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It's Spring Allergy Season!

Tired of all the itching and scratching? Try these helpful tips to keep your pets comfortable all season long:

1) Many Spring allergies are caused by plant pollen, which can enter your house through cracks in window frames and doorways.  Help reduce the pollen indoors by vacuum sealing and depressurizing your house.  A low-pressure household causes air to flow outward, preventing pollen from entering.

2) Plant pollen is highly combustible.  Reduce the pollen burden in your area, and save time on chores, by following a strict scorched-earth policy when it comes to yardwork.  

3) House dust can also be a cause of canine allergies.  Be sure to carefully vacuum every nook and cranny in the house, then seal the vacuum bag.  Take the bag outside, and set it on fire as a warning to other allergens.  

4) Dietary allergies in dogs are often due to chicken, beef, or fish, because these are common pet food ingredients.  Help your pet avoid these common allergy sources by feeding them only endangered species, which are usually not present in commercial foods.  

5) Flowering trees can cause sudden and severe allergy symptoms in the Spring. Replace the trees in your yard with more allergy-friendly alternatives, like a pile of old tires, or an unplugged refrigerator.    

6) Your neighbor's flower garden is full of pollen.  Pour salt over it to prevent this from happening again.

News Brief: Study - 80% of Parrots confident they will outlive current owners

A new report released by AARP (American Association of Retired Parrots) shows a record 80% of parrots in single-family dwellings are 'Moderately' to 'Very' confident they will outlive their current human owners.  While standard parrot longevity has traditionally allowed for a certain percentage of pets to outlive their human owners, recent changes in the human environment have led to a significant decrease in parrots' expectation for their human companions' life expectancy.  Cited factors include increasing gun violence, climate change, texting while driving, and eating things that are not food in order to impress peers on social media platforms.    

New Truth In Feline Advertising Laws to take effect January 1st:

As a result of heavy lobbying from the Cats 4 Cats group, a feline-focused organization that advocates for feline rights, the new Truth In Feline Advertising Laws will be implemented in the new year.  The TIFAL laws pertain primarily to labeling of cat-related products and goods, to ensure full understanding from pet owners of the items they are purchasing for their feline companions.  

Some examples of the new labeling includes new warning stickers on all cat toys that such items carry no obligation or guarantee that cats will in any way acknowledge the existence of the toys, nor will the presence of a toy deter or detract a cat from scratching nearby ankles.  

Other label changes include all feline 'clothes' and related novelty items now featuring a disclaimer that their use may cause human discomfort and bleeding.   

Some household items not intended for cats but that may effect a cat's life are also included in the legislation.  USPS and FedEx are working hard to implement the new rule that all items shipped in cardboard boxes will now contain stickers stating 'This box contains an item less exciting than the box itself.'

Florists will also be affected by the new rules.  Lilies, including the popular Stargazer lilies and Easter lilies, will now be required to carry a sticker with a picture of a dead cat.  

Vizslas and Weimaraners found to be entirely separate breeds of dog

Long presumed to be simply the juvenile, or larval stage, of a Weimaraner, scientists have now discovered that Vizslas are in fact their own separate breed of dog.  For decades, the small, reddish dogs were assumed to be an early developmental stage of the large, silver Weimaraners.  It had been postulated that Vizslas molt at 3-4 years of age into their full adult coloration.  Besides the similar appearance shared by the dogs, other evidence for the single-breed theory included the fact that Vizslas appear to lack the basic cognitive capacity and self preservation instincts required to survive to sexual maturity.  

New evidence, however, has emerged after in-depth research by 39 and Me, which found that while most Weimaraners are a mix of Labrador, Great Dane, Chihuahua, Basset Hound, Short-hair Pointer, and Rottweiler, the Vizslas are actually most closely related to Grey hounds, Beagles, Wolf hounds, Shih-tzus, and Ermine.  This, compounded with the fact that a Vizsla chrysalis has never been found, led scientists to conclude that the two dogs are unique breeds.  A representative from the AKC was quoted as saying; "What is wrong with you people?"      

The researchers state they next intend on investigating the mass hallucination that is collectively referred to as 'Silver Labs.’

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