Flea Jump Mystery Solved

Forty-four years after the debate about how fleas jump began, researchers say they’ve solved the mystery thanks to high-speed cameras that show the insects pushing off with their toes rather than with their knees. Jorge Ribas reports.
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Sweetest Bull Terrier Puppy

Bull Terrier puppy

cutest sweetest bull terrier puppy


Sweetest Bull Terrier puppy! How can there be so much cuteness in one picture! Those ears! That face!

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Eagle Delivers E-mail By Hand

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Minecraft Mod Showcase : THE INFECTION MOD!

ZOMBIES! AHH! this Mod adds zombies that infect 3 other mobs in the game with a zombie virus! check out the mod here and tell them Sky sent you! www.minecraftforum.net Follow me on twitter and twitch.tv! www.twitch.tv twitter.com Music used in this video is by C418 Music used in my intro is Mechanolith by KevinMacleod at www.incompetech.com

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Don’t Be That Vet

On Saturday, I’m boarding a plane yet again and jetting off- strangely enough- right back to Orlando, the last place I went on a trip. The last quarter of 2012 was a blur, and then I had a break the last few weeks. If you consider moving and unpacking a break, that is (it’s about as restful as sleeping on a bed of nails, for reference.)

Back in the saddle again- off to the NAVC conference. Will I EVER get to Harry Potter land?

I’m not exactly ramping up again, not quite. It’s just a wee side trip to the North American Veterinary Conference to man the World Vets booth, one of the perks of going on trips and not embarrassing the organization over a multiple month period. I’m a voluntevangelist. A purveyor of the World Vets experience.

As you know, World Vets launched the veterinary textbook drive last year, and to date they have a good 50 or so books sent in, which is excellent.

I want more. I KNOW all you vets out there have at least 20 apiece collecting dust in your library, or your garage, or a storage unit. You have one or two or three you still use on occasion and then you rely on VIN for everything else. So send them in! Our colleagues in Central and South America have nothing except the notes they managed to take down in school. That old Fossum could- would, I guarantee it- save lives.

Or do you still need them? Dr. Roark and I investigated the topic last month, with the gracious help of Dr. Chris Hoolihan and his staff at Pacific Beach Veterinary Clinic.

It’s not too late! Never too late to lose a few unwanted pounds! So send those books in- your colleagues will thank you. And if you’re not a vet, tell them about the drive next time you’re in- I bet they have at least one or two books World Vets could really use.

Anyone going to NAVC? Give me a shout! I’d love to meet up.

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Facebook fan, Kimberly Schepers, told us the story of her dog, Chip, and their first experience with Halo natural dog food. Here’s what she wrote:

In February, our family got a little chorkie we named Chip. In April, Chip started having seizures and was extremely hard to potty train. In June, Chip was diagnosed with epilepsy and we were told medication was the only option to ease his seizures, which were heartbreaking to watch our little man have. Shortly after being diagnosed he stopped eating his old food. His vet said to try another brand. Needless to say one bowl of food lasted a month.

Worried I talked to the dog trainer at Petco about his difficulty potty training and his picky eating. She recommended Halo. Skeptically, I bought the Turkey, Pheasant and Duck Recipe. When I got home I opened the bag and first off it actually smelled good. I poured him a bowl and hoped for the best. He not only ate it. He loved it. Fast forward 5 months and Chip is potty trained and, miracle of miracles, Chip’s seizures, which we were told could only be controlled with medication, have disappeared! Thank you guys so much for providing a quality food that has provided my little baby boy a new quality of life!

The Schepers- Mathieson family and Chippy

Kimberly, thank you for sharing your Halo story. We are happy that Chip is doing well and hope his good health continues with Halo.

Have a Halo story? Share it with us on Halo’s Facebook page.


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Find Out If Your Dog Has Allergies Or Hot Spots

Find Out If Your Dog Has Allergies Or Hot Spots


Allergies: Unlike humans, the first sign of discomfort usually shown by an allergic dog is itchy, irritated skin. Some dogs also get a runny nose or eyes, sneeze or even suffer from vomiting and diarrhea. Uncovering the source of the allergy can be quite frustrating for owners and veterinarians alike.


dog allergiesSome dogs are allergic to components in their diet. A food allergy can emerge early in life; usually the offenders are beef or soy products. The best way to determine if diet is causing an allergic reaction is to feed hypoallergenic food for several weeks and see if the signs regress. To be altogether certain of a food allergy, you’d need to challenge the dog with the prior food and see if the signs recur.


