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 Hannah Billings, left, and Avery Ramos, pet a cat held by humane educator Samantha Taubel at the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA spring kids camp in Phoenix. Thousands of youngsters from 6 to 17 will attend similar summer camps this year at hundreds of animal shelters across the country.

Summer camp goes wild: Kids find fun at animal shelters

Thousands of youngsters ages 6 to 17 will attend day camps this summer at hundreds of animal shelters across the country.

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Animal Island: Concerned that kitty doesn’t meow much

Q: We adopted a kitten a month ago. He is now 5 months old. He is a healthy, happy bundle of energy and joy. One thing we wonder about is

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 Miami-Dade Animal Services director Alex Munoz, center, holds Ringo, a terrier mix, as Finding Rover founder John Polimeno logs a photo of Ringo in the pet-finding app.

Searching for Fido: New pet finder app uses facial recognition technology

Is Fido missing? There’s an app for that. And, borrowing from law enforcement, it involves pooch facial recognition.

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What You Need to Know About the Protein in Your Pet’s Food

Your pet food does not contain the meat you think it does. Nor does it contain the amount of meat you think it does. That is because the

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At Tokyo cafes, patrons get coffee or tea and face time with felines, other pets

TOKYO — Pity the poor office worker. It’s midafternoon, and taking a break probably means sneaking off to the vending machine for a soda,

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Camden alters city ordinance on sterilizing pets

When it comes to dogs and cats, Camden has long had some of the strictest ordinances in the state, including one requiring all owners to

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Free Eye Exams for Service Animals Through March

Do you have a service animal or know someone who does? If so, you probably know how devastating it would be if the animal was to lose its

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 A bulldog named Butler Blue III is the official live mascot of the Butler University Bulldogs, a sixth seed in the NCAA Tournament. Butler will play Notre Dame in Pittsburgh today.

Pet Tales: Butler Blue bulldog brings back good memories

Blue III carries on the mascot tradition for the Butler University Bulldogs at the NCAA basketball tournament.

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Your Cat's Food Obsession May Be a Mental Disorder

My cat, Victoria, is going bonkers. I just changed the type of canned food I’m giving her and she obviously loves it. After she’s eaten a

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Coroner warns parents of exotic pets after infant death due to rat bite

The Cumberland County coroner is warning parents to keep children away from exotic pets after a 6-month-old child died in January due to a

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Honey is Great For Wound Care... But Which Honey?

A recent study from researchers at the University of Glasgow demonstrated that various types of honey have antimicrobial action and were

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 Nick Ferraro, the owner of South Hills Pet Rescue and Rehabilitation Resort in South Park, pets Sheba, the pit bull terrier that attacked and killed a man trying to resuscitate her owner as he had a heart attack.

Killer dog being sent to South Park facility

The pit bull attacked and killed a man trying to give aid to a heart attack victim, the dog’s master.

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 Orlando Felix, plays with Paz, an "Alaskan Chauzer," and Michelle Castro plays with Carmelo, a "Foxy Lhocker" at the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA in Burlingame, Calif. Through DNA testing in the "Who's Your Daddy?" campaign, Paz was determined to be and mix of American Eskimo, Chihuahua and miniature Schnauzer. Foxy Lhocker was determined to be a mix of Fox Terrier, Cocker Spaniel and Lhasa Apso.

DNA tests help California shelter speed up dog adoptions

So how do you make a pet stand out when it’s similar to so many other dogs at the shelter? Check the DNA.

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Medical marijuana for dogs and cats? Nevada lawmaker says yes

CARSON CITY, Nev. — So your dog is literally on its last legs. The end is near and Fido has stopped eating. You want to bring an end to his

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Animal Island: Why does cardinal repeatedly fly into window?

Q: Every single day now for the past week, a red cardinal crashes into our living room window over and over again for two hours in the

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Non-profit Sam’s Hope helps needy pet owners with food, toys

PHILADELPHIA — Liz Hendley has $17 left after paying all of her bills each month.

