Resources

There is so much information available on Great Danes and related topics. This page will link you to a few of them. Keep in mind that by linking to these pages, we are in now way endorsing these organizations. These are for informational purposes only.

Links to other regional MAGDRL sites are listed on our Contacts page

Here are a few additional links. Select one of the categories or scroll down and look at them all. If you have any suggestions for links, please send them in!

And don't forget to check the links on the main MAGDRL web site.



Topics on this page:

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For Great Dane rescue organizations by state, please see our Great Dane rescue page



General Information on Great Danes and Other Dogs
About.com's page about dogs
all about GREAT DANES.com a true online information resource that is all about GREAT DANES!
American Kennel Club (AKC)
Choosing a dog - every aspect you could possibly consider including questionnaires that help you choose from Wonderpuppy.net.
DaneLinks.com "presenting current, useful, interesting and legitimate information." There is truly a lot of useful information on this site.
* Danes Online - a very comprehensive site all about Great Danes
Dog Luvers.com offers lots of useful information on hundreds of dog breeds for all dog lovers, breeders and enthusiasts.
Fawn & Brindle Breeders Gallery has a lot of links to other sites with very useful information on great Danes.
GDHFA (Great Dane Health Foundation of America)
Genetics and coat color of the Great Dane - Why those "rare colors" should be avoided.
* Ginnie.com and DaDane - a fantastic site! Includes "DaDane of the Week", links, digital postcards and "How to Tell if Your Dog is Really a Great Dane"
Great Dane Club of America - a site for all-round information on the Great Dane
* Great Dane Club of Raritan Valley - this is the local chapter of the Great Dane Club. They have plenty of interesting events and activities.
* Great Dane Room - general information on Danes and rescue.
The Great Strip Tease Show (or Understanding Dane Coat Color) gives you everything you ever wanted to know about how Danes get their coat colors through a basic lesson in genetics.
International Great Dane Meetup Day is held the third Saturday of each month. Enter your zip code to find a location near you.
PA_NJ_DOG_and_PET_EVENTS Yahoo group has many links to informational sites. Learn about spay/neuter myths, irresponsible breeders, coping with the loss of your pet, how to stop animal abuse, and the horror of puppy mills.
Animal Planet's Pet Connection "Your neighborhood pet resource" has links to find vets, shelters, foster care, spay/neuter clinics and many other resources.
Pets 911 lets you search for emergency clinics or local shelters, helps you find a lost pet and other information.
VetCentric is an online pharmacy with information regarding health and behavioral issues for both domestic and wild animals.
- General information on animals
Answers.com information on animals
Guide to Pet-Safe House Plants



Animal welfare & other rescue groups
- Animal welfare organizations
Animal rescue site. Click here for free to donate food to animals in need. It's well worth-while!
Pet Abuse.com describes many aspects of abuse including how to prevent it and also contains a database on abuse cases. The database includes the state, city, name of the abuser and a description of the incident and other information.
Learn about puppy mills through Main Line Rescue
Learn how to stop animal abuse at puppy mills through StopPuppyMills.org
Sky Cats is a clearing house on all cat-related information.
United Animal Nations - humane movement to support animals
- Other rescue groups

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OTHER GREAT DANE RESCUE GROUPS - listed by state

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* 1-800-Save-A-Pet explains why you should spay or neuter your pet. It also has a lot of links to sites for other information along with sites that help you find someone local to do the job.
DANE TRAIN - transporting rescue animals in need. They are always looking for transport volunteers.
Dog Breed Info.com - Resource reference for dog breeds and lots of links to other rescue groups.
Dogs2rescuE - Great Dane, Pomeranian, Papillon and abandoned pregnant dog rescue. Covering Ohio and surrounding states.
* GoodDogz.org™ is an organization dedicated to educating potential dog owners on dog selection and care and supporting the efforts of rescue groups. We hope that by assisting good dog-owner matches, we'll give each family the best opportunity for a life-long relationship with their new dog and help to halt the flow of dogs into shelters.
* Great Dane Assistance League - help for Great Danes
Read about how IAMS is cruel to animals by doing unnecessary tests on animals. IAMS is a subsidiary of Proctor & Gamble.
NJ Cares Network - New Jersey's Volunteer & Charity Resource.
* Petfinder.com - a great database to find adoptable pets.
* Puppies for Sale - Dogs for Sale - It's not what you think.
Rescue Directory.com - look up rescue groups nation-wide by breed.
* Senior Dog Project - adopt a senior dog
* Worldwide Pet Adoptions - Hugs for Homeless Animals proudly presents our upgraded pet adoption service.



