Friday 2 May 2014

WordPress Version 3.9 Incompatible With Some Themes and Plug-Ins

As far as I am concerned, the code writers at WordPress should not issue updates to their software unless and until they know it is compatible with all known plug-ins and themes. Now, I know that will be impossible to do and in which case the whole WordPress model/system is a failure.

You cannot issue updates and upgrades to WordPress such as version 3.9 without knowing that it works with other third-party software which is part of the WordPress system. Plug-ins are written by all kinds of people and are part of the WordPress system of building a website. The underlying software is written by the WordPress code writers but they seem to think that they can ignore the plug-ins which are used by every single person who has a WordPress website.

The recent 3.9 WordPress upgrade has cause endless problems most particularly with the most important part of a WordPress blog, which is the visual editor. The visual editor is a bit like a word processor and it is not working properly because of this upgrade.

The upgrade was meant to improve image and video handling. As far as I'm concerned it does not. It doesn't work at all and I'm extremely disappointed in WordPress.

The more I read about this sort of thing, the more I realise that the WordPress model, the whole system upon which it is built is a bit of a failure because plug-ins are often incompatible with the WordPress coding. And so are the themes.

It is highly irritating to deal with these bugs. It is time wasting and often extremely hard to resolve these problems. It's a bloody failure, as I said, and something has to done about it because I'm tired of being lectured to by some geek who seems to be blaming the plug-in and the theme code writers rather than themselves!

Note to cat lovers: Sorry but I had to get this off my chest.

Thursday 1 May 2014

Information on Animal Rescue Following a Natural Disaster

Information on Animal Rescue Following a Natural Disaster

Elisa, a well-known American internet author on cat and dog matters provides some useful advice about how to go about rescuing lost pets after a natural disaster such as happened in mid-America across Arkansas and Oklahoma at the end of April 2014.

One of the interesting aspects is that you should know the law because disaster areas are under government control at least to a certain extent and people can't just go into these areas to try and recover companion animals without observing the law otherwise you could get arrested.

There is also a useful paragraph in Eliza's article about FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency. Just click on the link above to read it.

Second-hand Vaping: Heinz Body Anemia

Second-hand Vaping: Heinz Body Anemia

"Vaping",  means smoking electronic cigarettes which give off an odourless vapour.  They are meant to be much safer than tobacco cigarettes in terms of passive smoking and for the health of the smoker.

In general a companion animal is much safer in a house where a person smokes electronic cigarettes than in a house where the person smokes conventional cigarettes.  Apparently, however, dogs may try to eat the actual electronic cigarette if it is lying around which can poison them with nicotine.  People should beware of that.

As for this very rare disease called Heinz body anemia; it can be caused by the chemical commonly used in many electronic cigarettes which is propylene glycol.  I don't know how much of a risk it is but as far as I am aware it is very low risk and I'm sure your veterinarian will be all to discuss this if you are concerned. There are alternative chemicals such as vegetable glycerin, which are safer.

The signs of anaemia in a cat are well documented.  The propylene glycol apparently kills off red blood cells causing the anaemia.

I'll leave it there.  The link at the top of this page will tell you more about it if you wish to pursue that avenue.

The Magic Pet Pill-Antibiotics

The Magic Pet Pill-Antibiotics

The magical properties of antibiotics is becoming mundane and is on the wane!  The point is that, at least in the United Kingdom, there has been a tendency for general practitioners to over prescribe antibiotics as a kind of "magic pill" and over the years this has led to drug resistant bugs. Eventually even mundane infections caused by a scratch could prove fatal.

It is time, therefore, in the UK and in other countries of the world to keep an eye on the prescription of antibiotics, perhaps substantially reduce their use and also to look at new ways to prevent infections.

Some senior people in the medical profession in the UK have stated that we are heading for a catastrophe unless changes are made in the use of antibiotics.

This Armageddon-like scenario led me this think about how veterinarians prescribe antibiotics.  It is quite possible that in clinics across the country and in other countries, veterinarians are overprescribing them as a precautionary measure when they're not necessarily appropriate.

