Why Do Veterinarians Take Your Dog To “The Back”?

Why Do Veterinarians Take Your Dog To “The Back”?

Advertisement Chances are your veterinarian has asked to take your dog to “the back” at one time or another. While having your beloved pup out of your sight is understandably stressful, there are several legitimate reasons your vet may choose to do this – and none of them are as scary as you may think! I worked as a veterinary technician for more than 15 years. In my experience, tending to a pet without the owner present is often safer and less traumatic for everyone involved, including your dog. What is “The Back”? The…continue reading →
What Florida’s Greyhound Racing Ban Means For The Dogs

What Florida’s Greyhound Racing Ban Means For The Dogs

Advertisement Amendment 13 to the Florida constitution passed 69-31 in Tuesday’s midterm elections, effectively banning greyhound racing throughout the state. While it is a victory for animal rights, many dog lovers are concerned about what will become of the nearly 15,000 greyhounds involved in the Florida racing industry. According to SBNation, rescue groups across the country are “working tirelessly” to ensure the dogs find forever homes by the time the law comes into effect in 2020. The problem is the sheer volume of animals that will be in need of placement in the coming years.…continue reading →
Can Dogs Forget The People They Love?

Can Dogs Forget The People They Love?

Advertisement When you have to leave home and your dog, or if your dog is lost for an extended period of time, you may be worried that he isn’t going to remember you when you’re together again. After missing your dog like crazy and counting the days until you can see him, it’d be a huge downer if he didn’t even recognize you. Gizmodo recently asked several experts in animal behavior and cognition: Do Dogs Forget Their People? Each expert took different factors into account to answer the question, but they all seem…continue reading →
Improve Your Dog’s Health And Get To Know Him Better Than Ever With Animo!

Improve Your Dog’s Health And Get To Know Him Better Than Ever With Animo!

The fitness tech game is continually changing the way many of us exercise, eat, and live. Being able to track our activity gives us an edge when it comes to our health and wellness, granting us the ability to tackle health goals and take better care of ourselves. With that being said, it’s about time there was a way for us to offer this powerful insight into the lives of our four-legged best friends! Tech trackers have the ability to grant us health and wellness like never before, our dogs should be able…continue reading →
Shelter Operator Who Opened Her Doors To Displaced Pets During Hurricane Florence Is Facing Charges For Her Good Deed

Shelter Operator Who Opened Her Doors To Displaced Pets During Hurricane Florence Is Facing Charges For Her Good Deed

Advertisement They say no good deed goes unpunished, and it looks like one of the heroes who stepped forward during Hurricane Florence is now seeing repercussions for her actions. As Hurricane Florence barreled towards North Carolina, those with pets scrambled to find shelter for them. Shelters and rescues offered boarding for those displaced by the storm. On September 12th, Tammie Hedges, owner of Crazy’s Claws and Paws, posted a Facebook message offering to board pets for those whose pets might otherwise be left behind. The Wayne County Animal Shelter also offered boarding for pets…continue reading →
8 Things You Should Know About Service Dog Etiquette

8 Things You Should Know About Service Dog Etiquette

Advertisement Service dogs are becoming a more common sight, which is great news for both dogs and the people who need them! More people with disabilites are finding friends to help make everyday tasks easier. And many dogs thrive when given a job to do. It’s a win-win! Do you know what to do when you see a service dog? Most of us know not to pet a service dog no matter how irrisistible he may be, but there’s other things you can do to help make his job easier.  1. Don’t Pet…continue reading →
The Healthiest Food Will Bring Your Pet A Thriving Life

The Healthiest Food Will Bring Your Pet A Thriving Life

What do you say when people ask you how your dog is doing? Do you shrug your shoulders and say “fine”? Or do you tell your friends and family that your dog is overjoyed, on top of the world, honest-to-goodness thriving?   Some people may be okay with knowing their dogs are doing “fine,” but others know that our dogs are capable of being so much more than just “fine” and won’t settle for less. How do you take your dog from fine to thrive? Start with his bowl. NomNomNow knows that so…continue reading →
Health Is Wealth, And The Same Can Be Said For Your Dog