Behavior & training
- Behavioral problems, questions & explanations
Anxiety Wrap helps animals cope with problems and overcome issues.
Dog's Eyes - How dogs view the world.
Great Pets.com article on Resource Guarding
Horse-Dog-Advice.com
IVillage.com Pets section offers general information and advice on pets as well as pet names
Nose2Nose.net offers a wonderful selection of seminars on dogs, their behavior, their health, training techniques, and anything that may impact your dog.
Safe Kids/Safe Dogs Project - Too many children are getting injured by dogs. Too many breeds are being banned based on ignorance. Too many dog owners are ending up with problem dogs because the human end is undereducated. The Safe Kids/Safe Dogs Project is dedicated to ending this - all of this.
Talking Dog: Body Language - Understand what dogs are "saying".
- Training suggestions
Learn how to acclimate your dog to its halter. This article discusses the fitting and acclimating procedure for the Halti or Gentle Leader collar.
Alpha Boot Camp - how to become the alpha dog by changing your attitude and using non-physical methods.
American Temperament Test Society - all about the Temperament Tested Title for Dogs
"Never Say it Twice Twice" - an article on the error of repeating commands and praise.
Nose2Nose.net offers a wonderful selection of seminars on dogs, their behavior, their health, training techniques, and anything that may impact your dog.
"Nothing In Life Is Free" Training Method
The Sit Test - an objective assessment of performance-reliability for basic obedience commands.
- Find a trainer or behaviorist
Association of Pet Dog Trainers - find a trainer in your area. (MAGDRL trainers on this site include Dory Kowal, Gail Kulur & Renee Premaza).
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants - find a behaviorist in your area
Therapy Dogs International, Inc. can help you prepare your dog to become a therapy dog. View their testing schedule.



Emergency planning
- Dealing with disasters
Animals in Disasters - FREE on-line, EXCEPTIONALLY informative and simple FEMA course
  • Module A covers Awareness and Preparedness
  • Module B covers What to do before, during and after an emergency
Animal Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Planning for Your Pet from the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
- First aid kits
First aid kit contents for dogs
How to pack a first aid kit
Petfinder's recommended first aid kit contents



