Steve’s Real Food Recalls Raw Frozen Dog Food

Complete details of the March 2018 Steve’s Real Food dog food recall as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor

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Smucker Withdraws Multiple Dog Food Brands

Complete details of the Smucker Dog Food Recall of February 2018 as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor

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Darwin’s Dog Food Recall of February 2018

Complete details of the Darwin’s raw dog food recall of February 2018 as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor

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Raws for Paws Dog Food Recall

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Smokehouse Pet Products Dog Treat Recall

Complete details of the Smokehouse Pet Products Dog Treat Recall recall as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor

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Should Your Dog Be Vaccinated Against The Canine Influenza Outbreak? | Care2 Causes

By: Laura Goldmanh
January 25, 2018

We’re all aware of the H3N2 flu epidemic that’s made tens of thousands of people sick, but did you know the highly contagious canine influenza (CI) is also spreading across the United States and parts of Canada?

Dogs are becoming infected with the canine influenza virus (CIV) through direct contact with other dogs, nasal secretions, contaminated objects like food bowls and leashes, and by people moving between infected and uninfected dogs, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). It’s important to note that dogs rarely get sick from humans with the flu, and there’s no evidence (for now, at least) that dogs with the virus can transmit it to humans – but cats in an Indiana shelter became sickened with it in 2016.

There are currently two strains of the canine influenza virus (CIV) in the U.S.: H3N8 and H3N2. The H3N8 strain, which originated in horses and then spread to dogs, was first identified in 2004 in Florida’s racing greyhounds and has since spread to dozens of other states. Three years ago, the H3N2 strain caused a CI outbreak in Chicago. It was the first time this strain sickened dogs (and cats) outside Asia, where it had previously been identified.

All dogs are at risk for getting the flu. CI is deadliest for puppies and senior dogs, as well as dogs with weakened immune systems. Fortunately, the death rate is under 10 percent.
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Symptoms to Watch For

Dogs with the flu virus may show symptoms like the following:

A persistent cough
Thick nasal discharge
Fever of 104 to 105 degrees
Lack of appetite

If your dog has any of these symptoms, go see a veterinarian. Because CI symptoms are similar to kennel cough and other illnesses, your veterinarian can run laboratory tests that will diagnose if your dog has the flu. If that’s the case, your vet may prescribe an antibiotic to fight secondary infections and an anti-inflammatory to reduce fever and pain. In severe cases, your dog may need fluid therapy to restore hydration, and hospitalization may be necessary.

About 20 percent of infected dogs show no symptoms at all, but they can still be contagious.
Does Your Dog Really Need a Flu Shot?

Fortunately, just as for people, a flu shot is available for dogs. Although it may not completely prevent dogs from getting sick, it can significantly decrease the symptoms, severity and spread of infection.

The vaccine can be given to dogs that are six weeks of age and older. The initial two vaccines are given to dogs six weeks apart. After that, dogs receive an annual booster shot.

The AVMA refers to the flu shot as a “lifestyle” vaccination, meaning it’s recommended for dogs that are frequently exposed to other dogs at parks, boarding facilities, grooming salons and other places. You should confer with your veterinarian to see if your dog needs the vaccination. Be aware that many animal hospitals, kennels and other facilities now require all dogs to be vaccinated against CI.

Prevent the Spread of Canine Influenza

In addition to vaccinating your dog against CI, here are some ways you can prevent the flu from spreading:

Isolate dogs that are infected or have been around an infected dog. Dogs infected with H3N8 should be isolated from other dogs for at least three weeks, while those infected with H3N2 should be isolated for at least one week.
Wash your hands after you touch other dogs. The virus can live on our hands for 12 hours (and on our clothing for 24 hours).
Thoroughly clean food and water bowls, crates and other shared objects. The viruses don’t typically survive longer than 48 hours in the environment, and can be killed by disinfectants (just make sure any cleansers you use are pet friendly).

Since CI can quickly spread in places where dogs are in close contact with each other, please sign and share this petition urging U.S. animal shelters to ensure all dogs stay healthy and adoptable by being vaccinated against the flu.

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Darwin’s Dog Food Recall of December 2017

December 8th 2017 – Darwin’s Natural pet products of Tukwila,Washington has notified distributors that it is recalling Select lots of Darwin’s Natural selection dog food due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

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Is a Dog’s and Cat’s Mouth Cleaner Than a Human’s? Get the Facts. National Geographic

Petition: Save my dogs from Destruction, United Kingdom

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10 Foods You Should Never Give Your Cat Or Dog | Care2 Causes

By: Judy M.
September 18, 2017

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Editor’s note: This Care2 favorite was originally posted on August 22, 2015. Enjoy!

