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  • Are two exams per year necessary?

    Are two exams per year necessary?

    Question: My veterinarian requested that I bring my dog in twice a year for an exam. Is that necessary? Answer: How often your pet is examined is subject to many variables that only your veterinarian would be qualified to answer, since they know your pet’s health, any diseases endemic to your area and any special […]

  • Pet shipping safety?

    Pet shipping safety?

    Question: I am moving my pet by air, and my biggest concern is his safety. How do I keep him safe throughout his journey? Answer: Many of the fears surrounding pet transportation stem from owners putting pets on planes without knowing the correct ways to prepare their animals, or the correct aircraft to use for […]

  • Clumping cat litter

    Clumping cat litter

    The pros and cons of clumping cat litter

  • Howard Stern blasts owners who dump dogs and cats

    Howard Stern blasts owners who dump dogs and cats

    I’m becoming something of a single-issue celebrity fan, and it’s messing with my identity. When Jay Leno questioned the cruelty of Michael Vick‘s actions, it was easy enough to wash my hands of him. I’d never liked Leno, and his utter lack of compassion aligned well with my vision of him as plastic and soulless. […]

  • Pet names and nicknames: what do they say about us?

    Pet names and nicknames: what do they say about us?

    This editorial courtesy of Dr. Patty Khuly, PetMD.com. Pet names — as in the nicknames we give to our pets — say lots about who we are and what our pets mean to us. It’s a truism that’s especially evident in the examination room, whether people coo sweet nothings to their beloveds … or chat […]

  • Amid earthquake devastation, dogs in Japan are epitome of loyalty

    Amid earthquake devastation, dogs in Japan are epitome of loyalty

    Spoiler alert: Both dogs have been rescued by Kenn Sakurai and his team, and are in the care of professionals. There’s nothing dramatic, in the conventional sense, about this clip. You simply witness compassion in its purest and most honest form, a subtly moving tribute of one dog’s loyalty to his injured companion. Many […]

  • Help animals displaced by Japan’s earthquake and tsunami

    Help animals displaced by Japan’s earthquake and tsunami

    Sherri, a friend of a friend of mine, lives in Japan and has volunteered for four years with ARK (Animal Refuge Kansai). Sherri reports that while her community has largely been spared fatalities due to the earthquake and tsunami, she’s only about a six hour drive from major devastation. Rescuers are attempting to gain access […]

  • Pets vs. children: George Clooney’s girlfriend weighs in

    Pets vs. children: George Clooney’s girlfriend weighs in

    This article courtesy of Patty Khuly, VMD, MBA, PetMD.com. George Clooney’s got a new-ish girlfriend. This one’s name is Elisabetta Canalis. She made waves recently after she spoke frankly about not wanting to have children. Her dogs are enough, she explained (which seemed like a good policy to me, given her choice of partners). But […]

  • Egypt’s animals need our help

    Egypt’s animals need our help

    Along with the rest of the world, I’ve been watching with fascination the uprising in Egypt. As brave humans rally against an autocratic regime, some giving their lives to bring freedom for all, animals are caught in the crossfire. One organization is taking notice: ESMA (Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals), was born out of […]

  • Bill would make torturing dog or cat felony offense

    Bill would make torturing dog or cat felony offense

    This article courtesy of Pet Insurance 101. One year after state lawmakers failed to make it a serious crime to torture dogs and cats, they will consider a similar bill introduced in the Senate this session. Senate Pro Tempore Billy Hewes, R-Gulfport, is sponsoring legislation that would make the deliberate torture, mutilation, maiming or burning […]

  • Grooming Products by Pet Head

    Grooming Products by Pet Head

    Pet Product Review: Grooming Products by Pet Head Have you heard of the people grooming products under the name Bed Head? Well, these fun products with names like Superstar, Ego Boost, Cocky, and Moisture Maniac are products I use quite often. So, when I came across a new line with the name Pet Head, grooming […]

  • Dog rescue and animal rescue stories

    Dog rescue and animal rescue stories

    Follow DogTime Editor-in-Chief, Leslie Smith, as she travels the country profiling animal shelters and their teams, passionate in their commitment to aid animals in need. 

  • Animal abuse registry — and why the HSUS’s Wayne Pacelle opposes it

    Animal abuse registry — and why the HSUS’s Wayne Pacelle opposes it

    Yesterday I received two emails from two different animal welfare groups taking opposing views on the same topic. The first came from the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), and featured a photo of Justin, the 19-pound Doberman found starving and on the brink of death in a foreclosed home. The ALDF was reporting two […]

  • What dogs and cats have to do with deer and dairy cows

    What dogs and cats have to do with deer and dairy cows

    Whenever I write about the emotions of animals, reader responses pour in. For anyone who loves a cat or dog (or bird or turtle or rabbit), it’s welcome but not surprising to hear science confirm what we already know: Animals think and feel. Today, as I work on an article about holiday pet adoption, I’m […]

  • Prevent euthanasia for 500 Gulf animals — vote every day in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge

    Prevent euthanasia for 500 Gulf animals — vote every day in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge

    Though it’s been over six months since the BP oil spill, the first thing you see on the homepage of Louisiana’s St. Bernard’s Parish animal shelter is this: The BP Oil Spill disaster has had a devastating effect on the animals of St. Bernard Parish.  Dogs and cats by the scores are being surrendered to […]

  • Coupons and free offers on dog food, dog supplies, and more

    Coupons and free offers on dog food, dog supplies, and more

    Welcome, bargain hounds, to the best place on the Web to find free offers, exclusive deals, and money-saving coupons on your pet’s favorite dog food and on all your preferred dog supplies. Save big on some of the biggest brand names in dog care, including Kong, Eukanuba, Hill’s Science Diet, and more.

  • ASPCA partners with DogTime to list adoptable animals on their website

    ASPCA partners with DogTime to list adoptable animals on their website

    Yeah, I know – I’m a goofy, emotional “animal person.” But right now I’m extra verklempt because this is a big day for my employer, DogTime.com.  And it’s a huge day for shelter dogs and cats around the country. For the first time in its history, the ASPCA is now listing adoptable animals, nation wide, […]

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  • Careers with pets?

    Careers with pets?

    Question: Does it make sense to embark on a new career where I can work with animals, especially during hard economic times? Answer: Career opportunities with animals continue to grow and expand, even during hard economic times. Pet owners know that pets are part of the family, which means that the majority of pet owners […]

  • Save a Cat Community Page

    Save a Cat Community Page

    If you’re like many Facebook users, you’ve gained a lot from your time there: you’ve learned which Teletubby you most closely resemble and who among your friends is also a fan of Frogger. But just think… Now you can help others gain something important, namely a second chance for shelter cats around the country. Save […]

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