Financial issues on pet care
- Financial assistance - when you have trouble paying for vet care
Read an article about What You Can Do If You Are Having Trouble Affording Veterinary Care.
AAHA Helping Pets Fund offers financial assistance to (1) low-income pet owners on government assistance; (2) pet owners experiencing temporary financial hardship; and (3) vet clinics that act as Good Samaritans. To qualify for assistance, individuals must provide evidence of their situation.
Angels 4 Animals This is the major program of Angels4Animals. First we establish regional links with veterinary clinics across the United States. Veterinary clinics and private pet owners then let us know when there is an animal facing being euthanized or surrendered because of financial limitations. This is where Program Guardian Angel comes in. Working together with the clinic, we verify that the pet owner is unable to provide the funds needed to save their sick or injured pet. We then work out the financial arrangements with the clinic and authorize the treatment needed to save the pet. The owner is never asked or allowed to reimburse Angels4Animals for any of the money provided to save their animal.
Animal Rescue Fund Inc. (ARF) Our mission is to provide funds for the emergency treatment of injured or sick animals that are stray, abandoned, or of unknown owner. (Free membership required)
Ashley's Angel Fund assists dog owners in North Carolina only.
Brown Dog Foundation offers aid pet owners in temporary financial crisis an alternative to euthanasia when their pet faces a treatable life-threatening condition
Care Credit.com offers short-term no-interest loans for medical bills via their special credit card for both you and your pets.
CatsInCrisis.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals and humane organizations care for cats with chronic medical conditions through financial and fundraising assistance.
Connecticut Humane Society - The Connecticut Humane Society¹s Fox Memorial Clinic is a full-service veterinary practice that provides veterinary care for animals whose owners are in financial need. Contact them for more information.
Corgi Aid is a nonprofit organization founded to provide financial assistance to corgis and corgi mixes. We help out those who rescue dogs from shelters or other non-permanent homes, then foster them until a new home is found.
Dachshunds Needing IVDD surgery for Dachshund or Dachshund mix dogs only.
D.E.A.R. Fund - Daddy's Emergency Animal Rescue Fund. Established by the Cesar and Ilusion Millan Foundation. (For non-profit groups only - Not for individuals)
Doberman 911 is an organization of people with a common goal of helping senior and special needs Dobermans.
The Farley Foundation will reimburse clinics for non-elective (necessary) medical procedures for sick or injured pets that belong to qualifying owners. (Canada - To qualify to apply for funding, at least one veterinarian in the veterinary practice must be a member of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association.)
Feeding Pets of the Homeless says "we will do our part in helping to reduce hunger in pets who belong to the homeless and the less fortunate and provide medical care for those pets in communities across the country."
For those of you with cats, the Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program provides financial assistance to cat and kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save their companions when life-threatening illness or injury strikes or if you are a good samaritin who rescues a cat in need of medical care.
God's Creatures Ministry - This fund helps pay for veterinarian bills for those who need help. Contact them for more information.
HandicappedPets.com recognizes a caretaker of handicapped pets that need some special attention, and a little extra help. This special fund is used to provide support to those people.
Handipets Haven is a website where you can post, free of charge, information about disabled, injured or elderly animals in need of homes; animals in need of donations for medical services; or animals in danger of being put to sleep or dying from illness or injury.
Help-A-Pet
P.O. Box 244, Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 986-9504
Provides financial assistance for owners unable to afford the expense. They help physically and mentally challenged individuals, senior citizens, and children of the working poor.
Homeward Trails Animal Rescue
- contact them at medicalassistance@homewardtrails.org for more information.
"In Memory of Magic" - IMOM Inc.
P.O. Box 282
Cheltenham, MD 20623
(866) 230-2164
Offers financial assistance for pets that face death if they don't get immediate care.
The Lab Med Inc. - "Rx for rescued Labs." Lab Med Inc. assists owners of Labrador Retrievers.
Labrador Life Line
24507 S. Skagit Hwy.
Sedro Woolley, WA 98284
FAX (206) 289-5905
For Laborador Retrievers.
The Muffin Diabetic Pets Association for diabetic pets in Canada and the U.S.
The New Jersey Veterinary Foundation will introduce an animal welfare program called "Healing Hands for Needy Paws" to provide medical care to pets whose owners' salaries permit them to receive government assistance. Participating practices can receive up to $1,000 per year for the program. Under the fund, payments will be granted on a cost-only basis without compensation for veterinary labor or profit. To qualify for the program, the animal must be domestic, owned, sick, injured, or in need of emergency care. The owner will pay a one-time fee of $30 to the organization. Consult with your local veterinarian to see if they are participating.
The NY Save is a non-profit organization dedicated to the aid and assistance of low-income pet owners residing in one of the five boroughs of New York City, whose pet is in need of emergency veterinary care.
The Pet Fund provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care.
The Pet Samaritan Fund provides financial assistance to Utah pet owners who cannot afford medical care for their pets due to extreme financial hardship (up to $100 upon receipt of veterinary billing statement).
Pets Are Wonderful Support is a volunteer-based organization that provides for the comprehensive needs of companion animals for low-income persons with HIV/AIDS and other disabling illnesses.
Pit Bull Rescue Central helps owners and caretakers of American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and pit bull mixes.
Purebred Cat Breed Rescue has a list of additional links that are area-specific.
UK Assistance with Veterinary Bills - groups that offer financial assistance to people in the UK.
United Animal Nations - The LifeLine program provides grants for companion animals during life-threatening emergencies when rescuers or caregivers cannot afford the entire cost of treatment. UAN has lifeline grants for rescuers in addition to low-income pet owners. They are intended to assist individual rescuers with the cost of emergency veterinary care for a single, recently-rescued companion animal. Finally, UAN has individual crisis relief grants for other emergency situations like dislocation due to a fire or natural disaster, DV situation, etc.
The Travis Fund is for pets being cared for at Tuft's Foster Hospital. Contact them at:
    Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine
    200 Westboro Rd.
    North Grafton, MA 01536
    (508) 839-5302

