Beijing, Sep 10 Chinese researchers have found that cats may be catching the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) at far higher rates than thought before, which could mean they have unique ways of fighting off the virus. Researchers from Huazhong Agricultural University, in the Chinese city, took blood samples from 102 cats. Nasal and anal swabs were also collected. The study, published in the journal Emerging Microbes & Infections, shows Covid-19 antibodies present in 15 of the blood samples taken from the cats. Of these, 11 cats had neutralizing antibodies - proteins that bind so successfully to a virus they block the infection. None of the cats actually tested positive for Covid-19 or displayed obvious symptoms and, according to the results of return visits, none of these felines have died, the study said. The sample of cats looked at included 46 abandoned from three animal shelters, 41 from five pet hospitals, and 15 cats were from Covid-19 patient families. The three cats with the highest levels of antibodies were all owned by patients who had been diagnosed with Covid-19, whilst there were also signs of cats being infected with the virus by other cats from those that were abandoned or based in the pet hospitals. The research team stated that whilst there is currently no evidence for cat-to-human transmission, precautions should be considered. "Although the infection in stray cats could not be fully understood, it is reasonable to speculate that these infections are probably due to the contact with SARS-CoV-2 polluted environment, or Covid-19 patients who fed the cats," said study lead author Meilin Jin. The team assessed the type of antibody reactions in thorough detail and were able to describe the dynamic characteristics of the antibodies found. Amongst many discoveries within the antibodies, they saw that the type of reaction produced by the cats resembles those observed in seasonal coronavirus infections, implying that the cats who have had SARS-CoV-2 infection "remain at risk of re-infection". The authors stated that this is a similar transient antibody response to also be observed in humans and that their study should be used going forwards as a "reference for the clinical treatment and prevention of Covid-19". "We suggest that cats have great potential as an animal model for assessing the characteristic of antibody against SARS-CoV-2 in humans," they added. Recently, a study published in the journal Nature Communications, revealed that antiviral drug for cats may help fight Covid-19 in humans. ians
New Delhi, July 31 While some of us chose to remain in a self-imposed lockdown, many are returning to life as it was before the lockdown. For pets this can be daunting, especially after having spent so much time with you at home. If you've started going back to work, Devanshi Shah, founder, Petkonnect shares some tips with to help you prepare your pet for this change. Encourage Space Especially for pet parents whose pets are alone at home when they go to work, you need to encourage your pets to start spending time by themselves again. Start working in a room separate from your pets for an hour or two a day and gradually increase this number. Try doing this a week or two before you return to work, so your pets gradually start enjoying their own company once again, rather than experiencing a sudden shift. A sudden shift could lead to cases of separation anxiety. Get The Family Involved For those of us who have family at home, get them involved. Get other members to start taking on different activities of the day such as going for a walk, play time or feeding your pet. This way your pet will reduce their dependency on your full time presence and not get strained by your absence as strongly. Return To The Old Routine Under the lockdown, everyone felt the need to change their routine. Normally you might have only returned from work at 9 pm and then eaten dinner, but now you may now be enjoying a far more timely supper. The same would have happened for your pet, who you may now be feeding at a different time given that you're at home. While you're still at home, go back to the timing of activities as they were pre-lockdown. This will get your pets used to their old lifestyle and reduce the number of changes they experience. Make Them Sleep In Their Beds: This period has been hard on everyone, and many pet parents have taken comfort in the arms of their pets to deal with lockdown blues! This may have resulted in your pet moving from their bed onto yours, so everyone sleeps better at night. Try moving them back to their bed to reduce the co-dependency that has developed over this period. Small actions go a long way in preparing your pets mentally. The sooner you begin preparing your pets, the lesser of an impact they will feel when you leave home for the larger part of the day.
