Carolina Mountain Dog is reprinting this important information from the ASPCA:
Many families who spent much of the year in their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic turned to the Internet to look for a pet. Unfortunately, more people looking for pets online means more people looking to profit. In 2020, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has reported a record-high number of scams related to online puppy purchases.
According to the BBB, the number of pet scams reported in 2020 will be more than double the number reported last year, and five times higher than in 2017 with families reporting that they paid for dogs they never received—and maybe never existed. These scams resulted in families losing over $3 million.
But falling for a scam isn’t the only risk to buying a puppy online. Puppy purchasers have also reported receiving different puppies from the ones they “ordered,” sick puppies or a seller that disappears once the dog is shipped.
And even if your mail-ordered pup is as cute and healthy as you hoped, there are real risks you may not have considered to buying a dog over the Internet—ones that harm dogs. Online, every seller markets themselves as a responsible, caring breeder of high-quality pups but the thousands of dollars sent to a far-away seller may actually be helping keep a puppy mill in business.
Cruel breeders use deceptive photos and slick websites to fool families. They exploit weak laws that allow them to keep dogs in conditions no one who loves dogs would accept. They use their profits not to provide better care for dogs, but to breed and sell more puppies.
No animal lover wants to support cruelty. If you’re looking to add a dog to your family, please consider adoption and work with a reputable local shelter or rescue, or visit a responsible breeder.
Regardless of your political persuasion, as a dog lover you will likely be happy to learn that, after President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20, two German shepherds, Champ, 12 and Major, 2, will occupy the White House. According to MarketWatch, Major, "whom the Bidens adopted from the Delaware Humane Association in 2018 after fostering him for several months, will be the first rescue dog from an animal shelter to live in the White House."
The ASPCA is all for it. Matt Bershadker, ASPCA CEO and president, says, "We're thrilled the Bidens' dog Major will be the first shelter dog ever to call the White House his home. This is a wonderful opportunity for people to see how fostering and adopting animals saves lives, helps animal shelters, and brings love and joy to families."
Obviously rescue pets have taken the nation by the storm, especially during the pandemic -- they were named TIME magazine's "2020 Pet of the Year"!
Image: Stephanie Gomez/Delaware Humane Association, via Associated Press
Now your four-legged pal can have his or her very own brew when you're enjoying a cold one. Anheuser-Busch has introduced Dog Brew by Busch, a pork bone broth "beer" made especially for dogs. According to the company:
"Busch Dog Brew is an all-natural product and contains only fresh ingredients. Made with vegetables, herbs, spices, water, and pork broth to provide your best buddy with a nutritious and tasty snack that helps to promote a healthy digestive system. Bone broth is also a great way for dogs who struggle to eat solid food to get all of their extra nutrients. Your best friend is going to love it. We’re pawsitive. Ingredients: Bone-in pork butt, Whole corn, Celery, Basil, Mint, Turmeric, Ginger, Water."
Anheuser-Busch also notes that there is NO alcohol and no hops in Busch Dog Brew because those ingredients can be toxic to dogs. The product is intended for your dog to enjoy while you have the real thing.
According to new scientific research, that may not be quite right. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recently reported, "Dogs are much older than we think, and researchers devised a more accurate formula to calculate a dog's age based on the chemical changes in the DNA as organisms grow old."
Here's a new formula that, according to scientists, will be much more accurate than the 7 dog years = 1 human year we are all used to:
"The new formula, which applies to dogs older than one, says that a canine’s human age roughly equals 16 ln(dog age) + 31. (That’s the natural logarithm of the dog’s real age, multiplied by 16, with 31 added to the total.)"
If you can't figure that out, don't worry. The AAAS has created a handy calculator where you can just fill in your dog's age and find his or her age in human years. You'll find it half-way down on this page:
Guest Post by Keith J. Myers
Did you know that dogs, like humans, have endocannabinoid receptors in every tissue type and cell in their body? This means that like humans, they are also receptive to every healing benefit that Cannabis has to offer….benefits that regulate joint pain, anxiety, depression, seizures, stress, and many more.
CBD can be a great natural remedy to control your dog’s range of symptoms. CBD’s are routinely used to treat dogs who suffer from appetite loss and separation anxiety. They have also been found effective in treating cancer.
But among the CBD products that are in the market today, how can you be sure that the dog-specific CBD products you choose are beneficial to your dog? How would you know the exact amount to give them?
We’ll discuss the 3 tips you should look into when buying CBD for dogs. You can also check our site, The Hempire, for further details.
