Author: John McCormick

Dog Anxiety – Start Drugging Your Puppy Roommate Today?

Big Pharma and Your Dog’s Anxiety Dog anxiety is a big problem, and now it is big business too. Prozac nation apparently isn’t enough, the FDA has approved three antidepressants to manage your puppy’s frantic behavior when you are leaving him. The Dog Whisperer recommends calmly preparing to leave while ignoring the dog until just before going, then lead it to its happy place, a blanket, dog bed, favorite corner, etc, and “staying” the dog. Another training method is to simply leave the dog for very brief periods of time. When you return, do NOT make a big fuss...

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Just Plain Cute Puppies And Medical Benefits

OK, this isn’t really science except that it has been proven that cute puppies or adult dogs make people feel better. They also reduce depression and improve the measured health of people in hospitals or nursing homes. Cute Puppies, Interesting Kittens Puppies are cute. Kittens are interesting. PubMed, a federal government medical database available online recently carried this story: There is a growing interest for the potential health benefits of human-animal interactions. Although scientific evidence on the effects is far from being consistent, companion animals are used with a large number of human subjects, ranging from children to elderly...

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Puppy Play is Important, Even Critical

Puppies play a lot and sleep a lot. Both are critical for their physical and social development. The sleep should be obvious but play not so much. The more you or someone plays with a puppy the more likely it will develop into a happy adult dog. Puppy Play and Socialization Since socialization and play are so important we always like to raise two puppies together and the older we get the more we appreciate playing with puppies which are already half played out. Puppy play can be rough, very rough and some people mistake this for fighting. Puppies...

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OFA Certification For Hip Dysplasia – Scientifically Meaningless?

Hip Dysplasia is partially a genetic disease, probably triggered by over feeding of large and giant breed puppies. The goal of reputable breeders should be to confine breeding to those pairs of canines that are at least free of hip dysplasia. A large investment in raising puppies to be bred must be made before The Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) X-ray diagnosis and certification of dogs can be made. That is because the exam can’t be conducted on animals younger than 2 years of age. OFA Certification Exam Expensive, Dangerous The OFA certification exam is not only expensive, it...

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Easter Kong Hunt For Children With Four Legs at Animal Hospital

Easter egg hunts are common in the U.S. from backyards everywhere to The White House lawn but what if your “child” has four legs? The Blais Veterinary Hospital in Indiana PA, U.S.A. (the home of Jimmy Stewart and Harvey the giant rabbit Pooka,) recently came up with an innovative event for dog lovers. – An Easter Kong hunt. In the Kong hunt, the popular Kong dog toys are hidden in the tall grass and weeds around the hospital. A wonderful time was had by all including the 20 or so dogs and their owners. Everyone introduced themselves and their...

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