Not a fan of off-leash dog parks

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Not a fan of off-leash dog parks I think we live in a great city. A city that provides and maintains off leash dog areas. A city that provides waste bags for your dog’s business. We have animal control officers to help us when our dogs are lost. I love the city, but I am not a fan of off-leash dog parks or walking trails. Please let me explain why.
There are risks which I associate with off-leash dog parks and I will not put my dog in any risky situation. Most of these risks are because of human error, negligence and ignorance.Read more

LaSalle considers establishing dog park. Four-legged friends may soon have a place to run free in LaSalle as the town considers establishing a leash-free dog park.She outlined the basic costs to establish a park at about $30,000, with fencing and gates being the biggest expense. Two separate areas would be needed – one for larger dogs and the other for smaller dogs.Read more

CANINE CONNECTION: Good fences make good dog parks
I’ve never been a fan of dog parks. The whole idea of confining a group of under stimulated, overzealous dogs to an area with little or no escape routes to safely retreat and de-escalate conflict just has major veterinarian bill and permanent behavioural issue written all over it.Read more

Puppy put down after attack at off-leash dog park A nine-month-old puppy had to be put down after he was gravely injured by a German shepherd during an attack at an off-leash dog park in North Battleford Monday.
Lyle Kennedy posted a video of the attack to Facebook in the hopes of finding the German shepherd’s owner. He said the dog’s owner gave him a phone number to contact him, but when he called the number was unlisted.Read more

Dog parks shouldn’t be your pooch’s 1st social experience, says behaviourist
Dog behaviourist Barbara Lloyd says the dog park is not a place to take your canine companion for its first taste of social interaction. 
“The dog park is not a place for socialization,” Lloyd said. 
Instead, she said dogs should socialize when they’re still puppies and recommends putting your pup through training, which allows a dog to become more familiar with other dogs. Read more

Residents push for new city dog park Current park suffering in size, design, and maintenance
Lisa Bergman, Kira Baines, and Nicole Sztabkowski brought their concerns to city councillors on Monday, saying the city’s off-leash park at Toboggan Hill is suffering in size, design, lack of parking, and poor maintenance. The current park is little more than a small fenced area filled with gravel and a few muddy mounds topped with hydrants or rocks – Read more

Tampered food with needles inside left in Vancouver dog park
The BC SPCA is investigating after another report that tampered food was found in a popular park in Metro Vancouver.
Officials say they are now aware of a third incident in East Vancouver’s Strathcona Park, where it appears food with needles stuffed into it was left on the ground for dogs to find and eat.Read more

Dogs eat pizza stuffed with sewing needles left in Vancouver park
Pet owners may want to keep their animals on a tighter leash at a popular Vancouver park after two dogs are said to have found abandoned pieces of pizza stuffed with sewing needles.
The two incidents at an off-leash area in Strathcona Park were reported to the City of Vancouver in the past two weeks, according to CTV Vancouver. The pair of disturbing discoveries has local pet owners on edge.Read more

OB neighbors believe lack of dog park maintenance is dangerous
Every afternoon at 4 p.m., you can find Mike Ryan at the Dusty Rhodes Dog Park in Ocean Beach. He says his six dogs have trained him to go there every day.
“We’re an empty nest, but now we have dogs instead of kids, they’re our new kids,” said Ryan.Read more

Dog helps save hikers after grizzly chases them for 20 minutes in Banff National Park
The bear was standing a short six metres away from the hikers near the trailhead of the Cascade amphitheatre trail. They turned around immediately but the bear started following them. The group tried to remain calm, but the grizzly charged towards Campbell and forced them to release their dog. Read more

Slain puppy found near Meadow Lake dog park
Meadow Lake RCMP are investigating the slaying of a puppy after it was found near the city’s off-leash dog park.
Sgt. Ryan How with the Meadow Lake detachment said a woman from the city informed them on Sunday that she had found the dead puppy near the park.
“It was obviously killed on purpose and a large knife or machete was seized from closeby,” said HowRead more

Council to consider Windward Oahu “off-leash” dog park
Dog owners on the Windward side of Oahu say they’ve been asking for a dog park for more than a decade.
This week, Honolulu City Council will consider a resolution to finally establish the island’s sixth “off-leash” dog park.
“Tons of people have dogs here in Kailua and Kanehoe, and there’s no where for the dogs just to run loose,” Windward Dog Park Hui member, Jessica Hawkins said. Read more

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Protect your pets from parasites

