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I am a disabled veteran in a wheelchair. I recently received a Service dog and was at a loss as to how I would clean up after him. I no longer have the hand strength or dexterity to use traditional scoopers with jaws. I can’t squeeze them open. I finally found this product and it is amazing. And since I can’t bend over due to the wheelchair and my brain injury, the extension handle allows me to easily reach and scoop up my dog’s messes. Trust me, you need this product!

One-third of Dog Owners Visit a Dog Park

One-third of Dog Owners Visit a Dog Park

Survey Says! …

One-third of Dog Owners Take Their Pooch to a Dog Park
Are you one of the one-third?

Let the puppies play! In the past year, 33% of dog owners have taken their pet to a dog-specific park. The frequency of going to a dog park is the same regardless of the number of dogs owned. However, considerably more owners in the Northeast go to dog parks than owners in other regions (39% compared to 30% in the North Central region, which reports having fewer dog parks in general compared to other regions). Owners with large or medium size dogs are more likely to go to a dog park than owners of small dogs. Interestingly, almost half of all Gen Y dog owners (born between 1980-1994) go to a dog park with their pet, while Builder dog owners (born between 1925-1945) are far less likely to go to such a park (47% compared to 16%).

Source: 2015-2016 APPA National Pet Owners Survey

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Dexter’s – Did you know? Wolves, Dogs, & Humans

A recent study in the research journal Current Biology confirms that dogs realize when they are being treated unequally to their peers. This finding deepens our insight into how a dog’s brain works and suggests that dogs and humans share behavioral traits.

At the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria, pairs of ten dogs and nine wolves were subjected to reward tests. If one dog consistently received a piece of meat as its reward and its partner consistently received plain old dog food, the partner became less motivated to participate in the reward test — in a sense its own form of protest.

This inequity awareness, or knowledge of being treated unfairly, is a trait shared by humans, monkeys, and other non-human primates. It is important for understanding human behavior. This study has found that dogs and wolves also possess inequity awareness, which cannot be said to exist for other animals. This suggests that dogs and primates share characteristic thinking and feeling processes.

Because this study found that both dogs and wolves possessed inequity awareness, it is likely that this trait was not learned through domestication of the wolf to the modern pet dog. This implies that there may have been an older ancestor of both the modern pet dog and of the wolf that developed this inequity awareness. It is possible that dogs and humans share this common ancestor?

GoGo Stik as a Urine Sample Collector for your Doggie

Use the stick to collect pee sample from your doggie. We have to get a pee sample for the vet, and it used to be ridiculously difficult. Imagine walking around your dog with a dish, cup or whatever. Then when he pees, you suddenly place it under him? He freaks, stops and you are bent over waiting. Opportunity lost. That happened all the time.
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Joe Q. June 27, 2017

Special Report: Unwanted dogs dumped in South Florida

Justin Wagner is a one man rescue, saving homeless and stray dogs in Miami-Dade County.
Wagner told WPBF 25 News’ Tiffany Kenney that the Redlands, between Homestead and the Everglades, has become a known dumping ground for dogs.

Wagner, alone, has rescued more than 50 stray dogs. He told Kenney, “I’ve seen dogs tied to a crate out in the middle of nowhere, hoping someone is going to find them. That’s not how you get rid of a dog. It’s nothing I’ve ever seen. It’s like a third world country, Wagner said.

“They have no voice. It’s not like they can tell you what hurts,” Wagner said.

In March, Michelle Wacker, with Poodle and Pooch Rescue in Orlando, headed south on a rescue mission.

“We thought we were going to be there all day to fill up our horse trailer and our six SUVS. But by 1 p.m., we had 52 dogs and we were full. The dogs we saw were starving. They had broken legs and broken hips. One was fed metal shards. One was shot in the eye, head and hind,” Wacker said.

In all, the rescue has saved more than 150 dogs from the Redlands.

“This has become a safety health issue. Someone is going to get bit and get rabies. Someone is going to get mauled. Dade County should be embarrassed by the fact that it took a group of middle-aged women to drive all the way from Orlando to take care of their problem,” Wacker said.

A spokesperson for Miami Dade Animal Services which picked up 150 strays last year in the Redlands said they have offered to assist rescue groups and they do send crews out there to investigate. They also claim there are other parts of the county that have bigger abandoned dog problems.

Misrepresenting a pet as a service animal is a crime under new state law

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – If you take your pet into a business disguised as a service animal, it can cause problems for real ones. And, now it’s illegal in Colorado to do that.

Service dog guides a woman who is blind.

Under the new law in Colorado, it is now a crime to intentionally misrepresent a pet as a service animal. That new law went into effect when we rang in the new year.

The first time it happens, you can get a warning. Then you can face fines ranging from $50 to $500.

It can be a real problem when a pet poses as a service animal.

“In many ways, it endangers, number one, a service animal, even just physically because many times an animal that’s not trained, does not behave and react accurately around other animals,” said Maggie Sims, Rocky Mountain ADA Center Project Manager.

