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  • FDA Warns Against Putting Hand Sanitizer On Your Dog’s Paws
    As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, it’s never been more important to have clean hands. Hand sanitizer helps prevent the virus from spreading to others and keeps it from entering your mouth and nose. Pretty much everyone has a bottle on them at all times these days. Naturally, you want to ensure that everyone in your family is protecting themselves from infection as much as possible too. However, the FDA says the hand sanitizing practice should not extend to your dogs. The agency shared on Twitter: “Attention Pet Owners: Do not use hand sanitizer to clean your pet’s paws. It can cause poisoning if absorbed through the skin. Hand sanitizer products can make your dog sick if eaten.” -@FDAAnimalHealth via Twitter
    Engin Akyurt via PexelsVeterinarian Dr. Marty Becker explained to Today that alcohol’s drying effects can also be very hard on your pup’s feet. “What that sanitizer does is it can make it more likely to crack and to be more sensitive to having their foot pads burned when they’re out on walks.” Cracked paws more easily allow debris and other things dogs walk over to cause infections. Not to mention, it hurts them! The Dangers Of Dogs Ingesting ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2020-08-05
  • Dalmatian Whose Legs Were Cut Off In A Chinese Slaughterhouse Rescued
    Emma Roo the Dalmation has been through more than you can possibly imagine. Born with a small toe defect, she was abandoned by breeders as a puppy. From there, she ended up in a Chinese dog meat slaughterhouse. Thankfully, in 2017, Emma was rescued from a slaughterhouse in Xi’An. But by that time, her front legs had been removed, the tips of her ears were shaved off, and part of her tail was missing. The poor girl was only about 8 weeks old at the time.
    @emmarooonlyhastwo/InstagramFinally Getting The Love She Deserves Emma Roo’s rescuers in Beijing reached out to Dalmatian Rescue of South Florida for help. They know she’d have a much better chance of getting adopted overseas. So Emma finally arrived in the U.S. in January 2020, just before the transport of animals was halted due to coronavirus.
    @emmarooonlyhastwo/InstagramMisha Rackcliff Hunt, a South Carolina resident, found a picture of the adoptable pup online. She knew she had to meet her. “I remember first seeing Emma online – she has the most human-like amber colored eyes. I didn’t even think about the logistics of it. I knew this dog was sent to me for a reason.”
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    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2020-08-05
  • Launch of UK’s First Cat-only Eye Clinic By The London Cat Clinic
    The London Cat Clinic (www.thelondoncatclinic.co.uk) is set to launch the UK’s first, and only, dedicated ophthalmology (eye) clinic for cats. The exciting new facility will be headed up by renowned veterinary ophthalmologist Dr Ursula Dietrich. Ursula has decades of high-profile international experience in the field and is shortly to step down as senior lecturer in veterinary ophthalmology at The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) to take up her new post. Ursula has contributed to books and international research papers within the specialism and has held other prestigious positions including Chair of the Scientific Committee of European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists from 2007-2012 and was member of the Examination Committee of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists from 2002-2006 and Associate Editor (Ophthalmology) of the Journal of Small Animal Practice since 2012-18. In addition, Ursula holds Diplomas from the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Opthalmologists. She said: “I am thrilled to take on this new role, heading up The London Cat Clinic’s new opthalmology centre. The clinic is doing wonderful things in feline veterinary care as the largest specialist practice devoted solely to cats in the UK. The ophthalmology service is the next exciting development in achieving our goal ... read more
    Source: PetsmagPublished on 2020-08-05
  • Adoptable Dog Saves Volunteer From Kidnapping Attempt
    Big Fluffy Dog Rescue in La Vergne, Tennessee has been looking to move locations for a while now. They decided to pause fundraisers for a new location during the coronavirus though. Yet, a frightening event recently pushed them to seek donations again. The rescue has always had problems with crime in their area. For a while, it was just small things, but recently, it became more serious. The young female volunteers were often harassed. It got to the point where one girl’s life was at risk. Luckily, a brave rescue pup was there to save her. Rescue Dog Saves the Day A kidnapping situation caused the rescue to seek change for their organization. One of the young female employees walked Jepson the Great Pyrenees at 9:30 am. Most of the dogs at the facility enjoy long walks since they’re large breeds that are often full of energy. But this walk turned out to be anything but fun.