But first off, let’s discuss what CBD is.
What is CBD?
CBD is a short term for the word Cannabidiol. CBD is one of the many chemicals that can be extracted from its main plant, the Cannabis Sativa plant or Hemp plant.
CBD is non-psychoactive. That means, unlike the effects of marijuana, CBD does not alter your mind and does not bring harm to the individual who is taking it.
CBD-based products are as of the moment prohibited in several markets, however, some countries are allowing them to be a prescription drug with strict rules and regulation to be followed.
A lot of different forms of products with CBD are now being marketed. The usual oil that was made can now be found in the form of edibles, such as biscuits, brownies, and any finger food that is pleasing to the palate.
For dogs, CBD dog treats are now bombarding the market and are being aggressively sold, as this is a great innovation that benefits the pet owners, giving them an easier way of making their pet take medicine.
Benefits of CBD Dog Treats
The first benefit of CBD dog treats is that your pet dog will love them!
Another benefit is that CBD dog treats may come in different ranges of sizes and doses to choose from to fit your dog's needs. Usually, products like these are labeled on their package indicating how much dosage is in the product.
The only thing that you should be wary of is what effects the treats might have on your dog. Choose products that are legitimate rather than from sources selling bogus products.
Keep in mind that it is your dog's health that is in line here. So choose wisely in selecting the right product for your dog.
3 Tips Before Buying CBD
Make sure the product you purchase has CBD in it
It may sound obvious but basically, this is where people get scammed easily. Usually, people who have bad motives advertise their products as products that have CBD on it but in truth, they don’t.
In buying CBD products that are made specially for dogs, make sure that the laboratory that created the product offers a lab report that verifies that their product has the actual presence of CBD. Without proof, you may get products that are of low-quality that are made from hemp seed and may give your dog poor results -- or worse, give your pet side effects that may harm its health.
Be wary of the dosage
Although CBD is less dangerous to dogs, it is still advised to follow proper dosing as failure to do so can result in drowsiness. Some known worse cases can give dogs nausea or even vomiting.
As a standard, when using CBD tincture, it is recommended that for every 10 pounds of your dog's weight, use one drop of CBD oil. For example, if your dog weighs 40 pounds, use 4 drops of oil. When giving your dog the CBD treatment, always administer the oil directly under the tongue.
Keep track of the dog’s behavior and health for about a week. Check if there is any improvement in his condition and see if it does more harm than good. It is highly advised to check with a veterinarian before doing self-medication in your pet in order to prevent harmful results.
Ask for a veterinarian's prescription
It is best to work with your veterinarian. Veterinarians have knowledge of CBD and they are the experts in terms of treating pets for physical or mental conditions.
Keith J. Myers is the Founder & Editor in Chief of the Hempire. He has overseen and directed the editorial growth and skill of this website since 2012. Before creating the Hempire, Keith was a writer and editor who covered topics in CBD, health, science, and wellness.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning people that dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is stressful. It’s important to take steps to help manage potentially overwhelming emotions and anxiety.
During this trying time, families have suffered an economic burden; they have had to shelter in place and practice social distancing. All of these factors contribute to anxiety. It’s crucial to find a way to ease stress and to find enjoyment. If you are a pet owner, you know that your dog or cat plays an active role in relieving your anxiety. Consider five ways your pet can help you through the COVID19 pandemic.
1. A Pet is Good for Your Mental Health
There is a reason thousands of families welcome dogs and cats into their hearts each year. A pet makes a great companion if you are stuck at home and cut off from friends and family. Your dog is a friendly ear when you need someone to talk to or a great distraction when you feel the stress mounting.
Often pets can pick up cues for how someone they love is feeling, too, so if you are sad or lonely, your dog will be there to provide comfort and may even make you laugh.
2. Pets Give You Purpose
When you are stuck at home, it can be a struggle to find a reason to get up out of bed. A dog that needs exercise or grooming provides purpose. It’s not just about you. There is someone special in your life that needs your help, and that is motivating.
Having a dog means you must stick to a schedule, get out of the house several times a day, and do some cleanup. He is the gift that keeps on giving by letting you know that there are still things you must do even if you are sheltering in place.
3. Dogs Keep You Moving
Staying home puts you at risk of becoming inactive. Lack of physical exercise can encourage chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure and diabetes. People who live sedentary lives have a higher risk of developing obesity, heart disease, and dementia.