The Westie Med Inc. - "Rx for rescued Westies." Westie Med Inc. assists owners of West Highland White Terriers.
- Low-cost pharmacies (Note that MAGDRL does not endorse these businesses)
Before you order pharmaceuticals, look here first for cost comparisons:
New Jersey Prescription Drug Price Registry will help consumers compare the retail prices charged by many pharmacies for the 150 most-frequently prescribed prescription drugs.
Animal Pharmacy Center of the Mar Vista Animal Medical Center - a site to order medications or get general pharmaceutical information
Costco (you don't need to be a member)
  LuvMyPet.com lists local events where low-cost vaccinations are available. "We provide low-cost vaccination clinics for your pets each weekend in 23 states in the USA. Licensed veterinarians administer all pet vaccinations." Check locations and prices.
Meds4Mail (Canadian) (the webmaster has personally used this site)
Target and their $4 generic prescriptions
ThrivingPets provides chain-store prices, but with home-town service.
Walmart and their $4 generic prescriptions
- Low-cost spay and neutering
There are so many organizations offering low-cost spay & neuter that they're listed on a separate page.



Health-Related and Special Needs
- Diseases & conditions
Addison’s Disease a.k.a. hypoadrenocorticism, or adrenal insufficiency.
Allergic Reaction to Insect Stings - When Insects Bite Your Dog
Bloat - also known as gastric dilatation-volvulus complex or GVD as defined by Ginnie.com
Bloat - another definition from GreatDaneLady.com
You can join the Bloat Support Group to help ease the financial burden of a bloat incident. Read the philosophy behind the group and how it works.
Bloat - an article from Dog Watch
Degenerative myelopathy - a progressive disease of the spinal cord in older dogs. Here's a more information along with a support group for dog-owners dealing with D.M. This disease is often misdiagnosed as wobblers, hip displaysia or arthritis.
All about demodectic mange (demodex)
Diabetes in dogs
Diabetes in pets IS treatable!
Edema - swelling due to fluid build-up
Eyelid disorders - entropian and ectropian
Canine Epilepsy Resource Center - "All you ever wanted to know about Canine Epilepsy"
How to take care of "Happy Tail"
A searchable database in Q&A format on everything you ever wanted to know about heart disease including a section on heartworm
Heartworm - everything you've ever wanted to know - from the Heartworm Society
Canine Heartworm Disease Information Page - from the Houston Sheltie Sanctuary
Hip Dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia and how it may be caused by a lack of Vitamin C
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HOD)
Megaesophagus - caused by disease in the esophageal tissue or nerve disease.
Obesity in pets - a VERY serious health concern
Porto Systemic Shunts - a cause of seizures in dogs
Renal disease in dogs - all about your dog's diseased kidneys
A collection of information about Wobbler's Syndrome a.k.a. Spondololithesis
Worms and your dog. All about internal parasites in dogs.
- Emergencies and poison
Animal CPR
In case your pet is choking and needs CPR, here's how to do it. See a printable e-fold brochure or view the instructions in a PDF file. There's lots of information on the EMS - Veterinary web site.
ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is dedicated to helping animals exposed to potentially hazardous substances by providing 24-hour veterinary diagnostic and treatment recommendations. You may call them at (888) 426-4435 any time. A $50 consultation fee will be charged to your credit card.
Chocolate Toxicity - why chocolate can be fatal to dogs (and cats too).
Emergency dog links - for any situation
CLICK HERE TO FIND AN EMERGENCY VET CENTER NEAR YOU
Plants toxic to cats (and possibly to dogs too).
Poison Help Line
24 hours a day, $35 case fee. Serving the U.S. and Canada 800-213-6680
Poisonous foods & household items list on the ASPCA web site
Poisonous plant list on the ASPCA web site
Substances toxic to various animals. This is a table of toxins and their source
Substances toxic to cats. This is a comprehensive list of cleaners, medications, foods and other things.
Toxic plants. An excellent link to a list of toxic plants on ForensicScience.net.
- Find a vet or specialist
The American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA) - find an acupuncturist
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) search for a board-certified cardiologist
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) search for a board-certified Internist by specialty
Find a vet or specialist diplomat by name, location, or specialty at the American College of Veterinary Medicine's web site.
Find a veterinary opthamologist by state at the American Society of Veterinary Opthamology web site. (click on the "membership" link)
- Euthanasia - making the decision
Article: Your Whole Pet: The Cost of Miracles (sad but realistic story)
