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News: Karen B. London
Therapy Dog Gives Great Gift
A wife’s last smile.
  There are a zillion stories about the amazing effects of therapy dogs on people, but this one moved me even more than usual. A husband was with his dying wife in a Florida hospital when Pogo, a Shetland sheepdog came to visit. The wife began to pet the dog, wrapped her arms around him, and smiled. It had been a long time since she had smiled, and it was to be her last one. She died the next day...
News: Guest Posts
P&G Voluntary Recall
Eukanuba and Iams specialized dry pet food
The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) is voluntarily expanding its recall to include veterinary and some specialized dry pet food, including Iams Veterinary Dry Formulas, Eukanuba Naturally Wild, Eukanuba Pure and Eukanuba Custom Care Sensitive Skin, as a precautionary measure because it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. No salmonella-related illnesses have been reported...
News: JoAnna Lou
Inadvertent Toxin, UPDATE
Human hormone treatments have a negative effect on pets
[Editor's Note, 7/30/10: The Food and Drug Administration has published a warning urging that children and pets not be exposed to Evamist, a hormone spray used to treat hot flashes in menopausal women.]   Most pet lovers are careful about keeping medicine bottles locked away in a cabinet, far from the reach of little ones. But this may not be enough to guard your pups against the effects of some...
News: Karen B. London
Crate Rest
Is it possible to survive it?
Besides the obviously horrendous news that a dog has cancer or is in kidney failure, there are few more dreaded statements from the veterinarian than, “Your dog needs to be on crate rest.” Every time a client relays the news to me that the vet has said this, I am torn between the urge to offer them a stiff drink or slide a chair under them before they fall over in despair.   Keeping a dog on...
News: Guest Posts
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...
News: Guest Posts
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...
News: 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...
News: Guest Posts
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?...
News: 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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