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March 3, 2014

PetScoop: Iditarod 2014 -- Long-Distance Husky Sled Race

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The mushers have just kicked off the 2014 42nd Iditarod. The Iditarod is a 1,000-mile race run in Alaska by the world's top sled dogs. The Race kicks off from Willow and ends up in Nome. There are 69 mushers with teams of 16 sled dogs each.

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This race is grueling, to put it mildly, and these husky dogs are bred for the job. To get insights into the life of a musher and his dogs, check out Iditarod Alaska: Life of a Long Distance Sled Dog Musher recently published by Burt Bomhoff. Among his other credentials, the author finished seven Iditarod Trail Sled Dog races and is known for his outstanding dog care. This is an enjoyable and informative read.

More for adults and children at Iditarod.

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February 5, 2014

PetScoop -- New Pet Dental Product: Milk-Bone Brushing Chews

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Do you brush your dog's teeth? Will your dog even LET you brush his/her teeth? Even though we all love our dogs to pieces and know we are supposed to, few of us actually do, doggie breath and all. Even our vets. But take heart, relief is on the way.

Milk-Bone will be launching Milk-Bone Brushing Chews this coming March. Research shows that the Chews are as effective as twice-per-week brushing when given daily, reducing tartar and halitosis.

The new Brushing Chew is, of course, shaped like a bone, with a 75 degree twist, plus nubs and ridges designed to clean down to the gum line as would the bristles on a toothbrush. But...are they fattening? Chews for small dogs tally up to less than 65 calories per treat and the chews for large dogs will be less than 100 calories.

Read more at Veterinary News.

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December 30, 2013

PetScoop -- 2013 Top 50 Puppy Name List

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October 21, 2013

Pet Scoop: Choke Collars May Kill Your Dog

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Because dogs can easily slip their collar and take off down the road, many of us control them with slip chains, also known as choke collars.

We are not advocating against them, but it is apparently important to be watchful when using them. Choke collars may be hazardous to your dog's health, according to At Day Care for Dogs, a Surprise: Choke Collars That Can Kill | New York Times:

Peanut, the family's 3- or 4-pound Yorkshire terrier, was found strangled on Sunday morning, hanging from a choke collar and leash in the back of a van operated by a fancy kennel.

For the rest of the story, go to At Day Care for Dogs, a Surprise: Choke Collars That Can Kill | New York Times.

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October 9, 2013

PetScoop -- Study Names Sleepypod's Clickit Utility Harness 2013 Top Performing Pet Safety Harness

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A pilot study by Subaru and the Center for Pet Safety conferred the honor of the 2013 Top Performing Pet Safety Harness on Sleepypod's Clickit Utility Harness, reports Subaru, Pet Safety Group Test Out Dog Seat Belts | CBS DC.

At a test speed of 30 mph, the three-point safety harness was the only one that successfully restrained a dog from being propelled out of the seat. Seven harnesses were tested overall. The article says that Subaru will offer the Sleepypod's Clickit as an accessory in its automobiles.

Read more about Sleepypod's Clickit Utility Harness here.

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July 31, 2013

Home for Sale? Pets and Selling Real Estate

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If you live with animals, you can only benefit by reducing and hopefully eliminating pet odors, odors which you may not even notice. Most of us have company over from time to time or maybe you are selling your home.

Hard as it may be to believe, many people react negatively to the presence of pets whether due to allergies, fear or just indifference. Dogs, Cats and Real Estate | Realty Times has some easy tips.

Make sure you and your pet are not home on the day of the open house or during showings.

If your pet has had "accidents" around the house, the Humane Society of the United States recommends buying a black light at a home supply store so you can find old urine stains. You should clean these areas thoroughly because your pet will return to the scene of its "crime" and do it again if the area isn't neutralized, says the society.

To clean washable items, add a one-pound box of baking soda to regular detergent and air dry the items.

For carpet and upholstery, rent an extractor or wet vac, advises the society. Once the area is clean, use a high-quality pet odor neutralizer, available at pet supply stores. If the area still looks stained, try a carpet stain remover. The society says you should avoid using a steam cleaner because it will permanently set the stain and odor. Don't use cleaning chemicals - they don't cover the smell and may actually encourage your pet to come back to reinforce the scent in that area, says the society.

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May 22, 2013

PetScoop -- Why Our Dogs and Cats Make Us Feel Good

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Our brains release oxytocin, "the feel-good" hormone in the brain, when we pet our dogs and cats, according to Pets are good for you. Our pets can have a wonderful effect on our mood, even possibly our goldfish. A study showed that having a fish tank at a nursing home improved appetites. Whether that was due to the fish or the water, the jury is still out. Read the full article at over at Psychology Today.

For more on this subject read Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond by Meg Daley Olmert who explains why the brain chemistry humans and animals trigger in each other has such a profound effect on our mental and physical well being.

