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15
Oct 2013

Dog owners know how how much joy our beloved canine companions bring to our lives. They enrich us in small and undramatic ways every day—by making us laugh, keeping us company, and offering us unconditional love. My new National Geographic book, Devoted, focuses on 38 stories about the bond between extraordinary dogs and their humans—five of which are described below. (Related: Can Dogs Feel Our Emotions? Yawn Study Suggests Yes.”) We also want to hear the story of you and your dog. Please share your photos with the National Geographic Your Shot......

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03
Oct 2013

Sarah’s Pet Care is delighted to welcome Vivien as our newest Pet Care Provider! A recent UW graduate in Environmental Science & Resource Management/Wildlife Conservation, Vivien has oodles of professional, volunteer and personal experience with all kinds of critters. And as a former employee at All The Best Pet Care, she brings an impressive knowledge of pet health and nutrition, to boot! Vivien tells us that her career in animal care started at the ripe young age of 12, when she and a friend started “Paws for the Rainforest,” a neighborhood dog......

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29
Sep 2013

The 75th National Dog Week barks off this week running Sept. 19 through Sept. 25. This year’s theme is “Man’s Best Friend”, which is a great description of our relationship with dogs. It is a chance to get back on track and show how much you truly appreciate your dog this week. National Dog Week was founded in 1928 by Captain Will Judy, a former publisher of Dog World Magazine and a dog judge. He created National Dog Week to educate all dog owners in their responsibilities to their pets and to......

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21
Sep 2013

A dog’s bark may be worse than his bite, but most of us would rather not find out one way or the other. Growling, baring teeth, snarling, snapping, and biting are all aggressive behaviors. Although these messages are among the handful of communication tools available to dogs, they’re generally unacceptable to humans. Because aggression is so complex, and because the potential consequences are so serious, we recommend that you get professional in-home help from an animal behavior specialist if your dog is displaying aggressive behavior. Types of aggression Fear-motivated aggression is a......

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13
Sep 2013

A recent online survey conducted by Petplan pet insurance found that more than 78% of respondents vacation with their pets in tow. That’s a lot of traveling Fluffy’s and Fidos! Of course cats can be — to put it lightly — notoriously picky. It’s important if you’ll be traveling with yours to ensure that he’s healthy, safe and happy when coming along on any trips. We spoke with Dr. Rebecca Jackson, a staff veterinarian at Petplan, for some advice on how to have a safe trip with cats in tow. She suggested......

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29
Aug 2013

Has your dog turned your yard into a moonscape, with craters everywhere? If so, the first thing you should know is that your dog isn’t doing this out of spite or a desire to destroy your landscaping. More likely he’s seeking entertainment prey comfort or protection escape attention   Step one in solving the problem is to diagnose why your dog digs. Then you can follow advice tailored to your (and your dog’s) situation. Your dog needs entertainment Dogs may dig to entertain themselves when they learn that roots and soil “play......

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18
Jul 2013

Every year, dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car—even for “just a minute”—while they run an errand. Parked cars are deathtraps for dogs: On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes. Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Beating the heat is......

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28
Jun 2013

. . . But just follow these safety tips from the ASPCA  to make it less stressful!  For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with good friends and family—including the four-legged members of the household. While it may seem like a great idea to reward Rover with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality some festive foods and products can be potentially hazardous to your pets. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips: Never leave alcoholic......

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05
Jun 2013

We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger, ASPCA experts warn. “Most people love to spend the warmer days enjoying the outdoors with friends and family, but it is important to remember that some activities can be dangerous for our pets,” said Dr. Camille DeClementi, Senior Toxicologist at the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center. “By following a few simple rules, it is easy to keep your pet safe while still having fun in the sun.” Take......

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26
May 2013

When Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941,the United States inventory of military working dogs consisted of only 90 Siberian Huskies and Malamutes. These dogs were used as pack and sled dogs for rescue in areas of the world where motorized equipment could not go. In 1942 “Dogs for Defense” began a modern military dog-training program that would supply the demand for man ‘s Best Friend” for combat units and security in the European and Pacific theaters of WWII. Over 42 breeds of dogs were originally accepted for training, but by......

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08
May 2013

This article reprinted courtesy of http://www.petplay.com/blog “Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures” – The Dalai Lama For dog lovers around the world, one of the most frustrating and devastating realities we have to face is that of the continued existence of puppy mills: large-scale breeding operations where the number one consideration is profit, instead of the well-being of dogs. Puppy mill owners resort to......

