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Adopting Rescue Dogs

We’re a nation of dog lovers, with thousands of puppies born every week and going to wonderful homes. But this has led to a lot of over breeding of dogs in recent years, and many dogs that were intended for good homes have ended up in dog shelters, rescue centres and charities up and down the country. So...

Is Your Dog Psychic?

Dogs have natural-born superpowers of observation and sensitivity. A friend of mine told me about her elderly dog, Kimo, who seemed to be suffering from what human doctors might label as a failure to thrive. Kimo didn’t want to eat, didn’t want to go outside, and didn’t want to interact. My friend and...
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Is the Trend Toward Open Adoption Good for Animal Welfare?

Should we try to make people "more adaptable" or animals "more adoptable"? In this post, I talk to Rain Jordan about the use of “open adoption” policies in animal shelter and rescue organizations, and why she thinks these policies put animals at risk. We also explore how the language and goals of rescue could usefully shift, so...
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Dog Illnesses Most Likely To Affect Your Dog

Dog Illnesses Warning Signs Canine health can be just as demanding and difficult to maintain as human wellness. Keeping your canine companion in top form requires more than just knowing how to feed him and care for him. You need to understand the warning signs for the most common dog illnesses.
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What foods are harmful to dogs?

It’s easy to think that if something is safe for us to eat, it must be safe for our dogs too. But that’s not always true – a few of the foods we love can be bad for, or toxic to, dogs. It’s important to know which ones, so you don’t accidentally give your dog something that...
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Should Zoo Workers and Veterinarians Kill Healthy Animals?

No. "Zoothanasia" and "convenience euthanasia" should stop. Should healthy animals be killed by zoo workers or veterinarians? Many people are not aware of two practices in which healthy animals are killed. These are "management euthanasia," practiced as standard operating procedure by some zoos, and "convenience euthanasia," practiced by some veterinarians. Elsewhere, I've noted that so-called "management euthanasia,"...
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Dog Food For Dogs With Pancreatitis

When our dogs become unwell, it can be worrying for us pooch parents. Especially when it’s a serious condition like pancreatitis. This disease can be extremely painful and even life threatening. And whether it’s a mild flare up or severe, it’s not something you can just treat at home. It’s always important to see a vet as...
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How To Tell If Your Dog Is Happy

How to tell if your dog is happy is a question that I’m sure all dog owners would like the answer to. As a dog parent do you find yourself thinking about this because you desperately want your dog to be happy just as you want your children to be happy!
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Managing your dog’s weight and how to keep it under control

For many of us pooch lovers, managing our dog’s weight is a constant battle with the scales. But that struggle can go both ways. Heavily food-motivated pups can quickly pile on the podge, while fussy eaters can sometimes be leaner than they should be. But as dog obesity rises, it’s important we get our pooch’s weight under...
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Elderly Dog Care – Seven Habits of Highly Effective Owners

Dogs Are Living Much Longer Man's best friend is living longer than ever. This is due to our beloved canines' increased status as family member. And families becoming conscientious about providing their dogs' appropriate veterinary care. As a result, we are faced with a variety of elderly dog care issues as they age. ...
Best Indestructible Dog Chew Toys?

What Are The Best Indestructible Dog Chew Toys?

Introduction Many dog toys state in their very name that they are "tough", "strong" and "indestructible", but given half an hour with a much focused dog, most of these durable toys can be reduced to tatters. So what are the best indestructible dog chew toys available today and more importantly which ones really...
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Dog Allergy Can Now Be Tested For At Home

Dog Allergy Diagnosis Can Be Expensive Trying to diagnose a dog allergy can be a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack if you try to diagnose the cause yourself. Up until recently the only other option was to take your dog to the vet for a test in order to diagnose...