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Archive for May 2014

New Medication to Control Atopic Dermatitis in Dogs

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New Medication to Control Atopic Dermatitis in Dogs One of the most frustrating conditions pet owners battle is allergies, more specifically atopy and allergic dermatitis. Atopy is a heritable condition in which the immune system reacts to environmental allergens. The most common symptom of atopy is itching. Dogs usually present first with seasonal allergies that…

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Tiny the Cat Slims Down


An obese grey cat was dropped off at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Fredericton, N.B., Canada, and he was the heaviest cat they had ever seen. Weighting in at over 30 pounds, this was nearly double the weight that he should have been. Pet obesity is a common problem…

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42 years of the Iditarod

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This year marks the 42nd year of the “Last Great Race” or as it is also known, the Iditarod Dog Sled race.  It takes place in Alaska and has between 60 and 100 mushing competitors each year. The race is 1,150 miles long, begins in Anchorage and ends in Nome. Each musher begins the race…

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Military dogs in combat

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Dogs have been used for hundreds of years in combat, reportedly beginning around the time of the English and Spanish settlers in the 18thcentury. Recently, a video of a Belgian Malinois, who is being held hostage by the Taliban, went public. British forces seemingly deployed the dog, but the dogs name and gender are unknown.…

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Tiny Dog – BIG Mission


Hydrocephalus is a medical condition in which excessive fluid builds up in the brain. Formerly known as, “water on the brain” this condition can be fatal if left untreated, but with the right treatment it is possible to live a relatively normal life. This condition effects humans and dogs alike, and Frankie and Dylan, a…

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Rescue Pets are Second to None


Theron Humphy gained Internet notoriety by taking and posting photographs of his dog Maddie, standing on various… things! He then published those pictures in a book aptly titled, “Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics.” He has now started a worthwhile project featuring shelter animals entitled, “Why We Rescue.” Along with…

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Preventing Heat Stress and Injury


Stress, trauma, and even death occur far too often in pets today despite everything known about the risks of heat exposure. Serious injury can occur when animals are exposed to heat for even short periods of time. This can be the result of vigorous activity or being left inside of a car, even with the…

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