A number of dogs around the country are not happy with their dinner these days. And that’s due to repeated scares about pet food safety. From euthanasia drugs to wires, some of the reported ingredients are downright scary.

Obviously we don’t want to feed our pets anything that could threaten their health, so let’s use this opportunity to take a look at ten foods that you should never give your cat or dog.

  1. Alcohol

All alcoholic beverages and food products containing alcohol can have disastrous effects on the human liver and brain — and the effects are amplified for our pets. Even a tiny amount of alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death.
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  1. Avocado

This fruit contains Persin, a toxic component which has adverse effects on the heart and lungs of our pets. It can also cause vomiting and diarrhea.

  1. Caffeine

I love my morning coffee — and, indeed, tea and coffee are known for their beneficial effects on human health. But the same is not true for our pets. These products all contain methylxanthines, and when ingested by pets, this can chemical can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm and seizures.

  1. Chocolate

You probably already know this one, but you should never share a bite of your favorite chocolate bar with your pet. The theobromine in chocolate can cause irregular heart beats in dogs and cats, which could prove fatal. Don’t even let your dog lick the chocolate frosting on that cake.

  1. Grapes and Raisins

It’s unclear why grapes and raisins create problems for pets, but these fruits can lead to kidney failure in dogs and cats. Don’t leave any lying around!

  1. Milk

As a child, I watched my mother give our cat Timmy a bowl of milk every day, so this one came as a total surprise to me. Mom made a big mistake: Cats do not possess significant amounts of lactase — the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk — which means that milk and other milk-based products may give them diarrhea or cause other digestive upset.

  1. Onions and Garlic

You may love to cook with a perfect combination of these two ingredients, but onions and garlic are highly toxic to animals. Onions, in particular, have a destructive effect on your pet’s red blood cells, which can lead to anemia, breathing troubles and weakness.

  1. Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs, Bones

Some people may consider raw bones to be a natural food for dogs, but they definitely pose a choking hazard. Raw meat and raw eggs also may contain Salmonella and E.coli bacteria, which can affect your pet’s health. In addition, raw eggs contain an enzyme called avidin that restricts the absorption of biotin — a B vitamin — leading to skin and coat problems.

  1. Salt

Too much salt produces excessive thirst and urination, or even sodium poisoning. Don’t let your pet have any of those salty chips, or you may find that she experiences vomiting, diarrhea, tremors or an elevated body temperature.

  1. Xylitol

Candy, chewing gum and baked goods may contain a sweetener called Xylitol, which can cause insulin release in most species, potentially leading to liver failure. The increase in insulin triggers a sudden fall in blood glucose level, potentially causing seizures and/or loss of coordination.

Of course, even if you know what to avoid feeding your cats or dogs, they do have minds of their own, and accidents can happen. If you suspect your pet has eaten any of these foods, note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

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The Animals of Natural Disasters – FI weREPAW, Inc.


The Animals of Natural Disasters
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Natural disasters like the recent hurricanes can take a terrible toll on animals–and their humans…’In 1999, Hurricane Floyd caused 2.9 million pet and livestock deaths, and thousands more owners lost their pets. The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was particularly devastating. The Louisiana SPCA estimates that 15,500 animals required rescue, and that 80-85 percent of these animals were never reunited with their owners.’ The big question: What measures are in place to help prevent death, injury and separation of animals in natural disasters? And, what can we do to improve the odds?

What happens to Rex and Kitty after a natural disaster?

The ASPCA conducted the first ever nationwide assessment of emergency response capabilities for animals, the results of which were reported in Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in an article entitled, “The National Capabilities for Animal Response in Emergencies (NCARE) Study: An Assessment of US States and Counties.” This survey of officials who oversee emergency preparedness in US States and counties — led by Vic Spain, DVM, PhD, veterinary epidemiologist for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) — investigated which American communities are prepared to deal with the animal victims of an emergency and how and where emergency response planning can be improved.

The results of the study were mixed — much progress has been made, but there is still much to be done. Most states and about half of high-population cities and counties had organizational infrastructure for managing animals in a disaster, such as a State or County Animal Response Team. In contrast, only about one in four smaller population counties had such an organization, even in regions of the country prone to frequent natural disasters. People with pets are more likely than people without pets to refuse to evacuate in an emergency situation, putting their lives, as well as the lives of the people sent to rescue them, in danger. Only a little more than half of US counties, however, reported having plans for emergency shelters in which pets and people could be housed together.

