Monthly Archives: June 2014

The recent recirculation of any article on Facebook has stirred up a lot of questions about the safety of giving your dog ice water or ice cubes to cool them down.

This story also brought in to question the ability for the ice cubes/water to trigger gastric dilation volvulus (GDV) or “bloat”.

To provide you the WDC community with scientific-based information on this subject, we turned to 2014 Working Dog Conference presenter, Janice Baker, DVM.

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We have enjoyed sharing recent milestones of Zzisa’s puppies’ development.

Not only have our puppies been growing a lot over the past week, but they’ve started to behave a bit more like full-grown dogs as well. The most noticeable change has been them opening their eyes. Puppies tend to open their eyes between 10-14 days after birth, so they are right on track!

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Who would have guessed that feeding 9 puppies could be so much work?

Zzisa is finding that out this week, as she adjusts to her new life as a mother. The most important thing that she is doing right now is making sure she can produce enough milk for the entire litter.

That’s a lot of mouths to feed, so her whelping fosters are providing her with upwards of 4,000 calories per day—nearly 2.5 pounds of food! Read Full Article ›

After a long first round of voting, we are happy to announce that Bretagne has advanced to the semifinals of the Hero Dog Award competition!

First off, we’d like to thank you for all of your voting and sharing, because that’s what got us this far.

But now is where the real push begins. Bretagne is a 9/11 Search & Rescue dog that chose the Working Dog Center as her charity partner. This means that if she wins the whole competition, a donation will be made to the Center in her name.

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Many 2014 Penn Vet Working Dog Conference attendees, including 5 from the Angolan Customs Department, joined us for the Scenario Based Training on Sunday, June 8th, that incorporated real world search scenarios and medical incident simulations.

This was an opportunity for handlers and the veterinary team to work together providing the best care for the working dog.

ABC 6 was on hand to see these teams in action.


Our next conference is planned for 2016. Details will be shared here on our website, Facbook, and Twitter.

On June 6th we welcomed the Penn Vet Working Dog Center’s first litter of puppies.

Zzisa has done a fantastic job of taking care of her 9 new pups-6 girls and 3 boys.

A special thanks to Eric and Tracy Darling, her whelping fosters, and to veterinary externs Gretchen Powers and Eric Weiner for taking care of Zzisa during this process.

Check back often as we will continue to update photos of Zzisa and her puppies!

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We mentioned the whelping box in Tuesday’s blog post, but we didn’t really talk a lot about what it actually is.

In fact, it’s one of the most important parts of the whelping process.

In the week leading up to the event, Zzisa will be slowly introduced to her specific box at the Darlings’ house.

We’ve included a diagram of some of the most important features of Zzisa’s whelping box.

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