Could a kitten’s purr or a dog’s wagging tail help with your depression? Pets offer an unconditional love that can be very helpful to people with depression. Studies show that animals can reduce tension and improve mood. Pets can help some people with mild to moderate depression feel better.
Hey, it's hard being a dog — or a cat — for that matter. All that lying around during the day, eating biscuits (or catnip), chasing toys, going for walks ... it might not be a 9-5 job, but it still has its demands, which is why your furry, four-legged friend deserves an indulgent day at the spa.
GOOD NEWS: FBI to classify animal abusers in same category as murders beginning in 2016. The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced this week that animal abuse will be prosecuted as a "crime against society."
We all want our dogs to share our lives for many years. One of the best predictors of a long, happy canine life is the quality of care provided to the dog, such as great nutrition, not to mention protection from accidents.
There are other factors that come into play, particularly the dog’s breed. It seems that some breeds are programmed for long lives.
popular folklore about pet care seems to hang on well past its
expiration date. And then there are traditions that persist because
experts in the veterinary industry promote them. These are myths about how to properly care for dogs and cats, sometimes fueled by special interest groups in the veterinary industry.
In grooming schools during the ‘40s and ‘50s (and even some “old school” programs today), groomers were taught to clean the dogs’ ears, trim the dogs’ and cats’ nails, brush their teeth and express the anal glands.
Emptying the anal sacs was considered to be a courtesy, but the downside is that pets were never meant to have those anal glands recurrently expressed.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — August 10, 2015 — Burlington, WA — Northwest Farm Food Cooperative of Burlington, WA, is voluntarily recalling frozen raw Cat Food due to their potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
We have an important dog food recall going on right now.
Nature’s Variety has announced a NATIONWIDE recall of select lots of its Instinct Raw Chicken Formula for Dogs. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the recall was issued after
they conducted a routine sample test and determined that the products contained Salmonella bacteria.
While the US can certainly be described as a pet-loving nation, there is at least a slight bias toward dogs. In one survey by Public Policy Polling, 52 percent of respondents said they preferred dogs while only 21 percent said they preferred cats (another 27 percent couldn’t decide).
As dog owners, we have a huge responsibility. Just like little babies, our furry friends are totally reliant and trusting in us. Their health largely depends on our ability to make the best dog food choices. Choosing the right food for your pet can be very confusing.