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Zurich Police Has Launched Hot Dog Campaign - Hot Asphalt Can Burn Dogs Feet

Zurich Police Has Launched Hot Dog Campaign - Hot Asphalt Can Burn Dogs Feet

Not everyone is happy about the current hot temperatures. And that includes the best friend of man: The Dog. The summer heat can turn asphalt into a paw-burning torture. When a dog walks on hot asphalt, he can burn his feet!

Zurich Police specialists in the dogs competence centre therefore have a special focus of the well-being of the four-legged friends. Police in Zurich have launched a campaign to encourage dog owners to protect their pets’ paws from the searing asphalt of high summer.

“When a dog walks on hot asphalt, he can burn his feet – just like a human walking barefoot,” explained Zurich Police Spokesman Michael Walker. 

Like everywhere in Europe also Switzerland has seen record temperatures during a prolonged heatwave this summer. An air temperature of 30°C (86°F) can feel like 50-55°C (122-131°F) on the ground.

We recommend the simple 5-second rule: Place your hand for five seconds on the asphalt. If it’s too hot for the hand, then it’s too hot for a paw. Small dogs should then be carried, and larger ones should wear special protective booties, are Police officers from Zurich’s canine unit explaining to dog owners. 

Protective dog boots are also worn by police dogs investigating break-ins, where there might be broken glass or other sharp hazards on the ground. At the same time, the shoes protect car seats when a sniffer dog has to inspect a vehicle. 

Police is also reminding pet owners about the importance of providing enough drinking water and the dangers of leaving an animal in a vehicle on a hot day.


Zurich City Police

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To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate? That is the Question!

There have been ongoing discussions around the World whether we should vaccinate our dogs or not. I grew up in Sovjet Union where I personally saw dogs and cats dying in Parvovirus within 48 hours. Another deadly disease, Rabies, which was called in our language “madness disease”, because infected people became “mad” and died, was so common in dogs and cats that when you got bit by a dog, painful Rabies vaccinations, for the one who got bit, were mandatory. Otherwise you might have faced painful death. And even then, after the shots, you did not always survive from the disease. This is what I still remember.

This all has been forgotten in countries where new generations have not seen what these diseases result. Now are active movements “do not vaccinate or you will die”, “do not vaccinate you children”, “do not vaccinate your dogs” etc.

I find this “do not vaccinate” talk very silly and short sighted. 

NB! All this is my own personal opinion and should be taken with common sense and everyone should use it’s own logical thinking when making conclusions and decisions!

I believe in common sense and balance in everything. 

I do not believe into not vaccinating our dogs, neither I believe in over vaccinating our dogs. I believe that we should take the best from our modern era and at the same time do not fall into marketing and go over edge. 

Last 15 years in my home country in pure bred dog world was mandatory vaccinating dogs once in a year. These were World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) regulations which were followed in our country. Which means I had to let my dogs to be injected the virus into my dogs body once in a year. How sick is that? And you must not underestimate the lobby to sell those vaccines as it is a very profitable market. 

But in order to follow the rules and participate in events it was mandatory and I did it with all my dogs till they were so old my heart could not allow to do them anymore. 

Latest studies have shown that the antibodies against some viruses are found in dogs bodies 4 years later and even up to 8 years later. So why to vaccinate every year? And the same studies have shown that vaccinations against Leptospirosis do not give immunity for 1 year. It does make us thinking, doesn’t it? 

Now, depending of the country, the vaccination regulations vary from annual mandatory vaccination up to four year mandatory vaccination. Every country has it different. I am not familiar of all different country regulations, better is that you check from your local country and your own veterinary. 

So now you might ask, what do I believe in? Well, I believe in of all things in moderation and moderation in all things. 

Firstly, I believe that all dogs should be vaccinated in puppyhood! 

We do the first complex vaccine at age 2 months and complex booster again at age 3 months including Rabies vaccination. And I believe into the second booster complex and Rabies vaccine after one year. I think this is minimum which is ought to be.  

I myself vaccinate my dogs according to the country regulations we are based at present. And according to the Kennel Club regulations we participate on events. It means usually vaccinating the dog every year or after every second year. It also depends of the vaccination and it’s deadline. But I do not vaccinate old dogs who are on their well earned retirement and don’t need to participate anymore anywhere. I do believe that old dogs body needs more support and time to recover. I believe that all those countless lifetime gotten vaccinations have done it’s work and they have already sufficiently antibodies and I would rather work to support old dogs immune system then weakening it.   

