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Recently found this on Facebook and it sums up my hate for people who breed these dogs perfectly.
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This is AMAZING!

For those who can’t go to the link, the following is what it says:

FYI, none of this is mine. It was posted by Bilton veterinary centre, the same one as in the picture. All credit goes to them but I felt it was important to get word out about some of the breeds of dogs that are riddled with health problems. If you own a pug that’s perfectly healthy that’s cool, but it’s doesn’t change the fact that an alarming number of short nosed (almost no nosed at this point) dogs have extreme difficulty with tasks like breathing and blinking.

 "So I am going to have a rant now and I apologise in advance if this upsets anyone, but here goes.

   Last week, I managed to reduce a lovely family to floods of tears.  They had brought their new dog in to come and see me.  There was a young lady, her husband and their two children of about 8 or 9 years old and they were all already absolutely besotted with their new pet - their first dog, and they had been planning it for several years.

   The dog was a 5-month-old French Bulldog that they had picked up from a breeder about 4 weeks previously.  They were concerned that their new dog may have “a chill” as the dog had sore runny eyes,  difficulty in eating and kept making a choking sound.  They had also noticed the dog had a “funny smell” about him. As I examined the dog it became quickly apparent what was occurring and my heart sank.

  This dog was yet another increasingly popular “short-nosed” breed that was suffering horribly from a myriad of problems - all related to its poor breeding and its unfortunate anatomy. After the examination, I found that this dog had: 

 - Eyeballs too big for its eye sockets. So much so, that when he blinked, the eyelids didn’t fully cover the eyeballs.  (Imagine going out on a windy day and not being able to blink!) This had resulted in deep painful ulcers forming on both eyes that in the short term would require intensive treatment and could feasibly result in the rupture of one or both eyeballs. 

  - The bones forming the front of his face (the maxilla) were so squashed by virtue of this style of this breed (called the brachycephalics), that the soft-tissue structures of the throat are compressed and forced backwards -  obstructing his larynx.  Amongst other things, his soft palate was so elongated (relative to his skull) that it kept getting trapped over his wind-pipe.

 -His nostrils were completely occluded, so absolutely no airflow was possible through his nose.  All of his breathing had to take place through his open mouth.  This meant that whilst he was eating/sleeping he was going through bouts of asphyxiation and so would have to spit the food out or wake up and open his mouth - purely so he would be able to breathe.  This explained the “choking” sound that there were hearing all the time.  He could just manage to breathe with his mouth open, but this then exacerbated the problems with his soft palate.

 - The skin fold over the top of the nose (caused by the squashed face involuting the skin) had caused a crevice of around 2-3 cms deep, where the skin was rubbing against its self.  In this area, the skin was ulcerated and was full of liquid pus.  It was this that the owners were smelling.  This was incredibly painful for the animal and he cried every time I tried to clean it.

 -The skin around his feet, ears, armpits and groin was red raw and inflamed.   He clearly was very itchy and had been licking at these areas repeatedly - which had, in turn, made them more sore and painful.  This is very typical of a condition called “atopy” which is very common in many breeds, particularly the Bulldogs (French and English). So at this point, the shocked owners asked what needed to be done to sort him out.

  So I had to explain that he would need: 

 - Bilateral eyelid shortening surgery that would allow the dog to blink properly and prevent further ulcers from forming.  As well as long-term medication to improve the quality of his tears.

 - Complex soft tissue surgery of the back of the throat to, (amongst other things) shorten his soft palate to facilitate his breathing.

 - He would need both of his nostrils opening up so as to allow adequate air flow to be possible to allow him to breathe/exercise/eat/sleep properly.

 -He would need a “face-lift” to remove a large amount of excess skin on the front of his face, to try and open up the fold that was causing so much infection and pain.

 -He may need allergy testing, food trials, anti-inflammatories etc to try and manage the atopic skin disease that he has. 

 *He needs all of this fairly urgently.  

