Judge, Jury, and Social Executioner: Mob Mentality in the Digital Age

Meet Sunny: Sunny is a 13-year-old cream point Balinese male. A Balinese is essentially a long-haired Siamese, and is considered a distinct breed among most cat registries. CFA specifically classifies red/cream pointed Balinese (along with lynx points and tortie points) as a sub-breed called "Javanese", but the color is the only difference. TICA recognizes red, … Continue reading Judge, Jury, and Social Executioner: Mob Mentality in the Digital Age

Responsible, Ethical Breeders: Why They Matter and What You Should Look For

When beginning the search for a purebred dog, one can get overwhelmed by the sheer number of people out there who breed and sell everything ranging from Chihuahuas to Great Danes to the more rare Dogue de Bordeaux and Tosa. Yet there is a MAJOR difference between a "breeder" who just pairs two dogs and … Continue reading Responsible, Ethical Breeders: Why They Matter and What You Should Look For

Siamese Genetics: Why That Cute Pointed Kitten May Not Be One After All!

The actual pointed coat coloring that Siamese and other breeds are known for (as well as rats, mice, and rabbits) is simply a recessive form of partial albinism called "Himalayan". The Himalayan mutation alters the enzyme responsible for melanin production, which is called Tyrosinase. The mutation restricts the ability of tyrosinase to oxidize tyrosine only at cooler temperatures; warmer temperatures deactivate the enzyme.

Respiratory Infections in Reptiles: The Importance of Identifying the Pathogen

One of the most frequent topics to arise on reptile forums and Facebook groups is the subject of respiratory infections (RI). Not a single day goes by without at least one post in a group, or at least one PM or e-mail to me, seeking advice regarding a snake that is ill with an RI … Continue reading Respiratory Infections in Reptiles: The Importance of Identifying the Pathogen