Pets


Does Your Veterinarian Owe You a Guarantee?

We’re taught slogans like “the customer is always right” at a very early age. We expect “reward cards” at retail stores or fast food

about 19 hours ago


The tracker: Stray dogs have guardian angel in Chicago area

CHICAGO — Katie Campbell is in her element — staring at day-old tracks and ankle deep in frozen snow.

1 day ago


Animal Island: Fish tank’s clear water doesn’t mean it’s clean

Q: We have a 29-gallon fresh water fish tank with parrot fish, rose line sharks and angelfish. It has been running for two years now, and

1 day ago


Talking dogs: Keeping Fido out of cat litter box

Q: My dog regularly raids the cat’s litter box, a habit that I find disgusting. Why does she do this, and how can I get her to stop?

1 day ago


New Hope for Antibiotic Resistance in Humans and Pets

In August of last year Dr. Tudor wrote about the growing threat of antibiotic resistant bacteria to worldwide health. This topic is so

about 19 hours ago


Virginia animal bill could put PETA out of the shelter business

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3 days ago


BRIEF: Pets of the Week 2/22

Find a pet who needs a new home at the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

4 days ago


 Dexter waits to be handed off at Petsmart in Monroeville by the volunteers who found him.

Pet Tales: Finding lost dogs

Some old friends, lots of new ones and divine providence help a North Carolina family get back Dexter, their runaway Yorkshire terrier.

6 days ago


Feeding Your Cat to Avoid Hairballs

Live with cats for long enough and you’re bound to find a hairball on the floor (or in your bed, if you’re really unlucky), but hairballs

6 days ago


Meals on wheels for pets, too

WARRENSBURG, Mo. — In an old trailer at the edge of a cemetery lives a little dog who loves meatloaf.

6 days ago


Kitty Kollege: Where Smart Cats Go to Learn

This week, let's take a break from medicine and look at pet caretaking from a lighter point of view. I present to you this farcical take on

1 week ago


Animal Island: What to do about a counter-surfing canine

We got a Lab/boxer mix puppy six months ago. He is very smart and is now totally housebroken and otherwise an amazing dog. He’s as big as a

1 week ago


Kids in the city: Goats raised by urban farmers for milk, cheese

CHICAGO — Eric Staswick headed out to his goat shed and entered to the sound of soft bleating.

1 week ago


Rep. Schreiber introduces 2 bills to protect pets

Today, Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York, introduced two bills to help protect the health of pets and to potentially save their lives.

1 week ago


 In this photo taken Feb. 11, 2015, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif. poses with Lily, his 15-pound French bulldog in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. It all began with Lily, a 15-pound snowball of a French bulldog with dark mahogany eyes, a wrinkly nose and a penchant for jumping on furniture and laps so that she can get closer to her many human visitors. She and her owner, Rep. Jeff Denham of California, take the occasional coast-to-coast plane ride together. But when he tried to take her on Amtrak a couple years back, he learned that only service dogs were allowed aboard. It's a policy he's been trying to change ever since, and he appears to be gaining momentum.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Lawmakers want Amtrak to allow small pets on trains

WASHINGTON (AP) — It all began with Lily, a 15-pound snowball of a French bulldog with the face of a tough guy and the personality of a

1 week ago


 In this photo taken Feb. 11, 2015, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif. poses with Lily, his 15-pound French bulldog in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. It all began with Lily, a 15-pound snowball of a French bulldog with dark mahogany eyes, a wrinkly nose and a penchant for jumping on furniture and laps so that she can get closer to her many human visitors. She and her owner, Rep. Jeff Denham of California, take the occasional coast-to-coast plane ride together. But when he tried to take her on Amtrak a couple years back, he learned that only service dogs were allowed aboard. It's a policy he's been trying to change ever since, and he appears to be gaining momentum.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Lawmakers push for Amtrak to allow small pets on trains

WASHINGTON (AP) — It all began with Lily, a 15-pound snowball of a French bulldog with the face of a tough guy and the personality of a

1 week ago


 In this photo taken Feb. 11, 2015, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif. poses with Lily, his 15-pound French bulldog in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. It all began with Lily, a 15-pound snowball of a French bulldog with dark mahogany eyes, a wrinkly nose and a penchant for jumping on furniture and laps so that she can get closer to her many human visitors. She and her owner, Rep. Jeff Denham of California, take the occasional coast-to-coast plane ride together. But when he tried to take her on Amtrak a couple years back, he learned that only service dogs were allowed aboard. It's a policy he's been trying to change ever since, and he appears to be gaining momentum.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Lawmakers push for Amtrak to allow small pets on trains

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Jeff Denham of California likes to take the occasional plane ride with his French bulldog, Lily. But when he tried

1 week ago


Loyal Schnauzer Runs Away to Be With Sick Owner in Hospital

A Miniature Schnauzer in Iowa named Missy was missing her owner who was ill in hospital, so she took it upon herself to find her owner and

1 week ago


 Formal wear for the guests at the Hotel Pennsylvania.