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30
Apr 2013

  Why people declaw cats People often mistakenly believe that declawing their cats is a harmless “quick fix” for unwanted scratching. They don’t realize that declawing can make a cat less likely to use the litter box or more likely to bite. People who are worried about being scratched, especially those with immunodeficiencies or bleeding disorders, may be told incorrectly that their health will be protected by declawing their cats. However, declawing is not recommended by infectious disease specialists. The risk from scratches for these people is less than those from bites, cat litter,......

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14
Apr 2013

Sarah’s Pet Care does not discriminate based on breed. Pitbulls, Rottweilers, Dobermans, German Shepherds — we love and welcome them all, provided their temperaments and behavior are appropriate for our services. Read on for a fascinating and myth-busting article about the much maligned pitbull terrier … Pitbulls Used to Be Considered the Perfect “Nanny Dogs” for Children — Until the Media Turned Them Into Monsters  Despite their reputation, the United Kennel Club doesn’t recommended using pitbulls as guard dogs because they’re too friendly with strangers. For most of the 114 years since......

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06
Apr 2013

Traveling can be highly stressful, both for you and the four-legged members of your family. But with thoughtful preparation, you can ensure a safe and comfortable trip for everyone. The ASPCA urges pet owners to think twice about flying their pets on commercial airlines, especially if they plan on checking them in as cargo. Unless your animal is small enough to fit under your seat and you can bring him or her in the cabin, the ASPCA recommends pet owners to not fly their animal....

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29
Mar 2013

Consider two and avoid Single Kitten Syndrome. MEOW Cat Rescue of Kirkland, WA explains why (www.meowcatrescue.org): If you’ve ever raised a litter of kittens or adopted a pair of them, you know how much they play together. Some of this play is painful, as confirmed by the yowling and complaining that occurs. The kittens bite and scratch each other, sometimes quite hard. All the while they are learning from one another that this behavior is not the best way to make friends. If they’re lucky enough to have a mom cat around......

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20
Mar 2013

Here are some common misconceptions about dogs and cats, courtesy of onlynaturalpet.com . . . 1. A warm or dry nose means a sick dog Regular fluctuations in the temperature and moisture of a dog’s nose are normal. Canine distemper used to be a prevalent virus which caused a thickening of the nose and foot pads. A cold, wet nose indicated the dog didn’t have distemper. Today distemper is uncommon due to vaccinations. 2. All cats are loners Many cats love company and spending time with their humans. It’s not unusual for a......

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09
Mar 2013

See catinfo.org for the full version of this great article by Lisa Pierson, DVM. Why are we feeding our cats a carbohydrate-laden diet? In their natural setting, cats—whose unique biology makes them true carnivores–would not consume the high level of carbohydrates (grains, potatoes, peas, etc.) that are in the dry foods (and some canned foods) that we routinely feed them. You would never see a wild cat chasing down a herd of biscuits running across the plains of Africa or dehydrating her mouse and topping it off with corn meal soufflé. In......

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02
Mar 2013

Here are Seattle Parks’ rules for off leash areas, courtesy of the Citizens for Off-Leash Areas web site (http://www.cola.org) Dog Owners You are liable for damage or injury inflicted by your dog(s) (SMC 18.12.080). You must be in control of your dog(s) at all times (SMC 18.12.080). You must muzzle dogs that exhibit dangerous or aggressive behavior; biting, fighting, and excessive barking are not allowed (SMC 9.25.024). You must leash your dog when it is outside the off-leash area; you must carry a leash for each dog while you are inside the......

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21
Feb 2013

There are a multitude of kitty litters to choose from, but many contain toxic chemicals and respiratory irritants, as well as cause harm to the environment. Fortunately, there are some great, natural, healthy options, listed here courtesy of www.onlynaturalpet.com: CORN-BASED LITTERS (such as World’s Best): Safe, Flushable and All-Natural • Made of whole-kernel corn, a renewable, biodegradable and all natural material. • Corn is edible so it will not cause harm if ingested by your pet. • It is safe for kittens, infection-prone cats, and cats recovering from surgery. • The flushable......

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10
Feb 2013

LOS ANGELES – February is National Pet Dental Month, and the veterinarians of VCA West Los Angeles share their tips, facts, and advice for caring for your pet’s dental health. Oral care is critical for your pet’s overall health and happiness, so here are 10 tips to maintain proper care: Pets have a remarkable ability to hide dental pain; their desire to eat far outweighs pain they may have in their mouths and thus, we can’t easily tell if they have a toothache or pain from an abscess. – J.J. Rawlison, DVM  Brush your......

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