October 17, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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Why Doggy Dental Care Could Save Your Dog’s Life


It’s common knowledge that dogs age differently than humans, but the old comparison of seven dog years to every one human year isn’t as accurate as people think.

Business Insider explained that if we truly aged seven times slower than canines, many humans would be able to have children at age 7 and live to be more than 150 years old. But it’s clear that’s not the case. During their first two years of life, pooches age faster than humans, which causes them to reach full sexual maturity at a much quicker rate.

Because their aging process slows down toward the end of their lives, comparing your dog’s age to your own becomes tricky, but it’s not entirely impossible. Smaller breeds tend to live longer than larger ones, meaning that overall weight plays a larger factor into canines’ ages. For example, a pooch that weighs 20 pounds or less at 1 year old is actually 15 in dog years. Medium dogs – between 21 and 50 pounds – follow the same pattern, but larger breeds that weigh between 51 and 90 pounds are around 14 years old at one human year.

The origins of the seven-year myth are unknown, but it’s clear that dogs require extra care to extend their lives to the fullest extent. And with dental problems being at the root (pun intended) of 3/4 health concerns vets see, most pet parents could stand to put a greater emphasis on the importance of proper doggy dental care.

Promoting doggy dental care
From natural dog food to dietary supplements, there are numerous ways to keep your furry friend strong and healthy late in his life. However, the American Kennel Club suggested that many dog owners neglect dental care, which can help your dog stay in top form.

Healthy gums are firm and pink, black or spotted, the AKC explained. Young pups should have smooth white teeth that will darken with age. Depending on the breed, puppies will have 23 baby teeth, and adults wind up with around 42 permanent chompers. To check on dental health, it’s best to put your hand over the muzzle and lift up the sides of his or her mouth.

Look for soft white matter or hard yellow or brown matter on the teeth, as this can indicate plaque or tartar buildup. If found, owners should brush the gunk away to ensure that their dog’s mouth is healthy. Mouth infections can lead to serious health problems, including heart failure, so it’s important not to let your canine’s dental hygiene fall to the wayside.

By signing up for PetPlus, owners can purchase dental cleaning kits and treats specifically designed to promote strong teeth at discounted prices. Each order also comes with free shipping, allowing you to ensure your dog’s health without breaking the bank.

October 16, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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Alabama Dog Euthanized, Rises From the Dead


Dogs can be resilient animals, withstanding the elements to survive outdoors only to return home to families who are ecstatic to have them back. But sometimes, a canine gets put through the ringer and ends up surprising even the veterinarians with their ability to persevere.

According to Discovery News, a Black Labrador mix was being housed at an animal shelter in Helena, Alabama, after his owner could no longer take care of him and dropped him off at the facility. Lazarus, as he was named by one of the attending staff members, spent a week in the shelter before the doctor euthanized him – or so he thought.

After administering two shots that were intended to put the poor dog down, the 4-year-old pup was found alive the next morning, complete with a full stomach from eating his leftovers. Although he was a bit groggy and wobbly, Lazarus was alive and well in his cage. While a highly unusual circumstance, Auburn University professor Robert Lofton, D.V.M., suggested that the shelter may have administered an incorrect dose or missed the vein.

Lazarus’ miraculous survival is just one of many incredible pet stories that have sprung up throughout the years.

Inspiring ‘tails’ of animal survival
The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals compiled a list of amazing true stories from 2013. These animal survival tales captured the hearts of many, displaying the resiliency of pets in the face of various threats.

In May, Tarzan the orange cat was found abandoned in a dirty construction site, hiding from fast-moving cars and dangerous equipment. Covered head to toe in black tar, Tarzan was rescued by the MSPCA and shaved completely to get rid of the mangy coat. After enduring the lengthy cleaning process, the cat was swiftly adopted into a loving home where he lives happily to this day.

