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All About Browser, the Beloved Library Cat and the Humans Who Saved His Job
This is Browser, a cat who lives (and, yes, works) at the White Settlement Public Library in Texas. The feline was brought into the library six years ago to help with the building's mouse problem.  But earlier this summer, Browser made headlines when city officials threatened to evict him from the public building. According to the Star Telegram, Councilman Elzie Clements led the charge,...
Animal Abuse Case: Dog Ingests Methamphetamine
A dog named Jack Sparrow is lucky to be alive after ingesting methamphetamine. According to a press release from the Fontana Police Department in Fontana, California, regarding this animal cruelty case, the Chihuahua was brought to the Inland Valley Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center in Upland, California, for "erratic behavior."  The dog's owner, who has since been arrested, told...
Shocking Case: Pet Parent Nearly Dies From Dog Licks
While we want to smother our pets with affection (and vice versa), sometimes this love can come with a dangerous health risk.  In a shocking case that came out of England, a 70-year-old woman was diagnosed with sepsis and multiorgan dysfunction. The cause? Her dog licked her.  According to the medical journal BMJ Case Reports, this instance—fittingly titled the "Lick of Death" by study...
Do Cats Actually Get 'Brain Freeze' When They Eat Cold Treats?
It's the latest cat video trend. But just like some popular ones before it, this viral fad may be more cruel than it is cute.  The Huffington Post recently shared a video compilation of pet parents recording their cat's reaction to eating cold treats like ice cream and popsicles. The cats appear to have stunned reactions or a moment of painful pause that looks similar to human...
Company Crafts Cat Wine, But Is It Safe?
Cabernet, merlot, and chianti can now be cat-bernet, meow-lot, and kitty-anti.  A Denver-based company called Apollo Peak has created a wine for cats to drink, made with fresh beet juice, organic catnip, and natural preservatives. According to the Apollo Peak website, the non-alcoholic beverage will have a "mellowed out" effect on a kitty because of the catnip.  While the company boasts...
Dog Ingests Gorilla Glue and Undergoes Emergency Surgery
Let this serve as a warning to any pet parent (or parent in general, really) that has Gorilla Glue in their households: keep it far away from anyone or anything that could get to it.  Case in point: A 6-month-old puppy named Lake ingested the extra-strength glue and started vomiting. Lake's owner called her veterinarian, Dr. Leonardo Baez, DVM, of Midtown Vets in Oklahoma City, Okla., who...
Recent Study Finds More Than Half of the Pet Cats and Dogs in the U.S. Are Overweight
Pet obesity is always a weighty subject (so to speak) and a recent study from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) just tipped the scales in a shocking new direction for the epidemic.  According to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, the findings from APOP discovered that "approximately 58 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs were overweight or obese in 2015." APOP...