Vets Urge Awareness As Seasonal Dog Disease Reaches Peak Season In UK

Vets Urge Awareness As Seasonal Dog Disease Reaches Peak Season In UK

Advertisement Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI) becomes a threat to UK pets between August and November of each year.Veterinarians are urging owners to keep an eye out for symptoms after seeing a few cases reported this year. First reports of the disease date back to 2009, and so far very little is known about it. Dogs affected by Seasonal Canine Illness will begin vomiting, usually 72 hours after a walk through a woodland area. It’s often accompanied by diarrhea and lethargy. Symptoms become severe very quickly, and can become fatal. Veterinarians usually see cases…continue reading →
Wounded Soldier And Military Dog Reunite After Receiving Purple Hearts

Wounded Soldier And Military Dog Reunite After Receiving Purple Hearts

Advertisement Six months into his deployment to Afghanistan, Spc. Alec Alcoser grabbed his dog’s leash and left the barracks. It was a mission day, and Alcoser and his partner, a German Shepherd named Alex, were reporting to duty. They’d been working together for months and already had a close bond. They slept in the same bed, enjoyed their free time together, and always had each other’s backs. On that day six weeks ago, their friendship was put to the ultimate test. Exchange Wounded Soldier-DogArmy Spc. Alec Alcoser is reunited with his dog Alex…continue reading →
15 Signs Your Dog Has Anxiety And How To Help

15 Signs Your Dog Has Anxiety And How To Help

Advertisement Whether you have two legs or four, anxiety can be a miserable experience. Sadly, our fur kids are not immune to anxiety. Many dogs suffer from anxiety, whether it’s only during thunderstorms or a low level of continuous anxiety. How can you tell if your dog has anxiety? What can you do to help your dog if he is dealing with anxiety? Here are signs your dog has anxiety and ways you can help. Signs of anxiety in dogs -Aggression -Tucked tail -Peeing or pooping in the home -Drooling -Yawning -Panting -Licking…continue reading →
Dog Food Company Looking For Human Taste Tester

Dog Food Company Looking For Human Taste Tester

Advertisement Every devoted pup parent cares about what they feed their dog, but are you willing to take that commitment to the next level? A dog food brand specializing in home-cooked meals is looking for the “ultimate dog lover” for a special job. They say their dog food is good enough for humans, and they’re prepared to prove it. All they need is a dog person willing to serve as taste tester. Starting the week strong with a bowl of Butternut Beef Recipe, does it get any better? 😋 Did you know that…continue reading →
Reporter Interrupts Live Newscast To Help Rescue Dog From Hurricane Flood Waters

Reporter Interrupts Live Newscast To Help Rescue Dog From Hurricane Flood Waters

Advertisement Reporter, Julie Wilson was recording a Facebook Live video in the hurricane-ravaged town of New Bern, North Carolina on Friday when she found herself caught up in the rescue effort. As Wilson waded through knee-deep water, she came across a woman named Tasha who said her daughter’s injured therapy dog was still inside her flooding house. TO THE RESCUE: ABC station reporter interrupts live stream to rescue dog chest deep in the flooded streets of New Bern, North Carolina. After struggling to carry the big dog out at first, they all made it…continue reading →
People Pull Together To Help Pets In Hurricane Florence’s Path

People Pull Together To Help Pets In Hurricane Florence’s Path

Advertisement When faced with something as devastating and dangerous as a hurricane, people will come together in amazing ways to help each other through it. And pets are definitely not excluded. On the East Coast, people in areas affected by Hurricane Florence have come through for their shelters in a big way. Saving Grace NC had already taken in several dogs from coastal-area shelters that needed to be evacuated. But they didn’t want their pets to ride out the storm huddled alone in a kennel, so they took to social media to ask…continue reading →
House Passes Official Dog & Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act

House Passes Official Dog & Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act

Advertisement While countries including China, South Korea, and Thailand are notorious for slaughtering dogs and cats for the purpose of consumption, most Americans are surprised to learn the issue also hits close to home. There is evidence of an underground market for the sale and purchase of dog and cat meat in the U.S., and until recently, 44 states allowed individuals to kill pets and sell the meat as food. Thanks to a rare bipartisan cooperation, that practice is on its way to being illegal across the country. On Wednesday, the House passed…continue reading →
Woman Wakes Up To Strange ‘Dog’ In Her Bedroom

