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Gayle Nastasi, animal consultant and author

Creature Thoughts: May 2020, Wildlife Season

This year’s wildlife season brings many challenges to wildlife rescue centers and rehabilitators. The COVID-19 situation, with social distancing and limited gatherings, has meant that many wildlife centers have lost a key source of their donation income. At New York Wildlife Rescue, the organization I work with, the educational programs have had to be put on hold, and that means that a large percentage of their donations have dried up. There are many other wild animal rescue organizations, and individual rehabbers, in the same situation.

May 26, 2020

Creature Thoughts April 2020: COVID-19 and Animals

Under normal circumstances, when we humans have a virus, we can safely say that our pets won’t be affected. Human colds and flu don’t infect dogs, cats, or horses. Even the old suspicion that guinea pigs can catch a human cold turned out to be nothing but a superstition.

Now, it appears, we have met a foe that can be transmitted to animals. A news report has come to light that a number of tigers and lions at the Bronx Zoo have fallen ill with respiratory symptoms. One of the tigers was tested, and found to be positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19.

April 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Creature Thoughts, March 2020: The Old Ones

Senior pets bring certain challenges into our lives, but the joys they provide far outweigh the worries. They are true, and they are faithful. They know us through and through. Their old eyes look right into our souls, and can see the love we have for them in our hearts. They listen to our troubles, and understand our very natures. They have grown not only to be eternally beside us, but to be a part of us. They have helped, in their twelve or fifteen or eighteen years of companionship, to make us who we are.

March 3, 2020

Creature Thoughts April 2019: Those Little Vampires

Ticks don’t play fair.Tick-borne diseases (in humans as well as other mammals) are on the rise, and that increase is happening at an alarming rate. Prevention measures for humans are pretty hit and miss, but we do have some decent options for our pets.

April 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Some Temporary Changes

Thank you for your patience as I turn down the volume a bit for a little while. I hope to be able to gradually return to more normal levels very soon.

December 11, 2016 · 6 Comments

April Update

I have had a few people email recently to ask if I’m still living on planet Earth. My apologies for not having sent out a Creature Thoughts in a while, and for the website/blog having been so quiet. Life in general has been keeping me on the sidelines — or perhaps it has pushed what used to be life in general to the sidelines. Either way works.

April 25, 2016

Another (Brand) Bites The Dust

Were you a Merrick user? Have you decided to switch, now that you know they will be a Purina product from now on? If you are switching, what brands are you considering? Are you going to stay with Merrick and see if they make good on their promises in the long-term?

July 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

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