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Don't be concerned if a cat wants to show a dog some affection

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Q: My neutered male cat makes a nightly ritual of climbing on top of our 20 pound female dog, rocking back and forth, using his paws to swim through her coat. It's as if we're watching an X-rated movie. The dog -- who is spayed -- tolerates this until the cat bites her once too often. Then she jumps away. She doesn't act angry. What's happening ...Read more

My Pet World: There might be a safer option when traveling with your pet

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While more pet owners than ever are traveling by car with their pets, particularly around the holidays, the Center for Pet Safety (CPS) says don't be too sure about your pets' safety. Allowing a pet to roam without restraint may be the most dangerous option.

However, it turns out that even if you think you're doing the right thing by placing ...Read more

My Pet World: Dog flu vaccine will be available soon

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Q: The dog flu hit our family hard; we have all recovered, but we sure don't want to go through that again. Will there be a vaccine, and if so, when? -- D. S., Chicago, IL

Q: I need a dog flu vaccine now to feel comfortable to going out with our dogs. Steve, you promised that by 2016 there would be a vaccine. Well, it's almost 2016. Do you have...Read more

My Pet World: 'Best in Show' celebrates 15th anniversary

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The movie "Best in Show," spoofing the dog show world, is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Some dog show aficionados were offended by the satire, but dog show announcer David Frei laughs all these years later.

Frei, who announces just about any televised dog show, including Westminster and the upcoming National Dog Show Presented by Purina, ...Read more

My Pet Wordl: How to help your dog enjoy car rides

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Q: We are planning a driving trip in January with our very nervous dog. Do you have any suggestions on what we can give her to calm her down? -- S. C., St. Paul, MN

A: Some dogs are anxious about car travel because they've associated motion sickness with the ride. If you realized that you were going to get sick from doing something, you would ...Read more

Hungarian researchers discovering how dogs communicate to humans

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BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Senior lecturer Peter Pongracz of the Family Dog Research Project at Eotvos Lorand University in the Department of Ethology in Budapest, Hungary has studied how much we understand what dogs are trying to tell us, based on their vocalizations alone.

And it turns out even people who have never had a dog are pretty adept at ...Read more

My Pet World: Not a problem to give a pet turkey at Thanksgiving, just moderate how much

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Q: I don't understand these people who go on TV and warn against our pets eating turkey over Thanksgiving when turkey is found in dog and cat food. C'mon -- it's crazy. -- T. J, Providence, RI

A: You're absolutely right, there's nothing inherently dangerous about cats or dogs eating turkey.

Looking oh so cute and needy, all your...Read more

My Pet World: Questions regarding how dogs communicate getting answered

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BUDAPEST, Hungary -- So, how much do dogs know? Humans have lived side-by-side with dogs for thousands of years, yet even today this question continues to baffle science. To attempt to dig into dog psyche, Adam Miklosi founded the Family Dog Research Project in Budapest, Hungary at Eotvos Lorand University, Department of Ethology in 1994.

Today...Read more

My Pet World: Dogs may not have a specific language, but they do know how to communicate

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Q: Do dogs actually speak a language? It does seem my dog uses different types of barks, and other sounds to communicate with me? -- Las Vegas, NV

A: You're certainly right about dogs using various means to communicate with people, with barking being the most noteworthy to attract our attention. Ádám Miklósi, founder of the Family Dog ...Read more

My Pet World: A pet's bad behavior could just deal with anxiety, stress

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LAS VEGAS -- Bad behavior -- or at least bad behavior perceived by pet parents -- may be the most common explanation for animal deaths, as many of these pets are relinquished to animal shelters. Often pet owners don't know where to turn.

Help is available from members of organizations such as the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, ...Read more

My Pet World: Be smart when deciding to dress up your pet for Halloween

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Q: My mother says it's silly to dress up our dog Cody for Halloween -- that Cody is a dog and therefore humiliated to wear a costume, which I don't believe is true. I think Cody is happy to be dressed as a superhero. What do you think? C H., Las Vegas

A: It, of course, all depends on what superhero you've chosen. Captain America,...Read more

My Pet World: Lots of options when dressing your pet for Halloween

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According to the National Retail Federation, more than 22 million Americans will dress up their pet for Halloween, and spend over $330 million dollars on costumes. According to the federation the most popular pet costume in 2015 is a dressing up as a pumpkin, followed by a hot dog (particularly popular with ...Read more

My Pet World: It's important to slowly gain a dogs trust

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Las Vegas -- These reader questions were answered by experts attending the 2015 Animal Behavior Conference in Las Vegas on Sept. 25-27.

The Conference was attended by members of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (veterinarians with a special interest in animal behavior, willing and able to help pet owners with ...Read more

My Pet World: Readers share their thoughts

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Here are a pawful of comments from readers, some who like me, others not so much!

COMMENT: "Your recent advice to a reader suggesting that someone has the right to kill a cat that strolls through their yard (and may or may not leave feces or urine) was ill-advised.

"I have a strong love for all animals. I have four rescue dogs that stay in my ...Read more

My Pet World: It's important to help your animals adjust to car rides

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LAS VEGAS -- These reader questions were answered by attendees of the Clinical Animal Behavior 2015 Conference from Sept. 25-27, presented by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians and Academy of Behavior Technicians.

Q: Is it even worth it? Bingo gets so distressed about ...Read more

My Pet World: Veterinary technicians proud of what they accomplish

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If hugs counted for $1 apiece, the U.S. government could balance their budget on the number of free hugs technicians give to clients. Veterinary technicians do it for love.

Veterinary technicians, with characteristic unbridled passion, are the unsung champions of veterinary medicine, and pet owners can celebrate National ...Read more

My Pet World: Readers' questions answered by experts at Clinical Animal Behavior Conference

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LAS VEGAS -- These reader questions were answered by attendees of the of Clinical Animal Behavior 2015 Conference, Sept. 25-27, presented by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians and Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians.

There is available and qualified help for pet ...Read more

My Pet World: Lyme disease a continual issue in dogs, and humans

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Lyme disease is diagnosed more readily and responded to differently in animal health compared to human health. Two veterinarians and two experts on tick-borne disease in people spoke on Sept. 10 at an unusual forum in Syracuse, N.Y. It was unusual because it is rare for medical professionals on the animal and ...Read more

My Pet World: Owner believes dog is skittish on stairs because he sees a ghost

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Q: When we moved into our house, it seemed as -- in general, Max our 9-year old German Shepherd mix, became a tad more skittish. We've lived here just over a year, and last week Max began to hesitate at the same spot going up stairs, at the very last stair from the top. When he does this he looks around, as if he's looking for something. I've ...Read more

My Pet World: It's important to get older cats tested for kidney disease

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Q: My vet said that soon my 8 year-old cat should be tested for kidney disease. Still, Lucky, appears to be just fine, eats well, and as you know cats today live 'till they're even 20. So, why do the testing? -- B. J., Montclair, NJ

A: You do the testing for two reasons. First, because you can. A new test for Chronic Kidney Disease called ...Read more

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