Woman Wakes Up To Strange ‘Dog’ In Her Bedroom

Advertisement Bonnie Moriarty recently had the shock of her life when she thought she heard her pets fighting in the middle of the night. She woke up ready to break up a fight between her cat and dog but came face-to-face with a coyote! Her cat, spooked by the creature, came running into her bedroom with a large shadow following it. At first, Bonnie thought it was her dog, but quickly realized what it was! She believes the coyote was lured into her home by the thought of making a meal out of…continue reading →
10 Dog Breeds That Make Great Therapy Dogs

10 Dog Breeds That Make Great Therapy Dogs

Advertisement Therapy dogs can perform a number of jobs – some visit the sick in hospitals, or the elderly in homes. Others sit quietly while being read to by children. But they all have something in common – they brighten the day of everyone they meet! We know any dog can put a smile on a human face, but therapy work requires more of a dog than to just be a dog. Therapy dogs must be able to be calm, affectionate, and well-trained. Dogs of any breed can be considered, but these 10…continue reading →
The Adorable “Snoot Challenge” May Benefit Your Pup

The Adorable “Snoot Challenge” May Benefit Your Pup

Advertisement If you’ve been on Instagram recently, you’ve probably seen adorable photos of dogs (and other animals) participating in the “snoot challenge.” The snoot challenge involves a dog poking their nose into a shape created by their human’s fingers. 12,000 dogs have participated in the challenge on Instagram. More than just cute, the snoot challenge may benefit dogs that are trained to do it. Dogs who are trained to do the snoot challenge learn to have their face handled. This can make vet visits and grooming appointments less stressful on your dog. The behavior…continue reading →

This Girl Brought Home A $5 Foot Long, It Wasn’t What Mom Was Expecting

Advertisement There’s always a measure of creativity that goes into caring for a dog, and 21-year-old Kelsey Johnstone needed to call on that creativity sooner than expected. Kelsey’s mom wasn’t exactly on board with the idea of adopting another dog. The family already had a beloved dog named Oliver, but Kelsey was determined to get Oliver a new furry sibling. All she needed was mom’s permission. When a sign outside an animal shelter gave her the perfect idea, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to expand her family. Posted by Dallas Animal Services…continue reading →

The End-Of-Life Option That All Pet Parents Should Consider

Advertisement Helping your pet cross the Rainbow Bridge is an excruciating experience that many people cannot even bear to think about until the moment arrives. Although it hurts, planning ahead can help alleviate some of the stress and allow you to make an informed decision when your head is clear. One important option to consider is whether you would like to schedule a home euthanasia. Some veterinarians offer house calls for their patients, but appointments can be hard to come by due to responsibilities at the clinic. Due to the increasing demand for home-based euthanasia…continue reading →
10 Ingredients You NEVER Want To See In Your Dog’s Food

10 Ingredients You NEVER Want To See In Your Dog’s Food

Advertisement Our dogs are important to us, and we want to make sure we keep them as healthy as possible. With so many foods to choose from, it can give you a headache trying to decide which one is the best for your canine companion! While there are many great foods out there and each dog is an individual with their own needs, there are some base ingredients you definitely want to avoid. Some may sound like they’re nutritious – but they aren’t. Take a look at our gallery to see what you…continue reading →
TSA Canine Meets The Son Of The 9/11 Hero He Was Named For

TSA Canine Meets The Son Of The 9/11 Hero He Was Named For

Advertisement September 11, 2001 brought the world some of the most tragic scenes in recent history. Many families were broken, and many heroes stepped forward, willing to lay down their lives to search for survivors. One of those heroes was George Howard, a Port Authority police officer who was off-duty when the World Trade Center North Tower was attacked. He immediately leaped into action as a volunteer firefighter – one of the first to arrive on the scene that day to help rescue the people trapped inside. This was actually the second time…continue reading →
Could Your Dog’s Water Bowl Make Him Sick? Here’s What You Need To Know

Could Your Dog’s Water Bowl Make Him Sick? Here’s What You Need To Know

Advertisement Did you know that your dog’s water bowl could make him sick? There are actually several different ways you could be putting your dog’s health at risk with his water bowl. From the material the bowl is made from to how often you wash it, there are a lot of different ways your dog’s water bowl can affect his health. Here’s how. Infrequent washing If you’re like most dog owners, you just rinse and refill your dog’s water bowl once a day. After all, it’s just water. The problem is that water…continue reading →
The Way Dogs Choose Their Favorite Person May Surprise You

The Way Dogs Choose Their Favorite Person May Surprise You

Advertisement You would think that a dog’s favorite person would be whoever gives them the most food and attention, right? While that is often the case, it’s not always that simple. Maybe you have a friend or family member that your dog loves so much they would knock you over to get to them. Why is that? It turns out that there are several factors that can influence your dog’s decision about who their favorite person is. Here are a few of them. Early socialization is key For dogs, their key socialization period…continue reading →

Dogs Are More Than Just Welcome At This Apartment Complex – They’re Required!