Health Is Wealth, And The Same Can Be Said For Your Dog

Pet parents want their dogs to have the healthiest, longest life possible. Every year, we learn more about how healthy eating can affect a human’s mood, energy levels, and overall health – so it makes sense that the same would apply to dog food. NomNomNow has embarked on a journey to revolutionize pet health, starting with the #1 contributing factor to a healthy lifestyle: what they eat. Everybody knows by now how many health problems a lifetime of eating junk food can cause humans, but few people realize that many commercial dog foods…continue reading →
Mom Investigated By Child Services For Letting 8-Year-Old Walk The Dog Alone

Mom Investigated By Child Services For Letting 8-Year-Old Walk The Dog Alone

Advertisement This is not the kind of story iHeartDogs typically covers. In fact, it doesn’t have much to do with dogs at all. Rather, it is about society, families, and how something once considered mundane can now spark a legal battle. 8-year-old Dorothy Widen recently began taking her dog, Marshmallow for walks around the block in the upscale Chicago suburb of Wilmette, Illinois. Screenshot via CBS News Although Marshmallow is small enough for Dorothy to handle, and the pair walk in broad daylight, one neighbor was concerned enough to contact police and the…continue reading →

Do You Really Understand Your Dog? 15 Things Your Dog Wants You To Know

Advertisement Whether you’re a first-time dog owner or you’ve had dogs your entire life, there may be things about your dog that you don’t truly understand. How many of these things do you already know, and how many are new to you? Here are 15 things your dog wants to make sure you know. #1 – I’m incapable of experiencing guilt. Even though I look guilty when you scold me for doing something wrong, I’m just responding to the tone of your voice and your behavior. I understand that you’re upset, and I don’t…continue reading →
Found Dog Is Claimed By Two Different Families — Who Should Take Her Home?

Found Dog Is Claimed By Two Different Families — Who Should Take Her Home?

Advertisement Five years ago, a dog named Molly went missing from her home in St. Louis, MO. Her owner, Jason Senseney, adopted her when she was a puppy, and he was devastated when weeks and months passed with no sign of his family dog. Eventually, he gave up hope and assumed he’d never see Molly again. But a few days ago, he received a surprising phone call. The call was from Avid, a company that manufactures and manages pet microchips, and they told him that after five years, Molly had been found. Not…continue reading →
Atlanta Airport Officials Explain $3.9 Million Price Tag For Dog Bathrooms

Atlanta Airport Officials Explain $3.9 Million Price Tag For Dog Bathrooms

Advertisement Atlanta’s Hartford-Jackson International Airport had some explaining to do to their city council when they handed over a bill for nearly 4 million dollars – for doggy bathrooms! The airport recently finished construction on 7 new bathrooms for dogs that it is required by federal law to have. The requirement only states that the airport have a place for service dogs to “relieve themselves,” but the area is pretty cute! Probably much swankier than the bushes your pup is used to peeing on. Probably nicer than some of the public people-bathrooms you’ve…continue reading →

Delta Airlines Bans Pit Bull Service & Support Dogs From All Flights

Advertisement Delta Airlines has announced they will limit passengers to one service or support animal per flight and ban “Pit Bull-type dogs” altogether effective July 10. According to the airline, the decision is part of a crackdown on fake emotional support animals as well as a safety precaution. “We must err on the side of safety,” Delta said in a statement Friday. “Most recently, two Delta employees were bit by a pit bull traveling as a support animal last week. We struggled with the decision to expand the ban to service animals, knowing…continue reading →
What Is “Fospice” & Why Should You Get Involved?

What Is “Fospice” & Why Should You Get Involved?

Advertisement Fostering an elderly or terminally ill dog is not a decision to be made lightly. It is often stressful, sometimes messy, and ultimately heart-wrenching. But it is also one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have.  According to the ASPCA’s Comprehesive Animal Risk Database System, the adoption rate for senior dogs is lower than that of all other ages combined. Just 25% of senior shelter dogs find homes, and the odds are even worse for dogs with life-shortening health problems. To combat these harsh statistics, more shelters and rescue groups are…continue reading →
When A Couple Splits, Who Gets The Dog?

When A Couple Splits, Who Gets The Dog?