The pandemic may mean that you can’t go to the gym, play tennis or even golf. The things that kept you active in the past are out of your reach right now, except for maybe one. The need to walk the dog doesn’t change because there is a virus out there.
Having a dog can be a source of activity. You can take her with you for a run or go to the park and play. It’s a chance to get outside and breathe in the fresh air.
4. Take a Break
For many, the pandemic means working at home. It’s easy to get caught up in your work and forget to take a break. You don’t have colleagues to get a cup of coffee with or to remind you it’s time to quit for the day.
Your office buddy is now the four-legged variety that nuzzles your leg when it’s time to get up from the desk. She is there to let you know it’s been several hours since you took her outside. Your dog keeps you on schedule when being on the clock means staying at home in quarantine.
5. Add a Little Sweetness to Your Life
Between watching the news reports and interacting on social media, it’s easy to get caught up in the negativity. Add that to the fact that you are stuck at home either by yourself or with your family, and it’s easy to feel like there is little joy in life right now.
A dog is nothing but joy. That unconditional love and lasting sweetness will remind you that there are good things in life. This situation is temporary, so focusing on the negative does more harm than good.
When you feel that negative energy taking over, sit on the couch, and have a cuddle. Maybe it’s time to grab the leash and take a walk or do some training. Your dog is ready anytime you are, so make the most of his positive nature and let it help you fend off the negative.
When the pandemic is over, you will look back on your time with your pet and develop a new appreciation for what a dog or cat brings to your life.
Lynell McCready has had pets all her life, and each one has taught her something different about not only herself but how she wishes to view the world. But it wasn’t until a job in the late nineties that took her away from her animals did she realize the impact that we have on our animals’ lives. For the last 15 years, she’s been a pet-sitter, offering and assuring people who do have to leave their pets that they will be well-loved and taken care of while they are away.
The following is news from "Penn Today," published by the University of Pennsylvania, dated May 1, 2020.
A pilot training program utilizing scent detection dogs to discriminate between samples from COVID-19 positive and COVID-19 negative patients is the focus of a new research initiative at the School of Veterinary Medicine.
With up to 300 million smell receptors—compared to six million in humans—dogs are uniquely positioned to aid in disease detection. This pioneering study—that will explore the sensitivity and specificity of scent—sets the stage for dogs to be a force multiplier in the mission to detect COVID-19, particularly among asymptomatic patients, or hospital or business environments where testing is most challenging. Preliminary screening of live humans by trained dogs could begin as early as July.
Penn Vet will initially begin the study with eight dogs to perform this precise detection work. Over the course of three weeks through a process called odor imprinting, the dogs will be exposed to COVID-19 positive saliva and urine samples in a laboratory setting. Once the dogs learn the odor, the investigators will document that the dogs can discriminate between COVID-19 positive and COVID-19 negative samples in a laboratory setting, establishing the platform for testing to determine if the dogs can identify COVID-19 infected people. The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center will be lending their expertise during the study as well.
“Scent detection dogs can accurately detect low concentrations of volatile organic compounds, otherwise known as VOCs, associated with various diseases such as ovarian cancer, bacterial infections, and nasal tumors. These VOCs are present in human blood, saliva, urine, or breath,” says Cynthia Otto, professor of Working Dog Sciences and Sports Medicine and director of Penn Vet’s Working Dog Center. “The potential impact of these dogs and their capacity to detect COVID-19 could be substantial. This study will harness the dog’s extraordinary ability to support the nation’s COVID-19 surveillance systems, with the goal of reducing community spread.”
Image: Penn Today
Dogs are dogs, right? Well, yes -- but their owners are different, and the differences are very obvious when you compare American and European dogs. So obvious, in fact, that Certified Trick Dog Instructor Sassafras Lowrey wrote all about it for The New York Times. Here are some of her observations.
- When she visited England, France, Germany and the Netherlands, she noticed something quite different from America -- "dogs were everywhere: restaurants and buses and performance venues and countless other places. ...In Europe dogs tend to be welcome in most public spaces and they are calm, relaxed and quiet there. In the United States, however, pet dogs aren’t welcome in most public spaces, and often struggle in the public places where they are allowed."
- Lowrey spoke to professional dog trainer Kama Brown, who observed that in Europe, “a person walking with a dog is not seen as an invitation to socialize. Whereas in America, moving across the street to avoid another owner and dog, or not allowing dogs to interact who are passing each other on a walk, can be seen as antisocial.”
- Even the way we train dogs is different, writes Lowrey: "For example, shock collars, sometimes called e-collars or electronic collars, are banned in the United Kingdom, but they are legal in the United States."