A loss of animal life not only has an economic, but also a psychological impact. Studies show that pet loss after a disaster can be devastating for humans. Fifty-six percent of Americans now have pets. In the future, due to population growth, and the increase of not only the percentage of Americans living in disaster-prone areas, but also the number of natural disasters, the problem is going to get bigger.

Journal Reference: C. Victor Spain, R.C. Green, Lacie Davis, Gregory S. Miller, Susan Britt. The National Capabilities for Animal Response in Emergencies (NCARE) Study: An Assessment of US States and Counties. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 2017; 0 (0) DOI: 10.1515/jhsem-2017-0014


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Petition: Man and Dog Fleeing Irma Denied Flight for Not Having a Pet Carrier

All Airlines should have pet carriers as part of their standard equipment after all the pets do not fly free

SoCal Experts Say Concerned Pet Owners Should Keep Animals Inside During Monday’s Solar Eclipse | KTLA

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Pet Snack Contains Toxic Chemical: Recall – Chemical Free Life

Pet Snack Contains Toxic Chemical: Recall
Chemical-Free-Life.orgJune 14, 2017Uncategorized

Another pet snack recall due to chemicals–this one covers several brands…

Rawhide possibly contaminated with chemicals recalled by United Pet Group

Eileen Faust, Morning Call

A pet treat manufacturer is recalling several brands of rawhide dog chews because they could be contaminated with a chemical used to disinfect manufacturing equipment.

According to a press release from United Pet Group, a division of Spectrum Brands Inc., the packages of rawhide were sold online and distributed to retailers nationwide. United Pet Group issued the voluntary recall after it found certain manufacturing facilities in Mexico and Colombia, and a supplier in Brazil, were using a quaternary ammonium compound to clean food processing equipment. The chemical compound is not approved in the U.S. as a processing aid for rawhide chews.

The company has received a few reports of illnesses in pets that consumed the rawhide covered in this recall…

Quaternary ammonium compounds can cause the following symptoms in dogs that have ingested it: reduced appetite, and gastric irritation including diarrhea and vomiting. These may require treatment by a veterinarian.


Recall Details

All of the dog chew products in the recall have an expiration date ranging from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 printed on the back of the package. This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

The products subject to the recall are described below:
American Beefhide brand

Products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH are affected. This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products: Manufactured by:Salix Animal Health, LLC; Deerfield Beach, FL 33442


Digest-eeze brand

Products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB are affected. This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products: Manufactured by:Salix Animal Health, LLC; Deerfield Beach, FL 33442


Healthy Hide (including Healthy Hide – Good -n- Fun and Healthy Hide – Good -n- Fit) brand

Products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB are affected. This includes all package sizes and/or weights.


The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products: United Pet Group, a Division of Spectrum Brands Inc.; 3001 Commerce St., Blacksburg, VA 24060; 800-645-5154.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should dispose of them or return them to United Pet Group or to the retail establishment where they were initially purchased for a full refund.

For more information, call United Pet Group consumer affairs at 855-215-4962 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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Heavy Rains Bring Dog Killing Bacteria | Care2 Causes

Care2 Causes | Heavy Rains Bring Dog-Killing Bacteria to Northern California
By: Tex Dworkin 

February 19, 2017

Northern California has seen more than its fair share of rain this winter. Given the drought, this of course comes as welcomed news for many. But for a few unlucky dogs, the recent rains most likely contributed to their demise.
As KPIX News reported, the rain could be to blame for a deadly bacteria killing Bay Area dogs. In San Francisco, two pets have already died from the disease. The bacteria is called leptospirosis and it’s often found in puddles and other types of stagnant water.

Goussev says that they’ve already seen five leptospirosis cases in the last two months, which is more than they typically see in an entire year. Two dogs died, including 13-year-old Gertie.

She died at the end of January from becoming infected with leptospirosis. The owner suspects that she was infected at John McLaren Park where she would often play.

What does rain have to do with it? Wildlife including rodents can carry and spread the deadly bacteria. Staci Goussev with San Francisco Veterinary Specialists explains how the rain factors in:

“Every time they urinate that urine gets released into the environment. And with all the rain, it’s getting washed into puddles, lakes, streams and ponds. And that’s how dogs are being exposed to it.”

So the more it rains, the more risk there is of this potentially fatal bacteria spreading.

