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Today is Thursday, October 6th, 2022

Pet Food Recalls

Occasionally there are news reports of recalls of pet food and pet treats. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) posts pet food recalls on its Pet Food Safety Recalls and Alerts page. The Food and Drug Administration also publishes pet food/treat recalls on its website.

Protect Your Pets From Toxic Toads

For many pets, investigating and chasing little “critters” in the yard is just part of playtime. But it can turn deadly if the object of their curiosity is a Bufo marinus toad. These non-native toads, also known as Giant toads, Marine toads, or Cane toads, have been sickening and killing pets in Florida for years – and they’re here in Highlands County. This year seems especially bad. More...

And As If Toads Weren't Enough To Worry About...

Another threat that's also here in Highlands County is the rosary pea plant. In March 2010 Highlands Today reported that 50 to 80 cedar waxwings were found dead in Avon Park after reportedly ingesting berries from this toxic plant. I've found two dead mourning doves in my yard a week apart in July 2013. There was no evidence of injury to either bird, but a berry from a rosary pea plant was lying next to the second mourning dove.

The highly toxic berries from this invasive exotic plant pose risks to both humans and animals. If a pet eats a dead bird that ingested the seeds, it could become severely ill or die. Children may be attracted to the bright red berries.

For help with identifying this potentially deadly plant; visit the University of Florida Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants website.

Have You Seen Dead Birds?

The Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) and Florida Department of Health monitor bird die-offs as a tool to track Avian Influenza and West Nile Virus. The FWC is also monitoring bird electrocutions from power lines and poles in order to fix the fault. If you see a dead bird, don’t touch or handle it, but report it to the FWC by filling out the form found on the following link: http://myfwc.com/bird/.

What's Wrong With "Free To Good Home" Ads?

They may actually place pets in harm's way and promote irresponsible pet ownership. Read more...

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