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Opioids in Veterinary Offices Pose a Threat to Pet Safety

For the drug addictive, owning a pet offers them an easy access to opioids.

Easy Access to Opioids

Recently, veterinarians in Colorado suspect that among their clients some may have intentionally hurt pets to get prescription painkillers. Though they are concerned, they seems to be rather powerless confronted with this group of despicable pet owners. After all, it is one of their duty to prescribe medicines for pets’ pains, no matter how the little creatures get injured.

The never-ending fierce war on drugs led by government make opioids in pet hospitals more appealing and easy to obtain for drug addicts and money-oriented people. And this could bring a disaster for innocent pets.

In Georgia, the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team received an information suggesting that Courtney Brown, a former veterinary technician, was prescribing medication for her deceased dog while employed at a local veterinary office between 2017 and 2018. She was then arrested and was charged with a felony for procuring a controlled substance by misrepresentation. This is not a single case, however. Another 22-year-old Georgia veterinary employee, Danielle Crescenzo, was arrested for stealing 177 tramadol pills from the veterinary hospital she worked.

Even some professional veterinarians commit pharmaceutical diversion. According to a survey done to 189 veterinarians in Colorado area, 44% reported opioid abuse or misuse by either their clients or staff members, and 12% said they knew of veterinarians themselves were abusing or diverting medicines.

More surprising is a man who claimed himself as a pet lover to get to work voluntarily in a veterinary office. At first, he worked a few days a week, then, a days in a few months. One day, he disappeared without notice. After his disappearing, the staff discovered that a significant amount of anabolic steroid medicine was missing from the stock after the man stopped showing up for work. This “animal lover” had been providing a local gymnasium with muscle-enhancing products stolen from the veterinarian’s office.

 

Victim of the War on Drugs

 

Pharmaceutical diversion can earn so much money that one can easily. At least, this kind of offense do no direct harm to pets. When a pet owner wants to commit this kind of diverting, pets usually are used as a tool of performance.

 In the early 2000, a man in Ohio allegedly taught his dog to cough on cue so the owner could get hydrocodone. The unreliable owner trained innocent and faithful pet to be the accomplice in his selfish offense.

Last year in Virginia, a young man claimed his small dog, Dolly, had been suffering from anxiety. He further explained that Dolly’s past bouts with anxiety had always been solved with doses of diazepam, which, of course, was the thing he wanted to acquire. He took Dolly to six veterinarians for the anti-anxiety pills and painkillers for his own use. Eventually, he was charged with prescription fraud.

Pet owners can be more crazy than your imagination. In 2014, in Kentucky, a young woman was accused of cutting her dog with razor blades so as to take dog’s pain medication. She took the golden retriever with multiple cuts that require several sutures twice in October. On December, it happened again. The vet recalled that every time she took the pet there, she asked for a kind of pain medication called Tramadol which is meant for dogs. Obviously, those pills were not used to alleviate the miserable dog’s pain.

 

What Can We Do?

 

In the US, some states are taking measures to tackle this war of opioid. Recently in Colorado and Maine, new laws are enacted to require veterinarians to check the prescription histories of pet owners and pets before the prescription. In Alaska, Virginia and Connecticut, there is a new limit on the amount of opioids a vet can prescribe. Besides, in Maine, veterinarians are required to get three-hour continual lecture on prescribing opioids every two years.

These measures, however, can hardly make impressive results. American citizens have a clear sense of boundary between different responsibilities. Along with their respect for privacy, many veterinarians refuse to check the medical history of their clients though with easy access to the database. One veterinarians insists, “I’m a veterinarian, not a physician. I shouldn’t have access to a human’s medical history.” As a result, the new laws has limited effect on the immoral behavior. What’s more, since veterinarians are not required to upload the prescriptions to any monitoring program, pet owners can take pets to multiple vets to get medicines they want.

Those “pet lovers” in fact are pet abusers. Pets are their tool to earn interests and satisfy their own needs. It is like when you want to require a furniture, you buy a hammer. They are so self-centered and money-oriented that they never see pets as a living creature with feelings, not to mention see pets as the companion. This kind of immoral behavior is absolutely unacceptable.

In fact, this is nothing wrong of pets, nor even of the opioids. It is some human beings driven by profit and desires who should be responsible for the situation. Likewise, it is not pets nor the opioids should take actions to make a change, but us. Pet lovers and people who respect life should work together in drug control and defending pets’ rights.

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Why I Choose to Adopt a Dog ?

