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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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Jury Rules Against Hartz
Beloved bulldog died 35 hours after flea drops were applied
[Editor’s note: We’ve blogged a bit about adverse reactions in dogs due to spot-on pesticide treatments and flea collars (see links below). Yesterday, Bark contributor Lisa Wade McCormick reported for ConsumerAffairs.com on what may be the first successful small claims case involving topical flea treatments. A portion of her story is reprinted here.] A 72-year-old dog owner has won what may be a...
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Xylitol Alert
Artificial sweetner is dangerous to dogs
March 14 is the start of Poison Prevention Week, so here at The Bark we’ve been getting alerts about which household products are toxic to pets. The poisons lists feature pretty much the usual suspects, including, but not limited to, Ibuprofen (such as Advil), Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol), antidepressants, chocolate, certain fertilizers, pest control products, and a special Easter-season...
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We Love Word Play
Low-cost spay/neuter effort in Michigan
Just when you think you’ve read or heard every possible dog pun, rhyme or wordplay (in my line of work, I’d begun to think so), some creative minds come along and cast the familiar in a shiny new way. In this case, I’m sending a word -play shout-out to a cooperative effort in Michigan. Nooters Club (how come this is the first time I’ve heard that?) and All About Animals Rescue are teaming up with...

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