Meningitis in Dogs Treatable with Early Detection of Meningitis Symptoms

July 16, 2009

Veterinary neurologist commends efforts to increase awareness of meningitis symptoms and meningitis treatment by New Jersey legislature. Pet owners also should be aware that knowing the symptoms of meningitis and getting early meningitis treatment can mean a full recovery for many dogs.

Video Shows that Boost was NOT Aggressive

July 14, 2009

Seems that “big brother” in the form of surveillance video from the Walker County Humane Society in Alabama has reared its head to show us what a gentle and willing dog Boost in the last hour of his life. The video contradicts Director Lane Reno’s statements that Boost would not come out of his carrier and had to be pulled out using a carrier pole. Rather, it shows Boost walking into the shelter on a leash quite willingly.

Update: Is Stu Really Going Home At Last?

July 13, 2009

Board of Animal Services Commissioners moves to amend L.A. Code to free Stu! The Board convened at about 10:30 (a half-hour late) and immediately began discussion of Item 3A regarding Stu.

Help Us FREE Brindi!

July 7, 2009

They say you have to walk in someone’s shoes to understand what they feel. But sometimes, all you have to do is look down the path they have walked to understand enough to stand with them. These days, we seem to be given few options BUT to stand with Francesca Rogier as she continues her walk down the path to her dog’s freedom.

A Pit Bull Story that Needs Repeating

July 5, 2009

Yes, the hero dog is a representative of that much-maligned breed. Yes, pit bulls make headlines when they bite and attack, but other breeds bite without making the news. The media may be part of the problem, say lovers of pit bulls, because “we” seem to pounce on every pit bull attack.

Stu Could Die July 23, 2009 — Let’s Help Him Live!

June 30, 2009

The only thing keeping Stu alive right now is that the Court decision does not become final for 30 days after the ruling. The ruling was issued June 23, 2009.

Can you help FREE Brindi?

June 29, 2009

Do you have any items you would donate to help raise funds to defray the legal costs of getting Brindi released from the SPCA in Nova Scotia? She was seized by authorities and impounded in July 2008.

Laparoscopic Spays Less Traumatic and Less Painful Alternative to Traditional Spays

June 28, 2009

By performing the spay procedure laparoscopically the patient experiences less trauma and minimal pain. With the laparoscope we are able to perform the surgery with magnified views of the organs, allowing for greater precision. The ovarian ligament is carefully cut and cauterized, rather than torn.

Dog Training Website Offers $25k to Dog Rescues

June 28, 2009

Finding funding for dog rescue shelters is difficult to do, especially in the current economic recession. That’s why is offering a total of $25,000 donations to be distributed to 500 needy dog rescues. The donations can be in the form of either cash or dog supplies, depending on what the rescue needs.

Internet Radio Show About “Special Needs” Pets has Launched

June 28, 2009

The nation’s first Internet radio show about disabled and chronically ill dogs and cats was launched today by Scout’s House™, California’s leading physical rehabilitation therapy and boarding facility for special needs animals. Featuring interviews with a wide range of guests, including veterinarians, medical researchers, and attorneys specializing in animal law, “Special Pets, Special Needs” will help pet owners understand the myriad of medical and functional issues their pets face and give them the information they need to help these important family members live more comfortable and more functional lives.

Stu: Innocent LA Dog Could be Euthanized

June 24, 2009

The California Court of Appeals today ruled that the City’s sentence of death against Stu, a ten year-old dog with a record of one biting incident four years ago, when Stu had himself just been injured, could stand.

Animal Cruelty Through the Eyes of a Child

June 23, 2009

My name is Maria Ewan and I am 11 years old. I live in Marlton, New Jersey. I am writing this letter to you because I want to give you a song I dedicated to animals being abused.

Pets as Family. Really?

June 23, 2009

A new AP/Petside poll released Tuesday shows that half (50%) of American pet owners consider their pets to be as much a part of the family as any person in the household.

This Marathon I Call Tuesday

June 23, 2009

I have reached the first rest station on this marathon I call Tuesday. It starts when my feet hit the floor in the morning. There is one such marathon for each day of the week, every week of the month and all the months in a year.

Home Remedy for Parvo

June 21, 2009

Canine Parvovirus (“parvo”) attacks rapidly reproducing cells — such as those that line the gastrointestinal tract, bone marrow, lymph nodes and heart. Highly contagious, parvo is transmitted from dog to dog via contaminated droplets and feces.

Brush Your Dog’s Teeth with Clay Toothpaste

June 20, 2009

Zion Health, the world’s largest manufacturer of Healing Clay remedies will be distributing ClayBrite Natural Toothpaste to Veterinarians and Pet Stores, offering pet owners a high quality toothpaste consisting of edible clay minerals that help absorb bacteria and prevent cavities.

Manassas, VA Opens New Pet Food Pantry

June 20, 2009

Families in our community who fall on hard times should not be concerned that they need to give up a beloved pet because they cannot afford food. The pantry keeps families together and numbers down at the local shelters.

Got Fleas? Non-Toxic Solutions – Part 1

June 19, 2009

There are plenty of flea control products in the market today, but unknown to majority of pet owners is that most of the products are harmful to both the pet and the people around them. It’s a good thing there are ways to control these pests without poisoning pets, people, plants and environment.