 *He can’t have all of this done at once and so will require several anaesthetics and complex procedures to be done over a period of time.   

*He is only 5 months old. 

*He needs all of this doing - just so that he can live a vaguely normal life.   

*HE IS SUFFERING. 

 Also - he is not insured.  It transpired that the new owners looked into insurance but the premium was so high for this breed, that they felt they couldn’t afford it.  To move forward, he would have to go to a specialist veterinary unit (sadly recently set up to deal with the increasing number of very poorly brachycephalic dogs with extreme conformational issues) and this treatment could cost upwards of £8,000 to correct.

 Once I had discussed all this with the owners - they were understandably distraught.  They had hoped for a “cute” and “cuddly” family pet that they had seen examples of spread throughout popular media.  They had no idea that these problems even existed.  Instead, they now have a much-loved dog that is miserable, has a long journey ahead of it and one that they cannot afford to have fixed.

 The family left the room in floods of tears, armed with medication that would temporarily alleviate some of the symptoms and try to make the poor little dog more comfortable.  From what I have later found out, this dog has gone to a rescue centre to be rehomed.  It may have moved away, but its problems most certainly will not have done.

 Pugs, Frenchies, English Bulldogs and Shar-Peis are amongst the breeds which are increasingly being abandoned in vast numbers as people cannot cope with their ongoing problems, illnesses and costs.  It upsets us all hugely when we see how many of the problems frequently associated with these breeds are now classed as “normal”. I will commonly hear “Oh it is normal for this breed to struggle with A, B or C”. NO IT ISN’T NORMAL!

 These trendy flat-faced breeds are some of the most expensive puppies to currently buy.  There is serious money for people who sell a litter of these puppies and so the incentive to breed is VERY high.  It must be said that there are responsible breeders who are trying to “back-breed” these types of dogs to have longer noses, smaller eyes, more open nostrils etc and try to reduce the incidence of these conditions, and these people should be applauded.  However, puppy farms and irresponsible owners are rife, and these “breeders” don’t seem to care a jot about the long-term prognosis and what the future holds for “their” breed. 

 It is also worth noting that many of these breeds are unable to give birth naturally now too (due to the shape of the puppy’s skulls) and so the mothers often go through multiple caesareans… 

 PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE STOP AND THINK before you buy.  Come and talk to US about the breeds that you are interested in - and we shall give you the whole picture.

 I am completely exhausted and totally demoralised seeing these type of problems on a daily basis.  There are enough horrible illnesses, diseases and potential accidents out there without being destined to be unwell before you are even born.

   Whilst people are still buying these dogs, people will still breed them and the problem will never go away.“

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PLEASE LIKE AND REBLOG – Two adorable kittens are looking for their forever home! These little girls were both found abandoned separately, but are now best friends, social and healthy (FeLIV negative), and 8-10 weeks old. The black one (Artemis) plays fetch and loves to scamper around, while the gray one (Diana) loves to cuddle and follow people around. I’d love to keep them, but I already have adult cats of my own.

I’m based in Austin TX, but can drive 4 hours out to deliver them – please contact me here or at folklorewhore@gmail.com if you’re interested.

I see too many people on facebook go into snake groups, post a picture of their obviously sick snake, and say “The vet is not an option, how do I cure this”
NO
You do NOT get a pet and say the vet is not an option. You chose to get an animal, and animal does not get to chose its owner. As such YOU are responsible for the life of that animal and you NEED to get it vet treatment whether you like it or not.

Unpopular opinion apparently, but can’t we all just at least entertain the idea that rehoming a pet isn’t the absolute worst thing you could possibly do? Can we at least be open to the possibility of rehoming - and I’m talking about rehoming, taking proper time to screen possible homes and picking the most suitable one, not dumping them anywhere - sometimes even being the best option, even (or especially) for the animal? That it does not automatically make you selfish and irresponsible?

