Pets

Pets

Pet Vet: His bearded dragon lizard no longer wants to eat

I think a lot of people realize that veterinary medicine can present challenges different from those in human medicine. Certainly, our companions have some similar physiology and structures to our own, however the main challenge is that veterinary medicine patients are not as communicative as humans are with their physicians. I have seldom had a patient "tell me where it hurts."

Pets

Pet Vet: Diabetes complicates Schnauzer's need for surgery

Macintosh is a 10-year-old Schnauzer that has diabetes. His caretaker Paula has been treating him with an injection of insulin twice daily for the past 16 months and he has been doing quite well. Paula checks Mac's blood sugar level three to four times weekly and he appears to be well regulated. Recently, Mac has developed a mass along the top of his back just behind his shoulders. When Paula first noticed the mass, it was raised and about the size of pea. It now has grown to about one-inch in diameter and has become reddened in color. Paula is understandably concerned about this mass and wants to have it removed but is also very concerned with the increased risk of infection associated with diabetes and surgery.

Pets

Cat fight at the dock ends with one kitty making a splash

Felix, the office cat of London’s Royal Docks Management Authority, had a lucky escape recently when she fell into the Thames after tangling with another feline. The video shows a man named as Scott, an engineering and operations manager, rushing to the cat’s rescue.

Nation & World

Freedom for Hoover the tiger after a life spent in a circus cage

A video released by Animal Defenders International tells the remarkable story of Hoover the tiger, saved from a circus in Peru, where he was secretly filmed being trained with whips and sticks and living in a small cage. Hoover is now living in natural woodland with his own pool and next to other tigers at Big Cat Rescue in Florida.

Local

Wanted: Help for rescued chinchillas

The KC Pet Project and the Kansas City Animal Shelter are asking for donations to help feed and care for 25 chinchillas rescued over the weekend from a breeder’s home after care deteriorated.

Pets

Vincent the cat gets very rare prosthetic legs

Vincent the cat was brought into the Story County Animal Shelter with injured hind legs. He later ended up at Iowa State veterinary hospital, where Dr. Mary Sarah Bergh and veterinary orthopedics company BioMedtrix, decided to design implants that could be inserted into the femur bones of Vincent's legs and come out through the skin. Dr. Bergh estimates fewer than 25 animals in the world have ever had a similar surgery. Vincent walks around well now and his back legs will continue to be lengthened until they are as long as his front legs.

Videos

You've heard of cockatoos but what about cocka-tools?

Cockatoos can make simple tools out of a variety of materials, like bamboo and even cardboard.
New York Times
You've heard of cockatoos but what about cocka-tools? 1:38

You've heard of cockatoos but what about cocka-tools?

As dog numbers surge downtown, Kansas City steps in it 2:41

As dog numbers surge downtown, Kansas City steps in it

Canine comfort during your cut and color 0:56

Canine comfort during your cut and color

Cat fight at the dock ends with one kitty making a splash 1:07

Cat fight at the dock ends with one kitty making a splash