Pet Tales: Here's a pup-ular hotel for the big dog show in NYC

Always a room at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City — if you’re a dog.

1 week ago


Pet Points: Successful results come from alternatives to medication

Dietary changes, pheromones and other treatments can treat physical and behavioral problems in cats and dogs without prescription drugs.

1 week ago


 Former U.S. Marine Joe Bonfiglio, 24, and his pit bull assistance dog Zen, sit in a classroom on the campus of Mercy College, in Dobbs Ferry, NY, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.  Zen has allowed Bonfiglio, 24, who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder , to get back to everyday activities.  The Animal Farm Foundation in Dutchess County, New York, wants to change the stigma of pit bull dogs by training and donating rescued dogs to guide the blind and push wheelchairs or help people regain their mobility and avoid falls.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Rescued pit bulls fight stigma by guiding people in need

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When former Marine Joe Bonfiglio starts thrashing in his sleep, his pit bull service dog jumps on the bed, climbs on top

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 Former U.S. Marine Joe Bonfiglio, 24, and his pit bull assistance dog Zen, sit in a classroom on the campus of Mercy College, in Dobbs Ferry, NY, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.  Zen has allowed Bonfiglio, 24, who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder , to get back to everyday activities.  The Animal Farm Foundation in Dutchess County, New York, wants to change the stigma of pit bull dogs by training and donating rescued dogs to guide the blind and push wheelchairs or help people regain their mobility and avoid falls.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Rescued pit bulls fight stigma by guiding people in need

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When former Marine Joe Bonfiglio starts thrashing in his sleep, his pit bull service dog jumps on the bed, climbs on top

2 weeks ago


 Former U.S. Marine Joe Bonfiglio, 24, and his pit bull assistance dog Zen, sit in a classroom on the campus of Mercy College, in Dobbs Ferry, NY, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.  Zen has allowed Bonfiglio, 24, who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder , to get back to everyday activities.  The Animal Farm Foundation in Dutchess County, New York, wants to change the stigma of pit bull dogs by training and donating rescued dogs to guide the blind and push wheelchairs or help people regain their mobility and avoid falls.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Rescued pit bulls fight stigma by guiding people in need

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When former Marine Joe Bonfiglio starts thrashing in his sleep, his pit bull service dog jumps on the bed, climbs on top

2 weeks ago


Animal Island: Dog diabetes easily managed with insulin shots

Q: Our 8-year-old cockapoo was urinating all over the house for a few weeks and drinking a lot, so we took her to the vet. He told us that

2 weeks ago


Pet Vet: Evaluation should calm worries over anesthesia

I’ve had a few letters in the recent past dealing with the subject of anesthesia in our companions. Audrie has a 10-year-old toy poodle

2 weeks ago


Fancy feathers rule at pigeon fans’ version of Westminster dog show

ONTARIO, Calif. — Mike Tyson slips off his black leather jacket and takes a white homing pigeon from Luthor Nelson’s hands. The former

2 weeks ago


Are Breed Standards Causing Obesity in Cats?

For dogs bred to work in colder climates, having a “thrifty gene” that promoted the maintenance of body fat made sense. These dogs no

2 weeks ago


Shar-Peis Are a Genetic Nightmare

Much of what makes Shar-Peis “unique” is caused by genetic abnormalities. Shar-Peis are hardly the only breed in which this is true, but

2 weeks ago


 This alert young buck deer was spotted at Snyder’s Point in Riverview Park.

Pet Tales: Thinning the herd of suburban deer

Cornell University study finds killing rather than sterilization is the only short-term solution to deer overpopulation.

2 weeks ago


 This is the collar that was worn by the Shih Tzu that was found frozen in the North Side on Thursday.

Humane Society releases 'disturbing' poster to help garner information on frozen Shih Tzu

The Humane Society is trying to identify the owner of the dog, which did not have an identifying microchip.

