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Parvo warning at Marina Beach Off Leash Dog Park in Edmonds

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Yesterday we took our dogs to the Marina Beach Off Leash Dog Park in Edmonds and saw this sign at the entrance of the park.   We saw several people at the off leash park and they didn't appear to be concerned, but if your dog isn't vaccinated against parvovirus or has a weakened immune system you should avoid the park. And while this dog park is meticulously maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers from Off Leash Area Edmonds, I did notice it had several patches of foxtails that can pose major health problems to dogs, so be sure to avoid them.   Continue Reading

Responsi-Bull Project provides support for Pit Bull owners

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The Responsi-Bull Project is an excellent program that provides qualified Pit Bull owners with free spay or neuter services, free education about being a responsible Pit Bull owner, and a free four week series of positive-based obedience classes. Its goal is to reduce the euthanasia rates of Pit Bulls. BullsEye Dog Rescue founded it in 2008 and partners with the Northwest Spay and Neuter Center, Pawsitive Alliance, and Positive Approach Dog Training. Last week BullsEye Dog Rescue announced that it is taking reservations from qualified low income Pit Bull owners for spay/neuter surgeries, Continue Reading

Stella and Chewy’s announces voluntary recall due to possible listeria contamination

Stella & Chewy's chicken dinner freeze dried dog food is one of the products recalls. Photo from Stlla & Chewy's

Yesterday, Stella & Chewy's announced it was voluntarily recalling a number of its frozen and freeze dried pet products due to possible exposure to other foods contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Last Thursday  the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) notified Stella & Chewy’s that it issued a stop sale order on a single lot of Chewy’s Chicken Freeze-Dried Dinner Patties for Dogs, 15 oz. bags (Lot # 111-15) because MDA detected Listeria monocytogenes in the product. The company then issued a voluntary recall for all its products produced in that lot. No one Continue Reading

Toxic algae hotspot found in Lake Washington

Toxic algae in Greenlake. Photo from Seattle Times.

Today the Seattle Times reported that King County officials found a toxic algae bloom on the north end of Lake Washington last week. Normally toxic algae blooms don't form in Washington waterways until they begin to heat up in late summer and increased activity stirs up phosphorus sediments and other nutrients that the algae feed on. In these seasonal conditions, the toxic algae blooms grow rapidly and produce microcystin, a potent liver toxin produced which can cause life-threatening health problems in both people and dogs.  The latest sample taken from the northern end of Continue Reading

Krebs Recycle Climbing Rope Leashes – Tough, recycled, made in Seattle

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(Here's another updated post from our former website. Seattle DogSpot received no product or monetary compensation for this post.) If you're looking for a durable, good-looking leash for your dog that's made of recycled materials and is made not just in the USA, but in Seattle by a family-owned business, I've found the leash for you: Krebs Recycle Climbing Rope Leashes. This leash is made from pre- and post-consumer climbing rope, but it isn't recycled in the traditional sense where something (like paper) is broken down and then remade. Krebs simply takes climbing rope that would Continue Reading