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.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

10 Strangest Items Swallowed By Dogs

My mother’s Schnauzer mix, Sha Sha, eats just about anything.  I didn’t quite believe just how often she would quickly snap up everything in her sight until a few weeks ago when she swallowed a quarter and a nickel in the blink of an eye. The vet advised my mother to watch her for the next few days as the coins would likely pass.

It’s a very common issue among dog owners and it doesn’t only happen with puppies. The majority of dogs do grow out of the need to eat inedible objects. It can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what a puppy would eat so it’s best to be vigilant about where you dog is allowed to freely roam.

Many dogs and puppies have been known to swallow seemingly unsuitable items, which you might not find in any way enticing or preferable, but they do.

Check out this list of the strangest things swallowed by dogs as witnessed by the ASPCA:

Monday, December 22, 2014

NYPD, ASPCA rescue nearly 400 abused dogs and cats this year

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It looks like we can all use some good news these days and now it is a great time to share some very good news, indeed.

The "NYPD has rescued nearly 400 abused cats and dogs so far this year, and has arrested more than 100 people for the tormenting and killing of animals."

This was reported yesterday in the NY Post:

As of Dec. 15, the NYPD has rescued 385 animals, mostly dogs — that’s more than a 150 percent spike from previous years, when the ASPCA averaged about 140 rescues per year.“It’s a tremendous increase from previous years,” said Howard Lawrence, a senior director at the ASPCA. “You’re mobilizing a police force of 35,000 people. Before it [the program] went citywide, the ASPCA had a much smaller force.”

Read the full article here.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Coping with Cushing's

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Since Hayley's diagnosis, it has been very difficult to control her blood sugar levels. Although her vet, Dr. Beverly, has been diligent about Hayley’s course of treatment and implementation of her daily insulin, her blood sugar remains high despite us having increased her insulin doses.
Dr. Beverly informed me that since Hayley’s diabetes was so challenging to control, she likely had an underlying problem—and testing revealed that the problem is Cushing’s disease. Cushing’s disease is an adrenal-dependent or pituitary-dependent tumor that causes excess production of the hormone cortisol, along with a host of symptoms including increased thirst and urination, pot-bellied abdomen, skin moles, infections or flakiness, thin skin and loss of fur. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Canine Diabetes and Hayley

Over the past few months, Hayley has developed a peculiar habit of growling or barking when any member of our family sits down to eat. While she has never turned down a treat, this new desperation for food was a sudden change. At first, I attributed her odd new behavior to her advanced age. 

But then Hayley’s desperation for extra bites of food grew stronger. She began to scour the living room after school to scout out the kids’ backpacks and break open the zippers to scavenge through the remnants of the day’s lunch. Coupled with that was a more disturbing new pattern: she began having accidents in the house.

Read the rest on ASPCA Parents...