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3 Top Cat and Dog Health Issues

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By JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM Taking care of our pets, especially their health, is an important part of responsible pet ownership. Understanding the basics of some common problems affecting dog health and cat health can help you take even...

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Ready to Adopt a Puppy? Watch Out for These Puppy Scams

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By Paula Fitzsimmons You made the decision to buy a puppy and have even found your potential new family member online. While plenty of reputable puppy breeders and rescues exist on (and off) the internet, puppy scammers are also rampant....

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First Edition of John James Audubon’s Birds of America Book Sold for $9.65M

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John James Audubon’s “The Birds of America” book has long been one of the most treasured books of natural history. The National Audubon Society explains, “Printed between 1827 and 1838, it contains 435 life-sized watercolours...

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German Shepherd Spots Baseball at Bark in the Park Baseball Game

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At a recent Bark in the Park event at a Tulsa Driller’s baseball game, a young German Shepherd proved who the “goodest boy” is. During the team’s warm-up between innings, a few canine baseball fans were brought...

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8 Surprising Ways to Say “I Love You” in Cat Language

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By Jackie Lam Most cat lovers don’t need to be told that a steady supply of cuddles and cat treats will keep their feline friends happy. But what are some methods to show your cat signs of affection that go a little deeper? By learning...

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How to Safely Include Dogs in Weddings

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Cliff Mautner Photography By Nicole Pajer We cherish our pets as beloved members of our family. So when it’s time to celebrate an occasion, like a wedding, it’s likely that you’ll want to include them in your...

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Dave’s Pet Food Voluntarily Recalls 95% Premium Beef Canned Dog Food Due to Potentially Elevated Levels of Thyroid Hormone

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Company: Dave's Pet Food Brand Name: Dave's Pet Food Recall Date: 6/12/2018 Product Names (UPCs; Date Ranges): Dave's Pet Food 95% premium beef dog food 13 oz. (548 Cases) (85038-11167;08/2020) Reason for...

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Minnesota Raccoon Captures National Attention With Daredevil Antics

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The escapade started on Monday, June 11, with a young raccoon scampering around the city of St. Paul, Minnesota. The raccoon had been spotted on various buildings within the city, and despite the efforts of Good Samaritans, she evaded...

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“At least he’s not in pain anymore.”

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“People say this quite often, especially if euthanasia is involved,” says Richman. “While it may be true, it’s still a significant loss, and [saying this is] not meeting the person where they’re at in their grief.” Richman...

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“At least he’s gone to heaven or is running free over the Rainbow Bridge.”

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“A lot of people find comfort and meaning in the afterlife,” says Richman. “But many people do not, nor do they believe in it. This really comes from a sense of not knowing what to say.” Richman suggests this instead:...

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“I’m not really a dog/cat/bird/fish person, so I don’t really get it.”

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Jessica Winn, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, lost her childhood dog, Licorice, a 13-year-old black lab mix, in 2005. When Winn tried to call in to work the day Licorice passed, her boss said this to her. She has never gotten over the apparent...

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“Aren’t you over that yet?”

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Richman says he has heard this a lot from people in support groups. “They might get phone calls or check-ins for a short time, but that stops pretty quickly,” says Richman. “It’s never appropriate to put a time frame...

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“I really didn’t like your (pet). Maybe you can get something else next time.”

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Dr. Kevorkian says no matter what your feelings are for the person’s pet, avoid judgement. “The judgement is just so insensitive and rude and is not what someone wants to hear.” She says, “The person didn’t adopt...

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“You can always get another pet.”

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Dr. Kriss Kevorkian, who holds a doctorate in thanatology (the study of death, dying and bereavement) and lives in Gig Harbor, Washington, says this is one of the most insensitive things she’s heard said to those who are grieving a pet,...

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“At least you have others.”

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Richman says that this is inappropriate because no matter how many other pets someone has, the person or family had developed a special relationship with that pet that can’t be replicated. “It’s pretty evident [that] people...

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7 Things Not to Say to Someone Whose Pet Has Crossed the Rainbow Bridge

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By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell Pet loss can be a very emotional experience for everyone whose lives they touched. According to the 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey from the American Pet Products Association, 68 percent of US households...

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7 Things Not to Say When a Friend's Pet Crosses the Rainbow Bridge

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It’s hard to find the words to express sympathy when someone’s pet crosses the rainbow bridge. Here are seven things you should definitely avoid saying.

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How a Stolen Piece of Pizza Led to the Rescue of Puppies

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When a group of friends in East Palo Alto, California, stopped to share a pizza, they did not expect a four-legged guest to sneak a piece. Realizing that the stray dog must have been super hungry to walk up to a group of strangers and...

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Achilles the Cat Preparing for 2018 World Cup Predictions

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When it comes to FIFA World Cup predictions, many think of Paul the octopus from the 2010 FIFA World Cup, who accurately guessed the outcome of all eight German matches. For the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia has their own soothsayer...

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Take Your Dog to Work Day: Training Tips for Dogs On the Job

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By Victoria Schade Plugging numbers into a spreadsheet is more fun when you’ve got your furry best friend beside you, and Take Your Dog to Work Day can make that happen. This pet-centric event is celebrating its 20th anniversary...

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Deciding If Pet Travel Is Right for Your Pet

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You know your companion better than anyone. “Will they be more stressed out by spending the better portion of the day in a car or kennel and then being far from the familiarities of home, or is she more likely to get more upset by being...

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Unexpected Injury and Illness

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Having a plan set in case your pet becomes sick or injured can save her life. Know the location of emergency vets in advance. “Carry a copy of your pet’s medical records and contact information for your veterinarian. These are,...

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Not Having the Right Health Certificates

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Most airlines require a health certificate and proof of rabies vaccination (at the minimum) for domestic travel, says Dr. Zabell. “If you are traveling with pets internationally, the paperwork can be significantly more challenging, including...

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Airplane Cargo Hold Risks

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Pets weighing more than 20 pounds typically have to ride in the cargo hold, says Dr. Zabell. This is hard on any animal, but especially if yours has a low tolerance for temperature extremes, he says. “Dogs with short snouts like bulldogs...

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In-Flight Cabin Risks

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Some airlines allow a limited number of pets to travel onboard, but it’s not always ideal. “Pets that don’t like travel or don’t like their crate may work themselves up to the point that their stress levels can cause...

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