any work of fiction with dragons that doesn’t have AT LEAST one person who thinks they’re adorable and want to pet them fails and is bad writing. if all your characters hate dragons your story is stupid.
“b-but they breathe fire, and eat people and livestock, and are just generally extremely dangerous!” one word: dogs
“b-but people would die trying to tame them! they’re giant apex predators!”
I mean, to be fair dogs don’t breath fire
That we know of, anyway
lmao look guys this person doesn’t even know about the fire breathing dogs
I got some scrunchies and buttons and made ear savers! Took maybe two minutes to make one. Just sew two buttons across from each other and you’re good to go!
Serows have a tendency to look like ungodly goat-wolf hybrids and i just
i really appreciate that
Seows are related to chamois and Rocky mountain goats. They all look like someone was told about the existence of goats but had never seen one, and then asked to draw a picture.
The bottom picture looks like the source of an awful lot of demon and cryptid legends.
WHAT are those I have NEVER seen them before and they are FASCINATING
Goat wolf boar monstrosity. I love it.
So my hands and face are fluctuating between nearly normal and reddish. The red parts are slightly puffy and feel like they are burning. I got some blood test results indicating my CRP (inflammatory marker) is 10.5 rather than under 8 as normal. I have an appointment on Tuesday at 12:30om with the internal medicine clinic. We’ll see what they say.
This is a reminder. I am adamantly against allowing your cat to roam freely outside. I’m very for indoor only, leash trained, catios, or escape proofed back yards for cats. But if your cat is physically capable of leaving your property on its own where it will face predators, cars, poisons, people with pellet/bb guns, diseases, etc, you are an irresponsible owner of that cat.
I don’t care what country you’re from. No country is completely magically free of any danger to or from your cat. Indoor outdoor cats may be the norm there, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe. If your indoor outdoor cat made it to old age, congrats it’s an outlier. As a vet tech both in general practice and in a shelter I see what happens to most indoor outdoor cats regularly. I have photos I can share, and stories.
You will not change my mind.
I will die on this hill.
If you are upset or angry about this, block me. If you send me messages to say your situation is different, I will block you. If you comment about how x country really is safe, I will block you. I’m sick of this shit.
Since the free-roaming cat people have been crawling into my mutual’s posts, a reminder of where I stand. I’ve already blocked 6 people today.
It’s been awhile….
Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misconceptions surrounding raw feeding and alleged health benefits.The American Animal Hospital Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, World Small Animal Veterinary Association, Food & Drug Administration, and Center for Disease Control ALL currently advise against feeding companion animals meats that have not been processed to eliminate pathogens. Links to their statements can be found at the end of this post. There’s a number of reasons why, but it ultimately boils down to a risk-benefit analysis. We know there are dangers associated with raw feeding, and we have no documented evidence of significant benefit to outweigh those risks. Additionally, many home made raw diets are not appropriately balanced for complete nutrition. If you are interested in feeding a raw diet, you should consult with a boarded Veterinary Nutritionist (DACVN) to discuss options.
I’ve written about raw diets here: https://www.docofalltrades.net/…/pet-food-facts-fiction…
Here are some studies on the subject of raw diets.
1: “The genomic signature of dog domestication reveals adaptation to a starch-rich diet” www.nature.com/articles/nature11837
2: “Perceptions, practices, and consequences associated with foodborne pathogens and the feeding of raw meat to dogs” www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2684052/
3: “Raw diets for dogs and cats: a review, with particular reference to microbiological hazards” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/31025713/
4: “Tuberculosis due to Mycobacterium bovis in pet cats associated with feeding a commercial raw food diet” https://journals.sagepub.com/…/10.1177/1098612X19848455
5: “Enteropathogenic Bacteria in Dogs and Cats: Diagnosis, Epidemiology, Treatment, and Control” https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/…/j.1939-1676.2011.00821.x
6: “Intake of minerals, trace elements and vitamins in bone and raw food rations in adult dogs” https://www.cambridge.org/…/7520574DA173F4DB29330A6F858…
7: “Evaluation of recipes of home-prepared maintenance diets for dogs” https://avmajournals.avma.org/…/10.2460/javma.242.11.1500
8: “Raw food diets in companion animals: A critical review” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3003575/
9: “Apparent total tract energy and macronutrient digestibility and fecal fermentative end-product concentrations of domestic cats fed extruded, raw beef-based, and cooked beef-based diets” https://academic.oup.com/jas/article/90/2/515/4764443
10: “Raw meat-based diets for companion animals: a potential source of transmission of pathogenic and antimicrobial-resistant Enterobacteriaceae”https://royalsocietypublishing.org/…/10…/rsos.191170…&
“RMBDs have a high risk for contamination with bacteria, parasites, and other pathogens. In addition to the risks of nutritional inadequacy and contamination with bacteria and parasites, other health concerns for an animal eating a RMBD include risks from ingestion of bones if they are included (e.g., constipation, diarrhea, dental fractures, gastrointestinal obstructions) and diet-induced hyperthyroidism from excessive ingestion of thyroid tissue. There is currently no properly documented evidence of health benefits for RMBD, but there are well documented risks. As such, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association Global Nutrition Committee recommends that RMBD not be fed to dogs and cats.
“At this time, the vast majority of purported benefits of feeding raw foods remain unproven, while the risks and consequences have been documented. It is best to discuss the choice of feeding raw foods with your veterinarian so that an informed decision can be made with regard to your pet’s diet.
“The AVMA discourages the feeding to cats and dogs of any animal-source protein that has not first been subjected to a process to eliminate pathogens because of the risk of illness to cats and dogs as well as humans.
“RAW PROTEIN DIET Past proponents of raw food diets believed that this was the healthiest food choice for pets. It was also assumed that feeding such a diet would cause no harm to other animals or to humans. There have subsequently been multiple studies showing both these premises to be false. Based on overwhelming scientific evidence, AAHA does not advocate nor endorse feeding pets any raw or dehydrated nonsterilized foods, including treats that are of animal origin.”
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) accepts the evidence for potential health risks to pets fed raw meat-based diets (RMBDs), and to humans who are in contact with RMBDs, or with pets fed RMBDs. The CVMA holds that the documented scientific evidence of potential animal and public health risks in feeding RMBDs outweighs any perceived benefits of this feeding practice.
It’s extremely sad, but buying a pet from poor conditions at a pet store or from an unethical breeder isn’t “rescuing”. That animal will be replaced by another animal and another as long as people buy. It’s only directly supporting poor animal welfare and continued suffering.
This!!! Every now and again I hear people at my work say “oh I know exactly where these puppies come from but someone had to help him!” Okay that’s great how about instead of knowingly continuing the cycle of puppy mill abuse we actually put a stop to all of it instead of giving them more money and enabling abuse for hundreds more puppies.
Sir, that is not an effective mask