The good news is that the disease is treatable, but you have to act quickly. Infected pets usually show signs about seven days after exposure. Goussev describes the symptoms: “Most typically, the signs commonly we will see first will be decrease in appetite to complete anorexia, vomiting, some dogs will actually show a yellow tinge to their mucus membranes or skin.”
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If you suspect your pet may be infected, call your vet immediately. Leptospirosis is generally treated with antibiotics and supportive care.

AVMA assures, “When treated early and aggressively, the chances for recovery are good but there is still a risk of permanent residual kidney or liver damage.”

What about prevention? Can you vaccinate your dog ahead of time to safeguard against leptospirosis? The short answer: yes.

It’s interesting. I live in San Francisco, and after hearing about the leptospirosis dog deaths, I called my vet. It turns out—my dog Wilbur already received his ‘lepto’ vaccine. I asked if it was among the list of standard vaccinations that they give dogs, and they said no.

So why was Wilbur vaccinated then? Because my vet asked me if we do a lot of outdoor activity near stagnant water. I recall responding with a resounding “Yes!” So I played it safe and he got the shot.

McClaren Park, where Gertie most likely got infected, is one of Wilbur’s regular stomping grounds, and the exact place I pictured when my vet asked me whether we spend time around stagnant water in the outdoors. It has a prominent pond where lots of dogs and their owners flock to for recreational purposes.

I asked the representative at my vet’s office if they are now recommending that all Bay Area pet owners get the lepto vaccination, as opposed to just outdoor gallivanters like me, and she was quick with her yes.

So it seems their lepto vaccination approach has shifted with the heavy rains.

Not to complicate matters, but the lepto vaccination is not without its critics. Just ask Healthy Pets.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) makes the point that the vaccine does not provide 100% protection. “This is because there are many strains (types) of leptospires (the bacteria that causes leptospirosis), and the vaccine does not provide immunity against all strains.”

But here’s the official stance of the American Veterinary Medical Association:

“Currently available vaccines effectively prevent leptospirosis and protect dogs for at least 12 months. Annual vaccination is recommended for at-risk dogs. Reducing your dog’s exposure to possible sources of the Leptospira bacteria can reduce its chances of infection.”

Goussev says pet owners can minimize exposure by avoiding taking dogs to wet marshy areas. But that’s a tall order when you’re used to regular outdoor gallivanting with your dog.

If you want to protect your pet—in addition to getting your pet vaccinated and choosing your destinations carefully, it’s a good idea when you’re in the outdoors to carry fresh water with you so if your dog becomes thirsty, you have a healthy alternative to stagnant water. And keep a watchful eye on pets to prevent unhealthy slurping.

To help prevent leptospirosis infection, the CDC advises that you keep rodent problems (rats, mice or other animal pests) under control, since rodents can carry and spread the bacteria that causes this disease.

Make no mistake—lepto infection is not just a San Francisco concern. Leptospira bacteria love warm humid climates, according to Healthy Pets.

In 2013 Pedro Diniz, DVM, PhD, College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences said, “Lepto is everywhere, and veterinarians are reporting it more and more across the country.”

In recent years, cases have popped up in Fresno, Oregon and the Denver area.

And it’s not just pets that are at risk. Humans can become infected as well, so in addition to safeguarding pets from infection, pet owners should take steps to prevent themselves and others from becoming infected with the disease due to an infected pet.

The CDC provides a complete list prevention guidelines for pets and humans. And here’s its obvious but nonetheless worth-mentioning advice: “Always contact your veterinarian and your physician if you have concerns about a possible exposure to an infected animal.”

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Help Bob Stay With Darkie the Dog! – Rapid Response Team for Animals


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Help Bob Stay With Darkie the Dog!

Author: admin January 13, 2017


We recently reached out to someone who helped create a petition online via and we are hoping that with our community we can help spark something positive to happen. The situation stems from an elderly man who lost his wife, and now, doesn’t want to have to lose his dog too, whom he loves dearly. However, the retirement place he lives at in the UK, which does accept animals, has had to deal with neighbors who have said the dog has been barking and has had accidents on the floor.

Rather than just accept this, a kind hearted woman decided to take it upon herself and try to find a way for Bob to be able to keep his dog, Darkie. With over 115,000 signatures already and growing, we believe this has a real potential and will push for their goal to become a reality. We would like to see this petition get over 200,000 signatures in total before the weekend is over. It is a large task, but one that we think is worthy for this man and dog.

