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Off leash dogs are an ever-present issue in many communities. While I have seen posts on Facebook and in online horse communities, it really came home for me when I was out and about in the neighborhood with my appaloosas.
The horses were both walking quietly on lead ropes, and all of us were happily enjoying the outing in the late evening. Not far from home, suddenly someone opened their front door and a pack of 5 dogs came exploding out at us, barking, led by a 100-pound German Shepherd.
My mare was closest and she shied sideways into the old gelding, who went down to his knees then got up and splayed his feet as he tried to process what was going on since he couldn’t actually see where the dogs were. The mare nearly knocked one of the dogs out as I was yelling “Call your dogs back!” at the top of my lungs.
I heard a soft reply, “Is there someone out there?”
“Yes!" I bellowed. "Call your freaking dogs back before they get my horses!"Read More
February is “National Prevent A Litter Month” and in the world of cats, there is perhaps no more important month. The reason that this holiday falls in February is because Spring is also known as “kitten season”.
Each year, there are more than 2.7 million perfectly healthy cats and dogs euthanized in shelters. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We all love kittens, but sadly, there are just far too many homeless cats in the world.
We're helping Feline Fix by Five to help educate cat owners on the reasons why cats should be fixed by five months of age. This is an important issue and I hope you'll help spread the message so we can decrease the euthanization rate of cats and help keep our own cats healthy.
Here are five more important reasons you should have your cat fixed before they are five months old:Read More
We’ve just learned that there is an outbreak of leptospirosis among dogs in the Fountain Hills, Arizona area. This highly contagious disease is transmitted through urine and contaminated water, which makes it especially dangerous for dog parks.
"The Department of Public Health has recorded 40-plus dogs tested positive since January 2016," Dr. Sarah Bashaw with El Dorado Animal Hospital in Fountain Hills reported to AZ Family. "A lot of the cases started in Scottsdale, but they have been reporting cases as far west as Avondale, some cases in Gilbert, and we've had the first cases I know of in Fountain Hills."
Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection caused by the bacterium, Leptospira. This is also a zoonotic disease, meaning it can be transmitted to humans.Read More
I don't get political on this site very often, but there are a few things I can't forgive - every one of those things deals with those that hurt animals or kids.
So when the current government administration removed the database of laboratories and breeders from the USDA website last week, you can bet I’m going to be upset...
Here’s why this matters: In AZ (and OH, VA, MD, NJ, CT, LA and NYC), it’s illegal to sell puppies in pet stores unless they’re from a reputable breeder. This has not only allowed animal rescues to find amazing homes for millions of dogs and cats, but it’s helped (slowly) start to make an impact on the number of puppy mills around the nation.
Removing this critical information (all of which was gathered on the taxpayer’s dime), from a public website (also paid for by taxpayer dollars) means we can no longer look up anyone who sells puppies or kittens or horses or any other species, and see if they have any prior citations. We can't look up laboratories that test on animals and their past citations. We can't track lion breeders or tiger breeders or those who breed thousands of animals in the space of a year under disgusting conditions.Read More
There’s nothing that cat owners dread more than a cat who starts spraying. Whether it’s your own cat or a neighborhood cat that is spraying your doors and cars, spraying is one of the top reasons why cats wind up at shelters.
Some believe that female cats don't spray (this is untrue) and others believe that spaying/neutering cats will stop the problem (also untrue - but it will help decrease the frequency). Indoor cats who spray are usually doing it for an entirely different reason.
Cat urine has a very distinct odor that repels people and causes other cats to begin spraying, creating a vicious smelly cycle.
But, it doesn’t have to be that way. These days, there are many ways to keep this issue under control and your home smelling fresh and clean. Here is your definitive guide to stopping cats from spraying.Read More
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