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Dog Bite Prevention Week

No one knows how many dog bites there are a year. Some suggest that number is rising, even calling the situation an epidemic. The American Veterinary Medical Association and U.S. Postal Service with State Farm Insurance are together partnering to support Dog Bite Prevention Week, April 7 to 13. Numbers vary on just how many…

Don’t Kiss Your Hedgehog

No matter how intense your bond with your pet hedgehog The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers this advice because Spike could be carrying salmonella. This is from the CDC: Since the last update on January 25, 2019, an additional six people and three states have been added to this investigation. A total of 17…

Long Conversation with Dr. Marty Becker Regarding Fear Free

For some time, I’ve had the honor to host the Fear Free podcasts. I sought out to do one podcast that I hadn’t before done. It’s right HERE with Dr. Marty Becker the guy who created Fear Free in the first place. First a word about Fear Free One day maybe I’ll interview myself for…

Saving Pets’ Lives from Kennel Fires

Saving lives should be bipartisan. Following a kennel fire that killed over 30 dogs in West Chicago (Bully Life Animal Services or formerly D and D Kennels), 2N442 County Farm Road on January 14, I quickly learned three facts: The fact that so many dogs died was avoidable. The fact that there are few fire safety…

Condor Visits his Human Father

This man helped to raise this orphaned condor. Not sure of the species, though this condor is clearly still younger. He returns periodically to visit the man who raised him. It’s his choice to return, and you can tell they are both happy to see one another. Yes, happy. If you don’t see it, you’re…

Saving Pets’ Lives in Kennel Fires

Kennel fires and fires at pet boarding facilities happen too often around the U.S. with far too many fatalities, and nearly all those horrible deaths are preventable. When over 30 dogs were killed in a fire in West Chicago (Bully Life Animal Services or formerly D and D Kennels), 2N442 County Farm Road on January…

St. Patrick’s Day Dogs

For a nation that’s just under 33,000 square miles, Ireland has more than their wee bit of dog St. Patrick’s Day dogs, Just to compare, Ireland is slightly smaller than the state of Maine. We could be green with envy. Here’s a rundown of the dog breeds that originated in Ireland. Glenn of Imaal Terrier…

Canine Lymphoma with Dr. Sue Cancer Vet

Veterinary oncologist Dr. Sue Ettinger talks about what might be the most common cancer in dogs, lymphoma. She agrees no one wants to hear that diagnosis, but it can be very treatable. Dr. Sue describes how you petting your dog may lead to a veterinary visit, which could lead to the diagnosis. So, always pet…

Reunited with Donkey: It Feels So Good

After raising the donkey, this girl was separated for a few years, Do you think this donkey remembers her? The human animal bond goes beyond dogs and cats. Way beyond.

Don’t Believe the Hype: Dogs are Not Wolves

Of course, dogs evolved from wolves, but it’s definitely not as advertised. Dogs evolved from a wolf species circa 40,000 years ago. And that species is long gone. Dogs-wolves – not sure what to call them when they were in the process of evolving – actually hunted in tandem with Cro-Magnon men. And it turns…

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