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News: JoAnna Lou
Socializing Puppies
Study looks at parvo risk for young dogs in socialization classes
When I get a new puppy, my main focus is on introducing them to as many dogs, people, and environments as I can. Puppies that are not socialized during the first three months of life are more likely to be fearful and possibly aggressive later in life. Socialization is clearly important, but I always meet people who think they have to wait until their puppies receive their final vaccines at four...
News: JoAnna Lou
Rocky to the Rescue
Lab mix saves a girl from icy waters
Adam Shaw and his Labrador Retriever-Husky mix, Rocky, were walking by the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton, Canada last weekend when they heard two screaming girls. The young sisters, Krymzen and Samara, were playing on a sled and ended up on thin ice. When they tried to get back on land, the ice broke and the girls ended up in the freezing cold water. A father himself, Adam raced down to...
Recall: Bravo! Extends Recall
Bravo! Issues a Voluntary Recall for Three Raw Frozen Food Diet for Dogs and Cats Because Of Possible Salmonella Health Risk   Manchester, CT– Bravo! is voluntarily recalling three of its raw diet frozen foods for dogs and cats:  5 lb tubes of Bravo! Chicken Balance product item code 21-405 with “best used by” dates of 3_6_15 and 3_12_15; 2 lb Bravo! Chicken Blend product item code 21-102 with...
News: Editors
Backyard Ideas to Delight Your Dog
I love getting my twice weekly e-newsletter from the creative home and garden people from Houzz. Even better when they have design ideas on my favorite topic. Check out how one of their contributors put together a clever presentation of backyard ideas to delight both you and your dog.         */ 8 Backyard Ideas to Delight Your Dog Houzz- Kitchen, Bathroom and More » Home...
News: Shea Cox
Moist Dermatitis in Dogs—Hot Spots
Home Treatments
A recent request by a Bark reader was, “how can I treat a hot spot at home without seeing a vet?” Hopefully I can begin to answer this, but first, one must be able to “spot” a hot spot. A hot spot is a superficial skin infection that happens when normal skin bacteria overrun the skin’s defenses as a result of damage to its surface. This damage is most often started by the dog chewing, scratching...
News: Editors
Shelter Me
The good people at the Search Dog Foundation sent us this notice about a PBS show that is not to be missed. Starting April 1st, PBS affiliates nationwide will feature SDF Search Teams as part of a series that celebrates shelter animals and the people whose lives they touch. For the first time, a video crew has captured the story of our teams -- from recruitment, to training, to pairing with a...
News: Editors
How much is too much?
A story from the New York Times brings up a different twist to a quandary that many might have to face. If a senior dog needs surgery how much is too much to extend a pet’s life? The twist is that the dog didn’t belong to writer Roz Warren. It was Max, her son and his wife’s 13-year-old dog, who needed the gall bladder surgery costing $6,000—and it was Roz who offered to pay a third of it. We...
Recall: Natura Expands Their Recall
Natura Pet Products issued their original recall on 3/18/13, a first in the history of that brand. Earlier this week on I spoke with a spokesperson from P&G, the company that now owns Natura, about that first recall and asked if they were continuing to produce these products at their plant in Kansas that had produced the recalled product. I was told that yes they were because the affected...
News: Editors
Papers needed for sniffing around
Along with the Supreme Court hearing marriage equality cases this week, it also took time to issue a ruling on Tuesday on the legality of using warrantless searches using drug-sniffing dogs. On that score, the majority ruled that the Fourth Amendment right to keep the government out of your home extends to canine noses, so a warrant is needed.  “The police cannot, without a warrant based on...
News: Guest Posts
Delicate End-of-Life Decisions for Our Dogs
A much-commented New York Times article explores the singular pain and responsibility that comes with end-of-life decisions for our pets. How much effort, and how much money do you spend to extend their lives? All of the diagnostic tools and treatment options available today make these questions inevitable and also much more difficult to answer. Cancer can be treated with chemo and radiation,...