Pet owners losing heart or ability is never ideal, and ideally shouldn’t happen but it does, life happens, shit happens, and I personally feel that it sometimes may be better to look for a new and better situation than forcing a bad one out of pride or stigma. Nobody should be trapped in unhappy circumstances. That goes for animals, too.

1. Do not kill bees, they aren’t trying to hurt you and rarely sting (because they die if they sting) chances are they’re buzzing around you because you’re wearing a bright colour and they think you’re a flower

2. If you see one on the ground, it’s probably not dead, try feeding it some sugar water or put it on a flower so it can get energy

3. Put bee friendly flowers in your garden so they have lots of pollen and maybe put a bee house too

4. If you have a bees nest in your attic/garden/shed etc, don’t call an exterminator! Call a bee keeper instead so they can be rehomed rather than being killed

Bees are very important and must be looked after! Without bees, humans wouldn’t survive

With the cats and cat furniture being gone, there was so much empty space, so we moved some furniture around… here is my new and improved study space as a result. We got some new, brighter curtains too, which has completely changed the feel of the room. Light and flowers are definitely helping with the healing process 🌿

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All right my wonderful people, these two gorgeous babes desperately need our help.
These are the two from a reblog the other day located in Leesburg, Fl 34748. They are in need of homes!

Some background information about them that we’ve seen so far:

Ruby (black) :
This once mother is a very sweet girl who can’t be much more than 5 years old at the very most. (based solely on my own personal experience with pits and dogs in general.) She’s eager to learn and please and has a thing for toys. She can be a little rowdy once you first get home, but soon settles and is happy to just lay next to you and sleep.
With the right amount of love and dedication to training she could make an amazing family member.

Delilah (brindle) :
This little girl seems to be a few years younger than Ruby, possibly in the 1-2 year range but is just as eager to please and learn. She doesn’t jump like Ruby does but does have some shyness and skiddish tendencies from what we assume was physical abuse.
She is an adorable sweetheart who just wants to love and be loved. She also seems to be the quieter of the two.

Ideally we’d hate to see this pair separated because they’ve so clearly bonded and are showing some separation anxiety from one another, but if the right homes for both of them are with two different families then arrangements can be made.

I’m sorry this post is so long but please, if you’ve made it this far share this with everyone and let’s get these two their furever homes.
Also, if you’re in the area and would like to meet them or know of someone who would take good care of them give a shout to myself or @promisesofamazing and we’ll make things happen!

I will be sharing updates as the pair gets checked out by a vet and temperaments are tested.
As of right now we see potential for them to be good with children and potential to be good with other dogs given the right introductions and handling, as Ruby has shown what could be aggression to at least one of the smaller dogs in the home.
Updates will happen hopefully every two/three days.

Thank you! 💛

Anyone in the Valdosta, Ga area and surrounding want a kitten?

Or know anyone who is wanting a kitten? My friend is a vet who is fostering two kittens at 8weeks and they’re weened, potty trained, on hard food, they’ve got all their shots and they’ve been given a dewormer, so they’re all set.

She can’t foster both but she has a male and female and asks that at least one gets rehomed. If both get homed that’d be good.

I’m not sure how many people are in my area but yeah.

South Georgia/North Florida area

IMPORTANT FISH PSA!!!

You see this aquarium right here?

It goes by many names and comes in several different sizes, from 2 gallon to 3.5 gallon. There are many different brands of this kind of aquarium, and judging by the positive reviews most of them aren’t too bad.

HOWEVER one of these brands can and will kill your fish. A month ago, I bought an Aquaculture 11.4 litres (3 gallons) 360′ View Aquarium with multicolored LED lights as shown above. It was $40 and looked pretty cool, plus it was the perfect size for a betta, so why the hell not?

