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Promoting Annual Checkups for Pets
Vet visits are down and health problems are up
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the number of canine vet visits dropped 21 percent since 2001 (and a whopping 30 percent for cats), while the number of emergency visits increased. Meanwhile, the Banfield Pet Hospital network has seen an increase in pet obesity, diabetes, arthritis, and thyroid and kidney disease. It seems that more and more people are waiting...
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Service Dog Protection Law in N.J.
Legislation signed this week establishes penalties for harming guide dogs
Earlier this week, New Jersey signed Dusty's Law into effect, establishing criminal penalties for hurting, or even interfering with, a service dog. To date, it's one of the most comprehensive guide dog protection laws passed by a state. Previously police had to refer these cases over to animal control agencies that didn't always have the resources to immediately investigate. Proponents of the...
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Hiking Guide Dog Passes Away
Randy Pierce says goodbye to an amazing canine partner
Quinn, the seeing eye dog who helped Randy Pierce hike all of New Hampshire's 48 4,000+ foot mountains, including the 6,288 foot Mt. Washington three times, passed away yesterday at the age of nine. In 2012, at the time of their achievement, only 46 people could make the same claim. I was, and still am, in awe of this team. Having hiked one of the New Hampshire 4,000 footers with my dog, I know...
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Innovating Shelter Design
NYC architects revamp the traditional layout for housing homeless pups
Although my relationship with Scuttle began at the local shelter, it's still a depressing place to visit. Rows of dark kennels filled with barking dogs isn't enjoyable for the poor animals or the overworked staff. And this of course impacts the visitor experience. It's been great to see a new trend of shelters designed to improve the atmosphere, such as the San Francisco SPCA with its spacious,...
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Lindsey Vonn Adopts a 'Rehab Buddy'
The popular skier finds a pup also recovering from a leg injury
There's nothing like a fuzzy puppy to cuddle up with when you're sick or an energetic dog to get you outside when you're depressed. After succumbing to a knee injury just weeks before the Winter Olympics, Lindsey Vonn has discovered the joys of rescuing a pup in need. The day after withdrawing from the Sochi games, the popular skier visited the Furry Friends Adoption and Clinic in Jupiter,...
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ASPCA Ends Law Enforcement Unit
The NYPD will take over animal cruelty cases in NYC.
The ASPCA has spent the last 147 years advocating for animals, finding homes for pets, providing medical care, and enforcing anti-cruelty laws. In 1866, ASPCA founder Henry Bergh convinced state lawmakers to enact the nation's first anti-cruelty law. The organization then served as the primary law enforcement agency for animal abuse and neglect in New York City, a role that was the first of its...
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
Snow Play
When the snow flies, it’s time to dust off your skis or snowshoes, pack your dog’s cold-weather gear and make tracks for wintertime fun.
The air is crystal-clear, the snow is fresh and white and the opportunities for fun are abundant. Don’t let the season’s colder temps keep you and your dog at home. With a little preparation and appropriate protective gear, both of you can enjoy the pleasures of the season at some very hot cool spots. For example … It’s hard to beat the dog-friendliness of Telluride, Colo., where canine residents...
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Staying Warm with the Pups
How are you keeping toasty during the historic freeze?
As the U.S. weathers a historic freeze, schools closed, people stayed home from work, and planes were grounded in much of the country. With the wind making it feel well below zero in many areas (-55 in International Falls, Minn.!), most people are opting to hole up at home. But us dog people know that no matter what Mother Nature brings, we still have to walk our pups.   It's weather like this...
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Operating Room Pup
Medical alert dog plays an important role during a girl's surgery
Kaelyn "KK" Krawczyk has had a severe form of mastocytosis since she was two months old. The rare disease can trigger an abnormal accumulation of mast cells on vital organs, which leads to allergic inflammation. For the 7-year old Apex, N.C. girl, these allergic reactions can quickly become fatal. And the worse part is that the triggers are hard to predict and can stem from simple, everyday...
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Are Our Pets a 'Luxury?'
Mexico to roll out pet food tax in January
Starting January 1st, Mexicans will face a 16 percent sales tax on pet food. Previously commercial animal diets were not taxed, along with fresh human foods. Now the Mexican government is desperate to raise money and has declared pet food a luxury item (food for horses and other livestock animals will be excluded from the tax). Protesters have been rallying outside of the Finance Ministry, but...

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