Hyderabad, Proving its faithfulness to man, a pet dog sacrificed its life to save its owner from a poisonous snake. The owner was sleeping when the dog, a Pomeranian, engaged a snake which had slithered into the house. The incident occurred in Kallur in Telangana's Khammam district on Sunday. Kishore, a Registered Medical Practitioner (RMP), was enjoying his siesta when the canine spotted a snake entering the house. It started barking and sensing danger to its master's life, engaged the reptile in a fight. On hearing the cries of the dog, which had suffered a venomous bite, Kishore found the snake. He killed the snake with a stick and took his pet to a veterinarian but it died on the way. Kishore and his other family members were seen wailing at the body of Snoopi, the name they had given to their pet dog. April 13 (IANS)
Earlier this year in Hong Kong a pet dog was declared ‘positive’ for coronavirus and was quarantined. The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of Hong Kong said that it was a case of human to animal transmission. The dog did not show any symptoms of COVID 19 but its owner was diagnosed with the pandemic. Pet owners across the world are now becoming concerned with the outbreak of coronavirus. The World Health Organisation (WHO) in a statement said at present there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus. Even global health organisations have issued advisories telling that there is no evidence that pets can spread coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concurred saying there’s no reason to think that animals including pets could be a source for coronavirus. WHO in its directive advises people to wash their hands with soap and water after touching their pets. This will protect them from disease like E.coli and Salmonella which passes from pets to human beings. Broadly WHO advises people to: Cover your mouth and nose while sneezing, with a tissue or your elbow Put the tissue straight into a closed bin Wash your hands afterwards, and then frequently, with soap or sanitiser Keep your distance from people who are coughing and sneezing (at least one metre)
New Delhi: An extra treat here, a lazy day-in there, all this can lead to your pet being obese. It is hard to ignore that puppy face your pet makes while he or she watches you eat, but as per experts, pet obesity is a direct result of changing pet lifestyles. "Pets and pet owners have evolved in the last couple of decades. More food options, reduced open spaces for pets and busy work culture for pet parents have all contributed to a very different lifestyle for pets in the country. All these factors contribute significantly to pet obesity which is very much a cause of concern," Gaurav Kwatra, Director, PURINA Petcare India, told. The pet nutrition brand, which developed a nine-stage Body Conditioning system to assess pets, has also done a 14-year lifespan study with dogs. Results show that dogs that maintain a lean muscle mass live a life upto 15 per cent longer with better quality of life. It's almost a natural instinct to feed our furry companions whatever you are eating. What goes ignored is the fact that, pets also prone to obesity and overindulgence may be harmful to the pet's health in the long run. "Apart from the overindulgence, there are plenty of factors that can cause obesity in pets. Sometimes, obesity in pets could be caused by thyroid problems. However, in most cases, obesity is linked to lifestyle and the nutrition intake," Kwatra adds. What could be the ill-effects of obesity in pets? Obesity in pets can not only be highly detrimental to their health but also cause discomfort for them in performing day to day activities. Obese pets are usually far less active and are susceptible to conditions like arthritis, diabetes mellitus, cardio-pulmonary problems, constipation, cancer and even premature death. Can this be cured or reversed by administering a certain kind of food only? While the emergence of specialized diets would play a vital role in countering the epidemic, together with the veterinarians we need to raise awareness on pet obesity and educate pet owners/parents on how they can help their pets lead a healthier and happier life with proper nutrition. Proper exercise is also crucial in maintaining a pet's health and it is imperative that pet parents take them out for regular walks.
Relocating with pets has always been a nitty-gritty moment for the masters, so just think how anxious it could make your pets. They easily get irritated when we make any changes in their habitat or their living environment. Such problems don't come with a magical solution. Aakanksha Bhargava, CEO of PMR, underlines few tips that could make your beloved companion's experience a bit calmer and enjoyable. Closely research the pet import laws in the place that you're relocating First things first, get all the paperwork done before moving to the desired location. Basically paperwork is needed only when you are planning to cross state lines or planning for air travel, only then you have to keep your papers in order. In case if you are moving a few blocks away there is no need for paperwork. Talk to your vet Before shifting, you should talk with your veterinary doctor over the issue, and seek their guidance. You should visit the veterinarian to get all the important vaccinations, medications and records updated before leaving for the new place. It is also essential to find out if your pet needs to be tranquillised. If yes, then would it be safe for your pet or not. Once you have reached your destination, find a vet who can visit your place at regular intervals. Just like humans they also need to be taken care of. Work with a pet relocation service company If you are worrying a bit about your pet relocation, you should immediately consult with a pet relocation agency. Their mentorship can help you in this difficult moment. They will offer you the state of the art services, which can resolve your issues up to some extent. Such agencies will provide you every support you have needed, the only thing you have to assure them, is you obey all of your destination's pet import rules. Start getting your pet early in their kennels as early as possible (customized kennels for the pet) Relocating a pet by keeping him inside a kennel is one of the safest and secure methods. Pet kennels provide a lot of benefits to the pets irrespective of their mode of travel. That's why it's been suggested to acquaint your pet with the kennel before relocations. Higher the association of pet with the kennel, lower will be the trouble during relocation. A professional pet moving company not only help one with moving their pets along but also takes care of the basic yet crucial details such as tranquilising details which are a must and should be affixed to the container. One can find essential details, such as time at which tranquiliser was given, type of sedation, dosage and estimated durations for tranquilising. Apart from this, proper feeding and watering requirements should be kept along with kennel. All the necessary feeding instructions should be affixed to the container along with the supplies at the outer top side of the container. Why should we use a kennel? Reduces travel anxiety. Prevents injuries to the pets. Maintains the supply of food and water. Prevents any kind of littering inside the vehicle premises. Get all your documents in order Make sure that you have all the sets of required documents. The set of required documents will be of rabies vaccines and other vaccinations documents, a letter from your vet allowing the pet to travel, certificates satisfying the pet norms of the desired place is crucial. It is also essential to keep in mind that sufficient information and arrangements regarding quarantine and delivery are also mentioned. Also whether or not the pet is accompanied with an attendant and whether or not the "Live Animal" Label has been correctly identified and attached with the pet's document & kennel. Know where your pet will be on running day Make sure you microchip all of your animals during your last vet visit if they aren't already chipped. Have all ID tags, collars and leashes accessible on the move-out day to put on your pet on surveillance mode. Keep their food, toys and beds available so you can set them up easily once you get to the new house. Along with checking for anything in the house that you left behind, make sure you count heads before you leave, including kids and pets. After moving day, don't let pets roam around the neighbourhood until they are acclimated Ease your pet into the new house by familiarizing it a little bit. Place their common items in the places they're used to - bowls, litter boxes, scratching posts. For example, if their bowls were in the old place in the kitchen, keep the bowls in the kitchen in the new place. When their litter box is inside the toilet, put it in the new place in the kitchen. Also, don't let your pet to roam in the surrounding until they get familiar to everyone. Source:IANS
New Delhi: Salman Khan has been actively sharing posts about different facets of his life on social media and his latest Instagram entry is not an exception. On Wednesday night, Salman shared an adorable picture along with his little friend, who happens to be his pet pooch. Salman can be seen caressing his dog and looking at him lovingly in the picture. In his post, the 53-year-old actor described his little friend as the "most loving, loyal and selfless species." He wrote: "Spending time with the most loving, loyal and selfless species." The picture received over 3 lakh likes within a few hours. Salman's pet pooch frequently makes appearances on his Instagram profile. A few days ago, the actor shared a video from his work-out session, in which his dog walked into the frame, leaving Salman amused, who could be seen smiling in the video. Salman has never shied away from expressing his love for his pets. When the actor lost his dog Mylove in October last year, the actor shared a special post on social media. That's not it, When his pet dogs - Myson and Myjaan died in 2009, the actor constructed a memorial for them in Mumbai.
