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Service and Therapy Dogs Offer Assistance, Comfort and Snuggles

Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Working Dogs

Not all dogs live the cushy life, snoozing and playing all day; some dogs go to work every day! Service, therapy and emotional support dogs can play pivotal roles in helping people lead more confident, comfortable and independent lives. Service Dogs These highly trained dogs perform tasks that help the handler with physical or psychiatric …

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Virtual Vets: Taking Health Care Online

Thursday, June 15, 2017 | HealthPet News

The pervasiveness of smartphones, webcams and the internet has made face-to-face communication from remote locations commonplace, if not mundane. Even, to some degree, when the other face is sporting a white lab coat. In human health, telemedicine has not only gained traction, it’s breaking speed records. According to one estimate, global use of telemedicine services …

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Another Water Hazard: Leptospirosis in Dogs

Thursday, June 1, 2017 | Health

Just when you thought leeches and abandoned fishhooks were the only dangers lurking in lakes and rivers, here’s another thing: leptospirosis. This bacterial infection, caused by various species of the genus Leptospira, can lead to kidney damage, liver failure and worse in dogs and their human counterparts. Go Jump in the Lake… or Not Leptospires …

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Dog Stung by a Bee? Here’s What You Should Know.

Thursday, May 25, 2017 | Health

Bees (and wasps and hornets) are helpful to the environment, which is why we plant bee-friendly gardens replete with nectar-filled blossoms to attract them. But to most dogs, bees are not so helpful! Bees won’t hesitate to sting any pet that noses about, paws at or otherwise disturbs their crucial pollinating work. For pets, especially …

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Seeing Eye Dogs Provide Services You Can’t Always See

Thursday, May 18, 2017 | Training & Behavior

Guide dogs do an important job in helping blind or low-vision people gain independence, confidence and greater mobility. In addition to guiding people safely through traffic and crowds, dogs may also be trained to find certain nearby objects such as a doors, elevators or mailboxes. The term “seeing-eye dog” is somewhat of a misnomer. The …

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For Many Dogs, Summer Is Ear-Infection Season

Thursday, May 11, 2017 | Health

For dog owners, the only sound that epitomizes summer more than the shhh-tik-tik-tik-tik of a lawn sprinkler is the jangle of ID tags as their dogs shake their heads and scratch their ears. Why all the racket? Because summer often means ear infections for our canine companions. What Causes Them? In dogs, ear infections are …

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Throttling Up the Itch: Flea Allergy Dermatitis

Thursday, May 4, 2017 | Uncategorized

The mere mention of fleas is enough to make you feel itchy all over. Now double that and you might know how your dog or cat feels when flea season hits. The mere presence of fleas can make a dog or cat itchy, but for pets who are allergic to fleas, it’s even worse: a …

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How to Walk a Cat on a Leash

Thursday, April 27, 2017 | Training & Behavior

When outdoors, a cat sure gets around.  In fact, a crowd-sourced mapping project that equips cats with GPS devices has the interactive maps to prove it. The trouble is, there are lots of potential hazards along an adventurous cat’s route, including moving cars, dogs and wild animals, infectious diseases, parasites and toxins. This is why …

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Urban Search & Rescue Dogs Risk Lives to Save Lives

Thursday, April 20, 2017 | Pet News

Every time a natural or not-so-natural disaster makes headlines, you can bet that urban search and rescue dogs (USAR) are quietly at work behind the scenes. From Ground Zero and Hurricane Katrina to tornadoes in Oklahoma, floods in Colorado, mudslides in Washington and even earthquakes in Haiti, these trained rescue dogs have applied their noses …

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