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Rescue Video: Theo

Posted by Dana on June 24th, 2014

TheoB4After2 Theo had been roaming the streets of Compton, California for a year before he was rescued. Neighbors said his family had moved and left him behind to fend for himself. Theo was dirty, hungry, and scared. But then Hope for Paws found out about him and made it priority #1 to save this little guy. Watch his amazing transformation in this all new rescue video from Eldad Hagar.  For info on adopting Theo who is being fostered by Mutt Scouts, please visit his profile: Read More

Can my pet get sunburned?

Posted by Jennifer on June 23rd, 2014

pets-sunscreenYes! Pets, just like people, can get a sunburn. Most pets have fur which does provide some protection from the sun’s burning rays, but pets don’t have fur on their noses or pads of their feet, and many pets have very thin or no hair on the tops of their snouts, the tips of their ears, their bellies, groins, and armpits. Dogs with pink skin and/or pink noses are especially prone to getting a painful and dangerous sunburn. Also just like people, sunburn puts pets at a higher risk of skin cancer. So what can you do to protect your pet from sunburn? Read More

Should my pet have her first heat before she is spayed?

Posted by Jennifer on June 16th, 2014

PuppyKissMany people still believe that a dog or cat should have her first heat before she is spayed. This old wives tale! I was in a vet office yesterday, and overheard a young couple ask the vet, “Can our puppy really get pregnant now? She is only a baby!” A 7- month-old baby, so the vet’s answer was YES she can! Dogs and cats (puppies and kittens really) can go into heat as young as 6 months of age, especially smaller dogs and kittens. That’s just one reason so many caring vets are recommending their clients get their dogs and cats spayed at 4 months of age. Your puppy does not need to have her first heat – on the contrary! North Shore Animal League of America points out that spaying, “Risk of mammary gland tumors, ovarian and/or uterine cancer is reduced or eliminated, especially if done before the first heat cycle.” Read More

What is bloat?

Posted by Jennifer on June 9th, 2014

little-dogs-can-bloat-tooBloat. For many dog owners, the word “bloat” is like a stab of fear to their belly. Rightfully so! Bloat in dogs can be fatal. Bloat is the common term for gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) The ASPCA says, “When bloat occurs, the dog’s stomach fills with air, fluid and/or food. The enlarged stomach puts pressure on other organs, can cause difficulty breathing, and eventually may decrease blood supply to a dog’s vital organs. This condition can cause rapid clinical signs and death in several hours. Even with immediate treatment, approximately 25% to 40% of dogs die from this medical emergency.” Oh my! Many pet owners aren’t even aware of what the symptoms of bloat are, or if their dog – because of his or her breed or breed mix – may be prone to bloat. (If you’re familiar with colic in horses, it is very similar.) So what causes bloat, and what can you do to reduce the risk that your dog will bloat? Read on… Read More

RedandHowling: A Prayer

Posted by Dana on June 6th, 2014

So cute! Sleeping adopted puppy and baby

Posted by Jennifer on June 2nd, 2014

sleeping-puppy-babyBlogger Jessica Shyba created a viral phenomena with her amazing photos documenting her son and their newly adopted puppy snuggling during their naps together. Our friends over at Petcentric write, “Jessica’s eye for coo-worthy moments between her son, Beau, and sleeping dog, Theo, (and the rest of the family) have spawned an Instagram account that has exploded in popularity through the hashtag #theoandbeau.” Through Jessica’s artful photography, you and her 454,583 other followers can keep up with the puppy and baby as they grow up together. She’s also publishing her favorite photos as a book, available for pre-order now, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Santa Cruz SPCA, where they rescued Theo. We think that makes these photos even cuter! Read More

New Cat Adopter Question: Daily walks?

Posted by Jennifer on May 26th, 2014

cat-bed-litter-panLike curious children exploring their world, new cat adopters never cease to delight pet adoption counselors with their unusual questions! Even after 15 years of pet adoption counseling, I can still be surprised with what they ask. Last week a new cat adopter who’d had dogs before but not cats, asked, “Do I need to take Fluffy out for daily walks? You know, to go to the bathroom?” I explained that no, Fluffy did not need daily walks! To experienced cat folks, that probably sounds silly, but it was an honest question. The potential adopter  thought that the newspaper and towels lining the cats’ cages was there for the same reason you’d put newspaper down on the floor for a puppy — that was where the cat would go to the bathroom. The metal pans filled with litter in the cats’ cages? With so many cats sleeping in them, he thought they were cat beds! Read More

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