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Canine Canter 5K offering discounted registration

Canine Canter 5K offering discounted registration

From press release:

PULLMAN, Wash. - Dogs and their owners will team up for a three-mile fun run/walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at Washington State University. Humans without dogs are also welcome.

WSU’s Canine Club of the College of Veterinary Medicine will host the 22nd annual Canine Canter 5K. The majority of race proceeds will go to the Whitman County Humane Society.

Pre-registration of $15 must be postmarked by March 30. Late registration will cost $20 on race day and a T-shirt will not be not guaranteed. For a registration form and more information, go to www.vetmed.wsu.edu/clubs/k9/canter/.

Snacks will be provided and prizes given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place canine-human teams.

Check-in will be at 7:45 a.m. at Bustad Hall at the corner of Stadium Way and Grimes Road.

Proof of each dog’s rabies vaccination will be required. All dogs must be older than 4 months and on a leash.

Why 2013 was actually the Year of the Cat

Why 2013 was actually the Year of the Cat

From WSU News:


The Chinese Year of the Snake ended in 2013, but judging by all the tail swishing it shaped up to be the Year of the Cat.

 

Consider what took place:

Keeping animals safe in cold weather

Keeping animals safe in cold weather

From Washington State University:


Unseasonably cold weather is forecast for eastern Washington into next week, with highs below freezing and lows in the single digits. Keep pets and outdoor animals safe with these tips from the veterinary college at Washington State University:

 

Remember to keep your pets safe as weather warms

Remember to keep your pets safe as weather warms

Spring is finally here and Summer is just around the corner, and with the onset of warm weather across the region Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service reminds us to keep our pets safe in the heat.

"Every summer, we respond to calls of animals being left in cars," says Nancy Hill, Director of SCRAPS. "Inside a car, the temperature will rapidly increase and can overwhelm a pet in a very short time period - sometimes with fatal consequences."

If you typically bring your dog or other pets along for the car ride consider leaving them home when temperatures rise. Dogs aren't able to sweat to cool themselves down so it doesn't take much for them to overheat. Cracking a window while you run into the store isn't enough to keep them healthy.

"The temperature outside doesn't have to be in the 90's or more for a problem to exist," says Hill, "On a 78 degree day, temperatures in a car parked in the shade can exceed 90 degrees, and hit a scorching 160 degree if parked in the sun."

Washington, Idaho rank in top-10 for pet ownership

Washington, Idaho rank in top-10 for pet ownership

 

Turns out the Inland Northwest is a region that is especially welcoming to our furry friends.

The American Veterinary Medical Association recently released its U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, which ranked Washington as the 6th best state for pet ownership and Idaho as the No. 8 state for pet ownership.

The study found that 62.7 percent of Washington and 62 percent of Idaho households owned a pet; the report said that Washingtonians have the fifth most cats at 39 percent of households and Idaho at 34.6 percent – good for 8th highest.

The numbers

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PETA offers tips for pet care in heavy snow

PETA offers tips for pet care in heavy snow

 

There are several things to consider when Mother Nature dumps a half-foot of snow on the area.

PETA sent out several tips Monday for pet owners and animal-conscious citizens, because “dogs and other animals can suffer from frostbite and exposure, and they can become dehydrated when water sources freeze.”

Here are some of PETA's tips:

  • Keep animals indoors. This is absolutely critical when it comes to puppies and kittens, elderly animals, small animals, and dogs with short hair, including pointers, beagles, pit bulls, Rottweilers, and Doberman pinschers. Short-haired animals will also benefit from a warm sweater or a coat on walks.