Before discussing pregnancy in dogs, it's important to stress that the breeding of purebred dogs is a serious endeavor best taken on only by responsible breeders who have studied all the intricacies of a particular breed of dog and are committed to maintaining and improving type, temperament and health. Knowledge of a breed's official standard...Read more
I have a 7-year-old male Shih Tzu named Chipper. After eating breakfast and supper, Chipper will lick the rug in the living room. I find it difficult to break him of this habit. Why does he do this? Is it because he is bored? I did not have him as a pup. I got him when he was about 3.
I am open to any suggestions that you offer on ...Read more
(UPI) A Florida brewery is finding homes for local shelter dogs by putting photos of adoptable canines on cans of beer.
Motorworks Brewing teamed with Manatee County Animal Services to put photos of dogs from the shelter on cans of Cruiser golden lager.
The brewery said proceeds from sales of lager 4-packs are being donated to Manatee County ...Read more
(UPI) Animal rescuers in California said they saved a puppy found with its head stuck through the middle opening of a spare tire.
The Riverside County Department of Animal Services said a crew responded to a report of a puppy with its head stuck through the middle of a spare tire Wednesday.
The Australian cattle dog was taken to Coachella ...Read more
Q: We took Jake, our 10-week-old pit bull, to the veterinarian because he has very little hair and scratches almost constantly, even though we see no fleas. The vet said Jake has Demodex mites and prescribed a monthly chewable pill that kills them as well as fleas and ticks. Where could Jake have caught the mites? Can he pass them to us or our ...Read more
Ryder means the world to Shamus Butler.
"He's my best friend, my companion, my partner, my son, my brother," Butler said about his dog. "He's everything to me, and I want to make sure that he's taken care of before anything. He gives my life purpose."
Butler, 28, has been homeless for about eight years. Wanderlust keeps him on the move around ...Read more
As a responsible dog owner, it's important to make sure that your dog is comfortable and well-behaved around others. Socializing your puppy is critical and should start early on, as it sets the stage for your dog to feel happy and confident throughout her life. It is key to start exposing your puppy to new people, places and situations as soon...Read more
(UPI) Firefighters, police and animal rescuers responded to a freezing river in Washington state to save a dog that was unable to climb out of the water.
The Whatcon Humane Society said in a Facebook post its Animal Control Team responded Thursday alongside Ferndale Police and a Whatcom County Fire District #7 crew when a dog was spotted ...Read more
(UPI) A Siberian husky with an eyelid deformity was adopted from a New Jersey shelter after photos of the dog went viral on Facebook.
Husky House shelter shared the news that Jubilee the 4-year-old husky had been adopted after it shared photos of her online on Tuesday.
"Thanks to everyone who shared Jubilee's story," the shelter said. She ...Read more
We've always had multiple dogs and now own a black lab who is 9 months old. She is the easiest puppy in the world to potty train, but I have never had a dog chew so much. We have toys and chewies all over the floor and in a toy box, and yet I have lost three pairs of shoes, Christmas decorations, gloves, plants and baskets.
I have ...Read more
The federal judge overseeing PG&E Corp.'s criminal probation is considering ordering the beleaguered utility to order more tree trimmers in a move designed to enhance wildfire safety.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup late Thursday told PG&E to explain why it's still struggling to remove hazardous trees and limbs that could brush up against ...Read more
(UPI) A New Zealand family whose home was repeatedly targeted by a burglar who stole only fish food set up a security camera and identified the culprit: a neighborhood cat.
Mark Spooner of Auckland said a friend was taking care of the family's fish while they were out of town and the fish-sitter soon noticed an unusual problem.
"Our friend was...Read more
(UPI) A North Carolina family said they were stunned when their white German shepherd gave birth to a lime green puppy.
Shana Stamey said her family's dog, Gypsy, had a litter of eight puppies Friday, and the fourth arrival, a boy, came out with a distinct color.
"He was lime green," Stamey told WLOS-TV.
Suzanne Cianciulli, a veterinarian ...Read more
Q: Why should I buy processed food full of chemicals for my cat when we humans are encouraged to eat unprocessed foods? What do you think of homemade diets for cats?
A: Human processed food is designed to be tasty, quick and easy to prepare; less expensive than meats and produce; and capable of a long shelf life. In contrast, pet food was ...Read more
(UPI) Firefighters in Britain came to the assistance of animal rescuers attempting to free a fox found dangling by its tail from a fence.
The Secret World Wildlife Rescue in Highbridge, England, said a member of the public discovered the fox Saturday hanging from a metal fence by its tail behind a gym in Weston-super-Mare.
The fox had ...Read more
Dear Joan: My dog, Wanda, is taking chemo for lymphoma and fortunately, she's doing great. I'm trying to get her on nice trail walks several times a week, and this raises a question.
My habit is to walk on the left side of the trail, with Wanda on leash to my left. This way I'm between Wanda and other oncoming dogs and their people as we pass. ...Read more
Dear Annie: Our beloved family dog, Dasher, passed away last year. Dasher was a husky. She was the sweetest and best dog I ever could imagine. Good with the kids and our old kitty. When I contacted the breeder I bought her from, he said that he is no longer breeding. My friend suggested I look at adopting a dog from the local shelter or a rescue...Read more
The American Kennel Club offers tips to keep your dog safe from frostbite in the cold months ahead:
What is frostbite?
Frostbite is tissue damage that can occur in extreme cold. As with humans, frostbite is a dog's natural process where blood is redirected from the body's extremities to vital organs when there is a drop in body temperature...Read more
I took in a 10-year old indoor/outdoor cat who needed a home. I am a senior and she is the only pet, but I have had cats before.
After about a week, she started becoming acclimated to me and the condo. I was told she could not be picked up and held. She allows quick head and belly rubs and has become a lap and bed cat at her ...Read more
Q: Taylor, my 9-year-old Sheltie, had what seemed to be a urinary tract infection, but the antibiotic prescribed for her wasn't completely effective. Eventually, her veterinarian diagnosed bladder cancer. What causes bladder cancer in dogs?
A: Transitional cell carcinoma, or TCC, is the most common form of bladder cancer in dogs. Transitional ...Read more