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Pet of the Week: Bruno

Bruno is channeling his inner Sir Elton John in this photograph for Valentine's Day! He is such a calm, friendly guy, it's hard not to fall in love with him! Bruno is about six-and-a-half years old, loves snacks, and enjoys sweater weather. For more information Click Here. Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Fence Fighting

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor Fence fighting. You may not have known what this behavior is called but I’ll bet you’ve seen it. When a dog is left to his own resources outdoors, he may exhibit an annoying chain of behaviors. If you have a fenced-in yard Fido may spot movement outside of the fence and run the length of the enclosed area barking furiously. Eventually, the object or person will disappear from view and the dog will calm down and be quiet. But suddenly, another object or person shows up in “his” space and the barking starts all over again. That is fence fighting. The way to curb your dog’s enthusiastic response to outside stimulus is simple: do not allow your dog outside unattended. Watch... Read more →


*Gloucester City's Feral Animal Society Fundraiser

source: The Feral Animal Society, of Gloucester City Gloucester City, NJ--The Feral Animal Society of Gloucester City is a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation, established in 2019. Our primary mission is to manage the population of feral animals in Gloucester City and to provide humane education about feral animals to our community. We strive to create humane, safe communities for feral cats and dogs through Trap-Neuter-Return and Colony Health Maintenance. Our goals are to reduce the suffering and birth rate of these animals, the number of cats and dogs entering shelters, and the number of healthy cats and dogs being euthanized. Through community partnership and volunteerism, we promote animal health and the significance of the human-animal bond in the well-being of our community. Our Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) Program,... Read more →


Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Furry Valentine's Day Photo Contest

Welcome to our First Annual Furry Valentine Contest! Have an adorable pet who has stolen your heart? Want to show the world how playful your pup is? Is your kitty the cat's meow? Then you're in the right place! Submit your photo for a chance to score some shelter swag! Share with your friends to increase your chances of winning! Our contest runs through Valentine's Day, so spread the word and start racking up the votes! Prizes Grand Prize Winner will receive a photoshoot* with SD Photography Grand Prize Winner will receive 10-15 edited, digital portraits Grand Prize Winner's pet will be included in print materials for Homeward Bound Grand Prize Winner and 1st and 2nd Runner Ups each receive a Homeward Bound Prize Bag... Read more →


Pet of The Week: JADIS

SHE is a 5 year old teacup Chihuahua. She was found on a busy road in a nearby town. This darling little lady was very frightened initially, but she has settled in nicely. She loves to be carried and is a true lap dog. Jadis may do well with other small dogs. Jadis is a happy girl who is looking for a family that will spoil her and treat her like the princess she was meant to be. To learn more about Jadis, please Click Here. Better yet, stop by the Voorhees Animal Orphanage and ask to meet her. We are on Cooper Road, right next to the fire house. RELATED: Pet Tips Pets Are The Best Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Allergies

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Spring is a lovely time of year—except when your dog has allergies. Dogs can suffer from many of the same types of allergies that plague humans. For example, pollen can cause dogs to scratch and bite their skin, certain weeds can make a dog sneeze, and some trees give Fido weepy, sticky eyes! Hey may even develop "hot spots", or scratch until his fur comes out in patches. If your dog shows signs of allergies, call your veterinarian. He may recommend an over-the-counter antihistamine, but do not give your best buddy any medication without your doctor’s recommendation. If you have questions about this or any other dog-related issue please call or text me at 856.981.8957 or email brotherofthewolf@live.com. There is never a... Read more →


PET OF THE WEEK: RODNEY

Hey there, my name is Rodney and I am one big boy. I am a one-year-old terrier mix looking for a loving home. Playing with toys, taking walks, and spending time with you are three of my favorite things. I know some basic commands, but I pull hard on my leash. Sometimes I don’t know my own strength, but I am a gentle giant at heart. Would you like to make me a part of your family? Please ask the AWA staff how you can take me home today! Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Aggression

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor What does aggression mean when referencing a dog? Aggression is the intent to do harm, whether it is focused toward a human, another dog, or any other animal. This includes resource guarding, (aggressive behavior while protecting an object or person whom the dog probably believes belongs to him). When you label your dog ‘aggressive’ and he attacks, you, as the owner, are doubly liable because you knew he was aggressive. Unless you have been informed by an animal behaviorist with a veterinary degree, or an animal behavior consultant—an individual with many years of experience—do not declare that your dog is aggressive! If you know Fido is likely to attack you may still be able to give him a life filled with devotion.... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Winter Precautions

