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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

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

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

Couple opens their home to rescued guinea pigs, 219 of them

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- If you didn't know better, you might think Jeremy and Tracy Henle have a rodent problem.

At the ranch-style home the young couple shares in the Lauderhill neighborhood, there are four-legged critters in the living room and in two of three bedrooms. Lately, their numbers have been in the hundreds -- 219, to be exact -- ...Read more