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Home Dog Boarding Site Joins with VetLIVE

November 7th, 2012

We Are Pleased to Announce That Home Dog Boarding Site Partners With VetLIVE and are partners

Planning a trip without your dog can often be stressful, but with, making arrangements just became easier. provides a unique alternative to traditional kennels by allowing your dog to stay in a loving home with someone just like you. Since 2011 the Rover community has expanded to thousands of cities across the U.S., and with more than 70,000 members it makes finding the perfect dog sitter a snap.

As a dog-care industry leader, was founded on the commitment to provide peace of mind for owners, and safety for dogs. Unlike caged kennel facilities, allows sitters to care for dogs in their own home as well as the dog’s home; wherever the dog will be most comfortable!

“Cages can’t cuddle. We believe people feel much more at ease knowing that their dogs are receiving real love, in real homes when they are away” explains Aaron Easterly, CEO at “A significant goal of is to give pet owners true peace of mind while their dog is under the care of one of our member-sitters.”

In-home dog care has many benefits for the dog. The stress of a new environment such as a kennel can be very overwhelming for a dog in addition to any separation anxiety they may be experiencing. The most important benefit of in-home boarding is the dogs safety, happiness and parent’s peace of mind.

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Boarding kennels can be very busy which may be distracting to caretakers at the facility. The caretaker may not have the appropriate time to spend with each dog to address its needs, provide the exercise it needs and make sure it is as comfortable as possible. While your dog is with an in-home sitter, they are are treated like the sitter’s own dog in an environment they are completely familiar with. To ease any worries an owner may have, has an insurance and satisfaction guarantee. “We have a community of sitters who love dogs and are committed to the health, safety and well-being of those in their care, so our insurance option just enables us to meet their goal and ours,” says Easterly. A new added bonus is our new partnership which gives members access to 24/7 vet support. helps their members create bark-worthy profiles by encouraging them to include photos, credentials, past and current experience, home details and other relevant information. Badges on sitter profiles indicate certifications such as CPR and First Aid. Profiles allow pet owners to learn about their potential sitter and to help them feel at ease about the person they are contacting. makes offering your pet sitting services easy and simple. Being a sitter is a great way to earn money while doing something you love – caring for dogs!

Perhaps the best part about being a Rover sitter is the opportunity to help the dog community through’s Sit a Dog, Save a LifeTM program, which enables sitters to donate a portion of their dog-sitting proceeds to participating charities. encourages a meet-n-greet with the sitter before the stay, so dogs and owners feel comfortable with the choice. Before the stay, owners receive an itinerary with important information such as feeding instructions and Veterinary care details. During the time of care, sitters and owners can take advantage of the Rover mobile app to check-in, share photos and log activities like walks or trips to the park.

We are beyond thrilled for our new partnership with and hope you utilize their services the next time you travel without your pet! Check out for more information.

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Dr. Laci Schaible

2010 Animal News in Review

December 31st, 2010

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11.  More than 200 million gallons of oil flowed into the Gulf of Mexico.  The unwitting victims were the thousands of animals living in the region, including wildlife, fish, and even pets.

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10. Sea world trainer dies in killer whale attack

9. More money is given to animal charities than child charities in the USA. ???

8.  Mia is euthanized and returns to life. On the positive side of this horrific and inexcusable incident, lazy vets get a beat down. Read the rest of this entry »

Giving Thanks: If I hadn’t become a veterinarian

November 25th, 2010

thanksgiving dinnerLife constantly makes us question “what if.” If I hadn’t become a vet, where would I be and what would I be doing? A science teacher motivating high school students, or at least attempting to? A travel book writer backpacking across the globe for Frommer’s? A pediatrician calming the nerves of nervous parents? On this day of remembering thanks, I pause to contemplate how becoming a veterinarian has positively shaped my life.

If I hadn’t become a veterinarian, I (likely) would not have been able to take my dog with me to work everyday. This brings me so much joy and comfort, and it is her favorite too. Whenever there is a sad situation or a difficult client, puppy hugs and tail wags are my ultimate comfort.