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor Winter is here. It’s cold, windy, and icy. But your dog still needs to go outside, either for a walk or to the back yard several times a day. There are a few things you can do to assure Fido’s safety and relative comfort during extreme weather conditions. Make sure that your dog is dry before he goes outdoors. Allow plenty of time after a bath so that his coat will not freeze. Use only animal-friendly products to melt ice in the area in which he walks. Regular rock salt will damage the pads of his paws! Consider dog boots. Most dogs aren’t fond of them but if you’re headed for rough terrain the damage to his paws may cause suffering... Read more →


Pet of the Week: Toby

I'm a super lovable little guy who loves people. I'm a little spoiled here - I have a favorite blanket, and I get tucked in most nights! But I'd truly love to go to my forever home. I'm really not interested in toys at this time, but people, oh yeah. I'm just looking for a family to hang out with and maybe some day I'll find a toy that strikes my fancy. I'm good with other dogs and hope to make new friends someday. I'm learning how to walk nicely on a leash and should be good at it in no time flat. I would enjoy a fenced yard so I can run around if the mood strikes me. I should be fine children of... Read more →


Demand for Pet Blood

As a result of recent advancements in veterinary medicine and owners increasingly willing to spend more money on care for the family pet, the demand for pet blood has increased; however, pet blood supplies around the country continues to fall short. In fact, many veterinarians today rely on out-of-state blood banks that often have an extremely limited supply. January is National Blood Donor Month, which makes it a perfect time to bring awareness to the importance and benefits of pet blood banks. BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital has eight pet blood banks across the country that are helping to treat heart disease, heat stroke, immune system conditions, kidney disease or injury, acute trauma, poisoning and more in pets. BluePearl also works with Canine Blood... Read more →


Rescue Puppy Named New Voice Of The TurfMutt Foundation

(NAPSI)—A puppy named Mulligan has big paws to fill, but the mixed breed rescue dog is up to the challenge of becoming the new voice for the TurfMutt Foundation, says his new owner and guardian, Kris Kiser, President of the organization. Since 2009, Kiser’s rescue dog, Lucky, “pawed it forward” by leading the Foundation’s environmental education and stewardship program for students in grades K to 8. Sadly, Lucky passed away recently, but his superhero cape is being picked up by perky Mulligan, who was found by Kiser last month during Lucky’s Mutt Madness, a national pet adoption event organized by the Foundation during GIE+EXPO, the nation’s leading trade show for outdoor power, landscaping and hardscaping industry professionals, held each October in Louisville, Ky. Mulligan was... Read more →


Looking for a Forever Home: Meet Millo

Millo happens to be a very special girl. She came to Husky House with brain trauma which has resulted in some neurological issues. In short, she is a special needs dog and can’t do some things a normal dog can do. For example, she freezes and will not walk on a leash and she can’t climb stairs. It’s possible that with time she could walk on a leash but may be not. Due to this, she would do best in a home with a secure, fenced in area where she can run and play. With that said, she loves to play, knows her name and she’s nothing but a love! Interested in adopting Millo? Please visit www.huskyhouse.org today to fill out an application. More about... Read more →


Looking for A Forever Home: Meet Louisa

Meet Louisa. Louisa is looking for her loving forever home. An owner surrender, she is an even tempered girl. She gets along well with other dogs her size. She is friendly, affectionate and enjoys going for walks. She can be a little strong on the leash at first, but soon settles to enjoy a nice stroll. Please no homes with young/small children, small animals, small dogs or cats. Interested in adopting Louisa? Please visit www.huskyhouse.org today to fill out an application. More about Louisa Up-to-date with vaccinations Not good with cats Good with dogs Available date: 3/17/2017 Birth date: 5/14/2014 (not exact) Color: Black with Tan, Yellow or Fawn Adoption and Rescue Husky House's goal is to place our orphans in permanent loving homes as... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Teaching Your Dog to Go Home

