reaching 1 million kids by providing 30,000 Pets in the Classroom grants, said Pet Care Trust executive director Steve King. We have reached the half-way point to this goal far sooner than any of us thought possible. It really is a remarkable achievement thanks to the Boards foresight and the support of so many pet retailers and suppliers.

    While the growth of the program began slowly, providing 3,200 grants in the 2010-2011 school year, the addition of Pets in the Classroom grants through Petsmart and Petco, along with rebate grants supported by independent pet stores, resulted in an increase to over 6,000 grants for the 2011-12 school year. Also, in the beginning of 2012, the program expanded to include 7th and 8th grade classrooms, while in previous years the grants had only been available to pre-k – 6th grade teachers. This expansion to include middle school classrooms increased the number of students impacted by the grants, making the overall average of students impacted over 50 students per classroom. Then, in preparation for the 2012-13 school year, the Trust added additional programs through Pet Supermarket and Carolina Biological Supply. The response from teachers in the first two months of this new school year has been overwhelming. More than 6,800 grants have been issued since August 1, bringing the total to 15,500 grants since the programs inception.

    The Pets in the Classroom program benefits students by teaching them responsible, long-term pet care at an early age and providing the psychological and developmental benefits associated with the human-animal bond. Studies have shown that caring for pets has a positive effect on children, improving school attendance and teaching children responsibility, as well as encouraging nurturing and building self esteem. To learn more about the benefits of classroom pets as well as more about the Pets in the Classroom grant program, visit www.petsintheclassroom.org.

  • Healthcare Industry China Animal Feed Industry Research Report

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    November 18, 2019 /  Pets and Animal

    Animal products such as meat, milk and eggs are an expensive source of food as compared to stable crops. Due to this, the consumption of animal protein in the developing nations is well below the world average. However, the transition in the economies of these countries has lead to growth in disposable income, purchasing power and the consequential rise in demand for animal protein. Food consumption level is now considered a clear indicator of the size of a country’s population and the health of its economy. China is by far the best example to highlight the validity of this point.

    China continues to develop and is rapidly becoming a stronger economy. The sophistication and rising standard of living of the population has resulted in a change in dietary patterns. China is the world’s largest consumer of meat and is nearly self sufficient in meeting its requirements. Livestock production has been growing faster than any other agricultural sub-sector in China in recent decades, mainly due to the substantial growth of pig and poultry industries. To support its large number of livestock, the country requires animal feed in quantity and quality. This is the most important reason behind the growth of the animal feed industry in China.

    The 6 broad categories of animal species for which feed is specifically manufactured in China are pig, boiler poultry, layer poultry, aquatic animals, ruminant and feed for other animals such as horses and pets. Since China is the largest market in the world for pork, pig feed is the major segment within animal feed in the country. Furthermore, the consumption of chicken is increasing rapidly, thereby amplifying demand for boiler poultry. However, feed for aquatic species is the fastest growing segment owing to the booming aquaculture sector in China.

    -Due to the development of China’s economy, the population is increasingly being able to afford animal protein and is constantly adding the same to their diets. Subsequently, animal feed is required both in quantity and in quality to support the livestock in the country.– according to the research report -China Animal Feed Industry Review to 2018- Thriving Aquaculture Sector to Accelerate Growth’ by Ken Research

    The report provides detailed overview on compound feed, concentrate feed and premixes and additives, in addition to feed for specific animal species in China and helps readers in identifying the ongoing trends in the key segments of the industry and anticipated growth in future depending upon changing industry dynamics in coming years. The report will aid industry consultants, animal feed companies, marketing companies and other stakeholders to align their market centric strategies according to ongoing and expected trends in future.

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  • Reasons Why Chinchillas Make Good Pets

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    November 18, 2019 /  Pets and Animal

    A lot of people are looking for exotic pets to make them stand out from other pet owners. With a variety of animals, reptiles and even insects to choose from, you’ll probably find it difficult to make a choice. One of the most unusual choices for a pet would be a Chinchilla. Not everything would have this in mind for an excellent choice, but of course we are all diverse individuals with unique quirks. These furry rodents are considered to be fun loving and can provide you with a lot of amusement. If you happen to be a nocturnal person, you’ll definitely enjoy having a Chinchilla as a pet.