In conclusion: I believe vaccinations are useful and needed to the most basic level in order to prevent the spread of diseases but I think dogs good health and immune system is most important. So vaccinate your dogs according to the regulations but do not over vaccinate. 

Monika Laneman



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United Airlines Bans 47 Dog & Cat Breeds Prone to Heat or Travel Stress

United Airlines bans 47 dog and cat breeds from flights effective from June 18, 2018.

The change in policy comes after a French bulldog died after a flight attendant instructed the dog's owner to put the pet and its crate in an overhead bin. In 2017, United recorded a record number of 18 animal deaths on its flights. 

On 20th of March came announcement United Airlines Temporarily Suspendes Pet Travel in Cargo Holds! United Airlines temporarily banned all pets from their flights while they re-evaluated their PetSafe travel policies. After re-evaluation the company released a list of 47 dog and cat breeds no longer approved for travel in the cargo hold starting June 18.

This decision was made after a French Bulldog named Kokito suffocated in an overhead bin in a flight from Houston to New York in March. Next day, United accidentally sent a dog to Japan that was supposed to be destined for Kansas. That same week, another dog was loaded into the cargo hold of the wrong plane, resulting in the aircraft being diverted.

United announced they will only fly cats and dogs going forward, no other household pets. Brachycephalic (snub-nosed) animals prone to heat or travel stress such as Pugs, French Bulldogs and exotic cat breeds will be banned from flying in their aircraft cargo holds out of concern for higher adverse health risks. “Strong-jawed” dogs such as American Pit Bull Terriers and several Mastiff breeds are also on the no-fly list.

Below are the 47 dog and four cat breeds banned from flying beneath the plane including Belgian Malinois:

Dog breeds 

  • Affenpinscher
  • American Bully
  • American Pit Bull Terrier/Pit Bull
  • American Staffordshire Terrier/”Amstaff”
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Bulldog
    • American Bulldog
    • English Bulldog
    • French Bulldog
    • Old English Bulldogges
    • Shorty Bulldogs
    • Spanish Alano/Spanish Bulldog/Alano Espanol
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chow Chow
  • English Toy Spaniel/Prince Charles Spaniel
  • Japanese Chin/Japanese Spaniel
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Mastiff
    • American Mastiff
    • Boerboel/South African Mastiff
    • Bullmastiff
    • Ca de Bou/Mallorquin Mastiff
    • Cane Corso/Italian Mastiff
    • Dogo Argentino/Argentinian Mastiff
    • Dogue de Bordeaux/French Mastiff
    • English Mastiff
    • Fila Brasileiro/Brazilian Mastiff/Cao de Fila
    • Indian Mastiff/Alangu
    • Kangal/Turkish Kangal
    • Neapolitan Mastiff/Mastino Napoletano
    • Pakastani Mastiff/Bully Kutta
    • Pyrenean Mastiff
    • Presa Canario/Perro de Presa Canario/Dogo Canario/Canary Mastiff
    • Spanish Mastiff / Mastin Espanol
    • Tibetan Mastiff
    • Tosa/Tosa Ken/Tosa Inu/Japanese Mastiff/Japanese Tosa
  • Pekingese
  • Pug
    • Dutch Pug
    • Japanese Pug
  • Shar-Pei/Chinese Shar-Pei
  • Shih-Tzu
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier/”Staffys”
  • Tibetan Spaniel

Cat breeds

  • Burmese
  • Exotic Shorthair
  • Himalayan
  • Persian

* Including mixed breeds

United also applied weather restrictions. To monitor the weather and assess the station capability of handling during extreme temperature or other operating conditions United may decline acceptance or alter the routing if temperatures are outside of a safe range.

No longer accept reservations to and from the following airports annually between May 1 and Sept. 30, due to high temperature restrictions

    • Las Vegas (LAS)
    • Palm Springs (PSP)
    • Phoenix (PHX)
    • Tucson (TUS)

Also the giant crates are no longer allowed. 
Effective June 18, 2018, United will no longer accept crates taller than 30” for PetSafe transport.

To read more about the improved PetSafe standards taking effect on June 18, click here.

Source United Airlines

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