New Training When It Comes to Marijuana

Thanks to new laws legalizing marijuana in various states, some new police dogs are no longer being trained to search for the scent of marijuana. New trainees in states where pot is now legal, including Nevada and Oregon, will be trained to alert to illegal narcotics like cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, but pot is off […]

Why local pet food ingredient sourcing can pay off

It’s no secret that today’s pet owners are applying the same demands and desires to their furry family members’ food choices that they do for their own. Take locally sourced ingredients, for example. In the U.S., direct-to-consumer sales of regional food more than doubled from 1992 to 2012, from US$0.4 billion to US$1.3 billion, according […]

Austin Pets Alive! Senior Dogs Have Something to Smile About!

July 27, 2018 • Senior Dogs Have Something to Smile About! by Lindsey Picard • Posted in: General Austin Pets Alive! is thrilled to be one of 66 animal welfare groups in 30 states (chosen from more than 300 applicants) to receive a 2018 grant from the national nonprofit The Grey Muzzle Organization to help […]

How to Tell If a Puppy Is a Boy or a Girl

Physical differences between male and female dogs are both slighter and less obvious than those between other kinds of domestic pets or farm animals. Distinguishing between a male and female turkey, for example, tends to be quite easy, especially once they reach maturity. Differences in size and plumage between these birds are clear and striking. […]

All About Skin Tags on Dogs (Plus Lipomas and Other Lumps)

What do we mean when we talk about skin tags on dogs? We’re certainly not talking about (nor would we ever advocate) putting a tattoo on your dog, or any other kind of physical graffiti. No, skin tags are growths that appear on the surface of a dog’s skin. Just like humans, as dogs age […]

Why Dogs Should Be On Leash in Public Areas

My dog, Justice, is undergoing private training lessons due to his on leash reactivity. We’re now living in Charlotte, North Carolina, so after some research I chose a wonderful accredited, positive trainer named Camille. We chatted for almost two hours in our first meeting. Since Justice loves walks more than anything, and walking keeps him […]

6 Reasons to Love the Miniature Schnauzer

Tough and fearless without being aggressive, dapper and elegant without being a wuss, and sporting the trademark beard and eyebrows that give him a comical, human-like expression, the Miniature Schnauzer has scored worldwide popularity. Few Minis are required to demonstrate their working dog roots today, but they boast a long history in the service of […]

Mercury and cadmium at high levels in Brazilian pet food

Brazilian scientists analyzed dozens of dog and cat foods. The researchers found that some pet foods contained levels of mercury and cadmium that exceeded the maximum limit suggested by the European Commission. However, lead and arsenic were below levels that can have toxic effects. Plus, the wet and dry pet foods contained sufficient nutrients to […]

What to Know About Hempseed and Flaxseed Oil For Dogs

Recently, I found myself mesmerized by the oil aisle at my nearby health food store. Dozens of types of oils lined the shelves, enticing shoppers with their fancy names and innovative package designs. As my eyes glazed over, a light bulb went off in my head. Just as the popularity of oils for people has […]

FDA dog food warning hasty, too focused on ingredients

Once again, pet food ingredients are in the news and under the regulatory spotlight, and possibly for all the wrong reasons. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) announcement last week that it is investigating a potential link between certain types of dog food ingredients and recent cases of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) has spurred […]