After FDA warning about grain-free pet food, what’s safe to feed our pets?

Source: NBC News |  July 8, 2019, 11:42 AM EDT  | By Linda Carroll The Food and Drug Administration’s investigation of grain-free dog and cat foods, highlights how hard it can be for pet owners to figure out whether they are buying the healthiest products for their beloved four-legged friends. Consumers used to reading ingredient labels on their own foods might think that checking the corresponding labels on pet products will tell them everything they need to know. But veterinary nutrition experts interviewed by NBC News say those labels won’t provide much enlightenment. To continue reading...

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Service dog helps 7-year-old boy prepare for his 10th surgery

Source:  Today / June 10, 2019, 5:13 PM ‎EDT / By Jen Reeder When Indiana resident Gavin Swearingen was just 2 years old, he let go of a swing, hit his head and suffered a traumatic brain injury. The little boy lost about 75% of the left side of his brain, developed epilepsy and cerebral palsy, and has survived several strokes. So last year, Gavin, who lives in Carmel, just north of Indianapolis, got his first service dog. Elmer, a Labrador-golden retriever mixed breed trained by the nonprofit Canine Companions for Independence, helps with the boy’s physical challenges in myriad ways. To...

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Dog Owners Get More Exercise

Source:  New York Times / May 29, 2019 / By Gretchen Reynolds Dog owners are about four times more likely than other people to meet today’s physical activity guidelines, according to a large-scale new study of dogs and exercise. The study, which involved hundreds of British households, suggests that having a dog can strongly influence how much people exercise. But it also raises questions about why some dog owners never walk their pets or otherwise work out and whether any of us should acquire a dog just to encourage us to move. To continue reading please click here...

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Protecting your pets after you’re gone: How to create a pet trust

Source:  NBC News / June 3, 2019, 12:16 PM EDT / By Dana McMahan The thought of life without our pets is too tough to contemplate. But perhaps an even worse thought? The life of our pets without us. Think for a second: if you were in a crash on your way home from work today, what would happen to your dog waiting at home for you? Would anyone know to go check on him? How long might it be before someone remembers? And what would happen to him then? If you don’t have a plan, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, when pet owners don’t make arrangements to care for their companions...

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Complete removal of tumor reduces risk of recurrence of cancer in dogs

Source: – Oregon State University – 05/14/2019 The relative risk of a recurrence of cancer is reduced by 60% in dogs whose tumors are completely removed, a new analysis by Oregon State University researchers has found. The researchers reviewed published veterinary studies and found a recurrence of less than 10% in dogs where the soft tissue sarcoma was completely excised, versus 33% recurrence in cases where the cancer was incompletely excised, meaning there was microscopic evidence that tumor cells remained after surgery. To continue reading please click...

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A great white shark was tracked in Long Island Sound for the first time. That’s good news.

Source:  Washington Post – 05/21/2019 Cabot’s 500 pounds of churning white flesh sped though North Carolina waters last week, part of a group traversing shipwrecks, seeking bounties of fish. In a matter of days, Cabot traveled hundreds of miles north, sliced through Block Island Sound and hunted for a meal near Greenwich, Conn. “For the first time ever, we are tracking a white shark in the Long Island Sound,” the ocean life research group Ocearch said on Twitter. To continue reading please click here...

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