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Top 10 tips to prevent pet tummy troubles
“The most common reason for this in dogs is eating something they shouldn’t.”
“Other causes include stress, food sensitivities, parasites, bacterial infections and viruses, or chronic conditions including pancreatitis, colitis and inflammatory bowel disease,” said Dr Fyvie.Read more

Ask the Vet: The scoop on your pet eating poop
Eating the poop of a housemate is also commonly seen once this habit is established and can start at any age. Many people like to blame nutritional deficiencies, or poor diets, but there has never been any medical evidence to support this.Read more

Local experts offer solutions to combat uptick of parasites due to recent warm weather
“Ehrlichia is one, there’s a number of tick-borne diseases that we see,” Dittman said. “It doesn’t take a lot of ticks, or a heavy tick infestation for your pet to contract one of these diseases; They can be life-threatening diseases.” Read more

Exercise pet parasite prevention
Heartworm is a relatively uncommon problem in this part of the world. It is, as the name implies, an infestation of a worm parasite within the heart and blood vessels from the heart to the lungs that can affect dogs and other canids (foxes, wolves, coyotes) and, though rarely, cats. The parasite is transmitted from one host dog to the next by mosquitoes who carry the larvae from the blood of an infected dog. Read more 

Beware spring’s dangers
1. Beware of what lies beneath , 2. External parasites , 3. Internal parasites ,4. Spay that cat! , 5. Beware of wildlife ,6. Select non-toxic plants Read more

‘A sterilised dog is a healthier dog’
Organisers say it took considerable persuasion by animal welfare volunteer and community activist, Colleen Pienaar, to get dog owners to agree to have their dogs sterilised as dog fighting and protectionism is a lucrative business. Read more

2017/03/30. Dr Hilldidge Beer, of the EberVet Petcare Group, was one of five vets sterilising dogs in Sir Lowry’s Pass informal settlement at no cost to their owners. Picture: Toni Younghusband

Heartworm At High Elevations
Mosquitoes are the primary transmitter of heartworm in dogs and cats. An adult male mosquito has a lifespan of 10 days. A female adult mosquito has a  lifespan of 42-56 days. In everything I have read and experienced pertaining to mosquitoes I have not discovered one single redeeming quality in the pest.Read more

Protect your pets from parasites this spring
Fleas can live for 100 days, but produce 400-500 offspring. Ticks feed on the blood of their host. This can be dogs, cats, birds, and even you. Ticks are arachnids and more closely related to spiders and scorpions than insects.Read more

DO THIS WHEN: Too much yummy turns woofels tummy into something funny

“The most common in dogs, especially ‘scavengers’, is eating something they shouldn’t and early intervention can be the difference between life and death…” Read more

Parasite that can eat pets alive resurfaces in Florida
The parasite once cost the U.S. livestock industry millions every year. There hadn’t been a U.S. infestation in over 30 years, until the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed Sept. 30 that screwworm was killing rare, dog-sized deer found only in the island chain.Read more

8 Things Dog Owners Need To Know About Preventing Ticks
Ticks may be tiny, but they can pose huge problems for both you and your pet if they get a chance to bite. Don’t be scared though. There’s plenty of ways to help protect your pets. Here are eight things pet owners need to know about ticks and how to prevent the spread of harmful diseases, presented in partnership with Bayer and the No Bite Is Right campaignRead more

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When dogs eat poop, parasites can come along for the ride
Dogs and cats are not normally hosts of this genus of coccidian parasites. It’s more commonly found in the intestinal tracts of birds such as geese and ducks, who may suffer diarrhea and even death if infected.Read more

Allergy sufferers still have pet options .

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*** Allergy sufferers still have pet options . “People are typically allergic to the dander and saliva of dogs and cats,” Stickney said. “Cats groom themselves more than dogs, so more people are allergic to cats and have more severe symptoms than those allergic to dogs.” Read more

*** One in ten cat and dog owners are allergic to their own pets . It found that 25 per cent of those with allergies stated that their allergies actually improved after being exposed to a pet while 16 per cent said their condition had worsened.Read more

*** Does My Pet Have Allergies? Many pet owners are surprised to learn that animals can suffer from allergies. The environmental allergens that make us sneeze can make our dogs and cats itch. While we don’t see clinical signs like sneezing and runny noses in dogs and cats, scratching can become almost constant.Read more

