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Why Do Dogs Smell People’s Crotches?

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By Victoria Schade Our dogs can do a lot of weird and embarrassing stuff, like dragging their bottoms and pulling unmentionables out of the bathroom garbage can, but there’s one behavior that outranks them all on the mortification...

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5 Minimalist Cat Costumes That Your Cat Might Not Hate

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By Victoria Schade It’s a universally accepted truth that if you try to dress your cat in a cat Halloween costume, you’ll probably end up with some battle scars for your efforts. Most cats don’t appreciate putting...

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Cyclist Helps Injured Puppy to Safety

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While out for a ride, a group of cyclists came across an abandoned puppy on the side of the road. As they approached the puppy, it became clear that he had most likely been hit by a car and was in some serious need of veterinary care. According...

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Teen Battling Cancer Uses Make-a-Wish to Find Forever Homes for Rescue Animals

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Brooklyn, a 13-year-old girl who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in December 2017, was recently approved to receive a Make-A-Wish—a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that she used to help find forever homes for 13 lucky shelter...

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Eating Glow Sticks

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Technically speaking, glow sticks and glow jewelry aren’t toxic. However, if your pet snacks on one, you may end up at the pet ER. The bitter fluid causes gagging, vomiting, extreme drooling and foaming at the mouth, which is understandably...

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Bowel Obstructions

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Although rare, bowel obstructions are possible if your dog consumes decorations such as dried corn husks, dried corn cobs or the stems of pumpkins, says Dr. Flint. Signs of an obstruction include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal tenderness, lethargy,...

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Costume-Related Injuries

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There’s nothing cuter than a puppy in a pumpkin costume. But before you start checking out dog costumesor cat costumesto dress up your dog or cat for Halloween, ask yourself: Is it for you or for them? Most animals don’t appreciate...

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Being Hit By Cars

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If you’re expecting lots of trick-or-treaters, keep an extra close eye on your pets for the evening. Even if your cat or dog doesn’t usually try to escape, stress from the ringing doorbell and constant visitors can make them run...

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Eating Artificially Sweetened Candy

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If you’re a kid, sugar-free candy is a trick-or-treating letdown. But dogs are less discerning—and what these candies lack in calories, they make up for in toxicity. “Most dog owners are aware that chocolate can be dangerous,...

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Eating Chocolate

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Kids aren’t the only ones who look forward to Halloween candy. Dogs have been known to sneak a few treats, too, and the results can lead to a pet emergency. “Most of our significant cases during Halloween are dogs that have...

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6 Pet Emergencies That Send Pets to the Vet on Halloween

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By Monica Weymouth If you’re a pet parent, October 31 has the potential to be extra scary. In addition to the standard ghosts and goblins, Halloween presents some very real dangers to our pets. Here are six common pet emergencies...

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6 Pet Emergencies That Send Pets to the Vet on Halloween

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These are some of the most common pet emergencies that vets see on Halloween and some Halloween safety tips for how to avoid them.

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Study Shows That Therapy Dogs Can Reduce ADHD Symptoms in Children

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In a randomized trial, researchers from the University of California, Irvine found that therapy dogs reduced symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Led by Sabrina E. B. Schuck, PhD, MA, the trial found...

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Bean the Pug Apprehended by Local Police, and the Mug Shot Brings Pure Joy

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This past week, in Cape May, New Jersey, an unknown Pug was found loitering in a local citizen’s backyard. The Cape May police were called in to address the matter, and were expertly able to detain the Pug for questioning. The lost...

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Amtrak Pet Policy Now Allows Small Pets to Travel on All Midwest Routes

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Amtrak recently announcedthat they are now allowing pets up to 20 pounds travel with their pet parents on all routes in the Midwest. This Amtrak pet policy revision follows substantial track improvements to the route that spans the Chicago...

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Husky Service Dog Becomes Hero for Rescuing Abandoned Kittens

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In Menlo, Georgia, a Husky service dog called Banner began tugging on her owner’s dress and acting distressed while outside their home earlier this month. Her owner, Whitney Braley, knew that her dog was trying to tell her something, and...

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Rescue Dog Alerts Owner of Fire in Neighborhood

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Nicola Jones discovered a fire in a neighboring garden after her foster pet, a senior Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bailey, alerted her by barking and refusing to move. “At about 3 o’clock he woke up and started barking and...

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Moose Takes Self-Guided Tour of University of Utah Campus

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On the morning of July 9, 2018, the students of the University of Utah were greeted by an unusual guest hanging out by the J. Willard Marriott Library. A moose had decided to take its own little tour of the campus and explore the world...

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Halloween Safety Tips: What Not to Do to Your Pet on Halloween

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By Kate Hughes Halloween is a fun holiday for the whole family and you’ll likely want to include your favorite four-legged friend in on the celebration. However, it’s imperative that pet parents practice Halloween safety for...

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Pet-Proof Your Home

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Halloween decorations that we find appealing can be toxic or hazardous to animals. If you plan on purchasing candles, for example, think ahead about where you’ll place them. Remember that cats can jump onto counters and other high places. “Keep...

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Book Your Sitter or Daycare Center Months in Advance

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If you’re certain that your companion won’t do well at home, consider hiring a pet sitter or making an appointment at a daycare facility, advises Bennett. A lot of pet lodging facilities now offer Halloween parties for dogs, she...

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Decide on a Safe Place to Store Candy

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Halloween treats contain a number of ingredients that can compromise pet safety. Chocolate contains theobromine, which can be poisonous to your pet if ingested, says Dr. Zabell. Candy can upset the stomach, resulting in diarrhea or vomiting....

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Desensitize Your Pet to Halloween Costumes

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Start by choosing your pet’s Halloween costume carefully. “It should never limit a pet’s movement, sight, ability to breathe or ability to bark or meow. Be sure that the costume doesn’t have small pieces that could be...

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Plan for Pet Escapes

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Preventing escapes and pet emergencies is easier than having to locate a lost animal. Put pet safety devices in place, says Bennett. “Even with a dog that won’t usually run out the door, there are so many opportunities for it on...

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Decide In Advance What to Do About the Doorbell

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“The repetitive ringing of the bell, combined with the typical arousal most dogs have when it rings, is a recipe for reactivity,” says Belmonte, who is a certified professional dog trainer and author. She recommends disabling the...

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