Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Angels for Animals Foundation Launches Guardian Angels K9 Fund for Police and Military Service Dogs

Fund seeks to raise money to ensure service dogs receive life-saving medical care

Judge and his handler, Corporal Michael Franks
Judge and his handler, Corporal Michael Franks
In recognition of K9 Veterans Day, the Angels for Animals Foundation recently launched the Guardian Angels K9 Fund, which will raise money to ensure that service animals such as police and military dogs receive life-saving medical care while on active duty and in retirement.  

“Our K9 officers and veterans serve our communities and risk their lives in the same way that our bravest service men and women do,” said Mark F. Magazu, II, Founder and Chairman of the Angels for Animals Foundation. “Like our human protectors, K9 officers are subjected to gunshot wounds, shrapnel from explosive devices, bone fractures and life‑threatening internal trauma resulting from perpetrator physical assaults. The costs for this type of care can reach into the tens of thousands of dollars range, often exceeding the funding capabilities of handlers and departments. The Guardian Angels K9 Fund, if successful, will help ensure these canine heroes receive the medical care they need to return to health.”

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Top Accident-Prone Dog Names

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I once had a Rottweiler/Doberman mix who was accident prone. She broke her toe within the first week we brought her home while running in the yard after a squirrel . She stepped on glass and needed stitches within the first year. She chewed on a battery in her puppyhood but we caught her in the act in time. After a trip to the vet and some very harrowing hours, she was fine. She had an iron stomach. Her name was Schatzie which means sweetheart in German, and despite her big and bulky presence, she was a real mush and lived up to her name.

It got me wondering if most dogs do actually live up to their names. Our Django is a sweet, lively yet chill Lab mix. She's also a girl and hopefully not worried about being named after a male character in a Western! But the name fits her and when my husband had his heart set on a male dog, but I fell in love with this cute female pup, we compromised. We brought her home and named her Django. I can't imagine her with any other name now.

Interestingly, some dogs are known to have names that are, well, prone to getting into compromising situations, according to Petplan Pet Insurance. They surveyed their clients and found that the dogs with the following names were found to be both accident-prone and most likely to eat something they shouldn't. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Top Tips For Raising A Healthy Puppy

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With National Puppy Day on the horizon on March 23rd, it is the perfect time to review a few keys points when it comes to adding a new addition to your home. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has provided some special care- giving tips for puppies. Like human newborns, puppies need special care. 

AVMA Veterinarian, Mitsie Vargas, always says, “Treat your pets like three year olds— they are energetic and will try to get into everything.” There is no denying puppies are adorable, but parenting a new puppy is no walk in the park. The AVMA offers some advice for taking the best possible care of your furry best friend:

Monday, March 9, 2015

Hayley’s New Challenge (Yes, There’s Another One!)

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Our little Hayley has had a rough couple of months. She was diagnosed with canine diabetes and then just a few weeks later, Cushing’s Disease. It has been a long and continued battle to get her blood sugar levels down to an acceptable number due to the fact that her Cushing’s Disease (stemming from a pituitary tumor) has her endocrine system going haywire.

After months (and several weekly vet visits), I took her in to have yet another two-hour blood test performed to see if her cortisol levels and endocrine system were working any better since increasing her Vetoryl (Trilostane) from once daily to twice daily.

I always feel bad before she gets bloodwork done because she usually has to stop eating and drinking at midnight, and for Hayley this is an immense task. Due to her diabetes, she is constantly hungry and thirsty and not just, I could use a treat hungry, but ravenous to the point of eating anything from the floor, and almost crawling on our lap if we are eating something.  The constant drinking means there is constant need to go out in the yard, of course. Two days before her last test, she went out and sort of slip-slopped her way down the four steps of our porch, but it had been snowy and slippery. She wasn’t hurt and I didn’t think much of her misstep…until the next day.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Cold Weather Safety for Pets

It's been an incredibly cold winter so far here in New York City as well as many other parts of the country, which makes it incredibly sad when you think about all the poor animals out in the cold. It goes without saying that is up to us all to report any animals we see left outside in the freezing cold because in many chances, we are their only hope for survival. 

To help our pets and all animals stay safe and warm in this frozen city, the ASPCA has created an infographic to stress the importance of cold weather safety for pets.

Even with our own indoor pups (many of whom sleep in a warm, comfy bed or share ours each night), it is necessary to take proper precautions. Fully exposed to the elements, they have no water-proof boots, gloves, or hats and require special care. 

Please take a minute to scroll through the five slides below and then consider sharing them to foster awareness for all animals this winter.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

PAWSitively “Collaring” Cancer in Pets to Find a Cure

You never forget the loss of a pet. For the Benbasat brothers, the death of their dog inspired them to try to find a cure for cancer in pets and the formation of their own non-profit, PAWSitively Curing Cancer, Inc.

The Benbasat boys have made a stand against the disease that brought suffering to the two-legged and four-legged members of their family. Brothers Josh and Bryce, now 15 and 12, decided that they’d had enough after the dreaded disease claimed the life of their dog, Sashi, five years ago. Having a grandmother who is a breast and lung cancer survivor made the brothers aware of the disease’s power to cause pain within a family. So the boys decided that it was time to think pink for pets.

The brothers did their research and what they learned about the prevalence of cancer among pets was an eye-opener: 50% of pets over the age of ten develop cancer. “Cancer is the number one disease-related killer of dogs and cats,” notes Josh Benbasat. With the memory of Sashi in mind, the brothers knew that other pet owners would want to do whatever they could to protect the pets they love. But they couldn’t find any organization whose mission focused on pets and cancer. That’s when they formed PAWSitively Curing Cancer, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for pet cancer research.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GoDaddy Superbowl 2015 Ad Promoting Puppy Mills Gets Pulled

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In what surely has to be one of the worst commercials created, the new GoDaddy commercial for Super Bowl XLIX promotes puppy mills. After backlash from viewers, it has now been pulled.

The video which shows an adorable golden retriever falling from an opened truck traveling down the road. Other than the puppy taking a spill, it starts off innocently enough. They then show him walking the roads, running alongside cars, following train tracks, and braving thunderstorms until he finally reaches a barn....his home. A woman looks delighted and says, "Look it's Buddy, I'm so glad you made it home". She scoops him up and looks at him lovingly and then says, "I just sold you on this website I bought with GoDaddy. Then they cut to the Buddy and other puppies being driven away as the woman harshly yells, "Ship 'em out!"

Monday, January 26, 2015

Snow Dogs! (Hysterical Video)

Did someone say snowball fight?
Looking for a snow day companion?

Dog owners know that our pups make the most of the snow and can run circles around their human counterparts in the snow department, both literally and figuratively.

Django goes berserk in the snow, running the perimeter of the yard round and around until she exhausts herself. And the more snow that she collects on her, the better.

This video shows a few snow pooches who are letting it all hang out in the snow, from no sled required to lapping up the snowblower.

Watch here, courtesy of HooplaHa:

Bring Your Pets Inside!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

5 Ways To Protect Your Pup This Winter

When temperatures go down, we bundle up. But your pets need protection, too!  People often forget that the extreme cold can affect your animals just as much as extreme heat. 

The American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA) warns that the cold can pose serious health risks to your pets. Animals can get frostbite and hypothermia just as easily as humans! 

Here are some tips and tricks to keep your pet warm and healthy as they face the cold this season.