Advertisement Depending on where you live, it can be difficult to find rental housing that accepts dogs. To solve this problem, Danish entrepreneur Niels Martin Viuff, decided to create apartments for pup-lovers only! The 18-unit complex is set to be built in the Frederikssund Municipality on the island of Zealand in eastern Denmark. Viuff came up with the idea for the dog-friendly apartments after learning of the need from local residents. “There is demand from some dog owners who are tired of there being so many places where dogs are not allowed,” Viuff told The…continue reading →
Chagas Disease And Kissing Bugs A Concern In Southern U.S.

Chagas Disease And Kissing Bugs A Concern In Southern U.S.

Advertisement Along with the other pests that become more active in the summer months, the kissing bug is once again raising concerns in dog owners. Don’t let it’s cutesy name fool you – it’s not any nicer than other biting bugs. Kissing bugs get their name from their ugly habit of biting people around the eyes and lips. Image Source: Bernard DuPont via Wikimedia Commons The bugs prefer warmer weather and are more prevalent in South America and the Southern United States, but have also been spotted as far North as Pennsylvania in…continue reading →
Dog With Grapefruit-Size Tumor Hopes To Find A Forever Fospice Home

Dog With Grapefruit-Size Tumor Hopes To Find A Forever Fospice Home

Advertisement Pinto recently lost his family, ended up in a kill shelter, and was diagnosed with two different kinds of cancer. He also has a grapefruit-size mass protruding from his head. Despite these challenges, Pinto is one lucky pooch. Why, you ask? Because he has been rescued by the Mr. Mo Project, an incredible organization based in Clifton Park, New York. MMP founders, Chris and Mariesa Hughes vowed to provide Pinto with the very best veterinary care, no matter the cost. Like every dog rescued by this caring couple, Pinto will also receive…continue reading →
Blue-Green Algae May Be Responsible For Liver Failure In Florida Dogs

Blue-Green Algae May Be Responsible For Liver Failure In Florida Dogs

Advertisement Residents along the Florida coast have been dealing with some pretty awful algae this year. The problem has become especially bad near the St. Lucie river, where people say the dying algae “smells like death” and is causing respiratory issues, itchy eyes, runny noses, and nausea. The blue-green algae is so much of a nuisance that it has caused the closure of beaches and even local businesses. But humans aren’t the only ones who can be negatively affected by blue-green algae, and when exposed, our pets can suffer extremely severe effects. WPTV.com…continue reading →
Sago Palms Are Toxic To Dogs & May Be Lurking In Your Neighborhood

Sago Palms Are Toxic To Dogs & May Be Lurking In Your Neighborhood

Advertisement Take a walk around your neighborhood. Chances are you or someone in your community has sago palms in their yard or home. Rugged and beautiful, these plants are a common choice among landscapers and homeowners alike. Despite their aesthetic appeal, sago palms can spell big trouble for children and pets. Every part of these plants are extremely toxic, causing severe liver damage and possibly death if ingested. According to Better Homes & Gardens, sago palms are not true palm trees as their name and appearance would suggest. They are tropical and prefer…continue reading →
How Many Calories Does My Dog Need?

How Many Calories Does My Dog Need?

Advertisement There are several good reasons to know how many calories your dog needs each day. You don’t want to overfeed your dog – obesity can lead to several health problems for your pet. And you definitely don’t want to underfeed him, because that can cause issues for him too and leave him suffering from both hunger and a lack of energy. But finding the right number can be tricky, and it’s not as easy as that little chart on the back label of his food may make it seem. There’s a way to…continue reading →
Dog Found With Shoelace Embedded Into Neck Finds Hope With Houston Rescue

Dog Found With Shoelace Embedded Into Neck Finds Hope With Houston Rescue

Advertisement Some photos below are graphic. When animal activist Rob Acuna and some friends saw a photo of a stray dog with a severely swollen head on Facebook, they knew they had to find him and help him. For over a year the dog had wandered in the area near a Southeast Houston apartment complex and had suffered unimaginable cruelty. They searched the area where he had been spotted for hours, and just as they were about to give up for the day they noticed a foul smell in a small enclosed room…continue reading →
5 Ways You May Be Hurting Your Dog’s Feelings Without Even Knowing It