*** Allergic to your pet? These tips might help “I feel like everything we do, we do with our dogs,” Sloan says. “We go hiking. We go for long walks in the city. We go to the dog park.”
But a few years back, the Director of Development for the non-profit rescue PAWS Atlanta got tested for allergies to pinpoint what was causing her sinus congestion and sneezing.Read more

*** Could Your Pet Have Allergies? Here’s How to Tell
Allergy symptoms like sniffling and scratching aren’t exclusive to humans. A lot of the sensitivities that cause discomfort for us can also bother cats or dogs. Because pinpointing the source can be tricky, you should always head to the vet if you suspect that your dog or cat has allergies,

A very happy Dalmatian dog scratches his back, smiles, and stretches on a lush green shady lawn on a hot summer day in the California desert. He is on his back in front of some bricks and buckwheat flowers.

*** Does your pet have springtime allergies? “Animals are susceptible to the same airborne allergens — pollen, trees, grasses, mold and insects — that we are,” Dr. Heather Peikes,Read more

*** How to identify, treat your pet’s allergies
Pet allergy symptoms are similar to the what people experience, including itchy eyes or a running nose.
“We see a lot of skin problems, too,” Mixon said.
He said to look for signs that a pet may be suffering from allergies, such as chewing on themselves or shaking their heads.Read more

*** Help Ease Your Dog’s Allergies With These 5 Natural Remedies
Remember that “allergy season” can occur at different times of the year, depending on the dog. Our hound mix Maizy, for example, gets incredibly itchy right around Indian summer; but she’s perfectly fine by late fall. Grant seems especially reactive during the spring. And other pups may experience no seasonal changes whatsoever — yet exhibit sensitivity to something in their home environment or to an ingredient in their food.Read more

*** Beat the allergy season this spring Researchers believe allergy conditions are the most common health issue for children and 1 in 6 Americans suffer from allergy conditions year-round, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.Read more

*** 7 Allergies That Are On the Rise—and Why You’re Likely At Risk
Next time you have an allergic reaction while talking on your cell phone, wearing a new watch, or hiking through the forest, it could be because of one of these triggers that are on the rise nationwide.Read more

*** Why you shouldn’t let allergies stop you from adopting petsABC News’ Rob Marciano talks with the Eh Bee family, who are partnering with Flonase, an allergy nasal spray made by GlaxoSmithKline, to help find homes for shelter animals. Read more

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*** Vet Advice: Dog Flea Allergy and What to Do About It The first thing you notice is hair loss along your dog’s neck, spine and thighs. The skin is flecked with scabs and hot to the touch. Then there’s the scratching: automatic, back-foot-reaching, irrepressible. You may—or may not— see live fleas, or only scant flea dirt (specks of digested blood).Read more

Feed your pet with the best Foods

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*** Pricey pet food not always worthwhile, experts say. Consumer NZ pointed to a case in the US, where Mars Petcare, which makes Eukanuba, made ads saying a 10-year study had found labradors lived 30 per cent longer eating its products.
The lab results were false. Mars Petcare agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it falsely advertised its products. Read more

*** A big pawprint: The environmental impact of pet food. There are many myths about feeding pets, and cats’ and dogs’ nutritional needs are different from human needs in some important ways. By understanding these differences, owners can keep their pets healthy while minimizing impacts on the environment. Read more

*** How do you know which food is best for your dog? Choosing the right food for your dog means understanding what the labels mean and if the fancy food is worth the price.Read more

*** What food does your pet get for all that money? After adopting a cat LEE BOYCE was shocked at the shoddy ingredients lurking in many top brands… Read more

*** High-meat diet best for dogs – Kiwi researchers. . “It’s great news for our premium pet food export market, which is widely recognised as producing some of the best raw meat products in the world,” Mr Goldsmith said.Read more
*** Is the best pet food the most expensive? The bottom line is, when looking for quality pet food, it’s more important to look at the ingredients than at the price tag. Lerner encourages that the right diet for your specific pet, even breed specific, is crucial to optimum pet health – saving you vet bills that are more costly than quality food – and giving you healthy, vibrant pets.Read more

*** Low-Fat Homemade Dog Food Recipe. Diets low in fat are often deficient in important nutrients like Vitamin A and Vitamin E. A low-fat diet may help your pet in certain aspects of his health, but it may actually do more harm than good in the long run.Read more

*** The Common Foods Dogs Can and Can’t Eat But some foods can be bad or even dangerous for your dog’s health. Here are common foods they can eat and ones you should be cautious letting about your dog ingest.Read more

