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Superpower Dogs

We are so excited about the upcoming IMAX movie, Superpower Dogs!

The World Premiere of Superpower Dogs, an inspiring true story of extraordinary dogs and their life-saving superpowers, opens on March 9th at the California Science Center. The following week on March 15th, the film opens worldwide at IMAX, giant screen and digital cinemas in museums, science centers and other cultural institutions worldwide. Theater listings can be found on the Superpower Dogs website.

Our friend Surf Dog Ricochet, a registered and certified goal-directed therapy dog is one of five dogs in the film. The other four include Henry, an avalanche rescue dog, Reef, a water rescue dog, Halo, a search and rescue dog and Tipper/Tony who sniff out poachers in South Africa. All these dogs rescue individuals in physical trauma. Ricochet, on the other paw, rescues people from emotional trauma, such as PTSD.

The film takes you on a journey around the globe with narrator, Chris Evans (Captain America) as he introduces you to these remarkable dogs. 3D cameras and computer graphics were utilized so audiences can experience the world through the eyes, ears, and nose of a dog.

10 years ago, Ricochet became the first-ever canine assisted surf therapy dog because she made an independent decision to jump on the surfboard of Patrick Ivison, a 14 year old boy who is quadriplegic (he makes a cameo in the film). Since then, she has surfed with hundreds and hundreds of kids with special needs, people with disabilities, wounded warriors & veterans with PTSD.

This is going to be an amazing film, we can’t wait to see it. To learn more about Ricochet and the work she is doing, visit her website. Watch the trailer below:

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What you need to know about dog flu

Canine Influenza (Dog Flu) continues to threaten our pets: there are 413 known positive cases in the US right now, up from just over 180 at the beginning of the 2018 calendar year. This infographic has helpful information to help you keep your pup healthy.

Uncomplicated Canine Flu cases can cost pet parents an average of $797 (for treating symptoms like coughing). For severe cases requiring hospitalization, costs can start at an average of $1,157 (respiratory tract illness). Costs based on 2017 Petplan claims data.

According to Petplan Advisory Board Member, Dr. Ernie Ward: “There are a lot of myths, a lot of misperceptions out there, so I want to set the record straight and make sure we do everything we can to save our pet loved ones. This is an outbreak and this is shaping up to be one of the more concerning outbreaks we’ve had in recent history.”

Click here to read Petplan’s blog (authored by Ward) for more information on the dog flu.

Click here for more information on the current Canine Flu outbreak numbers provided by the California Veterinary Medical Association.

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