Advertisement When you’re happily in a relationship and facing the exciting milestone of adding a dog to the family, it’s hard to plan for the depressing “what if”: If you and your partner splits up, who gets the dog? But sadly, it’s a common reason for nasty pet custody battles, the same pets that were welcomed with open arms into a couple’s life while they were still happy. At best, the pooch gets to live with the human who can provide the most adequate care, but at worst, their world gets turned upside…continue reading →
Service Dog Who Gave Birth In Airport Raises Concerns Among Dog Lovers

Service Dog Who Gave Birth In Airport Raises Concerns Among Dog Lovers

Advertisement It’s likely that you’ve seen the story of a service dog who became a mother late last week in a Tampa airport. The video of Mom, Dad, and their eight new pups was posted to Twitter by first responders from Tampa Fire Rescue who assisted in the delivery. Since then it has been shared thousands of times over social media and covered by news outlets all over the world as people cooed over the adorable new pups. All done! #AirportPuppies @FlyTPA @CityofTampa pic.twitter.com/NIoXr0HCZW — Tampa Fire Rescue (@TampaFireRescue) May 25, 2018 But…continue reading →

City Passes Anti-Puppy Mill Law, But One Notorious Pet Store Isn’t Happy

Advertisement As lawmakers across the country start cracking down on puppy mills and those that support them, a business in Florida is fighting for the right to stay open. Puppy Collection Inc. in Broward County has a controversial reputation when it comes to animal welfare. They specialize in selling “teacup puppies” for thousands of dollars, and celebrities and socialites seem to be their target audience. At least, that’s what their website claims. The business’s slogan is, “Where celebrities buy their puppies,” and they list over 100 well-known names that have allegedly bought puppies…continue reading →
United Airlines Bans 25 Dog & Cat Breeds

United Airlines Bans 25 Dog & Cat Breeds

Advertisement In the wake of several unfortunate animal-related incidents, United Airlines temporarily banned all pets from their flights while they reevaluated their PetSafe travel policies. Yesterday the company released a list of 25 dog and cat breeds no longer approved for travel in the cargo hold starting June 18. The decision came after a French Bulldog named Kokito suffocated in an overhead bin on a flight from Houston to New York in March. The very next day, United accidentally sent a dog to Japan that was supposed to be destined for Kansas. Later that same week,…continue reading →
37 Dog-Friendly Store And Restaurant Chains

37 Dog-Friendly Store And Restaurant Chains

Advertisement It used to be that just about the only place of business you could take your dog was pet supply stores. These days, more and more stores – and even restaurants – are becoming dog-friendly. While health code regulations force all dogs (apart from service animals) to stay outside restaurants, many are starting to invite people to bring their dog into their patio seating areas, and stores are allowing well-behaved, leashed dogs into their stores. Keep in mind that each location may have local ownership, management, or regulations that don’t allow dogs in…continue reading →
Kentucky Neighborhood Bans 11 “Aggressive” Dog Breeds

Kentucky Neighborhood Bans 11 “Aggressive” Dog Breeds

Advertisement McConnell’s Trace in Lexington, Kentucky is an idyllic subdivision featuring a clubhouse with fitness center and tanning, and a large pool with a splash pad for the kids. Despite its attractive amenities, McConnell’s Trace now lacks one important feature: the freedom of its residents to choose their dog’s breed. Anderson Communities, the property’s developer, sent out letters to homeowners outlining a change in the existing dog restrictions. Previously, the policy referred only to “aggressive breeds,” but did not specify individual dogs. Now, 11 breeds including Huskies, St. Bernards and any pups that…continue reading →
Family & Rescue At Odds Over Lost Dog That’s Found Unspayed & Unvaccinated

Family & Rescue At Odds Over Lost Dog That’s Found Unspayed & Unvaccinated

Advertisement When a rescue group took a lost pup into their care and told her family she needed medical treatment before being released, the owners described it as a “hostage” situation. However, the Korean K9 Rescue says it was a matter of responsibility and following the law. The Cipia’s dog, a 4-year-old Shiba Inu named Lily, got loose and a pair of good Samaritans turned her in to the Korean K9 Rescue (KK9R) in Queens, New York. From there, the group posted the pooch’s photo on social media in hopes of finding the…continue reading →
Ohio May Join 12 Other States That Have A State Dog

