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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

Battered women can bring their pets to this shelter

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PITTSBURGH -- When women flee from an abusive husband or a battering boyfriend, they can take their children with them to an emergency shelter. But they usually have to leave their dogs and cats behind.

In Pennsylvania, pets are permitted at only three shelters for victims of domestic violence. One of them is in north suburban Tarentum, Penn. ...Read more

Diggin' In: Chew on these ideas for successful gardening with pets

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Safe, friendly gardening with a pet in your household can be a difficult pastime if your yard isn't set up to handle the wear and tear from a four-footed animal who doesn't know the difference between your prized petunias and the potty.

In Hampton, Va., gardener Wendy Iles preaches the dos and don'ts of gardening with pets.

"Dogs love to dig, ...Read more

My Pet World: Worries over dog flu continue

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Chicago is the Windy City, the City of Big Shoulders, the Second City, and now, apparently the dog flu city. The canine influenza virus, or dog flu, settled into the Chicago metropolitan area just over a month ago. Since dogs do travel, however, it's no surprise that the virus has popped up elsewhere. Chicago, however, remains the only hot spot....Read more

Dog flu outbreaks temporarily close shelters, suspend adoptions

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CHICAGO -- Frango, a tiny tan Chihuahua mix, lapped chicken noodle soup from a doggy bowl in between hacking coughs on a recent Thursday at PAWS animal shelter in Tinley Park, one of two south suburban shelters temporarily shut down as canine influenza virus continues to sicken dogs across the region.

"This is the worst thing I've ever seen ...Read more

Pet Vet: Bee sting causes allergic reaction in dog

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Ah, spring is in the air. The flowers are blooming and the air is warming. The sights and sounds and smells of this great time of year are all around, and one of those sounds is buzzing. Apparently, Woody is quite attracted to that buzzing sound, and that attraction proved to be a bit of a problem.

As I suspect you have surmised, the buzzing ...Read more

My Pet World: The threat of tick-borne diseases growing across the U.S.

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There are more ticks in more places than ever, and they continue to spread. Veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden, of Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine-Manhattan, calls it a "tick explosion." And the fallout is tick disease.

Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases are likely very under-diagnosed in dogs, Dryden ...Read more

VIDEO: Dog blamed for crashing pickup into pool

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ERWIN, N.C. (UPI) -- A North Carolina couple whose pickup truck crashed into a swimming pool said their black lab was responsible for putting pressure on the gas pedal.

Mike and Ruth Smith said their dog, Caroline, was riding with them on a trip to the grocery store in their 1988 Dodge pickup Friday when something spooked her.

"When she gets ...Read more

With 'kitten season' in full swing, animal groups seek foster parents

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Bottle feeding in the middle of the night. Toilet training. Round-the-clock cuddling.

That's life with baby -- when you're helping to raise a tiny kitty.

Fostering newborn kittens is not an easy job, but it's certainly a labor of love for many South Florida volunteers. And as the unofficial kitten season went into full...Read more

California man, 73, punches 300-pound bear to defend his dog

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MEADOW VISTA, Calif. (UPI) -- Don't mess with Carl Moore's "babies." Even if you happen to be a bear.

A 73-year-old California man who punched a 300-pound bear that appeared to be attacking his dog said he would do it again to protect his beloved pets.

Carl Moore, of Meadow Vista in Placer County, said he heard his Chihuahua, Lacy, whimpering ...Read more