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Tips to deal with mosquitoes, blackflies and other pesky bugs




Tips to deal with mosquitoes, blackflies and other pesky bugs
If you own a cottage, you’ve had uninvited guests arrive in May. They show up at your barbecue, picnic or corn roast and just won’t leave. Female black flies, mosquitoes, deer flies and horse flies need human (or animal) blood to produce the next generation of little nippers and their target is your exposed skin. Mosquitoes and blackflies are attracted by carbon dioxide from your breath, so every living human is a target. Deer flies and horse flies are visual predators. They see you and take a big bite.Read more

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How you can protect your dog from Black Fly bites
This season Black Flies are causing some concern among pet owners. All pets, but most commonly dogs are seeing more bites than usual. Dr. Michael Rickwald explained why and what you can do if this is happening to your fur baby.Read more

NORTH: Stop bugging me!
If our pets could talk, I’m sure we would hear a bunch of complaining about the variety of pests that can bother them. It’s no fun feeling itchy all the time, and can make the most good-natured pet grouchy.Read more

Checklist of 10 Ways I’ve Found to Keep your Dog Safe This Summer
Pets are family for most people and some people even consider their fur babies children. Keeping them safe is as important as keeping our human kids safe. Here my summer checklist of 10 ways I’ve found to keep your dog safe this summer. Most of these suggestions go for other pets as well as dogs. Read more

Smokey’s corner: On the National Forest, hiking with a dog requires extra responsibility
Since it is summer, the probability of encountering ticks and mosquitos in the forest is much greater so check yourself and your dog carefully. Mosquito bites can transmit diseases like heartworm and West Nile Virus. Stick to products that are made specifically for dogs. Human bug repellants are great for people, but some may be toxic for pets.Read more

How to Avoid Tick Bites and What to do if You Get Bitten
Imagine that after the best hike of your life you arrive home to find that a bug has latched onto you and burrowed its head deep into your body.
You start to feel stiff, a headache comes on, a rash starts developing and you might also experience nausea and muscle pain. This isn’t just any bug — you’ve been bitten by a tick.Read more



Ticks? Ick! Here are a few simple steps to avoid tick bites.
Ticks can transmit minor to serious diseases like Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Tularemia, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. According to the Chicago Tribune, this summer could be one of the worst seasons for tick-borne diseases.Read more

Should You Spray Your Yard for Mosquitoes and Ticks?
Here’s what to watch out for if you’re considering hiring a pest-control company this season.Read more

DO THESE BUG YOU? Colorado is home to its share of creepy crawlies
“Oh beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain,” wrote Katharine Lee Bates in her famous anthem “America the Beautiful,” inspired by a trip to the summit of Pikes Peak.Read more

A Terrifying Photo Shows a Dog’s Mouth Coated With Painful Ladybugs
Pet owners need to be on the look-out for a hidden threat that can seriously hurt their dogs. A graphic photo of a dog’s mouth covered with Asian lady beetles went viral after Hoisington Veterinary Hospital in Kansas warned about the harmful effects.Read more

Zika Scare: Here’s What’s Happening in Southern California
For residents of Southern California, avoiding mosquito bites could be more important than ever before. A press release from the city of Long Beach reports mosquitoes that can carry the Zika virus have been found in the area for the first time.Read More

Protecting Your Pup from Mosquitoes
This summer’s routine insect-prevention strategies are taking on a new urgency as public health experts warn that certain parts of the U.S. may experience outbreaks of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects in Latin America.Read more




How to help pets trapped in hot cars

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No more excuses: no more pets in hot cars
“I was only gone a few minutes.”
“I just had a couple of stops to make.”
Every year, pets suffer and die needlessly when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car — even for “just a minute” — while they run an errand.It can’t be said often enough: never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle during the summer. Read more

How to help pets trapped in hot cars

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — A startling difference in temperature readings when firefighters got inside of a car parked outside for just ten minutes. The car temperature was almost 30 degrees more than the outside temperature of 91.Read more

More states say ‘yes’ to breaking into cars when a dog is at risk
Yesterday, I wrote about Chinese authorities stopping a truck jam-packed with 800-plus dogs bound for slaughter. Today, I read a story about a truck with nearly 1,000 small animals crammed inside — including birds, chickens, bunnies, and guinea pigs – and left in the searing heat in Fresno County, California. Read more