5 Ways You May Be Hurting Your Dog’s Feelings Without Even Knowing It

Advertisement A Harvard psychologist recently declared that when dogs dream they are likely reliving their experiences with their humans. Those yips and kicks we see are their reactions to either pleasing us or annoying us in dreamland. For better or worse, our dogs’ entire lives revolve around us. If they do not get enough of our time or that time is marred by unwarranted punishments, it can leave lasting emotional scars. Dog owners usually make one of these 5 mistakes because they simply do not understand canine behavior. It’s important to know why…continue reading →
England Officially Bans Electric Shock Collars

England Officially Bans Electric Shock Collars

Advertisement Animal welfare groups and dog-loving politicians have been fighting for a decade to ban the use of shock collars in England. After a heated debate, they’ve finally achieved their goal. England’s government announced this week that the law will officially change to make the use of training dogs with shock collars illegal. The ban puts England in line with the rest of the UK as Wales and Scotland have already taken steps to put an end to this form of painful, punishment-based dog training. BREAKING NEWS! We’re thrilled to announce that the…continue reading →
Teenager Wakes From Coma After Visit From A Therapy Dog

Teenager Wakes From Coma After Visit From A Therapy Dog

Advertisement On July 15, a devastating traffic accident in Delray Beach, FL put 19-year-old Farrah Fox into a deep coma. An off-duty officer ran a stop sign and plowed into the SUV Farrah was riding in. She suffered a traumatic brain injury, and there was nothing doctors or her family could do but wait. They waited five weeks with no change in Farrah’s condition, but then a therapy dog named Fergie came to visit. The seven-year-old Labradoodle frequently visits hospitals to spread her special breed of love to recovering patients. On August 17,…continue reading →
Atlanta Organization Helps Strays While Keeping Kids Out Of Gangs

Atlanta Organization Helps Strays While Keeping Kids Out Of Gangs

Advertisement The streets of Atlanta, GA are home to countless stray animals. There are dogs scrounging for food in dumpsters, feral cats struggling to survive, and former pets newly abandoned and afraid. At the same time, there’s a different kind of problem lurking in the shadows. Local gangs take over neighborhoods, and they’re always looking to recruit. Kids are pressured to take sides, teens are forced to join in, and innocent youth are beaten when they try to resist. Disabled veteran Grace Hamlin recognized the problems plaguing her city, and she set out…continue reading →
Top 10 Dog Friendliest Cities of 2018

Top 10 Dog Friendliest Cities of 2018

Advertisement When it comes to choosing the top pet-friendly cities, we want more than just restaurants with dog-friendly patios and big dog parks. We’re thinking and dreaming bigger when it comes to our dogs. We want to live where our dogs can be healthy and happy, and treated like the kings and queens we always knew they were. WalletHub has put together their best dog-friendly cities list ever that really covers all the bases when it comes to the demands we make for our pets. They compared the top 100 most populated cities…continue reading →
Pittsburgh Hotel Owner Rescues Thousands Of Pets And Encourages Guests To Adopt!

Pittsburgh Hotel Owner Rescues Thousands Of Pets And Encourages Guests To Adopt!

Advertisement Jonathan Plesset is a man who loves animals – and sharing his love of animals with the people who stay at his hotel! Years ago, Plesset and a friend got their aviation licenses and decided to use them to rescue animals by helping transport them to no-kill shelters where they were more likely to be adopted. Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team (PAART) was born with just two pilots – Jonathan Plesset and Brad Childs. Since then, PAART has become much larger, recruiting volunteers and adding more vehicles to it’s fleet. In 2017…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 →

First Case Of Dog Flu Confirmed In Massachusetts

Advertisement Massachusetts has confirmed it’s first case of dog flu this year, and veterinarians are encouraging owners to get their pups vaccinated. Though this is only one confirmed case so far, the flu is known to spread rapidly in dogs, and DogFlu.com warns that most dogs who come in contact with the virus will become infected. The vaccine is estimated to be about 60% effective in warding off the flu. Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, and fever which could turn into pneumonia in senior dogs or those with respiratory issues. Boston veterinarians aren’t certain…continue reading →
Contagious Strain Of Dog Influenza Reported In Connecticut

Contagious Strain Of Dog Influenza Reported In Connecticut

Advertisement Connecticut vets are warning residents to be on the lookout during what seems to be an aggressive dog flu season. Over the summer there were 9 confirmed cases of dog flu, but it wasn’t the number of dogs getting ill that had veterinarians concerned, but the H3N2 strain that is causing the illness. Concerned owners should watch out for coughing and sneezing in their dogs, which can later become high fever and pneumonia. Though humans can’t catch dog flu, the virus is extremely contagious between dogs. The H3N2 strain caused outbreaks in…continue reading →
New TSA Adoption Program Gives K9 Dropouts A Chance To Find Good Homes