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Primal Pet Foods Issues Recall of Raw Cat Food

Primal Pet Foods has announced the voluntary recall of a single lot of Feline Turkey Raw Frozen Cat Food due to reports of low thiamine

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Circus decision on elephants a big boost for endangered wild creatures

We pet them, we eat them, we idolize them, we eradicate them. We hunt them to near extinction, then carefully reintroduce them into the

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Planning for Your Pet's Preventive Care Exam

In small animal medicine, the winter season is usually pretty slow. More time indoors means fewer accidents and illnesses for our pets, but

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 Gunner, a 7--year-old golden retriever-collie mix, left, with his owner, Joseph Karl; Mr. Karl’s son, Clancy; and Gunner’s brother, Shooter.

After two years on the streets, lost dog reunited with his family

Despite frequent sightings around Frick Park and efforts by his family in Verona to find him, Gunner eluded capture for 20 months.

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Pet Points: Clear all drug usage for a pet with a veterinarian

For any drug or vaccine used on your pet, take the time to discuss possible side effects and adverse reactions with your veterinarian.

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 Heather Long of Oakland feeds Cheerios to Doc, the 5-month-old pot-bellied pig Ms. Long is fostering. Doc will be at the home show at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Pet Tales: The saga of this pet pig provides a good lesson

Doc the pot-bellied pig is perfectly at home in the house with three pit bulls.

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 Joseph Karl shows a photo of his dog Gunner, who went missing for 20 months.

Dog returned to Verona owners after 20 months

For almost two years, residents and city officers fed Gunner, the runaway dog, while trying to catch him around Frick Park.

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Is Beneful Dog Food Dangerous? U.S. Senators Want FDA to Investigate

Two U.S. senators are urging the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to open an investigation into the allegations that Nestle Purina PetCare

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 Capitalizing on kids' natural empathy with animals can help them overcome their fear of your pet.

Frightened by Fluffy or Fido? How guests, hosts can make the visit easier.

A great many people of all ages are afraid of dogs and cats, and it’s a hard fear to avoid

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Pampered pets live large at the Trump National Doral

MIAMI — After a long day of lounging in a resort room at the Trump National Doral, your dog might be hungry. But no worries. He or she can

2 weeks ago


Animal Island: Why are songbirds raising a ruckus over owl?

Q: My husband made a small squirrel nest box, according to Internet instructions, and placed it high in a nearby tree. A squirrel took up

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 The Acro Cats are capable of amazing feline feats when they're so inclined. Samantha Martin is "chief executive human" for the circus troupe of 14 felines.

Feline divas, dependable chicken star when the cat circus comes to town

Sure, dogs have been known to sniff out terrorists, rescue avalanche victims and guide the blind. But can they play the drums?

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 Lucy, a beagle owned by Pat May of Pleasanton, Calif., wears two tech devices -- Tagg, a pet tracker, and Voyce, for monitoring pet activity levels.

Wearable tech goes to the dogs, with connected collars and more

It’s practically raining cats and you-know-what in the burgeoning subcategory of tech gadgets for our four-legged friends.

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Pet Vet: Biopsy results for Annie the yellow lab were good news

When last we “spoke,” our subject was Annie, a 9-year-old yellow Labrador retriever who had presented to our veterinary hospital for an

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Using Scorpion Venom to Prolong Pets' Lives

The venom of the “deathstalker” scorpion of North Africa and the Middle East contains a molecule that is helping to prolong the life of

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 Carrie Pavlik, shown with Nigerian dwarf goats Lovesong, left, and Primrose, is managing a crowdfunding campaign  to launch Steel City Grazers, a business that will rent out a herd of goats to clear property inaccessible or dangerous for people and mowers.

Weed-eating goats for hire? One Pittsburgh woman hopes to turn them into eco-stewards

Carrie Pavlik wants to start Steel City Grazers, a goats-for-hire business to put the animals to work clearing overgrowth.

