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Real Dogs Eat Meat

May 24, 2010

Alpo has an online book called Real Dogs Eat Meat.  It is a compendium of all the wonderful and not-so-wonderful things that make dogs – well, dogs. These are the winning essays submitted in a contest Alpo held last year. A few examples: “Going au-natural has its advantages – it’s easier to play in the dirt when you are not wearing anything.”  Sasha A chart on Milking Your Next Walk for Everything It’s Worth. “I don’t go out for a walk. I go out...
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New Hampshire’s Low Cost Spay/Neuter Fund

May 20, 2010

We’ve tried to keep politics out of this site, but an issue has come up that concerns everyone.  For some reason, the N.H. Legislature has decided to change how the state’s very successful low cost spay/neuter fund is administered.  Since its inception, the program has been administered by the NH Dept of Agriculture who have the trust and confidence of both the veterinarians and the dog owners who pay for the program.  Now, the Legislature is proposing that administration of the program be put...
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See you on May 20th

April 29, 2010
See you on May 20th

NH Pets Online is a volunteer project and, unfortunately, sometimes real life gets in the way of keeping it updated.  That is the case now.  Our web master is co-chairing her breed’s national specialty and will be unable to keep the site updated until it is over. See You May 20th.
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Ask Nancy: Variable Reward Training

April 23, 2010

Variable Reward Training to keep training interesting for the dog Mostly today trainers talk about using food lures and rewards for putting in behaviors and perfecting them. This method works pretty well if you know how to use it correctly but there is often a bit of info left out on how to keep your dog interested in the rewards you are handing out. Picture you are being trained to do something and as a reward you get a piece of dry cereal. Stop...
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Online Pharmacies

April 21, 2010

Many pet owners turn to online pharmacies and other sources for their pet medicines and flea products. While many online stores are reputable, there are some that are questionable.  To help you in your search, the FDA has a web page and a pdf  booklet to help you pick a reputable source for your pet’s medicines.  Some of their warning signs to look for are: Site does not require veterinary prescriptions for prescription drug orders. Site has no licensed pharmacist available to answer questions....
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Dog Licensing Reminder

April 19, 2010

April means it is time to get your dog licenses. Dogs 4 months old or over must be licensed on or before April 30.  Dog licenses are available from your town clerk.  In order to get a dog license, you must bring proof that your dog’s rabies vaccination is current. FEES If the dog has been neutered or spayed, a certificate must be furnished (if licensing for the first time).  New Hampshire has a sliding scale of dog license fees with puppies under 7...
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Recall: Advanced Cetyl M Joint Action Formula for Dogs

April 16, 2010

As a precautionary measure, Response Products has issued a voluntary recall of product from two lots of its Advanced Cetyl M Joint Action Formula for Dogs. This recall—while voluntary—is due to POSSIBLE Salmonella contamination from a product ingredient (hydrolyzed vegetable protein) manufactured and supplied by Basic Food Flavors, Inc. of Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Ask Nancy: Ah Spring! Thinking about Breeding – Some Basics

April 14, 2010

Dogs are normally in heat for about 3 weeks. The first week they have a red discharge then the second a clear or straw colored discharge then almost no discharge the last week. For some dogs this all stretches out longer for 4 or more weeks. Female dogs are usually wiling breed sometime in the middle of their heat often in the range of 9-14 days of their heat season. But each dog is unique and receptive times can vary. The vulva swells so...
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Service Dog Eye Exams

April 8, 2010

May is National Service Dog Eye Exam Month.  The American College of Veterinary Ophthamologists and Merial are offering free eye screening exams to working dogs. In order to make an appointment for a free exam, an owner must register by April 30th and  your dog must meet of the following criteria: Service Dog groups including: guide dogs, hearing dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, detection dogs, police dogs, search and rescue dogs and formally trained and certified therapy dogs (through the Delta Society or similar). Dogs...
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Sago Palms and other Poisonous Plants

April 8, 2010
Sago Palms and other Poisonous Plants

Now that Spring is coming to New Hampshire, many pet owners thoughts are turning to gardening.  VIN is reporting that incidences of pets being poisoned by ingesting Sago Palms are increasing nationwide.  Although originally from the South, Sago Palms are now being sold in gardening centers and the big box stores nationwide.  Sometimes they are only called “Miniature Palm Tree.” If you are tempted to buy one of these, remember that your pet can die within hours of nibbling on a Sago Palm.  For...
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Autism Service Dogs

April 6, 2010

CNN has a great story about a mother who wanted a service dog for her autistic twins.  In her case, she decided to start with a puppy and have it trained locally. “When McMillan asked the trainer whether she was able to train a dog to assist with her autistic twin boys, the dog trainer said, “I don’t know anything about autism.” The mother did. And Kelli Collins knew how to train dogs. Together, they would train and raise a puppy to be a...
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Seasons

April 2, 2010

New Hampshire seems to be confused as to what season it is, so, we are bringing you a beach video! This  was made by a group of first-time dog owners in Hungary, The Promotion Group of Népsziget, using the Mirror Method of dog training.The Mirror Method’s name comes from the idea that dogs reflect their owners behavior like mirrors. The Mirror Method consists of three parts: To build up required relationship and ranking order in everyday life Teaching with clicker using only positive reinforcement...
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