Because the Korean government has not given enough attention to boycotting dog meat, these heinous dog meat trades are still common in South Korea. Animal-loving volunteers have no choice but to do their best to buy and save more dogs from Korean dining tables. But there are so many dogs saved, animal lovers have no way to take care of all of them, so what we can do is to adopt dogs according to our own abilities, to give dogs a new home, and to reduce the pressure on those volunteers who saved dogs back.

As animal lovers, we know how great it is to adopt a dog. We know that this will not only save a dog, but also free up a chance for adoption for other dogs. On the other hand, although many people do not recognize this, in fact, adopted dogs will guard the adopters and the family in different ways to repay their adoption.

Some dogs return the favor by rescuing family members.

When smelled the gas leak at home, the dog instinctively knew to alert her family of the potential dangers in the house. The clever puppy refused to let them go to bed, but took her dad to the stove burner that was not closed. This brilliant dog has saved the family from a disaster.

Some dogs, such as rescue dogs, can provide emotional support in times of hardship.

For Rachel, the arrival of Grace, which is a rescue dog, is in the right time. The sudden loss of her husband, Lawrence, caused a heavy blow to her. She said, “I felt so lost. My friends were wonderful and supportive but eventually, everyone moves on with their lives. I don’t have children. And I’m not a workaholic. So I was left with this intense loneliness and void. I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t sleep.”

“One day I started researching dogs that are good for grief and depression. And ‘poodle’ kept popping up. But when I went to the rescue fair, all the poodles were gone. There was this one old dog in the back that nobody was looking at. She was skin and bones. She was trembling and scared and mucus was running out of her eyes. She seemed so fragile. She reminded me of myself.”

The feeling of having one thing that makes you feel safe, comfortable and loved is undoubtedly one of the hardest things in life. This is not just happening to humans. It’s the same feeling when dogs are left on the street or abandoned by their families. That’s why Rachel and her rescue dog Grace are the perfect match– they need each other.

Studies have shown that playing or interacting with animals can increases the level of stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and reduce the stress-inducing hormone cortisol. This relationship between humans and animals also helps to overcome anxiety, depression and other mental illness. This is especially true for rescue dogs because they know what is associated with feelings of vulnerability, and it also provides an outlet. Taking on the responsibility for caring for another one in need can bring purpose and meaning during the darkest hours of your life.

Many people who live with dogs will tell you that their lives have changed for the better since they adopted dogs. After all, our dogs know us better than anyone else and can make us happy when we need them the most. Studies have even shown that raising a puppy can bring real health benefits, such as reducing the risk of heart disease and lower stress levels.

I used to be an autistic patient in my childhood. It was because of Ricky’s company, my furry friend who came to my home when I was ten, that I open my heart to the outside world, and began to gradually integrate into the crowd and love life. Ricky’s presence has greatly improved my social skills. I began to share my food and toys with my parents and other kids. I can also provide comfort when others are sad, which is a big improvement for me. Ricky help me develop into normal child, boosting my confidence and compassion.

Pets can act as a social lubricant, returning tension to normal, and serving as a topic of chat. Getting along with dogs can also increase the positive energy of the mind. Their happiness will infect you, stimulating and increasing your chances of interacting with others. They always bring you surprises. Even a small thing can make you have fun. You will find that their world are really simple, playing with you is their greatest happiness, then you will find that life has no big deal.

If you feel that life is boring, if you need a loyal partner, if you want to find a good listener, if. . . then you might consider raising a dog. Adoption is a better option than buying a dog. Adopted dogs will be extraordinarily cherished and obedient after returning to family. And the more cats and dogs are adopted, the more space and resources pet rescue agencies will free up to help more stray cats and dogs.If you adopt a cat or a dog, it will also give hope to other stray cats and dogs that they have the opportunity to enter a complete and happy family either. You will not only get a good partner, at the same time, you give the dog a new home which make a contribution to pets rescue. Why not serve multiple purposes in one fell swoop?

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Which Side Are You On, Eating Dog Meat Or Not?

Are you still fiercely protesting online against Yulin Dog Meat Festival? Yet, beyond the southern city of China, dog-eating is a nationwide tradition in another developing country– the South Korea.

The Statistics & History of Eating Dog Meat in South Korean

A South Korean parliamentarian has conducted a survey on the consumption of dog meat in the country. The Korean people who had just over 40 million in that year ate an average of 2 million dogs a year, and the annual sales of dog meat reached 1.5 trillion won.

The South Korea dog meat eating began almost simultaneously with livestock breeding. Eating dog meat in Korea is more like a “national” food culture. There is no specified festival or season to eat dog meat, as long as you want to eat, dog meat can be served at any time. In North Korea, the full dog luncheon is even served as a national dish to entertain guests.