    Image: @bigfluffydogrescue/FacebookAt one point, the volunteer bent down to pet the pup with her back facing the road. Suddenly, Jepson went crazy. He barked and tried to pull himself toward the road. When the girl turned around, she saw a white van ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2020-08-05
  • 7 Of Our Favorite Dog-Friendly National Parks
    The post 7 Of Our Favorite Dog-Friendly National Parks by Abbie Mood appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. Editor’s Note: Always check the park’s website before heading out in case policies have changed. All parks require pets to be on a 6-foot leash at all times. All U.S. National Parks websites can be found at nps.gov. Having a dog means having a constant sidekick who is always up for an adventure. While there are many spots around the country where dogs are more than welcome, national parks are a bit more restrictive. And it makes sense — national parks often have fragile ecosystems with a rich wildlife population, so rules are in place to protect the park, its wildlife and your pet. Many national parks and historical areas/monuments only allow on-leash dogs within a certain distance ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2020-08-05
  • Yet Another Human Locks Dogs in a Hot Car so They Could Go Have Fun
    In another glaring example of “when will we ever learn,” humans locked their dogs inside a stiflingly hot car. In this case, the people were visiting a theme park in the UK. There is no telling how long the dogs would have been left alone. The police intervened before it was too late.
    Image Isle of Wight Police/FacebookPolice Respond to a “Regular Summer Call” The Blackgang Chine theme park is located on the Isle of Wight. The weather was reportedly “hot” last weekend when visitors went to the park. It is unclear why the people brought their dogs along when they wouldn’t be allowed inside the theme park. Nonetheless, these people parked the car, cracked the window a bit, and left two dogs in the back of the car. One was in a kennel and the other was loose. Someone noticed the dogs panting in the back of the car and called the police. Officers were able to open the window all the way, enter the car, and open the back hatch. The dogs were visibly panting and overheated. Isle of Wight police responded to the call, stating on social media that a call of this type was a “regular ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2020-08-04
  • Amy Adams Plays A Woman Turning Into A Dog In Upcoming Film
    Our dogs have the best lives. They get to nap as much as they want and they get endless amounts of attention. But most people wouldn’t necessarily want to turn into a dog. Yet, in an upcoming movie starring Amy Adams, that’s exactly what happens to her. It was recently announced that Adams will play the lead role in the upcoming movie Nightbitch. It’s an adaptation of Rachel Yoder’s upcoming novel, which has a rather unusual plot. Yet, it’s intriguing to imagine a person turning into their furry friend, no matter how strange the idea might seem. Amy Adams is known as a proud dog mom. She has been seen with Sadie, a small black and brown pup, and Pippy, a small brown dog who recently passed away. Now, she’ll get to play a dog on screen. Well, sort of. The role might not be exactly what people are expecting.
    Image: @itsamyadams/InstagramWhat is Nightbitch? The novel Nightbitch will be released first, so it’s assumed that the film’s plot will closely follow the book. This will be Yoder’s debut novel, and it’s certainly a unique concept. Here is the plot that’s posted on her website: “In ‘Nightbitch,’ an unnamed woman and former ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2020-08-04
  • Soap Star Asks For Prayers As Her Dog Battles Heart Condition
    Attention Soap fans: Kristen Alderson, former star of General Hospital and One Life To Live, needs your help! The actress is calling upon her faithful Twitter followers to pray for her beloved dog Pooka as he battles congestive heart failure. “Hate asking again but you guys have been the most incredible support system & prayer group. You helped pray for Eddie through his Cancer, protected my Granny from COVID in her nursing home (she never caught it) and now I hope you guys can please say a prayer for Pooka.”
    Image via Instagram @KrisAldersonPooka’s health crisis began over the weekend when the 11-year-old Shih Tzu had trouble breathing. Alderson rushed him to a veterinary emergency clinic where he was placed in ICU and given the frightening diagnosis. Congestive heart failure can have many causes in dogs, but basically refers to the heart’s inability to pump enough blood to the body. This results in poor oxygenation of the cells, fatigue, and difficulty breathing. While it is a very serious condition, with proper treatment, many dogs are able to live normal lives for many months or even years.
    Image via Instagram @KrisAldersonThe actress posted the following update on Monday: “We ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2020-08-04
  • German Shepherd And Elk Play Annual Game Of Chase And It’s Adorable
    There is something so cute about seeing animals of different species interacting in a social way. A video out of Colorado shows a bull elk and a German Shepherd playing a game of chase through the fence. You can’t help but smile as you watch them play together.
    Image Screenshot CPW SE Region/TwitterColorado Parks and Wildlife Officer Captured the Play Session The German Shepherd seen in the video belongs to an officer with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife. For about a minute, he captured the elk and the dog running up and down the fence line, chasing one another. It was clear that the animals were being playful as stated by a Colorado Parks and Wildlife expert on Twitter. The Twitter post said, “The fence was not a barrier to the elk. It could easily hop that fence if it had any ill intentions toward the dog. Neither animal showed an ounce of aggression toward the other and never have, according to our officer.”
