Monday, May 18, 2015

Dog Bites: What You Need To Know

Dog Bites: What You Need To Know
Any dog can bite when provoked
There is a lot of misinformation regarding dog bites and it’s important to remember some simple facts when it comes to dogs. 99% of dogs are not born aggressive. It is up to their owners to ensure their safety as well as the safety of those around them. That is why the American Veterinary Medical Association has teamed up with a coalition including the United States Postal Service, State Farm, and the Insurance Information Institute to promote awareness about dog bites.

“Dogs may bite for a number of reasons — they may be in pain or afraid, they may be sick or simply protecting something they love,” says Doctor Jose Arce from the AVMA. “It is vital for you to learn a dog’s body language to know when they want to interact and when they need to be given their own space. Everyone, even our dogs, deserves their own space when they need it. The most important thing to keep in mind is that dog bites are preventable.”

Here are some tips to keep in mind before interacting with a dog:

Friday, May 15, 2015

Pet Cancer Awareness Month: What Owners Need To Know

With the month of May in full swing, so is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. All pets, regardless of size and breed, are at risk for developing cancer. However, there are certain breeds of dogs that have higher instances of the disease than others.

Certain breeds, such as Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers, and German shepherds are considered at-risk breeds and have a higher risk of getting cancer. According to the Veterinary Cancer Society, these breeds can have up to a 70-80 percent chance of getting cancer in their lifetime.

Of course, older dogs are more likely to develop diseases such as cancer than younger dogs. “Just like in people, however, the earlier that cancer is detected, the greater chance there will be of achieving remission,” said Jaci Christensen, oncology veterinary technician at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

One goal of Pet Cancer Awareness Month is to inform pet owners of symptoms to look for in their pet. The Veterinary Cancer Society suggests checking your pet regularly for signs such as swollen lymph nodes, sudden weight loss, enlarged lumps, vomiting, diarrhea, and lameness. If your pet displays any of these warning signs, consult with your veterinarian as soon as you can.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

ASPCA Poll Reveals Law Enforcement Officers Lack Resources, Training to Properly Address Dog Fighting


A nationwide poll of law enforcement released today by the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) exposes serious obstacles for law enforcement to investigate one of the most horrific forms of animal cruelty—dog fighting. The poll, conducted by Edge Research, found that:

  • Although half (50%) of law enforcement officers nationwide say they encounter dog fighting in their line of work, only 23% said their department has the necessary resources and training to effectively investigate dog fighting cases in their community.
  • More than half of law enforcement officers (52%) say they have received absolutely no training to investigate dog fighting.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Happy Mother's Day To All Those Furry Moms Out There! (Adorable Photos)


I've always felt that animals are much more similar to us than most people think. They take care of their young, fight intensely to provide them with food and survival skills, and then send them out into the world. While most animals probably aren't celebrating Mother's Day, they are good moms every day of the year (again, just like us!).

Here are some adorable photos of mamas and babies, both in the canine world and beyond, who prove that a mother is a mother, furry or not!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Home Cooking For Your Pup: Hill’s® Ideal Balance #InspiredByCrafted

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Crafted™, but Some Puppy To Love only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Hayley's recent health problems have catapulted me into a whole new realm of dog care. I thought I was being a good pet owner because I did everything I thought I should, walked her, fed her, groomed her, gave her lots and lots of unabashed love, and took her on regular vet visits. 

But as age creeped up on my poor little chihuahua, she developed a host of chronic health issues. In the process, I realized that the typical dog food I was getting for her in the supermarket just wasn't cutting it. 

Some people have the mistaken idea that because dogs are animals, they can eat anything. Why not pick up any bag of dry kibble?  I'm sure you have heard that one before. But we and our pets are a product of what we ingest on a regular basis. There is no difference between people and animals in terms of nutrition- we all need the very best and freshest ingredients!