16 September 2014 by Grace on Living with dogs

A Few of My Favorite Things, Part 1: For Your Dog

Christmas is just around the corner and here is the moment of truth: Do you buy your dog a present? Don’t be embarrassed—I most certainly do! For all of you that do buy your dog a gift, here’s a list of my favorite pet products. Food Delivery Toys I love these types of toys because it keeps my dog busy. So often I hear, “my dog has separation anxiety because he tore up the backyard.” Fortunately, a great deal of the time it is not separation anxiety (which many times leads to medication) but boredom. Give your dog a food delivery toy, and voila, puppy is busy and is getting rewarded for doing so. My favorite products on the market are: Kong- I throw some wet food in there, mixed with dry food and pop it in the freezer. When I go to work, I give him the frozen Kong and that equals hours of gnawing and chewing to get the yummy treats out. Kongs are great for dogs that like to chew on things. Buster Cube- It looks like a large dice. You put your dog’ …

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09 September 2014 by Grace on Living with dogs | Dog health

My Dog Eats Rocks

Okay, I admitted it. I, for months, have had a hard time grasping that perhaps my dog has rocks for brains because he eats grass, soil, dirt… anything, as a meal supplement. Every time I see him doing so, I stop him but I didn’t get really adamant about it until I saw him munching on rocks for his afternoon snack. This sort of activity is extremely dangerous, so I stopped him from doing so and took him in the house. The next day, I see him trying to fit his mouth around a rock the size of a softball. My dog is a still a puppy, so I am still ruling out a lot of behavioral issues such as boredom and anxiety; and also some nutritional issues. I have him on a high protein diet right now, so his stomach may not be able to handle it and he’s grazing on grass, dirt, and rocks to help his stomach settle. But in the back of my head I know that I need to fix this quick because his consumption of nonfood items has already developed into a …

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04 September 2014 by Grace on Living with dogs

A Little Help from Your Friends

According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, the top five reasons people relinquish their dogs to shelters are: moving, landlord issues, the cost of pet maintenance, no time for a pet, and inadequate facilities. I have worked in animal welfare for over 10 years now and I know that it takes the average pet owner eight months to decide to bring their dog to the shelter. Eight months! Most owners look shallowly for a way out, only to come back to the inevitable: they will have to turn their dog into the shelter. Most owners do not realize that there's a plethora of organizations that help financially with medical costs and spaying/neutering. Other groups help with finding pet friendly housing and assists military families with the relocation of their entire family, pets included. On the rise, are local humane societies and other animal welfare organizations that offer pet food banks and affordable vaccination clinics. Below are some great organizations that help pet owners in financial need: • United Animal Nation • The Pet Fund • Pet Network • In Memory of Magic • Red Rover And if you are looking …

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02 September 2014 by Mark on Technology

Why some vets fear DoggyDoc - and why they don't need to

Let's start with what DoggyDoc is. Simply put, it's a knowledge database combined with some clever algorithms - all written by humans. And some of these humans are even veterinarians themselves. So nothing really to be afraid of so far. Our vets spent literally months in writing the most comprehensive and easy to understand veterinary texts that you can now find in DoggyDoc. Artificial intelligence meets veterinary medicine To make a virtual diagnosis possible, our AI and database team sat together with the vets and created what we call the iDiDi. The intelligent Disease Diagnosis engine. The iDiDi is the very core of our system. It was designed by our CEO and AI specialist Taro Franke who studied mathematics and Artificial Intelligence in Tokyo and Berlin. And although Taro is half-japanese he is (almost) human too. Not really scary anyways. The DoggyDoc App that you use on your iOS or Android device is just a pretty but simple user interface that does no calculations at all. I'd even go so far as calling it stupid, but then I'd have to apologize to our UI guys. So the App (aka "UI" …

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