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor Some dogs are escape artists, darting outside whenever they see an opportunity. It's not that they don't enjoy their homes, it's just that they seek the outdoors or a good chase! When you are walking a newly-adopted dog try to take him on the same route every day so that he sees how to get from Point A to Point B. He will smell the pathway back to your house and it will be ingrained in him. When you are on your way home from a walk say the phrase, "Let's go home!" at the end of each walk. That way, if he decides to "run away" later, he'll find his way. When folks see a stray dog, chances are they... Read more →


PET OF THE WEEK: Venus

She is a happy & friendly, 2-year old Choc-Lab-mix. She came to us locally when her family lost their home. Venus loves to be with people and get as much attention as she can. She is particularly fond of belly rubs. She is a bit strong on leash, but she is very obedient, eager to please, and appears to be housebroken as well. Venus would love a home with a fenced yard, and might do best with older children, as she was never around little kids. She is going to make a very loyal & loving companion to some lucky family out there! Stop by the Voorhees Animal Orphanage and ask to meet Venus soon! Read more →


PET FOR ADOPTION: MEET ANDREW

Meet Andrew Available for adoption January 16, 2020 The adoption fee for unaltered animals is $350 + plus $75 spay/neuter deposit. The adoption fee for altered animals is $425. Please note that we do have transportation available for most of our adoptable pets between NJ and PA locations. In most cases if you are interested in a dog listed in another location we are able to transport the puppy to a closer foster home. Adoption Process: Send an email to info@therileyrescue.com requesting an adoption application. Complete the adoption application and submit it via email. Once approved an appointment will be set to meet the puppy/dog. If all goes well at the meeting your new pet will go home with you that same day. All dogs... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Dress for the Weather

Dawn Watson/CNBNewsnet I am often asked if I approve of dogs being “dressed” for cold weather. The short answer is ‘yes’. Small dogs and hairless breeds can easily suffer from hypothermia. If they are cold for long periods of time, they may freeze to death. It’s important to keep them from becoming over-exposed to harsh weather. Never allow your small or medium-sized dog outdoors without being right by his side. If you are cold, he is cold! It is now a felony in many states to have an untended dog outside without shelter or water for longer than an hour. This rule should be changed to disallow a small dog to remain out-of-doors in any extreme temperature for longer than a few minutes! Your small... Read more →


Pet of the Week: Stax

STAX This handsome hunk is about 3 years old and is ready to find his forever home. He has wrinkles for days and has the best smile around! He enjoys rolling in the grass and hanging out with his volunteer buddies. Adopt Stax today at the Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center. Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Happy New Year

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor So many things have made 2019 'different' to me, personally. Through it all, my dogs were by my side. In March, 2019 I lost my home and my training studio at 700 Market Street--my taxes tripled and I simply could no longer afford the property. I began pulling and living in a small camper. The dogs were happy. It was a rough life, but we survived because we were all together. Walks were escalated until my pups and I were walking miles per day. The ones that were too frail to walk were carried in a sling on my shoulders. Throughout the heat of summer we struggled. Then, a relative allowed us to move into her home. All of us! While we... Read more →


New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier and Happier Pet

Gloucestercitynews.net--Veterinarians from BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital are encouraging pet owners to make New Year’s plans for pets, because just like us, they can benefit from changes to their wellness routines. “Pets cannot make resolutions on their own; only you, the owner, can do that. As we come into the new years and the new decade, it is important to remember that pets’ may also need to ditch those bad dietary habits and engage in a more healthy lifestyle,” said Cathy Meeks, DVM, Regional Vice President of Medicine at BluePearl. “This new year, try to set some achievable goals for your pet and stick to them. Ultimately, these resolutions will make for a happier and healthier pet.” Here are a few New Year’s resolution... Read more →


PETS ARE THE BEST: Eight new pups report for duty

Urban, a three-month-old black Labrador retriever, trains with Danielle Berger at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center. Berger is leading the training for the U litter, composed of Urban and seven of her brothers and sisters, with assistance from interns including (left to right) Charlotte Kronick, Dominique Andrews, Trevor Vidas, and Tesa Stone. (All images: Eric Sucar/University Communications) PHILADELPHIA PA--More sure-footed and confident by the day, the U litter puppies of the Working Dog Center are not yet 3 months old, yet are already a month into their training to use their agile bodies and sensitive noses to serve society. These eight pups, all black Labrador retrievers, also fit into a special category: They are WDC legacies, the first to be born to two “graduates”... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: New Year's Eve

