Special Needs Students Paired With Rescue Dogs Training to be Service Animals

Special Needs Students Paired With Rescue Dogs Training to be Service Animals
By Samantha Schwab  | Featured on PetMD

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The Kids and Canines program at Tampa’s Dorothy Thomas School pairs students with special needs with service animals in training–an initiative that provides an invaluable learning experience for both the children and the dogs.

“I’ve had kids who say I hate school. I hate you,” Kids and Canines executive director Kelly Hodges tells ABC Action News. “But they love their dogs.”

According to the outlet, many students in the program were labeled as being disruptive in other schools, and were thus asked to leave. At Dorothy Thomas School, however, these kids are welcomed with open arms.

The Kids and Canines program gives special needs students the opportunity to learn and practice behaviors that can be helpful for them later on in life–behaviors like compassion and empathy. The students also learn how to groom and train the dogs.

Not only are the kids benefiting from this program, but the dogs are as well. Many of the dogs in the Kids and Canines program come from animal shelters, and, by way of the program, are training to become service dogs. If the school year goes well, these ex-shelter dogs will be qualified to assist military veterans with PTSD or children with autism.

While the dogs are in training for the year, they will need foster homes. To learn more about this program and how you can get involved, visit kidsandcanines.org.


Laurelwood Animal Hospital,located near Jesuit High School on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway offers a full range of companion animal services, including surgery, nutrition and behavior counseling, parasite control and preventative medicine. The hospital also offers advanced imaging through an all-digital spiral CT scanner, a comprehensive dental program and laser treatment.

If you’re looking for quality, compassionate veterinary care in Beaverton, Oregon, come visit us at Laurelwood Animal Hospital.

Laurelwood Animal Hospital

9315 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway
Beaverton, Oregon 97005

Phone: (971) 244-4230
Fax: (503) 292-6808

E-mail: info@laurelwoodvets.com

Top 5 Dog Myths Debunked

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Dogs. You gotta love them; what with being Man’s best friend and all. They’re loyal, funny, loving, and snugly. But many myths prevail about our canine friends.

Here are the top five dog myths we’ve busted wide open.

#5 Dogs Will Eat Anything

Have you ever noticed your dog chow down on a smelly bone or questionable lump of meat he’s pulled out of the garbage? Or worse, lap enthusiastically at that suspicious looking smear of something on the pavement?

Dogs can detect bitter, sweet, salty, and sour tastes, but how we perceive “taste” may be different that how they perceive it. Although dogs have only one-sixth the number of taste buds than that of a human, it is possible that dogs gain more information about food from its sense of smell. Regardless of what leads them to smelly food, you shouldn’t be tempted to feed your dog curry, leftovers, or takeout from your favorite restaurant. It’s bad for them. Instead, feed them healthy, well-balanced meals that are high in protein, carbohydrates and fiber.

#4 A Dry Nose Means the Dog is Sick

This is false. The dog’s nose has nothing to do with its state of health. In fact, its nose can change from wet and cool to warm and dry in minutes. So don’t panic. This is completely normal, and probably has to do more with the weather and humidity than health.

#3 Dogs Only Wag Their Tails When They’re Happy

Usually a dog wagging its tail suggests happiness, excitement, and eagerness (walk time!), but not always. Sometimes a wagging tail can mean fear, aggression, or even a warning to “back off!” So you should always be careful when approaching strays, or strange dogs you haven’t met before, even if they are wagging.

#2 Old Dogs Can’t Learn New Tricks

Pure poppycock. Misinformation, we suspect, spread by old people trying to get out of learning something they didn’t want to do, or by lazy people who don’t feel like training an older dog. But just like there are plenty of octogenarians out there getting on the computer for the first time and becoming Twitter savants after a few days, dogs can learn new tricks at any age. Learning new things helps keep the dog active and his mind young – just like with people.

#1 Sex, Litters, and Fixing the Dog

Lots of people wait before getting their dog neutered or spayed because they believe letting their dog have sex is a good thing, or that they need to have one litter  of puppies “for the experience.”

They don’t. Letting your dog have sex usually results in a bunch of puppies that you will struggle to find homes for, and a female dog will not be sad for missing an expereince she never even knew she could have. And while there is some controversy as to how early you should have a dog fixed, there is no reason why you should refuse to neuter or spay your dog and further exacerbate the animal population control problem.

So now that we’ve debunked the top 5 Dog Myths, share your newfound knowledge with your friends.


Laurelwood Animal Hospital,located near Jesuit High School on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway offers a full range of companion animal services, including surgery, nutrition and behavior counseling, parasite control and preventative medicine. The hospital also offers advanced imaging through an all-digital spiral CT scanner, a comprehensive dental program and laser treatment.

If you’re looking for quality, compassionate veterinary care in Beaverton, Oregon, come visit us at Laurelwood Animal Hospital.