Ohio May Join 12 Other States That Have A State Dog

Advertisement 12 states already have a state dog, and Ohio is trying to join them by adding the Labrador Retriever as theirs. Jeff Rezabek, the Republican representative who proposed House Bill 539, said he wanted to propose a fun bill in his last term. His family has owned Labrador Retrievers for many years and they have been named the most popular breed in the country for the last 26 years, according to the American Kennel Club . He told CNN: “I saw that the Labrador Retriever really embodied all of what Ohio was about. Ohio is the…continue reading →
The WOOFF Act Will Keep Dogs Out of Airplane Overhead Bins

The WOOFF Act Will Keep Dogs Out of Airplane Overhead Bins

Advertisement One day after a dog died on a United Airlines flight, U.S. congress began making moves to better protect pets when they board planes. The Welfare Of Our Furry Friends (WOOFF) Act was officially filed on Thursday to prohibit animals from being placed in overhead bins. While United has a reputation for dismal service when it comes to transporting pets, the most recent incident prompting this new law has reached a new level of reproach. Catalina Robledo and her daughter boarded their United flight to New York with their dog, Kokito, in an…continue reading →
10 Things You Might Be Doing That Make Your Vet Crazy

10 Things You Might Be Doing That Make Your Vet Crazy

Advertisement Veterinarians truly want to do what’s best for the pets in their care, but sometimes owners do things that make the otherwise rewarding career of being a vet frustrating or disheartening. You try to give your dog the best care possible while being a good person in the process, but sometimes your love for your dog may cloud your vision and cause you to say or do things that drive your veterinarian crazy. Are you guilty of doing any of the things on this list? Rather than get defensive, you might want…continue reading →
Should Dog Groomers Be Required To Have Video Cameras?

Should Dog Groomers Be Required To Have Video Cameras?

Advertisement El Paso, Texas wants to see some changes coming to grooming salons in the city. The City Council unanimously voted to implement changes to the way that dog groomers operate businesses within the city. After discovering that groomers are not required to be licensed by any federal, state, or local authority, El Paso has decided that it wants to implement certification rules for groomers in the city. They also plan to require all dog grooming businesses to keep video surveillance cameras on areas where dogs are being groomed. El Paso might become the…continue reading →
Should Dog Grooming Facilities Be Required To Have Video Cameras?

Should Dog Grooming Facilities Be Required To Have Video Cameras?

Advertisement El Paso, Texas wants to see some changes coming to grooming salons in the city. The City Council unanimously voted to implement changes to the way that dog groomers operate businesses within the city. After discovering that groomers are not required to be licensed by any federal, state, or local authority, El Paso has decided that it wants to implement certification rules for groomers in the city. They also plan to require all dog grooming businesses to keep video surveillance cameras on areas where dogs are being groomed. El Paso might become the…continue reading →

The 9 Best Ways To Spoil Your Dog When You’re On A Budget

Advertisement You want to spoil your furry friend as much as possible, but sometimes money is tight and you can’t just pull out all the stops to make your dog feel special. Luckily, there are lots of ways you can spoil your dog that are relatively cheap – or even free! All it takes is a little bit of your time and maybe some creativity to make your pup feel like he’s the king of the world. Here are the 9 best ways to spoil your dog when you’re on a budget. #1 –…continue reading →
15 Fun Ways To Make Money As A Dog Lover

15 Fun Ways To Make Money As A Dog Lover

Advertisement They always say that if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. What if what you love is dogs? Beyond the obvious options, there are actually a wide variety of ways to make money working with dogs. Some of these options are better off as side gigs, some require additional training, and one requires a law degree, but all of these are legitimate ways to make your love of dogs start paying you, maybe in ways you never would have thought of. Here are 15 fun…continue reading →

Proposed Plan Will Require Dog Walkers To Be Officially Licensed

Advertisement If you want to be a professional dog walker, starting your business is relativity easy. You’ll need a general understanding of dog behavior and the confidence to keep track of a pack of potentially unruly clientele, but one thing you won’t need is a special license. Realtors, contractors, cosmetologists—all these career fields require special licenses, but dog walking isn’t one of them. The path to becoming a dog walker is comparably clear, but that status is set to change for certain cities. Cities like Seattle are considering implementing new regulations that would…continue reading →
Shelter Rules Require Appointment, Evaluation Before Accepting Surrendered Dogs

Shelter Rules Require Appointment, Evaluation Before Accepting Surrendered Dogs

Advertisement A shelter in Columbus, Ohio has passed new rules for owners who wish to surrender their dogs. The Franklin County Department of Animal Care & Control will now require an appointment to learn more about the dog’s background information before accepting surrenders, as well as a $10 fee. But before the appointment is booked, the shelter’s website explains that anyone considering surrender should know that they’ll only re-home “adoptable” dogs. Should the pup fail to pass a behavioral and medical evaluation, the result may be euthanasia. The Franklin County Shelter website says:…continue reading →

How Can My Dog Tell When I’m Sick?

