End of Life Considerations

Monday, 29 September 2014 09:23 by Dr. Jane

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With advances in veterinary medicine in the past 30 years, we now have more tools than ever before to treat disease. As a consequence, dogs and cats are living longer, which means plenty of visits to the vet’s office.

As long as there are no major medical issues to contend with – just wellness checks and treatments for the occasional injury or illness – there’s a pretty low level risk of tension between a vet and a pet parent. But when things go badly, such as with a terminal diagnosis, that risk can escalate dramatically. Pet parents can often be so uncomfortable thinking about end-of-life care, much less talking it through, that they become defensive when discussing treatments for a terminally ill companion animal.More...

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Less Adoptable, More Loveable

Monday, 29 September 2014 08:40 by Life's Abundance

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Recently, I read an article about dogs and cats that are considered “less adoptable” due to their age, breed or traits. This item was written in connection with Petfinder's “Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet-Week”, which is celebrated the last week of September. I was surprised to find out that black cats are still considered less adoptable mainly due to superstition; hard to believe considering it’s 2014. My husband and I have shared our home with a black cat for 15 years. Lucky Boy is not only handsome with his dark fur and big green eyes, but he’s funny and playful … a complete joy. So it occurred to me that our readers have had similar positive experiences with their supposed “less adoptable” companion animals. By sharing our stories, together we can help increase the adoption rates of less fortunate animals and encourage more families to experience the delight of sharing their lives with pets that may not be considered perfect but have so much love and appreciation to give.More...

Common Pet Dangers

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 13:00 by Dr. Jane

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What do you think are the most common pet poisonings? Rat poison? Insecticides? The Pet Poison Hotline publishes a list of most common poisonings reported in dogs and cats - many of these items are non-toxic to humans but can be deadly to fur babies. In this month’s post, we’ll be taking a look at some of the dangers lurking in your home and how to best to protect your pet kids. More...

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Foundation Award to Monroe County Animal League

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 12:58 by Life's Abundance

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It is our great pleasure to announce one of the latest recipients of financial aid awarded by Dr. Jane’s Foundation. This month’s featured beneficiary is a committed group of rescuers wholly dedicated to improving the lives of abandoned, abused and neglected animals in West Virginia.

Based in Union, WV, Monroe County Animal League is comprised of caring foster parents. In operation since 1990, the small but committed non-profit group is staffed solely by volunteers. Without governmental financial assistance, they rely heavily on their modest membership fees, bake sales, auctions, as well as the donations of good Samaritans for their day-to-day operations. More...

Lyme Disease - An Emerging Problem

Monday, 28 July 2014 08:39 by Dr. Jane

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It’s the height of summer, which means that mountain trails, bucolic meadows and forested thickets are beckoning your dog to romp and explore. This impulse may be at odds with concerns about new research on Lyme disease, which may have you more inclined to restrict your canine companion’s activities to the Great Indoors. Before you put the kibosh on outdoor fun, make sure you know all the facts about canine Lyme disease. More...

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Foundation Award to Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest

Monday, 28 July 2014 08:35 by Life's Abundance

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It gives us immense delight to announce yet another financial award given by Dr. Jane’s Foundation, this time to Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest. The mission of the Oregon-headquartered rescue is to find responsible, loving homes for Greyhounds who no longer participate in dog racing or who are simply in need of a good home. More...

Dog Jogging

Thursday, 19 June 2014 07:44 by Dr. Sarah

With summer fully upon us, many of us are spending more time outdoors. Some of us may even be entertaining thoughts of beginning a new exercise routine.

The unspoken rule is don’t set yourself up to fail. Having a partner for your new endeavors can make a huge difference … but it has to be the right partner. The proposition to just beg off, to postpone until tomorrow, or ‘nah, let’s just go for a coffee instead’ – these statements are murder on any good intentions you may have towards making any real progress.

On the other hand, having a dedicated collaborator for these new activities can go a long way towards your long-term success. Especially if your exercise partner is someone who won’t ask you to procrastinate. How many of your friends could make that claim … that they’ll never, ever be negative and will always go with you, no matter the time of day? Probably not too many. Which is exactly why Dr. Sarah thinks someone already living in your home – namely, your canine companion – could make for one ‘Grade A’ exercise partner.

If you’re serious about getting healthy, don’t miss Dr. Sarah’s six vital steps for starting and maintaining an exercise routine with your dog.

Watch the latest episode of Pet Talk now, and check back next month for another brand new show.

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Questionable Behavior

Thursday, 19 June 2014 07:43 by Dr. Jane

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We love our companion animals. But sometimes their actions are mystifying, if not altogether baffling. Fortunately, our own Dr. Jane is on-hand to offer some rationale behind some of the most perplexing pet behaviors. More...

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Foundation Award to True Blue Animal Rescue

Thursday, 19 June 2014 07:22 by Life's Abundance

True Blue Animal Rescue President, Melanie DeAeth
True Blue Animal Rescue President, Melanie DeAeth

It is with immense pleasure that we bring you news that another rescue organization has received financial aid from Dr. Jane’s Foundation. This month’s featured grant recipient is a committed group of volunteers working to alleviate the needless death and suffering of animals in Texas.

In operation since January of 2004, True Blue Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing abused, neglected and abandoned animals, providing necessary rehabilitation services and locating great new forever homes. More...

Alternative Therapies for Joint Problems

Thursday, 22 May 2014 13:12 by Dr. Sarah

Recent estimates put the number of dogs suffering from joint disease and chronic pain at nearly ten million, a significant percentage of the population. And, with more and more senior pet kids in American homes, those numbers are likely to remain high. Fortunately, veterinarians have adopted a treatment previously used only for humans, and it’s one that is dramatically improving the quality of life for pet patients. In this episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah explains how laser therapy offers a ray of hope for dogs and cats dealing with the pain associated with degenerative joint disease. Be sure to share this important message on alternative therapies with your fellow pet parents!

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