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March 2016

Crash Test Study on Pet Carriers: What the Executive Director of WPHS Wants You to Know

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Pet owners often consider their pets as part of their family, and so try to treat their pets as they would any other member of their family. This means that they will often consider taking their pets when they decide to take a road trip–whether for one day or for a longer vacation. Obviously one would then need to secure their pet safely in the car, just as they secure themselves and their family members, which means turning to pet safety belts or carriers. But what if the carrier one has for their pet places them in even more danger? Pet Safety in Cars Joy Braunstein, the Executive Director of the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, personally understands the importance of pet safety in the car. As a devout animal lover, it is no wonder that Joy’s German Shepherd, Coda, is always included in family events. Recently, however, Coda’s participation in…

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5 Signs of Animal Abuse and What to Do

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As truly abhorrent as the idea of animal abuse may be, the fact is that it does occur. Since animals themselves are helpless to do anything to stop the cruel treatment they are receiving, it falls to others to watch out for signs of animal abuse and take action. Doing so can not only help the abused animal to receive the love and care they truly deserve, it may actually save their life. 5 Signs of Animal Abuse Animal abuse is generally understood as the infliction physical pain, suffering or death upon an animal for sport, the indulgence of cruel and vindictive tempers or with complete indifference to its pain. Following are five key signs that an animal is being abused: 1. Poor physical condition. This includes a filthy coat, severe matting, open sores and obvious wounds. Neglecting an animal so that it suffers poor physical condition is definitely animal…

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Chiropractic Services for Pets Rising in PA Despite Doubts

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Most pet owners would readily agree that they are willing to do anything that will help their pet live a happy, healthy life. For some pet owners, this translates into providing their pet with the best medical care that money can buy, and that is recommended to them by their trusted veterinarian. However, others are beginning to wonder whether medications and surgeries are truly the best option for their furry friend–or if more natural treatments, like chiropractic, may be better. About Chiropractic Services for Pets Chiropractic services for pets, especially for dogs, has been slowly growing in popularity, though it still remains less common than conventional veterinary therapies and carries some risk. The American Veterinary Chiropractic Association requires chiropractors to attend a conference, pass an exit exam and take written and clinical tests in order to receive the certification necessary to adjust animals. They then need to renew their certification…

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Dog Naming Trends in Western Pennsylvania

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Dogs can bring many wonderful benefits to their owners’ lives. Not only can they be loving, dedicated and whimsical companions, dogs can also help to reduce their owner’s blood pressure and anxiety levels and increase their physical activity levels. It is no wonder, then, that so many individuals choose to bring a dog into their life. Even when an individual has chosen to bring a dog into their life, they don’t normally jump at the first dog they see. Choosing the right canine companion for one’s lifestyle and family is a careful and time-consuming process. It may take days, weeks or even months to find the right dog, which can make it all the more satisfying and exciting when one finally does make that important connection. Then, an individual is faced with a new challenge: choosing the right name for their dog. Choosing the Right Name Some individuals may not…

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