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Pet owners warned not to leave dogs in hot cars
The heat can kill. When temperatures outside reach 100 degrees, temperatures inside a car can get up to 138 degrees in 5 minutes and 150 degrees in 15 minutes. Here are ideas on how to reduce the risk of forgetting about a child or pet in a hot car. Read more

Longford pet-owners warned not to leave dogs in cars during hot weather
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) has this morning warned Longford pet-owners to look after their pets in the hot weather.
Today’s weather, according to Met Éireann, will once again be hot, with sunny spells and variable cloud. Temperatures are set to reach between 21 and 25 degrees in the province of Leinster.Read more

Pennsylvania lawmakers propose bill to help save pets left in hot cars
HARRISBURG, Pa. —  Today kicks off the start of summer and officials met in Harrisburg to discuss how to better protect our furry, four-legged friends in the heat.
When it is warm outside, you may be hot, and your pet is too, especially if it is left in a car alone, but lawmakers are working to protect pets and the people who may have to rescue them from a car in extreme heat.Read more



Warning issued following death of TV presenter’s dogs after being in hot car
Dog owners are being urged to think twice before taking their dogs in hot cars after a TV presenter’s pets both died from heatstroke.
Katherine Higgins, who has been on Antiques Roadshow and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, shared the news on social media that both her Labradors -Monty and Daisy – had died.Read more

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How to keep your dog safe in the heatwave
Dogs die in hot cars’ is hopefully something we all know by now.
After extensive campaigns to warn people that cars get very hot even on a moderately warm day, most people know the theory – there’s even a band with the same name.Read more

BEIJING – APRIL 23: (CHINA OUT) A dog looks out of the window in a car April 23, 2006 in Beijing, China. According to state media, with the country’s pet population growing fast, analysts predicted that the market potential for the “pet economy” in China could reach a minimum of RMB 15 billion (about USD 1.86 billion). (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

Dog owner from Littlebourne, near Canterbury, arrested in Chichester on suspicion of animal cruelty after dog left in hot van

A dog owner has been arrested and his pet seized after the animal was left in a van for more than four hours in yesterday’s sweltering heat. 
Police were called after a passerby saw the van shaking as the dog desperately tried to escape the baking vehicle. Read more

Santa Clarita Deputies Rescue Second Dog Trapped In Heat In 2 Days (VIDEO)
About a dozen onlookers gathered around a silver, two-door Mercedes coupe in the Costco parking lot around 11:30 a.m., as the temperature approached 100 degrees.Read more

Instead of leaving your dogs alone in a hot car, leave them at home
PETERBOROUGH — The Peterborough Humane Society is  launching its 2017 No Hot Pets campaign to educate the public on the dangers of leaving pets unattended in vehicles during the summer months.Read more

London man seeks bylaw against dogs in cars
If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pet.
A London man is petitioning the city to create a bylaw that would allow bylaw enforcement officers and city police to rescue pets left in hot vehicles.
Cole Benjamin was going into a drug store on a recent hot day when he noticed a dog in a car with the windows cracked open slightlyRead more




Camping tips: How to enjoy the great outdoors with your dog

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Camping tips: How to enjoy the great outdoors with your dog
For many dog lovers, no trip is complete without the companionship of your four-legged best friends, including adventures in the great outdoors. We have advice and packing guides to make your camping trip safe and fun.Read more

Police officer saves thirsty dog after it tumbles into Lake Michigan

CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer rescued a dog Tuesday morning after it fell into Lake Michigan, according to WGN.
Two Chicago police officers were called to the scene of a traffic accident involving four cars on North Lake Shore Drive.Read more

Tips for keeping your dog safe this summer
Summer is finally here and my husband and I are so happy. We have new dog member in our family by the name of Porsche, and we are looking forward to spending to spending as much time as possible with her. She’s super friendly with every person, dog, cat or bird she meets. She enjoys swimming so we hope to take her to the beach as often as possible.Read more

Tips for hiking and camping with your dog
Nearly everyone likes to take their canine best friend out into the wilderness with them for either a day hike or some overnight camping. But first, practice a few dry runs to train your pup so that you both come out alive.Read more


How to Introduce a Puppy to the Outdoors

The first few weeks after you bring a new puppy home are the most important weeks of his life. So, if you want to turn that puppy into an adventure dog, you’ll need to take him on an adventure during that time. My girlfriend, Virginia, and I just did that with our new puppy, Bowie. Here’s how you can do the same.Read more


