by Kathy H Porter
Jon Katz opens the door for many conversations about the emotional devastation that people suffer with the death of their pets in his latest book, Going Home – Finding Peace When Pets Die.
Always the story teller, Katz blends his own personal experience – his inconsolable loss of Orson, one of one of his border collies - with other people’s stories. Using these stories as illustrations, Katz provides support and guidance to lead grieving pet owners out of their sadness.
By writing about his own grief, Katz rips the band-aid off of his own feelings and wrestles with how to handle his emotions: “I had no notion of how to process my grief. I didn’t know how to say goodbye, I didn’t know how to show that pain to other human beings – an essential element of healthy grieving.” Continue reading
by Rick Campbell
Bark Greetings! I can’t believe it’s Friday already. Friday can mean only one thing…it’s Doggie Deals time! I’m back with some NEWcoupons and FREEBIES for you and your dog! Also, don’t forget to visit the Coupon Clippin’ Daddy site for other non-pet, money-saving coupons and more!
Target: ALPO As Low As $0.30 Each
Target has ALPO dog food on price cut thru 10/1. Use any of the coupons below to get it for as low as $0.30 per can:
Buy ALPO Dog Food (13.2oz) $0.60 each
Use $2/12 Purina ALPO Single Cans (RP, 9/11)
Use $1/10 Purina ALPO Single Cans (RP, 9/11)
Use $1/4 Purina ALPO Canned Dog Food IP Q
Use BOGO FREE ALPO Canned Dog Food IP Q
Final Cost: As low as $0.30 each WYB 2 with BOGO Q Continue reading
by Joanne Brokaw
The sad, sad news of the two pugs that died in custody of Animal Control has been the focus of the dog community for weeks now. But as Bob Lonsberry brought up in his column this week, while it was 101 degrees in the back of the van, it was 96 degrees outside that day.
And the dogs – pugs, who are dogs with deformed snouts that leave them unable to breathe normally and hence cool themselves off - had been left out in the yard while no one was home.
So how does heat really affect your dog? Is there a difference between heat inside a car and outside in the yard? Back in July, I conducted an experiment to see how hot it really got inside of a car and then posted the results on my Rochester Dog Health Examiner page. I think the results, along with the information about how a dog cools himself off, are worth repeating here.
As you watch the temperatures rise inside the Jeep in the following photos, remember that the heat affects your dogs the same way whether they’re inside a car our outside in the heat. (And just because summer is almost over, the danger doesn’t go away.)
Dogs can’t sweat to cool themselves down, the way humans can. The only way they can cool off is to sweat through their paws or to pant. As the website Weather.com explains,
“Air moves through the nasal passages, which picks up excess heat from the body. As it is expelled through the mouth, the extra heat leaves along with it. Although this is a very efficient way to control body heat, it is severely limited in areas of high humidity or when the animal is in close quarters.”
In close quarters like a car (or even a kennel), a dog can overheat very, very quickly and in minutes can suffer brain damage or death.
But panting means taking in air as well as breathing it out. So for a dog like a pug – or other breed with a genetically shortened snout – the inability to breathe seriously hampers their abilty to cool themselves down. (That wheezing sound a pug makes is actually the dog desperately trying to breathe.) Continue reading
by Joanne Brokaw
I read this morning that WHEC’s investigative team is looking into the story that two dogs that were picked up by Rochester Animal Control died while in custody. The dogs were allegedly locked inside of the animal control van for about 70 minutes – and the air conditioning wasn’t working in the van’s animal holding area.
Over on my Rochester Dog Health examiner page, I wrote two articles today about dogs, cars, and heat. One explains why your dog has such trouble dealing with heat, and the other is an experiment I conducted checking the temperature in my car throughout the morning. The slideshow of the thermometer is here; at Examiner you can read more about how the temperature felt outside to me, and how much sun/shade was covering the car.
If you’ve ever left your dog in the car on a sunny day – not even a hot day – you’ll definitely want to check these articles out:
Like many Americans, you may be taking time to eat healthier and consider where your food comes from – but what about your pet? Have you ever wondered if you’re feeding Fido or Fluffy the best possible diet?
On Sunday, August 14th, Sherri Romig, Rochester dog trainer and expert in holistic animal care, will answer your questions about pet food and health at the Pet Food and Nutrition Seminar at Tails of Success Training Center, 999 East Ridge Road in Irondequoit. Continue reading
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