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Free Pet Vaccines for Chicago U.S. Military Veterans

Free Pet Vaccines for Chicago U.S. Military Veterans | Dog Care Guide | Scoop.it
Free pet vaccines will be given to pets owned by military veterans living in Chicago on Wednesday, September 3 from 9 a.m. to noon, at Chicago Animal Care & Control (2741 S. Western Avenue), Chicago. I so love this, as we can’t do enough (and generally don’t do enough) to support our veterans. Arrive early... Read more »


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Vaccinations for Veterans' dogs at no cost! Check for area for a nearby program =)


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Partners for Healthy Pets -- New Affordable Pet Care and Prevention

Partners for Healthy Pets -- New Affordable Pet Care and Prevention | Dog Care Guide | Scoop.it
Partners for Healthy Pets has come up with an affordable pet care and prevention plan -- finally, pet parents get some relief! Listen in!
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Vets have been slow to create a much needed monthly payment plan that would cover the cost of that yearly visit.


As vet visits have dropped off significantly over the past 5 years, something had to be done to help pets and their people before any disease advanced to a point of no return...here's the plan.

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Pet Shops Puppy Mills -- Consumers Get the Truth

Pet Shops Puppy Mills -- Consumers Get the Truth | Dog Care Guide | Scoop.it
Pet shops puppy mills are forever tied together, working not for the welfare of the animal but for their own profit.
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ASPCA has put together a new tool for the public who have for years been lied to by pet shops everywhere as to where they get their puppies. As if a posse of knowledgable elderly ladies who have been breeding for show all their lives decided to hook up with pet shops to sell their puppies. Or the other smoke and mirrors boast that they get all their puppies from a "USDA approved and inspected facility". You pay your money, you get a license...someday an inspector might come is the fact of the matter.


This tool lets anyone look up the puppy mill that delivers to the local pet shop, and shows pictures of the inside of the facility so you know what conditions look like. A public shaming for the puppy mills, a good education for the public. Tweet or share this post and tell all your friends!


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90 Road Travel Tips Continued: Pet Travel

90 Road Travel Tips Continued: Pet Travel | Dog Care Guide | Scoop.it

#71 Think twice before bringing Fido...not all pets are well-suited to road trips


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Here's the big book compendium of Pet Travel Road Trip tips! Don't worry - only four articles to sift through =) Thorough is a word that comes to mind, and if you're traveling with your animals this year I would definitely use this as a reference site.


Happy trails to Rand McNally on their 90th anniversary - wow, they've been on the road a long time...take a look and see what you might discover!


For more on traveling on the road with pets, check out Animal Cafe's pet travel section - there's even a story about a year-long adventure on the road in Travels with Ace, Steinbeck on a Shoestring

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True Cost of Dog Ownership Infographic

True Cost of Dog Ownership Infographic | Dog Care Guide | Scoop.it
There are a lot of pros and cons to consider when purchasing a Golden Meadows Retrievers family pet. This graphics makes it easy to know if pet ownership is for you.
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While it's nice to see what benefits having a dog brings, I think the true value this infographic provides is helping potential dog owners understand the cost of dog care and what that means to the family. It's a lifetime committment, and a good thing to see what's required before falling in love with a darling pair of puppy eyes!


Cost here seems to be the most realistic I've seen, starting at $1025 a year. Of course you can save on the adoption fee at a shelter which should also provide a health certificate showing dates of vaccines as well as providing dogs already spay-neutered. If you buy at a pet shop, ASPCA reports that 80% of people did not know that pet shop puppies come from puppy mills, though they knew what puppy mills were!


Some might think grooming is optional, but no. Skin is a major organ and its condition tells you when changes are happening. Lumps, bruises, red spots should all be noted and shared with your vet. She'll tell you what to look for as signs of cancer, hot spots, or other health concerns like fleas and ticks. You can use a professional a couple times a year if you can manage to bathe your dog with dog shampoo and get all the suds out :)


Training isn't mentioned, but you might want to seriously consider at least a basic beginners class so you both start off on the right foot!








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Back to Work: Vacation Is Over | Dancing Dog Blog

Back to Work: Vacation Is Over | Dancing Dog Blog | Dog Care Guide | Scoop.it
Back to work, vacation's over a little early, but I made a very good try at being off the month of August. It probably seems to you like I did a better job of

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In a way this is dog care -- it's really about the bond you have with your dog -- and taking time with your senior dogs before it runs out..

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Dog Bites - Do You Know the Signs?

Dog Bites - Do You Know the Signs? | Dog Care Guide | Scoop.it

From The Dog Ring Blog, a look at dog bites, the reliability of statistics and the need to recognize a dogs' body language.

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Dog people are all over town with their dogs, meeting other dogs on the street, in the dog park, at doggy daycare...if you know body language you can interrupt an escalating situation before a fight occurs, keep your dog away from trouble and keep yourself safe or at least safer from dog bites!


Check out the list of warning signals and remember them...



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Pet Friendly Hotel Resort in Tofino, British Columbia

Pet Friendly Hotel Resort in Tofino, British Columbia | Dog Care Guide | Scoop.it
Luxurious Tofino resort located on a beautiful beach front acreage on Vancouver Island's rugged West Coast.
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The Long Beach Lodge is a beach-front resort on Vancouver Island and is friendly enough to allow you to bring your dogs, cats and birds with no restriction on number. There is a $50 fee per visit per 2 animals.You can leave well-behaved pets in the room, dogs need not be on leash at all times, and the taxis allow pets in for the ride without advance booking.


Take a look if you're thinking of visiting British Columbia.

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Wellness Plans | Your Pet Wellness

Wellness Plans | Your Pet Wellness | Dog Care Guide | Scoop.it
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I came across this site, noticed the "House Calls" tab and left it open in my browser to review at my leisure. When I returned to take a closer look, I saw the "Wellness Plans" and confess I got excited by what this veterinary hospital is doing. 


This information is ideal for readers of the Dog Care Guide, showing you what procedures are recommended at different stages of your dog's (or cat's) life, even the cost (at this particular hospital).


What is really great, however, is the pricing. These plans include the total cost of care for the year, a good discount, and a monthly payment plan that will be affordable for most.


Vets have seen a worrisome multi-year trend of people not bringing their pets in to see their vet. Cost is a big factor, and those signs "payment due at time of service", translate to "if you can't afford it, don't come." More and more people can't afford it.


You might be wondering what I'm thinking, since only a small number of those who read this will be able to enjoy these services. But I like to get pro-active, shake things up. When it comes to your pets health, maybe you'll join me!


Bring in a printed copy of whatever section applies to your dog (or cat) to your vet and ask if they are planning such a program. If not, ask if they haven't seen a drop-off in regular visits from all their patients. Tell them this might change that trend.



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