Pets


Talking dogs: Halloween a sweet time for training opportunities

There are few holidays that offer so many dog training opportunities as Halloween. I currently have a 15-month-old dachshund, Curtis, who

2 days ago


Animal Island: Death of new fish means tank water needs testing

Q: We have a 55-gallon fish tank that has been set up now for three years. Two silver dollars, six glowlight tetras, four white tetras and

2 days ago


Tips for keeping your dog safe on Halloween

Candy and costumes are a big part of Halloween, but they can be dangerous and scary for your four-legged friend. The American Kennel Club

4 days ago


Colonel Snazzypants? Where do those shelter names come from?

We once knew a dog that was called Ralph because its owner wanted a dog that could say its own name.

4 days ago


Pet Tales: Some scary news for Halloween

Chocolate, wrappers and sugar-free gum are just a few of the treats that can trick your pets around Halloween.

6 days ago


 Veterinarian and assistant in a small animal clinic

Pet Points: Distemper shots not needed annually

If your veterinarian is still giving annual distemper vaccinations to your dog or cat, ask why. Most pets should get those shots every

6 days ago


Meet Blosom: Illinois cow is world’s tallest, says Guinness

ORANGEVILLE, Ill. —The story of the little cow who arrived at the Meads family farm years ago has become a tall tale.

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Spot will cost you: Pet rents become apartment fad

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Man’s best friend is taking a bite out of renters’ wallets.

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Blinky, the one-eyed Chihuahua, is a story with multiple lessons

CHICAGO — It started in August 2013, when Charlie Propsom, the founder and president of Friends of Chicago Animal Care & Control, was

1 week ago


Animal Island: Teaching a wandering parrot to stay on his perch

Q: Last year I took in an adult African grey parrot. His owner told me the bird was 25 years old. I also have another grey parrot and a

1 week ago


 Photographer David Sutton photographs Clifford the cat  last month in Sutton's Evanston, Ill., studio.

Purr-fect image: How to take better photos of your cat

When David Sutton explains the fine points of photographing a cat, you listen

1 week ago


First-aid kit for your dog should include these items

Any dog owner will tell you that our four-legged friends can get themselves into trouble at home, even if you’ve puppy-proofed carefully.

1 week ago


 Stengel, the Regent Square cat that was mauled by two dogs, still has a way to go in his recovery.

Pet Tales: Donations cover mauled Regent Square cat's vet bills

Generous donors cover all of Stengel the cat’s veterinary bills with money left over.

1 week ago


 This Oct. 22, 2014, photo via Twitter shows Bentley, the King Charles Spaniel who was quarantined after his owner, Nina Pham, was diagnosed with Ebola, in Dallas.

Infected nurse’s quarantined dog may inspire Ebola pet protocols

Bentley, the dog owned by Ebola-stricken Texas nurse Nina Pham, is apparently thriving under quarantine.

2 weeks ago


7 Common Cat Myths Disproved

With cats being the mysterious creatures they are, a number of myths have sprung up around them. Many of these myths are far from being

2 weeks ago


 Liz Sullivan, left, gives Maggi a treat during obedience drills at the WPA Humane Society Canine Good Citizen class, the forerunning class to the therapy dog certification.

Therapy dogs undergo rigorous classes, testing to do their job

These visitors spread cheer just by being there.

2 weeks ago


 In this Sept. 8, 2011 photo provided by Brenda Mader, Mader rides her 7-year-old service dog, Max, on her scooter, in Lewisberg, Pa. While dogs are living longer and becoming bigger parts of people's lives, more pet owners are getting the surgeries for their pets. Surgery gave a boost to Max after his left knee gave out. (AP Photo/Brenda Mader Family)

Rough-and-tumble dogs top people on knee surgery

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dashing after a ball or tumbling off a couch make dogs up to 10 times as likely to get surgery on a key knee ligament

2 weeks ago


Rough-and-tumble dogs top people on knee surgery

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dashing after a ball or tumbling off a couch make dogs up to 10 times as likely to get surgery on a key knee ligament

2 weeks ago


Animal Island: To trim or not to trim pet birds’ feathers

Q: Our sun conure is now a year old. When we bought him as a baby, his wing feathers were trimmed so he would not fly. Now they have grown

2 weeks ago


Pet Vet: With rabbits, it’s all in the way they’re fed

Rabbits are becoming increasingly popular as companion pets and deservedly so. These fabulous creatures are highly intelligent, interactive

2 weeks ago


How Much Should You Feed Your Dog in Fall and Winter?

Fall is here and winter is approaching. Do you plan to feed your dog the same amount of food as you did this spring and summer? Dr. Tudor

2 weeks ago


Ebola pet threat? No evidence that dogs or cats spread the virus

Public health experts and animal lovers are carefully monitoring the health of a Dallas-area resident who may have had close contact with

2 weeks ago


Recognize early signs of anxiety in your dog

Most people have experienced some form of anxiety in their life, but many don’t realize that their dogs get anxious too.

