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New Threat to Birds Posed by Invasive Pythons in Florida

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Limpkin eggs. (Credit: Don Hurlbert, Smithsonian)

ScienceDaily (Apr. 5, 2012) —
Smithsonian scientists and their colleagues have uncovered a new threat posed by invasive Burmese pythons in Florida and the Everglades: The snakes are not only eating the area’s birds, but also the birds’ eggs straight from the nest. The results of this research add a new challenge to the area’s already heavily taxed native wildlife. The team’s findings are published in the online journal Reptiles & Amphibians: Conservation and Natural History.

Burmese pythons, native to southern Asia, have taken up a comfortable residence in the state of Florida, especially in the Everglades. In addition to out-competing native wildlife for resources and habitat, the pythons are eating the native wildlife. Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) were first recorded in the Everglades in 1979 — thought to be escaped or discarded pets. Their numbers have since grown, with an estimated breeding population in Florida in the tens of thousands. Read the rest of this entry »

Seavey, 25, Becomes Race’s Youngest Winner

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Published: March 14, 2012

Dallas Seavey

Dallas Seavey became the youngest winner ever of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday.

Seavey, who turned 25 during this year’s race, was the first musher to reach Nome, arriving in the Bering Sea coastal community at 7:29 p.m. local time Tuesday.

The previous youngest winner was Rick Swenson, the race’s only five-time champion, who won his first title in 1977 at age 26. Swenson, now 61, is running in the middle of the pack this year.

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Mega Match-a-Thon

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Miami-Dade Animal Services, The Humane Society of Greater Miami, and The Cat Network, Inc. will participate in the first ever ASPCA “Mega Match-a-Thon” 24-hour event, beginning March 30th at 11:59 p.m., in Tropical Park.

Join the nationwide effort to save lives of shelter animals. More than 500 animals will be on site waiting to be adopted for fees as low as $30 with tag included.

Call 3-1-1 for more information.

New canine cancer study

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

A new study from the Morris Animal Foundation is seeking to uncover the causes of canine cancer and possible ways to beat the disease.

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, the first study in the Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Lifetime Health Project, is designed to better prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and other cancer disease.

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Illegal Orangutan Trader Prosecuted

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

This is "Julius," a baby orangutan saved from an illegal trader in North Sumatra, Indonesia. He is expected to be released back into the wild in the near future. (Credit: WCS)

ScienceDaily (Feb. 23, 2012) — The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) has just announced Sumatra’s first ever successful sentence of an illegal orangutan owner and trader in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia.
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February is Pet Dental Health Month

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Schaumburg, IL

— It is estimated that 80 percent of people brush their teeth every day, but far fewer pet owners do the same for their pets. Pet Dental Health Month, celebrated every February, teaches pet owners proper dental hygiene is equally as important for their pets.

“Most people have no idea that dental health is so important to their pets, and that’s why Pet Dental Health Month is such a great idea,” explains Dr. Larry Corry, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). “In fact, veterinarians report that periodontal disease is the most commonly diagnosed problem in dogs and cats. This can lead to painful infections of the mouth, and in severe cases these infections can spread and become life-threatening conditions. During Pet Dental Health Month, the AVMA is encouraging all dog and cat owners to regularly brush their pet’s teeth and regularly see their veterinarian for checkups.”

The AVMA, a sponsor of Pet Dental Health Month, offers an informative video giving step-by-step instructions on how to brush your pet’s teeth. The Pet Dental Month Web site,, includes tips from a veterinary expert on pet dental health, Dr. Brook Niemiec.

“Periodontal disease, an infection of the gums, is incredibly common in pets, and it can be quite serious,” explains Dr. Niemiec, a board certified veterinary dental specialist. “It’s estimated that by the age of two, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some form of periodontal disease. Periodontal infections have been linked to diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and other life threatening disorders. The best way to prevent periodontal disease is by regularly brushing your pet’s teeth and by regularly visiting your veterinarian.”

For more information, please visit, and to show off your pet’s pearly whites upload their photos at the AVMA Flickr site Pearly White Pets.


The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. More than 80,000 member veterinarians are engaged in a wide variety of professional activities. AVMA members are dedicated to advancing the science and art of veterinary medicine including its relationship to public health and agriculture. Visit the AVMA Web site at to learn more about veterinary medicine and animal care and to access up-to-date information on the association’s issues, policies and activities.

Busch Gardens’ Animal Care Center tours

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Busch Gardens has begun welcoming guests to watch — and even take part in — some of the work that goes on in the Tampa park’s new Animal Care Center. The major guest components of the facility include a nutrition center, treatment rooms, a clinical lab and an interactive diagnostic activity. The park’s former animal care center was located behind the scenes.