However, in recent years, the frequency of Koreans eating dog meat has become lower and lower. Many young Koreans not only refuse to eat dog meat, but also are ashamed of eating dog meat. They even hold large-scale protests from time to time, demanding to get rid of the bad habit of eating dog meat.

The Policies that South Korean Made for Dog Meat Restaurants

On the one hand, the owners of dog meat restaurants Korea are fearless, because where there is a market, there is a business. On the other hand, the helpless dog-lovers can only take excessive measures to stop the normal business of dog meat restaurants. The South Korean government has been in a dilemma for a time. In the end, the government has implemented 4 policies in 2016 for this centurial problem.

First, forcibly relocating the dog meat restaurants in downtown areas and roadside to back alleys;

Second, urging the dog meat restaurants to change their names, replace the dog meat restaurant by nutritious soup restaurant;

Third, if a party is found to have adopted a radical approach to protest, it will be punished according to law;

Fourth, it is forbidden to hang the dog to death, and it is forbidden to cruelly slaughter it in front of other dogs.

In my opinion, the first one is better called “strategic transference”, the second one is a change in form but not in content, and the third article can simply say as “protecting dog vendors from being harassed”, the fourth one is only “kill dog in a gentle way”.

What The South Korean Government Do before the 2018 Winter Olympics

Before the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics, according to the report of the South Korea’s JTBC TV station, earlier the US media had said that the dog shop closed during the Winter Olympics will receive economic compensation from the South Korean government, and many South Korean media quoted relevant reports. However, in fact, the South Korean Central Government and the Pyeongchang Winner Olympic Committee did not take any measures against dog meat restaurants. The local government of Gangwon Province did take some measures, including listing the dog meat restaurants as “a restaurant that would cause antipathy by foreigners”, giving 20 million won (about 17746 dollar) to the dog meat restaurant that changed the dishes. But only one restaurant in Pyeongchang has applied for and received this subsidy. And if you change the “dog meat” and “Bosintang” on the menu to other names such as “nutritious soup” , you can get up to 10 million won (about 8872 dollar), and there are 12 restaurants made an application. But the government has not banned the sale of dog meat during the Winter Olympics. This move is akin to cry up wine and sell vinegar.

During the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, local government doesn’t want visitors to see what dog meat restaurants do to dogs, so thousands of dogs were transferred to narrow, filthy cages, and what awaits for them is torture before being slaughtered for food. In fact, these dogs have not only lived in fear since the day they were born, they also have experienced trauma and terrible living conditions. Dogs tied up and their legs cut off while alive, thrown into pots to boil while still alive, held down and their fur sliced off with blades…alive, just because people believe the pain makes the meat more effective.

A Eating Dog Case that Cause Concern

South Korea’s “Korean Daily” reported that on June 25th this year, when the dog meat restaurant in South Korea ushered in the hottest period of business, the court suddenly announced a verdict that a dog farm’s principal who slaughtered a dog for the purpose of eating is criminal.

In spite of the animal protection group is cheering, and say that the next step will be a class action against the dog meat restaurants, the eating dog industry is dissatisfied with the judgment.

Although the controversy over whether to eat dog meat or not has been going on in Korea for decades, the latest poll results show that more than half of Korean still agree with the consumption of dog meat. Yonhap News Agency said on the 25th that a survey recently released by professional investigation agencies showed that 51.3% of people opposed the legislation prohibiting the consumption of dog meat.

Stop Consumption, But Protection

The Korean Dog Festival is less well known internationally, so it is less blamed to some extent. According to a scholar said, the Korean Dog Festival is more difficult to deal with because it is a series of activities, not just in one place (like the Yulin Dog Festival).

Unlike the infamous Yulin Dog Festival, the Korean Dog Festival is not an activity that can be banned, but needs to change the habits and thoughts of everyone during the hottest period.

When companion animals are abandoned, feeling ashamed is not enough; when a stray dog is snatched from the street and brutally killed for the meat industry, being angry is not enough; when untrained and under-resourced authorities deal with strays inhumanely, feeling sick doesn’t help. We have to analyze what went wrong and do our best to ensure that other dogs do not suffer the same awful fate. When we work together, animals benefit. When we fight, every body loses.

For anyone who doesn’t understand how truly horrible it is. It is more than just eating dogs and cats. They burn and beat dogs to death and boil dogs in pressure cookers to turn their juices into tonics.

