Dog Land App To Present at YPO Global Edge Event

Dog Land, a new social app for dog lovers, will be featured at the Young Presidents’ Organization Global Edge on February 26.

The team behind the app will present Dog Land at the event, which also features prestigious speakers including Magic Johnson, Robert Redford, Larry King and James Cameron. The event will be held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

“Being chosen to speak at this event is a great honor! This has been an exciting first month,” says President & Creative Director Gareth Wilson. “But the work never stops. We’re building technology that we hope enriches the lives of dogs and the people who love them.”

The app, which has been attracting thousands of new users each week, lets users share photos, connect with fellow dog lovers and find and vote on dog friendly places such as dog parks, pet stores, cafés, hotels and more.  Users can “mark their territory” at their favorite places and, if they like something, they “dig it.”

The idea for the app came about when CEO Jonathan Kolker got a Cocker Spaniel named Eddie. Kolker was curious as to what were the most dog friendly places in the city. It was then that Wilson, Kolker’s friend since first grade, suggested that they partner and create Dog Land.

CTO Richard Lung describes Dog Land as “The place to share your life with your dog.” Lead Developer Guillermo Flores adds, “Dog Land works so well because it provides a social networking experience with the unique hook of crowdsourcing dog friendly data.”

The team says that they hope their exposure at YPO Global Edge will help even more dog lovers find their app and connect the passionate community of dog lovers worldwide.

About YPO
YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) is a not-for-profit, global network of young chief executives connected around the shared mission of becoming Better Leaders Through Education and Idea ExchangeTM. Founded in 1950, YPO today provides 20,000 peers and their families in more than 120 countries with access to unique experiences, world-class resources, alliances with top learning institutions, and specialized networks that help them enhance their business, community and personal leadership.

HAWS Honors World Spay Day, February 25th

 HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, again joins animal rescue organizations around the globe to observe World Spay Day 2014 – Tuesday, February 25th.

In honor of the annual world-wide awareness campaign to prevent pet overpopulation, HAWS’ Spay-Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP) Clinic is providing free spay-neuter services for the pets of qualifying Waukesha County residents this week. Noted Lynn Olenik, HAWS Executive Director: “Our focus is on cats, kittens, Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes – species and breeds most at risk in Waukesha County.”

Olenik continued: “Throughout the entire year, HAWS’ SNIP clinic offers many free and low-cost opportunities for pet owners. Project Guardian, in particular, provides free spays and neuters for those with outdoor/barn cat populations. Since Project Guardian began almost a decade ago, the number of homeless cats coming to HAWS has been reduced by more than 30%. Spay-neuter works!”

HAWS asks for support through “Sponsor-A-Spay” donations to the shelter. A simple donation of $30 covers one cat neuter, and $75 a dog spay. Any amount – $5 to $500 – makes a difference and saves lives! To make a donation, call HAWS at 262-542-8851, visit or send a donation to HAWS SNIP, PO Box 834, Waukesha, WI, 53187-0834.

To promote greater community awareness, area breed rescue groups have been invited to join HAWS for a Spay Day celebration on Wednesday, February 26th at 11:30 a.m., to share cake and tour the shelter’s surgical suite. HAWS veterinarians and SNIP clinic staff will be available to answer questions.

“World Spay Day promotes the control of our pet population in a very positive light,” said Olenik. “And everyone can get involved in Spay Day, by advocating spay and neuter for pets, purchasing a limited edition World Spay Day t-shirt at HAWS, or with a financial contributions,” said Olenik.

HAWS, a non-profit organization established in 1965, assists over 6,000 animals each year and welcomes more than 31,000 human visitors to our shelter annually.  As an open admissions and full service shelter, HAWS assures sanctuary for animals in need while offering educational programs and a myriad of services to promote responsible pet ownership and prevent animal abuse.  The shelter is located at 701 Northview Road in Waukesha, Wisconsin. For more information call (262) 542-8851 or log onto our website at Friend us on Facebook or follow our Tweets at “HAWS Waukesha.”
HAWS: Building a Society that’s Humane.

Pet Dental Health Month

Your pet’s dental health is much more complex than just maintaining a dazzling, pearly white smile. Though easy to overlook, our pets’ oral hygiene should be taken very seriously. With February being Pet Dental Health Month, there is no better time to begin awareness and maintenance of your pet’s oral hygiene.

