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Urban Wanderers
Rescued strays inspire art and hopefully donations
An indomitable stray named Chill is among many cats and dogs providing inspiration for dozens of works of art—paintings, photographs, sculptures and drawings—in an exhibition entitled Urban Wanderers, which opens at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art next Friday, July 16.   Chill was a neglected, abused street dog until she was rescued by Randy Grim of Stray Rescue of St. Louis, a no-kill...
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Canine Cancer Blogs
Finding support in first-person-with-dog stories
When my sister-in-law was diagnosed with cancer, my niece created a blog for family and friends in very short order. At first it seemed an odd choice, but soon I saw the smarts in it. It was an excellent way to streamline communications. I could find out about her progress and leave encouraging comments without being one of dozens of callers interrupting important healing time and demanding the...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Affording Vet Care
Pet lovers worry about high vet bills.
The high cost of veterinary care is always a constant worry of mine. I don’t buy pet health insurance, but I always put a little bit away each month in case of emergency. Unfortunately, you never know when you might need it.  Last month my dogs’ annual checkup gave way to a huge vet bill thanks to asymptomatic Lyme and Giardia, and an ear infection on top of that. Thank goodness everything was...
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Seriously Ticked Off
One little pup vs. infinite tropical parasites
If you think about life in the tropics, maybe you picture warm balmy breezes, a rain shower or two, and gently swinging in a hammock under a palm tree, your dog snoozing peacefully nearby. No taking the dog outside in freezing weather for “last call.” No bundling up to brave a chilly walk. And no frozen toes.   And you would be right. Here in Belize, we do enjoy those balmy breezes, hammocks and...
Wellness: Health Care
Canine Influenza: What Dog Owners Should Know
A New Disease Threatening Dogs
canine influenza vaccination
Sponsored Article     Dogs of all breeds and ages can get it. There’s a new virus spreading across the US, and dogs have no natural immunity to it. That means that all unexposed dogs will become infected upon contact with the canine influenza virus. You may even have heard stories about the sudden outbreaks of dog flu that have occurred in communities just like yours. Is your dog at risk?...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Don’t Be an Octomom
Nadya Suleman teams with PETA to promote spay/neuter
This week Nadya Suleman, better known as the infamous Octomom, teamed up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to reveal a new campaign, “Don’t Let Your Dog or Cat Become an Octomom. Always Spay or Neuter.” A banner with the slogan will be hanging in front of Suleman’s La Habra, Calif., home for the next three weeks. While Suleman’s participation was largely motivated by the $5,...
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Coneheads
The pros and cons of wearing a lampshade
At some point in your life with dogs, you’ll most likely shepherd them through the challenges and indignities of an Elizabethan cone. The awkward plastic neck collar—sometimes called a “cone of shame”—is often the final insult following painful hot spots, surgery and injury. The fact that it’s for dogs’ own good (keeping them from licking and biting irritated areas) is little comfort as they...
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Pet Meds Primer
10 questions to ask your vet
The FDA recently published a quick checklist of what to ask when your veterinarian prescribes medications for your pet. These are commonsense suggestions and worth a refresher.
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EPA on Flea and Tick Products
Sign up for webinar about adverse reactions
Check out the EPA’s webinar on Wednesday, March 17, 4-6pm EST to hear the findings of the agency’s nearly yearlong evaluation of topical flea and tick products. This intensified scrutiny of the products is in response to the growing number of adverse reactions, including burns, neurological problems, and deaths, linked to these treatments. Pet owners are advised to register for the Webinar and...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Banning Debarking
Mass. House approves a bill prohibiting a controversial surgery
Last week the Massachusetts’ House of Representatives approved a bill banning debarking surgeries by an overwhelming margin of 155-1. If approved by the Senate, the bill would make Massachusetts the first state to put such a law in place. HR 344 prohibits the devocalization of dogs and cats unless a licensed veterinarian deems the procedure medically necessary.  I realize that debarking, as with...

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