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How to Prevent Obesity in Your Pet

Because of the flood of responses I got to yesterday’s post on The Insanity of the FDA Approved Obesity Drug for Dogs, I thought I’d start a series of follow up posts answering the many questions I got by email and in the comments here. The most common question was, Okay, so the drug is…

The other day I took my dogs to the vet for a checkup and saw a woman with her morbidly obese dog waiting to fill her prescription for Slentrol — the first obesity drug for dogs — which made me feel the need to resurrect this post below, which I wrote the day the FDA…

Today was a big day for non-canine service animal news, which I keep tabs on here as part of ongoing follow up to my New York Times Magazine article, Creature Comforts, about the use of non-canine service animals (which include ducks, monkeys, horses, goats, and at least one kangaroo).  The biggest news is that a…

There’s been lots and lots written about the ethics of commercially cloning dogs and other pets — a practice I see as a prime example of extreme human idiocy.  Who spends gazillions of dollars cloning a pet dog when it’s widely known that (a) the resulting puppies won’t be copies of the origianl dog, (b)…

Culture Dish is mourning:  After an amazingly long and wonderful life, my dog Bonny died at home peacefully on February 7, 2009, just two months shy of her 20th birthday. She was an incredible creature. Her story (which I wrote in 2004) inspired millions and forced good change on New York City. Despite her hard…

In a fairly hilarious slip, yesterday a USA Today said researchers had found a 2500 foot snake fossil in Colombia.  Uh, make that a 2500 pound snake (it was about 40 feet long). But still:  BIG SNAKE!!  And it was 65 million years old (OLD SNAKE!!).  The Independent’s headline called it, “The Snake That Was So…

The Department of Justice has withdrawn its proposed ADA regulations that would have banned the use of assistance monkeys, birds, miniature horses, etc.   This was in response to a memo from Obama’s Chief of Staff directing all agencies to hold off on any new regulations until they could be reviewed and approved by Obama’s administration.…

Yesterday, one of my dogs got into a stash of chocolate (sigh), which had me up at 2am doing the dreaded hydrogen peroxide trick, since chocolate is toxic to dogs. When I complained about my night a friend sent me this link (!!) saying, Just be glad your dog didn’t eat a kitchen knife (which is…

As part of my ongoing follow up to my recent New York Times Magazine story about the use of non-canine service animals and the DOJ’s efforts to ban them:  I’ve been saying for a few weeks that the currently proposed species ban might not become law if it wasn’t approved before Bush left office.  And,…

In a display of stunningly bad timing given all the comments people have been posting here in recent days, the entire ScienceBlogs network will be down from 1pm today until sometime Saturday (or whenever they’re done) for a system upgrade. I won’t be able to post, and readers won’t be able to comment, until the…