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Four years ago in California, BooBoo the cat went missing. This week, he was found… in a different country. Traversing 3,000 kilometers, several states and one international border, BooBoo finally landed in Guelph, Ontario where he was taken in by a local humane society. BooBoo’s owner, 21-year-old Ashley Aleman, said their family gave up looking …

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Animal Wellness will donate 40% of each subscription purchased using promo code AWA229 to Leave No Paws Behind. Location: Sun Valley, CA Year established: 2011 Number of staff/volunteers/foster homes: Three full-time volunteers and 32 long term/hospice foster homes Types of animal they work with: “We are an all-breed dog rescue, specializing in seniors, terminal and …

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animal communication

Once regarded with skepticism, animal communication is now often seen as an effective modality for getting to the root of a variety of problems. Taylor still remembers talking with the veterinarian about her dog’s inexplicable behavior problems. It was the mid-1980s, and both she and the vet were flummoxed by Ally’s sudden and unprecedented fear …

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acupressure depression

Acupressure is one way to bring renewed vitality to your dog. Jazz is a four-year-old Labrador/standard poodle mix with energy galore. Up until a month ago, she lived to play with any dog or human who came her way. To keep her from bouncing off the walls, her guardians had to take her out for …

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Dressing up your dog is one thing, but surgically altering your dog’s appearance for non-medical reasons is cruel and unnecessary. Procedures range from ear-cropping to tummy tucks, just so that owners can have dogs with “the right look.” Thankfully, several plastic surgeons are speaking out against this practice. One such surgeon is Dr. Sergio Alvarez …

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Turmeric, then is much more than a disinfectant and a tonic. As an aid to our dogs’ heart health and liver function–as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, it’s the golden ticket for optimum health. Turmeric is a deep golden-coloured spice that is equally rich in minerals and vitamins. A member of the ginger family, turmeric …

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urate stones

Some breeds are more susceptible to this than others. Here’s what you need to know about protecting your best friend from urate stones. Good urinary tract health is crucial to your dog’s overall well being, happiness and longevity. A number of issues and diseases can affect this part of his “plumbing”, and among these are …

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Colonel Janet Deltuva was head of the 8th Medical Group at Kunsan Air Base in South Korea, when her life changed forever. At a change-of-command ceremony, the lifelong animal lover saw many military working dogs and asked if she could pet one. “The dogs are working, you can’t pet them!” was the response. But one …

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groomer

DON’T just open the phone book and pick the first groomer you see. DO some research to ensure you select a well-run salon that’s right for you and your dog. Cathy took her Shih tzu to a new groomer recently, but was less than happy with the results. “They nicked Tinker’s skin in one place …

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super senior

A growing number of dogs are living past their mid-teens. Here are 7 factors to consider when caring for your senior canine companion. Sweet was our border collie/pointer mix. Beyond being a wonderful companion, she lived past her 18th birthday. Quite an accomplishment, especially when you realize most dogs are considered to be a senior when they …

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curcumin apoptosis

Cell death isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, natural cell suicide, a type of genetically programmed cell death known as apoptosis, can be a very good thing. Old cells die by apoptosis every day, to make room for healthy new cells. This natural cell suicide is also turned on when a cell becomes deranged …

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pica - stress eating

Pica is a condition in which dogs crave the ingestion of unnatural food sources. While it may seem unusual, it’s actually fairly common. Lucky, a two-year-old yellow Lab, was repeatedly swallowing cloth and socks. His veterinarian, Dr. Janice Huntingford, knew some investigation was in order. “A dog that age is past the puppy stage, and …

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picky

Tips to help you with your picky dog. When Rusty was a puppy, he’d leap in the air as Jay approached him with a bowl of food. “One of the first things I taught him, purely for my own benefit, was to sit and wait while I gave him his food,” says Jay. “It saved …

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apartment

Elfie is one of approximately 72,000 dogs impounded in shelters every year. And that’s just in Los Angeles city and county. The reasons for impound differ, and are very rarely the fault of the dogs. Some are found running on the streets, while others are turned in by their families. Moving or loss of home …

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dog tracking technology

A missing dog or cat is any pet parents worst nightmare. With today’s technology tracking your furry companion has become much easier. An unlatched gate, an open door, a loose window screen…a dog or cat can look on these opportunities as his own version of Prison Break. Every two seconds, an animal companion gets lost. …

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rolling dog ranch

Set in the spacious grasslands of Montana, Rolling Dog Ranch gives sanctuary to disabled animals. Rolling Dog Ranch began as a dream in the minds of Steve Smith and Alayne Marker. Over the years, the couple had adopted six dogs and six cats, all with special needs that labeled them unadoptable by shelters and rescue groups. …