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor New Year's eve can be a festive, fun-filled adventure for everyone. But what about Fido? It's possible that the festivities can overwhelm your dog, with its noise makers and fireworks, people and fun. If you are planning a get-together, take precautions ahead of time. Make it safe for all involved! Find a safe place for Fido, even if it means he is in a bedroom or his crate. Cover his crate (except for the door) so it resembles a den. Put a few treats in there and his favorite toy. You may even consider leaving his door open so he can come and go as he chooses. Remind guests not to feed your dog. Over-indulging on table food may cause gastric problems... Read more →


Veterinarians Offer Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe in Winter

As parts of the U.S. gear up for a powerful post-Christmas winter storm–packed with strong winds, heavy snow, and freezing rain—veterinarians at BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital are offering a few tips to help keep pets safe. "Many people think that dogs and cats’ fur make them more resistant to cold weather, but that is not necessarily true. Cold tolerance can vary based on a pets’ size, coat, body fat percentage, activity level, age and overall health,” remarked Harry Weatherson, BVetMed, MRCVS, ER Service Head and emergency veterinarian at BluePearl in New York City. “While huskies and other dogs bred for colder climates are more tolerant of cold weather, all dogs and cats are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. As a general rule, if... Read more →


Voorhees Animal Orphanage Pet of the Week: Reuben

Reuben is a beautiful buff and white boy who came to the Voorhees Animal Orphanage as a stray and is looking for a fresh start. He's a gentle soul and enjoys being petted and loved. And he would love to go home with you! If you're looking for a devoted companion to keep you company, you must come meet sweet Reuben at PetValu on Rte 70 in Marlton, NJ today! You can read more about Reuben, and all of the other fine felines that are available for adoption here. Read more →


Fingerprints of an invisible, restricted horseracing therapy

By Katherine Unger Baillie | Kbaillie@Upenn.edu A treatment called extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is used in patients both human and equine to speed healing of injured tendons and ligaments. Using high-pressure sonic waves, ESWT is thought to increase blood flow to the treated area, and has been shown to reduce pain over the short term. Mary Robinson, director of Penn Vet’s Equine Pharmacology Laboratory, led work with lab member Jinwen Chen, to find fingerprints of shockwave therapy, a treatment used to address injury and pain in both humans and horses. The practice is banned in racehorses 10 days prior to competition. (Image: Paulick Report) In racehorses, however, masking pain can come with a cost: overworked minor injuries could lead to major ones—or even pose a... Read more →


Ann is The Pet of the Week

Ann is a sweet 1 year old female hound mix. She is mostly fully grown at 35 pounds but is on the skinny side, so gaining a few extra pounds wouldn’t hurt. She likes other dogs and is good with children of any age. Ann would do well in a more active home with a family who is willing to give her plenty of mental and physical exercise. Visit Ann at the https://www.awanj.org/ today. Read more →


The Pet Industry Is Changing

Gloucestercitynews.net(Dec. 16, 2019)--There are multiple websites that provide detailed information on pet accessories, such as the one available on petsinuniform.com. This is only a small aspect that shows how much the pet industry has grown in the past years. It’s important to correlate the significant differences between generations to see the direction in which this industry is going. What do the statistics look like? The pet industry has experienced what we can call an explosive growth in the past years, and the data is here to support this statement. The American Pet Products Association has worked to provide some facts and figures on this matter and, according to the data provided, there are around 85 million households across the country that have a pet. There’s... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Separation Anxiety

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor When I think of separation anxiety in animals, I picture nervousness, inappropriate activities, and/or extreme verbalization when the animal is left alone or when the primary caregiver is absent. Some dogs are so crippled by separation anxiety that their owners rehome them because of the damage they have caused. There is no ‘quick fix’ when it comes to this upsetting behavior. It takes time and patience to train the dog that you will be returning. Here are a few steps you can take to ease your best buddy’s anxiety: If Fido is usually crated when you are not at home, place him in his crate with a few toys, grab your keys, and without making eye contact or speaking, leave the house.... Read more →


NJ Senator Declan O’Scanlon Wants Stronger Animal Cruelty Law

TRENTON, NJ --Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) called for action on stricter animal cruelty laws following news that the man who left a pit bull named River in a cage to drown in the Shrewsbury River was found not guilty of attempting to kill the dog. “Something clearly needs to change when a person can leave a dog trapped in a cage to be drowned by the rising tide but not be convicted of attempting to kill that animal. It is simply barbaric,” said O’Scanlon. “While I’m glad he was found guilty of fourth-degree animal cruelty at the very least, we need to do more. What happened to River and the outcome of this case highlights that action must be taken.” Following last year’s news of... Read more →