“Oral hygiene has a direct effect on the overall health of your pet,” said Dr. Bert Dodd, clinical professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Dental disease affects a significant number of pets during their lifetime, and just like with people, there can be serious consequences accompanied with poor dental health.

The belief that our pets are supposed to have foul breath is a common misconception. Although their breath certainly won’t smell like roses, extremely foul odor can be the first sign of a severe dental problem. “Often, exceptionally bad breath is the first indicator of oral disease,” said Dodd. Some other indicators of oral disease may include excessive drooling, inflamed gums, and loose teeth.

“Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a disease of neglect,” said Dodd. “If preventative dental health is not practiced, and periodontal therapy ignored, other health complications may follow.” The infected areas of the mouth contain bacteria that can then spread through the bloodstream to other parts of the body such as the heart, kidneys, or liver. Preventing such detrimental side effects is possible with regular upkeep and awareness.

Dental care for your pet should begin early on, so it is vital that your veterinarian teach you how to properly care for their teeth and gums right away. Veterinarians can provide demonstrations of the most effective and hassle-free way to brush their teeth, as well as which diets and toys are the safest and most effective.

Another important step in caring for your pet’s dental health is to provide them with complete teeth cleaning under anesthesia with your pet’s veterinarian. “Oral examinations and cleaning should be performed on your pet at least once a year,” said Dodd. “They should be performed more frequently if home care can’t be done or if there are other oral problems.”

In addition to annual oral examinations, daily home dental care is vital. “Home care includes everything from brushing, using proper dental chews, water additives, and dental diets,” said Dodd. A toothbrush and toothpaste specifically made for pets, as well as wipes and pads, are just a few items to invest in.

Like regular grooming and exercise, dental care should become a routine for both you and your pet to strictly follow. Regular tooth brushing, accompanied by annual oral examinations and at home checkups, will lead to one happy pet with a dazzling and healthy smile.

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Royal Oak Veterinarian Explains Biomodulator/Transducer Therapy

A Royal Oak veterinarian is letting area pet owners know about an advanced form of healing that uses electrical voltage to relieve  and induce healing in animals. Dr. John Simon of Woodside Animal Hospital employs biomodulator/transducer therapy to treat both acute injuries and chronic conditions safely and non-invasively. “I am convinced that this technique will eventually supplant drug therapy, and possibly even laser therapy, as a preferred method for relieving muscle spasms, inflammation and other causes of tissue pain. We are very excited to offer this new form of treatment,” says Dr. Simon.

The veterinarian describes biomodulator/transducer therapy as a method of pinpointing and correcting irregularities in electrical voltage within an animal’s soft tissues. The areas of unnaturally low voltage, he explains, correspond to areas that are suffering from injury or disease. “These areas tend to experience low pH levels, meaning that they become overly acidic. This acidity forces cells to lose oxygen, creating an anaerobic environment that fosters inflammatory toxins and microorganisms,” he says. Dr. Simon adds that because tissues must receive adequate amounts of oxygen and other nutrients before they can produce the amounts of ATP necessary for cell repair, the low voltage in the injury or disease site can prolong or prohibit full recovery even as it contributes to acute or chronic pain.

Dr. Simon uses the specialized technology to detect these low voltage levels and then raises them to a state that promotes tissue healing and pain relief. He notes that the biomodulator does not touch the skin or apply any pressure to do its work, which makes it an attractive option for pets experiencing severe pain. Once an area of low tissue voltage has been confirmed, he says, the transducer supplies the necessary micro-current to add electrons to the tissues, thus raising voltage by a tiny but significant amount. The veterinarian adds that the transducer therapy is not only painless but can also penetrate to a greater depth than laser therapy, another popular option for stimulating cell repair and relieving chronic pain. “We can apply the transducer to any point on a pet’s body, which makes it possible for us treat even the most hard-to-reach organs and tissues,” he adds.

Dr. Simon underwent special training to learn about electrical conduction as a healing modality and the use of the  biomodulator/transducer system. He currently prescribes it for conditions including post-surgical recovery, muscle damage, osteoarthritis and other chronic pain conditions. While the veterinarian expresses excitement over the benefits of this form of therapy, however, he points out that it can also provide support to other therapeutic techniques as part of a larger holistic healing strategy.