    Below are 5 reasons why they’d make for a good pick for your pet needs:

    1. Inexpensive in terms of feeding – Of course, a lot of people nowadays have started to consider the state of the economy more so than ever. This would mean that they’d want to actually save up on expenses. This is also applicable to animals which we’d love to look after and feed. With a chinchilla, all you need is fresh water, a nice and clean cage, some pellets, a dust bath and timothy.

    2. Beneficial for owners with allergies – A lot of people easily get nasally irritated or succumb to some allergy attacks when it comes to other animals. However, with a chinchilla, you won’t be experiencing anything of the sort. This makes them a good choice for house pets.

    3. No parasites – With dogs and cats, you have to constantly watch out for ticks and fleas. However, the fur coats of Chinchillas are quite thick. This makes it difficult for tiny organisms such as parasites to burrow through. These make these lovable rodents safe for your health.

    4. Rare cases of illness – As long as you provide proper care for your pet Chinchilla, you won’t even experience any situations of them getting sick. Despite male rodents getting fur rings every now and then, or some fur fungus in both sexes, you won’t have a lot to worry about.

    5. Cute and cuddly – Chinchillas are exotic pets which are truly adorable to have. Each one has its own personality. You can even find a few who are happy, grumpy, nutty and wild. If you have a few more you’d like to add for pet care, you would definitely have a lot of fun having them around in your safekeeping.

  • Useful Animals

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    November 16, 2019 /  Pets and Animal

    Animals can be used for food, to help you hunt, to protect things or other animals, to heard other animal, for people who can see or are deaf, and be used to find people, etc. Useful animals serves many things to humans We are familiar with the pets very useful animals, and that meat, milk, cheese, eggs, honey and some other animals products are used as food, but they many not have thought about other uses. Most have never seen a horse or ox drawn wagons and plows but they probably know about horse racing and riding for fun. They many not have thought about leather, violin bows (made with horsehair) and strings (some made with sheep gut), silk, wool, alligator shoes and purses, snake skin hat bands, fur coats, pearls, glue and gelatin (made from cartilage and bones) fertilizer, or truffle-hunting pigs or the cormorants that some Chinese use for fishing. Thats why they are called useful animals.

    Description of useful animals:

    Dog:
    -Service dogs help people with various disabilities in every day tasks. Some examples include mobility assistance dogs for the physically handicapped.
    -Rescue dogs very useful animals assist people who are in difficult situations, such as in the water after a boat disaster.
    -Therapy dogs very useful animals provide cheer and entertainment for the elderly people.
    -Therapy dogs usually trained to track or immobilize possible criminals, because of these features they are supposed to be very useful animals.

    Cow:
    -The cow is domestic and most useful animal to us.
    -Cows are very useful animals in terms of food and occasionally physical labors back in the days of ox carts dogs have been far more useful in so many different ways.
    -Cow dung: These useful animals provide fuel for cooking, for fertilizer, used mixed with mud and water on floors in mud houses. Improves water -absorption of mud. Prevents muddy puddles resulting from spilt water.

    Horse:
    -Horse has been useful animals since ancient times for riding.
    -They are also used to carry heavy loads or pull wagons, carriages, or other implements.
    -These useful animals once provided the fastest and surest way for land travel.
    -Hunters mounted on horseback chased and killed animals, very useful animals for this purpose.
    These useful animals were used by Fighters and soldiers to fought battles.
    Many keep horses useful animals for sport and recreation.

    Sheep:
    -Sheep are very useful animals in the global agricultural economy. Domestic -sheep provide a wide array of raw materials. Wool was one of the first textiles,
    -These useful animals skin used for making clothes, footwear, rugs, and other products.
    -Sheep meat and milk were one of the earliest staple proteins consumed by human civilization.
    -Dolly sheep for genetics research that produced groundbreaking results. the world’s most famous sheep” in Scientific American,was the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell. hats why they are very useful animals.

