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Angry young dogs

Angry young dogs
My dog has a bad temper, where can he be abandoned?

Bad tempered pets are a result of bad handling and negligence on the part of the owner. Abandoning a pet, for whatever reason, is a punishable offence and you can be booked under section 3 and 11 of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 (PCA Act, 1960).

Moreover it is morally unjustified to abandon an animal just because keeping it is somehow inconvenient. Would you throw out a child if it was badly behaved? It being a non-human species, do you have the power to be mean, does it justify it? It would be more sensible to get a trainer and see its behavior changing. 

I see lot of donkeys carrying overloaded weight. Is it not cruelty to those poor creatures?

Donkeys are commonly abused by being overloaded. If you look under their straps you will see bloody abscesses all over their bodies. Once they fall ill or break a limb they are abandoned. Old, handicapped, malnourished, abandoned, dying donkeys are a common sight. 

Beating, kicking, over riding, over driving, over loading amounts to cruelty under section 11 of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 (PCA Act, 1960) and the Please see The Prevention of Cruelty to Draught and Pack Animals Rules, 1965. Use the law by complaining to the nearest police station and lodge an FIR under section 11 of PCA Act. If you see a severely injured donkey  use section 429 of IPC, 1860.

My dog sometimes wags his tail more to the right and other times more to the left. Why is this?

The left hemisphere of the mammalian brain is associated with positive feelings (approach, attachment, love) whereas the right hemisphere is for negative feelings (withdrawal, anxiety, caution). As the left hemisphere controls the right half of the body and vice versa, the wagging of the tail signifies positive as well as negative emotions.

When do rabbits urinate excessively  and feel thirsty the most?

The normal water intake for rabbits is 50-150 mL/kg body weight daily. Rabbits that are fed large amounts of water-containing foods will drink less water than those that are on a dry diet of hay and pellets. Normal urine production is generally expected to be between 120-130 mL/kg body weight per day.

 Excess thirst usually occurs as a result of excess urination, as the body responds to the loss of fluid and attempts to maintain the balance. Occasionally, excess urine occurs as the result of excess thirst. In this situation, blood plasma becomes diluted because of the excessive water intake, affectin the kidney and the heart system. The causes could be kidney failure, liver failure, drugs, diabetes, large quantities of sodium chloride. 

It is imperative to continue providing water until the mechanism of the disease and the cause of it are clear and the appropriate medications can be prescribed. Encourage plenty of oral fluid intake by offering your rabbit fresh water, wetting leafy vegetables, or flavoring water with vegetable juice. 

Offer a large selection of fresh, moistened greens such as cilantro, lettuce, parsley, carrot tops, spinach, collard greens, and good-quality grass hay instead of alfalfa hay. If your rabbit cannot or will not ingest enough food and water on its own to recover, you will need to maintain fluid levels and hydration by stomach tube feeding of water and nutrients.

If kidney stones were found to be the underlying cause, your veterinarian will instruct you to decrease calcium sources.

If bees and wasps attack humans is it wrong to kill them?

YES, it is wrong to kill bees and wasps, even if they attack humans, because they form an important part of the food chain. Both are pollinators vital to our food chain. One third of the food we eat would not be available but for bees.

 The harvest from honey bees of honey, pollen, wax and propolis has nutritional, craft, manufacturing, and medical applications. In any case bees and wasps die when they sting human beings as their stingers become attached to the body they sting and break. So bees don’t attack unless they are severely provoked. Leave them alone and they will leave you alone.

What about ants and insects at home, is it wrong to use insecticide on them?

With use of an insecticide, the insect may die but when the floor is washed and the insecticide is swept into the ground, it poisons all the area around the house. Anything that can kill an insect can kill – and does kill – a human being. It also poisons the place so that all the beneficial insects and birds die. Using haldi at the entrances for can prevent an insect from entering.

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