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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Animal Life: How Often Should Your Pet Go To The Veterinarian?

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What’s on your yearly checklist? The dentist? Taxes? What about taking your pet to the veterinarian?

That’s right: your pets need a medical check up every year.

An annual visit to the vet is the best way to ensure that your pet has a long, healthy life. Regular check ups also keep your pet up-to-date on important vaccinations like rabies and kennel cough.

Diseases that affect animals can be airborne or spread through contact with a parasite or virus that’s brought inside on your shoes. So the yearly checkup is important for both outdoor and indoor pets.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Animal Life: Microchipping Your Pet

A cat being implanted with a microchip.
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Here's a question we get all the time at the shelter: "If I microchip my pet, does that mean I can track him using GPS if he gets lost?"

That would be pretty handy, but unfortunately the answer is no. A microchip is not a form of GPS or tracking. It's more like an electronic ID tag. A microchip can range in cost from about $30-$100. It contains a series of numbers linked to the pet owner's contact information. It's the size of a grain of rice and only takes seconds to insert.

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Animal Life
9:13 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Animal Life: Raising Awareness Of Endangered Species

Newly-hatched Loggerhead Sea Turtles making their way to the ocean.
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Did you know that Louisiana is home to a variety of rare animals? There are about 1,300 endangered species in the United States. More than 30 of them are native to Louisiana. Animals such as the Red Wolf and the Loggerhead Sea Turtle thrive in Louisiana’s subtropical climate.

Unfortunately, some of these species are almost extinct. The Louisiana Black Bear and the Gulf Sturgeon, for example, are now struggling to survive because humans have disrupted their habitats.

Raising awareness about native endangered species is the first step to ensuring their survival.

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Animal Life
8:47 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Animal Life: Putting A Stop To Animal Abuse

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Animal cruelty is tragic, and often goes unreported.

Recently, a LA/SPCA Humane Officer rescued a 10-month-old puppy named Wes, who was abandoned on the interstate. She was huddled against a guardrail on I-10 during rush hour traffic. Wes had a fractured pelvis; she needed at least eight weeks of rest and pain medicine while she healed.

Two months after being rescued, Wes is doing much better, and is available for adoption.

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Animal Life
3:07 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Animal Life: Protecting Your Pet From Rabies

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Rabies is a viral disease often transmitted through an animal bite. Most reported rabies cases occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks and foxes. 

The good news is that rabies is preventable by getting your pet vaccinated. In 2013, over 36,000 pets were vaccinated for the rabies virus in Orleans Parish alone. 

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Animal Life
9:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Cat Trap Fever: LA/SPCA Program Seeks To Reduce Feral Cat Population

Heather Rigney from the Louisiana SPCA sets a feral cat trap in a back yard.
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With its warm climate and raised houses, New Orleans is the perfect environment for feral cats. Europeans brought the first domestic cats to North America several centuries ago, and they've been an invasive species ever since.

In order to control the population, the Louisiana SPCA offers a low cost service to trap, neuter and return feral cats to their neighborhoods.

Helen Southard keeps feral cats.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Animal Life: Finding Purebred Pets In Shelters

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Most people assume that shelter animals are all mixed breeds — also known as mutts. But the fact is, purebred pets are actually pretty common in shelters.  

The other day, I walked through our adoption room at the LA/SPCA. I counted two Dobermans, four Chihuahuas, one Cocker Spaniel, one Yorkie, one Siamese cat and one ragdoll kitty.

Most shelters post pictures of adoptables on their websites. Some will even alert you if you are looking for a pet of a specific breed, size or age.  

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Features
7:59 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Audubon Zoo Welcomes Bonnie The Rhino

Bonnie the rhinoceros. A rhino's best-developed sense is her hearing.
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Bonnie the rhinoceros, a 15-year-old Southern White Rhino weighing more than two tons, is the latest new arrival at the Audubon Zoo.

Bonnie, who was born and raised at the Lion Country Safari in Florida, joins the one male and two female rhinos already living at the Zoo. Bonnie arrived in late April and has been acclimating herself to her new surroundings.

“The hope is she will breed with our male Saba and produce much needed new blood into the captive rhino population,” says Bill Smith, Audubon Zoo's Curator of Hoofstock.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Animal Life: Dog Safety Tips

Whether you’re an animal person or not, it’s important to know basic safety tips for interacting with dogs.
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Summertime is here and that means that more people are out and about in public places like parks. Whether you’re an animal person or not, it’s important to know basic safety tips for interacting with dogs.

Teach children to keep a safe distance from unfamiliar dogs. Never leave a child alone with a dog and be sure to keep an eye on children playing outside in the neighborhood.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Animal Life: Keeping Neighborhood Cats Out Of Your Garden

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Love them or hate them, outdoor neighborhood cats are a simple fact of life in our region.

If you’d rather not see them prancing through your flower beds, there are a few simple and humane things you can do to keep them out of your yard.  

Start with basic things like covering your garbage can and cleaning up scraps from barbecues. Spray regularly for pests that may be a food source for cats.

You can also try scattering coffee grounds or citrus fruit peels in your garden; cats hate the smell!

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