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Underdogs: Treating Needy Pets in Disadvantaged Communities

An important new book looks at dogs' and cats' lives in low-income settings. .ugb-c7760bf .ugb-blockquote__quote{width:70px !important;height:70px !important}The problem of getting basic veterinary services to dogs and cats in low-income communities has suddenly become spotlighted as a major issue facing animal shelters, animal rescue groups, animal control departments, and veterinarians in the United States and abroad. Dogs and cats are "in." Numerous people...
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Too Many Puppies Are Acquired at Too Young an Age

A recent UK study finds disturbing numbers of dogs being adopted before 8 weeks. This is Poppy at Too Young An Age. She was only 5 weeks old in this picture, and in foster care with her 4 siblings.theSource: Jessica Pierce The early life experiences of puppies reverberate throughout their adult lives and influence their physical, emotional, and social well-being. Like...
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Give Your Dog the Gift of Enrichment

This Valentine's Day, show your dog love by giving her the gift of enrichment. Do you want to give your dog something truly special for Valentine’s Day? Give him or her the gift of enrichment. Enrichment is easy, inexpensive, and will make your dog happy.  Here are a few ideas: Take your dog on an extra-long walk where she gets to set...
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Craving a Pet

Scratching the itch isn’t always the right response. Rachael had just returned to school at the University of Colorado and was excited, as a sophomore, to be living off-campus in a shared house with five roommates. Amid the excitement of a new year, though, there was the underlying angst of COVID and an ounce of homesickness. The thought entered her...
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Lifetime Care Planning for Pets

Do you have contingency plans for your companion animals? I have fretted about what will happen to my animals—two dogs and a cat—if my husband and I both meet some unexpected end, and until yesterday I thought I had done enough to prepare for an unexpected emergency. After all, we’ve talked to family who might in put into a position...
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6 Best Holiday Gifts for Your Dog

These 6 gifts don't cost much and will last all year Time. I can almost guarantee that quality time spent with you is more precious to your dog than a new puff coat or a nail art kit or a bag of freeze-dried liver.  It is too easy to get caught up in our daily busy lives, and struggle just to...
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A Decent Minimum of Care for Companion Animals

Pets are routinely denied basic veterinary care and this is not okay! From stem cell transplants, to prosthetic limbs, to linear accelerators and radiotherapy cancer treatments, the range of veterinary services available to sick or disabled animals is growing exponentially. On the face of it, the expansion of services and treatments is a good thing, for animals and caregivers and...
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Dog Dementia: What It Looks Like and What Can Done About It

Dogs, like many other nonhuman animals and humans, suffer cognitive decline. A few days ago I received an email from a friend, Rod, that read: "You've met my pal Jack who celebrates his 12th birthday next week. As of late, say the last couple months, Jack has awoken after maybe 30 minutes of seemingly sound sleep. He comes awake in a start,...
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Giving Pets as Gifts

Should you or shouldn’t you? One of the hallmark scenes of Christmas is an adorable little puppy jumping out of a brightly wrapped box under the Christmas tree, sending a pajama-clad child into paroxysms of joy. Yet despite the warm veneer, this scene makes many animal lovers go cold. Animal welfare organizations are, for the most part, adamant that animals should...
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Can Dogs Eat Mangoes? I Need To Know For Sure

Can Dogs Eat Mangoes And What Are Mangoes? Mangoes are a healthy, nutritious and delicious fruit with a high nutritional value. Mangoes have been grown in Southeast Asia and India for over 4,000 years. Although supermarkets tend to sell only one variety there are hundreds, each with its own shape, size, taste and color. Mango (Mangifera indica) is sometimes called the...
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Can Dogs Eat Grapes? This Is What Vets Recommend

Can Dogs Eat Grapes? What You Need To Know Most dogs will eat anything you give them whether it's good for them or not. Some people are like this too. To some extent this accounts for the fact that more than two thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. Anyway I digress. The simple truth is that our best buddies...
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6 Facts About How Dogs Think

Scientist Marc Bekoff challenges these 6 common misconceptions about dogs Humans have had a love affair with dogs extending over thousands of years, and our passion continues to blossom. More households than not include a companion dog, and nearly everywhere you go, dogs will be there too. Dogs have never enjoyed so much attention from the media, either, and books...

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