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  • Detection Dogs in Training to Sniff Out Covid-19

    Detection Dogs in Training to Sniff Out Covid-19

    Human diseases and health conditions—including a variety of cancers, diabetes, UTIs, epilepsy and malaria—have odor signatures. Lucky for us, dogs are experts in identifying them, using their special superpower: their sense of smell. Their latest challenge? Covid-19. A lot of out-of-the-box thinking has been deployed in the race to find ways to identify and treat […] More

  • Top Coronavirus Aide’s Last Job Was Breeding Dogs

    Top Coronavirus Aide’s Last Job Was Breeding Dogs

    News flash: Former Labradoodle breeder tapped to lead U.S. pandemic task force. WASHINGTON (Reuters). On January 21, the day the first U.S. case of coronavirus was reported, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) appeared on Fox News to report the latest on the disease as it ravaged China. Alex Azar, […] More

  • Court Orders EPA to Act on Pesticide in Pet Collars

    Court Orders EPA to Act on Pesticide in Pet Collars

    A federal appeals court in California today ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to act on a request by the Natural Resources Defense Council to ban the use of the toxic pesticide TCVP in pet collars. The EPA acknowledges exposure to the pesticide can harm kids’ developing brains. TCVP (tetrachlorvinphos) is an organophosphate pesticide used in pet products, […] More

  • Film Premiere: “California Landslide: A Dog’s True Story”

    Film Premiere: “California Landslide: A Dog’s True Story”

    In May 2017, the largest coastal landslide in California’s history buried the scenic Pacific Coast Highway under more than 1 million tons of dirt and rock. A new documentary short film produced by Dana Richardson and Sarah Zentz, California Landslide: A Dog’s True Story is the captivating account of the two filmmakers and their beloved […] More

  • Chinese Gov Proposes to Reclassify Dogs and Ban Dog Meat Trade

    Chinese Gov Proposes to Reclassify Dogs and Ban Dog Meat Trade

    Animal Wellness Action, and the Animal Wellness Foundation lauded a proposal issued by China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs this week. This month, the Chinese government published a draft of a new list of animals that can be traded for meat that included pigs, cows, chickens and sheep, but excluded dogs and cats according to […] More

  • The Pandemic and Pet Supply Stores

    The Pandemic and Pet Supply Stores

    The Covid-19 pandemic is bringing brick-and-mortar commerce to a halt nationwide. Across the country, state and local governments are putting measures in place to restrict citizens’ movement and person-to-person contact in the hope of slowing transmission of the virus. Here in California, we’re now in week three of a mandatory shelter-in-place order, which was just […] More

  • Alabama 4-year-old is found after 48 hours lost in woods with dog

    Alabama 4-year-old is found after 48 hours lost in woods with dog

    It was a story that weighed heavily on the hearts and minds of people in the midst of a global pandemic: a four-year-old girl and her dog reported lost in the Alabama woods. Young Evelyn “Vadie” Sides had vanished while walking with her dog Lucy in the rural countryside last Wednesday, and remained missing for […] More

  • Veterinarian’s Take on Covid-19: Week On

    Veterinarian’s Take on Covid-19: Week On

    It’s been a week of hand sanitizer, social distancing and official responses. Policy, protocols, processes. (As you know, these are a few of my favourite things). Communications and reviews. Precautions. Preparation. Triage. Risk assessment.Change. Uncertainty. Change. Dear Tilly came to stay and wasn’t sure what to make of it all either! Our inboxes have been […] More

  • Au Revoir: The Bark Ceases Print Publication

    With a heavy heart, I must tell you that, after 23 years, we are ceasing publication of the print version of The Bark. Issue #100, the upcoming Spring 2020 edition is the last of its long line.(We will continue to publish online here at thebark.com.) There are oh-so-many reasons for this decision. In the last […] More

  • Coronavirus and Dogs: Everything You Need to Know

    Coronavirus and Dogs: Everything You Need to Know

    What do we know? What should we be doing? As the pandemic develops, here’s the current scoop on dog-related issues. And no, your dog doesn’t need a mask. Seriously. Until recently, most of us were probably not that tuned into what a virus was, or did. Now, the pandemic kicked off by Covid-19, a novel […] More

  • Dog Walks Virtually in the Time of COVID-19

    Dog Walks Virtually in the Time of COVID-19

    I just received a notice from the good folks at the Southeastern Guide Dogs about how they are thinking outside of the box because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of holding their annual Walkathons, that annually brings in more than one million dollars for this very well-deserving organization, they will be holding “virtual” experiences instead. […] More

  • Mexican media featuring outdated, incorrect pet food news

    Mexican media featuring outdated, incorrect pet food news

    In February 2020, several media sites in Mexico published information on pet food based on an outdated analysis, misinterpretation or false information. The analysis the media used was one conducted in 2016 by Profeco, the Mexican Federal Agency for Consumer Protection. Profeco performs a similar analysis every five years, so the one from 2016 is not up […] More

  • Puppies Get a Second Chance After Being Rescued From a Vehicle Fire

    Puppies Get a Second Chance After Being Rescued From a Vehicle Fire

    It was late January when the Mesa Fire Department in Arizona rescued two Shar Pei puppies from a car that crashed and caught fire. According to news reports, the crash happened at gas station just before midnight on January 29. After losing control and slamming into one of the pumps, the driver fled, leaving the […] More

  • Dogs Wanted for Massive Study on Aging in Canines

    Dogs Wanted for Massive Study on Aging in Canines

    Almost 80,000 dogs have been nominated to participate in a new nationwide study on dog aging since registration began last fall, but there’s still time for your dog to become part of the pack. “We know from previous work done with dog owners that they are motivated to help their dogs live longer, healthier lives, […] More

  • Researchers Harness the Deadly Anthrax Toxin to Treat Bladder Cancer in Dogs

    Researchers Harness the Deadly Anthrax Toxin to Treat Bladder Cancer in Dogs

    Can the feared anthrax toxin become an ally in the war against cancer? Successful treatment of pet dogs suffering bladder cancer with an anthrax-related treatment suggest so. Anthrax is a disease caused by a bacterium, known as Bacillus anthracis, which releases a toxin that causes the skin to break down and forms ulcers, and triggers […] More

  • Is “Muzzle Grabbing” a Proper Canine Greeting?

    Is “Muzzle Grabbing” a Proper Canine Greeting?

    The Bark’s advice columnist answers readers’ questions about canine behavior. Got a question? Email askbark@thebark.com Dear Bark: I saw a video online recently that showed presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg greeting a dog by grabbing and “shaking” the dog’s open mouth. I found it completely bizarre! But some people are saying greeting a dog by shaking the muzzle […] More