All things for American dog owners to think about!
Now, United Kingdom researchers are testing the idea that dogs can detect Covid-19. According to an article in Bloomberg's CITYLAB, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is forging ahead with the project with high hopes. Will it work? "There’s a good chance that it will," writes Feargus O'Sullivan. "Dogs are already widely used to detect the presence of cancers, bacterial superbugs and neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s. Working with the charity Medical Detection Dogs, the LSHTM has previously carried out a successful training program that demonstrated dogs could detect malaria, creating a test that exceeded required World Health Organization standards."
The head of LSHTM's Department of Disease Control, James Logan, says “We know diseases have odors — including respiratory diseases such as influenza — and that those odors are in fact quite distinct. There is a very, very good chance that Covid-19 has a specific odor, and if it does I am really confident that the dogs would be able to learn that smell and detect it.”
In response to growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the Watauga Humane Society and Watauga County Animal Control are closely monitoring recommendations from public health officials about possible changes of how we do our work or deliver programs to provide services to lost, homeless, injured and sick animals in our community.
Currently, over 150 animals are sheltered at WHS in the care of our amazing team of dedicated staff. Should this team be affected by this virus, the care of the animals would suffer. Procedures are being put into practice to insure that our staff remains healthy.
WHS has elected to temporarily limit the amount of possible exposure to the COVID-19, effective immediately. Beginning Tuesday, March 17th, access for the general public to the building will be limited to scheduled appointments only. No unscheduled drop-in visitation of animals will be available.
Animals available for adoption/foster may be viewed on our website in real time and anyone interested in adopting is encouraged to browse the website, then call to schedule an appointment for a meet and greet with a specific animal. (828)-264-7865.
To fill out our Foster Application, click here https://bit.ly/3b1mxFI
To fill out our Adoption Application, click here https://bit.ly/2TW7gju
Owner surrenders have always been by appointment and will continue to be done this way.
If pets are lost, owners are encouraged to complete lost/found pet reports on our website so the pets can be listed on our website.
Animal Control Officers will still be responding to emergency calls, but non-emergency calls will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. (828) 262 -1672
To contact WHS during this time, or if you have found a stray animal, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (828) 264-7895.
Our animals and staff ask that anyone experiencing illness or those with a high risk of having been exposed to COVID-19 avoid visiting the shelter at this time.
These procedures will be in place until further notice.
Alice Roess, WHS President
In alignment with the state of North Carolina's Stay at Home Order related to COVID-19, Asheville Humane Society's Adoption Center and the Buncombe County Animal Shelter will remain closed to the public through April 29, 2020.
Community Assistance Available
Asheville Humane’s Community Solutions Department has started a delivery system for pet food and supplies to residents in need and to food pantries. We’re also continuing to offer owner surrender counseling to try to keep pets with their people during this difficult time.
Buncombe County residents should email email@example.com or call our Safety Net Helpline at (828) 760-2008 if they need assistance with their pets.
Animal emergencies or found pets should be directed to the animal control agency that serves the area where the animal is located.
News Bulletin from Asheville Humane Society
In alignment with Buncombe County's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" declaration, related to COVID-19, effective Friday, March 27, 2020, Asheville Humane Society's Adoption Center and the Buncombe County Animal Shelter will be closed to the public through April 8, 2020, unless rescinded earlier or extended further by Buncombe County or the state of North Carolina.
Be assured that we will have essential staff available to feed, clean, and provide enrichment for the animals currently in our care. While we continue our commitment to the people and animals of Buncombe County, we see the importance of limiting face-to-face interactions and complying with all aspects of this declaration.
For detailed information on what this means to the community, please visit: https://ashevillehumane.org/covid-19-updates
Embark, which claims to be the world's leading company in dog genetics, evaluated the DNA of more than 200,000 mixed-breed dogs across the country. According to Embark, "Each dog has a unique combination of breeds in its genetic makeup. When we looked across our data, there was one breed that stood out as the #1 result in a mixed-breed dog in every state."
That breed is the American Pit Bull Terrier, also known as the "pit bull."Embark also reported the second most common breed in mixed-breed dogs by state. In North Carolina and South Carolina, after the pit bull, the second most common breed is Labrador Retriever.
