#62 Why the Animal Welfare Act Isn’t Working

#62 Why the Animal Welfare Act Isn’t Working

The idea of treating animals fairly didn’t somehow magically pop into policymaker’s minds in 1966, but that’s when we see the original Animal Welfare Act (AWA) passed by the United States government. Like many social justice initiatives, the work to pass the AWA started long before 1966, with animal welfare activists working hard to emphasize the importance of passing a law to represent the rights of animals.

Who is in Charge of Enforcing the Animal Welfare Act?

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Within the APHIS is a unit called USDA Animal Care. This unit is in charge of all aspects of the AWA, including the transportation, sale, and handling of certain animals and includes restrictions on the importation of live dogs for purposes of resale, prohibitions on animal fighting ventures, and provisions intended to prevent the theft of personal pets, per the USDA’s website. Unfortunately, the USDA isn’t fit for proper oversight of the AWA.

What Hurdles Stand in the Way of the AWA?

The USDA is not only guilty of burying data under their purview, but we’ve seen quite a bit of dismantling occur since 2017 regarding the core protections offered by the AWA. What happens next? A return to the fervent activism and awareness campaigns that spawned the original AWA in the first place.

 

Animal rights activists know full and well that the USDA is not in a position to fully enforce the AWA. That being said, the unit in charge of the law is under their umbrella, which is why it’s crucial to help educate citizens on what the USDA is failing to uphold, and why it’s so important they do so. Again, the American Welfare Act is not a progressive bill; activists would love to see more restrictions placed on those engaged in the improper treatment of animals. That being said, the bill as it is now isn’t being enforced, and that needs to change.

Breaking Down a Path Forward for the Animal Welfare Act

In this episode of Social Dog, hear the facts behind the Animal Welfare Act as it stands today. While it might look fine on paper, the USDA refuses to fully enforce the extent of the law. Not to mention, the requirements to abide by the AWA are modest at best, with plenty of room for more amendments and alterations to better protect animals in captivity, animals kept by breeders, and pets found within pet stores. Check out the episode here, and find out more about what you can do to advocate for the full enforcement of the ADA!

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#61 Understanding Your Dog’s Emotions Through Canine Flow

It’s safe to say most dog owners know that there’s more than meets the eye to their canine companion. From time to time, we all ponder the extent to which our dogs understand us. We know, thanks to researchers and specialists, that the depths of a dog’s mind and soul go deeper than simple comprehension skills. A lot of understanding your dog’s emotions comes down to connecting with your dog ,and being purposeful in your time together. Spiritual dog training is catching a lot of people’s eyes and ears as a leading method for dog training, wellness, and pet care.

What is Spiritual Dog Training?

Spiritual dog training might sound like a method, but it is derived from science. Pet psychology for dogs is a well established field, and doesn’t just apply to dogs in distress. A dog’s mind is capable of many things the human brain is. Of course, that does mean the negative aspects of psychology, like trauma, stress, anxiety, and depression. How can we better understand what our dogs want and, more importantly, need? Caroline Griffith and her dog training and wellness method, Canine Flow, have proven to get to the bottom of this all-important question.

Canine Flow with Caroline Griffith

The heart of Caroline’s method of training and pet wellness for dogs isn’t rooted in new medicine or science. In fact, the core principles of Canine Flow ask pet owners to consider ancient perspectives on being and our connection to the environment. All living things operate on the same realm, and our relationship with dogs is the same way. Our dogs don’t think like animals any more than we do. They feel, they love, and they fear; our responsibility and joy as pet owners is to help build bonds with our dogs to nurture these needs.

There is More to Your Life – And Your Dog’s Life

In the simplest terms, we all know there is more to life than what we see on our way to work or during the typical day. That external power we feel, even if only subtly, is something our dogs strive for too. In this episode, Caroline talks with Cindie about harnessing the heart to improve dog behavior, all the while prioritizing everyone’s emotions and wellness.

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#60: Giving Back to Animals and the A Guardian Angel Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s probable that most people would argue that animals deserve kindness, care, and love. Unfortunately, some fail to provide this to their pets, and the effects can be quite detrimental to the lives of many animals all over the United States. In a lot of low-income areas, some people fail to have the means to support the animals with which they live. In other areas, where pet populations of dogs or cats are rampant, it’s almost impossible to get a safe, stable home for every pet. Of course, people go through hardships too, but pets do not have the means to pull themselves out of trouble like humans do.

Animal Hardships and a National Struggle to Save Them

Organizations all over the United States find themselves struggling for resources and tools to help pets in trouble and need. There are far too many people who take on pets without the means to care for them, and rescue efforts can be limited in their reach and ability to help. It’s tireless and quite the effort, and also one that takes a lot of strength. For example, people who volunteer for organizations like these can sometimes run into a lot of unseen consequences, such as depression and anxiety, from seeing animals in states of physical and emotional stress.

Then you have the people who don’t just volunteer some of their spare time; some work for these crucial organizations for a living. It’s because of their efforts that hundreds of animals are rescued every day all over the country. Today, hear about the stories behind one of the country’s most vital organization

Selflessness and Philanthropy with A Guardian Angel Foundation

On this episode, hear Cindie speak with one of those vital organizations made possible by individuals who dedicate their lives to animal welfare. Donna Lagomarsino, Director of Special Projects for A Guardian Angel Foundation in Mobile, Alabama works with a number of organizations all over the country to combine efforts for the betterment of animals. Her efforts at A Guardian Angel with organizations like Red Rover, International Fund for Animal Welfare, American Humane, Best Friends, HSUS, ASPCA, Florida SARC and Lehigh Valley CART (PA) have made a profound difference in the lives of thousands of people and animals. Listen now!