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Wednesday, January 25th, 2012




MIAMI, FL—December 14, 2011– Walk for the Animals, presented by Pet Supermarket, is scheduled for Saturday, February 18, 2012 at Bayfront Park (301 North Biscayne Boulevard) and is an exciting and worthwhile activity for the entire family–and, of course–dogs. The Walk is the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s largest annual community event, attracting over 3,000 people.
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Top Halloween Hazards for Pets

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Halloween is a festive time for children, and a chaotic one for adults: there are the decorations, the candy, pumpkin carving, and crowds of trick-or-treaters waiting to be lavished with treats. With all this mayhem, it can also be a frightening and stressful time for your pets.

As a caring pet owner there are some precautions you can take to keep your pets safe as you enjoy this spooky time of year.

Top Halloween hazards for pets:

#1- Anxiety and Stress: Some pets enjoy the excitement of crowds and are eager to join in the fun. But many dogs — and certainly most cats — become frightened or even uncharacteristically aggressive in crowds. Continual doorbell ringing and people at the door (in costume, no less!) can be very stressful. Some pets may experience stress-related diarrhea, vomiting and can potentially injure themselves due to the anxiety. Keep your pets in a quiet and safe place on Halloween night away from trick-or-treaters. You should also make sure that your pet is always wearing some kind of identification, just in case. A rabies tag, or a tag with your contact information and even micro-chipping your pet is an ideal way to ensure that in case your pet runs out as you hand out treats, they can be traced back to you if someone finds them.

#2- Decorations: Halloween decorations have evolved from basic carved pumpkins to elaborate and lavish outdoor displays. Sometimes, the materials used can be dangerously attractive for pets. Small, low-hanging decorations on trees and shrubbery can tempt some pets to take a nibble, resulting in intestinal blockages. Candles and Jack-o’-lanterns within a pet’s range are also a fire hazard. Make sure lighted candles are out of “tail range”. A swiping dog tail could easily knock a candle over. A cat sashaying by a lighted candle might get its tail burnt. Also, keep any decorations with electrical cords safely protected from curious pets.

#3- Pet costumes: Don’t leave your pet unsupervised while dressed up. Some pets, if left alone in costume, may chew it up and ingest it. This could also cause an intestinal obstruction if more than small shreds of material are consumed. Another hazard in pet costumes is tight elastics. These can get lost in the pet’s hair, potentially causing swelling and pain in the area of the elastic and sometimes can become imbedded in the pet’s skin if not removed in time. Another potential danger with pet costumes is that if the pet happens to become frightened and run away, they can become entangled on trees, fences, etc. If your pet normally is not used to being in costume, is usually nervous around crowds and is not exactly a social butterfly, resist the urge to dress them up.

 #4- Chocolate: With chocolate bars and other chocolate-based treats in abundance, it’s easy to forget that Chocolate is toxic to pets. It contains a compound called theobromine.  Granted, a 50 pound dog would have to eat about 50 ounces of milk chocolate (but only 5 ounces of baking chocolate) for a toxic dose, but much smaller amounts can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Signs of chocolate toxicity include tremors, nervousness, vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate, and in severe cases, seizures and death. If you suspect that your pet has eaten chocolate, call your veterinarian. Other candies, such as lollipops and those with plastic components, pose a danger if ingested. In addition to chocolate, there are other trick-or-treat goodies that include nuts, raisins, chewing gum, mints, and anything containing xylitol, a commonly used artificial sweetener. Xylitol, often found in baked goods and candies, has been associated with liver failure and death in dogs. Lollipop sticks and plastic parts can also cause intestinal obstruction and potentially rupture the intestines, which is a life-threatening emergency. If you keep a ‘goodies basket’ by the front door for trick-or-treaters, make sure your pet doesn’t run off with any ‘samples’ for itself.

We hope you have a fun and safe Halloween this year. Trick-or-treat!

Animalia Pet Expo

Friday, August 26th, 2011

This weekend August 27th & 28th at the Miami Beach Convention Center- Animalia Pet Expo!
Cost: Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $6 for children between 6-14, children under 6 has free entry.
Benefiting: The Humane Society of Greater Miami & Adopt-A-Pet

‘Unleash Your Love For Pets at Animalia’ It’s a two-day fun indoor public event benefiting the Humane Society of Greater Miami, Adopt-A-Pet. The event has been created for “pets & people of South Florida” and will feature over 100 booths, educational and interactive seminars, demonstrations, pet talent contests, a pet couture fashion event, pet art, giveaways, adopt-a-pet, advocacy groups, vaccines & vets, hobbyist, kennels & clubs, ID & location systems, publications, food & natural products, apparel & accessories, health products & services, pet-rescue, silent auctions, agility areas, and much more. For more information, please call 305-673-7311

Hope to see you there!

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