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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...
News: 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...
News: Guest Posts
Walk Tall
It’s good for you and your pup.
A TV is never going to drop a leash in your lap or look mournfully out the window at all the other human-dog duos walking by. In a recent story exclusively for TheBark.com, Dr. Dawn Marcus explored the health upside to living with a dog, starting with his or her role as a personal trainer/motivational barker. And once you and your dog are getting a daily dose of exercise, all sorts of health...
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How Safe Is That Dog Toy?
Lead and arsenic in dog beds, tennis balls and more.
Another round of tests has revealed nasty toxins in chew toys, collars and beds. According to report by Lisa Wade McCormick posted at ConsumerAffairs.com last night, recent tests of a variety of household products, including pet items, revealed “lead, brominated flame retardants (BFR), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), cadmium, arsenic and mercury, which studies have linked to birth defects, impaired...
News: JoAnna Lou
Running with Dogs
Increase your fitness with your four-legged best friend.
Recently, I attempted to run the NYC Half Marathon. Unfortunately, my race ended shortly after mile seven with a ride to the hospital for fluids. My running demise was due partly to the ninety degree August weather and dehydration, but mostly to lack of proper training. I had meant to train when I signed up for the event, but let’s face it, there are much more fun things to train for… like...
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Stephen King, Most Famous Victim
Horror stories come true when people don’t secure dogs in cars.
Last week in Verona, Wis., a Boy Scout troop leader and one young Scout were killed when a motorhome crossed the median and hit their SUV. The 62-year-old motorhome driver was distracted when his dog jumped into his lap. Ten years ago, Stephen King was hit and severely injured by a minivan because driver Bryan E. Smith was distracted by his loose Rottweiler. Smith was charged with aggravated...
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Summer Health Tips for Your Dog
A quick check up with Sophia Yin, DVM, MS.
Sophia Yin & Dogs
Now that summer is in full bloom, there are more dogs promenading by my window, snatching Frisbees at the park, and vying for a launch point at my local off-leash beach. It’s as if the canine population of Seattle has doubled, but I know most of these pups have been here all along. The simple truth is that at this time of year, there’s more time, light and inspiration for outdoor adventure. That...
News: Karen B. London
It’s National Safety Month
What’s the best pet safety advice you ever needed?
In honor of National Safety Month, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) has compiled some ideas for keeping dogs safe. Their tips include basic first aid information, as well as tips for keeping your dog safe at the pool, outdoors including around wildlife, when traveling, during holidays, such as Christmas and the Fourth of July, and in a variety of other situations. The association...

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