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Invisible Dangers in Your Pet’s Food Bowl
It’s one of the first promises a child makes when a new pet decision is being made: “I promise I’ll help take care of the dog/cat.” Helping usually includes walking, washing, and feeding the pet, all seemingly benign activities, but one of which may hold serious health risks -- and it may be the one you least expect. According to a recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP),...
Rescue Groups Aim to Create Jobs for Cats
It is often the case that cats do not get the credit they deserve. But that may be changing if a couple of California rescue groups have their way. It is an unfortunate fact of life for street cats that they will very likely suffer a short, hardscrabble life, at best. They are often rounded up for euthanization, and just as often poisoned outright by people grown weary of their wild late night...
Back to School: A New Pet for the Teacher and the Class
It's the start of a new academic year -- a time to turn over a new leaf, a time to turn leaves into … salad. For the classroom pet, that is. Whether you're the teacher, the student, or a parent working as a teacher's helper, you may be thinking that this would be a great year to include a real animal in the classroom. That is a wonderful idea since there are scads of opportunities for learning...
VPI Releases Top Ten Broken Bone Claims for 'o8
Pets can get themselves into all manner of uncomfortable situations. From dodging moving vehicles to dodging other animals; from miscalculating a jump from on high to getting stuck in a tight spot. Our pets are curious, often fearless, and when they return from an adventure whimpering and limping, they become expensive as well. Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), America's largest provider of pet...
'Friendly Skies' Not So Friendly for Pets
People seem to be flying for less money than ever these days. And even though you may be charged extra for a snack, a beverage, or checking luggage on your flight (talks to even charge for using the restroom facilities have been made), at least it's possible to make a quick getaway on the cheap. Unfortunately, the same may not hold true if you decide to bring your pet. Airlines seem to be...
Top Ten Plant Poisoning Claims for Pets in 2008
Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (VPI), the largest provider of pet health insurance in the U.S., analyzed more than 400 claims of toxic plant ingestions it received last year to find which plants and plant products proved most likely to poison pets. Raisins and grapes topped the list, followed by mushrooms and marijuana. Top Plant Poisoning Claims of 2008   1. Raisins/Grapes   2....