Book: The Animals' Viewpoint on Dying, Death, and Euthanasia by Dr. Elizabeth Severino
Deciding When & How To Humanely Euthanize a Companion Animal.
Quality of Life Scale Helps Make Final Call
- General information
American Veterinarian Medical Association - general information on animal health
Links to everything you ever wanted to know about canine anatomy
Source for multi-lingual documents on pet care (free membership required for this Yahoo group)
National Institute of Health (NIH) "Medicine Plus" - Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information.
Net Vet - general health information.
The Pet Center.com - an internet animal hospital and source for health information
Spay or neuter your dog - get a low-cost certificate from Friends of Animals
- Nutrition
See a comparison of different brands of dog food including kibble, canned and raw. Also learn about herbs and poisonous plants.
Great Dane Lady.com is an excellent place to learn about the nutritional needs of a Great Dane.
Rate the Quality of Your Pet's Food
Do you wonder about what your pet is eating? Check the quality of what you're feeding.
- Prescriptions
  SEE the Low-Cost Pharmacy section on this page
- Special needs / handicapped
Blind, Deaf and Special Needs Dog Links section offers a lot of very useful information
Littlest Angel Vest - for blind dogs who can't use a cane
This is a halo-type device that helps blind animals keep from bumping into things.
Deaf Dog Education Action Fund
Everything you need to know about owning and training a deaf dog. They sell vibrating collars too.
Deafness in Dogs and Cats - Information on Deafness Prevalence, Causes, & Management For Owners, Breeders, and Researchers from Louisiana State University
Handicapped Pets.com - Products, services, and support for elderly, disabled, and handicapped pets. We help you care for them.
K-9 Carts - helping paralyzed animals function
Owners of Blind Dogs Site
Everything you need to know about owning and training a blind dog.
Eddie's Wheels for Pets supplies carts to pets with disabilities and paralysis.
- Treatments
Bite Not Collar is an alternative to using an Elizabethan collar to prevent pets from chewing their wounds for post-medical treatments. Bitenot prefers that their collars be purchased through your veterinarian, however you can purchase them directly here.
Cure Zone - "educating instead of medicating." This site relates to people and animals. Here's a testimony from a MAGDRL friend - So far I have cured my dog of congestive coughing and cataracts both of which my vet told me cannot be cured. The cataracts seem to have cleared up in Ginger with the addition of eye drop herbs I found on the web.
DogLeggs are an "attractive, therapeutic treatment for the calluses, soreness, swelling, lameness and arthritis that cause many dogs to suffer"
Natural flea and tick repellants
Gold Bead Implants - permanent acupuncture (alternative medicine)
Permanent Acupuncture with Gold Bead Implants - a treatment often used to help dogs with Wobbler's Syndrome
Herbs for Animals - a synopsis of Dr. Susan Wynn's book.
Internal and external parasite control using diatomaceous earth.
Moxibustion - a traditional Chinese medicine technique to facilitate healing
Pilling your dog.
Pilling your pet - Is A Pill-Evading Pet Getting Under Your Skin?
Surgery Guidelines for Great Danes. This information regarding both routine spay and neuter surgery as well as emergency situations in the Great Dane.
Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association - a group of veterinarians and herbalists dedicated to developing responsible herbal practice.

Insurance
- Health insurance for your pet
    (MAGDRL does NOT endorse any of these companies)
Article - "Choosing the Right Pet Insurance Company" - About.com discusses what to look for in an insurance company and offers comparisons of company benefits and options
Article - "Fetching Insurance for Fido" - A reprint from the Wall Street Journal on the pros and cons of pet insurance
Article - "Insurance for Furry Friends" - from the Washington Post at washingtonpost.com
Article - "Pet Insurance" - A condensed reprint from Consumer Reports
Article - "Should you buy pet insurance?" - MSN Money discusses whether you should buy pet insurance
Information about pet insurance - The Best Pet Insurance - a site dedicated to providing information about pet insurance to pet owners
ASPCA Pet Health Insurance
Embrace Pet Insurance
Pet Care Pet Insurance Programs
Pets Best Insurance
Pets Health Care Plan
Premier Pet Insurance
Trupanion
Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI)
Vet Insurance
- Homeowners insurance
* Lester Kalmanson Agency, Inc. - provides Liability Insurance to owners of dogs commonly listed as dangerous breeds. Mention MAGDRL and get a 15% discount off standard pricing if you've adopted a dog from us. Contact them at Char@kalmanson.com





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