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#58 Xylitol Poisoning in Dogs More Than Doubled in 7 Years

#58 Xylitol Poisoning in Dogs More Than Doubled in 7 Years

As a dog owner, it’s your responsibility to know what could cause harm to your pet. It’s easy to avoid giving your dog food that’s bad for its heart or body, but accidents can happen. In that case, it comes down to what you keep in the house, regardless of if your dog should be eating it or not. That’s why sugar substitutes, which are growing in popularity, are a hot topic right now in the world of dogs.

Sugar Substitutes to Improve Health, But Come with Concerns

With the rise in health consciousness surrounding dangerous ingredients in our everyday foods and meals, sugar has probably gotten the worst rapport. In a lot of ways, sugar is blamed for a number of rising health concerns because of its seemingly limited benefits. While it may provide a temporary boost in energy, it also can be tied to heart disease, diabetes, and other common ailments. Some diets, such as ketogenic diets or Whole 30, even call for the elimination of natural sugars, as found in fruits.

It’s no wonder then why sugar substitutes have become so popular. One of the most common substitutes is Xylitol. Technically, Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that mimics the sweetness of natural sugars. Xylitol carries a zero net carbs and does not raise blood pressure in regular use. While it may carry less of the common threats of sugar, it comes with its own set of risks.

Xylitol and Dogs – Why It’s So Dangerous

A reason Xylitol has become so popular as a sugar substitute is its lack of effect on human insulin levels. For dogs, that’s not the case, and in fact, it’s quite the opposite. When a dog consumes Xylitol, its body mistakes the substitute for actual sugar, causing the body to produce insulin. During this process, hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, and even death are common as the dog’s body fails to regulate the substance in the correct manner.

Even in small doses, a dog can become affected by Xylitol consumption. Just 0.1 gram per kilogram of a dog’s body weight can cause health complications that may result in death. In this episode, you’ll hear Cindie and Marilyn talk about what to do if your dog consumes Xylitol, as well as a better alternative.

Alternative Sugars that Won’t Harm Dogs

Swerve is a natural sweetener made from a collection of fruits and vegetables. With no artificial ingredients, it’s not only safe for your blood sugar and insulin levels, but your dogs as well. Of course, you shouldn’t be giving this to your dog, but it’s good to keep in mind what alternatives you can keep in the house that are dog-safe. Unlike a lot of other sweeteners, it’s not bitter and actually reacts to heat like natural sugar, making it easy to use in recipes.

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#59: Dr. Cara Gubbins Inspiring Us to Connect to Animals, Nature and Spirit

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a dog owner, it goes without saying that we wish to be connected to our pets. In many cases, pets doesn’t even feel like the right word. Our dogs are family, and in many ways, help us through some of our happiest and most difficult times. There is something about the presence of a dog, or any animal for that matter, that calms humans. Some feel that the connection between humans and animals is spiritual, and Dr. Cara Gubbins works endlessly to explore that spiritual connection.

Connecting with Animals and Caring for the Spirit

Consider the role an emotional support animal plays in someone’s life. The animal does not simply cheer someone up; the animal calms, natures, and inspires their human to a better version of themselves. Dr. Cara Gubbins, guest of today’s episode, guides humans through the spiritual experience of communicating with animals.

A huge focus of Cara’s work is the gap between the body and the spirit. On a daily basis, we’re worried about things like bills, social plans, and even just finding the energy to carry on through the day. Through research and studies, Dr. Gubbins arrived at a conclusion that presented itself in a number of other works: animals have healing properties for the soul of humans. Bonding and connecting with an animal is one of the most pure sense of calm and connectedness we can feel. How is this possible? It comes down to animal communication.

Animal Intuition and Healing through Animals

Dr. Gubbins focuses on a lot of healing, spiritual growth processes in her work, but one area in particular focuses on animals and their ability to help us evolve. As an Intuitive and Pet Medium, Cara works to build a space for communication between pets and their humans.

Many pet owners would argue that their bond with their dog, cat, or other animal is more than an owner/pet relationship. Through her work, Dr. Gubbins not only provides channels through which humans can connect and communicate with their pets, but also use that bond to strengthen their individual willpower and drive.

Can I Work on Communication with my Pet from Home?

Twice annually, Cara leads online courses in living intuitively with pets. This isn’t just getting to know what your pet needs or wants. The process is about building inner guidance through the healing and spiritual properties of bonding with an animal. If you’re someone who knows something is holding them back, whether it be past trauma or fear of the future, then this course is for you.

Listen to the episode with Cindie and Dr. Cara Gubbins for insights on animal communication and Cara’s work. If you’ve never been quite able to explain the connection between you and your pet, this episode might answer some important questions for you. Plus, you can see how different techniques in Cara’s work contribute to better experiences with stress, anxiety, and day-to-day troubles.

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The archive of Social Dog episodes are available online, as well as Apple Podcasts.

You can follow Social Dog on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as keep up with some of Cindie’s conversations on YouTube.