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Affectionate Ways Your Dog Shows He Loves You - Love is always in the air when you have a dog. Your affectionate pooch has a plethora of ways to tell you that he thinks you’re the bee’s knees. But he doesn’t let his lack of verbal communication skills get in the way. Dogs show how much they love you through their behavior and body language. Here are some not-so-subtle hints that your dog wants you to be his valentine! Tail Wagging This is the most common sign that your pooch is happy to see you. However, it can mean different things, especially if it’s a dog you’ve never met before. Tail wagging can be a sign of aggression or fear. When a dog wags his tail up and down high in the air, you can take it as a positive sign. A tail wagging low or in a horizontal movement is more likely to be a sign of fear or nervousness. Barking Since your dog doesn’t speak human, he may use barking to alert you of his feelings. When two dogs play together, it’s common for them to bark and nip at each other. It’s the same thing that’l
Love is always in the air when you have a dog. Here are some not-so-subtle hints that your dog wants you to be his valentine!
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Interview with Best Friends Animal Society Co-founder Faith Maloney - Best Friends Animal Society was founded in 1984 with a mission: to end pet homelessness in the United States. Best Friends runs the nation s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals at their Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. They also operate lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 1,300 rescue groups and shelters across the country. The Sanctuary gained national attention when it was featured on the National Geographic Channel. Here, co-founder Faith Maloney answers 10 questions about the organization. How many animals does Best Friends care for each day? Faith Maloney: On average, we take care of 1,700 animals a day here at the Sanctuary. These are mostly dogs and cats, but we also take care of horses, potbellied pigs, sheep, goats, rabbits and parrots. We also do wildlife rehabilitation for our region. The Sanctuary is just a little over 3,700 acres. We use around 300 acres for the animals and the rest is for the abundant wild animals that live here, like mountain lions,
Best Friends runs the nation's largest no-kill animal sanctuary. We got the chance to talk with, co-founder Faith Maloney about the organization.
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Visiting Japan’s Cat Islands - The nation of Japan is surrounded by over 6,000 islands with a little more than 430 of these inhabited by humans. A few of those 430 inhabited islands boast a population consisting of more cats than people. Just a short ferry ride will drop you at many of these islands and if you want to stand out, you better bring some kitty treats because the tourists are flocking there. Hail to the Cat Cats are revered in Japan, even more so than they think they are everywhere else. It is believed in Japan that wealth and good fortune will come your way just by feeding a cat. I’m not sure what comes your way for belly rubs, but try at your own risk. Artwork depicting cats, not just in the picture but as the main subject, can be found in work from the Edo period (1603-1868) and the Meiji period (1868-1912). Don’t forget and I’m sure you won’t: this is also the land that has recently given us the Hello Kitty character we see on lunch boxes and pretty much everything else in stores today. Ther
Of the over 6,000 islands surrounding Japan, only about 430 are inhabited by humans. A few of those boast a population consisting of more cats than people.
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Video: Dog Meets Snow - Sometimes winter can just ruin your day. This Yorkie was excited to go outside for a walk until she saw a strange white substance covering the ground for the first time.
Sometimes winter can just ruin your day. This Yorkie was excited to go outside for a walk until she saw a strange white substance covering the ground for the first time. Meet the Author: Thomas Mulcah …
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Identification for Your Dog (and You!) - Instead of a New Year s resolution, I have a tradition I do to keep my dogs safe. Just as I check smoke detector batteries when daylight savings happens, at the first of each year I double check my dog s identification to make sure it s up to date. This may seem trivial but it really isn t. When a dog who isn t identified is lost, he is far less likely to be reunited with his owner than one who is identified. Microchips are Important I m sure most dog owners know what a microchip is; they ve been around for a long time and most veterinarians suggest dogs be microchipped for identification. Microchips have enabled many dogs to get back home after getting separated from their owner. In addition, most shelters, rescues and many breeders have dogs microchipped prior to their adoption or sale. A chip makes it more likely that if the dog is ever lost, loses his home or is turned in to a shelter or rescue, the chip will help the dog get back home where he belongs. Your veterinarian can impl
At the first of each year I double check my dog's identification to make sure it's up to date. This may seem trivial but it's surprisingly important.
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How to Prepare to Introduce a New Baby to Your Fur-Baby - You’re pregnant, you’re excited, nervous, and ready to gather as much information as you can about this new chapter of your life. Between researching sleep patterns, breast feeding, and figuring out child care and money options, its easy to overlook other members of your family—particularly the fuzzy ones. But, never fear, there are a few very simple things you can do to make sure your dog is prepared when baby comes home and plenty you can do after to make sure baby and man’s best friend coexist together without a hitch. Socialize your pet with infants and children. Ideally, your pet has already been around children but, if not, it’s never too late to start. Invite friends over who have well-behaved children who have been taught how to interact with animals. Some other ways to expose your animal to kiddos are to visit parks, take a walk with your pet through a pet-friendly farmers market and allow your dog to smell and say hi to children in public places (with their paren
Bringing a baby into a dog's home takes a bit of planning. Here are some ways to make sure baby and man’s best friend coexist together without a hitch.
