Wednesday Creature Feature ~ February 21, 2018



Dog Food Tested + For Euthanasia Drug!

An independent investigation was completed by ABC7 that confirmed there were low levels of a euthanasia drug in popular dog food brands. After testing over 62 samples one brand, Gravy Train, repeatedly tested positive for trace amounts of the drug. While it was not a lethal amount it is still not permitted to be used in pet food. Gravy Train is made by the company Big Heart Pet Foods, which is owned by Smucker’s. Smucker’s produces very popular brands of pet food like; Meow Mix, Milk Bone, Kibbles’n Bits, 9 Lives, Natural Balance, Pup-Peroni, Nature’s Recipe, Canine Carry Outs, Milo’s Kitchen, Alley Cat, Jerky Treats, Meaty Bone, Pounce and Snausages.

Those are very popular brands that can be found in almost every store. To see a full list of recalled items click here!





Roadside Assistance! 

As it is getting warmer and Spring is among us the wildlife are making their way out to find food. Some animals, like squirrels don’t know that cars drive in a straight line so they zigzag to try and get away from what is “hunting” them. When you are driving on country roads or really anywhere that animals may run out into the road it is important to keep an eye out for them. As you are driving maintain the speed limit, scan the road in front of you, and if you are going to stop to help ducklings or a turtle crossing the road make sure to pull over to the side of the road.

To learn more of what you can do to help the animals in need, click here! Please remember not all animals are furry and friendly, take caution when helping them.





First, Do No Harm! 

How can you help injured or orphaned wildlife? Look no further!

Most of the time when wildlife rehabbers receive frantic calls it’s because someone has found an abandoned fawn, when in reality the mom has not left them for good but is just foraging for food. Rabbits are often the same way, they leave their young to go look for food they are never too far away. If you see a baby bird on the ground chances are they are just learning to fly and their parents are nearby watching. They just need to rest their wings and can fly away whenever they want to. Now on the other hand if they are a nestling – smaller birds without feathers – they might actually need the help to get back to their nest. They do not have the physical ability to pick their baby up and take it back to the nest. If you see one of these birds you can gently pick it up and put it back in the nest. It is a myth that the mother will not care for baby if she smells human on it! To learn more what you can do, click here! 





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Editor ~ Chelsea Dugger

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