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Choosing a Boarding Kennel

Need to go out of town? A boarding kennel can give your pet quality care and can give you peace of mind. Before loading Fido or Fluffy into the car and driving over to the nearest kennel, though, it's important to find the right kennel and prepare your pet for boarding. Credit: Getty Editorial WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF USING A BOARDING KENNEL? Your pet depends on you to take good care of her, even when you have to be out of town. Friends and neighbors may not have the experience or time to properly look after your pet, particularly for longer trips. So next time you have to leave your pet behind for a while, leave pet care to the professionals, such as a pet sitter or boarding kennel....

Dogs love treats, but wouldn't it be great if you could make your dog work a little more for those tasty treats? Food-dispensing (also known as treat-dispensing) dog toys could help you accomplish that goal. Even better, the mental and physical stimulation food-dispensing dog toys provide may decrease the chances your dog develops boredom-related behavior problems - barking and chewing, for example. Before you go out and buy a food-dispensing toy, however, you should consider the following. Credit: Associated Press 1. Food-Dispensing Dog Toys Should be Durable "For most dogs, getting hold of food is the single most interesting and satisfying activity in the world," says dog trainer Jolant...

During the most recent annual convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), a panel entitled "Veterinary Oversupply: Issues and Ethics" was held. Though I did not attend the conference, I discovered several summaries of the events that transpired during this session, written by its various participants and observers. I read the reports with equal parts enthusiasm and anxiety. Unfortunately, they did little to encourage a positive opinion. Credit: Thinkstock Citing results from the AVMA workforce study published in April 2013, recording a 12.5% excess capacity of veterinarians, one side of the panel put forth the opinion that "the veterinary profession is in or near acut...