In addition to biomodulator/transducer therapy, Woodside Animal Hospital provides wellness evaluations, vaccinations, surgery, x-rays, nutritional counseling and other veterinary services for Royal Oak pets.

Midwest Dachshund Rescue Fundraiser and Social

 The Sixth Annual “Cross Town Bark Around,” a fundraiser and social presented by Midwest Dachshund Rescue (MWDR), will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at the DuPage County Fairground Exhibition Hall, 2015 W. Manchester Rd., Wheaton, Illinois. The “Doxie Dash Wiener Races” will begin at 12:30 p.m. All activities, except for the races, will be inside the air-conditioned buildings. Friendly leashed dachshunds, dachshund mixes and their families and friends are invited. Dachshund lovers without dogs are also welcome. Last year, some 1,300 people and 400 dachshunds attended. Activities in addition to the Doxie Dash include raffles and silent auctions, featuring Cubs and White Sox tickets, theme park passes, dining gift cards, overnight hotel stays and more. The event also will feature a Doxie Costume Contest, Doxie Cake Walk, Sing-Off, Best Peanut Butter Licker and other doxie-themed games. The Doxie General Store will feature one-of-a-kind dog-related items. There also will be a quilt raffle, bake sale with treats for pets and people, nail trims and photos with the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Pedal Car. Admission is $5 for adults and kids age 13 and older. Registration is not required for admission but advance registration is necessary for Doxie Dash Wiener Race participants. There are many dog friendly hotels in the area including the Hampton Inn at 205 West North Avenue, Carol Stream, Illinois (630-681-9200). In addition, the fairgrounds has on-site camping facilities. All proceeds benefit rescued dachshunds whose veterinary care, spaying and neutering, food, medication and other needs prior to adoption are funded by MWDR. MWDR is a 501 (c) (3), all-volunteer organization that was founded in 2003. MWDR operates through a volunteer network of representatives, transporters and foster homes in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Most dogs come into MWDR from kill shelters or puppy-mill closures. Owner surrenders also are accepted when funds and foster homes are available. In 2013, MWDR rescued 251 dachshunds in need. Lori Biesboer, president of MWDR, said the group “is totally committed to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing needy dachshunds and dachshund mixes throughout the Midwest.” The annual fundraiser and social are crucial to raising the funds and awareness necessary to maintain the organization’s mission. For more information about the Cross Town Bark Around or to register for the Doxie Dash, go to

PetFirst Offers Tips for Recognizing Heart Disease in Your Pet

Heart disease can affect dogs and cats, just as it does in humans, causing long-term problems and alter the way we take care of our bets.  There are warning signs and facts that every pet parent should know.

Heart disease can either be congenital, meaning they were born with it and is typically diagnosed when they are young; or it is acquired, developing over time because of other health conditions.  Detecting the heart condition can be difficult, that is why it is important to take your pet to the vet for regular exams.

Heart disease in pets can range from a murmur, to valve or muscle damage, or even cardiac arrest.  Since our pets can’t verbalize not feeling well, here are signs to watch for in your pet:

  • Cough
  • Tiredness or increased sleeping
  • Rapid breathing
  • Poor appetite
  • Enlarged tummy
  • Pale or bluish gums
  • Rapid, weak pulse
  • Possible fainting spells

If you take your pet in for any of these symptoms, your vet may perform an x-ray to see if the heart is enlarged.  The x-ray is typically the first step in diagnosing the condition and setting the stage for the best treatment plan.

Annual vet visits to monitor changes in your pet’s heart are important and can be the first line of defense in detecting and treating a heart condition.  Learn more about this condition and other pet related conditions

About PetFirst
PetFirst is the fastest growing pet insurer in North America offering easy-to-understand life-long coverage for dogs and cats. PetFirst’s comprehensive coverage is unique in the industry providing simplified policies with coverage for hereditary, chronic and breed-specific conditions with no per diagnosis limits.  PetFirst offers pet insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia through animal welfare agencies, retailers, employers as well as other partners.  PetFirst polices are underwritten by American Alternative Insurance Corporation (Munich Re) which is rated by A.M. Best as A+.  Additional services are underwritten by Lloyd’s.  For more information about PetFirst pet insurance, visit or call 877-894-7387.

