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  • Take Your Dog To Work Week

    While we're lucky enough to spend just about every waking with our dogs and cats, we know a lot of you don't have that luxury. Next week, every one will have the opportunity to take their dogs to work - because it's officially "Take Your Dog To Work Week" (#TYDTWW)!

    Having an official week like this is important for corporations, because if it's done correctly, everyone can benefit from having dogs in the workplace. Dogs promote a happier work environment, can keep employees calm just be being around them, and can give everyone a chance to laugh when they may otherwise not do so. We all know how important laughter is in the workplace.

    Today, you should talk to your boss and see what the office policy is on this holiday next week. If they aren't totally sure about allowing this, we have some office antics that can help even the most reluctant boss change their mind...

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    The tracking is not as detailed as the standard tracker, but it's new technology. Rather than pinpoint the item, it tells you when you're near it by using "hot" or "cold" cues (which we all remember from our childhood games).

    A 2-way separation alert (when you pet gets too far from your phone) alerts you so you never have to worry about leaving a pet behind.

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    My pets don’t really care about our loss of air conditioning - they would be totally content to stand in the doorway letting the cool air waft over them while they were warmed by the sun.

    Their lack of empathy means I have to take precautions to conserve my air conditioned comfort. I don't want to knock a hole in the wall, so what’s a girl to do? The answer is simple, really...

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    But every year, our large population consumes far more water than we should and most of our states are in drought conditions. This makes it a precious resource we should never take for granted. Instead, it's a resource we should be fiercely protecting.

    Contamination is one of the biggest problems and while most of the water contamination comes from humans, dog waste is the third leading cause of water pollution.

    Every single gram of dog waste hosts over 23 million fecal bacteria. This bacteria seeps into the soil, is absorbed by groundwater, washed into storm drains into our aquifer, and then filtered and recycled through waste water treatment plants. Eventually, it ends up right back into our water supply with a final arrival out of our taps.

    And who wants to drink that?!

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    Now, I have to say, we have our doubts about this practice and that story's accuracy. The veterinary schools we know and work with abandoned that practice many, many years ago and only perform surgeries on shelter animals who require surgery. Even then, then they do their best to find homes for the animals through legitimate rescuers.

    On the other paw, many laboratories do purchase animals from "B dealers" (aka puppy mills, horses from slaughterhouses and others who just breed to sell to laboratories).

    Regardless, SynDaver Labs, a Florida-based company, is planning to change any need for anyone to ever have to purchase a live dog for experimentation or training DVMs by replacing them with lifelike and very realistic synthetic dog that mimics nearly every part of a live animal.

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Dogs that can't Swim and Some that just aren't very good at it

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If you have a cat, you've no doubt experienced hairballs. We curse them as we step out of bed with bare feet, warn our dogs not to eat them, search out holistic and homeopathic remedies to make the cats stop producing them... But hairballs remain a fact of life. For this reason, it seems completely normal to us that there would be a day commemorating them.

This year, National Hairball Awareness Day falls on the last Friday of April. So today we’re going to talk about a few things you may not be aware of. For example,

We’re going to tell you in this article because I’m sure you’ll agree that these are all critical pieces of information you need to know...

Hairball Museum Exhibits

Now in it’s sixth year, the National Museum of Health and Medicine offer a very specific exhibit: The Hairball Exhibit

The annual exhibit features both animal and human hairballs (also called trichobezoars). Trichobezoar is a word derived from the Persian word “Bezoar” which means, “Protection from poison.”  Bezoars (hairballs) were once thought to be a universal antidote against poisoning and were used in 11th century Europe for various ailments. China still uses ground-up cow bezoars as a medicine to prevent mouth disease. The exhibit contains 3 human hairballs and several pet hairballs. We think a visit to this museum would be well worth your time!

15 Things You May Not Know About Hairballs

Take a look at the Top Fifteen Things you Probably Didn’t Know about Hairballs.

For example, did you know that the average cat consumes 173 grams of cat hair each year? That’s the equivalent of 86 Ruby-throated hummingbirds. Or $7.50 in quarters!

10 Creative Uses for Hair (and hairballs)

As part of our tribute to hairballs, we’ve created a list of 10 Creative Things You Can Do with Hair & Hairballs. These range from making special insulated bird nests for your feathered friends to selling your most distinctive cat hair ball on Ebay or ETSY...

Ways to Prevent Hairballs

Cats ingest hair because their tongues are covered in tiny barbs (papillae) that act like brushes when they clean themselves. Many things can result in excess hairballs forming in your cat, including boredom, health problems and poor diets. You can help your cat by brushing long-haired cats daily and short-haired cats at least once per week. For this reason, we've brought you an Insider's Look at Cat Grooming. Nutrition is the single biggest external factor for animals and for hairball problems the right diet can pay dividends.  Feeding your cat food with a perfect balance of fatty acids promotes a healthy skin and coat which means your pet will shed less.

A Fun Way to Pass the Time

Want to learn more about hairballs (and have some fun at the same time)? Visit the Hairball Battle and get your hairball war rolling... It's even more entertaining than Candy Crush!

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About the Author

Stacy Mantle is a freelance writer who currently resides in the southwestern deserts of Arizona with a few dogs, several cats, and a very understanding husband. She is a regular contributor to Pet Age Magazine, Catster, Animal Behavior College, and of course, PetsWeekly. Many of her stories and articles have been translated into several languages, and now reach an international audience. She is also the author of a bestselling urban fantasy/thriller, Shepherd's Moon; a humor book entitled, Conquering the Food Chain: Living Amongst Animals (Without Becoming One), and a line of Educational Activity Books for children.


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