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My Pet World: Learn to say "no" to over-eager lap dog

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BOSTON, MA -- This week, your pet behavior questions are answered by the ultimate experts, veterinary behaviorists attending the 2015 Veterinary Behavior Symposium, held July 10 in conjunction with the Convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Many of the contributors answering questions here also happen to be ...Read more

My Pet World: At summer's peak, protect your dog from the heat

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If you're hot, you can be certain that your dog is hotter.

"Dogs don't deal with heat as well as people," says emergency veterinarian Dr. Heather Loenser, of Lebanon, NJ. Panting isn't as efficient to help maintain body temperature as sweating is. It turns out that sweating like a pig is actually a good way to deal with sweltering summer temps....Read more

My Pet World: Training can curb pooch's passion for jumping on guests

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BOSTON, MA -- Veterinary behaviorists attending the 2015 Veterinary Behavior Symposium on July 10 in conjunction with the Convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association chimed in to answer your questions this week.

Some experts answering questions today also contributed to "Decoding Your Dog," authored by members of ...Read more

My Pet World: Dog flu now spreading beyond the Chicago area

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"We don't live in a bubble, and our pets don't, either," notes Dr. Jerry Klein, supervising veterinarian at Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center in Chicago. The Windy City is where this spring and summer's outbreak of dog flu began.

"I'm not surprised about what's happening," he adds.

Currently, the canine influenza strain, called...Read more

My Pet World: Separating 'visiting' cats might be best option

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TORONTO, CANADA -- These cat questions were answered by three board members for the non-profit Winn Feline Foundation here for a meeting and the Winn Feline Foundation Annual Symposium. Chiming in: Dr. Drew Weigner, of Atlanta, GA; Dr. Brian Holub, Boston, MA Chief Medical Officer of VetCor veterinary clinics; and board president Dr. Glenn Olah,...Read more

My Pet World: Big dogs behave quite differently from their smaller cousins

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BOSTON, MA -- Veterinary behaviorists and other veterinarians interested in animal behavior were among those attending the 2015 Veterinary Behavior Symposium July 10, attended by members of American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and other interested veterinarians in Boston, a day before the opening of the annual Convention of...Read more

My Pet World: Why has formerly cuddly cat changed his tune?

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TORONTO, CANADA -- These cat questions are answered by three board members of the non-profit Winn Feline Foundation who were in Toronto for the foundation's annual symposium July 2. Chiming in are: Dr. Drew Weigner, of Atlanta, Ga., Dr. Brian Holub, of Boston, Mass., Chief Medical Officer of VetCor veterinary clinics; and board ...Read more

My Pet World: Shocking Facebook post revealed stark case of animal cruelty

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In April, after Texas veterinarian Dr. Kristin Lindsey posted an image on her Facebook page of a cat she boasted of having shot with an arrow, the story made international headlines. Accompanying the image, Lindsey wrote: "My first bow kill, LOL. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through its head. The vet of the year award ... ...Read more

My Pet World: Protect Your Dog from Summer's Heat

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Dogs can die in hot cars. And no wonder. According to the AAA Chicago Motor Club, when it's 85 degrees outdoors, and even with the windows open for cross-circulation, the dashboard of a car will heat up to 170 degrees in 15 minutes.

"How hot it can get in a car just blows me away," says Dr. Mike Cavanaugh, executive director and CEO of the ...Read more

My Pet World: Preventing heartworm is the best 'remedy'

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Only about a third of all dogs, and likely less than 10 percent of cats, leave a veterinary practice with a heartworm preventive. No one knows how many ferrets are protected, but it's likely that number is very small. Dr. Stephen Jones, president of the non-profit American Heartworm Society, calls the situation "frightening."

Heartworm disease,...Read more

My Pet World: Artificial sweetener can be toxic for dogs

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Q: You've mentioned many times in your column that dog owners can keep their pets occupied by stuffing peanut butter into toys. Recently, I read that some peanut butter contains Xylitol, an artificial sweetener you've reported is harmful to dogs. How dangerous is it? -- L.D., Buffalo Grove, IL

A: It's true that some newer peanut butter products...Read more

My Pet World: Chocolate can, indeed, be toxic for dogs and cats

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Q: Is it true that chocolate is really bad for dogs? My dog got into some chocolate cookies several years ago but didn't seem to suffer any ill effects. Is this chocolate thing a myth? -- G.D., Miami, FL

A: Chocolate is indeed toxic to both dogs and cats. Chocolate is made from cocoa, and cocoa beans contain caffeine and a related chemical ...Read more

My Pet World: Can Some Pets Really Predict Mother Nature's Wrath?

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Q: During Hurricane Sandy, our Labrador-mix acted agitated, crying at times, too. It was really our dog who convinced us to evacuate, which turned out to be a wise decision because our street flooded. What did our dog know? Was the dog warning us? -- V.D., Rehoboth Beach, DE

A: Some dogs are anxious during any thunderstorm. They are fearful, or...Read more

My Pet World: These pedigreed cats have top billing

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The Exotic, for the second year in a row, is the most popular cat breed in America, according to the Cat Fanciers' Association registry of pedigreed cats. In 2014, the Exotic knocked the Persian off its long-time perch as top cat.

Despite the breed's popularity, few outside the 'cat world' even know what the Exotic is. Think 'Persian look.' The...Read more

My Pet World: With the right products, you can beat fleas and ticks

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Parasites are a very popular topic this time of year! Today, veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden, of the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, answers your questions. Dryden speaks around the globe on flea and tick issues, and is known lovingly, no doubt, as "Dr. ...Read more

My Pet World: Cats don't care what we wear -- or don't wear

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Q: Our cat, Martha Stewart, loves our two children, Jane, 11, and Adam, 6. After school, Adam comes home and runs around naked. I think the cat gets embarrassed. Is that possible? When Adam is fully clothed, the cat loves him, but when he's naked, Martha wants nothing to do with him. Any advice? -- T.B., Tampa, FL

A: My goodness, what's going ...Read more

My Pet World: Debunking tired stereotypes about cats

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Cats have an image problem.

"They've gotten a bad rap with so many stereotypes which simply aren't true," says Julie White, PetSmart director of Grants, Programs and Field Initiatives.

Here's a big part of the problem: Cats are more often relinquished to shelters than dogs, and less often adopted...Read more

My Pet World: Medication can, indeed, help fearful dogs much as it helps fearful people. You could look it up!

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I enjoy hearing your views -- and you're certainly not hesitant about expressing them! Here are some recent reader emails:

COMMENT: Please, medicating a dog to deal with fears, really? Dogs are not people! -- A.P., Cyberspace

STEVE DALE: Of course dogs are not people. Strangely enough, though, some people just don't want to believe what ...Read more

My Pet World: Cat's high-velocity purring both annoying and charming

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NASHVILLE, TN -- These questions were answered by experts at BlogPaws 2015 in Nashville, TN, May 28-30. Hundreds of pet bloggers gather each year for continuing education with their pets, including dogs and cats, as well as ferrets, rats and even a few pot-bellied pigs.

Q: My cat always purred loudly, but now his motor seems to ...Read more

My Pet World: Include some pet books on your beach reading list

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As you lounge at the pool or beach this summer, be sure to use sun block and bring along a good book. Here are half a dozen reading options only a pet writer would suggest:

--"Purr Prints of the Heart: A Cat's Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond," by Deborah Barnes (ZZZP Publishing, Coral Springs, FL, 2015; $15.95). If you try to see...Read more

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