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You know the old saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." In this day and age of health and fitness clubs, yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, organic foods, dietary supplements, chiropractic care, meditation, massage and preventative medicine for people, this article will guide you through how many of these treatments can be highly ...Read more

Rising speed limits spur safety concerns

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WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin state Rep. Paul Tittl drives his Toyota Prius 140 miles from his home district to the state capitol in Madison every week. Usually, he keeps up with the fast-moving traffic on the highway. But one day, he decided to lower the pace and drive at the maximum speed allowed -- 65 mph.

"Little old ladies scowled at me and gave...Read more

Rusty, an Illinois town's favorite stray dog, comes home for a reunion

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OAK BROOK, Ill. -- Julie Gleason knelt, her hand to her mouth, as the reddish dog trotted toward her.

Moments later, she was scratching him behind the ears.

"Oh, my gosh, oh, my gosh -- I'm petting him!" she said, dabbing at her eyes with her other hand.

Rusty, the adored stray dog of Oak Brook, was back.

But not as a stray. Rusty Redd, his ...Read more

My Pet World: Powerful new preventives kill fleas faster than ever

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Along with spring showers and flowers come fleas. It's a sure bet in most parts of the country, but some places have it worse than others. Fleas in Florida and other southern states can be so overwhelming that many pet owners throw in the towel, assuming these pests are inevitable, and simply hire an exterminator when needed.

Veterinary ...Read more

New York fliers seek 'homey' for 'Gangsta Cat'

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NEW YORK (UPI) -- A New York woman trying to find a new home for an ornery foster cat put up posters branding the feline as a "Gangsta Cat" in need of a Homey 4 Life.

Rose Hilliard, who fosters cats for the Anjellicle Cats Rescue group, said she decided an unconventional approach was needed when Oliver Julius, or OJ for short, hissed at ...Read more

Midwest dog flu has some vets requiring vaccinations

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ST. LOUIS -- Some St. Louis area kennel owners will start requiring dogs to get a flu vaccine after a recent outbreak in Chicago has sickened hundreds of canines.

Over the last few weeks the flu has infected at least 1,000 dogs in the Midwest, and a small number of infected dogs in the Chicago area have succumbed to the virus. That has spread ...Read more

Puppies rescued from roof of van speeding on Ohio highway

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AKRON, Ohio (UPI) -- Four puppies in a cage strapped to the roof of a minivan were rescued Friday afternoon after the vehicle was spotted speeding down a major Ohio highway.

Drivers along Interstate 76 frantically called 911 to report the dogs in a cage covered with a blue tarp. The driver of the van, who was not identified, told Akron police ...Read more

Grooming an anxious dog? Try these tips

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Whether it’s trimming nails or trying to bathe a dog, if you’re a dog groomer then you probably see anxious dogs on a daily basis and if you have an anxious dog then you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about! No matter how experienced you are, how good at your job, and how much effort you put into keeping a dog calm, there are some dogs...Read more

Dogs and humans: Research finds chemistry and gaze deepen the bond

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The long, loving gazes; the ritualized, often high-pitched, expressions of affection; the heroic self-sacrifice one would readily endure for the other: What is it about the bond between humans and their dogs that is not like the relationship between parent and child?

Now comes evidence that when our dogs gaze into our eyes with that "you are ...Read more

My Pet World: Distract finger-biting cat with other amusements

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ATLANTA, GA. -- These reader questions were answered at the 2015 International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Feline Behavior Conference here, April 11-12. Speakers included veterinary behaviorists and certified cat behavior consultants on issues ranging from the social organization of cats to how to introduce an ...Read more

Pet Vet: Is local drinking water safe for dogs?

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A reader has a question about drinking water for her dog, Lacey. Lacey is 9 months old and of mixed breed descent. Erin knows of caretakers who only use bottled water for their companions, fearing potential problems from tap water. Is tap water safe for Lacey? If not, what makes it unsafe?

First off I must tell you I am not a water quality ...Read more

My Pet World: Conference explores cat behavior issues

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ATLANTA, GA -- "Cats are not anti-social," says veterinary behaviorist Dr. Sharon Crowell-Davis, professor of behavior and anatomy at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Athens, speaking at the 2015 International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Feline Behavior Conference here April 11-12.

For ...Read more

Pets and pills don't mix: Top 10 medications vets get called about

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A medication that does one thing for people does not necessarily do the same for our pets, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Although there are many medications used in both animals and people, the effects, doses needed, and other things can differ.

A pet can easily ingest dropped pills or may be given harmful ...Read more

Stem cell therapy for dogs draws support, detractors

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Retiree Paul Jaynes was heartbroken when his 9-year-old Labrador, Cookie, suddenly stopped walking last year. The once-athletic dog struggled to stand and, if she moved at all, collapsed after a few steps.

He carried his 90-pound companion to his truck, drove her to the vet and braced himself for the bad news. Surely ...Read more

Pets before kids? Couples seek clues in how well they'll 'co-parent'

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First plants, then pets, then kids.

That has always been Sandra Magura's theory, she said, so that's the course the 34-year-old wife, mother of two and children's book author followed. After marrying in May 2008, she and her husband, Josh, bought a house and revisited that daunting question: Do we want to have kids?

"We had talked about having...Read more

Fresno firefighters rescue Timmy the puppy from a well

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FRESNO, Calif. (UPI) -- Firefighters in California said they lowered a rope 50 feet into an old well to rescue a puppy appropriately named Timmy.

The Fresno Fire Department said the 6-week-old German shepherd mix fell into an old pipe that led to the well Tuesday in Fresno and firefighters came to Timmy's rescue in the absence of a heroic ...Read more

My Pet World: Vaccine good tool as dog flu epidemic grows

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Q: I live in Chicago, where there's an epidemic of dog flu. My dog is very social, so I was thinking about the vaccine. Now, I've heard that the virus has mutated and the vaccine is no longer effective. Any advice? -- C.G., Chicago, IL

Q: Our dogs play with other dogs all the time. I know about the dog flu in Chicago, but my veterinarian says ...Read more

Pet Vet: Dogs, too, can grieve death of a close friend

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Allison from Modesto, Calif., has been recently saddened by the loss of her dog, Fanny, a 12-year-old golden retriever. Fanny had a form of cancer called lymphosarcoma, and after eight months of treatment and a good quality of life, Fanny had a recurrence of her cancer and Allison elected to let her go.

Allison has another dog named Cali, a ...Read more

My Pet World: Dog flu outbreak in the Midwest could spread

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A dog flu epidemic has sickened over 1,000 dogs and has been responsible for the death of at least five dogs in the Chicago area since mid-March, according to Dr. Donna Alexander, administrator for the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control.

Alexander concedes that these numbers may be conservative and are likely to continue to ...Read more

The purrfect roommate: Students can share dorms with pets at this college

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KANSAS CITY -- Molly Wallace darted across the campus green at Stephens College one day recently to fetch one of her roommates.

Minutes later, she returned, a little out of breath, wearing a smile and trotting behind an 8-month-old, tail-wagging beagle mix.

"Daisy is the best roommate ever," Wallace said -- doesn't snore, play loud music or ...Read more

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