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  • Doggy Depression: Pets Get Sad, Too

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Friday August 22nd, 2014 at 06:00 AM


    So youre feeling a little bummed and it isnt getting better. A friend recommends you talk to a psychologist. You make an appointment, lie down on the quintessential couch and talk it out, find the root of the issue, and work through it with your doctor. Of course, this a very elementary portrait of how therapy works, but what happens when the person on the couch cant say Im feeling bummed? What happens when its not even a person, but, rather, an animal?

    Knowing the movements and signs sent by...

  • Who Invented That? The Kong Toy

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Thursday August 21st, 2014 at 06:00 AM


    When dogs are a little too rowdy, often pet parents slow them down by using a rubber snowman-like toy called theKong, which has a hollow center for treats. And these toys dont just provide a way to feed dogs a treat. They also calm them down if theyre high-energy while providing mental stimulation since the dog has to figure out how to get the treat out of the center.

    The Kong toy was invented by accident more than 40 years ago when Joe Markhamneeded a way to prevent his German Shepherd Fritz...

  • Put Down the Phone and Play!

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Wednesday August 20th, 2014 at 10:11 AM


    Image via Megan Van Vlack

    Technology distractions are all too common in todays always-on, ever-connected world. People constantly flit between screens and dozens of browser tabs, strewing their attention like leaves in the wind. These increased distractions not only impact human relationships, but also detract from the meaningful time we spend with our beloved pets.

    Walking the dog an actual dog, not a dog app was once a time for quiet reflection, but thats no longer the case. If youre...

  • Facial Recognition Is the New ‘Lost Dog’ Poster

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Monday August 18th, 2014 at 11:46 AM


    Today, most pets are fitted with a microchip in order to locate them if they go missing, but a new technology may offer a replacement to these implants or neighborhood Lost Dog posters: facial recognition.

    Image via Finding Rover

    John Polimeno, founder of start-upFinding Rover,spent two years at the University of Utah creating facial recognition software that could help return some of the 7 million dogs lost each year to their rightful owners.

    So far, a microchip has been the best way to...

  • #CatsSaveTigers: Cuteness for a Cause

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Friday August 15th, 2014 at 06:00 AM


    Image via Facebook/Greenpeace

    Weve all seen them (sometimes too many of them). Theyre grumpy, cuddly, sarcastic and often downright hysterical. Cat memes are nearly synonymous with Internet virality because of their ability to make us chuckle and share a laugh with our friends. Yet until now, they havent done more than make us giggle or sometimes roll our eyes.

    Now cat lovers are using their meme addiction for good. TheCats Save Tigerscampaign calls on feline parents to create their own...

  • Biotech Startups Want to Save Your Pet

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Thursday August 14th, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Pet-loving entrepreneurs are reshaping healthcare biotechnology, a human-facing industry predicted to be valued at$224 billion dollars by 2018, by creatingbiotech pet drug companies. As biotech has revolutionized the way that humans are treated, startups such as Aratana Therapeutics, Pfizers Zoetis and Kindred Biosciences want to do the same for dogs and cats with cancer and arthritis, according toThe New York Times.

    While many large pharmaceutical companies have veterinary drug divisions, the...

  • 3 (More) Great Cities for the Fun-Loving Pet

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Wednesday August 13th, 2014 at 01:27 PM


    Check out why San Francisco, Portland and Albuquerque should be on every pet lovers travel checklistand if youre looking for more travel tips, see ourprevious roundupof top cities for fun-loving pets and pet-owning travelers.

    San Francisco

    The City by the Bay could be considered the ultimate hometown for social media pet celebs.Manny the Frenchie,Hamilton the Hipster Cat,Theo(of Beau & Theo) andBoo(who surpasses People Magazines number of Facebook followers) all call San Francisco home. San...

  • Tinder for Pets: A New Kind of Dating App

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Tuesday August 12th, 2014 at 10:56 AM


    Finding the one isnt just about dating these daysit can also be about finding a new place to live, your next vehicle, or even a four-legged friend.

    Psychologists have long asserted that the human-pet bond is strong. So strong, in fact, that in arecent study, 40 percent of respondents said theyd risk their lives to save a pet over a human stranger. Love runs deep with animals, so its no wonder, with all of the human matchmaking applications out there, that these companies are applying it to...

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