A 7-week-old Pitbull puppy was found in a dumpster and was rescued by a kind-hearted stranger in April. He was suffering from a broken jaw and spent eight weeks in the shelter, eating healthy food while wrapped in a warm blanket and surrounded by loving staff members. His jaw quickly began to heal and Oscar was adopted into a wonderful home soon after.

These animals endured serious hardships and came back stronger than ever. For pet parents, they can fortify their furry friends’ health with beneficial supplements from PetPlus. Sign up today and start saving!

October 14, 2014
by Sam Bourne

Why You Should Be Mindful of Which Butts Your Dog is Sniffing


Recently, the world has been in a frenzy over the Ebola virus outbreak occurring in West Africa. Now, a U.S. patient was admitted to a Texas hospital and diagnosed with the disease, which can be transferred through direct contact with an infected person’s fluids, such as saliva, urine or vomit, and often results in death.

According to ABC News, Ebola can be spread by monkeys, bats and a long list of other animals. This creates a legitimate concern that dogs might become viable hosts of the virus, too. Officials in Madrid, Spain, received a court order to euthanize the pet of a nursing assistant who contracted Ebola while working overseas, despite there being no existing documentation to confirm that canine-to-human transmittal is possible.

This begs the question: Can dogs get Ebola?

During an Ebola outbreak in the African country Gabon that occurred between 2001 and 2002, researchers tested dogs for traces of the virus. Of the 337 dogs in surrounding towns and villages, roughly 9 to 25 percent showed evidence of antibodies to Ebola, an indication that they were infected or exposed to the virus. Additional lab experiments suggested that animals’ urine, stool and saliva might contain the virus, which, in theory, means humans might catch Ebola through a dog licking or biting them.

However, Sharon Curtis Granskog, a spokesperson for the American Veterinary Medical Association, explained that “the risk of canines spreading Ebola in the U.S. is very small.”

Protect your dog from other animals
Be it rabies, Ebola or some other health risk, it’s important to protect your canine from other dangerous animals. The AVMA offered several measures that owners can take to protect their pooches – and themselves – from health threats.

When taking your dog on walks at parks or reservations, make sure he stays clear of stool. Canine droppings can contain harmful items, like parvovirus and hookworms, that get your little pooch sick, and you should be careful not to let him get too curious.

If your dog has a disease or is in the middle of taking prescription medications, it’s best to consult with your veterinarian before bringing him to dog gatherings. This can put him at risk of catching illnesses from canines or other animals in the area. If your pooch is sick, it’s a good idea to keep him indoors and comfortable until he’s fully recovered.

To bolster your dog’s health and vitality, sign up for a PetPlus membership to purchase prescription medications at discounted prices.

October 10, 2014
by Sam Bourne

Study Shows Your Cat is Faster and Stronger Than a Tiger


A new study in which researchers tracked the activity of a dozen domestic cats shows that, when it comes to the habits of our furry little friends, still waters run deep.

Sure, they are more than happy sitting on your lap and chasing around that catnip mouse with the bell on its tail, but when they are away from prying eyes, house cats really know how to unleash the beast.

The Study

The data, collected from the GPS trackers and pressure sensors on the roving cats, shows that not only do our seemingly timid tabbies participate in some pretty hardcore hunting when on the prowl, but they also do so with much the same skill and agility as tigers, lions, and other large cats.

The Results

Much like tigers, house cats rarely straighten their legs when stalking prey, even while running. This instinctual pose shows that, despite how comfortable they are on our sofas, they are still very much at home in the hunt.

Not only to they embody the same instinct for hunting as their larger cousins, but they execute on it with arguably a greater efficiency. That’s right – pound for pound, your cat is stronger and faster than a fully grown tiger. Not only that, but domesticated cats exceed the flexibility of any other large cat by leagues, giving them yet another clear advantage in the hunt.


A true killing machine

What’s more, the average house cat can jump a whopping five times their height, a skill that gives them the ability to take down creatures both on the ground and midair. Also, their unique skeletal structure also helps to cushion themselves after a fall, ensuring that when they do leap after some prey, they can recover quickly. To put a number to it, cats have been recorded as walking away from falls as high as 300 feet – that’s as tall as the Statue of Liberty!