Nationwide, theses are the most common breeds in mixed-breed dogs in order:
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- German Shepherd
- Chow Chow
- Labrador Retriever
- Australian Cattle Dog
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- Siberian Husky
Here's a visual chart of the results:
We love dogs largely because they are part of our families -- but dogs are also amazing helpers. Think about therapy dogs, dogs who assist those with disabilities, dogs who sniff out drugs, dogs who help locate avalanche victims, and so on. Here's a remarkable story about dogs who are helping to save Australia's koalas during the severe fires occurring there.
CBS News followed three specially trained dogs and their trainer as they searched for koalas. Koalas breed so slowly that they are already threatened by extinction, so saving even one koala can make a difference. The three dogs track koalas using the scent of their "scat." So far, the dogs have located sixteen koalas for animal rescuers.
More on this wonderful story, plus a video, here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/australia-fires-dogs-save-koalas-injured-in-bushfires/
- Furbo Treat Tossing Dog Camera
- Embark Dog DNA Test
- Petcube Play 2
- Custom Pet Face Stickers
- Whistle GO Explore Health & Location Tracker
- Wopet Automatic Pet Feeder
- and more.
Check out the free guide here: https://www.safety.com/best-christmas-gifts-for-pet-owners-2019/
Technology is influencing every aspect of our lives, so it's only natural that there should be an emerging segment of the pet products industry called "pet tech." Yes, it's really a thing! Some of the pet tech products available today may strike you as absurd, but you may think others are pretty ingenious and useful.
You'll find some pretty amazing stuff here, including:
- A dog carrier for your bicycle
- A "smart" dog house
- A "dog activity social network"
- A harness for dogs with hip dysplasia
Check out the list -- it's mind-boggling!
An article last month in The Washington Post sang the praises of Asheville as "Dog City USA." It's written from the perspective of dog owner Melanie D.G. Kaplan, who brought her dog Hamilton to Asheville for a visit. "In just two hours, this mountain town in Western North Carolina blew his little beagle mind," writes Kaplan.
Kaplan says "Asheville is nirvana for dogs and humans who love the outdoors... I learned that this progressive city is canine-friendly in ways that go far beyond biscuits." She took "Hammy" on a dog-friendly tour offered by The Dog Door that stopped at Three Dog Bakery, ZaPow, Tasty Beverage Co., and Catawba Brewing -- all welcoming to dogs. Hammy also enjoyed "a gorgeous meal of diced carrots, sweet potato, zucchini and salmon" prepared by the Twisted Laurel restaurant.
Read more about Kaplan's experiences here. Aren't we lucky to live in "Dog City"?
Over 43 million households in the U.S. include dogs as part of their family. Businesses recognize that dog owners are a large group of people who are passionate about their pets. Increasingly, hotels, restaurants, and retail establishments are instituting dog-friendly policies, welcoming dog owners and their furry friends. In fact, a number of businesses even offer incentives for dog owners.
Wikibuy has put together a handy infographic that lists numerous national restaurant chains that offer a variety of specials for dogs, such as secret menus and special treats. The infographic also has a listing of hotels offering deals and freebies, as well as a section of general pet freebies. It's a useful guide that could tell you which places welcome dogs -- and it could also save you money.
Check it out here: https://wikibuy.com/blog/pet-freebies-5692fab42da
"Finding Rover" is a new technology that uses facial recognition technology to help reunite lost dogs and cats with their families, allowing anyone with computer access to be a superhero.
If you FIND a stray dog or cat, all you need to do is click ‘I Found a Pet’, snap a picture on your phone, and upload to www.findingrover.com. From there the magic of Finding Rover will match that photo with photos of pets that have been reported missing.
If you have LOST a dog or cat, click ‘I Lost a Pet’, upload your pet’s picture, and Finding Rover will search found reports which will include animals in our care. A partnership with Asheville Humane Society, who operate the Buncombe County Animal Shelter, automatically updates all of the pets at the shelter on Asheville Humane's Finding Rover page!
Wondering why you should use this new technology? Here are the top five reasons:
1. It’s easy! Anyone with a smartphone or computer can upload a lost or found dog or cat instantly.
2. It’s FREE! Although millions of dollars have been invested into this technology, it doesn’t cost you a penny.
3. It helps find pets homes! It’s not just about helping lost pets. Dogs and cats that are Available for Adoption are also on Finding Rover!
4. It’s not just for dogs! Dogs aren’t the only pets that get out. Finding Rover is optimized to work for feline friends as well.
5. It saves lives! At your shelter the number one goal is to keep pets safe before they even reach your doors. Using this tool, we can all become superheroes and help keep our shelter empty.
For more information or to upload a photo of your pet, visit: https://www.findingrover.com/