Pip, a tiny pipsqueak of a pug has captured the attention of the world, not with her small size, but with her big personality. Pip, was born in January this year in a litter of 3 other puppies. She is by the far the smallest of the litter, weighing only 1.4 lbs, and measuring 4 inches tall. Her owners think she is the smallest pug in England and possibly the smallest in the world. In fact, Pip comes very close to holding the record. However, the current Guinness Record holder for world's smallest dog is Milly the chihuahua, who only measured 3.8 inches tall. Though Pip is still young, she is unlikely to grow much more. Luckily, despite Pip's small size, she is healthy and the veterinarians do not anticipate major health problems. Sometimes, it may seem that cuteness may be inversely related to size, but according to Pip's owners, Pip's personality is larger than life.
Lucas a K-9 police officer partnered with Deputy Todd Frazier saved his partners life when he was ambushed by 3 unknown assailants. Deputy Frazier was investigating a vehicle at a deserted rest stop to ascertain if the driver was in need of help. According to Sheriff Ricky Adam of the Hancock County Sheriff's Department when deputy Frazier approached the vehicle "two individuals surprised Deputy Frazier from the shadows and an altercation ensued," Adam said. "One cut him across the forehead with a razor, one choked him, and one grabbed his legs to carry him to the edge of the woods." Deputy Frazier was able to press the release button for the trunk of his vehicle during the attack. Lucas Deputy Frazier's K-9 partner, a black Belgian Malinois, sprung into action and bit the attackers saving Deputy Frazier's life. Both Lucas and Deputy Frazier are recovering from their injuries. Lucas has several chipped teeth and a bruised shoulder from his heroic actions. Deputy Frazier is recovering from his injuries, including a gash on his forehead, but his injuries are not life-threatening, Who Let My Dogs Out,? LLC wishes both Lucas and Deputy Frazier a speedy recovery.
Photo credit Hancook County Sherrif's Office
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We already know that obesity is a problem among humans in the United States, but it seems to also be a problem for pets. In the United States, about two-thirds of humans are overweight or obese. The pet problem is not far behind with about half of all pets recorded to be overweight or obese.
One of the big problems is that pet owners may not know their pets are overweight. Indeed, different animals and different breeds may accumulate weight in different places. For example, dogs may accumulate weight around their hips whereas cats may accumulate the extra pounds in-between their back legs.
Another place animals tend to carry extra weight is on their chests. In a healthy animal, the owner should not be able to see the ribs on visual observation, but should be able to feel the ribs with only light pressure.
Being overweight can lead to other problems with the pet's health. It can lead to diabetes, heart conditions, and arthritis, among others such problems. Weight loss may actually help to resolve or mitigate many of these problems.
Just like humans, the key to keeping a pet at a healthy weight is a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. To increase activity levels in dogs, the owner should try to take the dog out on more walks or play fetch. To increase activity level in a sedentary cat, the pet owner may try to play with toys or have the cat chase around a laser pointer.
Having your pets microchipped is not new, but it is just as important today as ever. If your pet gets lost, one of the best ways to make sure it gets returned is to use a microchip.
The microchip is a small electronic device that is actually inserted into your pet. Though it does not contain GPS, it does contain a numerical ID number that coincides with the information of the owner. If the owner moves or changes phone numbers, all the owner has to do is call the company that stores the information, and have the company update it. There is nothing worse than having your pet found, only to have the chip lead to an old address or a phone number that is no longer in service.
The procedure to access this numerical ID number is simple. A hand scanning device is waived over the pet, and it is able to read the ID number. Most animal shelters and veterinarians have these devices.
No pet owner wants to have a lost pet, but pets do wander off. Make sure that you maximize the chances of finding your pet by planning ahead and getting your pet chipped. It is a very simple and relatively cheap procedure.
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