Gray Fox Animal Hospital Gifts A Vest This Holiday Season

Veterinarians to Donate to K9 Unit Woodbury Heights, N.J.—One officer in the Woodbury PD will walk the streets a bit safer next week. Recon, a Czech Shepherd being handled by Patrolman Mitchell has just been fitted for his custom K9 Tactical Gear vest. Husband and wife veterinarians, Doctors Lee and Bernadette Spector, VMDs, will present the vest to Recon on December 11 at 12:30 p.m. on the grounds of the animal hospital. The Gray Fox staff knows how important a ballistic vest can be for the officers of the K9 unit. "We are thrilled to donate another vest to help protect Recon,” Dr. Bernadette Spector remarked. “We love knowing that the vests protect against knife and bullet wounds while the K9s protect Woodbury.” In 2017,... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Exercise

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Exercise is essential for the health of your dog. But how much exercise is needed? One can generally use a dog’s weight (if the dog is a normal weight) as an indicator of the correct amount of exercise. For example, a small dog is usually content with one or two walks per day and some outdoor playtime in the back yard. A medium dog requires more exercise, especially the herding breeds (cattle dog, shelty, etc.). Two or three, mile-long jaunts are in order for these dogs. Some larger dogs are content with a quick run and time well spent in the yard. However, German shepherds, huskies, malamutes, and other working dogs require with lots of exercise, jobs to do (pulling a sled,... Read more →


Heart + Paw Partners With Philadelphia Based Vendor

Creates the Perfect Holiday Gift for Your Pet Don't Forget About Your Four Legged Family Member This Holiday Season! PHILADELPHIA, PA (December, 2019) - It’s no secret that Heart + Paw takes their role in pet parenthood very seriously. They’ve thought of everything; from unique service touchpoints in their locations to ensure pets are always comfortable to state of the art facilities. Along with a passion for pets, Heart + Paw is very passionate about working with local makers and companies to build each of their locations. It is a part of Heart + Paw’s core mission to deliver on sustainability; both in avoiding extensive global shipping and sustaining businesses in their backyard in the wake of globalization. See below for the full list of... Read more →


This Penn heart patient is a 9-year-old boxer dog named Sophie

Cardiology resident Alexandra Crooks and cardiologist Anna Gelzer of Penn Vet headed up care for 9-year-old Sophie, the beloved pet of Karen Cortellino, pictured here with her son Alex Peña. Not long after the ablation procedure, Cortellino says the boxer was “back to her perky self.” For Karen Cortellino, her 9-year-old dog Sophie is more than just a companion. “There’s this bumper sticker that says, ‘Rescue dogs: Who rescued who?’” says Cortellino, a physician from New Jersey. “That’s exactly how I feel.” Eight years ago, she adopted Sophie, a boxer, two weeks after the death of the family’s first boxer, and “she’s been Mommy’s baby ever since.” A few months ago, however, Sophie’s star rose even higher: She became the first dog with a particular... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Holidays

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor The holidays are upon us! Family members will gather together, spending time with one another and eating lots of goodies! But, what about Fido? Your dog is part of the family and thus, should be included in the festivities! However, a certain amount of preparation is in order so that everyone enjoys a relaxed and social time. Be sure that your dog is up to date on his immunizations. In case he becomes anxious and decides to take a chunk out of Uncle Chuck or to nip Aunt Nancy at least he won’t give anyone rabies! Seriously, if your best buddy is excitable, give him a space of his own, whether it’s his crate or a spare bedroom. And please, make sure... Read more →


PETS ARE THE BEST

November and December are filled with holiday merriment, but an unexpected trip to the veterinary hospital can instantly spoil the cheer. There are many seasonal dangers for pets, including consumption of toxic foods and decorations, that can devastate a Thanksgiving, Christmas or holiday celebration. Peyton Cleary/CNBNews graphic From chocolate and turkey bones to tinsel and toys, veterinarians at BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital have treated dozens of dogs and cats who have gotten into holiday-related food and items. In fact, BluePearl, which has more than 80 hospitals in 25 states across the U.S., sees an approximate 69 percent increase in chocolate-related emergency visits on Christmas Eve. Follow these expert tips to ensure a smooth and safe holiday season for your pets—and your guests: Keep... Read more →


