Am I concerned that I may catch a disease from my pet? Yes, as a practicing veterinarian I am acutely aware of bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans, called zoonotic diseases.
Sanitation worker Nathan Binnie was on route in New Stanton, Pennsylvania, in front of a residence on Pine Lane. A puppy, stuffed in a garbage can. "...
Loss of genetic diversity also shortens lifespans. In a healthy population, essentially all individuals have several defective genes, but each defective gene is rare in the population as a whole.
John Oliver was right to challenge this seclusion from the public eye on his recent episode of Last Week Tonight when he had no choice but to dramatize courtroom proceedings with a bench of jurist dogs. Clearly a better means of public information is necessary for the highest court in the land.
Little Sam was born and I hardly had time to breathe, or sleep, or eat, let alone take walks. I hired a babysitter a couple of hours a week, and when I didn't use the time to collapse on my bed, I scrounged up the leashes.
I'm pretty sure ever since I came out of the womb I've wanted a puppy. My first words were even "pup pup"! OK fine, maybe it was "papa" but they sound really fucking similar.
During times of conflict and political or religious civil unrest, the power of the human spirit's capacity for non-violent protest and kindness still shines through.
Before you bring home a new puppy this holiday season, be sure you are prepared to properly train and care for your new little bundle of joy.
As we round the calendar into November there is one date that will refuse to go unnoticed: October 31. Children of all ages -- even adults -- parade about in costume chatting with strangers like friends and approaching homes as though they had just visited yesterday. Humans get it. Dogs often don't.
"Never work against mother nature," Cesar Millan is quick to convey, "that's what my grandfather taught me."
I work as a dog trainer and am surrounded by a lot of nerdy dog types, all of whom don't skimp when it comes to their doggie pals. But that doesn't mean we spend a bundle.
PetSmart's policy helps reinforce the incorrect belief that pit bulls are different from other dogs. That they are dangerous and can't be trusted, just because of the shape of their head. That they don't deserve to be treated as well as other dogs. This belief has consequences.
I get some mighty odd glares when walking my pit bull. No matter. I'd rather hang out with a pit bull than most people any day. Here's why.
This is a rant. Saw a post on a Facebook dog page, supposedly humorous, where a woman laughingly described how her dog was completely neurotic, anxio...
To the harassers I say: I know you're only trying to make the world a better place with your unsolicited and often grossly inappropriate comments to passersby. I know that, but a lot of people don't seem to get it. The world is changing and so must your strategy.
A family pet can add immeasurable joy to family life, but before you "bite" into dog ownership, make sure your expectations are based on a realistic understanding of the demands it will place on your life.