The idea of microorganisms living in your body can be pretty frightening! Creepy-crawlies going about their business inside your stomach may not seem like a comforting fact, but it should be! Probiotics go to work every day to compete with bad bacteria – like salmonella and E. coli – so that they can’t take over and make you feel ill. Over one billion dollars are spent annually on humans consuming probiotics, but what about pets? Even though they have different digestive systems than humans, their guts need protection too!
Imagine spending over 100 days in an unfamiliar place with no family. It's a pretty glum prospect, but right now, that's Beatrice's reality. This poor girl came to Heartland Humane Society in AUGUST and is still searching for a new place to call home.
As we close in on December, we can’t help but look forward to the holiday season and all the joy that it brings! Whether you’re celebrating Festivus, Christmas, Kwanza, Boxing Day, or Hanukkah - time spent with family (human and furry) is time cherished. You aren’t the only one who’s excited! Here’s 10 pets who are just as amped up as you are!
Ready... Set... GO! Perla is a peppy pup searching for her forever home. Rescued from a Texas kill shelter and on the brink of being euthanized, Perla has been here in Yankton since August 1st! Shelter life wasn't too nice to this sweetie, so she's currently in a foster home - set up an appointment to meet this energetic girl!
Don't let her size fool you! Little chihuahua mix, Punky, is part guard dog, part fetch extraordinaire! She arrived in the shelter in late October after her owner fell ill & wants nothing to do with being there! Punky is currently in a foster home but looking for a more permanent situation.
Ah, winter holidays. The season of travel and outdoor adventures in warmer climates! Whether you’re road tripping across the country or taking a quick trip to a cabin up north, your furry companion is right along there with you! If you can’t bear the thought of leaving your pet behind with a sitter, there’s some things you’ll want to know to make your vacation getaway as smooth as possible. After all, pets need a vacation too!
Don't be alarmed by this black kitty - the United States is actually only one of three countries that consider black cats to be bad luck! Mel's been down on her luck after ending up in the shelter. So what do you say, will you be her good luck charm?
Reactive dogs, we all know one. The one who hates it when company comes over. The one who snarls at children and other dogs. The one who has lived in the local humane society for far too long. Maybe you adopted one! While your reactive dog may never be thrilled to meet new people or try new things, there’s things you can do to help them cope with unnerving situations. First, you have to understand why they’re reactive.
It’s important to realize that the term ‘reactive’ doesn’t always mean aggressive. Instead, it’s when a dog has an abnormal or over-the-top reaction to certain situations that trigger the amygdala, the part of the brain that controls the ‘fight or flight’ response. Reactivity can certainly include aggression but also stems into extreme hyperactivity, resource guarding and inability to be controlled.
We’ve all been there before. You walk through the door to find your dog munching on the dirty laundry. The toilet paper has a chunk missing and your new running shoes are missing their laces. So, what gives? How is it that non-edible items always find a way into your pup’s mouth? The nibbling habits of some dogs are problematic both to your wallet and to their digestive systems, so why do they keep doing it? The reasons are endless but there are a few common reasons that your doggo has an appetite for such strange items.
It's probably most important to tell you where we came from and how we got to this point: