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File photo of goats on display at the Hanover Agricultural Fair in Grunthal, Man. in August 2019. (Dave Bedard photo)

U.S. transport regulators reject ’emotional support animal’ status

Service dog status still protected; 'support' goats, turkeys, others up to airlines

Washington | Reuters — Only trained dogs qualify as service animals on U.S. airlines, as regulators rejected requests to extend legal protections to miniature horses, pigs, turkeys and other species, under final U.S. Transportation Department rules issued Wednesday. Airlines can still choose which other species to allow on board, but the rules issued on Wednesday […] Read more

A man walks with his pet dog as he talks to a vendor who sells dog meat at a market during the local dog meat festival at Yulin in China’s Guangxi Autonomous Region on June 21, 2018. (File photo: Reuters/Tyrone Siu)

China reclassifies dogs as pets, not livestock

New guidelines drafted in post-virus regulatory push

Shanghai | Reuters — China has drawn up new guidelines to reclassify dogs as pets rather than livestock, the agriculture ministry said, part of a response to the coronavirus outbreak that the Humane Society called a potential “game changer” in animal welfare. Though dog meat remains a delicacy in many regions, the ministry of agriculture […] Read more


File photo of goats on display at the Hanover Agricultural Fair in Grunthal, Man. in August 2019. (Dave Bedard photo)

No turkeys, pigs, goats: U.S. to let airlines limit service animals

Miniature horses still up for discussion

Washington | Reuters — The U.S. Transportation Department on Wednesday proposed giving airlines the power to bar emotional support animals from cabins and limit the definition of a service animal to a trained dog. The proposed new rules are aimed at preventing passengers from falsely claiming their pets are service animals aboard U.S. airline flights. […] Read more



You can easily find cannabis products for pets — often treats containing cannabidiol (also called CBD) —  on the internet, but don’t give them to your dog or cat, says the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association.

Veterinarians won’t be dealing doggy dope any time soon

Vets are being asked about giving cannabis products to pets — but there’s no research, it’s not legal, and it could be dangerous

Reading Time: 3 minutes High-strung heeler hounding you day and night? Crazy old barn cat climbing up the walls? You might be tempted to put on some Pink Floyd, dim the lights, and give them a little something to mellow them out. All of the attention on the pending legalization of marijuana has pet owners asking their vets about […] Read more

Rodney and Tanya Hollman want to give their dog Marleigh the freedom 
to roam but still keep her on their farm property.

Rover will wander no more thanks to GPS technology

Reading Time: 3 minutes Keeping a dog within the confines of your own farm isn’t always easy — but technology is changing that. Rodney and Tanya Hollman, who raise purebred Gelbvieh cattle near Innisfail, recently put an “invisible fence” around their property to keep their nine-month-old Kangal-cross dog Marleigh from wandering. The couple chose the Invisible Fence Brand from […] Read more


cattle grazing in a pasture

The lowdown on animal health

Veterinary medical association 
says animal owners need source 
of reliable information

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta’s animal owners have a new — and more reliable — online source for veterinary information: Alberta Animal Health Source. “Too many pet owners and animal lovers rely on unverified information from unaccountable authors when they’re doing online research,” the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association said in release. “While they often mean well, these unqualified sources […] Read more

Ashly McKinnon has been attending the Lloydminster Rare and Exotic Sale for years, and now raises rabbits.


Pot-bellied pigs, Shetland ponies and rabbits, oh my!

Lloydminster Rare and Exotic Fall Sale, Saturday, Sept. 27

Reading Time: 2 minutes Pssst… Do you want to buy a duck? Or sell a goat? How about a donkey? Then the annual Lloydminster Rare and Exotic Fall Sale on Sept. 27 is for you. The sale, which has been running for 31 years, is popular with hobby farmers and attracts about 800 people from Alberta and Saskatchewan each […] Read more