~ by Nomi Berger ~ A single bite from a single infected mosquito can cause an otherwise healthy dog to develop heartworm disease and potentially die. A heartworm is a parasitic worm (Dirofilaria immitis) that lives in the heart and pulmonary arteries of an affected dog. The worms travel through the bloodstream, damaging arteries and vital organs as they go, before arriving at the

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Five Benefits of Adopting an ESA Dog


~ written and submitted by Brad Smith If you need emotional support and are considering getting a dog for it, you may be thinking about buying a dog from a breeder or pet store.  However, before you do that, you should think about adopting an emotional support animal from the shelter. Although breeder or pet store canines may seem the more luxurious and advantageous

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~ by Nomi Berger The Ontario SPCA provides front line protection for animals across Ontario by responding to nearly 16,000 animal cruelty complaints each year as well as rescuing untold numbers of injured, abandoned and abused animals. And so, with their American counterpart, the ASCPA, they have designated April “Prevention of Cruelty to Animals” Month. A month during which everyone is encouraged to “Go

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ACHOO! Cat Breeds for Allergy Sufferers


by Nomi Berger Are you for cats but your allergies are against them? Don’t despair. There ARE solutions. Although not purr-fect, they are certainly more paws-itive. But first: Allergies 101. What is the culprit behind your sneezing and itching, coughing or wheezing? The protein Fel D1 in cat saliva. When cats lick their coats, the allergen-laden saliva dries, becomes airborne, and like a warmth-seeking

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