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My Pet World: How to get a dog to like all family members

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Q: Four years ago we got our dog Cindy. At first she was very skittish but she has gotten better over the years. When we first got her my dad was working on our kitchen and making a lot of noise. Now she is still scared of my dad and barks at him whenever he enters and leaves the house. She also does not like to play ball with him unless my mom ...Read more

My Pet World: How to travel safely with your cat

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Q: I seem to be facing a move from Connecticut to Southern Georgia. I am at a loss as to how to transport my 13-year-old Tabby cat. We are both too old to drive many hours straight through, and a midway stop with my kitty seems impossible. Any ideas? -- Peter Langstrom, Stamford, CT

A: Cats travel a lot better than we think. Cats have traveled ...Read more

How to introduce a new dog to established pet cats

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Q: I have two cats and I am about to bring a new puppy into our home. The larger cat does not seem frightened of dogs but my little female's hair 'stands up' just at the sight of them. What is the best way to socialize everyone and minimize the stress on my younger cat? -- Jennifer Kessler, Hartford, CT

A: It is a lot easier to socialize a full...Read more

My Pet World: How to handle a pet with diabetes

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Q: My nine-year-old cat was just diagnosed with diabetes. He was 16 pounds. Recently he lost three pounds. I am not giving him insulin shots. Is it possible to reverse the diabetes with diet alone? I'm giving him special food the vet has recommended. My question is will the diabetes be controlled enough with diet and no insulin? -- Vincent ...Read more

My Pet World: How to prevent back problems in small dogs

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Q: We just lost our 15-year-old dachshund and are planning to get another dachshund puppy as we love the breed. However, ours always suffered from back problems and disc issues and we were wondering if there was anything we could do for our new puppy to prevent such issues when she gets older? -- Jim Murphy, Ocean, NJ

A: I also love dachshunds ...Read more

My Pet World: No pet is guaranteed allergy free

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Q: My son is allergic to cats and dogs and wants a pet. We were thinking of a hedgehog since they do not have fur. My son has researched them on the Internet and they seem cute and easy to care for, and we wanted your opinion on this matter? -- Roberta Sims, Hollywood, FL

A: I appreciate your faith in my knowledge, but there is no way I can say...Read more

My Pet World: Choosing the right pet for a child

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Q: My grandchildren are now 10 and 8-years-old, and I want to get them some kind of pet so that they will learn a bit of responsibility. The landlord will not allow dogs or cats, but said they could get any pet that stays in a cage. So we were thinking of a bird or rodent and wondered what you suggest. Their parents both work so it would have to...Read more

My Pet World: A few tricks to stop your dog from crying at night

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Q: We just got a Dachshund puppy from a breeder and the first night all she did was wail. We tried everything -- the ticking clock, hot water bottle -- all the old time remedies. We talked to the breeder and she told us to just let the dog cry itself out and it will give up. That has not been the case. We have had many puppies in our lives but ...Read more

My Pet World: Turtles can be safe pets, depending on what type

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- These reader questions were answered by experts attending the North American Veterinary Conference with more than 8,000 veterinary professionals from around the world, form Jan. 16-20 in Orlando, Fla.

Q: I really want a pet turtle for my birthday. But we looked online and saw baby turtles give you meningitis, and...Read more

My Pet World: Westminster Dog Show celebrates its 140th year

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The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is the second oldest sporting event in America, celebrating their 140th year this year. Only the Kentucky Derby is older, beating out the prestigious dog show by a nose, or a year.

Among dog shows Westminster is considered prestigious -- even snooty by some. However, when sitting in a packed house at Madison...Read more

Don't limit your dog's thirst, even if it seems like there's something wrong

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The North American Veterinary Conference may be the largest veterinary conference on the planet with more than 8,000 veterinary professionals receiving continuing education, teaching and learning about new products. The experts, who attended Jan. 16-20 in Orlando, Fla., answered your reader questions.

Q: We took ...Read more

My Pet World: Domestic abuse victim shares her story on how a New York program saved her and her dogs' lives

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NEW YORK -- Urban Resource Institute (URI) is a New York City nonprofit that provides services, including housing, for people escaping domestic abuse. In 2013, URI began an innovative co-sheltering program called URIPALS, which provides shelter for and their pets. New York resident Jasmine Rivera says URIPALS saved her life.

Rivera spoke last ...Read more

My Pet World: Be cautious when purchasing your dog from a store, breeder

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- These reader questions were answered by experts attending the North American Veterinary Conference with more than 8,000 veterinary professionals from around the world from Jan. 16-20 in Orlando, Fla.

Q: Our 11-year-old wants a dog. We've had Golden Retrievers before, and this time stopped at a pet store. What's ...Read more

My Pet World: New York organization providing shelter for domestic abuse victims, and their pets

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NEW YORK -- The nonprofit Urban Resource Institute (URI) in New York City initiated a test program in 2013 that offers people and their pets shelter from domestic abuse called URI People and Animals Living Safely (URIPALS).

Based on a study conducted last year, residents fleeing abuse said that URIPALS not only allowed a way out, but the ...Read more

My Pet World: Take necessary precautions for your pets as the winter months get colder

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If it's cold enough outside for you to get frostbite, it's cold enough for it to happen to your pets, says Dr. Mark Russak, a Berlin, Conn.-based past president of the American Animal Hospital Association.

Frostbite most likely happens on extremities, the tips of tails and ears. After all there are no "gloves" for dog tails, or canine ear muffs...Read more

My Pet World: New test may be able to help diagnose your cat with kidney disease

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Q: I've had three cats in my life that have died at an older age of complications due to kidney disease. This is the fourth cat now I've had diagnosed with kidney disease with some new test, and she's only 7 years old. Why do so many cats die of kidney disease? -- B. S. C., Tacoma, WA

A: "We don't know why so many older cats develop chronic ...Read more

My Pet World: SPCA Puerto Vallarta not only provides a shelter for dogs, cats but a sanctuary

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PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- On the outskirts of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, away from the beach sports and tourist hustle and bustle, barking dogs greet visitors to the SPCA Puerto Vallarta.

Dogs and cats are rescued from the streets and sometimes out of abusive conditions. Some are ill and require serious veterinary intervention.

At SPCA Puerto ...Read more

My Pet World: For owners of multiple cats, social skills are important

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Q: How do I best get our cats to accept one another? We have a 16-year-old named Tyler. Two years ago, 6-year-old Kallie showed up. It took awhile, but they get along fine.

After about a year, we heard about a kitten left in a house to starve, so we rescued her, and named her Holly. She was brought back to life from the brink of death, but we ...Read more

My Pet World: Service dogs give more than medicine to PTSD veterans

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Ralph Matson says his service dog changed his life, and perhaps even saved his life. Simultaneously, he saved his dog's life. Beef, a pug, was a three-year-old rescue dog when he was paired with Matson, and trained to respond to Matson's post-traumatic stress disorder.

Matson pauses, and attempts, without success, to hold back his emotions. "I ...Read more

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