You recycle. You turn of lights you're not using. Maybe you even adjust your thermostat to help conserve energy. You may think you’re on top of things, being eco-conscious and making sure you’re taking steps to reduce your own carbon footprint. But our furry companions also can make quite an impact on the environment. Dogs and cats cause a quarter of the greenhouse gas emissions from animal agriculture. That’s a pretty sizeable number.
Retiring a Service Dog is a hard decision, particularly after years of partnership, and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s hard to know when the time is right or how to go about it, but here are some points to consider before taking the leap.
Escalators and moving sidewalks are everywhere in today’s convenience driven-world. Today’s Service Dog teams are likely to regularly encounter them, especially teams that travel, work in a large or multi-story office building or those that enjoy frequenting the mall. For humans, getting on an escalator or moving sidewalk is simple: step on. For Service Dogs, though, there are some additional considerations for safety.
While everyone should have a well thought out disaster plan, those with disabilities often have special concerns, such as having extra supplies, medications or other provisions.
Everyone is talking about the upcoming eclipse, but for many people, there are lots of questions left unanswered. What’s going to happen during the eclipse? How can you prepare for the eclipse? Are there any special considerations for people with a disability? How will the eclipse affect your Service Dog? Does your location alter the type of planning you should do? Learn the answers to all of these questions and more.
While many appreciate the beauty of fall colors, from the leaves on trees to potted mums and carved pumpkins, there are seasonal hazards for Service Dogs and their owners to be aware of, no matter what part of the country you live in.
Gastric dilation and volvulus syndrome (GDV), more commonly known as bloat, gastric torsion, or ‘twisted stomach’, is a serious and sometimes life-threatening condition that many breeds, especially deep-chested breeds, may experience.
Feeding a dog isn't as simple as pouring a can of dog food into a bowl and leaving it for your pooch to eat at its leisure. Knowledgeable owners, handlers and trainers are often extremely passionate (sometimes to the point of being evangelical) about their preferences. They know that in order to give your animal the best type of dog food to supply the exact nutrition that he or she needs, there are some important guidelines to follow.
Summer is in full swing! As you make your plans for the summer, don't forget to keep your four-legged friend in mind with these essential safety tips.