What was Removed from an Oklahoma Dog’s Stomach?

December 11, 2017

Binkie stashAny of you parents out there know what these are? They were recently removed from the stomach of a dog in Edmond, Oklahoma. [Read more]

October is National Pet Safety Month

October 21, 2017

Brown dog's leg is wrapped in a bandage. Broken paw, painful stare.
Who knew this month we were supposed to focus on pet safety? The good folks at American Family Insurance not only reminded us to celebrate, they also provided a list of items responsible pet families will keep on hand in a pet first aid kit. If you already have a pet first aid kit, use this list as a checklist to see what you may need to replenish. If you don’t, you can use this as a shopping list next time you go to the drug store. [Read more]

Dog Flu in NE Ohio

September 28, 2017

From Fox 8 News: A new strain of dog flu, known as H3N2, is rearing its ugly head in Northeastern Ohio. It’s highly contagious and potentially fatal. The strain was first identified in 2015 in Chicago and has been slowly spreading across the country.

Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, lack of appetite and vomiting. Check with your local vet to see if it has reached your area yet. If it has, you’d be well advised to keep your dog away from the dog park or doggie day care until the danger has passed.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Eye Damage from Eclipse

August 18, 2017

Solar eclipse

Many people have been talking about the damage your eyes can sustain from looking at the eclipse on Monday, but something I hadn’t thought about was my dog’s eyes.

It’s probably a good idea to keep your animals indoors during the eclipse. When it is at its peak, it will get fairly dark out, and your dog may be tempted to look up. If he or she happens to look at the sun directly, it’s entirely possible he or she could be blinded.

For the two-leggers in your family, check out this handy and easy to make eclipse viewer. I can remember my dad doing something similar with a cardboard box when we were little.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

DOG VACCINES DO NOT CAUSE AUTISM!

August 3, 2017

Those people who are against vaccinating kids because they believe the bad science that says vaccines cause autism have now crossed over into the dog world. Time Magazine published this video and article debunking the myth. [Read more]

Spay Neuter Grants Available

August 1, 2017

Many golden retriever puppy lovely in a gold basket

If you work for or have a soft spot for spay / neuter programs, you need to know that PetSmart Charities is accepting applications for spay/neuter program grants during the month of August.

Acceptable uses for the grant money include:
Clinic improvement/equipment (under $50,000)
Mobile spay/neuter clinics (under $50,000)
Subsidized spay/neuter programs
TNR programs
University spay/neuter programs
Municipal shelter pet spay/neuter

Apply at PetSmart Charities.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Yes, Narcan does work for dogs

July 31, 2017

Narcan, the nasal spray that blocks opioid receptors in the brain and revives overdose victims, has become somewhat controversial as people question giving addicts several chances at escaping death when they refuse to get help with their recovery. Some municipalities are requiring those who are given the life-saving drug to perform community service in payment for the dose they receive from first responders.

Fortunately, the sheriff department in York County, Maine, didn’t give it a second thought when Addie, a mere dog, accidentally overdosed after fishing some oxycontin out of a purse in her home. [Read more]

Pet Obesity Epidemic

June 28, 2017

Overweight? Me?
The 2017 Banfield Pet Hospital Annual Report on the State of Pet Health is out, and this year they have chosen to spotlight the obesity epidemic. Obesity is the second most common diagnosis made in cats and dogs, falling just behind dental disease. [Read more]

Dogs in Parked Cars

June 25, 2017

78 degreesWhen it’s 78 degrees out, I consider it absolutely perfect. But don’t forget that the interior of your car gets much, much hotter. If you can’t take your dog with you wherever you’re going, don’t load them in the car. They may give you those big puppy eyes, but they really won’t like it when you leave them in the car while doing your errands.

If you absolutely can’t resist “those eyes”, take someone with you so you can leave the car running and the A/C on while you go inside stores, banks, or wherever.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Why Shaving Your Dog’s Fur Doesn’t Make Him Cooler

June 22, 2017

dog heat mapTake a look at this temperature map showing the effect of shaving off fur. It doesn’t make a lot of sense at first because it appears to show that the skin temperature on the shaved portion of the dog actually has a cooler temperature than the part with the thick, heavy fur. In fact, this really IS correct! [Read more]

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