Zeuterin(TM) No Surgery Sterilization at SPCA of Central Florida

In celebration of the
20th anniversary of World Spay Day, the SPCA of Central Florida
announced today that it will provide Zeuterin(TM) injections for 100
male dogs free of charge at its Orlando and Sanford veterinary clinics.
Zeuterin(TM) is a safe and virtually painless alternative to surgical
castration to sterilize male dogs, preventing homeless puppies from
being born. Zeuterin(TM) injections are offered on an out-patient basis
but an appointment is required. The SPCA of Central Florida’s Orlando
clinic is located at 2727 Conroy Road, Orlando, FL 32839 (407) 351-7722
and its Sanford clinic is located at 2800 County Home Road, Sanford, FL
32773 (407) 323-8685.

Zeuterin(TM) is the first and only FDA approved injectable product for
sterilizing male dogs aged three months and up. The Zeuterin(TM)
solution is gently injected into each of the dog’s two testes with a
fine (28 gauge) needle. The procedure takes approximately five minutes
and does not require the use of general anesthesia. Patients benefit
from mild sedation prior to the injection procedure. Following
administration, sterilization is essentially 100% (99.6%) effective,
permanent and irreversible. Dogs sterilized with Zeuterin(TM) are
identified with a permanent “Z” tattoo.

Recognized for its innovative and ‘best practice’ approaches to ending
dog and cat overpopulation, the veterinary medical and animal
protection policy teams at the SPCA of Central Florida have carefully
reviewed the use and effects of Zeuterin(TM). “Having an injection
available to sterilize male dogs, as opposed to traditional surgery, is
truly revolutionary,” says Dr. Rebecca Rhoades, Medical Director of
SPCA of Central Florida. “There is no anesthesia with Zeuterin(TM) and
dogs can go home right after the injections. Increased efficiencies
also allow us to sterilize many more male dogs with this procedure.”

According to Kerri Burns, CEO of the SPCA of Central Florida,
“Preventing homeless dogs and cats from being born is a critical part
of our mission. For those pet owners who are not going to sterilize
their male dogs with neutering surgery, we hope that Zeuterin(TM)
injections will be an alternative. Also, administering the injections
does not require a surgery suite or specialized equipment, so we can
take Zeuterin(TM) injections into the field.”

World Spay Day is an annual campaign of The HSUS and Humane Society
International that shines a spotlight on spay/neuter to save the lives
of companion animals, feral cats, and street dogs who might otherwise
be put down in a shelter or killed on the street. The SPCA of Central
Florida is participating in World Spay Day with the launch of
Zeuterin(TM) and offering the procedure free of charge to 100 dogs. The
cost for Zeutering(TM) dogs after the introductory offer is $50 per
dog, regardless of size. A veterinarian exam is required for all dogs
to determine the acceptability of the animal as a candidate for
Zeuterin(TM) injections.

Ark Charities is supporting the launch of Zeuterin(TM) by providing the
hands-on training in product administration for the veterinary staff at
SPCA of Central Florida and with Zeuterin(TM) product donations. The
SPCA of Central Florida will be one of three training centers in the
United States where veterinarians can receive training and
certification in best practice usage of this new technology.

About SPCA of Central Florida

Founded in 1937, more than 14,000 homeless dogs and cats will turn to
the SPCA of Central Florida for caring, compassion and hope through our
animal shelters this year. Our highly-skilled veterinarians will help
and heal an additional 45,000 animals in our veterinary clinics.
Providing shelter for animals in crisis, disaster response efforts, and
“Meals on Wheels” for dogs and cats in need helps thousands more
animals each year. Our programs are supported entirely by donations
from the communities that we serve and we receive no funding from
national organizations. For more information about the SPCA of Central
Florida visit

About Ark Charities

Ark Charities, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, was established in July
2012 as a New York corporation. Its mission is to enhance the quality
of life for animals and humanity through compassionate, scientific and
education action. For more information, visit

Sean Hawkins – (407) 418-0904

Orlando Veterinary Clinic – (407) 351-7722
Sanford Veterinary Clinic – (407) 323-8685