Perth: Cats could be banned from going outdoors during certain hours under laws to tackle the number of strays in Western Australia. Government officials in Perth are reviewing cat and dog legislation after a rise in complaints about stray animals. Proposed changes to the Cat Act 2011 could see felines forced to stay indoors permanently or given curfews that limit them from going outdoors between sunrise and sunset. The law review could also see harsher penalties handed out for owners of noisy or dangerous dogs. According to PerthNow newspaper, hospitals in Perth treat about 25 people a week on average for dog bites. Since 2013, punishment for dog owners whose pets attack people or other animals was increased to a maximum A$10,000 (£5,400) fine or 12 months in jail.
Abu Dhabi: The largest aquarium in the Middle East was now 70 per cent complete and is set to open next year in Abu Dhabi, the media reported on Thursday. The 10-zone, the giant National Aquarium at Al Qana measuring over 7,000 square metres is expected to welcome an estimated 1 million visitors per year, Gulf News reported. The aquarium will form one of the key anchor features at Al Qana, the much-anticipated waterfront destination in the heart of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital. Home to more than 33,000 marine creatures, responsibly and ethically sourced from around the world, The National Aquarium will be led by a world-class team of 80 marine experts and specialists. Commenting on the progress of the project, general manager of The National Aquarium Paul Hamilton, said: "This will bring the excitement and wonder of the oceans to the doorsteps of Abu Dhabi's community and to visitors from all around the world. "Through accredited educational programmes and accessible information, people of all ages will be able to understand more about the marine world at The National Aquarium." The National Aquarium will have a whole department dedicated to education. It will have the capacity to welcome 50,000 school children a year to visit and learn at the site. Guests will be able to learn about more than 250 species, spanning from the tropical waters of the Pacific and freshwaters of the Amazon through to the frozen ice caps of the Arctic and the caves of the Mediterranean. At its core, The National Aquarium will educate about the UAE and Arabian Gulf, celebrating the marine marvels of its home nation.
New Delhi: It's not just dogs, but cats can be your furry friends too. If you got one, understand how to maintain their nutritional requirements to ensure a healthy lifestyle for cats, say experts. Lack of proper knowledge about the essential nutrients required for their diet can be detrimental to the cat's health and growth. Gaurav Kwatra, Director, PURINA PetCare India, that has recently launched PURINA FRISKIES, a premium cat food brand in India, and veterinarian Hitesh Swali have shared some key points to keep in mind while selecting the right food for cats: * Cats have unique nutritional needs: Nutrients such as taurine should be included in their diet as they are unable to produce sufficient amounts naturally. A deficiency in taurine can result in a number of conditions in which their heart and eye health can severely suffer. * Cats need more protein: Adult cats require approximately 44 per cent more protein than adult dogs. If protein intake is inadequate, the cat will start to break down its own body protein to meet its energy requirements. This high protein must also be accompanied by essential amino acids, essential fatty acids and vitamins such as A and D. * Cats are picky eaters: It is necessary to provide cats with an exciting mealtime experience. While complete nutrition is extremely important for cats, it is equally important to delight their senses through differently shaped kibbles and delicious aromas. * Cats enjoy small meals: Unlike dogs, cats are nibblers and enjoy many small meals throughout the day. Hence, it is important that the food is nutritionally balanced and provides the right nutrients in adequate amounts. * Cats cannot survive on a vegetarian diet: Cats are obligate carnivores, hence it is impossible to meet their requirements with a vegetarian diet. Cats also have different nutritional requirements and different ways in which their body assimilates nutrients hence cat food formulated by nutritionists addresses these unique needs.