I wanted to be a veterinarian for longer than I can remember, and I am grateful I had the support–and patience–of my parents, especially when I continuously brought home new strays.

If I wasn’t a vet, I wouldn’t have the knowledge and ins and outs of how to effectively and affordable navigate the corridors of the University healthcare system when Madison was diagnosed with cancer. We are all entitled to our own opinions of course, but Dr. Jed and I chose the course of a single-agent chemotherapy and radiation therapy. I know that some people may think this was extreme, but it what we felt was right for Madison, and above all, I am grateful we had the veterinary knowledge to watch for signs of her decline and decreased quality of life.  We stopped the aggressive treatment pretty early in the plan, but I know we did everything to keep her happy and healthy as long as she was meant to be here with us.  For us, it was right.  Everyone has to find their own pet health-care plan that they are comfortable with.

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Say goodbye to bad days when these guys give you kisses!

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Euthanasias Gone Wrong: Just Mistakes or an Indicator of a Nationwide Illness?

November 20th, 2010

target the hero dog euthanized accidentally by US shelter

Hero dog survives war but not U.S. shelter system

You  remember Mia’s story–the Rottweiler who survived euthanasia and was later adopted by another family who is financially capable of seeking medical treatment for her ailments? Happy ending to a shocking mistake, from a real lack-of-class-act veterinarian.

A mere month later, we mourn the loss of Target. Target was a true hero and saved the lives of American soldiers by preventing a suicide bomber access to a large room where soldiers were. She, along with a couple other stray dogs, had befriended the American soldiers serving in Afghanistan, and after their act of courage and loyalty proving to be man’s best friend, Target was brought over to the U.S. and adopted by Sergeant Terry Young, one of the soldiers Target helped save.

Target quickly earned a special place in the heart of Young’s family, as well as melted the hearts of many Americans after her appearance on Oprah. Her glory though, was short-lived.

Mass breeding only leads to mass murder. America is all too quick and eager to bring pets into this world, and all too quick to end their lives.

Target escaped from her owners last Friday. Her owners contacted local news channels to alert the public that she was missing. Friday night, Sgt. Young found Target’s picture on the local shelter’s website. He paid the fee via computer to adopt her, and mistakenly assumed the shelter was closed for the weekend.

Monday morning he went to rescue Target from the shelter, only to learn that she had been killed. Mistakenly. Read the rest of this entry »

A Video Prize Post!

November 14th, 2010

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This post is part of the 2010 Blogathon Fund Raising Charity Initiative.

VetLIVE is trying to raise money for National Mill Dog Rescue. National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR) has saved over 3828 dogs and counting. At National Mill Dog Rescue, “It’s all about the dogs.” NMDR has pledged to put an end to the cruelty and evil of the commercial breeding industry, more commonly known as puppy mills. Through educating the public and through the use of their 500 volunteers, NMDR is on the cutting edge of saving mill pets and helping improve the industry. NMDR is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Please simply press the “Donate” button below to contribute. All size donations are accepted!

Local Airport Chooses Spay / Neuter for Feral Cats

November 9th, 2010

A Win-Win Victory in our own Backyard!

Sunbathing tuxedo stray kitten, stray cat, stray kitten, black and white kittenDoesn’t it feel good when your community makes an improvement or does something that you feel is ethical and a step in the right direction? Well, Dr. Jed and I have that feel good feeling right now!

Our local airport, Lehigh Valley International Airport, has been dealing with feral cat issues. While I don’t know if I have ever seen stray dogs in our town, we do have lots of feral cats here, some scary enough to intimidate two vets.

Faced with the real problem of what to do with these cats that were causing ugly and sad situations when they would crawl into an engine at night to stay warm, the airport announced they were considering solutions, including euthanasia.

What a great reminder that speaking up for your beliefs does make a difference. Local victories are the best!

Usually when a corporation, public figure, or business admit to considering something that is less than favorable in the public eye, usually their decision has already been made, and they are gauging the public reaction.

The animal lovers of the Lehigh Valley did speak up, and loudly. And I am pleased to share the news that the airport has officially just announced that they will be trapping, neutering, and releasing on a farm! Read the rest of this entry »