New epilepsy gene located in dogs

New epilepsy gene located in dogs: “A new epilepsy gene for idiopathic epilepsy in Belgian Shepherds has been found in the canine chromosome 37. The research of Professor Hannes Lohi and his group conducted at the University of Helsinki and the Folkhälsan Research Center opens new avenues for the understanding of the genetic background of the most common canine epilepsies. The research also has an impact on the understanding of common epilepsies in humans.”

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Please Help the Dogs of HSKC

Our shelter dogs would like to have comfortable sleeping beds in their kennels. For a few dollars, you can make their wishes come true. Please click the link on the left column to donate a Kuranda Dog Bed for the Dogs of HSKC…or if you prefer, don’t forget the Cats!

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Feeding Your Pet from the Perspective of Holistic Chinese Medicine | PetFoodDirect.com

Interesting article on food from a different perspective. Click through to read the whole article.

Feeding Your Pet from the Perspective of Holistic Chinese Medicine | PetFoodDirect.com: “Since the onset of my veterinary career, I’ve had a strong interest in how the foods our pets consume contribute to an overall state of wellness or illness. Learning how to apply this interest to my patients took many years of post-veterinary school practice, continuing education, and an ongoing belief in the inherent nutritional benefits of whole foods.

During veterinary school, students’ brains are heavily saturated with a variety of academic information. As graduation date nears, a general sense of insecurity develops about making the appropriate professional choices to best serve our patients. As a result, common sense notions about the value of looking more discerningly at the ingredients formulating a pet’s diet are often overlooked.”

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Dogs Fall Ill As Owners, Vets and Lawmakers Blame Treats from China

Dogs Fall Ill As Owners, Vets and Lawmakers Blame Treats from China: “When Maria Higginbotham couldn’t find the usual dog treats she buys at her local Target store back in early January, she decided to instead buy some brand-name chicken jerky dog treats for Bandit, her 3-year-old rat terrier.  Four days later, Bandit collapsed on the floor.”

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The Shelter Pet Project is a public service ad campaign focused on spreading the word that pets in shelters are wonderful and lovable, and encouraging potential adopters to consider the shelter as the first place to find a new best friend. 

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What’s the scoop on litter boxes? | Shelter Exchange

What’s the scoop on litter boxes? | Shelter Exchange:

 “One of the most common cat problems seen by veterinarians is inappropriate elimination or urinating and/or defecating outside of the litter box. Oftentimes, this behavior leads to cats being relinquished to a shelter or being abused by the owner. Sadly, in most cases it is the fault of the human in charge of the litter box duties. Cats can sometimes eliminate inappropriately because of a medical problem so it is very important to have a cat examined by a veterinarian when its behavior changes. Regardless, following the below steps will help keep your cat healthy and happy to use the litter box appropriately.”

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What’s the scoop on litter boxes? | Shelter Exchange

What’s the scoop on litter boxes? | Shelter Exchange: “One of the most common cat problems seen by veterinarians is inappropriate elimination or urinating and/or defecating outside of the litter box. Oftentimes, this behavior leads to cats being relinquished to a shelter or being abused by the owner. Sadly, in most cases it is the fault of the human in charge of the litter box duties. Cats can sometimes eliminate inappropriately because of a medical problem so it is very important to have a cat examined by a veterinarian when its behavior changes. Regardless, following the below steps will help keep your cat healthy and happy to use the litter box appropriately.”

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Please Help The Cats of HSKC

Our shelter cats would like to have a few comfortable sleeping perches in their kennels. For a few dollars, you can make their wishes come true. Please click the link on the left column to donate a Kuranda Cat Bed or Cat Tower for the Cats of HSKC…or if you prefer, don’t forget the Dogs!

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ASPCA | Feral Cats FAQ

ASPCA | Feral Cats FAQ: “They live in the shadows—the alleyways, empty lots and condemned buildings—of almost every neighborhood. Their lives are short and usually harsh. They struggle to find food and water in an environment filled with the constant threats of disease, starvation, cruelty and predation. They are the abandoned, the lost and the wild—and they need our help.
The number of feral cats in the U.S. is estimated to be in the tens of millions. Sadly, many communities still opt to control populations using outdated methods, including lethal elimination or relocation. Not only are some of these methods horribly cruel, they are also highly ineffective. It’s time to focus on feral cats in the fight to end animal cruelty.”

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