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The Turmoil of Leaving Your Dog When You Travel

If you’re a pet owner who travels, arranging for care for your animals while you’re away can feel like an overwhelming decision. More than nine in 10 pet owners consider their pet to be a member of the family,1 which means you’re probably looking for caregivers who will not only provide for basic needs like food and water, but also companionship, reassurance and playtime while you’re away. I’ve lost count of the number of clients…
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Animal Assisted Therapy

                                     Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) programs help humans overcome, or at least cope with, health problems (both physical and emotional). Dr. Boris Levinson, a US child psychologist, is credited with discovering AAT in the 1960s. At that time, he brought his dog Jingles with him to visit a withdrawn child and found he was able to gain the boy’s trust, thanks to Jingles’ presence. As Dr. Levinson stated:1 “A pet is an island of sanity in…
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Concerns about The Havanese Breed

CKC Announces Most Popular Purebred Dogs in Canada CKC is pleased to announce the top ten most popular CKC-registered breeds in Canada for 2014. Canadian purebred dog lovers have spoken and this year, we are delighted to announce a newcomer to the top ten list: the French Bulldog! This is the first time that this affectionate, lap-warming breed has muscled its way into our top ten list, unseating the Schnauzer (miniature) – a staple on…
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How To Support A Dying Animal

By Dr. Becker A Heart for Older and Special Needs Pets Dr. Bittel has a very special place in her heart for older animals and those who are dying. As a veterinary acupuncturist, she treats mostly senior animals with mobility issues and other age-related conditions. Acupuncture is extremely beneficial for those patients. Special needs animals, who require a different level of care to treat issues like incontinence that are unresponsive to conventional treatments, are also…
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Mistakes When Bringing Home A Younger Pet When You have an older one

Many parents of a dog or cat who is getting up in years decide to add a younger pet to the family. Often, they are hoping the newcomer will invigorate the older animal, while also softening the blow when the current beloved pet passes. Introducing a new pet to a home with a senior animal can be hugely successful, or it can be a decision everyone in the family ends up regretting. When an existing…
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