Canine Degenerative Myelopathy and Quality of Life: Kenny’s Story

Posted by Mary Ann Minick | Posted in Pet Health, Senior Pets | Posted on 21-11-2010-05-2008


If you were to look at the happy face of Kenny, a shepherd-mix, you might be fooled by what you see. While he still has his youthful looks, he’s actually 18 years old. You will probably also notice that in order for Kenny to get around, I have to handle some of the lifting. That’s because Kenny suffers from a degenerative condition known as myelopathy – a progressive condition that leads to muscle atrophy and eventually, loss of mobility and muscle control.

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Parvo Outbreaks: 4 Steps to Prevent Its Deadly Spread

Posted by Mary Ann Minick | Posted in Pet Health | Posted on 21-11-2010-05-2008


Steps to Prevent the Parvo Virus

Photo Courtesy of Maja Lampe from

It’s a preventable but deadly disease sweeping shelters and pet homes nationwide. The parvo virus, also known as Canine parvo virus 2 (CPV-2) is highly contagious and spreads easily by dog-to-dog contact, through fecal matter and a pet’s environment (kennel, collars, etc.). With an 80% fatality rate in puppies, this rapidly-spreading virus is extremely lethal.

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The Connection Between Diet & Pet Dental Health – What You Need to Know

Posted by admin | Posted in Pet Health | Posted on 21-11-2010-05-2008


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If I asked you how many times you brush your teeth every day, you’d probably tell me with confidence that you brush at least once (hopefully!). But if I asked you how often you brush your cat’s or dog’s teeth daily you’d probably be caught off guard. That’s because as pet owners, we rarely hear about how important it is to keep our pets choppers clean. It’s not just to prevent bad breath or unsightly gums. According to vets, bad oral hygiene in pets can have serious health consequences. And, it’s more than brushing and regular dental exams – it starts with a healthy diet.

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Senior Pets: Quality Over Quantity

Posted by Mary Ann Minick | Posted in Senior Pets | Posted on 01-11-2010-05-2008


November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month. It’s an appropriate time to remember all the reasons why we should consider the amazing gifts we receive from our senior pets.

Having lost their long time companions, many people don’t want a new pet because they feel they can’t endure the heartache of losing another. What they often forget is that it’s the quality of the time we spend with our furkids, not the quantity that is important. It is not how much time you spend with them, but how you spend that time.

Photo credit pirshulet via sxc.huMy husband and I have lived with the 13 seniors we have rescued for as little as seven months to as long, to date, as five years. Each personality is as different as the circumstances under which they came into our lives. We have learned so much from each of them. We have no clue where most spent the better part of their lives, so we can only venture to guess what life was like for them. The evidence is found in their mannerisms and in their physical condition upon their arrival in rescue.

There are many reasons why someone should consider adopting a senior pet. Here are just a few:.

1. Calm, Cool & Collected
With senior pets, we can usually skip over the potty training stage when we are constantly cleaning up after them. They are also past the point when they wear us out with their exuberant puppy energy. Senior dog and cats are our instant companions. They are ready to do the things we want to do. They just want to be with us.

2. Appreciative and Eager to Please
These innocent souls understand the importance of the second chance they have been given to lead a life that is filled with love and understanding. It has always amazed me how eager they are to want to please us. We have taken all of our rescues to obedience classes to give us an opportunity to work with them one on one. They have all been very eager to participate.

3. Constant Companions
Our days are so busy, we tend to forget about some of the really important, yet simple, things in life like watching a sunset or taking a long walk in the forest preserve or on the beach. Senior dogs love to spend that time with us.

4. Resilient
I’ve also been amazed at their incredible resilience. Although these little angels may have scars from being abused, they can learn to forget the horror or their previous life. It may take some time, but for most, being enveloped in a loving home helps to smooth away the rough edges.

5. Lessons We Learn
Our seniors have taught me the power and importance of patience. They have no control over their situations, so it is our responsibility to care for these innocents. As they age, they also suffer from what we consider classic human signs of aging such as arthritis, loss of sight and loss of hearing. The undying love in their eyes reminds us they can’t always respond as we wish them to even though they want to make us happy.

Our pets force us to realize that life is short and that we need to make the best of each and every day. Tomorrow is promised to no one.

The memories we make with our senior companions leave lasting impressions on our hearts. And when the time comes for them to cross the Rainbow Bridge, we will comfort them and they will leave us knowing that our life together was full of love. Cheryl Zuccaro is quoted as saying,

“It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.”

What a wonderful gift if we allow ourselves the opportunity to receive it.