*** Pet Food Insitute Gives Advice On Proper Animal Care.Improper feeding, studies have shown, is in part a result of days when pet owners routinely fed pets leftover table scraps. Humans have learned more about pet nutrition and the possible dangers of feeding pets human food. Read more

*** 7 Tips on How To Feed Dogs to Deal With and Prevent Allergies Nearly all of the pet food your dog eats has ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction in the dog.As with people, most dogs will only be allergic to one ingredient, but some have reactions to multiple ingredients in their diet. Read more

*** How to Make Homemade Dog Food. The general rule of thumb is to use half to two-thirds animal protein—any combination of meat, fish, eggs, and dairy will do, as long as meat and fish are the primary ingredients—with the remainder of the recipe split between grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits (as measured by weight in their uncooked form). Read more

*** Homemade Dog Food: You Can Cook For Your Dog
The first thing to do is to confirm or calculate how many kilocalories your dog requires to be fed on a daily basis (Daily Energy Requirement or DER). The total calorie requirement should be divided by the number of meals (usually 2) fed to your dog daily.Read more

Buying a Dog vs. Having a Kid


*** Should pets be considered children or property? “Many dogs are treated as members of the family with whom they live,” Danyliuk said in his ruling. “But after all is said and done, a dog is a dog. At law it is property, a domesticated animal that is owned. At law it enjoys no familial rights.” Read more

*** Buying a Dog vs. Having a Kid: A Cost Breakdown
Although the overall first-year cost to own a dog is less than the cost to have a baby, there are other expenditures you need to consider.Dogs with extensive health issues might require more medical attention, which means more money will need to be spent on medications or veterinary visits. Then again, the same is true for babies. Read more

*** Children Are More Attached To Pets Than To Siblings, Says Study (And Anyone With Siblings). “Anyone who has loved a childhood pet knows that we turn to them for companionship and disclosure, just like relationships between people,” lead author Matt Cassells explained in a press release. Read more


*** Don’t dress your dog up like a toy or a child, it’s bad for their skin and can give them FLEAS.The most common skin complaints were dermatitis, otitis and fleas, while the West Highland White Terrier is the breed most susceptible to skin diseases.Read more

*** Therapy dog Trooper helps children overcome abuse
(WEAR) — The Gulf Coast Kid’s House is a place where suspected child abuse victims go for medical exams, therapy sessions and law enforcement interviews all under one roof. It’s a big mission, with a large, involved staff.

Don’t forget Trooper. The 7-year-old Sheltie shows up four to five days a week, 9:00 a.m. sharp until 4:30 pm.
“I thought, my dog should work if I work. He was getting kind of bored at home,” explained Tip McAlpin, Trooper’s owner.Read more

*** Study: Family Pets Boost Child Development “The scientific evidence investigating the benefits to children and adolescent development looks promising. We dug deep into that evidence to understand which potential benefits were most strongly supported. Ultimately, this will enable us to know more about how pets provide young people with emotional, educational and social support.” Read more

*** Can cats be trusted around babies? Many myths warn about cats and babies, but are they true? Cats definitely need to be kept away from infants sleeping in their cribs, but when the child becomes more mobile, it’s time to teach him or her how to treat the kitty. Read more

circa 1956: A toddler holding a Siamese cat. (Photo by Nocella/Three Lions/Getty Images)

*** Saying Your Dog Is Your “Baby” Is an Insult to Moms Everywhere Your puppy is not your child, so stop saying that he is. I have three children now, and I know this for certain — kids and dogs are not same. Read more

*** Pet vs. sibling: Research points to surprising findings “While boys and girls were equally satisfied with their pets, girls reported more disclosure, companionship, and conflict with their pet than did boys, perhaps indicating that girls may interact with their pets in more nuanced ways,” Cassels noted. Read more

*** A Mother’s Love: Brain’s Response to Child vs Dog “Pets hold a special place in many people’s hearts and lives, and there is compelling evidence from clinical and laboratory studies that interacting with pets can be beneficial to the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of humans,” co-lead author of the study Lori Palley said in a statement.Read more

*** Families with autistic children find it beneficial to have pet dogs
The study also found out that a pet dog can reduce the number of dysfunctional interactions between the parents and the child, and improve functioning within the family as a whole. Read more

*** 12 reasons to have a dog instead of a kid 1) Always glad to see you when you come home
2) They think riding in the car is better than Disneyland
3) Will never tell you they hate you
4) Can be bribed with small amounts of food
5) Will always eat their dinner Read more

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