Friday, May 22, 2015

POSTED: Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 4:29 PM
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Hill’s Disaster Relief Network Promotes Pet Safety Tips for Emergencies 

PR Newswire, TOPEKA, Kan. (May 4, 2015) – In recognition of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on May 9, 2015, Hill’s Pet Nutrition is encouraging pet parents to plan ahead by creating a pet emergency go-kit and following several easy tips to ensure the safety of their pets during a crisis.

“The best thing a family can do in the case of an emergency is be prepared, and that includes having a plan in place for your pets,” said Kostas Kontopanos, President of Hill’s Pet Nutrition North America. “We hope that families take into account some simple steps that will help them feel ready to respond should disaster strike.”

POSTED: Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 3:29 PM
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As my last post suggested, not all dogs are “dog park dogs.” Well my time at my local dog park has shown me that not all humans are “dog park humans.” Let me explain.

The leading complaints people have about dog parks are the behavior of the owners.

Social Hour Owner

POSTED: Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 11:11 AM
The Roxborough Dog Park launched in 2013 and has since been fundraising to complete the fenced-in, off-leash park in Northwest Philadelphia with a goal “to develop a beautiful and well-maintained space out of a vacant lot for the beautification and use of the community,” according to the website. (iStock)

On Saturday, the Roxborough Dog Park opened at 4117-75 Mitchell St. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, goodie bags for the attendants, and a row of vendors.

The Roxborough Dog Park launched in 2013 and has since been fundraising to complete the fenced-in, off-leash park in Northwest Philadelphia with a goal “to develop a beautiful and well-maintained space out of a vacant lot for the beautification and use of the community,” according to the website.

Sponsored by local business like Liberty Vet Clinic, Paws and Affection, the Little White Dog Daycare and The Foodery in Roxborough, Roxborough Dog Park offers memberships for $10 per dog. The dog park is not members-only, but funds from the membership help maintain the park and members receive discounts from the park’s sponsors.

POSTED: Monday, April 27, 2015, 5:29 PM
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TFH Publications, Inc./Nylabone Products, a New Jersey-based company, has recalled a single lot of its Puppy Starter Kit dog chews because of potential Salmonella contamination.

The recalled Nylabone Puppy Starter Kit, which consists of a 1.69 oz. package of dog chews, was distributed nationwide, to Canada, and through one domestic online mail order facility.

The following Nylabone Puppy Starter Kits are being recalled:

POSTED: Monday, April 27, 2015, 5:29 PM
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Hospira, Inc., a provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies located in Lake Forest, Ill., has issued a voluntary recall of one lot of Preservative-Free Bupivacaine HCl Injection due to possible contamination with iron oxide.

The lot was distributed from July 2014 to September 2014. Veterinarians use the drug as a local anesthetic during surgery procedures.

The lot involved in the recall is:

POSTED: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 5:29 PM
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Living the Green Life

When you live on Planet Earth, every day is Earth Day. And who better to save the earth’s natural resources than you? When it comes to environmental friendliness, it’s up to each and every one of us to do our bit. And our dogs? We're sure that if they were able to, they would also make an effort, but since they can’t, it’s our responsibility to lead the way.

So, what can you and your dog do to live a greener life? Luckily, it’s a lot easier than you might have guessed. 

POSTED: Monday, April 20, 2015, 4:29 PM
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Last week we talked about an outbreak of canine influenza that has been hitting the Chicago area hard in recent weeks. Some new information has come to light that puts an interesting spin on what’s been going on.

Previous outbreaks of influenza in dogs have been caused by the H3N8 strain of the virus. This is the disease that originated from a form of influenza that, in the past, had primarily infected horses. It appears that this outbreak of flu in dogs is different, however.

According to laboratory scientists at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin:

POSTED: Monday, April 20, 2015, 12:11 PM
Dogs will arrive at PHL on Monday from Puerto Rico as part of a dog rescue effort in collaboration with local pet rescue organizations. (YouTube)

Puerto Rico-based dog rescue organization Island Dogs Inc. is bringing “a sizeable rescue and transport” of stray dogs to the states in collaboration with Animal Aid USA in Williamstown, New Jersey, and the Humane Society of Atlantic County.

The pups will be arriving at Philadelphia International Airport around 12:30 p.m. Monday before being transported to Atlantic City. Once the pups reach the Shore, the Humane Society of Atlantic County will work to get the dogs forever homes. A press release posted on Island Dogs Inc.’s Twitter page says many of the dogs from Puerto Rico have already been adopted and will have homes upon arrival in New Jersey.

Island Dogs Inc. is a nonprofit that seeks to create “animal-friendly communities in Puerto Rico.” They’ve been working with the Humane Society of Atlantic County for seven years, and this rescue effort also comes thanks to the ASPCA.

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