Science Finally Confirms Which Are Better Pets: Dogs Or Cats

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This is the debate that has long divided animal lovers: who makes better pets: cats or dogs? But have no fear that we can now officially settle the debate with science.

To settle the debate, scientists compared the increase of the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin in both cats and dogs after playing with their owners. ‘Oxytocin is one of the chemical measures of love in mammals’ Dr. Paul Zak, who conducted the study of the BBC2 documentary ‘Cats vs. Dogs’.

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Traveling with pets? Read how to adequately prepare for the trip

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 You love to travel, but whenever you decide to hit the road you always feel like you’re leaving your pet behind? Well you’re definitely not the only one feeling this way, many people feel their heart aching once they leave their furry pets at home or at their friend’s place. It’s like you’re ditching your life companion for an adventure that it won’t get the chance to be a part of. Let’s have a look at these tips when traveling with pets.

Take your pet along for a memorable journey

Probably all people that own some kind of animal and take care of it on a daily basis agree upon the fact that once they enter your life for good, they become part of the family and it’s not easy to imagine your life without them. This is why leaving them at home so that you can go on a road trip and have fun feels bad and concerning. But it doesn’t have to be this way! The global tourism is being developed every day, so there are plenty of ways how you can take your furry companion on your traveling adventure. However, it is really important to prepare for such a trip, so here are several tips, tricks and suggestions we have prepared for you and your buddy. Continue reading Traveling with pets? Read how to adequately prepare for the trip

Pets flock to Big Gay Dog Walk for Victoria Pride week

  • More than 150 dog lovers and their best friends took part in the popular and long-running Big Gay Dog Walk on Victoria’s Dallas Road waterfront as part of the city’s Pride week celebrations.

  • Hundreds of thousands of Canadians across Canada gather in celebration of the country’s 149th birthday.

  • Drivers in West Vancouver, B.C., are being warned not to leave food in their vehicles after a bear caused $10,000 in damage to a parked Lexus.

  • A group of scientists and divers are sharing incredible footage and photos that show warm-water sharks, sunfish and dolphins roaming the waters of the Pacific Northwest, but say it could be coming at a cost. Continue reading Pets flock to Big Gay Dog Walk for Victoria Pride week

SPCA sees record number of abandoned pets during Montreal’s busy moving season

The Montreal SPCA received more than 700 abandoned pets in the first 10 days of June this year — a hundred animals more than usual.

Every year, Montreal’s SPCA sees hundreds of pets abandoned during the busy summer moving season. This year, however, the organization has been inundated with unwanted animals.

“We are currently in the middle of what we call ‘moving season,’ the weeks before and after July 1st, where the number of animals coming into the Montreal SPCA shelter nearly triples from 600 to 1,600 animals per month,” Alanna Devine, director of animal advocacy at the Montreal SPCA, said in a written statement. 

“We know that a significant portion of these animals are abandoned because their families are unable to find affordable rental housing that permits pets.”

According to the SPCA, while one in two Quebec households has a pet, a meagre 4.2 per cent of landlords accept tenants with dogs. The restriction, they say, disproportionately affects low-income households which have less housing options. 

To help end pet abandonments, the organization is pushing the Quebec government to ban no-pet clauses from lease agreements. Despite receiving 22,000 signatures on a petition to this effect earlier this year, the Quebec government has so far refused to act.

Such clauses were nixed in Ontario in the 1990s. 

“We would really like to see no-pet clauses be something of the past,” SPCA Montreal spokesperson Anita Kapuscinska told CTV Montreal. 

While the majority of abandoned pets are cats, the SPCA has also taken in dogs and birds. Out-of-province shelters have been called to help deal with the overflow. 

Ninety-five per cent of dogs and 75 per cent of cats generally find new homes, the SPCA says. To adopt an animal, visit spca.com.

With files from CTV Montreal

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http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/spca-sees-record-number-of-abandoned-pets-during-montreal-s-busy-moving-season-1.2974601/

France hit by summer spike in abandoned pets

You’ve probably never had more choice if you’re looking to adopt a dog or a cat in France.
Animal shelters have been strained all summer as more and more French families have been giving up on their own pets.
The SPA animal welfare organization has released figures for the summer, showing that in July alone, 2,623 animals were left behind by their owners – up 22 percent compared to the same period in 2014.
A spokesperson said that it was mostly cats – with “a massive abandonment” of 1,255 picked up by the 60 shelters across France.
“There’s a real increase in the number of abandoned cats, nearly 400 more than last year,” the spokesperson told the AFP news agency.

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Posh nosh for pets at luxury Vienna hotel

For just €50 a day, pet dogs and cats staying at Hotel Bristol on Vienna’s Ringstrasse can be cared for and pampered in the most luxurious fashion.

Posh nosh is also available at an extra cost, with staff serving up dishes that include €20 poached fish, beef tartar, or capon breast.


Photo: Hotel Bristol/Inge Prader

The hotel’s high end food can also be delivered as room service, along with their ‘Fancy Snacks’ for pets.

“We offer a dog and a cat menu, snacks and cookies – there are also vegan and vegetarian options,” the hotel director Simone Dulis.

“We have organic dog shampoo and little toys. Every dog gets a chewing bone personalised with their name, which is of course a natural product and very good quality.”

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HuffPost UK Pets: Features, Blogs And News About Our Four-Legged Friends

Do me a favour, if you think it’s okay to leave your dog in a hot car, even for just a few minutes go and try this out. Put on a warm coat, go and sit in the car when it’s hot. Crack the window an inch and then sit there. Sit there and see how you feel. I bet you want to open the window further quite quickly – well don’t because your dog can’t.

Tracey Morgan

Animal hugger, tea drinker, John Candy biographer, co-host of Alternate Endings podcast

 One of our biggest concerns before our little boy Sonny was born was how our jack russell Mario would take to him. The dog has had our undivided attention for the past 9 years and has effectively been our child, but with a few simple adjustments to his lifestyle he seems to have accepted the newcomer to his home.

Oli Reed

Full-time dad, part-time adventurer and occasional blogger at www.theoutdoordad.co.uk

This study provides a fascinating insight into what type of information may be most likely to deter people from purchasing an exotic species, and suggests that reducing the demand for exotics – and all of the negative consequences that accompany that demand – may indeed be possible. Continue reading HuffPost UK Pets: Features, Blogs And News About Our Four-Legged Friends

This Cool Device Lets You ‘Talk’ to Your Pets at Home, Wherever You Are

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 We’ve seen videos of pets expectantly waiting for their beloved humans at home. They sit on the couch, wait by the door, or stare out the window looking sad. Most of us know how heartbreaking it is to see them like that; however, there’s nothing we can do about it. We all leave the house every once in a while, and it’s inevitable.

If only we could bring our dogs and cats anywhere we need to go. If only we could talk to them and reassure them that we’re coming back home soon.

Fortunately, in this day and age, nothing is impossible, especially in terms of communication. If we can communicate with our friends and family wherever we are, we can now do the same with our pets.

With a device called PetChatz, we can stay connected with our dogs and cats while we’re away.

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This gadget is a two-way audio/video system with a sound and motion detector, which allows us to interact with them through a computer, tablet, or phone. Yes, they can see and hear us through the monitor, and they can call us using the PawCall. Also, with the PetChatz app, we can give them nutritious treats and dispense calming scents to help them stay relaxed.
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