After I got it set up (following the instructions to a T), the first betta I put in it died within hours. The next two also died fairly quickly. I tested my parameters and besides one of the bettas (either the 2nd or 3rd) “vomiting” a lot which resulted in a nitrite spike, there was nothing at all that could have harmed them- no ammonia, no nitrates, nothing. The pH and hardness were where they needed to be, I had a small heater and a thermometer to measure temperature, everything was rinsed before use, and I conditioned the water. I took a sample to PetSmart to be tested and they could find nothing wrong.

It was only after I (stupidly) put a fourth betta in it that a strong chemical smell started coming from the tank. I’m talking, like, the smell of bleach. I couldn’t breathe. I quickly rehomed the betta in question (he made a full recovery) and returned the tank to the store. They replaced it with an identical one and I, hoping I just got a “bad batch”, set this one up and rehomed the betta again.

Nope. This tank, too, leached chemicals into the water. Please take note of this brand and as cute of a tank as it is for a decent price, do NOT waste your money on it. It caused me so much heartache and a few great fish.

Avoid this tank at all costs. Probably the entire brand.

As everyone knows I have a hell of a lot of snails that are forever growing. Now because of this I cannot keep them all into adulthood, that would be to much to handle(to many tanks, to much feeding and God forbid if they had babies). Therefore if there is anyone who lives in the United Kingdom who would be willing to take them on and care for them (do your research first, good homes only, preferably people who have or already owned GALS please) then please contact me, thanks.

Parrot Keeping

I don’t get it.

People want to get a single parrot because if they get two then the parrot won’t like them as much.

But then they don’t want the parrot to view them as a mate.

What did you expect? You got a pet in which most species mate for life. Their lives revolve around their mate, preening their mate, feeding their mate, having sex with their mate, raising babies with their mate, driving away competitors from their mate, and yes, spending their entire life with their mate.

You prime them for this situation by you or a housemate being the only ones available, and then freak out when they want to do this to you. It’s natural. It’s not bad. Your parrot isn’t misbehaving, it isn’t a bad bird just because you are keeping a wild animal in a captive situation where it just wants to do what every feather on its body is telling it to do. Stop treating it like such, stop punishing them for displaying mating behaviors.

Do what you signed up for by getting a single bird or work to get your bird a feathered mate. That doesn’t mean buying the first bird at the pet store you see and throwing them in a cage together and wondering why they don’t like each other. That means becoming a match maker and setting up play dates, or even consider rehoming your bird to someone who can.

Stop buying parrots and expecting these wild animals to be pets. They’re not. We’re on the way to domesticating birds like budgies, cockatiels, love birds, Indian ring necks…but we’re still so far from being able to keep them happy and healthily easily like we are with chickens and pigeons who thrive with us. Hell, starlings make better pets than parrots since at least they often choose to be with us.

And please, when you’re researching any animal don’t do a quick google search. Talk to as many people as possible, both new owners and experienced owners.

rehoming a pet by finding a loving caring person to take them in, or finding a good rescue organization or shelter, doesn’t make you a bad pet owner or a bad person

circumstances sometimes necessitate a major change. it’s not your fault.

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I found this on Twitter, while following a link from Tastefully Offensive, and I not only hate the “you’re a bad person if you have to surrender a pet” mentality with an undying passion, but I hate that this person used someone’s tragedy to try to “prove” that mentality.

This is absolutely a tragic story, and what we SHOULD learn from this is:

1. You should ALWAYS put your animal’s welfare first, even if that means finding them a new home when you are no longer able to care for them, and there is absolutely NO shame in having to surrender an animal, because an animal is ALWAYS better off with someone who is willing and/or able to give them the best possible care. I commend this person for recognizing that, and I’m sorry that it ended in a tragedy for them.

2. If you’ve adopted an animal with the level of pedigree described, you should also ALWAYS RETURN YOUR ANIMAL TO THE BREEDER. If they’re a reputable breeder, THEY WILL TAKE THEM BACK. This is also relevant to a lot of rescue animals, as well, and I, in fact, had to sign a contract when taking Scully home that stated, if I could no longer care for her, that I would return her to the shelter that I got her from. A lot of places make you do this, because they have resources to SAFELY rehome an animal that you don’t. Some of them even have monetary penalties for breaching the contract you signed (including some breeders, I believe).

