Reading Roundup: August 26


Watching the animal care blogosphere this week has certainly been a treat. In this week’s reading roundup, discover changes to performing CPR on dogs, tips to make trips to the vet less stressful for your cat, natural remedies for itchy problems, an ethical dilemma involving an abused dog, and six things commonly found in your dog’s poop.

One of the most important pet ‘survival skills’ you could learn

If you’ve ever been trained in pet first aid, there’s a chance you could have missed the changes to the guidelines for performing CPR on your dog. The changes came about in 2012 when the survival rate for dogs and cats in cardiopulmonary distress was less than 6%. Make sure you have the latest info so you can avoid a fatality.

7 tips to make vet visits less stressful for cats

Next to water, there is nothing that will stress your cat out more than going to the vet clinic. The sweetest cats go in and change into creatures possessed by demons. These seven tips offered by the experts at are the most helpful suggestions to ease an anxious cat.

The Itch Fix – Heal Your Dog’s Itchy Allergy Symptoms

This next article offers natural remedies for allergy symptoms. Word of caution: Sometimes information from Dogs Naturally Magazine can challenge pet owners and the veterinary medical community. If something here doesn’t seem right based on what you know and the advice your veterinarian has given, don’t use it. If you’re not sure about it, ask your vet for clarity. I offer this resource for informational purposes only. If you have better information that can contribute positively to the pet community, by all means, please add your comments below.

Shelter Fakes Pit Bull’s Death To Rescue Her From Abusive Owner

Okay, this one stood out to me for several reasons. One, there was a legitimate case of animal abuse. Two, the veterinary staff lied to their landlord about the death of the dog. What struck me as unethical about this case is that the veterinary staff lied to the property owner of their clinic. Granted, the way this man is portrayed in the story is as a wicked pet owner. His actions demonstrate clearly that he should not be allowed to have a pet. The fact that the staff lied to him shows me that they were afraid of him and of telling him the truth. Their actions do not fix the underlying problem, that this man is an animal abuser. There is nothing stopping him from getting another dog and abusing it as well. While I agree the clinic should have seized the dog from the man, I think the way they did it is morally wrong. What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments.

6 Things Commonly Found in Your Dog’s Poop

As your friendly neighborhood pooper-scooper, it is my responsibility to help pet owners recognize potential health problems based on assessing its waste. Because of this reason, I found this slide show to be very helpful to pet owners on what to look for when observing their dog’s waste.

Well, that’s it this week. I’ll have more for you next Friday. In the meantime, what articles are you reading that relate to pet care? Who are you following? Let me know so I can check them out. Leave a comment in the space below.


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