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Family Dog Found Dead and Skinned – Perpetrator Must be Found

A family dog named Mr. Magoo was killed, skinned and left in his own backyard. Markings on the dog’s body suggest that he was killed by a human. Demand justice for this innocent dog.

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No More Vegan Diets for Carnivorous Pets

People who feed their cats, dogs, and ferrets vegan diets are putting their pets at risk of serious health problems and even death. Sign this petition to push for the criminalization of forcing vegan lifestyles on these carnivorous animals.

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How to baby-prep your dog | WPMT FOX43


With couples pouring their parental love and affection into their pets, too little thought is usually given to how the dog will take to the sudden arrival of a real child.

In the past 30 or so years, dog ownership has sky rocketed while, unrelatedly, young couples are increasingly choosing to delay parenthood into their late 20s and 30s. Where these trends intersect, a dog may even be something of a surrogate child.

The truth is that dogs, like people, can and do get jealous and insecure. Like us, they are prone to feel unloved or neglected when they’re no longer the center of attention. So imagine how a dog who has commanded an owner’s attention feels when that attention suddenly shifts — almost around the clock — to a new baby.

Sadly, many people fail to consider how to prepare Fido for this turn of events. As a professional dog trainer, I’ve had many clients who dismissed my warnings about potential problems, only to deeply regret it later.

Dog ownership in the United States is at an all-time high. About 55 million households include one or more dogs, according to several national surveys. And 80% of dog owners say they consider their dog to be a part of the family rather than a mere pet. And yet, many of these canine relationships become troubled with changes in the family. This can lead to serious problems.

I’ve seen many situations where doggie was the boss of the house one day, and several weeks later, she was on her way to a shelter. And dogs who feel jilted or afraid can and do get aggressive in these kinds of situations. Between 2010 and 2012, 360,000 children suffered dog bites; 66% were under age 4. They can be disfiguring and require surgery, and many child victims suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder from such attacks.

But in most cases, these scenarios are easily preventable.

Begin by asking yourself key questions: Does your dog like children? Is she afraid of loud, sudden noises? Does she bark incessantly? Does she suffer from separation anxiety?

The answers to these questions can help you design a road map for preparing your dog for baby’s arrival. Once again, you need to make changes in your dog’s life that she might find less than thrilling long before you have your baby. Otherwise, your dog may associate such changes with your baby’s arrival, and that could trigger an unhealthy competitive dynamic between them.

Your road map should include special consideration of three key thresholds in your baby’s life.

In utero

You should plan for the arrival of the baby by implementing whatever structural changes you’ll have to make in the rhythm of your dog’s life long before the baby arrives. How long depends on your dog and how deeply embedded into your routine she is. But at a minimum, changes should be implemented no later than a month before your due date. At a maximum, begin the moment you find out you’re pregnant.

The key point is that your dog should not be able to associate these changes with baby’s arrival and begin nursing a grudge.

Look who’s grabbing

The second threshold rolls around when the baby approaches 8 months of age and begins crawling and grabbing. By this point, the owner should have worked hard to condition the dog to the awkward grabbing and pulling at sensitive body parts that a baby will inevitably dish out.

They should also have created a safe zone for their dog so it can retreat beyond the baby’s reach when stressed. Additionally, they should have taught their dog to distinguish child toys from dog toys.

This is relatively easy to do. Begin by getting dog toys that are significantly different in appearance from baby toys. At the same time, dab a little Listerine on all baby toys and teach your dog that the scent of Listerine equals an “off” command. This will go a long way to helping your dog make the right choice.

Most important, ensure that dog and baby are never, ever left unattended together, even for a moment.

Look who’s walking

The third threshold comes at around 14 months, when the baby starts walking. This shouldn’t present a major stumbling block if the owners have crossed the first two thresholds. Rather, it will allow parents to begin focusing on structured, fun interactions between their child and dog, such as appropriate games, rudimentary pseudo-training and more.

The point is that taking the time to prepare your dog for the arrival of your baby can pay off in spades in terms of a safe, wholesome and a mutually rewarding relationship for all involved. On the other hand, failing to spend a little bit of time preparing your dog for this significant addition to your family can have dire consequences. This is why, tragically, so many new parents end up rehoming their beloved, often older dogs within three to six months of a baby’s arrival.

In a perfect world, dog owners have 16 months from the time they find out they are pregnant to the day when their baby begins to crawl. That’s a lot of time to make sure their dog knows what to expect. So do yourself and your dog a favor by choosing the road to a harmonious and loving future for all.