Avoiding Halloween Pet Scares: All Tricks, No Treats

Posted by Mary Ann Minick | Posted in Pet Safety | Posted on 28-10-2010-05-2008


Keeping Pets Safe on Halloween

Photo courtesy of Michael Sult on

When it comes to Halloween, most people are either giving out mass amounts of candy and treats or consuming mass amounts (or both, if they’ve got kids!). If you’re giving or receiving, it’s critical that pets be protected from access to the sugary confections we share as part of the festivities – because your pet’s life depends on it.

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Paws Down, the Top 5 Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Pet – NOW!

Posted by Mary Ann Minick | Posted in Pet Adoption | Posted on 21-10-2010-05-2008


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At All Pets Wellness Foundation, we work hard to help pets enjoy a high quality of life. Many of the pets we work with come to us because they would otherwise be placed in overcrowded animal shelters where they might not received necessary medical care. If you’ve never considered adopting a shelter pet, now is a great time to consider.

Shelter pets make extremely lovable and loyal companions. They’ve come to shelters as a result of owners who weren’t prepared to care for their breed, owners who couldn’t afford to provide care or worse – neglect and abuse. Some are young, some are old, some are big, some are small and some have special needs. But the common bond they all share is the desire to be a great best friend and part of the family.

In honor of October being National Adopt a Shelter Pet Month, we’ve compiled our top 5 favorite reasons to adopt a shelter pet. But, you don’t have to take it from us – just ask anyone that has adopted a shelter pet.

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New Video’s for foundation

Posted by Jim Minick | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 16-10-2010-05-2008


We are adding two new Video’s over the next 30 days. Elmo (our 13 year old English Bulldog) should be up by week’s end. This is a story of a 13 year old bully with skin issues and how we address his needs. He is the epitome of unconditional love. New music will be introduced by Greg Bizzaro from Jaffie productions.

 By mid November we will have a video on Calum, (our 9 year old West Highland Terrier) who has just finished his 16 week chemotherapy treatments for cancer. We believe this video will give viewers inspiration on how and when to move forward with medical treatment of cancer in an animal.


Posted by Jim Minick | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 15-10-2010-05-2008


All Pets Wellness foundation will be having a fund raiser in late January 2011 or early Feb, please stay tuned for details

A Look at Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week

Posted by Mary Ann Minick | Posted in Pet Adoption | Posted on 20-09-2010-05-2008


You walk into the shelter looking for a new furry friend and your eyes instantly focus on the cute, cuddly white puppy at the back of the kennel. You walk over to the puppy as he yips in delight at the presence of a human who is willing to show him love. But did you see the senior Golden Retriever who walks with a limp feverishly wagging her tail, or the black mixed-breed longingly gazing into your eyes as you passed by?

I hope you did.

If not, go back and take a second look.

All too often people looking to adopt a pet are drawn to the wriggly puppies and disregard other pets that may make equally or better pets. While there is nothing wrong with wanting to adopt a puppy, there are thousands of deserving, loving pets in shelters who have a hard time finding their forever homes because of their age, color, size, or health.

Today marks the kickoff of Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week,  a week dedicated to the animals that are often forgotten and left behind. All across the country shelters and rescue organizations are showcasing deserving, loving pets that are having a hard time finding forever homes.

According to an article on,

A recent survey from of shelters and rescue groups found that 95% of their shelter and rescue group members currently have adoptable pets for whom they are having extremely hard time finding homes. Another 33% of their adoption groups have had pets who were posted on Petfinder for 1-2 years without being adopted, and 27% have had pets who’ve waited more than two years for a forever home.

Who are these animals? Mostly senior animals, followed by pets with medical issues, victims of breed discrimination, shy animals and the ones who need to be the only pet in the family. Sometimes they’re just the wrong color, or not the breed someone had in mind.

So what can YOU do to help?

  • Next time you are looking to adopt SERIOUSLY consider opening your home to a less-adoptable pet. You won’t be sorry, I promise.
  • Educate friends/family that are considering adoption, why less-adoptable pets RULE.
  • Participate in Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week Challenge sponsored by Be the Change for Pets
  • Throughout the year identify pets that are least likely to be adopted from your local shelter or rescue and spread the word about these special pets via email, your blog, Facebook, etc!
  • Work with your local shelter / rescue to develop a plan to highlight and promote less adoptable pets

Check out this video of Kenny, a less-adoptable pet, we opened our home to. Kenny was 13 when he came to live with us, and he lived in the shelter for 7 years.

#BetheChange #ALAPW


Posted by Mary Ann Minick | Posted in News | Posted on 24-08-2010-05-2008


Welcome to the new All Pets Wellness Foundation Blog! We will be using this blog to share recent happenings with you about the Foundation and the pets we serve.

In addition, our blog will also serve as a go-to-resource for topics related to pet health, nutrition, and care.

Thanks for reading!