Everything You Need to Know About Hiking With Your Dog in Colorado

Coloradans love their dogs and love taking them outdoors. Adventures abound near Denver and all around the state, whether it be mountains, foothills, sand dunes or plains, and taking our animal counterparts with us should be an enjoyable experience.Read more



9 essential tips for hiking with small dogs
If you have a small dog, you may wonder if they should come along with you on your hikes. The quick answer is absolutely yes. These little dogs may be short, but they can adventure with the best of them! Indeed, corgis, Shetland sheep dogs, Jack Russell terriers and other short-statured dogs are listed by Outside magazine as some of the top active breeds to join you on your outdoor adventures. Read more

Traveling With Your Dogs
Often I go camping throughout the United States with my Girls, typically staying at State and National campgrounds; sometimes even at BLM property where one will find less developed camping areas. I always have extra food and water on hand should we find ourselves somewhere magical far away from any conveniences of society.Read more

The Beginner’s Guide to Hiking With Dogs

Make Fido’s next trip doggie heaven with our tips on finding pooch-friendly trails, loading a dog pack, and treating injuries.Read more

How to hike with your dog: Tips, rules and great gear
Now that spring has sprung, many of us have itchy feet to be outside hiking and enjoying the great outdoors. And that goes for our four-legged best friends, too. Hiking safely and responsibly with your dog is a little more involved than just hopping out of the car and setting loose on a trail. This advice will get you ready to tackle the trail with your dog, and teach you how to be socially and environmentally conscious while hiking. Read more

Pups and Peaks — 7 Dog Friendly Hikes to Enjoy in Whatcom County
It’s good to be a dog in Whatcom County. Not only do we have an abundance of off-leash parks, but our trail system is extensive and diverse. Winter or summer — rain or shine — we’ve got dog-accessible trails for every occasion. Read more

It’s Hot Out There! How to Keep Your Dog Safe as the Temperatures Climb
It’s hot. So hot that planes weren’t even flying out of Phoenix this week. And while you might be uncomfortable, your dogs definitely are — think of wearing little fur coats in this heat!
According to PEOPLE’s Pet Vet, Dr. Evan Antin, dogs can easily overheat, but there are ways to get ahead of any trouble.Read more




Dog walking : What we should know?

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‘Big Kennel’ is cracking down on local dog walkers
This is why it’s always gratifying to see individuals stepping up to provide the public services, while at the same time gaining knowledge and experience about what it takes to start and build a business. Reading more

Why you should think twice before sharing a video of a dog walking on its hind legs
Videos of the poodle, who has become somewhat of a Chinese viral sensation, have been making its way onto North American social media feeds this week.Continue reading

Dog walking banned by Hamas ‘to protect women and children’
“In recent weeks, the phenomenon of young men walking with their dogs in the streets has widely spread. It is neither of our culture nor of our traditions. Children and women feel scared when they see dogs,” al-Batniji stated, adding that it is Hamas’ “duty to maintain the safety of citizens.” Read more


Colorado’s Absurd War on Online Dog Walking Services
In over 10,000 cities in all 50 states, the online platform Rover offers pet owners the ability to connect with walkers and sitters with the ease that characterizes the growing sharing economy. There are over 100,000 people who earn money by working with the platform and Rover is just one of many “pet sharing” sites. Continue reading
Need to unplug for a while? Take a walk with a four-footed friend
More of your friends and neighbors get regular stress-reduction therapy than you might realize.
Of course, they don’t actually call it that. They just say they are taking the dog for a walk.
But who could deny that this seemingly simple daily activity abounds with mood and mindset benefits?Continue reading

Edmonton family traumatized after pet Chihuahua attacked and killed by off-leash dog
An Edmonton family is mourning the death of their beloved chihuahua after it was attacked by another dog, which was off leash in a community park. As Shallima Maharaj explains, the family is calling for tougher penalties when it comes to animal bylaws.Read more




Dog Walking: The Side Hustle That Lets You Practice Pet Ownership
I’ve been using the app to walk local dogs for about a month now, and I’ve made $100 in supplemental income. I have a busy schedule and have only been able to do about six walks, so as far as I’m concerned, it’s been well worth it.Continue reading

Pups take over San Manuel Stadium for HSSBV’s Walk for the Animals
From stencil tattoos to kisses from LA Rams cheerleaders, dogs enjoyed a paw-tastic day during the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley’s annual Walk for the Animals fundraiser.Continue reading

