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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

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

My Pet World: Be sure to keep potpourri away from pets

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Q: My girlfriend told me that potpourri is dangerous for my dog and my two cats to smell. Is this true? -- C. C., Hartford, CT

A: Especially at this time of year, people seek various scents wafting through their homes. Some scents, like lavender, ease tension. Other scents, like gingerbread, smell good without the calories.

Since the sense of ...Read more

My Pet World: Helping a dog get comfortable with thunderstorms, vacuums

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These reader questions were answered by Chicago area-based veterinary behaviorist Dr. John Ciribassi, Chicago area-based co-editor (with Dr. Debra Horwitz and myself) of "Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, NY, 2014; $...Read more

My Pet World: Best books to give to your pet loving friends

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Pet lovers enjoy reading about their pets, and these choices can make great holiday gifts. While some books are entertaining, others can be very helpful for pet owners.

"Simon's Cat: Off to the Vet and Other Cat-astrophes," by Simon Tofield (Akashic Books, Edinburgh, England, 2015; $27.95). With more than 600 million YouTube ...Read more

My Pet World: Cat claws at TV, but may just be a fan of Justin Bieber

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As you seek holiday gift items, why not consider two e-books that I authored? One is called "Good Dog! Practical Answers to Behavior Questions" (Chicago Tribune, 2011; $6.99) with contributions from dog trainer Victoria Stilwell or "Good Cat! Practical Answers to Behavior Questions" (Chicago Tribune, 2011; $.3.99) ...Read more

My Pet World: Holiday gifts perfect for your pet

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Buoying a $60 million industry, it's not all that surprising that according to the American Pet Products Association just over half of all dog owners, over a third of cat owners, and even nearly a third of parrot owners purchase at least one gift for their pet for Christmas or Hanukkah (according American Pet ...Read more

My Pet World: How to get your dog familiar with car rides

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These reader questions about dog behavior were answered by veterinary behaviorist Dr. Debra Horwitz in St. Louis, an editor (with Dr. John Ciribassi and myself) of "Decoding Your Dog," authored by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. In the book, common behavior problems are explained with techniques to avoid problems, and there's ...Read more

My Pet World: Summit allows pet lovers to discuss bringing pets, people closer together

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Life is Better with Pets was the refrain at a summit hosted by Purina on Nov. 3 in Brooklyn, N.Y., called "Better with Pets: Exploring the Best Ideas for Bringing People and Pets Closer Together." The event was attended by about 140 veterinarians, dog trainers, pet bloggers, animal behavior consultants and other ...Read more

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


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