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News: JoAnna Lou
Fighting for a Variance
Should dogs be allowed in coffee shops?
As I’ve blogged previously, I love being able to bring my dogs everywhere possible, especially restaurants. While health codes keep dogs outside on the patio, there are certain bars and coffee shops that let pets inside. For a long time my area had Coffee Labs in Tarrytown, N.Y., a cafe that encouraged patrons to bring their dogs, even though it was not technically allowed. Earlier this year, the...
Wellness: Food & Nutrition
Putting Your Dog on a Low-Calorie Diet
Some things to know about "low-cal" pet food
There’s no denying obesity is a major canine health issue. Obesity contributes to arthritis, heart and liver disease, diabetes, respiratory difficulties, heat stroke, some cancers and more. And somewhere between 40 and 50 percent of domestic cats and dogs in the United States are overweight, according to several estimates. As we do in our personal battles of the bulge, we turn to reduced calorie...
Wellness: Food & Nutrition
Organics, Raw Meat, and Designer Diets: New Trends in Dog Food
What's for dinner?
Having a dog you surely know the myriad of choices you have when it comes to selecting your dog’s food. It should not be news that dog food is a multi-billion dollar industry. What is surprising, is the segmentation that now dominates the marketing of dog food, and the variety of niche-sectors being pursued fervently by dog food manufacturers and their marketing agents. As Publisher of The Bark,...
News: Karen B. London
ChocoTox
An iPhone app that can help dogs
ChocoTox is an iPhone application that determines whether or not a dog has ingested a toxic amount of chocolate. You enter the dog’s weight, the amount of chocolate eaten, and the type of chocolate. The type of chocolate is as critical as the other two factors because the darker the chocolate, the more theobromine it contains, and theobromine is what is actually toxic to dogs. Once you’ve entered...
News: Guest Posts
Food for Thought
Pondering the benefits of commercial pet food
When New York Times columnist Jane E. Brody wanted the truth about feeding our dogs and cats, she turned to Bark contributing editors Malden Nesheim, PhD, and Marion Nestle, PhD, who provided details about pet food that Bark regulars know well—such as, higher price doesn’t necessarily mean better quality. But they also presented a bit of a paradigm shift, for me, regarding the $18-billion-a-...
News: JoAnna Lou
Danger in the Driveway
Basketball hoops may contain deadly antifreeze
A friend recently e-mailed me about a German Shorthaired Pointer who died from ingesting antifreeze. Being animal lovers, the family had always been careful not to keep the toxic liquid around the house.  Determined to find the source, they soon discovered that the antifreeze came from a portable basketball hoop in their driveway. Following the instruction manual, the previous owners had put...
News: JoAnna Lou
Taste Test
Humans and canines put treats head to head.
For humans, healthy food usually comes at the expense of taste. Given how concerned we are about feeding our pups the best, Lou Bendrick at Grist.org decided to run a humorously unscientific study on whether dogs prefer healthy or unhealthy treats.  The testing panel included Burn the Border Collie, Lulu the Cockapoo, Sugar Ray the Pug, and Austin the Australian Shepherd. And to make sure the...
News: Guest Posts
Cats 1, Dogs 0
Study links asthma risk to dogs, not cats
I feel like I have a built-in radar for dog versus cat stories. Or rather, I’m sort of a magnet for them. I know it drives some Bark readers crazy—those who don’t feel a need to make comparisons and think I should stop feeding the feud. Well, if you are such a high-minded egalitarian read no further. If you’re with me (and keeping score), add a hash mark to the “Cat’s rule” side of the ledger.  ...
News: Guest Posts
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...
News: JoAnna Lou
Avoiding Plastic
Making adjustments for the environment and our health
This year, my New Year’s resolution isn’t to get back into shape or qualify for agility nationals, although they’re two things I am trying to do. For 2010, I decided to keep it simple and reduce my dependence on plastic. Not only is it better for the environment, but as we’re increasingly finding, it’s better for our health, both human and canine. Avoiding plastic isn’t easy, as I wrote about...

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