THE PET OF THE WEEK

Pet of the Week: Mister Mister is a super sweet, 2 year-old Basenji. He can be reactive on a leash and has some barrier frustration, however he has done well when paired with other dogs. We recently matched him up with Houdini, a 9 year-old small lab mix. She warmed up to him right away and they played together. He has a lot of character and is very cute and funny, especially on walks. Stop by AWA to meet Mister today! Read more →


Three Dogs Found Dead in Toms River, Owner Allegedly Abandon The Animals

LACEY TOWNSHIP—Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Lacey Township Police Chief Michael DiBella announced today that Allissa DeStefano, 29, (photo)of Toms River, has been arrested and charged with three counts of Animal Cruelty in violation of N.J.S.A. 4:22-17c(2). During the evening hours of November 11, 2019, the Lacey Township Police Department responded to a residence in Lacey Township for a report that dogs had possibly been abandoned in the residence. Upon arrival, the officers determined that the house was indeed abandoned, and the remains of three dogs were discovered. An investigation by Detectives from the Lacey Township Police Department and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office revealed that DeStefano was responsible for the care of the dogs and had abandonded them in the residence, which... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Dressing Up

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Many people complain when they see a dog wearing articles of clothing. “Dogs have fur and thus are naturally insulated!” they speculate. However, that is not always the case. Some dogs are so small that chilly weather can cause them to shiver and be uncomfortably cold. Others are hairless and must absolutely be protected. And putting a raincoat on a dog can eliminate that “wet dog” smell almost entirely! The truth is, most of us treat our dogs like children and find comfort in dressing them up when it’s cold and for special occasions! It does no harm, so enjoy it. If it doesn’t seem to be causing Fido discomfort, relax and ignore the comments! If you have questions about this, or... Read more →


The Shreiber Family Pet Therapy Program of Rowan University Opens

GLASSBORO, NJ --Rowan University celebrated the generosity, vision and love of South Jersey business executive Gerry Shreiber Nov. 7 with a ribbon cutting for the pet therapy center he funded this spring. Shreiber, president and CEO of J&J Snack Foods Corp. of Pennsauken, donated $3 million in June to establish The Shreiber Family Pet Therapy Program of Rowan University. The program, which will have as many as five or six certified therapy dogs on campus starting in 2020, establishes a permanently funded Rowan resource to ease anxiety and reduce student stress. “From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your amazing generosity,” President Ali Houshmand said during a brief afternoon ceremony outside Rowan’s Wellness Center in Winans Hall, where the new program lives. He... Read more →


Genes play a role in dog breed differences in behavior

By Katherine Unger Baillie | Kbaillie@Upenn.edu | PHILADELPHIA, PA--Given the dazzling array of dog breeds, from dachshunds to mastiffs, from poodles to bloodhounds, it’s easy to forget that most of that diversity arose only in the last few centuries or so, thanks to human tinkering. People have bred dogs for their looks, but the lion’s share of breeding efforts have taken aim at eliciting particular behaviors, according to the University of Pennsylvania’s James A. Serpell. (photo) “If you look at the evolution of the dog, selection has been primarily for behaviors: hunting behaviors, guarding behaviors, or giving companionship to humans,” he says. In a new study, Serpell and colleagues Evan L. MacLean of the University of Arizona, Noah Snyder-Mackler of the University of Washington, and... Read more →


One in Three Dogs will Develop Cancer

Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, and is responsible for an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018. But the cancer epidemic is not confined to humans. A growing number of dogs and cats are diagnosed with cancer each year. In fact, about one in three dogs will develop cancer, which is the same incidence of cancer among men, and up to 50% of dogs and cats will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Each year, veterinary oncologists at BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital consult with approximately 19,800 pets for issues related to cancer. While there are several options for treating pets with cancer, including surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radiation (just like in human medicine), cancer is one of the most... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: When a Dog "Speaks"