2 weeks ago


Grill-Phoria Recalls Big Bark All Natural Beef Jerky Treats

Colorado based Grill-Phoria LLC is recalling 200 3.5 oz bags of Big Bark All Natural Beef Jerky Treats for Dogs because they have the

2 weeks ago


Veterinarians Are People Too... And Mistakes Are Sometimes Made

Hi there, I’m Dr. Vogelsang, but most people call me Dr. V because no one knows how to pronounce Vogelsang. I’m so happy to be hopping on

2 weeks ago


Internet Goes Crazy for Odd Looking Dachshund-Pitbull Mix

Meet Rami, a one-year-old Pit Bull-Dachshund mix, who’s turning heads and racking up “likes” on his own Facebook page. Read more.

1 week ago


'Why Do Different Doctors Treat Pet Cancer Differently?' and Other Questions Answered

In matters of pets and cancer, there are certain questions veterinary oncologists encounter more frequently than others. The less common

2 weeks ago


Westmoreland County response team cares for animals in crisis

The nonprofit team has saved a number of animals by providing pet oxygen masks and training firefighters in first aid for animals.

3 weeks ago


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Duquesne University professor's mobile clinic treats feral cats

Becky Morrow, a biology professor at Duquesne University, also is a licensed veterinarian.

3 weeks ago


 Former boxing champion Mike Tyson holds a white homing pigeon at the National Pigeon Association’s 93rd annual Grand National Pigeon Show in Ontario, Calif., Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Tyson, who had pigeons as a youngster, has 1,800 now in Nevada, New Jersey and New York. He said he was 10 when he won his first fight because a neighborhood bully took one of his birds and broke its neck in front of him.

Pigeon pageant for beautiful birds dispels 'rats with wings'

Showing pigeons is one of the oldest and largest hobbies in the world.

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Animal Island: Yes, dogs’ diets certainly have evolved

Q: When I was a child, it seems that we were able to feed our dogs any food my mother happened to buy on sale at the supermarket that week,

3 weeks ago


Pet Vet: Rabbit’s jaw pain likely a tooth issue

Paula has a rabbit named Oscar. He is an indoor bunny with free roam of the house, as he is litter-box trained. He is 3 years old and is on

3 weeks ago


Deaf therapy dog aids patients at hospital, recognizes sign language

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — As Lothair, a white Sheltie therapy dog, makes his way in to United States Air Force Hospital Langley in Hampton, Va.,

3 weeks ago


Voice Changes in Pets: More Serious Than You Think

Do you remember the last time you got a bad cold and lost most or all of your voice? It was annoying, but not a serious problem. Well, the

3 weeks ago


Now blind, Roadrunner the dog makes an ‘amazing’ recovery from abuse

KANSAS CITY — Making his first public appearance recently, Roadrunner, an abused dog rescued in November, ventured into the public eye

3 weeks ago


South Side researcher seeks more crowdfunding to make pets live longer

As a research scientist, Jonathan W. Jarvik recently decided to do something different.

3 weeks ago


New Recommendation for Rabies Quarantine

Knowledge of the pet’s rabies vaccination status is critical because that factor can determine whether the pet is euthanized, strictly

3 weeks ago


 Jonathan W. Jarvik, a Carnegie Mellon University  biochemist who also founded SpectraGenetics, holds a petri disc with a colony of cells used in his research to find a compound that boosts the newly discovered anti-aging protein, GDF11, to be used to reverse aging in pets.

South Side researcher seeks more crowdfunding to make pets live longer

John W. Jarvik of Spectragenetics is using crowdfunding to find a way to boost a protein that could improve pet health and longevity.

3 weeks ago


 Tootsie died in 2011, but she is the namesake for the new Tootsie's Table pet food bank started by Pastor Jean Gilkerson and the Solid Rock Christian Church of Crafton. linda fuoco

Pet Tales: Groups help feed pets when owners are in need

A number of local shelters and food banks provide food for financially struggling pet owners

3 weeks ago


 Carolyn Barber walks her dog Barrett around Highland Park Wednesday afternoon. After walking a dog outdoors in winter, it is recommended that their feet be wiped off or washed to keep them from licking and ingesting ice melt products.

Pet Points: Be a cold-weather friend to your pet

Pet owners must take special precautions to protect pets from winter and cold weather hazards.

3 weeks ago



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