2 weeks ago


 Stengel, the Regent Square neighborhood  cat, recently injured by two dogs  and nursed back to health by the Point Breeze Veterinary Clinic with an assist by neighborhood kids with a bake sale.

Pet Tales: A scrappy cat fights back after attack

Stengel the neighborhood cat in Regent Square is bouncing back from a dog attack with help from her friends.

2 weeks ago


Pet Points: Get help with pets' behavior problems

Aggression, house breaking, separation anxiety and barking are all common behavior problems that pet owners should discuss with vets.

2 weeks ago


Adams County Sheriff: New oxygen masks could save pets

As an animal lover, Adams County Sheriff James Muller wants to do whatever he can to help his four-legged friends.

2 weeks ago


 In this Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 photo, Bobby Chastain, left, and Marcia Pines check the rundown sheet for a Treibball competition at the Teamworks Dog Training arena in Youngsville, N.C. The German agility sport is so new in the United States that trainers and owners alike take turns judging, timing and tallying scores. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

Fans of German dog sport ask, 'Who needs sheep?'

YOUNGSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — With shouts of “point” and “drive” from her handler, the 3-year-old German shepherd charges into the triangle of

3 weeks ago


Symptoms and Treatment for Vaccine Associated Illness in Pets, Part 2

Determining which pet will be adversely affected by the administration of single or multiple vaccinations isn’t realistically probable. Yet,

2 weeks ago


How to make sure a critter's a keeper

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3 weeks ago


Hello, Kitty: 'Cute' is not enough

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3 weeks ago


5 Dos and Don'ts for Mixing Your Pet's Food

Picky eater or just interested in spicing up your pet's diet? Here are some dos and don'ts for mixing pet foods.

2 weeks ago


 In this Nov. 19, 2013 photo provided by Big Cat Rescue, tigers Arthur, foreground, swims while Amanda patrols in the background at the Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Fla. Big Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin used crowdfunding site LoveAnimals.org to raise money for a fence extension for the 2.5-acre open-air enclosure that would foil Amanda’s escape attempts and allow her to join her siblings in the sanctuary’s new outdoor enclosure. (AP Photo/Big Cat Rescue, Jamie Veronica)

Crowdfunding gives a leg up to animal projects

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A large number of small online donations can turn pet projects into big lifesavers for animals.

3 weeks ago


Crowdfunding gives a leg up to animal projects

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A large number of small online donations can turn pet projects into big lifesavers for animals.

3 weeks ago


Pet Vet: Have fleas outsmarted most common treatment?

Today were are going to discuss the frustration with fleas. Yes, those little blood-sucking parasites ravaging our companions and making

3 weeks ago


Animal Island: How to introduce new baby to pets

Q: My wife and I are having our first baby and the due date is next month. We have a Chihuahua, a Pomeranian and two cats, and we admit

3 weeks ago


Animal Island: Hamsters, gerbils easy-care pets for kids

Q: Our kids are now 8 and 6, and we want to get them some kind of pet so that they will learn a bit of responsibility ...

3 weeks ago


Protect your pet from household hazards

Every home has items that if ingested by a dog could prove dangerous or even fatal. A little extra planning when storing food, cleaning

3 weeks ago


 About 60 people participated in Walk & Wine Sept. 28 in Sewickley. The event was a walk for people and their dogs that ended at Sewickley Cafe for a glass of wine.

Pet Tales: New whip rules for race horses

Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission imposes stricter rules on use of whips.

3 weeks ago


Airlines offer only partial picture of animal safety on flights

Harley was the bulldog’s name. He was pronounced dead at baggage claim at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport last year.

4 weeks ago


What You Get for Your 'Walk Through the Door' Fee

Imagine you bring your pet to your primary care veterinarian because s/he’s recently shown some abnormal signs. Your veterinarian examines

4 weeks ago


Preventing Vaccine Associated Illness in Pets, Part 1 of 2

Among medical practitioners on both the human and veterinary side, there exists the perspective that vaccinations can actually create

4 weeks ago


KONG Announces Limited Recall of Jumbo Aussie Sticks

Jakk’s Pacific, Inc. and KONG have voluntarily recalled two lots of dog treats from PetSmart stores due to non-toxic mold growth.

4 weeks ago


South Florida vet ‘Dr. K’ stars in an exotic new Nat Geo Wild TV show

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — In South Florida’s exotic pet circles, she’s known as Dr. K.

1 month ago


Talking Dog: ‘Game’ has turned into intimidation for family dog

Q: We have a 10-month-old shepherd mix, Gus. My husband has been playing “take away” games with Gus during feeding time for months, to make

1 month ago



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