Please End the Violence! The Korea dog meat torture must be stopped. Torture is for cowards. For humans, dogs may be just a lunch, but for dogs, the owner is all for them. If you see dogs as your companion, then protection exists. If you see them as an ingredient, a dish is served. It is critical how we perceive this creature. It is us who have the power to stop this inhumane activity, not the powerless dogs. It is time to stop the brutality. You can choose not to love, but please don’t hurt.

We want to raise international awareness of dogs farming in South Korea through online Korean dog meat protests. By increasing awareness worldwide, we hope to pressure the South Korean government to end these heinous trades. 

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Can You Imagine If You Marry with A Four-legged Friend?

On June 28, 2018, a very special wedding was held in a small fishing village in San Pedro Huamelula, Oaxaca, Mexico. The villagers married a crocodile to  Victor Aguilar Ricardez, the mayor of San Pedro Huamelula, for good luck and good harvest.

It is reported that marrying a crocodile is a custom of the Chontar Indians, which began in 1789. They believe that the ceremony can bring good luck to fishermen on the Pacific coast of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec of Oaxaca. In this custom, crocodiles are seen as princesses who bring peace and prosperity to the tribe.

The crocodile is mainly baptized first, then put on a custom wedding dress. On the wedding day, it wore a veil and marched on the street with orchestral music. After the parade, the crocodile held a wedding ceremony with the mayor in the town hall.

 

It is really an unimaginable behavior to marry an animal! However, this is not the only case that man marry with animals. We have found other cases of man marry with dogs to share with you.

An Indian married a dog in 2007

When Selva Kumarr was 18, he saw two dogs mating and killed them. He hung their bodies on a tree, and since then he has been bad. In that year, he not only lost his hands and feet but also lost his hearing. After 15 years, Kumar could no stand the pain of the “Curse of the Dog” any more, so he turned to an astrologer for help to get rid of the terrible curse. The astrologer told him: “Look for a dog to get married.” So in November 2007, Selva Kumar married a 10-year-old dog named Selvi.

An Australian married a dog in 2010

In 2010, a 20-year-old Australian man, Joseph Guiso, married his best friend Honey, a 5-year-old dog Labrador.

Guiso is a college student who gave a sweet kiss to his dog at the wedding. More than 30 of Joseph’s friends and relatives and the bride’s many four-legged friends witnessed this sweet moment.

Guiso calls himself a “monk,” and he feels guilty that he and Honey are living together in a non-marital relationship. In spite of this, he assured people that their love is pure and will be always courteous to each other.

An Indian girl married a dog in 2003

In June 2003, Karnamoni Handsa, a 9-year-old girl from a tribe in eastern India, held a wedding with a stray dog. This wedding is a part of an exorcism ritual because the local custom is: if a child’s first tooth is erupted in the upper gums, then the child will encounter a lot of risks in his life. Only to marry a dog can avoid the disaster.

The tribal elders were very open-minded, they said: ”Marriage with a dog does not affect the life of the little girl. She can still get married again, and she does not have to divorce the dog before remarriage.”

What’s your opinion about marry four-legged friends?

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8 Tips to Help You Find Your Pet Lost on Fourth of July Independence Day

Did you enjoy yourselves in Fourth of July party last week? I think the aerial firework display is really elaborate. While the bad news is that my dog has escaped from its cage and hide its body under our car. Fortunately, we found it quickly and it was not out of condition. Did you find your four-legged friend who have run away during Fourth of July celebrations? If still not, we hope below tips can help reunite you with your pet quickly.

  1. Time is of the essence.

Don’t delay your search or believe that your pet will find their way home.

  1. Check for all local animal shelters, even those you think are so far that pet would not run to.

You can call the shelters but check in person is a better way because you can recognize immediately if you see your pet. And be sure to have a photo of your pet on-hand as well as their veterinary records.

  1. Post highly visible signs around your neighborhood.

Post flyers around your neighborhood with your pet’s photo, name, and your phone number.

  1. Post photos and information on social media.

Places like Craigslist, Facebook, Instagram and the Nextdoor app all help pets find their way back home.

  1. Look in those hard-to-reach places.

Walk through your home and pay attention to areas where your pet may be get themselves stuck.

  1. Put personal items outside:

Leave your old T-shirt or pets bedding and toys on your patio to help your pet find his way back.

  1. Find out whether your animals were injured in crash:

We don’t want to think about the possibility that our pets were injured, but check with the state Department of Transportation and reach out to local police department by calling the non-emergency number and inquiring about crashes involving animals.

  1. Use your community newspaper:

Place a “lost pet” ad in the newspaper and search for the “found” section.

