Flea Season News

In 2009 there was an investigation into problems from the use of many different spot-on flea control products that seemed to escalate in 2008. Although results were discussed briefly in spring of 2010, the news didn’t seem to get picked up.

I just completed my certification in a flea control as part of a new program of education for Parasite Control Counselor which is a project through the American Animal Hospital Association. This program was made possible by a grant through Merial.

Since I’ll be traveling, you might want to contact Dr Flea for any interviews on the topic.

Now, we are again at the beginning of flea season in many parts of the United States and this would be a timely news. I wrote about the EPA flea treatment investigation before but it is an evergreen topic especially with these stories:

If you want to keep on top of this topic, please follow Flea Control Book on Twitter or join the conversation on Facebook.

Disney is Pet Friendly

Disney is pet friendly

Not too long ago Walt Disney World opened their pet resort and what I want to point out is that Disney tends to be a leader in reaching out to its patrons.

Other businesses should take note and this might be a great story series.

On the West Coast, Disneyland is managing a feral cat colony in the theme park.

I bring this up because I’ve always considered Disney to be a bit progressive when it comes to business and watched them closely as they prepared to open the Animal Kingdom.

Now it seems that they are finding animals to be a trend that warrants some serious attention.

You see, opening a pet resort and humanely managing a feral cat colony is pretty progressive.

It is also indicative of a larger shift that has been happening in the United States for a while.

In fact, now the pendulum has been swinging from side-to-side for some time.

Some people still manage working animals and do not consider those animals as furry family members.

Others support the metro pet trend with furry kids that seem to resemble human children in the way they are pampered and primped.

The pet service industry is growing by leaps and bounds with a variety of new pet services springing up.

Competition for the dollars of the pet parents is growing rapidly.

During the recent economic down turn, it was the pet industry that continued to show growth despites cutbacks and drops in sales in other businesses.

So, what this shows me is that we are becoming an increasingly pet friendly nation.

Along with that we should also become a bit more pet savvy.

By that I mean learn the ways to make your pet happier, healthier and better behaved.

Of course, that is why I am working on the pet parenting school–which is a pet retention program and so much more.

I am wondering what you think of the changes happening in the pet world and if you are keeping on top of them. I certainly am, so please subscribe via RSS and you can get my updates over in my media feed on Twitter.

Animals, Disasters & Seismic Sentries

earthquake animals

Animal disaster preparedness is not something new but it is something that people forget about. Me, I was obsessed over it for a long time.

In the aftermath of the Japan earthquake, people are disturbed and the topic is in the minds of some, while others still fail to prepare.

Animal disaster preparedness and rescue is not something that I am a stranger to and I wish more people were not strangers to it either.

In fact, when I first wrote, Animal Disaster Preparedness for Pet Owners & Pet Professionals I had no idea I’d get so proactive in preparedness.  (See my credential area) and when the 6.8 earthquake hit my town, I was ready–and thus began my adventures in that field.

I began giving away the educational animal disaster guide and have updated it over and over again through the years. In fact, my plans are to update it this year and start selling it but people can download for free by signing onto my list at Ark Animals.

I’ve watched the awareness on this issue grow from its infancy to the point where national attention became a reality (PETS Pet Evacuation Transportation Standards Act) but it still is not a coordinated effort.

My research looked into the behavior of animals prior to quakes (seismic sentries) and I’ve been quoted about it in a lot of places. (PBS and in the book, The Man Who Predicts Earthquakes are two examples.) Below is a recent video you might find of interest.)

It is a topic that cycles through every time there is a disaster. I’ve tackled it a bunch of times and you might be able to glean some interesting tidbits to share with your readers or viewers.

If I can help you, give me a call on the media line.

Photo Credits: FEMA

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