    Image Screenshot CPW SE Region/TwitterThe Friends Have Been Playing for Several Years The German Shepherd and bull elk have developed a friendship over the course of several years. According to the officer who is ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2020-08-04
  • Happy endings – a roundup of rehomings during lockdown
    The lockdown has certainly been an unpleasant experience for everyone to some extent, but thankfully there have been many lovely rehoming stories to help us look on the bright side and focus on something more positive during these strange times.Rufus: ... read more
    Source: NAWTPublished on 2020-08-04
  • Say hello to some of our residents still waiting to be rehomed after lockdown
    Although we have managed to rehome plenty of animals during the lockdown, some are still waiting for their loving new owners. Click on the links below for more details on rehoming.Oscar – CornwallOscar is a very sweet old boy that loves a lap to sleep on, a sunny spot to sunbathe in or a comfortable bed. He can be a quiet boy...until it comes to meal times, then he will make himself known! ... read more
    Source: NAWTPublished on 2020-08-04
  • Millie Bobby Brown Mourns The Loss Of Her Mastiff With Emotional Video
    Actress Millie Bobby Brown has been around dogs her whole life. Her family had three Mastiffs named Dolly, Ronnie, and Reggie, along with a Poodle named Winnie. All the dogs were clearly a huge part of Brown’s life. Unfortunately, the 16-year-old Stranger Things star recently said goodbye to Dolly, who had been with their family for 9 years. Most of Brown’s life had been spent with the loyal pup by her side. So, she found the perfect and most emotional way to say a proper goodbye. An Emotional Tribute Brown posted a heart-wrenching tribute to Dolly on Instagram. She created a montage of photos and videos of Dolly, all from different stages of her life. The slideshow is set to the song “Talking to the Moon” by Bruno Mars, making it even more of a tearjerker.
    Image: @milliebobbybrown/Instagram“In 2011, we received this blessing to our family. 9 years later, you turned into everyone’s best friend. Your slobbery good mornings and always showing us your toys were the best ever. Your cuddles always felt better than the ones before and your loyalty to our family was incomparable,” Brown wrote on Instagram. She added that Dolly was always by the family’s side. ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2020-08-04
  • Why Do Dogs Groan When They Lie Down?
    The post Why Do Dogs Groan When They Lie Down? by Melvin Peña appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. Aside from being an expression of delight and well-earned rest after a day of patrolling the living room, digging up your garden or barking at squirrels, why do dogs groan when they lie down? There are three medical conditions that can cause dog groaning; one is most common in puppies, a second in older dogs, and the last can affect dogs at any age. These are: Panosteitis, or growing pains Osteoarthritis or joint pain in senior dogs Ascites, or fluid in the abdomen A Rottweiler puppy.If a puppy is groaning, it could be a sign of growing pains. Photography ©fotojagodka | Thinkstock. 1. Panosteitis, or puppy growing pains Growing pains, or panosteitis, can ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2020-08-04
  • Stuck Inside Due To The Weather? Treat Your Pup To This Super Stimulating Dog Activity!
    Do you dread rainy days? The weather forecast might put a damper on your whole day before the first drops start falling if you have an energetic dog. It means canceled walks. No trips to the dog park. And a dog with so much pent up energy it could fill the whole house. You know that if you don’t have a stimulating dog activity planned for him, he’ll find something to do on his own. And that something that might not be constructive. It may even be something destructive. But fear not, because iHeartDogs knows of a fantastic, fun, stimulating dog activity that your dog will love! Rainy days are a perfect time to hone your dog’s scent skills by getting some nose work done. Any dog can do it, and it’s so much fun your dog will never know he’s training at all! A nose work or snuffle mat takes up hardly any space. It turns what might be considered “work” into a super fun, super stimulating dog activity. The fabric strips (usually fleece) allow you to hide treats that your dog can smell. But he’ll have to do a little work if he wants to eat ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2020-08-04
  • 5 Ways Probiotics Can Help Your Dog
    The idea of millions of tiny microbes living in your dog’s digestive system can turn your own stomach queasy, but those little organisms have a big job to do. They’re called probiotics, and they’re found in every animal—humans and dogs included. Probiotics are the “friendly’ bacteria and yeasts that balance the bad bacteria and help the body operate smoothly. We’ve known for generations that probiotics are important for human health, but research is now showing they’re just as important for dogs. Here are a few ways supplementing your dog’s diet with probiotics can help their overall health. 1. Ease Chronic GI Conditions For dogs with chronic GI conditions, a stomach ache isn’t just a stomach ache. They suffer from regular diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, and intense abdominal pain. GI conditions also lead to dehydration, weight loss, and malnutrition. There are several different types of GI conditions including colitis, small intestinal malabsorption, and acute gastroenteritis. What they all have in common is that they’re related to the disruption of the delicate balance of microorganisms in the gut. Research suggests supplementing a dog’s diet with probiotics helps relieve symptoms of GI issues. It’s not a cure, but it can help bring a ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2020-08-04
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