Rescuing Dogs in Cars a Hot Topic

I went to a mall yesterday with a friend to beat the heat, but before we made it inside, my friend and I heard a crying dog in the parking lot. We were able to find the car by the whimpering sounds and the telltale cracked windows. Pretty soon we were joined by an elderly woman and her older mother hobbling along with a cane who also heard the cries. Though the oldest woman looked frail, she didn’t hesitate to state that she was ready to string someone up for leaving the precious dog in the heat. And I believe she would have too! Don’t mess with a mad 90+ grandma on the war path! Continue reading

Hundreds of Cases of Sickened Dogs, But Still No Recall on Chicken Jerky Treats

There are now over 1,800 reports of dogs being sickened and even dying from chicken jerky treats made in China due to kidney failure. The FDA finally released their test results after msnbc.com reported that they were denied the requested information. Without confirmed contaminants, however, the FDA is unable to force a recall. There have been three federal warnings regarding possible safety issues since 2007 with the Chinese-made treats. Continue reading

Could Nonsurgical Sterilization Be the Cure for Pet Overpopulation?

Traditional methods of spaying and neutering dogs and cats have been helpful in reducing the number of companion animals in our nation’s shelters. But imagine how much time, money, and taxpayer dollars could be saved if there could be a pill or injection that could be administered to prevent unplanned pregnancies!

There are some promising products on the horizon that could at least be a tool in the arsenal to alleviate shelter crowding and reduce euthanasia of perfectly healthy, adoptable animals. And nonsurgical options make a lot of sense to humanely and fiscally treat animal populations. Continue reading

Hydrotherapy: How Swimming Can Lead to Better Health for Your Dog

Swimming is an amazing way to get exercise for humans. The increased resistance from moving in water provides maximized physical benefits in a short amount of time, yet buoyancy simultaneously decreases stress on joints. So it’s no wonder that veterinarians and animal rehabilitation specialists are starting to recommend hydrotherapy for dogs.

Water therapy is also a great exercise option, particularly in the summer months, when exercise can induce heat stroke. Plus, swimming can be just plain fun! Continue reading

Controversial New Rules Proposed for Pet Trade Regulation

The American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) are fighting like cats and dogs over a proposal designed to close pet industry regulation loopholes that have enabled unscrupulous breeders to dodge animal welfare regulations crafted before the invention of the Internet. Continue reading

Is There a Link Between Human and Pet Obesity?

It seems that human obesity is on the forefront of our minds with media exposure and even political platforms. It seems we are not the only ones affected by an increase in an obesity epidemic. Apparently we are also killing our pets with kindness, giving them too many treats and sharing sedentary lifestyles with them. Continue reading

BAXTER WANTS YOU! (To be Safe this Independence Day)

Yes, folks, it’s time for my obligatory summer safety public service announcements. We know you’re looking forward to a much-needed holiday tomorrow, and so am I! I’ve been working like a dog for our valued customers. Without air conditioning too, I might add! Darn hailstorm took out the AC unit!

First things first… we four-leggers really don’t understand this celebration of Independence. Although I am a seasoned world traveler, I still love coming home to my slippers and adore my treats that my staff lavish upon me, humble though I may be. Ms. Boo and her feline cohorts seem to cherish independence a bit more, but I digress… back to the issue of SAFETY! Continue reading