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12 ARRESTS IN DOG FIGHTING CRACKDOWN
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Articles - PITTIES, BULLY'S & BSL

Authorities seized 367 pit bulls in one of the nation's largest crackdowns on dog fighting and gambling.  At one east Alabama location, 114 dogs were rescued, with help in part from the ASPCA.

 
BEWARE!!! THE "KISSING BUG" IS A "DEADLY BUG" FOR PEOPLE AND PETS!
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Articles - Health & Wellness

"THE KISSING BUG" - Scientists call it the "kiss of death."  

The scientific name of this nasty little bug is Triatoma, but it's often referred to as “Bloodsucker", “Conenose Bug”, "Mexican Bedbug", or "Assassin Bug" and can actually kill humans and pets. Some kissing bugs transmit a dangerous and growing disease called "Chagas" which is a potentially fatal illness that attacks the heart and nervous system. The grossest part?  They feed on the area around the mouth of their victims, sucking blood and then depositing their feces into the open wound they just created!  EWWWW!  That's scary enough before adding the idea of contracting a deadly disease from the disgusting bug.

 
Compassion Fatigue - Emotional Burnout in the Animal Care Field
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Articles - Humane Hearts
  
~By Colleen Mihelich, Founder, Peternity.com
 
The "double-edged sword" phenomenon of working in the animal care industry – you’ve dedicated your life to making a positive difference for animals, but the emotional stress is draining, exhausting and taking a toll on you. You can’t imagine doing anything else with your life, but outside of your work, do you have a life? You work in the animal care industry, not necessarily because you’ve chosen to, but because it’s chosen you. You cannot exist without doing all that you can to care for and save animals. You love what you do, but the heartbreak and emotional strain on you is sometimes too much to bear. There is a term for all of this, it’s called Compassion Fatigue (further referenced as CF) and it is normal, and very real. 
  
Not only does CF dominate your professional life, but it always rears its head in your personal life – sleepless nights, exhaustion, acute sadness, depression, isolation from friends, a life that feels out of balance, rides on emotional rollercoasters, and anger towards people in general for the terrible ways in which they treat animals.
 
BUFO TOADS - A Killer Among Us!
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Articles - Health & Wellness

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GIANT BUFO TOADS ARE EXTREMELY TOXIC TO YOUR PETS!  Death CAN occur within 15 minutes of an encounter.

A common threat to southern US dogs is poisoning from Bufo marinus, the giant or cane toad.  This species of toad produces a pasty yellow-white toxin in the parotid glands, which extend from the head backward over the shoulder region and is released through pinhole openings in the skin.  When a dog mouths or bites a Bufo toad the toxin is released and rapidly absorbed across the mucus membranes of the mouth. (Kids can touch them and then put their hands in their mouth and the effect is the same...deadly.)

Symptoms of Bufo poisoning occur suddenly and may include profuse salivation, vocalizing and pawing at the mouth, brick-red gums, incoordination or a stiff gait, difficulty breathing and the intoxication can rapidly progress to seizures and death.

The severity of the poisoning depends on the size of the dog and the amount of toxin absorbed into the blood stream. Puppies and small breed dogs such as Dachshunds, Mini-Pins, Jack Russell Terriers and Miniature Schnauzers are more seriously affected because they get "more poison per pound" than a large breed dog.

Bufo toads are most active in the spring and summer months when it is warm and moist outside.  They are also nocturnal, therefore most poisonings occur in the evening, late-night or early-morning hours.  Poisonings can happen very quickly and even dogs being leash-walked have been known to grab a toad and be poisoned.

 
New Survey Reveals Pet Ownership at its Highest Level in Two Decades and Pet Owners Are Willing To Pay When It Comes To Pet’s Health
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Articles - Dog News

(GREENWICH, Conn.) – Pets are living longer and healthier lives thanks to pet owners’ willingness to provide veterinary care, specialty foods, supplements and alternative treatment options. In fact, more than one-half of dog and cat owners report they would leap into action for an injured pet. Pet health insurance continues to be an area of growth as pet owners seek additional ways to ensure their pet’s well-being. According to the American Pet Products Association’s (APPA) new 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey, the number of U.S. households that own a pet has increased by 2.1% to an all time high of 72.9 million.

 
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