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Pampered pets enjoy the suite life: 130-room resort opens for cats, dogs

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Soft music plays in the lobby as guests check in at the front desk. Chandeliers dangle from the ceilings of suites, where visitors lounge on memory-foam beds and watch cable on flat-screen TVs. Blueberry facials, Brazilian waxes and aromatherapy baths are among the treatments available in the gleaming spa.

This new, 130...Read more

The risk of tick disease is rising

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Q: I'm wondering if I should vaccinate my dog for Lyme disease. My veterinarian says it's not necessary. However, a friend I often go hiking with said his veterinarian recommends the vaccine, and his dogs are vaccinated. What do you think? -- C.G., Jackson, MI

A: "We hear this a lot; the conversation over the past 10 years has changed," says Dr...Read more

Dog bite study shows familiarity with dog may breed false sense of security

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PHOENIX -- Prior studies have shown that most dog bite injuries result from family dogs. A new study conducted by Mayo Clinic and Phoenix Children's Hospital shed some further light on the nature of these injuries.

The recently published study, in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery, demonstrated that more than 50 percent of the dog-bite injuries ...Read more

Dog strapped to motorcyclist's back on U.S. interstate

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ORANGE, Calif. (UPI) -- A man riding in a car on a stretch of U.S. interstate captured footage of a goggle-wearing dog strapped to the back of a motorcyclist traveling 70 mph.

Shawn White, who posted the video to YouTube, said in the post he was a passenger in a car traveling on Interstate 15 in the western United States when he "saw the ...Read more

Obese and overweight pets need our help

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As our love for our pets has grown, so have the pets themselves. An estimated 52.6 percent of U.S. dogs are overweight or obese, and 57.6 percent of U.S. cats are overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP).

Many veterinarians say the problem has become an epidemic -- just as human health health care ...Read more

Lawyer fights for chimpanzee rights

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Should chimpanzees -- complex creatures with thoughts, feelings and the ability to learn sign language -- have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

Steven Wise, a prominent animal rights attorney from Coral Springs, Fla., has bet his career on it.

Our cousin the ape is poised to take an evolutionary new step -- this time ...Read more

After 8 years, Florida dog owner reunites with his Rottweiler

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MIAMI -- When Duke first saw Joshua Edwards, he stopped, sniffed and then quickly began licking Edwards' face.

The 120-pound Rottweiler -- panting in excitement -- lay down and flipped over so Edwards could rub his belly.

"I think he knew who I was right away," said Edwards, who last saw his Rottweiler eight years ago when he said his puppy ...Read more

The Many Uses of Puppy Pads

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It is well-known that puppy pads are one of the most convenient and effective products on the market for potty training your puppy. They make cleaning up after your puppy fast, easy and convenient. But few pet owners are aware that puppy training pads have a myriad of other uses, making them one of the most versatile pet care products you can ...Read more

Dogs split from the wolf pack earlier than thought, DNA analysis suggests

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A new analysis of ancient wolf DNA has shed light on the murky early history of man's best friend, suggesting that dogs split from wolves as many as 27,000 to 40,000 years ago -- not 11,000 to 16,000 years ago, as earlier genome research had proposed.

"Dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than is generally believed," Love Dalen, a ...Read more

Cat Care - Cleaning Your Cat's Eyes

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For most cats there is no need to clean their eyes on a regular basis although some pedigree breeds such as the Persian may need some regular assistance to clean their eyes. In any cat it is not unusual to find small deposits in the corner of their eyes and these can easily be cleaned away using some moistened cotton wool. To avoid any infection...Read more

My Pet World: New tactics could make taking pills fun for your pet

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Q: I read your recent column on pilling cats. What I need to know is how to give pills to my stubborn dog, who spits them out. I've tried rolling a pill inside peanut butter and lunch meat, to no avail. Is there a secret trick? -- D.N., Anchorage, AK

A: Cats often seem like magicians, able to determine if there's a pill within a mile of their ...Read more

Pet Vet: Cat sent outside because of spraying

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Today we are going to deal with a problem I believe to be fairly common among those of us who associate with feline companions. The subject is urine spraying.

When I use the term "urine spraying," I am specifically referring to the actual spraying of urine from a standing position usually aimed at a particular target. There are also situations ...Read more

My Pet World: Most dog and cat bites can be avoided!

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Each year, more than 800,000 people receive medical attention for dog bites. At least half of them are children, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. While that sounds like a lot of people, it's small when you consider that there are 70 million dogs in America.

What's more, according to Dr. Douglas Aspros, past president of...Read more

It's no contest — cats are better than dogs on-screen

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A disclosure: A little over a year ago, I became co-owner/caretaker of a cat. This is my first pet. Until now, I never thought of myself particularly as a cat person or a dog person, and really, I still do not. I am, in my own mind, animal agnostic.

Which is prelude to a second disclosure, which I imagine may strike some as controversial: I ...Read more

My Pet World: Benefits of wonder drug Rimadyl still outweigh the risks

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Q: One day, a cat came to my door, and from the first day he rubbed against me, we were inseparable. He eventually developed kidney stones and I had him put down in 1987. I just couldn't afford to pay the medical bill. I miss him so much and feel like I let him down big time. Is there any way to ask forgiveness? -- C.H., Highland Park, IL

A: I ...Read more

Pet Vet: Heatworm disease is far easier to prevent than to treat

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Today we are going to return to a subject we have discussed here in the past, spawned by a question from Kevin. Even though the question is the same as one answered before, perhaps, that answer might have changed.

Kevin lives in Modesto, Calif., and wants to know whether or not he should put/ keep his dog Rondo on heart worm preventative. Some ...Read more

Neglected by its mother, baby chimp starts new life in Florida

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Keeva is a baby chimpanzee, an adorable, sweet little girl born March 12 to a female chimp at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Unfortunately, her mom, 26-year-old Carole, seemed ill-prepared for the responsibilities of motherhood. She wasn't hostile toward Keeva, wasn't trying to hurt her. Trouble was, she wasn't trying to do much of anything with...Read more

My Pet World: Microchip coding controversy could be putting pets' lives at risk

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Microchipping saves lives. This is an accepted fact among those in the veterinary and animal welfare community. However, some microchip companies may now be compromising a system that's reunited countless numbers of pets and their owners.

A small chip (approximately the size of a grain of rice) is injected into the pet. If a pet is lost, a ...Read more

Is your dog a "genius?"

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PASADENA, Calif. -- Attention dog lovers: Ever wonder whether your dog is a furry genius or a wily loafer who really ought to know better? Well, Nat Geo WILD is offering you the chance to find out if your best friend is more Einstein than Goofy. Their weekend-long "BarkFest" premieres Friday with "Is Your Dog a Genius?" featuring Dr. Brian Hare,...Read more