3. If you’re not going to or can’t take your pet back to where you got it from, for the love of god, DO YOUR RESEARCH, and don’t just trust what friends/family/acquaintances tell you about a place. Most shelters, rescues, etc. have websites, these days (and, honestly, not having one is your first red flag), and most of them will flat-out tell you their save rates and/or kill rates. If they DON’T, they probably have something to hide. Yes, it is sometimes difficult to find a no-kill shelter or rescue that actually has room to take an animal in, especially if you don’t live in a large city, but it’s still up to YOU to find the one that is best for your pet, and to figure out how to get them there, even if that means finding someone to take care of them for a while (if it’s an absolute time-crunch situation) or waiting to give them up until you know there is a place for the them.

THERE IS NO SHAME IN REHOMING A PET. No matter how much you love them, life happens. Scully is the ultimate testament to that. I would not have her if the circumstances of her previous owner hadn’t changed to the point where she absolutely could not keep her. I’m grateful that the son of that owner did the RIGHT thing, and instead of keeping a cat he didn’t want, gave her to an organization dedicated to finding the right home for her, no matter how long it took. She is my first ever rescue cat, and I can’t even imagine what either of our lives would be like right now if we hadn’t met.

Shelters and rescues exist for a very important reason, and eradicating them or shaming people into keeping pets they can’t properly care for isn’t going to save a whole lot of animals, if any, from pain, misery, or death. There are a lot of better ways to save animals from tragedies like this, including donating to or volunteering at a local shelter or rescue, so that they can help save even more animals.

This is Kiwi, she’s a Maximilian Pionus Parrot
I just took her in from a home that kept her in a small cage for her size with no toys but a clump of poop covered cage. The owner wanted to get into bird breeding and was very misinformed about many of the aspects of both parrot keeping and parrot breeding. However this post isn’t really to trash talk this birds previous owner but to find information. All I want is to find this birds original owner I hate not knowing anything about her including stuff like age, gender, name. This bird would’ve been rehomed somewhere I think around October/November with two blue headed pionus parrots in the Spokane Washington area. This bird is insanely sweet and although she is very nervous and scared she has to have a had a very loving home at one point and I would love to get into contact if by some miracle the right person sees this

how my husband got a cat today
  • Saturday: so there's this nice cat hanging around my work place that i am feeding
  • Sunday: it's not a good cat environment i'm gonna bring cat home and take to a shelter or something ok
  • Monday: shelters have high kill rates and this cat is nice and smart and i will rehome her myself ok maybe my boss will take her idk
  • Tuesday: *catches cat and brings home* SHE WAS SO GOOD SHE DIDN'T CRY AND DIDN'T TRY TO SCRATCH ME WHEN I PUT HER IN A BOX AND LET'S PUT FLEA MEDICATION ON AND GET HER SOME FOOD AND LOOK SHE'S PRETTY
  • Wednesday: her name is Curie and she is a precious angel and i am the only one who is allowed to pick out her collar and it is purple look she's my princess

Imagine Loki going with Thor to an animal shelter because Thor is trying to teach him kindness and humility, but Loki is in no way interested. When he hears a puppy whimpering incessantly, he rolls his eyes and ignores it. Finally, he comes face to face with the small, unimpressive creature when Thor hands him a puppy feeding bottle. To which, Loki looks at the apparatus and disgustedly asks “Why doesn’t its mother feed it?” To which Thor explains she abandoned it and refused to care for it because it is a runt, the owners had left it to die in a box by a river. On hearing that Loki swears to tend to the pup and when it is old enough to be rehomed, a family come to take it, but it will not leave Loki, it refuses to be parted from him.