Tick prevention is really important, for both you and your dog. Did you know that one tick is a carrier for five zoonotic diseases, one of which was only recently documented in humans? Not every bite infects your dog, so we’re dealing with a game of chance. Don’t take one! You might be interested to know the extent of illnesses you can get from ticks according to the CDC — mentioned it so you won’t forget =) Continue reading
Pet health care begins with prevention, doing what’s needed to stay healthy, whether you vaccinate, test for heartworm or check for parasites and general condition. Just as our yearly (or more) visits to our doctors help us realize we can control a few things in our environment or our habits to better mitigate disease, it is no different for our pets. Yearly check-ups is a running theme this year because the year-over-year trend in vet visits shows that vets are not seeing all their clients on a regular basis. This is a problem for pets — they can’t tell us when they hurt. I had this issue at the back of my mind when I ran across something I curated for my Dog Care Guide that could turn this trend around. Continue reading
Pet poisons are a subject we all want to know more about, so when Steve Dale got together with Dr Justine Lee from the Pet Poison Helpline in this video, I knew it would help readers make good choices for their pets. True to form, Steve offered more than expected, with a surprising cooking tip and important message for those who keep birds, and also a note about the controversy over avocados! Continue reading
Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes all see our dogs as one fantastic picnic basket filled with all their favorites, even as a great furry place to lay eggs after dessert. Prevention is key to keeping your dog healthy. I don’t think we can hear enough reminders on how to protect our pets, especially given all the, um, issues with recalls.
Tell me, are you thinking to yourself that you’ll need to put preventives on your list for the next time you go to your favorite pet supply store? Do you Continue reading
Adoption and the pet rescue stories that become a history are so appealing — adopting in itself is such an exciting event, thinking about different traits and characteristics, looking through photos on the web, getting to know who might fit with your life, or maybe you already know. When you find who “speaks” to you, everything changes and you bring home the new love in your life.
That search and find mission turns into a story often told to friends, other pet owners you meet at parties or even out on the street. Ask me, I’ve told my pet rescue tales at the check-out line of the grocery store! I never tire of hearing someone’s voice Continue reading
Who would ever think that it would be necessary to rescue shelter pets from ending up in animal testing laboratories? Your local shelter, the one where you may have adopted a dog or brought in a lost dog you saved from the streets, could be selling pets to research labs and medical facilities for testing and experimentation. Certain States have in the past required that pets not adopted be sent to labs (Iowa*, Minnesota, Ohio*, Oklahoma, Utah). Oklahoma still does.
You might be thinking, this is ridiculous, how could such a practice be legal. It’s not something you see advertised anywhere as part of a shelter’s function. Yet it is legal — in more than 30 States. How long has this been going on? How can we end it?
*If requested by research facility Continue reading