Another common allergic condition is known as atopy. Atopy refers to an inhalant allergy or a reaction to environmental components. Molds, plants, dust, even furniture stuffing fall into this category. Signs of atopy may be seasonal. The only practical way to discover what’s bothering this allergic dog is to ask a veterinary dermatologist to conduct an intradermal skin test, much as is done with human allergy sufferers. Then you can try avoiding offensive material, or attempt hyposensitization. These problems are also best discussed with a qualified dermatologist.


A few comments about some common dog allergies: many dogs are sensitive to flea collars, flea bites or dyes in plastic food dishes. These things are easily identified and corrected. If a flea collar irritates your dog’s neck, remove it and wash the area thoroughly with a mild shampoo. Switch to another type of product. And if your dog’s red, irritated nose is caused by an allergy to dyed plastic by replacing the plastic dish with metal or glass. If it’s an allergy, the condition should be resolved.


Hot Spots: One of the most common summertime complaints seen by veterinarians are hot spots – round hairless patches of tender, red, oozing skin which seem to erupt overnight. They are usually found on the rump, although they may appear anywhere on the body. Hot spots are especially prevalent in heavy-coated breeds and in any dog with skin allergies.


Hot spots probably begin as a focus of irritation caused by a flea bite, impacted anal sacs or other small annoyances. However, the more the dog licks and chews at the spot, the worse it feels, so the more the animal licks and chews. A small problem explodes into a large one. These lesions need to be treated promptly before you have a dog in agony.


Treatment of a hot spot begins with clipping away the surrounding hair and cleaning the surface of the wound. The area is then covered with a soothing spray, liquid or ointment. The veterinarian will attempt to find and eliminate the source of the complaint. Your dog may need to wear an Elizabethan collar (a plastic contraption similar to a lampshade) around his neck, to prevent it from attacking the area further, until the skin begins to heal. Antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed as well.

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Nice Mange Mites photos

Check out these mange mites images:

Krusty the kitten with mange
mange mites

Image by Monica R.
Notoedres cati. This is a form of feline mange. Feral stray kitten that I trapped and have now adopted.

Demodex Mange Mite
mange mites

Image by Animal Kingdom Pet Hospital

mange mites

Image by Nottingham Vet School
Box of Cydectin cattle pour-on

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Lily, the Springer Spaniel

This is Lily, an English Springer Spaniel who lives just along the coast in Villefranche but also spends a lot of time in Paris.  I’ve been caring for Lily since she was a very naughty puppy – she’s still naughty even tho she’s now 9 years old.  She’s losing her night sight now – in fact, in low light she sees almost nothing.  She has an appointment soon with a Paris eye specialist so hopefully something can be done. 

It’s not so easy, on a long-nosed dog, to get the eyes and nose both in focus.  I succeeded in the second shot but prefer the first! 

Click on the link above to see Lily as she was a few years ago.

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GIVEAWAY // Win a Bottle of Handcrafted Perfume from Tru Blooms, Worth $65!

Win A Bottle Of Tru Blooms Perfume in Bubby and Bean's Fragrance Giveaway!

Back in November, I told you guys about my new favorite fragrance, Tru Blooms.  Made locally here in Chicago, Tru Blooms is the first ever perfume made from indigenous-sourced ingredients, grown by the residents for whom it’s created. Made from rose, lavender, lily and violet, it’s light, sweetly floral, slightly woodsy, and an all-around lovely scent.  I’ve been wearing it on a daily basis, and have gotten all sorts of compliments.  And today, I’m excited to team up with Tru Blooms to offer you a chance to win a bottle of your very own, worth $ 65!  With Valentine’s Day around the corner, this is not only an amazing scent for you to wear yourself, it would also make a really incredible gift.

You can find out a little more about Tru Blooms in this post, or in this video that they put together for their launch a few months ago:

This giveaway is open to all Bubby and Bean followers/subscribers.  (If you’re a new reader, just make sure to subscribe first using GFC or one of these readers). Then just leave a comment telling us your favorite flower!

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