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Blog: JoAnna Lou
Fur Is the Best Medicine
Pet therapy helps to reduce the need for pain pills.
As a pet therapy team, my Sheltie, Nemo, and I have visited patients at the hospital and read with kids at the library. Nemo loves children, so he’s always excited about the reading program, although sitting in one place for 15-30 minutes can sometimes be a challenge! But my favorite place to visit is the hospital. I love bringing some canine sunshine into the dreary rooms and chatting with the...
Blog: Karen B. London
Holiday Pet Safety
‘Tis the season
This time of year is filled with special foods, decorations and activities. I love the celebrations, but I am also cautious about them in some ways. At the risk of sounding un-festive, I always feel like shouting, “It’s all fun and games until somebody loses an eye!” (Actually, since becoming a Mom, this is actually something I HAVE said, and not just as a joke.) Perhaps because I have heard...
Wellness: Healthy Living
The Dangers of Rawhide Dog Chew Toys
The downside of rawhide
Chew Bone
“I never buy at Wal-Mart, I only buy organic and nothing from China, ever!” This is how Danielle Devereux, whose German Shepherd Sammy is a ravenous consumer of snacks, describes her treat-buying strategy. Sammy prefers his rawhide toys soaked in warm chicken broth first. “As you can guess, he’s a little bit spoiled.” In Devereux’s remarks, I hear echoes of my own long search for the right dog...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Preparing for the Worst
Bark Buckle UP offers free Pet Safety Kits for the car.
Recently I went to a pet first aid seminar presented by a friend and veterinarian. Ever since, I’ve been busy preparing the supplies that I might need in an emergency, particularly when I’m away from home at a trial or on vacation.  One of the recommendations was to create an emergency card for each of your dogs to attach onto their crates in the car. The card lists basic information, allergies...
Blog: Karen B. London
Got Leash?
Safely passing it requires care.
Leashes only function if one end is connected to the dog’s collar and a person is holding the other end. Over the weekend, I saw a dog running free (and fast!) trailing the leash with two people running after him. In an attempt to pass the leash, the first person had let go before the second person got a good grip on it, and the dog capitalized on this mistake. I helped them collect their dog...
Blog: Guest Posts
Check Out The Dog Run
Field-tested advice on jogging with your co-pilot.
Feeling inspired by Meb Keflezighi’s NYC Marathon victory? Channel those nervous legs and check out the November issue of Runner’s World. In a special column, Bark’s very own Claudia Kawczynska provides some quick tips on jogging with a dog including the benefits for you and your pooch, selecting a running buddy and getting started. Quite a few of our writers, bloggers and editors are serious...
Wellness: Healthy Living
Healthy Food Dogs and Kids Can Share
TREAT them both right
You want to give your dog the best. You want to give your child the best, too. No one advocates feeding your child dog food. But how about giving both of them … salmon steak?   Sharing food with your dog seems radical, but it’s merely a return to the way dogs were fed for millennia. The human-animal bond developed partly because dogs and humans could eat the same foods, and the act of sharing...
Blog: Karen B. London
Protecting Dogs on Halloween
Beware of chocolate, decorations and costumed strangers.
Halloween is a devil of a holiday. One the one hand, it’s among my favorites—parties, chocolate, creativity in dress and behavior, neighbors working together to create fun for all ages. On the other hand, there are hazards we all need to be aware of to make sure our dogs have a good day, too. There are three main concerns for dogs at Halloween.  1) Chocolate is dangerous for dogs. Don’t let them...
Wellness: Healthy Living
Pet Food Politics: Know Where Your Dog's Food Comes From
Interview with Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim on the state of canine nutrition
Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, is one of America’s best-known critics of food safety and nutrition. The author of Food Politics and What to Eat as well as a popular columnist and blogger, she is the Paulette Goddard professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University. In 2007, she and her partner, Malden Nesheim, PhD, professor and provost emeritus of Cornell University—both...
Wellness: Healthy Living
Skunk Spray and Dogs
The chemistry of skunk spray
If dog is our best friend, dog’s worst friend has to the striped skunk, a.k.a. Mephitis mephitis(from the Latin word meaning “stench”). It’s only natural that our pooches would be interested in a critter that goes by the name of “polecat,” but woe to those who get too close—a single encounter can leave them stinking to high heaven. Fortunately, there’s a good recipe for a deskunking potion (see...

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