What Does it Mean? A Service Dog Without Their Owner May Need Your Help!

A service dog without their owner may approach to ask for help

Service animals assist people with disabilities and are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Permitted by law to enter any and all public places with their handlers, service dogs have very serious jobs. After rigorous obedience training, these dedicated dogs carry out necessary, life-sustaining tasks and can seek help should an emergency arise. However, if you ever see a service dog without their owner, it could mean they need your help right away.

What Does a Service Dog Look Like?

There are obvious markers of a dog who’s working for a human handler. Most notably, they sport a colorful vest that clearly states they’re a service dog. They will appear calm at all times, and they’re trusty, dependable, and competent. However, that’s where the similarities end. As far as the ADA is concerned, service dogs can be any breed, weight, size, or age. Continue…

Troubled Waters: Saltwater Poisoning in Pets

Saltwater poisoning in pets is a threat to pet health and outdoor pet funWhen we think of beach and ocean safety, certain ideas immediately come to mind – drowning, sunburns, jellyfish, etc. Drinking too much salt water generally isn’t one of them, but for our pets, this should be of particular concern.

Saltwater poisoning in pets is a serious and often overlooked risk. Review our beach safety tips to keep your day at the shore from turning into a tragedy.

Too Much of a Good Thing

Ingesting too much saltwater is toxic to dogs, cats, and humans. When the intestines contain excess salt (a condition known as hypernatremia), it causes water from the bloodstream to enter into the intestines. Many problems can result from hypernatremia, including death in extreme cases. Continue…

Why Do Dogs Love Balls? Examining a Truly Fantastic Phenomenon

Why DO dogs love balls? Dog behavior can be odd...There’s really nothing easier – or, frankly, more fun – than playing fetch with a dog. Sure, some pups are more enthused by the activity than others. But generally speaking, this age-old past time hits all the spots. While sticks are a sure runner-up, balls are always number one with the canine set. They’re sturdy, yet chewy. They bounce, and most of them fit perfectly between the jaws. But beyond their characteristics and the play/exercise they facilitate with a favorite human, why do dogs love balls?

Herding and Hunting

Dogs began living in tandem with people thousands of years ago, possibly due in large part to their extreme hunting skills. Domestication of a type of grey wolf helped our hunter-gatherer ancestors thrive, and the sort of mutually beneficial interdependence between our species evolved over generations. Continue…