Antibiotics don't usually cause harm but they lead to a problem in the future if the bacteria which needs to be treated becomes resistant.

Antibiotics - the first of which was penicillin - treat bacterial, yeast and fungal infections.  The most common of these are bacterial infections.

It is very easy to give a cat an antibiotic injection as a precaution just in case she has a bacterial infection.  She might not. She may have a viral infection. Bacterial infections of the upper respiratory tract usually produce yellow mucus from the nose and the cat will sneeze. The mucous will come out of both nostrils of the nose.  If there is a foreign object in the nose then it will usually be on one side of the nose and mucous will emanate from the nostril on that side. When a cat sneezes because of a foreign object in the nose, the cat will sneeze very loudly and do so several times in rapid succession.  By contrast, a bacterial infection will probably result in a single sneeze, as I understand it.

I suppose, the point I'm making is that, as an example it is possible to fail to differentiate between a foreign object in the nose and an upper respiratory tract infection.

I was quite shocked to read about the way superbugs in people are becoming resistant to antibiotics. Human patients are already suffering in the UK because those affected by superbugs are twice as likely to die as those with non-resistant infections.  Routine operations in hospital can cause infections that may not respond to antibiotics and could therefore prove fatal.  This is a highly serious matter and it is said that it is not being monitored properly in many countries of the world.

This begs the question whether the prescription of antibiotics by veterinarians are being properly monitored.  Do we know?

Are electronic cigarettes safer for your cat at home?

Are electronic cigarettes safer for your cat at home?

The answer is yes, if you want a simple answer to the question in the title.  It probably isn't as cut and dried as that.  The jury is out to a certain extent about how much safer electronic cigarettes are.  My research indicates that some toxins are in the vapour that is given off by electronic cigarettes and of course they contain nicotine.  However, I read that there are 4,000 toxic chemicals in a standard cigarette so pretty well anything is better than that in respect of one's health.

I read that chemicals such as propylene glycol, glycerin and nitrosamines are in the vapour together with traces of cadmium, nickel and lead but as far as I can tell they are in very small doses. The advocates say they are harmless.

Note: Cats are said to be sensitive to propylene glycol (PG). It affect red blood cells. It can cause Heinz body anemia.

Electronic cigarettes are a current business phenomenon in some respects and the market is worth $2,000,000,000 and climbing.  The actual electronic cigarette itself is quite a sexy looking object these days so there's probably a market in the actual item itself forgetting about what it produces and the pleasure it gives.

My reading of the current situation is also that despite studies about the health benefits of electronic cigarettes there is more work to be done to find out exactly what is going on and whether passive smoking can be ignored if a person is using an electronic cigarette.

At the moment 150 municipalities in the USA have banned what is described as "vaping" in public places.  Some states have banned them in workplaces but there are far fewer bans in workplaces of the electronic cigarette then there are of conventional cigarettes. Should e-cigs be banned from workplaces?  People aren't sure, if you want an honest answer.

It seems to me, that there is a wavering amongst the authorities as to whether electronic cigarettes are safe to non-smokers in public places.

Of course, the question in the title does also beg another question which is: are conventional tobacco cigarettes that hazardous at home to a domestic cat in the respect of passive smoking?  There are certainly health risks and I've posted about that on the main website and here.   The question is how great are these risks?  They probably aren't that severe but, that said, cigarette smoke or electronic cigarette vapour at home is just another possible airborne allergen.

You don't want to increase the possibility of your cat being in contact with potential allergens (cat allergies are hard to diagnose and distressing to a cat).   There are enough of them already in the home sometimes from invisible sources such as furniture and carpets.  There's lots of chemicals in household products all of which can be potentially hazardous to the health of a domestic cat.

I think, though, that we have to but some balance into the discussion about passive smoking, which is the point that a colleague of mine, Marc, makes in a comment on another website.

Smoking has been around since the year dot and it gives pleasure to people.  Pretty well everything that gives pleasure carries some sort of hazard or downside with it so we have to balance the downsides and the upsides when we discuss such things as passive smoking from electronic cigarettes.

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