“Sometimes those jobs can be life and death. And so when we distract or take away from that service animal, we’re putting the owner’s life in jeopardy, too,” Sims added.

We talked to our local experts who deal with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“Under the federal law, under the ADA, a service animal is a dog, and in some cases, it can be a miniature pony, that has been specifically trained to perform a certain task for an individual with a disability,” said Sims.

Ambulance that carries pets is expanding

k911-pet-ambulance-ambulance-animaux01Bradenton-based service part of a growing trend of specialized pet-focused businesses.

By Maggie Clark
Health Reporter

Pets are valued members of families, and their owners are increasingly seeking specialized medical care to make sure they live better and longer lives.

In this trend, Cheryl Brady saw a business opportunity.

Brady, who had a long career in corporate work, turned a passion for helping animals into a business in 2010 when she opened Vet Care Express Animal Ambulance, a pet ambulance service based in Bradenton.

Six years and 6,500 patients later, she and her team of trained caregivers are expanding their services into Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

Animals’ lives on the line

Brady’s business is part of a growing industry catering to pet owners who expect the same level of advanced care for their pets as they do from their own doctors and the health care system.

“We’re seeing that people expect on the veterinary side what they’re getting for themselves on the human side, such as MRIs, cancer treatment, surgeries, specialist appointments, acupuncture and treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder,” said Michael San Filippo, a spokesman for the American Veterinary Medical Association.

“There is an expectation that this level of care is available and there’s more of a willingness among pet owners to seek these treatments out,” San Filippo said. “Fifty years ago, the idea of a pet ambulance service might have seemed ridiculous, but now, with the increased bonds forged between people and their pets, we’re seeing that this increases an owner’s willingness to seek out advanced treatment.”

Pet first aid

Brady’s business started small, with just a van and a mission to help pet owners in an emergency. Within two years, she’d purchased a former Sarasota County ambulance and fitted it with large cages, dog gurneys and special oxygen masks.

The ambulance helped people understand her business, Brady said.

“It’s visible, it’s bright red and people immediately understand that we’re helping an animal in an emergency,” Brady said.

Unlike an ambulance for humans, however, pet ambulances are not allowed to use sirens, manipulate traffic signals or speed to reach a hospital.

Brady and her team of four are certified in pet first aid and CPR through the American Red Cross (which stopped issuing certifications last year) and, just like an ambulance for humans, they give whatever help they’re called for.

Cat wranglers

Often, the issues aren’t life or death, but just pet owners needing help and not knowing who else to call.

“We handle a lot of calls about cats and help elderly people who can’t capture their cat or can’t carry a cat,” Brady said. “If it’s something where the owner needs help getting the cat, we can help raise their comfort level.”

The ambulance service also serves as a transportation option from animal hospitals and emergency centers to traditional veterinary offices. Nearly every morning starts with transporting animals from a hospital back to their vet’s office, Brady said. That has filled a critical need.

“Before us, the owners had to transport the animals, so you had to have an owner arrive at the emergency vet at 7:30 a.m. but the regular vet doesn’t open until 8 a.m. and the owner had to handle their very sick pet. Now, pet owners know they can call us anytime so they don’t have to handle their seizing pet or post-operative pet. We’re providing peace of mind for pet owners.”

That peace of mind comes at a surprisingly low cost, considering the high-priced world of specialized veterinary care. For non-emergency transportation, Vet Care Express Animal Ambulance changes $65 for up to an hour; critical emergency pickups start at $125.

“We’ve probably lost business because people think this is in the several-hundred-dollar price range, but we keep it affordable because our mission is to get pets help and to help the owners through a difficult time,” Brady said.

The ambulance service also accepts pet insurance, an increasingly popular option for pet owners who want to keep a handle on their pet medical spending. Unlike human insurance, pet insurance requires owners to pay their pet’s medical expenses up front, then submit the bill for reimbursement later. This means the ambulance company still collects the full payment from the owner, which is different from human health insurance where an insurance company pays the provider a negotiated rate that is often much lower than the rate for a cash-paying patient.

Only about 1 percent of pet owners have pet insurance but the industry is expected to grow quickly in the next few years as more people become pet owners, according to a February 2016 report on pet insurance from market research firm IBISWorld.

Emergency services growing

Veterinary colleges are also predicting a surge of growth in the emergency veterinary care industry in the coming years, with more students specializing in emergency veterinary medicine.

“Students are interested in the emergency side and I see it as a big growth area,” said Dr. Gareth Buckley, chief of emergency and critical care and medical director of the small animal hospital at the University of Florida.

“Part of this is driven by the fact that people don’t want to wait until the next day if their pet is sick, and that’s created a market for emergency practices to be open 24 hours.” Buckley said.

“It also means that the daytime vets can direct some of their nighttime calls to the emergency practice, rather than having someone who has worked all day get up in the middle of the night to care for a sick animal.”

Brady says she and her team receive about eight calls per day and expect demand for their services to increase from owners of every age group.

“The assumption is that elderly pet owners would call us more often, but that’s simply not the case,” Brady said.

