A Keen Nose for Helping Humans

Monday, 24 November 2014 12:40 by Dr. Jane

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Dogs are scent-oriented creatures, with some of the most highly developed noses on the planet. Hide a few treats around the room and see how quickly they’re ferreted out. But does your dog’s schnoz have more practical applications than we realize? The answer … well, it couldn’t be plainer than the nose on your face.

Every year, scientific investigations yield more and more evidence that dogs are up to some pretty surprising challenges, in ways that are proving quite beneficial for people. We’ve all seen police dogs skilled in the detection of bombs and contraband. Now researchers are applying that same olfactory prowess to snuffling out all manner of scents, from deadly food allergens to costly insect infestations. More...

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Winter Hiking Tips

Monday, 24 November 2014 12:39 by Dr. Sarah

As we gear up to celebrate Thanksgiving and the coming winter holidays, the polar invasion is taking hold of much of the country and plunging temperatures. Just because Mother Nature is throwing around her frigid weight doesn't mean that outdoor excitement with your canine must come to an end. With a little preparation, the right equipment and a helping of common sense, you and your dog can stay active while hiking and exploring during the cold weather months. In this episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah and her trusty sidekick Alma show you how to remain safe while trekking through winter wilderness areas … especially in places where hunters might be present. With loads of great tips, Pet Talk will help make your outdoor adventures an arctic blast!

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Howling Good News for Boxer Rescue

Monday, 24 November 2014 12:38 by Life's Abundance

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We’re pleased to bring you news of yet another financial award given by The Dr. Jane Foundation, this time to a dedicated group of Boxer rescuers in Florida.

Headquartered in Tallahassee, Boxer Aid and Rescue Coalition, Inc. (BARC) is a not-for-profit rescue organization that operates a network of volunteers in north Florida and south Georgia. In their decade of operation, these devoted caretakers have helped to rescue and find forever homes for hundreds of Boxers.

With no facility, fostering represents the backbone of their enterprise. While not confined to metropolitan areas, the majority of foster pet parents live in Jacksonville, Gainesville, Pensacola or Tallahassee. Known for their superlative care, BARC actually has a waiting list for homeless Boxers until a foster home becomes available. More...

Fool-Proof, Fright-Free Pet Costumes

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:30 by Dr. Sarah

Happy Halloween! If you’re like many pet parents, you love celebrating howlidays with your companion animals. No matter how you get your All Hallows’ Eve groove on, it’s always a good idea to take some precautions to ensure that your pet kid stays purrfectly safe.

Halloween pet costumes are adorable and fun for people, but some costumes can stress out your dog or cat. Just because it’s for sale doesn’t mean it’s safe, as some pet apparel can be downright dangerous. Please, don't ever force your furry four-footer to wear a costume he or she obviously hates.

For the full details on costume safety for companion animals and other fun Halloween safety tips, watch the latest episode of Pet Talk! Before you go, be sure to check out our Trick or Treat episode from the archives for more spooktastic fun!

What to Do if You Suspect Animal Hoarding

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:29 by Dr. Jane

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Animal hoarding is not just a complicated psychological disorder, it’s a public health danger. Most recently popularized by Animal Planet’s ‘Confessions’, animal hoarding is a growing problem in the U.S. Current estimates put the number of animals trapped every year in hoarding situations at 250,000. Experts believe that many more remain unreported, and thus uncounted. Dogs and cats aren’t the only species ‘collected’ … reptiles, rabbits, birds, rodents, even farm animals may be accumulated by hoarders. More...

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Special Announcement from our Foundation

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:27 by Life's Abundance

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Charitable work is central to our mission of well-being for all. It’s so important to us that every order placed on our site aids homeless animals.

As the charitable arm of Life’s Abundance, The Dr. Jane Foundation provides financial support to the small and medium-size rescue groups who work to prevent animal homelessness, abuse and chronic neglect.

Our non-profit proudly bears the name of our Pet Product Formulator, Dr. Jane Bicks, whose lifetime of dedication to improving the lives of companion animals serves as a continual source of inspiration for our good works. More...

Tips for Improving Kitty Behavior

Monday, 29 September 2014 12:45 by Dr. Sarah

Did you know that when you make simple changes to enrich your cat's life you reap the benefits as well? From eliminating outside the litter box to aggression, even inappropriate scratching, these and other behavioral disorders of indoor cats can be treated simply by making improvements to your cat's environment. In this month's episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah shares her surprisingly simple tips that you can implement at home, all to help your feline feel purringly content. Which makes everyone in the home a little bit happier.

Don’t forget to share this webisode with other pet parents!

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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...

How to Stop Pawing Behavior

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 13:01 by Dr. Sarah

Many pet parents are unaware that their canine companions have expertly turned them into unsuspecting human vending machines: one poke of the paw delivers a delicious treat or a toy. If you've ever been scratched by a rambunctious canine pawing to get your attention, then you know just how much of a pain pawing behavior can be … literally!

Why do dogs paw, and more importantly, how can you get them to stop? In the latest episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah reviews possible rationales behind your dog's pawing, as well as tips on how to cease and desist this irksome behavior. Watch this short but instructive video now to help your dog learn proper paw manners. And don't forget to share this webisode with other pet parents!

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