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Irish Setter Dies After Alleged Poisoning at Crufts Dog Show

The co-owners of an award-winning show dog are devastated after their beloved canine was allegedly poisoned at one of Britain’s most

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Have You Considered Guinea Pigs?

If your family is in the market for a new pet at the moment - especially one that is gentle and easy to care for - consider celebrating

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 Sarah Sandoval, 27, of Avalon pets a male Tegu on Saturday at the Steel City Reptile Expo in Canonsburg. Ms. Sandoval has a red Tegu at home.

Reptile lovers unite in Canonsburg

Reptile enthusiasts came together Saturday for the Steel City Reptile Expo in Southpointe’s IceoPlex.

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 The cover and some inside senior portraits from "Cat High: The Yearbook" by Squirrel Hill native Terry deRoy Gruber.

Pet Tales: The Cat Yearbook from Paw Paw High

“Cat High: The Yearbook” is a funny book with cats wearing mortar boards, baseball uniforms, prom gowns and other costumes.

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Dogs Don’t Want Carbs

What would dogs eat if they could choose for themselves? That is the question a recent study tried to answer — at least with regards to

2 weeks ago


Penn Hills considers pet protection laws

The municipality is looking at Pittsburgh’s pet laws, which place restrictions on when owners can leave animals outside unattended.

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 Malia Ebel, left, walks her dogs, Seymour, left, and Sanders, both Cavalier King Charles spaniel mixes, alongside Wendy Olcott and her golden retriever, Sunny, as each dog wears winter booties, in Concord, N.H. A harsh winter across the country has pet owners buying the boots to protect their pets' paws.

Winter weather wrath? Pooches' paws feel the pain, too

People aren’t the only ones suffering from a seemingly endless winter of bone-rattling cold.

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 Sculptor Susan Wagner displays one of the sketches she used to create a statue of Pittsburgh police K-9 Rocco, which be displayed at the police memorial on the North Shore.

Organizations collect donations for bronze statue of Pittsburgh K-9 Rocco

Local Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants will donate today’s sales toward adding a K-9 officer memorial on the North Shore.

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How to help cats, livestock and birds cope with the cold

LOS ANGELES (AP) — All kinds of animal can face problems from a wicked winter that’s unleashing frigid temperatures and heaps of snow from

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Pet Vet: Routine exam turns into emergency surgery

Annie walked into the exam room just like she had been doing for the past nine years, rear end wagging back and forth with her tail keeping

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Animal Island: Help bunnies in winder with natural shelter from cold

Q: The winter has been brutal for all, but we wonder how the animals cope with the frigid temperatures. We have a couple of rabbits that

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Why do we need to give treats to our pets?

We are spending more on luxury pet dining, grooming, boarding and day care than ever and pet treats is one of the fastest growing areas.

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Ask Natalie: Try to compromise over dad's dog

A daughter wants to know how to make her father understand his pet isn’t welcome in her home; where are all the men in Pittsburgh?

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Pepper the black Lab saved from icy river by firefighters

PLAINFIELD, Ill. — A 6-year-old black Lab named Pepper clung to an ice shelf by his front paws until firefighters were able to pluck him

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Fire leaves three people, two pets homeless

Three adults were left homeless Friday when fire gutted a house in Slippery Rock Township.

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  Dr. Elizabeth Pegg Frates and her dog, Reesee. Dog owners are healthier and live longer than people who don't have dogs, she says in a new publication from Harvard Medical School.

Pet Tales: Dogs are good for your health

Harvard Medical School professor finds out health benefits of dog ownership at age 42, co-writes a report to teach others.

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Pet Points: Genetics, environment among reasons for cancer in dogs and cats

There are many reasons why we see more cancer in dogs and cats today. One is that they are living longer than pets in the past.

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Does your veterinarian owe you a guarantee?

How can doctors offer a guarantee of services when dealing with a complicated living organism?

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