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Dogs have ways of communicating with dogs that differ from the ways in which he communicates with the humans in his pack. The signs are subtle, but if you understand canine body language you can easily interpret what Fido is saying. When your dog barks, he is speaking! However, barking constantly is a sign that he has not learned when to bark! For the incessant barker, try saying, “No,” calmly and giving him a sharp look—not a touch—to remind him that he is behaving inappropriately. Soon, he will bark once, then look at you for a sign that he is to stop. When a dog verbalizes at another dog—growls or whines—he is communicating with his own species. Allow him to speak his... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Structured Feeding

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Dogs love to eat! But when you feed them is almost as important as what you feed them. Structured feeding means that you have a set time to feed Fido. In addition, you have a definite idea about what type of food should be served at that time. A good example of this reasoning is to feed your dog a cup or so of good quality, dry dog food in the morning and a half-cup with some cooked chicken or canned dog food at supper time, including dog biscuits as treats during the day. When you choose this method of feeding you can also regulate the approximate time Fido will need to be walked or taken outside. Another method of feeding is... Read more →


Animal Alliance of Camden County

The Animal Alliance of Camden County was formed in 2011 by five local animal welfare organizations and the Camden County Board of Freeholders, who decided to coordinate their efforts to better serve the pets and residents of the county. Peyton Gloucester City News blog files Current members include the Animal Adoption Center, Animal Welfare Association, Camden County Animal Shelter, Voorhees Animal Orphanage, and Independent Animal Control. Member organizations work together to improve the well-being of companion animals and their owners in the community, including joint efforts such as adoption events, spay/neuter partnerships, and transporting animals in need to reduce populations. Programs Seniors for Seniors is a program that provides fee-waived adoptions for qualifying applicants. The program places senior cats and dogs (typically over 7 years... Read more →


BEST DOG FILM: If A Dog Could Talk To Us

Big Geek Daddy – Funny, Cool, and Interesting Videos A wonderful short film about a dog and the things he would like to say to the man who saved him when he was a puppy. Get the Free VIDEO OF THE DAY – A Daily Dose of Entertainment for you. From Big Geek Daddy--I think this film will resonate with anyone who has ever raised a dog from a puppy to old age and shared many good times together along the way. The film was directed by Shawn Welling who plays the dogs owner in the film. Shawn’s best friend is his dog Max who is also featured in the film. If you enjoyed this dog film you might also like to watch the sequel... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Cost-Saving Ideas

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Owning a dog can become expensive, but there are ways in which you can cut down on extraordinary costs. Here are a few ideas: Instead of expensive toys, create your own toys for Fido. An old sock filled with newspaper and tied at the ankle makes a wonderful toy! Empty cardboard boxes can also initiate a fast game of hide-and-seek and a dollar-store laser pointer can be lots of fun. Flea control products can be purchased on eBay. I buy a tube of flea ointment for large dogs and split it up between my smaller dogs, saving hundreds of dollars a year on flea prevention. Be aware that flea products for cats are not the same as the ones for dogs! Mixing... Read more →


Dangers Lurk in the Candy Bowl and Beyond for Pets on Halloween

Each Halloween, dogs and cats, as well as other household pets, are exposed to heaps of sweet treats, changes in household décor, and altered routines that can be stressful. In fact, the four most common food-related Halloween hazards for pets are chocolate, overconsumption of candy, raisins and candy wrappers. Veterinarians at BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital have treated dozens of pets who have ingested toxic treats or inedible objects during the week of Halloween. So, to help keep your furry friends safe this season, Kevin Kelley, DVM, Senior Emergency Clinician at BluePearl, is offering a few useful tips. "The most common Halloween emergency we see is dogs who have consumed chocolate and other sweets. Dark or baking chocolate and candy containing the sugar substitute... Read more →


Bubba’s Beds for Shelter Friends Donates 100 Dog Beds

(Gloucester Township, NJ)(October 11, 2019)-– Through a generous grant from Bubba’s Beds for Shelter Friends, 100 dogs currently awaiting adoption won’t be sleeping on a cement floor tonight. One hundred Kuranda beds, a special type of rugged, easy-to-sanitize kennel bed that is chew-proof and comfortable, were delivered to Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center on Tuesday afternoon. This is the largest donation of its kind made by Bubba’s Beds since its inception in 2017. The donation comes just before the winter season to ensure the dogs have a safe, dry place to rest that is off the cement floor. “We are extremely grateful for Bubba’s Beds’ generosity as we transition into winter months and colder weather,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young, liaison to the Homeward Bound Pet... Read more →