“We recently helped a woman in her early 20s who was walking her Shih Tzu when it screamed out in pain. It had tweaked its neck, and if you went anywhere near the dog, it would scream in pain.

“There was no way the owner could have gotten the dog to the vet. She’s 20 years old, she doesn’t have a clue what’s going on and the dog wouldn’t let her handle it. We were able to calm the dog and get it to the vet as quickly as possible. It’s not an elderly service at all; it’s for pet owners all across the age spectrum.”

While there’s no national count of pet ambulance services, veterinary industry groups say they’re growing in popularity, especially in and around larger U.S. cities. In Florida, there’s a pet ambulance company serving Miami-Dade County and another one based in Fort Myers that serves the area between Sarasota and Fort Myers.

With Brady’s expansion, she’ll begin serving St. Petersburg and Tampa, along with continuing service in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

“People just want the best care for their pet and our business helps them get it.”

9 Types of Food You Should Never Feed Your Dog

stock photo9 Types of Food You Should Never Feed Your Dog
Macadamia nuts, onions and grapes make the list.

By Joan Salge Blake | Contributor Aug. 15, 2016, at 6:00 a.m.

Molly always enjoys her annual birthday celebration with her favorite treats, and Henry dons his designer raincoat and boots when he walks outside in the rain. Both Molly and Henry have one thing in common: They have four legs and a tail. While we often treat our dogs not merely as pets, but rather as an important family member, there are times when we have to remember – for their safety’s sake – that these family members aren’t human.

The Food and Drug Administration recently released consumer health information reminding dog owners that there are numerous human foods that your pooch cannot tolerate, and if consumed, may cause serious medical issues for your pet.

While many dog owners know that giving Fido chocolate can causing poisoning, there other less known but equally important edibles that need to be kept away from your dog. Here are some foods that you should avoid giving to your four-legged friends:

Grapes, Raisins and Currents

While these naturally sweet gems from Mother Nature can be a tasty way to add good nutrition to your diet, they can cause kidney failure in certain breeds of dogs, according to the FDA. While the mechanism for the kidney failure is not known, it can occur if the grapes, raisins and currents are consumed raw or even in cooked products, such as cookies, fruit cake and snack bars.

Macadamia Nuts

Forget sharing your white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies with your canine buddy. While these nuts are healthy for humans to enjoy, they can be toxic if consumed by your dog. Similar to grapes, the mechanism for the toxicity is unknown.

Onions, Garlic and Chives

While these foods add flavor to any dish, they shouldn’t be in your dog’s dinner dish. Onions, garlic and chives, even the dried powdered forms, contain compounds called organosulfides, which are converted to toxic sulfur compounds in dogs. Cooking or processing these foods will not eliminate the toxins – so forget about spooning salsa, chili or dips containing these foods into your dog’s dinner.


This lower calorie sugar substitute, which can be found in sugarless gum, candies, some peanut butters and diet cookies, can also be deadly to your dog. While xylitol is safe for human consumption, it can stimulate the release of insulin, which causes a rapid drop in blood glucose levels in your dog. Xylitol has also been associated with liver failure in dogs – so keep the sugarless candies out of your dog’s reach.

Raw Meat

To avoid foodborne illness, better known as food poisoning, you should not eat uncooked or undercooked poultry and meat, and the same goes for your dog. Bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella in raw meat and poultry, can sicken both of you. Also make sure you don’t accidentally cross-contaminate your dog’s foods with these raw foods. For example, if you create hamburgers from raw ground beef or bread raw chicken, don’t dip into the treat jar without first washing your hands, warns the FDA. The pathogens on your dirty hands can contaminate the treat being gobbled by your dog. It’s a good habit to always wash your hands after touching raw meat and poultry.

Joan Salge Blake CONTRIBUTOR
Joan Salge Blake is a Clinical Associate Professor at Boston University and the author of “Nutrition & You,” 3rd Edition, Pearson/Benjamin Cummings (2014), “Nutrition & You: Core Concepts to Good Health,” Pearson/Benjamin Cummings (2010), and “Eat Right The E.A.S.Y. Way,” Prentice Hall Press (1991). She is the co-author of “Nutrition: From Science to You,” Pearson/Benjamin Cummings (2016). Joan has conducted more than 1,000 media interviews and has been quoted in or written for various media outlets, such as the New York Times, Food Network, Newsweek, Washington Post, Forbes, Prevention, WebMD, Consumer Reports, Boston Globe, Newsday, Time, The Atlanta Journal Constitution Readers Digest, and Cosmopolitan, People, Parade, Cooking Light, Parents, Shape, Self, More, Sports Illustrated, Woman’s Day, More, All You and O magazines. She has appeared on CBS, The Early Show, CNN, CBS News Boston, NBC News, Boston, NPR and Fox TV, Boston. In 2012, Joan was named by Good Housekeeping Magazine as the expert to follow on Twitter for healthy eating. She is currently working towards her doctorate. Follow her on Twitter at: @JoanSalgeBlake.