Archives for January 2009

Traveling with Rats: By Plane (Part One)

Yes, it's possible to fly with rats, but it takes a little more planning and finesse than traveling with rats by car, and it's not feasible at all times. Some airlines won't carry rats. During … [Read more...]

Upcoming Dog Shows

Shake up those blah winter days by watching a dog show. Not only are they educational, but they also make you realize how amazing and entertaining different dog breeds are. So within the next week, … [Read more...]

Teaching Children to Train Dogs

Children, even at a fairly early age, are perfectly capable of teaching and reinforcing simple behaviors with the family dog. Training a dog is an easy skill to learn. It builds self-esteem for … [Read more...]

WHS Ad – January 28, 2009 – Please Adopt Me

Mortisha 148852 Mortisha came in to the shelter way back in July of ’08. This girl has been passed around from home to home and really needs a home to call her own forever! She has spent some time … [Read more...]

Are Table Scraps Always Bad?

You've probably heard time and time again that table scraps should not be fed to pets, but how true is that old adage? Like most absolute statements, it's not that simple. Some scraps could be lethal; … [Read more...]

Winter Toxin: Rock Salt

When you take your pet outside during the wintertime for a bathroom break or walk, you will most likely come across rock salt on the streets and sidewalks. While the salt helps melt the ice and snow, … [Read more...]

What Should I Expect After My Dog is Spayed or Neutered?

For many dog owners, the first surgery that a pet will undergo is a spay or neuter operation. But the prospect of caring for a dog that’s just undergone surgery makes many dog owners very … [Read more...]

Traveling with Rats: By Car

Responsible, reputable rat breeders don't exist in every area. Plus, families sometimes must move long distances with pets, or take lengthy vacations while bringing rats along. Traveling with rats is … [Read more...]

DArcys ARC (Animal Rescue Center) 5th Annual Pawsta Nite – Winnipeg February 7, 2009

D’Arcy’s A.R.C. 5th Annual Pawsta Nite All you can eat spaghetti dinner Saturday, February 7, 2009 323 Bruce Avenue East, Winnipeg, Manitoba Sittings are: 5 to 7 p.m. or 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Silent … [Read more...]

Bravery in a Small Package

Everyday we face stressful and sometimes even scary situations, but whom do we call on for help? Maybe our neighbor, friend or family member can provide advice or lend a helping hand. But do you ever … [Read more...]

Should I Get My Pet Neutered?

The decision to neuter a pet can be a difficult one, especially for male pet owners who understandably, find the idea of castration rather difficult to digest. But in the vast majority of cases, … [Read more...]

Can cats kill sea otters?

Cats vs Sea Otters? Is it possible for a house cat to kill a sea otter? The answer is yes. Okay, I know this sounds a bit odd since sea otters live in, well, the sea, and cats loathe, detest and … [Read more...]

WHS Ad – January 21, 2009 – Please Adopt Me

Roxy 171810 Roxy is a fabulous 8 year old girl. Roxy is such a great catch – she is such a lovely dog. Don’t let her age fool you, Roxy has a lot of energy and will need regular exercise to keep … [Read more...]

Beyond The Miracle

This post was written by guest author Dave Stewart. Last summer I wrote a story about Miracle, our beloved sheltie.  How we found him, the challenges in finding him and how we lost him.  If you … [Read more...]

Why Breed Bans Don't Work

Breed bans, also known as Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL) are ineffectual and at best serve only to temporarily reassure a community afraid of dog attacks. At worst, they result in the … [Read more...]

Should I Take My Dog to the Emergency Room?

There’s lots of instances when a dog owner may wonder, “Is my dog sick? Should I take him to the 24-hour emergency veterinary clinic?” Making the decision to take a pet to the emergency clinic can be … [Read more...]

New Year, New Pet Expenses

It's unfortunate that due to the economic strain, people are having to give up their dogs and cats. While pets can be expensive, there are ways that you can reduce and even eliminate some common pet … [Read more...]

Choosing a Cat Litter Brand

Litterbox problems are commonly cited as a reason for rehoming or abandoning pet cats. It's sad enough that pet parents give up their pets just because cleaning up after them becomes inconvenient, but … [Read more...]

PetLvr Blog Is Now Listed in Alltop

ALLTOP is an “online magazine rack” of popular topics ... that update stories every hour. Pick a topic by searching, news category, or name, and they will deliver it to you 24 x 7. All the topics, all … [Read more...]

All About Ear Infections

Oh, yum, everyone's favorite subject: Ear infections! Dogs and cats can easily get ear infections, and acute infections may become chronic if not treated correctly. Monitoring pets' aural health is … [Read more...]

Reducing Failed Adoptions One Puppy at a Time

It's a new year, so what are you doing to help give shelter pets a home? Everyday there are pets who need a home, and the numbers are increasing. Maybe you have concerns in the back of your mind that … [Read more...]

Tips for Giving Your Dog a Pill

At some point, every dog will need to take a pill, whether it’s medication, a vitamin or a supplement. But when it comes time to give your dog a pill, do you know how to do it? You could spend … [Read more...]

How to Make a Pet First Aid Kit

As a pet owner, you never know when an emergency may arise. No matter how caring and conscientious you are as a pet owner, there’s always a chance that your pet will get sick or injured. You, as a … [Read more...]

How Shelter Volunteers Can Reduce Adoption Returns

If you've ever volunteered with any sort of animal rescue, you likely know the pain of sending a pet off to what you believe will be its forever home, only to see it returned a few days later. … [Read more...]

All About the Portuguese Water Dog

The Portuguese Water Dog (Photo by Steffen H. Wohnort) The Portuguese Water Dog (PWD) made news in early 2009 as one of the two finalists to become the “first dog,” as President-Elect Barack Obama’s … [Read more...]

WHS Ad – January 14, 2009 – Please Adopt Me

Shadow 171159 How could anyone possibly resist this face? Shadow is here because his owner passed away. He is missing a home environment very much. Shadow loves belly rubs, and is very … [Read more...]

How Do I Check My Dog’s Gums?

Are you wondering “Is my dog sick?” If so, there’s a few things you’ll want to check on your dog – his temperature, his capillary refill time and his gum color. But do you know how to properly check … [Read more...]

Paw Safety on Winter Walks

Dogs need walks year-round, but walking on icy streets during the winter months can be dangerous in more ways than one. Your dog's paws are exposed not just to ice and snow, but to road salt, … [Read more...]

Choosing a Puppy Kindergarten

Puppy kindergarten, or puppy socialization class, is a vital part of your puppy's upbringing. Puppy kindergarten teaches basic obedience and how to play safely with other dogs. It also exposes your … [Read more...]

A Look at the Top Pet Poisons of 2008

The ASPCA Pet Poison Control Center has released its list of the Top 10 Pet Poisons of 2008 in an effort to educate pet owners about the most common toxic hazards that exist in and around the … [Read more...]

Should You Ask Your Farrier About Letting Your Horse Go Barefoot?

Some people feel so strongly about allowing horses to go without horseshoes that they consider shoeing a form of abuse; others won't let their horses take three steps without iron armor on their … [Read more...]

Does Your Dog Need a Winter Coat?

No, I don't mean the winter coat your dog can grow all by himself-- I mean the manmade creations that come in every color of the rainbow and can be found adorning pooches belonging to fashionistas … [Read more...]

What Does It Mean When My Cat Yowls?

Cat owners often ask me about unusual vocalizations from their pets. One of the most common and alarming experiences for the concerned cat parent is unexplained yowling. Cats yowl for a variety of … [Read more...]

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