LA Dog Jailed in Shelter for Almost 4 Years

June 18, 2009

Another story has surfaced today about a dog being held in by Animal Services for a ridiculous amount of time for less than logical reasons. I swear dogs do better in the wild than in the company of domesticated humans. In a nutshell, a dog, Stu, gets rescued from the streets in 2000 and lives happily and comfortable with his owner, Jeff de la Rosa, and two other dogs. Life is good.

State College, PA Pet Food Pantry Open for Business

June 17, 2009

In less than a year Bierly and Caitlin Rivers have the Pet Pantry of Centre County up and running. In three weeks the two have distributed more than 700 pounds of donated dog and cat food. They believe the family pet cannot be forgotten in an economic downturn.

Who Rules? Cats or Dogs

June 16, 2009

Having several cats and dogs, I often ponder the question of who rules — cats or dogs. My response used to change from day-to-day depending on what tricks each species had pulled so far that day, but over time, cats seem to winning out.

Daffy’s Soup Kitchen Still Needs Your Help

June 15, 2009

Daffy’s Soup Kitchen has recently learned that, due to the current economic crunch, their warehouse sponsor can no longer afford to help cover their lease expense and they will be faced with the possibility of closing the warehouse by September 1st if other sponsors don’t step forward to assist.

Canine Underground Railroad is Traveling a Road Near You

June 15, 2009

Canine Underground Railroad is Traveling a Road Near You – In my search for a way to move my dogs and cats across country, I stumbled all these groups that transport dogs — and probably cats, too — from one side of the country to the other, north and south, east and west. And this is quietly going on all the time.

“Best Places to be an Animal Abuser” in Canada

June 13, 2009

Based on a detailed comparative analysis of the animal protection laws of each jurisdiction, researching twelve distinct categories of provisions throughout hundreds of pages of statutes, the report recognizes the provinces and territories where laws protecting animals have real teeth, and calls out those tied for worst in Canada this year for animal protection laws — where animal abusers get off easy.

Texas Legislature Adjourns Without Passing Major Animal Protection Bills

June 12, 2009

The Texas legislature adjourned at midnight on June 1, after a session full of tough fights on several animal protection issues. Progress was made on important measures, although several bills died in the waning hours of the session.

Homeless Dogs in Kiev

June 10, 2009

This lady is probably the only one who cares about the lost dogs on the streets of Kiev. She has a small flat but doesn’t live there because she does not have room for all the 70+ dogs she picked up on the streets.

What Canine Stools Tell You About Diarrhea

June 10, 2009

Diarrhea is the passage of loose, unformed stools generally occurring in more frequent bowel movements. It is the most common sign of an intestinal disease.

Long Island Cares Food Bank to Distribute Pet Food

June 10, 2009

Aiming to stop hunger among pets as well as people, the Long Island Cares food bank Wednesday will begin distributing pet food to those in need. The Hauppauge-based food bank, which supplies hundreds of Long Island food pantries, has teamed up with the Animal Relief Fund in Manhattan to provide dog and cat food to needy families with pets.

Humane Society, ASPCA condemn Schwarzenegger plan to shorten animal shelter hold requirements

June 10, 2009

Last week, we learned that California’s animal shelter system is among the programs facing cutbacks as a result of the state’s budget crisis.

Humane Society of Indianapolis starts Pet Food Pantry

June 10, 2009

The Humane Society of Indianapolis has decided to try to stop these animals from ever having to leave their homes. They have started a new pet pantry to aid people that are having financial difficulties.

FDA Approves First Cancer Drug for Dogs

June 10, 2009

The FDA approves veterinary medicine’s first cancer fighting drug and it’s for the ubiquitous mast cell tumor. Seen primarily in dogs, this common skin tumor has plagued us veterinarians for eons, it seems. Not only can it be a killer, it’s sometimes hard to identify when it masks itself, chameleon-like, as a wart or tiny bump on the skin.

Schwarzenegger Tax Cut: Kill Shelter Animals Faster to Save Money

June 9, 2009

One of the many tax cuts Gov Schwarzenegger is proposing is one that has been previously defeated but I guess he hopes that Californians who are feeling the pinch will let it get through this time, is to kill animals at shelters faster. He wants to cut the hold time on strays and lost pets from 6 days to 3 days, saying it will save the state $24.6 million.

Pet Hurricane Evacuation Kit

June 9, 2009

Once again, it is hurricane season. And as we learned from Hurricane Katrina, we need to plan ahead for our pets. If anything, Katrina opened the door for pets as more consideration is being given to their safe evacuation on buses and in motels, etc. Many people evacuating from the path of a hurricane will be packing their pets into their own vehicles as they head for safer ground.

Home Remedy for Dog Ear Infections

June 8, 2009

Home Remedy for Dog Ear Infections

An Animal Shelter with No Cages

June 8, 2009

There are no cages at this animal shelter. Dogs and cats are housed in comfortable quarters that resemble bedrooms and living rooms while waiting to be adopted. Avanzino explains that’s because Americans think of pets as family members.

Pawtag: A Pet Tag that Brings Your Pet Home

June 8, 2009

What if you could put a tag on your pet’s collar that would provide the rescuer with access to info 24/7 that would get your pet back home?