A large scale study of Cat  intestinal cancer reveals some interesting results that will not only benefit cats, but could also benefit humans down the road. The oncology department at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine conducted  the study on 1,129 cases of intestinal tumors in cats. The large sample was able to span 47 years of cancer and give some detailed results.

The most common intestinal cancers discovered in the cats were lymphoma (cancer of the immune system), and most of the cancers showed up in the small intestines.

The cat breed most at risk of intestinal cancer was the Siamese. With the most at risk group being the male Siamese aged 7 years or older.

As reported by http://www.sciencedaily.com, associate teaching professor Kim Selting reveals:

“This is important because there are very few population-based studies that allow us to evaluate cancer and risk factors on such a large scale,” Selting said. “Pet owners should be on the lookout for unexplained weight loss, vomiting and diarrhea, because these issues can be associated with intestinal cancer.”

Selting says that tracking animal cancer is important because animals share the environment with humans. By noting patterns of cancer development, doctors and veterinarians may become aware of environmental factors that could be causing tumor progression in different species, including humans.

“Animal health care may predict what could be coming for human health care,” Selting said. “For example, dogs are really the only species, other than humans, that develop the toughest type of prostate cancers. If a treatment develops that can help with prostate cancer, we can test it on dogs and find results faster because cancer in dogs progresses faster than cancer in humans.”

This is a fine example of helping animals ultimately benefiting humans. Let us hope that they are indeed able to find a cure for cancer in cats.


This would have to be one of the most appalling cases I have seen recently.

A Cincinnati police dog is reported to have died while locked in a hot vehicle.

Police say 13-year department member Brian Trotta inadvertently left the female German shepherd, Juno, in the car while responding to a family emergency. source

I am not sure what the family emergency was, obviously it was serious enough to entertain the officer in question for an extended time period.  No doubt the loss of his trusted companion only added to the woes of officer Trotta. But that does not help his dog any.

Perhaps it is unfortunate for officer Trotta that his case is going to be so high-profile, but if members of the police cannot set the example for the rest of society on animal welfare then there is something wrong. These are not only man’s best friend, they are highly trained members of the constabulary that the public has a vested interest in. To have them treated so poorly is a tragedy on many counts.

I am sorry constable Trotta but I see no acceptable excuse for allowing your partner to slowly cook to death in your vehicle.

New Product Will Keep Tabs On Your Canine

AT&T have combined with Apisphere to create a dog collar that will enable you keep tabs on your family pet at all times.

Apisphere already have successfully launched the Geomatejr product and believe their second hardware product, the Location-Based Dog Collar will be equally successful.

Using wireless SIM technology embedded in the collar a dog owner will be able to track their pet via the AT&T network using a wireless handset or personal computer.

Updates on the dog’s whereabouts can be sent via text, email, video or audio alerts as often as programmed. Once registered owners can program pet details and important contact details. They can then create a geo-fence around the section in which the animal can roam freely under geo-supervision.  One outside of this designated area it is possible to track the dog with street level mapping technology.

The collar itself has been designed with your pet in mind and through the use of optimized GPS and wireless technologies has very little if any restrictions on the size of the dog, or discomfort to your pet when wearing the collar.

Keep an eye out for the launch later this year.

“Real Ham Bone For Dogs” Under Investigation

The Real Ham Bone for Dogs product sold under the Dynamic Pet Products label has been accused of causing serious illness or death in dogs.

The Food and Drug Administration is is investigating complaints about the product.  If the claims are founded then they will be looking to take action and notify the public.

The company itself has expressed concern and grief that the product may be responsible for such reactions with pets. They say quality and safety are among their main priorities and they have made the following statement:

That is why every package contains a label that provides detailed instructions to owners on how they can help their pets best enjoy our products. We strongly encourage owners to supervise their pets with any treats or snacks.

The treat is a smoked pig femur and is packaged as a dog treat or chew bone.

According to Better Business Bureau reports from St. Louis the main area of concern is the bones splintering, causing ulcerations or obstructions in the dogs’ intestines. Reported symptoms include dogs becoming lethargic or vomiting.

Unfortunately, the warnings are too late for at least one dog lover who discovered his dog too late. The dog was found dead and bleeding from the mouth.


Pet Bull Not Pit Bull Responsible For Attack

In a tragic turn of events an eastern Pennsylvania man  was fatally attacked the day before he turned 53.  The guilty party was a “pet” bull, which makes a change from the usual “pit bull” head lines. Pit bull owners can breathe a sigh of relief.

Once again an animal with a less than pet like nature turns on its owner.  Yes, I am sad to see a man dead, but a bull is not a pet.

I have been surrounded by cattle all my life, and I would not trust a bull.  Our bulls, are normally very handleable and I have never been attacked by one.  Yet, I would not trust any of them.   Even a playful bunt can have tragic consequences when you are talking about an animal weighing a ton or more.

Ricky Weinhold, loved animals, and apparently treated all his cattle as pets.  It is often “pet” animals the most dangerous, as they do not respect humans the same.

We will never know exactly what happened to Mr. Weinhold, but is fair to assume, as the coroner did, that his bull “known to be temperamental” was responsible for the death.   Having already inflicted serious harm on Mr. Weinhold in the past, the bull should have already been burgers.

No doubt this will not be the last attack of its kind, just as it is not the first, but taking proper precautions when dealing with dangerous animals would go a long to preventing these occurrences.

My condolences to the Weinhold family.


Casper the bus riding cat has been the tragic victim of a hit and run (source).

Many people around the world were amazed and taken by the antics of Casper the cat who was a regular on his local Plymouth bus service.

The local bus company, First Devon and Cornwall, used an image of Casper as advertising on one of their buses. Although devastated by the cat’s death they say they will not be removing his picture.  So Casper the bus riding cat will have his own cat memorial for some time to come.

Perhaps one of the greatest tragedies of the accident was the failure of the driver to stop and access the damage caused.

Is this a sign of the times – that the life of a cat has so little value to warrant stopping to see if it can be saved?

Do we care about, not only the cat, but the loving family sat at home waiting for their cat to return?

Perhaps our “civilized” society should pause to reflect on the lessons of the loss of our celebrity commuter – Casper the cat.

Pet Tarantula Shoots Barbed Hairs Into Eyes

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Initially prescribed with conjunctivitis the 29-year-old British man was sent home with an antibiotic ointment. It was until a visit 3 weeks later to hospital because the condition wouldn’t clear up that the man remembered the incident with his pet tarantula.

While examining the man’s eye with a high magnification the doctors found fine hair-like projections embedded in the man’s cornea. Continue Reading »