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Keeping Track of Recalls
FDA compiles pet food recalls in a searchable database
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently launched a searchable pet food recall database, similar to the resource that already exists for humans. The database contains the 971 pet food recalls that have occurred since the beginning of 2006. It’s scary to think that there have been almost a thousand recalls in the past four years alone. I’m glad, however, to see that the FDA is...
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Providing for War Dogs
Deployed military pups face a shortage of rations.
Military canines in the United States date back to the First World War  Now America has the largest fleet of working dogs in the world with over 2,800 military pups. Over 600 of those dogs are currently deployed in the Middle East, where their handlers face a tough predicament when it comes to the animals’ care.  The recent increase in troops sent to Afghanistan has led to a surge in military...
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To Tug or Not to Tug?
Discovering the benefits of playing tug-o-war
A few weeks ago, I wrote about entertaining your canine crew with a variety of indoor activities, including a tugging game. One of our readers commented that they’d always heard playing tug-o-war can encourage biting, a common misconception about this game.  I can see why tugging could be mistaken for encouraging aggressive behavior with all the pulling and growling, but the bad rap is...
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ASPCA Humane Awards
Submit your human, canine, and feline nominations.
Each year, the ASPCA celebrates the important human-animal bond by honoring ten inspiring animals and people who have demonstrated compassion and bravery. The awards are given to dogs and cats that have demonstrated extraordinary behavior and to people who’ve made a significant impact in the lives of animals in the past year. Do you know any two or four legged friends who fit the bill? The ASPCA...
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SAR Dogs in Haiti
Canines from around the world arrive to help the rescue efforts
Over the last week, search and rescue teams have come to Haiti from around the world to help find the thousands of survivors trapped in the rubble. It always amazes me that, with all the technology we have today, dogs are still the best at navigating disaster areas and locating humans.  The search and rescue canines that’ve congregated in the disaster area come from all walks of the earth. ...
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What’s Next?
FDA takes months to notify vets about drug recall
Pet food recalls have been all too common in recent years, causing controversy with bad communication and lack of precedent. Unfortunately, this danger isn’t limited to the food industry. Last July, the FDA shut down Teva Animal Health’s operations, the largest American producer of generic veterinary medications, after inspections found several manufacturing violations between 2007 and 2009. On...
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Making Pet Theft A Felony
Lawmakers consider the serious offense of dognapping
Two years ago, the American Kennel Club (AKC) began tracking pet theft after noticing an increase in dognapping complaints. Last year the AKC tracked more than 115 missing pets, up from 71 in 2008.  The FBI’s National Crime Information Center tracks stolen property nationwide and currently lists 200 stolen dogs in their database. Animals listed are required to have a permanent owner-applied...
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Scent Lineups
Properly harnessing the power of the canine nose
Police have long relied on dogs to uncover illegal drugs, negotiate disaster areas, and find fugitives on the run. More recently, law enforcement officials have started to use canine scent lineups where dogs choose a suspect’s smell out of a group of people. The dogs are given the target scent from items found at the crime scene and then walked by a lineup of containers that contain scent swabs...
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Give A Day, Get A Day
Help animals and get a free ticket to Disney
For 2010, Disney is launching a program that celebrates the spirit of volunteerism by giving free theme park tickets to those who give a day of service in the United States or Canada.  The goal is to inspire one million people to volunteer in their communities this year. Even better, there are lots of opportunities for dog lovers, including many pet therapy and rescue organizations.  Disney’s...
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Indoor Fun
Keeping busy when it’s cold outside
The freezing weather and snow have been making me and the dogs a little stir crazy lately, especially now that the holidays have come and gone.  Here are some of the activities I have lined up to keep the pups busy until the snow melts. Food Balls and KongsAn easy way to occupy the dogs is to feed meals in stuffed Kongs or food balls, toys that can be filled with kibble and rolled on the floor...

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