Advertisement Whether you just have a small cold, you’re down for the count with the flu, or you’ve been diagnosed with a serious illness, your dog always seems to know and gives you extra love and affection. But how do they know that you’re sick and need the extra comfort? Is it your behavior that clues them in, or something else entirely? There are actually several different ways that dogs can sense when we’re sick. Some of those ways have led to specialized service dogs that significantly improve the lives of people with…continue reading →

Dog Abandoned With Note On His Collar Is Immediately Adopted

Advertisement “Hi, my name is Zeus. I am a very good dog. My owner just can’t afford me anymore,” the note attached to his collar begins. It goes on to identify the dog’s birthday (07/05/15), breed mix (Husky/Black Lab), temperament (energetic, good with kids and cats, but nervous around new dogs), and veterinary status (neutered, but not up to date on shots). Zeus’ former owner tied him to a tree in Prince George County, Virginia. She left a bag of food nearby. When discovered, he was friendly, outgoing, healthy, and eager to sit,…continue reading →

The Top 10 Fastest Dog Breeds

Advertisement You might know a few fast dog breeds, but can you list the top 10? You’ll find some predictable breeds in this list, but some of these dogs will probably surprise you! If you own a breed with a need for speed, you probably either have a big back yard, frequently go to a dog park, or enjoy going for runs with your pooch. Some of these dogs are quite content to lay around the house as long as they get a couple of good runs in everyday. Some of these breeds…continue reading →

Veteran With PTSD Battles To Buy Working Dog He’s Loved For Over 3 Years

Advertisement Silox is not a service dog. He is a five-year-old explosive detection K-9 owned by government contractor, Inter-Con Security Systems. For the past three-and-a-half years, Silox has lived with his handler, Bobby Kling, a disabled veteran of the United States Marine Corps. In that time, Kling has seen a marked improvement in the PTSD-related anxiety he suffers from. Upon resigning from his position with Inter-Con, Kling requested to purchase Silox. His request was denied, sparking his latest battle – this one at home on American soil. Kling served two tours of duty…continue reading →
Petition To Include Pet Food In Food Stamps Gathers Over 90k Signatures

Petition To Include Pet Food In Food Stamps Gathers Over 90k Signatures

Pet parents consider their companions to be family, so what happens when they fall on hard times, gaining assistance to feed the household – but get no help for their pets? This question was posed in a petition that has gone viral. When Edward B Johnston Jr. encountered a rough patch and enrolled in his local Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), he learned that the food stamps did not include food for his beloved dog. He wrote in the petition: “Unfortunately, SNAP benefits cannot be used to buy pet food, leaving poor families with…continue reading →
5 Essential Grooming Tips

5 Essential Grooming Tips

Advertisement Grooming your dog is a crucial part of caring for them, and failing to do it can lower their quality of life. Grooming your dog regularly could even help save their life if you spot lumps, bumps, or disease-causing ticks. Taking your dog to the groomer can be time-consuming and expensive (but if you need a little outside help, here are some tips for finding the best groomer for your dog). Luckily, there are a lot of things you can do for your dog at home to help them look and feel their…continue reading →
5 Essential Grooming Tips For Dogs

5 Essential Grooming Tips For Dogs

Advertisement Grooming your dog is a crucial part of caring for them, and failing to do it can lower their quality of life. Grooming your dog regularly could even help save their life if you spot lumps, bumps, or disease-causing ticks. Taking your dog to the groomer can be time-consuming and expensive (but if you need a little outside help, here are some tips for finding the best groomer for your dog). Luckily, there are a lot of things you can do for your dog at home to help them look and feel their…continue reading →