Leptospirosis on the Rise in San Diego Dogs

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency has reported an outbreak of leptospirosis, a contagious bacterial disease, in area dogs. Leptospirosis are bacteria that can be found in soil and water.  Dogs are most commonly affected but it can also be transmitted to humans. The symptoms of the disease can range from mild … Continue reading Leptospirosis on the Rise in San Diego Dogs

Better Business Bureau Warns of Online Puppy Scams

The Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker recently issued a consumer warning about a growing number of scams involving online pet shopping, especially for puppies. While buying a pet from a non-rescue website is generally not a good idea, online purchases of pets increased sharply in 2020, as more people began acquiring animals during the pandemic. … Continue reading Better Business Bureau Warns of Online Puppy Scams

It’s National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

The Humane Society of the United States invites everyone to show their appreciation for animal shelters and the dedicated people who work in sheltering during the first week of November each year. Shelters are safe havens for homeless pets, and of course a great place to adopt your new best friend.  They also play an … Continue reading It’s National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

Two New Animal Welfare Laws Protect California Pets

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed two animal welfare bills into law this month.  Both are designed to protect the welfare of the state’s dogs, cats, and other companion animals.  The laws were signed on September 19th, in recognition of Puppy Mill Awareness Day. AB 2152, sponsored by Assembly member Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), closes a … Continue reading Two New Animal Welfare Laws Protect California Pets

How Dog-Human Interactions Affect Owner Well-Being

A new study published in Scientific Reports examines how dog-related activities impact our well-being.  The authors studied 58 dog-human activities and found—not surprisingly!—that most of them improved the owners’ sense of life satisfaction and well-being. The researchers acknowledge that most studies of dog owners show that having a dog is good for our mental health, … Continue reading How Dog-Human Interactions Affect Owner Well-Being