In the wild, animals have adapted to the weather patterns of their natural habitats, from sweltering Summers to bone-chilling Winters. But for zoo animals, it's not as easy as relying on their genetic makeup. So what's a polar bear to do under that thick arctic coat when the Summer heat cranks up to maximum? Zoos and animals around the world have come up with a tactic or two to help their residents stay cool as a cucumber when the temperatures are hot as a jalapeño!
We all know that it's important to keep our dogs happily hydrated when they're out and about in hot weather. If left untreated, dehydration can lead to organ failure and even death, so it's best to give your pooch access to plenty of water when the mercury rises. Of course, dehydration can also be caused by vomiting or diarrhea, so even in cooler weather, pup parents should be wary if dogs exhibit these symptoms.
So if you're concerned that your pooch hasn't had enough to drink, there are a couple quick ways to tell if your doggie is dehydrated before bringing him to a doctor:
- Snap back. Take the collar off the dog and gently pinch a small bit of skin at the scruff of his neck and pull up so it looks like a tent. Then let it go and see how quickly it flattens back out. As with the test for cats, doggies should also show less elasticity if they're lacking in fluids, making skin slower to return to its natural state.
- Open wide. Another telltale dehydration spot on a dog's body is inside his mouth! Gently lift up his lips and take a look at his gums before doing a quick swab with your index finger. A dehydrated dog will have dry, slightly sticky or gummy gums, while a healthy pooch will have wet and smooth ones instead.
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The crowd at Berlin's Tierpark Zoo showered twin black panther cubs with oohs and awws when they debuted on Friday. Apparently, these 3-month-old cuties are so adorable that even papa panther is involved in their upbringing — something rarely seen in the wild. While these babes, named Remaong and Ferra, sure look lovable, they're clearly learning early how to bare their teeth and use their claws, just like Mom and Dad!
Cats have a way of appearing in the most unlikely of places — in your linen closet, halfway up the Christmas tree, even atop the refrigerator — but their favorite direction tends to be straight up. Whether basking on Spanish tile, skittering across tar and gravel, or tiptoeing on — yes — tin, cats love to get away from it all at the tippity top of our homes to survey the bird population and keep tabs on the neighborhood tabby. While scaling a roof on Summer's most sweltering of days isn't how we would choose to stay cool, these cats seem perfectly happy to greet the July heat.
Mondays can be rough. You spent all weekend relaxing at the beach, brunching, catching up on Netflix with a glass of wine, and suddenly you're back at your desk typing away and daydreaming. Here's a vintage kitty outtake to help get you through it. This "Negative Nancy" petulantly exclaims "No! No! No! No! No!" in a child-like purr voice. Over and over. It's either a fluke, opposite day, or kitty is practicing her karaoke jamz.
It's time for our annual PopSugar bikini bracket! There are 64 gorgeous stars in the running for this year's title, and we need your help to crown the bikini queen. Who will follow in the footsteps of Halle Berry and Jennifer Aniston? Play by picking your favorite bikini picture each time, and continue until there is only one bikini babe left! Plus for even more Summer fun, when you finish choosing your winner, you have the opportunity to enter to win your favorite Summer shades with $500 at Neiman Marcus.
It's never been easier to enter for a chance to win:
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Maybe it's because their grace projects an air of majesty. Or perhaps it's because you never quite know what they're thinking until they take action. But the fact of the matter is: we humans are fascinated by cats! And now the good people at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis bring us the Internet Cat Video Film Festival, a modern day homage to our sometimes hysterical, often curious, always adorable feline friends. Even if you can't make the trek to the Midwest on Aug. 30, you can still nominate your favorite cat video to be included in the screening, so we've rounded up a few of our recent favorite films as suggestions . . . or simply as a way to get your Summer movie weekend off to a great start.
Prepare to be awww-ed by three tiny kittens suckling from bottles.
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Don't worry — you don't need a degree in landscape architecture, or even a ton of money. According to Gabrielle Fimbres's piece in the Arizona Daily Star, small investments of time, money, and planning can turn your yard (or a small area within it) from a poop-festooned and possibly hazardous waste of space that's not fun for your dog into a neat, fun mini dog park that improves the value of your home.Photo: Susi May
Fimbres interviewed experts Teresa Truelsen, marketing manager of the local chapter of the Humane Society, and Jason Isenberg, the owner and lead designer at Realm Environments and its subdivision, Petscapes, for inspiration. Check out the advice.
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Whether your pup's ears regularly stand at alert or drag through the dirt, they probably fall into a handful of ear shapes with whimsical names. Candle flame, tulip, button, and rose aren't just code names: they actually describe the form that a dog's keen listening devices might take. Click through and see if you can spot the ear that most looks like those found on your own dog!