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May 21, 2013

PetScoop -- Boomers and Childless Spend Most on Their Pets

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According to Americans spend more on pets than beer or movies | Quartz, here in the U.S. we spend an average of about $500 annually on our pets, equating to 1% of their annual budget.

Overall Americans spent $61.4 billion on their charges, almost twice as much as global spending on movie tickets last year, with heavier outlay in our rural areas.

The most pampered American pets live with Baby Boomers and childless couples, and single pet owners and single parents are more likely to skimp on kitty and doggy spending.

Owners most likely to buy for dogs (say, little booties on Buddy) are ages 55 to 64, and couples without children, a new analysis by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows. They spend hundreds of dollars more than those in their 20s and 30s.

At Pet Supplies

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May 15, 2013

PetScoop: New Puppy? For Optimum Bone Development, Choose the Right Diet

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Have a puppy? If you do, or plan to down the road, stock up on food targeted for puppies, especially if you choose a large or giant breed puppy. Pet lovers tend to have strong opinions on pet care so it's easy for us to reflexively pooh-pooh feeding advice, especially when we are counting our pennies and have lived with many dogs.

However, new guidelines help us avoid debilitating bone diseases that cause suffering and even cut precious years off our pets' lives. Large and giant breed puppies should be fed a quality puppy formula until the end of their growth period when you transition to adult formula.

Get the scoop at Feeding the Large and Giant Breed Puppy | Dr. Ken Tudor | PetMD and as always, check with your vet.

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March 25, 2013

PetScoop: Pet Food Safety Recalls and Alerts -- March 2013

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A good way to train and bond with your dog is to reward them with treats. But occasionally they may not be healthy and safe. The latest recall involves certain batches of Iams Shakeables turkey and lamb treats.

Recalls and alerts regarding pet foods, treats and animal feeds are readily available at Pet Food Safety Recalls and Alerts | AVMA. This information is based on reports and alerts received from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and/or the manufacturers. Spread the word and keep our pets safe!

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February 28, 2013

Pet Scoop: U.S. Spending on Pets Up More than 7% in 2012

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The U.S. economy may still be in a recession, but as a country we don't scrimp when it comes to our pets. In 2012 Americans spent around $53 billion on pet food, veterinary care, kennels and other pet services, according to Puppy love: Over $53 billion spent on pets in U.S. last year | Detroit Free Press. Most of that money went to necessities:

At about $34.3 billion, food and vet care represented about two-thirds of total spending, with money spent on supplies and over-the-counter medications rising by more than 7%. Spending on the growing market of alternative vet care, such as acupuncture, totaled about $12.5 billion.

This year another 4% gain in spending on pet supplies is predicted.

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February 20, 2013

PetScoop: Westminster's Best of Breed Photos at NYTimes.com

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Fred R. Conrad, a New York Times photographer, took some excellent posed photographs of the Best of Breed winners at the recent Westminster Kennel Club dog show.

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The photos are sorted by group--Herding, Hound, Non-Sporting, Sporting, Terrier, Toy, Working. You can browse them in either list or grid format here Westminster's Best of Breed | New York Times.

Click for more information on Dog Breeds.

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February 7, 2013

PetScoop: The Cat Won -- Hasbro Announces New Monopoly Token

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Pawtucket, RI based Hasbro has announced that the new Monopoly token will be--of course, the cat. The iron token will be permanently removed from the box.

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Monopoly fans all over the world participated in the contest on Facebook. New versions of Monopoly with the new cat token will be released later this year.

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June 18, 2012

PetScoop: Pet "Parent" or Pet "Owner" -- These Terms Have Real Legal Ramifications

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People who live with pets often refer to themselves as pet "parents", rather than "owners". The state of "owning" another being objectifies him or her and seems to turn the pet into a "thing", or even a "slave". This makes us uncomfortable since we love our pets to pieces, and many of us don't think of them as possessions, but as members of our families.

However, these terms have real-life legal ramifications that may come as a surprise. This mind-blowing Pet Parents or Pet Owners: What's in a Name | Dogs Naturally Magazine points out that changing the word from "owner" to "guardian," "custodian," "keeper" (as has happened in the entire state of RI and 40 cities) may just strip us of our constitutional rights towards our pets.


It boils down to our founding document, the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution gives citizens the right to "own" property, and not be deprived of that property without Due Process of Law. "Guardians" have no such rights. If you think that no one cares enough to want to deprive you of your rights of "guardianship," look no further than the Animal Rights organizations, with PETA at the helm."

Attorney Genny Wall adds, "If we are 'Guardians' rather than owners, then ultimately it will be the State, and not the individual, who has the power to say who will care for the animal, how it will be cared for, where it will reside, what medical treatments it will or will not undergo, and who will make all the other decisions regarding the health, welfare, life and death, or destruction, of that animal.

Read Pet Parents or Pet Owners: What's in a Name | Dogs Naturally Magazine.

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