Month: March 2021

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How to Take Care of Fish

By Kali Wyrosdic

Are you thinking about getting a fish but aren’t sure whether or not a fish would make the best pet? No matter what type of fish you’re thinking about, there are some basic fish-care facts that apply. Once you’ve made your decision, make sure to research the type of fish and it’s individual needs. Below, you’ll find answers to several of the most common fish-care questions to help you decide whether or not a fish is the right type of pet for you.

Are Fish Really a Low-Maintenance Pet?

Generally speaking, freshwater fish are less expensive and easier to care for than other types of pets, leading to the perception that they’re easy to keep. While they can be less trouble than other types of animals, that doesn’t exactly make them low-maintenance pets.

Fish have the same basic needs as other animals, including food, water and a proper habitat, but because fish live in completely different environments than humans and other mammals, they are dependent on us to provide everything they need to live happily.

Whereas dogs and cats won’t die if they aren’t washed regularly (although appropriate grooming for your pet is encouraged), regular aquarium cleanings

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Seresto flea collars may be linked to nearly 1,700 pet deaths

Members of Congress are demanding one of the largest single product recalls in U.S. history after a top-selling flea and tick collar was linked to the deaths of nearly 1,700 pets and hundreds of injuries to humans. 

“When we put the collar on, everything changed and was like a switch just flipped,” Alex Jaeger said. 

Alex Jaeger and his mother, Eleanor, say two months after they put a Seresto collar on their golden retriever Blake, he developed seizures. They say their veterinarian gave Blake epilepsy medication, but the dog has never been the same.

“I don’t want anyone to ever go through this,” Eleanor Jaeger said. 

Karen Pisano said one of her two 4-month-old kittens fell ill within two days of putting their collars on in August. The legs of her orange tabby, Oscar, began twitching. 

“That’s when I became extremely alarmed,” Pisano said. 

On a veterinarian’s advice, she says she immediately removed the collars but Oscar died that night. 

“This poor thing, he didn’t do anything wrong. We didn’t do anything wrong. To see him pass — he didn’t deserve that,” Pisano said. 

Seresto collars contain two different pesticides designed to ward off fleas and ticks. Retailer Elanco says

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Flea Collar May Be Linked to 1,700 Pet Deaths

March 19, 2021 — A top-selling flea collar that may be linked to the deaths of nearly 1,700 pets and hundreds of injuries to people should be recalled, a U.S. lawmaker says.

Since the Seresto collars were introduced in 2012, there have been more than 75,000 incidents — ranging from skin irritation to seizures to death — reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to government documents obtained by a nonprofit group, CBS News reported.

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi wants a recall of the collars, which contain two different pesticides to combat fleas and ticks.

“I think that it’s only appropriate in this case that the manufacturer do a voluntary recall,” he said, CBS News reported. “We look at the situation, investigate and then proceed from there.”

Retailer Elanco says the collars are safe. The “incident report rate … in the U.S. has been below 0.3%” and the majority “relate to non-serious effects” such as skin problems, according to the company.

Elanco says it will not issue a recall. That’s something that would be up to regulators, a company spokesperson told CBS News.

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Pandemic pets: where are they now? | News & Features

The beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020 saw pets being adopted and fostered at unprecedented rates. Communities all across the country responded to their local shelters’ calls for help, resulting in the clearing out of entire facilities.

Now, as the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions has brought a halt to the clearing of the kennels, communities and their shelters are starting to see the impact of the pandemic on their pets.

Boone was only one month old when Catherine Gandhi adopted him. After a grueling search on Petfinder that lasted months and expanded across the whole state of Missouri, Gandhi’s hunt finally ended with Boone’s adoption in August of 2020.

“I would send in an application for a dog and before I could even hit ‘send,’ the dog would be adopted,” says Gandhi. She estimates going through about 50 applications from April to August before she was able to claim Boone.

Boone and Catherine

Catherine Gandhi and Boone take an afternoon nap on Oct. 6, 2020.

“Having Boone definitely improved my quality of life,” says Gandhi. Although Boone provided much-needed companionship during social isolation, Gandhi quickly realized raising this puppy was going to be a different experience than the

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