If you have other practical advices or find your pet stories, please share with us 🙂

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Help Dogs Overcome the Fear of the Independence Day Fireworks 2018

The July, 4th is US Independence Day, which is one of America’s principal legal holiday. People always enjoy themselves that day, however, dogs are under the most stress on this day. Endless fireworks displays may drive them crazy, and even make them fled in disorder and are nowhere to be found. Whether the plan is to go out to view some fireworks or host your own Fourth of July party, it’s important to remember to keep your furry friends safe during the holiday. Here are some simple tips to share with dog lovers.

First, try to stay with the dogs, touch them, and make them calm down. If you have to go out, remember to put them in a safe room, close the doors and windows, and turn on the TV to buffer the sound of fireworks.

Playing music is also a practical way to make dogs calm down. It is most effective to start playing the music before the fireworks displays begin, because the dog can feel calm and relaxed when the music is playing. It is able to connect music with calm emotions. Therefore, the music should be played in a few hours before fireworks begin, and continued to play until fireworks finished. Music doesn’t need to be loud, and it has been proven to be effective in stabilizing the dog’s nervous system.

Give the dog a place to stay indoors. Dogs can’t talk to you how they are afraid of loud noises, and they usually choose a small space to settle down. The cage will be a good choice if your dog feels safe in it.

Close the window and draw the curtains if possible. Cover the cage and dim the light are both helpful to pacify dogs. Shifting visual stimuli is a good way to stabilize dogs.

Make sure your dog has a positioning chip or wears an identification tag, and make sure the contact information above is up to date.

In addition, it is best to train the dog to know the way home.

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I Can’t Stand To Have Only One “Take Your Dog To Work Day” Every Year, So I…

I can’t stand having only one “TYDTWDay” every year, so I…. want to share funny stories that day with you 🙂

Only I have a dog among all my colleagues, I am really the winner in life!

Dress your dog in a suit and let them experience the life of office workers!

I feel nervous because it is the first time for me to be a deliverer.

Taking dogs to the meeting and even boring meeting will be fun.

Let me see which one is better.

I don’t know what he is laughing at… emmm, so I laugh with him.

For me, going to work is just moving to another place to sleep.

Dog owner: I feel the burden on my shoulders is heavier…

But for this police dog, things become a little difficult, after all, itself is a dog and it wants to take another dog to work…. on second thought, it takes his “best friend” to the office….

TYDTWDay was first celebrated in 1999. 2018 marks the 20th annual event.

 It was created by Pet Sitters International (PSI) to celebrate the great companions dogs make and promote their adoptions. The event encourages employers to experience the joys of pets in the workplace for one day to support their local pet communities. PSI feels that through the events, non-pet owners are able to witness the special bond their co-workers have with their pets firsthand and be encouraged to adopt a new best friend of their own.

Photo 2017 Take Your Dog To Work Day Photo Contest entry, submitted by Liz Thon

Last, I hope every day can be TYDTWDday, and I can’t bear that there is juts one “TYDTWDay” every year, so I…. choose to savor the day 🙂

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Who Is The Winner in 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest?

The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest is an annual contest held in Petaluma, California, as part of the Sonoma-Marin Fair, to decide which of the dogs entered in the contest is the ugliest. Along with the title of “The World’s Ugliest Dog”, the winner’s owner receives a check for 1,500 dollar, a trophy and a free trip to New York City.

There is significant media coverage, and as many as 2,000-3,000 people attend the contest during the fair each year. The fair now holds an all-day Dog Lovers’ Festival preceding the evening contest.

The judges used the dog’s hair, defects, presence or absence of teeth, protruding tongues, and other distinctive features as criteria for judgment.

Zsa Zsa, a 9-year-old bulldog from Anoka, Minnesota, won the 2018 contest. Her owner, Megan Brainard, noted the dog had been rescued from a puppy mill. Her distinguishing characteristic was an extremely long tongue that protruded almost to the ground.

The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest is an annual event, which has a history of 30 years. One of its organizers stated that when it was originally held as a town party, but now it is a national and worldwide event.

For nearly 30 years, the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest has been a testament that the pedigree does not define the pet. Dogs of all breeds and sizes have warmed our hearts and filled our lives with unconditional love. This world-renowned event celebrates the imperfections that make all dogs special and unique.

The contest is a spice of life that will make the world more relaxed and beautiful. While fun and entertaining, the contest speaks to the importance of advocating for the adoration of all animals and the benefits of adopting. Many of the contestant dogs have been rescued from shelters and puppy mills, to find loving homes in the hands of those willing to adopt.

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