A Long Recovery for a Much Maligned Breed
Even with the new regulations of this year's Farm Bill and the many states that have courageously banned breed-specific legislation, pit bulls (and other "dangerous" breeds) and their owners still face many obstacles that owners of other dog breeds don't. Imagine finding the perfect home for your family, and being told you can't move in unless you get rid of your canine family member - just because it's a pit bull. Or being refused insurance because of the breed of dog you own. Owners of pit bulls and other dogs thought of as more aggressive or dangerous are often denied coverage by insurance agencies, even though the organizations that generate the statistics and reports used by those insurance agencies plainly state that their data shouldn't be used in connection with breed-specific discrimination. Click the image above to read about the unique problems pit bull owners face, the "pitfalls" of the current system, and which insurance company ignores your dog's breed altogether.
Up Close and Personal
A talented team in Wake County, North Carolina knows a thing or two about getting their awesome shelter animals adopted. With the help of a darn good volunteer photographer, the SPCA of Wake County has launched several bold and inspired campaigns to get the word out about the beautiful and incredibly deserving animals just waiting to join new forever families. With lots of love and a big dose of creativity, Wake County is looking to cure two serious problems they have been dealing with for too long: the gap between the number of pit bulls entering their shelter and those being adopted; and the low adoption rate for adult cats. Click the image above for the whole story. There's also an amazing video that will certainly have you on the phone to a North Carolina shelter for your ticket to safety come a zombie apocalypse. We're not sure if anything could possibly be better!
Happy Healthy Hounds
Take It Seriously
It's true that spring is a time for fun and frolicking, and your dog is ready to get out of the house and get started! Indoors or out, however, spring presents some unique hazards to your pet. Allergies, newly sprouted poisonous plants, and the dangers associated with spring cleaning are just a few. But not to worry! Click the image above and check out eight helpful tips and reminders from Petfinder.com to keep your pet out of the vet's office, and maybe even save her life, this season and throughout the year. Read in good health, and share the knowledge with a friend!
One thing as predictable as the coming of spring each year is the coming of warm-weather pests. We who share our lives with canines know that they share the outdoors with harmful parasites: fleas, ticks, and worms, to name a few. And while we're used to seeing a rise in the parasite populations with the coming of warmer days, this year promises to be a surprise. Click the image above to read of the change being predicted this year by the Companion Animal Parasite Council.
Take a Stand
If you've ever been the unfortunate recipient of a less-than-ideal health diagnosis, for yourself or a loved one, you know how scary it can be. It's hard to ask the tough questions, to get a second opinion when you need it. But for all their personality, sadly our pets can't be their own advocates. They depend on us to keep them safe. Click the image above for some important advice from expert Dr. Nancy Kay.
One great way to be an advocate for your furry friend's health is to be vigilant about what she eats. Good health depends on good nutrition, and not just at meal time. Treats are a big part of your dog's life, so take a minute to learn what treats you should be rewarding your dog with (click the image above). Your reward will be your best friend's health and wagging tail!
A dog can't live on treats alone, though! The foundation of Buster's healthy diet is the food he gets, and that's where you come in. In this era of organics, free-range, cage-free, and scrutinizing every ingredient on our own food labels, we need to be doing the same for our pets. (They can't read, you know!) Click the image above for the Honest Kitchen's offerings. And check out these resources if you need help affording your pet.
Natural DIY Cures
If you're like us, you've spent more than a few hours researching natural remedies for common health issues, in hopes of avoiding less natural and more costly medications, a trip to the doctor, or both. Or maybe you were just intrigued by Dr. Oz's DIY cures. But how often have you thought about similar options for your pet? It turns out many of the same natural remedies, and some different ones, work for your favorite four-legged friends, too. Check out the Modern Dog article with a click of the image above, and get a host of quick, natural curative recipes for your pooch, plus advice on reading the signs to know when a trip to the vet is warranted.