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cat grooming

Cats spend a lot of time grooming, but if they start showing bald patches, it could signal a behavioral problem called psychogenic alopecia. your cat next time she’s grooming. She closes her eyes as she slowly licks her legs, sides and tail, and uses her paw to wash her face. It looks so relaxed and …

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dog bite aggressive

You may think your dog is too well- behaved to bite someone, but there’s no guarantee it won’t ever happen. Here’s how to protect yourself, and your dog. Melinda was shocked when her Pomeranian cross snapped at her five-year-old grandson, Bryce. “Petey is normally so friendly with everyone,” she says. “But this time, something went …

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fences

What started as a project to honor a friend has grown into an organization that is freeing chained dogs and building fences in Oregon and beyond. Kelly Peterson belonged to a group of eight women who met every month to catch up over dinner and wine. One rainy Memorial Day weekend, one of the group, Lynda Pilger, was …

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behaviors

Before reacting negatively to “bad” behaviors in your dog, look at what they might be telling you. “If only he could talk.” It’s a common lament, especially when a dog is “misbehaving” or otherwise acting out of character and his person doesn’t know why. A study of body language can help, but sometimes the behaviors …

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Pugs

This unique rescue group for Pugs keep curly tails wagging, while aiming to change the way people look at this group of animals. With their jaunty tails and perpetual smiles, pugs are one of the jolliest-looking canine breeds. Despite their whimsical looks, however, they run into the same troubles as a lot of other dogs. …

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boarding kennel

Planning a trip to visit family or friends this festive season? Depending on how long you’ll be away, you may need to hire a pet sitter or board your companion at a kennel. Many people balk at the idea of leaving their dogs at a kennel, but if you choose the right facility, your companion …

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behavior

You probably know your dog better than you know some of your friends. You can tell how they’re feeling and what they want by subtle behavior cues that wouldn’t even be noticeable to other people. So, you definitely take note when your dog’s behavior starts to change – it sets your internal alarm bells off …

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18 ALL ABOUT HEARTWORM – PART 1 A thorough understanding of this disease will help you protect your dog. 22 GLUTATHIONE – KING OF ANTIOXIDANTS This tiny but powerful nutrient is vital to his cell health, liver function and immunity. 24 MOVING HOUSE? It can cause a lot of stress to your dog. Help calm …

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ozone therapy

Ozone therapy is not widely available yet, or even approved for medical use this side of the Atlantic, but it shows promise as a healing modality. You’ve probably heard of swimming pool companies and municipalities using ozone to purify pools, spas and drinking water. It works because it kills bacteria, fungi, mold and even some viruses. …

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cat claws

1. We recently adopted an adult cat from a shelter and he has started to claw at our hands. How do we teach him this is not okay? First of all, try to figure out what causes the cat to claw at your hands. Some cats do this if you pet them a certain way …

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litter box

Litter box problems can occur in any household, regardless of the number of cats, but the chances certainly increase as you add more cats into the mix. I think it’s pretty safe to say that if you have several cats, you’ve probably dealt with a litter box problem or will at some time in the …

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marijuana

Medical marijuana may be controversial, but it’s showing promise as an effective natural pain reliever for dogs with cancer. When Nikita was facing her final weeks after a battle with cancer, her guardian and veterinarian Dr. Doug Kramer eased her discomfort with medical marijuana. The Siberian husky soon stopped whimpering with pain and began eating, …

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energy

Does your dog’s behaviors leave you scratching your head? Feeling like you’ve tried everything and nothing has worked? Why not ask an expert? Animal Wellness Magazine has teamed up with the Association of Professional Dog Trainers to bring you a Q&A that’s all about training! Just leave us a comment on Facebook. The APDT will …

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veterinary care

Many people unable to afford veterinary care are forced to give up their companions. Here is one organization that can help. Lulu is a boxer mix with severe ligament damage. Her family loves her, but couldn’t afford $2,000 for the stem cell therapy needed to treat her. A non-profit organization called The Pet Fund came …

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cancer detecting

Canines are famous for their powerful sense of smell. A new study is showing that it can even be used to sniff out one of the most insidious of human diseases – ovarian cancer. It’s common knowledge that dogs, bears and other animals can detect odors well beyond human limitations. The German shepherd, Labrador retriever …

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rocky ridge refuge

What kinds of animals are at your refuge? At Rocky Ridge Refuge I take in a wide variety of animals, both domestic and exotic. While dogs are the primary focus, I have a Zebra, Water Buffalo, Capybara and Wallaby among some of the more unusual residents. I specialize in animals needing help due to abuse/neglect, medical …

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