They are all the rage across the United States and beyond. Cross-breed dogs such as cock-a-poos have been around for many years, while newer crosses, such as labradoodles and puggles keep rising in popularity. So, are these dogs a new “hot” breed or just a designer mutt?
Dogs & Puppies
Ear cropping is considered unnecessary and cruel in today’s modern society. Only a handful of breeds still allow cropped ears in the breed standard. Still, hundreds of dogs every year show up in breed rescues with deformed and ugly ears from surgeries that went bad. And, adopting or foster families often pass over these pets because of their bad looks. Read how the inventor of Neuticles has created an implant that may help some of these homeless dogs find their forever homes.
When something good comes along, it is only natural that we want to keep it around as long as possible. This is especially true of our pets. Advances in veterinary medicine have nearly doubled the life span of our dogs, but is it possible to do more? As the aging process is better understood, new therapies and supplements are developed, each promising to add year’s to your pet’s life.
Despite preventives that are nearly 100% effective, veterinarians continue to report increasing numbers of canine heartworm disease cases. Some owners blame the heartworm preventives for failing their pets, but the reality of the situation is much different. Every month, lots of dog owners, and a few cat owners, give their pets some form of heartworm prevention. But recent studies are showing increasing numbers of heartworm positive pets across the country. Some people believe the worms now have the upper hand. Has our trusted protection failed us?
Historically, veterinarians have always relied on their own pets when blood was needed for trauma cases. But today, animal blood banks are helping insure that every pet has access to these life-saving fluids. From blood drives to blood typing, these innovative companies are preventing the loss of lives! Through natural disasters, wars and even terrorist attacks, victims have always counted on blood banks to provide these lifesaving fluids. Countless human lives have been saved, but what about our pets? If your dog needs blood, is your veterinarian prepared? Will your cat need a “kitty blood drive”?
As a reward for being our constant companions, in sickness and heath, many pets are now included in their owner’s wills. Celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Betty White, along with millions of other pet owners, plan to leave money for their pets. But, without proper planning, the courts could take that money away!
Strange requests in wills are nothing new. People have asked for their ashes to be spread in space or for their bodies to be displayed in a theater. Recently, billionaire Leona Helmsley made news after her death by bequeathing $12 million dollars for the care and upkeep of her dog, Trouble. Opinions varied from outrage to amusement and a legal battle was narrowly averted when a New York court reduced that amount to a mere $2 million.