Keep dog and lose home, say RWAs
Vasudevan, who lives in Whitefield, Bengaluru, was served an eviction notice for walking her pet Labradors on the lawns and “other utility spaces”. She now has about a fortnight to find her pets and herself a new home. Read more

Ten tips for holiday pet care
If you share your life with a pet, you can’t just get up and go for a holiday: you need to plan the animal’s arrangements too. The number of options available has increased significantly with the advent of the internet but the bottom line remains the same : Continue reading

The dangers dog walkers need to know about and what you can do to prevent your pet getting ill
The dog licked mould left by discarded bread from the inside of their caddy after it had been blown over during high winds.
There are also other toxins in the environment that pose risks to dogs.
Here is some advice from the Veterinary Medical Association:Read more

Shock as boy, 12, attacked by dog while walking home from school
The hunt is on to trace the owner of a dog that attacked a 12-year-old boy as he walked home from school.
The youngster was left with three gashes on his bruised and bloodied leg after the attack between the Spar shop and the Creamery on May 12 at 4.10pm.Read more




Pet Food Poisoning.

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Foods that cats and dogs should never eat.
Before caving into the temptation to share snacks with their pets, pet owners should recognize the common foods the ASP-CA and other pet welfare organizations list as the most likely to contribute to pet poisonings worldwide. Continue reading

Don’t Drink the Water: Blue-Green Algae Can Be Deadly for Dogs and Other Animals
“Blue-green algae can cause signs of poisoning in as little as an hour,” according to Justine Lee, DVM, a board-certified criticalist and toxicologist at the Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota. “Death has been reported within just a few hours. Read more

What to do if your dog cuts its pad or paw when out on a walk
1) Restrain your dog securely so that you can assess the damage (this is easier with two people)
2) Is the wound bleeding?
3) If yes, check the type of haemorrhage
4) Is blood oozing from the wound? – probably a capillary bleed and less serious
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What is Hypoallergenic Dog Shampoo?
With literally hundreds of dog shampoos on the market, it can be difficult to decide which one is best for your dog. Many of us overly cautious dog owners correctly want to avoid dyes, fragrances, and chemicals, knowing these ingredients can irritate our dog’s skin – and possible adversely affect his health.Continue reading

Why is My Cat Begging and How Do I Make it Stop?
If you have a begging cat, the last thing you want to do is feed them outside their own food bowl. Offer them food only from their bowl and allow them to eat only the food in their bowl.Continue reading

What is Dog Acne (Pimples) ? Acne, also called chin pyoderma, puppy dermatitis, muzzle folliculitis, furunculosis or simply “pimples,” is a fairly common inflammatory condition that affects the lips, chins and muzzles of puppies and young adult dogs.Continue reading



Party Animal Recalls Dog Food for Pentobarbital
A retailer in Texas told the company that their customer had presented samples of our 13-ounce-can Cocolicious Beef & Turkey dog food (Lot #0136E15204 04, best by July 2019) and 13-ounce-can Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food (Lot #0134E15 237 13, best by August 2019) to a testing lab, and that the results had tested positive for pentobarbital.Continue reading

Are you poisoning your pet? Clean Label Project releases pet food ratings.
Do you know what your pets are really eating? We’re not talking about the main ingredients.The Clean Label Project tested 900 pet food products from 71 brands and screened for 130 toxins.The levels they found can cause serious and expensive health issues for your pet.Read more

Vets say raw food diet for dogs and cats is leaving them sick or dead
Vets are speaking out against raw food, saying they see numerous cases of serious injury, or death, resulting from the diet.Read more

Is your pet food safe? You may repay the unconditional love of a pet with the best food you can find. But how healthy is that food after all? An organization says many dog and cat foods have frighteningly high level of things like lead and arsenic. Read more

Foods to keep away from feline friends.
Just to show you how much I care for cats – feral and pet kitties – my column today is for you, all the cat lovers in our community. As devoted, loving cat owners, hopefully you feed your kitty a well-balanced diet.Continue reading

Feline Obesity: An Epidemic of Fat Cats
Do these wild cats eat a dry food diet that is full of starchy carbohydrates in the form of grains? Do they eat a water-depleted diet in the form of dry kibble? Is their diet one that derives much of its protein from plants (versus meat) as is true of many dry food diets. Read more