A cat with the insatiable need to feed can kill a mouse in as little as 2 seconds, but since most cats do not rely on hunting as a source of food, they tend to hunt more for fun. What that means is that, rather than giving their prey a swift death, our house cats have a tendency to unleash their inner serial killer and play with their catch a little before sending them off to their great reward.

So next time you look at your cat, just know that somewhere underneath their fluffy, loving, and lazy personality lies the heart and mind of one of the most finely tuned killing machines on earth. Good thing they only weigh 9 pounds.


Daily Mail – Cats are better hunter than TIGERS: Domestic felines are more agile and powerful than their cousins, experts claim

October 9, 2014
by Sam Bourne

Westminster Adds 2 New Show Dogs – Could Yours Be One?


Westminster is where the top dogs come to show off their stuff in front of a panel of expert judges. According to New York Daily News, the Kennel Club revealed two new breeds that will be competing next year at the 139th iteration of the annual event. Falko, a 13-month-old Wirehaired Vizsla, and Luna, a 2-year-old Coton de Tulear, are the proud members of their breed to break into Westminster.


A Viszla

Hungarian hunting dogs, Vizslas are lean and athletic, with wiry dense coats that help protect them from inclement weather. While typically hyper by nature, Falko was relaxed enough during the big reveal after taking a nap prior to his introduction.


A Coton de Tulears

Coton de Tulears hail from Madagascar, but this pooch is a native New Yorker herself. Luna’s fluffy white hair stuck out next to Falko’s smooth brown coat as the pup shined during her close-ups. While the two dogs were friendly, that may not continue come February 2015, when they square off among other competitors at the official show in Madison Square Garden.

With the addition of these pooches, the Kennel Club competition officially recognizes 192 breeds as possible entries. However, there are still a number of canines left off the show’s list of participants, such as Goldendoodles, Puggles and Cockapoos, due to their status as mixed breeds.

Breeds that are runner ups as show dogs
VetStreet explained that more than half of the dogs on the American Kennel Club’s list of most popular breeds haven’t taken home Best in Show. While well-loved by many owners, these particular pooches have never been able to win over the judges’ hearts throughout Westminster’s storied history.

  • Labrador retriever: Despite being one of the most popular dogs in the U.S., these reliable and versatile pups have never worn the champion’s crown. They’re loyal companions who serve well as hunting partners, athletes, service dogs and search and rescue specialists. Nevertheless, it hasn’t been enough to be the big winner.
  • Boston terrier: Sadly, this pup’s sleek tuxedo-like coat has never won the grand prize at Westminster – even though they’re one of the few breeds to originate in the U.S. Bred to be a best friend and partner, this little pooch is waiting for his chance to share the limelight with other perennial runner-ups.

Past winners who dominate
While it’s shocking to see popular breeds like the Labrador never earn a victory, there are certain breeds that have brought home multiple first place finishes at Westminster. CNBC explained that some dogs have nabbed the title enough times to be considered the most successful breeds in the competition’s long history.

  • Airedale terrier: Believed to have originated in the Valley of Aire in England, the Airedale is the largest of the terrier breeds. They’ve won four grand prizes at Westminster, most likely due to their sweet temperament and soft coat.
  • Boxer: This lovable breed is tied with the Airedale for victories, but is more popular in the U.S. Their protective personalities and curious nature make them perfect family dogs, as they love affection and playing with children.
  • Fox terrier: These pooches have dominated Westminster with a whopping total of 17 first place finishes combined between smooth fox and wire fox terriers. They originated in the British Isles in the 17th century and were bred to drive game from their dens during hunting trips. Today, they’re known as excellent watch dogs.

Show dogs take a lot of time and attention to be perfect, and with a PetPlus membership, owners can have access to leading supplements and organic foods that keep their dogs fit and healthy for events like Westminster.