December 31, 2014
by Sam Bourne

Arizona Couple Arrested for Neglecting 9 Dogs


The vast majority of pet parents are warm, loving people who truly accept their responsibility as the caretaker and guardian for an animal that needs them. However, there is always a small contingency who either don’t fully grasp the importance of proper pet care, leaving their poor pets to suffer on account of their negligence. Be that as it may – and we may never be rid of these ignorant pet owners – society is getting better at sniffing them out and holding them responsible for their abhorrent actions.

Cruelty in the Grand Canyon state
Recently, Arizona couple Daniel Gonzalez and Andrea Mendoza were arrested for abandoning nine dogs without water, food or shelter behind a home in Tonopah for an extended period of time. The two were booked on 27 counts of animal cruelty, and two counts of animal cruelty and physical injury, according to The Republic.

This heartbreaking story gets even worse when you realize that seven of the nine dogs were puppies, no older than 5 weeks. Luckily they were rescued just in time, with the newspaper reporting that another eight to 20 hours could have led to the dogs’ deaths.

Veterinarians started treating the thin, sick pooches for dehydration and hypothermia immediately. The dogs were saved thanks to a property owner noticing the emaciated canines and calling the police.

These tough and resilient pups and pooches will hopefully end up back to full health and adopted by families that shower them in love and provide them with ample food and water. While you’d never treat your dogs the way this couple did, it can never hurt to know how much food, water and shelter your pooch needs to be safe.

Just like people, dogs need water more than any other nutrient. Cesar’s Way recommended that dogs drink about 8.5 to 17 ounces for every 10 pounds that they weigh. But dogs can self-regulate, so as a pet parent, all you need to do is provide water for your pooch to access. When dogs are active, they’ll need even more. When in doubt, find your pooch some fresh, clean water to lap up.

Dogs are capable of going upwards of a week without food, but that is only in dire circumstances. To keep your dog healthy and full, work with your veterinarian to establish a diet and feeding schedule for your pooch. Use specialty or prescription dog food, like Hill’s Prescription Dog Food or Royal Canin Dog Food, to ensure that your dog is getting all the nutrients they need no matter what their dietary restrictions may be.

Dogs need to be protected from rain, cold weather, and heat just like humans. Make sure your dog has access to shelter from the elements, whether it be a dog house or a flap on the back door. Most responsible pet parents only run into temperature issues with their dogs while traveling, so talk to your veterinarian before flying to ensure their safety.

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December 30, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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Photographer Proves Old Dogs Still Cute


With their salt-and-pepper muzzles, increasingly docile attitudes, and achy joints, senior dogs still have plenty of love to give their owners. These seasoned pooches love to lounge around on the couch for hours, but won’t hesitate to wag their tails when you walk into the room – especially if they are taking a supplement like Dasuquin to increase their mobility.

It’s probably this old-soul appeal that attracted Canadian photographer Peter Thorne to his latest project. Mashable reported that he was bored with the standard cute puppy images, which led him to his new collection, titled “Old Faithful.” Thorne started by photographing a friend’s graying pooch named Sprout and posted flyers around his hometown to advertise the portfolio. Soon, dog owners were calling to bring their pooches to his studio.

“Old Faithful” has now grown to include more than 50 photos of senior dogs, and Thorne regularly updates his album on both Facebook and Instagram. But the project has come to mean more to him over time.

“I thought I would simply photograph some old dogs, choose the ones that look like caricatures of old guys and gals, and that would be it. It wasn’t until I started hearing about dogs that I had photographed passing away and having their owners notify me, telling me about their loss, that I realized just how significant and close people become with their pets,” Thorne told Mashable.

Everyone holds their canines close to their hearts, and maintaining dogs’ health is critical to prolonging their lives.

Taking care of senior dogs
Thanks to advanced veterinary care and enhanced supplements, owners can ensure that their furry friends live long and healthy lives. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, older pooches can develop numerous problems that also affect elderly humans, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and muscle weakness.

The best way to keep your senior dog strong and happy is to talk with your veterinarian about various treatments that are available, like taking Dasuquin to manage joint pain. Older pooches require more attention, changes in diet and possible upgrades to your home, such as ramps for getting on the couch or rugs to prevent them from slipping.

The AVMA recommended that older pets have semi-annual veterinary visits to ensure that any signs of injury or illness can be caught early and treated as soon as possible. Pet owners should sign up for PetPlus to purchase discounted supplements that can enhance their canines’ health.

December 18, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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Oldest Living Dog Cancer Free and Kicking Tail


As dog owners, we all wish our furry friends would live as long as we do and keep us company throughout our lives. But it’s an unfortunate truth that dog life spans are much shorter than human ones.

However, that doesn’t mean our four-legged pals don’t have moments when their lives extend beyond the usual limitations. Continue Reading →

December 11, 2014
by Sam Bourne

Pittsburgh Aims to Protect Dogs From Extreme Weather


The extreme weather that hits during the winter can be grueling, as temperatures plummet and cold rain and snow fall to the frozen ground. While we can bundle up inside underneath heated blankets sipping hot cocoa, some pets are sadly left to fend for themselves.

That’s why the city of Pittsburgh is considering passing new laws to protect pooches during awful weather conditions. The City Council will vote on a pair of regulations that would prevent tethering dogs outside in the extreme heat or cold.

Keeping canines safe from the weather
The ordinances were presented by Councilwoman Darlene Harris following reports last winter of a dog being left out on a second-story deck during a deep freeze. In addition to tethering, she discussed making it unlawful for people to leave pooches unattended while outside for longer than a half-hour if the temperature is below 32 degrees or above 90 degrees, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

“It’s very sad when people abuse animals,” Harris said, quoted by the source. “They’re here for us to love and take care of.”

Under the proposal, violations would incur a $500 fine and any costs associated with shelters and court proceedings. When it comes to tethering dogs, owners must use a non-choke collar that’s attached by “swivel anchors, latches or similar devices” that prevent pooches from getting tangled up in their leashes.

The City Council has yet to review the ordinances and hasn’t commented on the proposal.

Protecting your pet in the winter
Because winter weather is hard on everyone, owners need to take extra care with their pets under extreme conditions. This is especially true for people with outdoor dogs and cats. To protect the entire family from the cold and keep everyone safe, the American Red Cross offered several reminders for pet owners during the winter:

  1. During extreme cold, bring your pets inside or provide them with warm, sheltered areas.
  2. Make sure they have access to non-frozen drinking water.
  3. Clear out any snow, ice or other obstacles that may prevent access to food and water outside.
  4. Provide them with draft-free enclosures that are large enough for sitting and lying down, but also small enough to allow them to hold in their body heat.
  5. Wipe off paws with a damp towel to remove any salt before they lick their paws and irritate their mouths.

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