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We cannot stress enough that you SHOULD NOT get on-line during a pet emergency or when your pet is seriously ill. In an emergency, first aid is not a substitute for veterinary treatment. However, before you are able to get your pet to a veterinarian, knowing some basic first aid can help. Always seek veterinary care following first-aid attempts.

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Sick Sea Turtle Checks Herself into Hospital
A sick sea turtle navigated itself to just the right place, at the right time: the dock of Turtle Hospital, a nonprofit in the Florida Keys dedicated to helping sea turtles. The lucky turtle's move — by chance or not — is already being hailed by the center as "by far the easiest rescue to date."... more

Australian Cattle Dog Survives 6 Months on Desert Island
Sophie Tucker, an Australian cattle dog, spent much of her first four years lounging around inside an air-conditioned house in Queensland, Australia. So when she went overboard last November, her owners Jan and David Griffith assumed she quickly drowned in rough seas. But Sophie was a survivor: She swam five nautical miles (about six miles), landing on St. Bee’s Island in the Great Barrier Reef and living on crabs, goats and koalas... more

World's largest archive of animals sounds
Even wondered what a rufous-sided Towhee sounds like? The Macauley Library of Natural Sounds at Cornell University has the answer. It house the world's largest archive of animals sounds - more than 160,000 audio and video recordings of birds, insects, fish, frogs and mammals. To hear a free recording of Rufous-sided Towhees and other birds, go to

Presidential Pets
Past presidential pets include Martin Van Buren's 2 tiger cubs, John Quincy Adam's alligator, and Calvin Coolidge's pygmy hippopotomus, Billy.

Full moon means more pet emergencies
When the Moon is Full, so is Veterinary Emergency Room. When the full moon rises, dogs and cats go wild - and get hurt. Dogs and cats suffering heart attacks, seizures and trauma end up at Colorado State University's Veterinary Medical Center emergency room in higher numbers around the full moon, according to a new study.