New TSA Adoption Program Gives K9 Dropouts A Chance To Find Good Homes

Advertisement TSA dogs are now a common sight in major airports, but those hard-working pups weren’t born on the job. They’re carefully selected and trained before they’re deemed ready to don official vests. Professional government work, however, isn’t for every pooch. Not every dog has the personality and drive to be good at the job, and some dogs don’t make it through training. So what happens to these K9 drop-outs? They deserve good homes, and the TSA Adoption Program makes sure they get them. Mogrart is a TSA explosives canine who works at…continue reading →
Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Advertisement If you’ve ever seen dogs eat grass, you may be wondering whether or not you should be worried. Is it normal for dogs to eat grass? Could it hurt your dog? Why do they do it? Should you be concerned if your dog vomits every time he eats grass? We know you have questions and concerns about your dog eating grass, and we’re here to help. Here are 6 things that you should know about dogs eating grass… #1 – It’s natural Pica is the term for eating non-food items, and eating…continue reading →
9 Things Humans Do That Stress Our Dogs Out

9 Things Humans Do That Stress Our Dogs Out

Advertisement When we love our dogs like family, we sometimes forget that they don’t understand us quite like our human relatives. Sometimes we try to have full-on conversations with them or unknowingly send them body language signals that are interpreted differently in the animal kingdom. For these reasons, we’ve compiled a list of 9 common things that humans do that stress dogs out. If you’ve done any of these things, don’t worry–we all have! But by being more aware, we can try to communicate with our canines as clearly as possible. And lucky for us, there’s no limit…continue reading →

11 Small Breeds That Love Being Lap Dogs

Advertisement There’s a pup out there for just about every personality, and these lovable lap dogs are perfect for anyone who’s looking to add a snuggle bug to their family! Whether you’d prefer a social butterfly by day and a couch potato by night, a canine who’s content to live in an apartment, or a four-legged friend for the kids, there’s a petite pup on this list who’d make a wonderful companion. Based on information from the American Kennel Club website (and in no particular order), here are 11 pint-sized breeds that love…continue reading →
Vets Warn Dog Owners About Unknown Respiratory Infection Affecting Dogs In North Carolina

Vets Warn Dog Owners About Unknown Respiratory Infection Affecting Dogs In North Carolina

Advertisement Dog lovers in North Carolina are being warned of an unknown repiratory infection that is being spread from amongst dogs in the Raleigh area. Dr. Harold Pierce with Leesville Animal Hospital tells ABC7.com that he has treated 17 pets with mild symptoms over the last two weeks. Affected dogs develop a cough and show signs of infection, but so far veterinarians have been unable to identify the illness or determine whether the infection is bacterial or viral. Both vaccinated pets and those who are behind on their vaccinations have been affected. For…continue reading →
10 Most Common Health Problems In Large Breed Dogs

10 Most Common Health Problems In Large Breed Dogs

Advertisement While no breed is immune to health problems, some have more than others and, most importantly, they have different kinds. The major health problems commonly found in large breed dogs are different than those found in small breeds, so it’s important to know what you’re up against should you decide to go with with a large breed. Here we’ll discuss some of the most common problems large breeds are susceptible to. #1 – Hip Dysplasia Hip dysplasia seen in X-ray of a 14 month old Hovawart. Hip dysplasia is an orthopedic condition…continue reading →
10 Simple Tricks To Tire Out Your Active Dog

10 Simple Tricks To Tire Out Your Active Dog

Advertisement Does an hour-long walk give your dog more energy instead of tiring him out? Some dogs seem to have endless amounts of energy. If you don’t want them bouncing around your house or becoming destructive, you need to find a way to tire them out. Walking around your neighborhood can get boring for both of you after a while. What can you do? Here are 10 simples tricks to tire out your active dog. #1 – Use a flirt pole You’ve probably seen this type of toy used for cats. It’s a plush…continue reading →
How To Help Your Dog Be More Comfortable With Body Handling

How To Help Your Dog Be More Comfortable With Body Handling

Advertisement Belly rubs and head scratches are one thing, but not every dog is comfortable with body handling. All that poking and prodding puts them on edge, and it can lead to fearful and sometimes aggressive reactions. Having their teeth brushed, nails trimmed, ears cleaned, and bodies examined is necessary for their health, but good luck explaining that to your dog. Being comfortable with body handling doesn’t come naturally to dogs, and it’s a dog owner’s responsibility to help their pooch through it. Should You Be Training Your Dog For Better Body Handling?…continue reading →