Gimme Shelter

Oi speaks to Katie Howard, a volunteer at Animal Rescue & Care, about fostering, favorite adoption stories and their Trap-Neuter-Release program. Can you tell us the origin of ARC? Animal Rescue & Care (ARC, www.facebook.com/arcpetsvietnam) was formed in September of 2009 by a woman named Jodie who was living in Thao Dien. At the time, there wasn’t a rescue group in

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Friends with Benefits

Having a pet is good for you If you’ve ever shared your life and home with a pet, you already know the love and companionship that they bring. Did you know that they are also protecting you against heart disease, stress and helping you live longer? There are a number of ways that your pets

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A Visit To The Vet

Oi Vietnam speaks to Dr. Thuy, from Animal Doctors International Vietnam, about the challenges and rewards of being a veterinarian in Saigon What inspired you to become a vet? I’ve loved animals since I was a tiny kid, especially my pets. They’re not only pets, which are used for watching or hunting, they’re also members

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Stay, Boy, Stay

A house designed specifically for man’s best friend Who is Saiga and tell us about the people behind Saiga’s House (SH)? The people behind Saiga’s House are me, Jef Song, and my wife, Thea Do. We are both Americans living in Saigon, raising our husky pup. It was in Seattle that our love for dogs

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Pica Chew

What to do when your pet ingests a foreign body “Pica” is the term for the indiscriminate eating and swallowing of things—from toys and stones to dirt and even feces—by your dog or cat. There are numerous causes to this, ranging from behavioral, such as boredom, through to medical pathologies. This habit can also lead

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My Pet Snake

Learn about keeping pets such as snakes, turtles and lizards Surprising to some, our cold-blooded friends can make wonderful companions. To get you started these are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from potential reptile guardian. What are some common reptilian pets? There are a huge range of reptiles that people keep

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When Man Meets Dog

A special relationship that started over six years ago on Phu Quoc There are many attractions that keep expats living in Vietnam: culture, food, the love of a person, or the simple delight of living in a warm, tropical environment. However, for one German in particular, a surprisingly and unexpected passion and dedication for the

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First Aid for Pets

Be ready to do first-aid on your pet in case of an emergency Knowledge of basic First-Aid can save your pet’s life, and help to avoid the feeling of panic that accompanies emergency situations. While we all hope that we never face an emergency, however, a little bit of preparation is incredibly valuable. Always remember

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The Persistent Danger of Rabies

Make sure you are vaccinated, and your pets are too! At the recent Vietnam Animal Welfare Conference, an annual event promoting animal (domestic, farm and wildlife) protection, Dr. Phan Xuan Thao, Director at the HCMC Department of Animal Health, presented a poignant reminder of the persistent danger of contracting rabies in Vietnam. Rabies is a

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Itchy and Scratchy

Tips on how to safeguard our furry friends from ticks and fleas We all love to cuddle up to our furry family, but the soft and warm fur that we so love is also the perfect hiding place for pesky parasites! Far more than just a nuisance these tiny fleas through to large ticks feed

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