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Oldies but Goodies! - San Francisco based senior dog rescue Muttville received a special delivery of Pro Bloom! The pups were a bit curious on what the contents were inside these canisters. I think it’s safe to say that they approve and are happy for the donation! Muttville’s mission is dedicated to changing the way the world thinks about and treats older dogs. They take in dogs that are aged seven years and older. Their goal is to create better lives for them through rescue, foster, adoption, and hospice. To learn more about the amazing organization please visit http://www.muttville.org/.
San Francisco based senior dog rescue Muttville received a special delivery of Pro-Bloom! The pups were a bit curious on the contents inside.
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Infographic: How Pet Lovers Celebrate Valentine’s Day - Why limit your Valentine s Day celebrations to humans only? We believe pets deserve something special on Valentine s Day, even if it s something as simple as a new treat or toy.  It seems that our Facebook fans agree with us according to the infographic we created based on the results of our Valentine s Day poll.
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6 Things To Do If You Suspect Your Dog Has a Yeast Problem - There’s a quick diagnostic trick for checking to see if your dog is yeasty: smell him. If he smells like corn chips and he’s itchy, there’s a good chance he has an overgrowth of yeast. It could be on his ears, paws, armpits, all of the above or somewhere else. While there are certainly things you can do to help resolve it, a yeast overgrowth problem is usually a sign of an imbalance in the body due to some underlying condition or issue like allergies, antibiotic overuse, immune system dysfunction, etc. So that will definitely need to be addressed as well. But you can start dealing with the yeast at hand with these 6 tips. Say No To Sugar There’s one simple rule about yeast that will go a long way to keeping it in check: sugar feeds yeast. You’ll want to go through your dog’s diet and remove all the sugar and high carb content from what your dog’s eating. That includes things like honey, molasses and plain sugar, but also white potato and sweet potato. “If your dog has
If your dog smells like corn chips and he’s itchy, there’s a good chance he has an overgrowth of yeast.
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Interview With Mike Petty, DVM: Pain Management in Dogs - Pain management in animals can be tricky, as it’s not always obvious that your pet is in pain. The main reason for this? Some animals intentionally try to hide the pain they are in. “Although dogs and cats are carnivores, they are small carnivores and potential prey for larger carnivores,” says Mike Petty, DVM, a veterinarian and certified veterinary pain practitioner and acupuncturist. “Acting as healthy as possible is one way to avoid the attention they might otherwise receive from a larger (and hungry) carnivore that could see them as easy prey.” This instinctive behavior is still present in household pets. Another reason we have trouble telling if an animal is in pain? According to Petty—the past president of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and the co-author of the 2015 American Animal Hospital Association Pain Guidelines—pet owners don’t associate the behavioral changes brought about by pain as being connected to the pain itself. “Social
Pain management in animals can be tricky, as it’s not always obvious that your pet is in pain. Here's what you should know to manage your dog's pain.
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So…Your Child Wants a Dog - My parents had a German Shepherd when I was born. Butch was my best friend as a young child. I learned to walk hanging on to his collar. He accompanied my mom and I on walks. In my earliest memories, he was always there; he was my best friend, my confidant and my protector. Researchers at the Bassett Medical Center in New York recently released the results of a study that looked at childhood anxieties and dog ownership. The study included 643 kids between 6 and 7 years old, 370 who lived with a dog and 273 kids who did not live with a dog. They found that of the kids with dogs, 12 percent tested positive for suffering from anxiety compared to 21 percent of the children without dogs. Dogs provided other benefits for children; the kids with dogs were less likely to be afraid when alone in the house and fewer kids with dogs were thought of as shy. Anne Gadomski, a research scientist and an attending pediatrician at the Bassett Medical Center, said the idea for the research came about in
Dogs can provide numerous benefits for all family members, not just the children, but having a dog in the household also has drawbacks.
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Getting a Rubdown: The Benefits of Sports and Therapeutic Massage for Dogs - Human touch can be highly beneficial to pets, so it probably comes as no surprise that massage can have healing benefits. In fact, when done properly, animal massage can help dogs recover from injury, become less stressed and speed up rehabilitation after surgery or accidents. We talked to Kat Scicluna, an ESCMT (Equine Canine Sports Massage Therapist), animal wrangler, and filmmaker in NYC, to learn more about medical massage and how it can be used on our furry companions. The Honest Kitchen: Most people roll their eyes at using massages as medical treatment, but it can actually be very useful. Can you give us an idea of what ailments and problems massage can help with? Kat Scicluna: I get that a lot. Because massage therapy is such a pleasing experience, it is seen as a luxury rather than a necessity. That couldn t be further from the case. In people, massage releases muscle tension, stimulates oxygen flow, releases toxins, and gives an overall feeling of relax and wellness. To me,
Human touch can be highly beneficial to pets, so it probably comes as no surprise that massage can have healing benefits.
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