  • Pet Care Trusts Pets In The Classroom Grant Program Sees Exceptional Growth

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    November 15, 2019 /  Pets and Animal

    The Pet Care Trust is pleased to announce that its Pets in the Classroom program received over 7,000 requests for grants in the programs first two years. Established by the Pet Care Trust in 2009, Pets in the Classroom provides grants to Pre-Kindergarten through Sixth grade teachers to purchase or adopt a new pet and required equipment or to support existing classroom pets.

    In 2010, its first full year of operation, the program awarded 2,060 grants to teachers. Having received over 7,000 requests in its two years of operation, The Pets in the Classroom program has more than tripled its number of requests in the second year. With an average classroom size of 30 students, the Trust has brought a pet into the lives of 210,000 students.

    The large increase of applicants in the second year is in part because of the addition of the Petco and PetSmart coupon programs to the Pets in the Classroom program. The Pets in the Classroom website ( www.PetsintheClassroom.org) was re-launched on August 2 to include Petco and PetSmart coupon programs, in addition to the standard redemption program for independent retailers. On the first day of the re-launch, Pets in the Classroom received more than 50 applications. This pace continues as nearly 100 requests came in each day in the first five weeks.
    The influx of grant requests will assist the Pet Care Trust in attaining their goal of reaching 1 million children in 30,000 classrooms across North America. While the 7,000 grants are making a great impact, the organization is still a long way from reaching its goal. The Pet Care Trust is looking for companies or individuals that are willing to sponsor classrooms. A donation of only $100 will help reach 30 students with a program that is instrumental in teaching students responsible, long-term pet care at an early age. Please visit .
    For more information on the Pet Care Trust and the Pets in the Classroom grant program, visit the www.PetsintheClassroom.org.

  • What You Need to Know About Animal Bites.

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    November 11, 2019 /  Pets and Animal

    There is an estimated 2 million people annually that are bitten in the United States by animals. Most bites are from dogs (80-90%), cats (5-10%) and all others (2-3%).

    The vast majority of these bites are minor and are usually harmless and will heal on their own with the proper first aid. However, the most feared complication from a bite is rabies, but the most common complication is a skin infection.

    FIRSTAID TREATMENT FOR BITES:

    Thoroughly wash the bite wound with soap and water.

    Put a clean dressing on the wound.

    Get a tetanus shot, if it’s not up-to-date. Check with your doctor.

    Get immediate medical help if the wound shows signs of infection. Treating major cuts or puncture wounds.

    NORMAL SYMPTONS OF A BITE:

    Bruising.

    Blue or yellow discoloration.

    Swelling.

    CONTACT YOUR MEDICAL PROVIDER IF:

    The affected area is the face or neck.

    After the third day, swelling increases.

    Redness or streaking.

    You have a fever of greater than 100 degrees F. (38 degrees C.)

    Excessive drainage from the wound.

    Prolonged bleeding.

    No evidence of healing.

    Bitten by an unknown wild animal.

    ANIMALS AT HIGHER RISK FOR CARRYING RABIES:

    Dogs and Cats.

    Wild animals, such as raccoons, squirrels, skunks and bats.

    Stray animals.

    Rodents.

    For more information and rabies assessment, contact your county health department.

    HOW TO PREVENT ANIMAL BITES:

    Vaccinate all your pets against rabies. Keep shots up to date.

    Never handle, pet or feed an animal that you don’t know.

    Wild animals should not be kept as pets.

    Never leave children alone with animals.

    Animals that look sick or disoriented should not be touched (call your county health department). Human Bites

    Human bite wounds have a high risk of infection. These infections can quickly progress into severe complications. It is important to get treatment as soon as possible.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION AND VIDEO GO TO: Paul Laris is an author and advisor on Emergency, Disaster and First Aid information. His website EmergencySuppliesInfo.com, will give you up to date information and videos on what to do before, during and after an Emergency.