Laurelwood Animal Hospital

9315 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway
Beaverton, Oregon 97005

Phone: (971) 244-4230
Fax: (503) 292-6808

E-mail: info@laurelwoodvets.com

How to Recognize Heart Disease in Dogs and Cats

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By John Gilpatrick | Article Featured on PetMD

Heart disease in dogs and cats can be a tough diagnosis for vets to make and for pet owners to receive. Depending on the specifics of the condition, your vet may not be able to do much, but that’s not always the case.

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Kidney Diets for Cats: What to Look for

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By Jennifer Coates, DVM | Featured on PetMD

Kidney disease is extremely common in cats. It can develop quickly, because of something like an infection or exposure to antifreeze, or over many years for no apparent reason. Symptoms and treatment for kidney disease vary depending the specifics of the case, but oftentimes, a diet change can help.

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Why Does My Dog Shake His Head Even Though His Ears Are Clean?

Why Does My Dog Shake His Head Even Though His Ears Are Clean?

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Have you caught your dog shaking his head a lot? Do you often see him tilting his head to one side? Is he constantly doing this even though his ears seem clean?

Unfortunately you won’t always be able to see what’s irritating your dog’s ears with the naked eye, but if he’s shaking his head frequently it means something is causing him discomfort. Most of the time this will either be an ear infection or an allergy, although there are other possible causes.

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Sedatives for Dogs: How and When to Use Them Safely

Sedatives for Dogs: How and When to Use Them Safely

By Jennifer Coates, DVM | Featured on PetMD

Canine behavior can be inscrutable at times. Why do some dogs fall apart at the mere mention of going to the “v-e-t” while others bound through the door without a care in the world? And what’s up with nail trims? Does your dog take them in stride or turn in his best Cujo impression? When faced with a dog who is anxious, aggressive, or just plain hyperactive, pet parents often long for a sedative (for their dogs, of course). But is this the right response?

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Radagast Pet Food recalls raw diet cat food

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Possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121
July 12, 2018

[1]Radagast Pet Food of Portland, Ore., is recalling three lots of Rad Cat Raw Diet Free-Range Chicken Recipe that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to an FDA report.

In addition, the company is recalling one lot of Rad Cat Raw Diet Pasture-Raised Venison Recipe due to possible contamination with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121.

No pet or human illnesses have been reported.

The following three lots of Rad Cat Raw Diet Free-Range Chicken Recipe, shipped to distributors nationwide in May and June 2018, are being recalled:

Lot Code 63057, Best By Date: 10/9/2019
Lot Code 63069, Best By Date: 10/23/2019*
Lot Code 63076, Best By Date: 10/31/2019*
(8-oz. UPC 8 51536 00103 6, 16-oz. UPC 8 51536 00104 3, 24-oz. UPC 8 51536 00105 0)

*These two lots were shipped to one distributor in Vancouver, BC, Canada, in addition to U.S. distributors in May and June, 2018.

The following single lot of Rad Cat Raw Diet Pasture-Raised Venison Recipe, shipped to distributors nationwide only in May and June, is being recalled:

Lot Code 63063, Best By Date: 10/15/2019

(8-oz. UPC 8 51536 00121 0, 16-oz. UPC 8 51536 00122 7, 24-oz. UPC 8 51536 00123 4 and 1-oz. Samples)

Customers should check the lot codes printed on the bottom of the plastic containers and return any recalled products to the specialty retailer where purchased for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Radagast Pet Food at (503) 736-4649 Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (PST) or online at RadFood.com[2].

 

 


Laurelwood Animal Hospital,located near Jesuit High School on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway offers a full range of companion animal services, including surgery, nutrition and behavior counseling, parasite control and preventative medicine. The hospital also offers advanced imaging through an all-digital spiral CT scanner, a comprehensive dental program and laser treatment.

If you’re looking for quality, compassionate veterinary care in Beaverton, Oregon, come visit us at Laurelwood Animal Hospital.

Laurelwood Animal Hospital

9315 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway
Beaverton, Oregon 97005

Phone: (971) 244-4230
Fax: (503) 292-6808

E-mail: info@laurelwoodvets.com

10 Common Myths About Animal Shelters Debunked

10 Common Myths About Animal Shelters Debunked

By Jaime Lynn Smith | Featured on PetMD

Animal shelters are a huge asset to the communities they serve as well as surrounding residents – and, of course, to the animals. Unfortunately, their purpose and contribution to society are often misunderstood. Here, we explore some prevalent myths about animal shelters and the precious pets inside of them.

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6 Most Common Cat Health Problems

6 Most Common Cat Health Problems

Cats are good at self-maintenance. But even your fastidious feline can’t prevent some of these more common cat diseases and health issues.
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Why Do My Dog’s Ears Smell Bad?

Why Do My Dog’s Ears Smell Bad

By Matt Soniak | Featured on PetMD

Dogs bring a lot of joy into our homes, but they also bring an array of odors to contend with. We’re used to many of them, from bad breath and “Frito feet” to farts and wet dog smell. But what about a funky smell coming from a dog’s ears? While not as notably or frequently smelly as their mouths and rear ends, dogs’ ears can sometimes get a little stinky. Fortunately, the typical causes of smelly ears are relatively benign, and the fixes are pretty easy.

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