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Michael Goldman here, with the Healthy Pet Network. As most of you know, we are overpopulated with dogs and cats. Many stay in shelters or worse waiting for a good, loving home that may or may not ever happen. More people than ever are helping by rescuing dogs or cats from shelters but if they don’t know what to look for, they may end up unhappy or even worst, by bringing the animal back to the shelter which is emotionally traumatizing and devastating to the animal. I want this to be a positive article series so for the next few weeks, I want to focus on the “How To’s” of finding the perfect pet for you and your family. My intent is to lessen the unhappy experiences and to greatly increase the positive experiences & relationships.

In the next couple of weeks, we will cover topics such as:

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Article written by my good friend David Spangenburg


“Large numbers of pets and people die or become sick before their time despite the best efforts of healthcare professionals. In order to change this, there must be a realization that we are in a, ‘Medical Ice Age’.” – Dr. Alfred J. Plechner DVM

How would you feel if you found out that they’ve discovered a cure for cancer but they’re not going to let anyone know about it? I’m sure you’re all responding to this question by attacking it. “Why would they do that?” “That makes no sense!” “What about the money they could make?”

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Helpful Hints

1. If you live in an apartment, consider putting an “animals inside” sign on your door. In case of fire, your pet’s chances of survival may increase if the firemen know.

2. Keep carrying cases, leads, etc. in an easily accessible location. If you must leave quickly, time spent looking for these items is time lost.

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Dogs snore for many of the same reasons that people do. In most cases there is some kind of obstruction of the dog’s air passage. This causes certain parts of the throat to come in contact with each other in ways that stop air from flowing freely. The result is the sound that we associate with snoring.

Your dog’s size and the shape of his face and nasal passages also have a lot to do with whether or not he snores. Dogs such as Pugs and Pekingese are often champion snorers due to their short nasal passages and the shape of their heads but other dogs can be loud snorers, too. Any dog with a pushed-in face or brachycephalic head can be more prone to snoring since they can have more problems with breathing in general.

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It was once a widely accepted fact that dogs are colorblind. However, the information surrounding this theory was misinterpreted and misunderstood. The truth is that dogs DO NOT see the world only in black, white and gray, and yes, they do indeed see color. However, they do not have the ability to see the range of color that humans do.

The light-receptor cells in the retina at the back of a dog’s eyes are different in structure, to those of a human. The retina in humans and dogs performs the function of a movie screen. Light is focused and then translated into shapes and colors, which are then, in turn, translated by the brain, into the images that we perceive.

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