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News: Shea Cox
Sago Palm Alert
Plant and its seeds are toxic to pets
One of the highlights of my weekend was the successful treatment of an adorable puppy named Leeloo. After being hospitalized for nearly 72 hours, she thankfully fell into the percentage of dogs who survive the ingestion of this highly toxic plant: the sago palm.   Sago palms are not really palms at all; they just look like one. The sago palm is a cycad and contains the toxin cycasin and even...
News: JoAnna Lou
The Danger of Water Intoxication
Swimming dogs are at risk of ingesting too much water
Last week a friend’s dog had a close call with water intoxication. Her crew was playing in a local river when one of her Border Collies emerged staggering and vomiting liquid. Symptoms quickly worsened on the way to the vet, but after a few harrowing days, the dog was fortunate to make a full recovery. Apparently the poor pup ingested too much water while repeatedly diving into the river, mouth...
News: JoAnna Lou
National Dog Bite Prevention Week
Organizations come together to teach safety around pets
A controversial home video of a baby taking away a toy from a Golden Retriever has been making the rounds on Facebook.  While the child had been raised from birth alongside the family pup, any dog can bite when they are caught off guard. Nearly five million dog bites happen each year in the United States.  This month a diverse group of people and organizations are coming together for National...
News: Guest Posts
Protesting Animal Abuse
Convicted Chicago area animal abuser faces sentencing May 31
German shepherd Lab mix breed dog
While the national media is focused on anti-NATO demonstrators in Chicago, there's another kind of protest going on in one of its suburbs. Convicted animal abuser Phillip Rinn, of Aurora, IL, recently plead guilty to beating his one-year-old Lab/shepherd mix, Magda, with a broom and breaking five of her teeth. He had previously served jail time in 1993 for chaining his German shepherd to his car...
News: Karen B. London
Love for Visiting Dogs
Good-byes are hard
Whether a dog who stays with you for just a short while is a foster, a stray or a friend’s dog, it’s easy to become attached to a temporary visitor. We are about to say good-bye to Schultzie, who is spending about 2.5 weeks with us while her family is in Italy, and I’m beginning to feel upset about her impending departure. I know her family will be ecstatic to see her, and that Schultzie will be...
News: JoAnna Lou
Canine Custody Battles
NY man spends $60,000 trying to get his Puggle back
We consider our dogs full members of the family, so it probably comes as no surprise that canine custody battles are becoming more common.  Lawyers are reporting as much as a 15 percent increase in these cases.  Figuring out who gets to keep the pets is stressful for both humans and canines and can get expensive quickly. In New York, Craig Dershowitz is fighting to be reunited with his Puggle,...
News: Guest Posts
My Dog Is Heartworm Positive
If it happened to me, it can happen to you
heartworm test preventative dalmatian
My vet can't remember the last time she had a heartworm positive case. Until now. My 8-year-old Dalmatian, Jolie, tested positive for heartworms at her annual check up last week. We retested the blood in hopes that it was a false positive. But there was no need to send the sample back to the lab. Through a microscope, my vet could see microfilaria swimming in her blood sample.   I’m shocked and...
News: Karen B. London
Underwater Dogs
Photos that amaze and amuse
Dogs provide a pick-me-up, and they are able to do it in so many different ways. Yesterday, I found myself immensely cheery after watching this video of incredible dog photographs three times in a row. We know that many dogs plunge into the water to chase toys with enthusiasm, but to see what they actually look like—lips pulled back, teeth showing, eyes wide open, hair all over the place—is...
News: JoAnna Lou
Social Network Finds Lost Dog
A new website connects neighbors online
Years ago, it took a runaway cat for me to befriend several of my neighbors who lived down the street. Eventually Izzy was found and I gained some new friends in the process. Unfortunately, it often takes an emergency to get communities to rally together. As we become more and more dependent on technology, our isolation has only become worse. A recent study found that over 65 percent of adults...
News: Karen B. London
Canine Custody
Who gets the dog when a couple splits?
Divorcing couples may fight over anything and everything—the house, retirement funds, electronic equipment, cars, music collections, kitchen appliances, baseball cards, furniture, season tickets to sporting events and, of course, custody of dependents. Custody battles used to be over human children only, but that’s not the case anymore. Dogs and other pets are now regularly the subject of many...

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