Researchers at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine have found that early spay/neuter in heavier mixed breed dogs can lead to joint problems later in life. Specifically, the study found that mixed breed dogs with an adult weight of 44 pounds or heavier had a higher risk level for one or more … Continue reading Study: Early Neutering Leads to Joint Problems in Large Dogs
August 2-8 is International Assistance Dog Week, an annual event created to raise awareness about the important work assistance dogs do to help people with disability related limitations. Assistance dogs come in all shapes, sizes, and breeds and play a variety of roles. Here’s a quick overview: Guide dogs: Assist people with vision loss in … Continue reading It’s International Assistance Dog Week!
Doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel are on the front lines of the Coronavirus pandemic. A one-year old yellow Lab named Wynn is providing much-needed emotional comfort for staff at Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. According to a story on CNN, Wynn’s trainer (who is also a doctor) says that Wynn’s presence is helping … Continue reading Service Dog in Training Provides Comfort for Health Professionals During COVID-19 Crisis
The US Department of Veterans Affairs currently does not offer reimbursement for the cost of service dogs for military veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). That could change with proposed legislation known as the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act, which is making its way through both the House and the Senate. If passed, … Continue reading Proposed PAWS Act Would Cover Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD
Mark your calendars, dog lovers…International Assistance Dog Week starts this Sunday, August 4th! IADW was created to recognize all the wonderful assistance dogs who help make life a little easier for people with disability-related limitations. According to the official IADW website, assistance dogs help humans with both physical and mental disabilities by serving as devoted … Continue reading August 4-10 is International Assistance Dog Week!