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Pet Vet: Pellet-based diet best for omnivorous macaws

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Elaine has added a new member to her family. His name is Maxwell, and he is a 5-month-old blue and gold macaw. She has a large cage for him and plans to allow him plenty of time interacting with her outside of his cage.

Her questions revolve mainly around his diet and what would be best to feed him. Maxwell was purchased at a pet store where ...Read more

Pet Vet: Cat's aversion to eating could be symptom of kidney problem

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Andrea is concerned about her 9-year-old cat, Matilda. Apparently, Matilda has gotten a bit finicky about her food over the past few weeks, and Andrea is having a tough time finding foods that she will eat.

Matilda is an indoor cat and has been eating Science Diet feline adult maintenance formula, dry form, for eight years. About three weeks ...Read more

Will Congress roll over on auto safety? Major changes attached to Senate highway bill in limbo

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WASHINGTON -- Congress' ability to make broad auto safety policy changes in the 114th Congress could largely depend on whether both chambers can agree to a long-term highway bill.

That's historically been the place for sweeping changes to federal auto safety regulations, but partisan disagreement has so far left a considerable amount of ...Read more

With accidents aplenty on the Pacific Coast Highway, safety improvements get the OK

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LOS ANGELES -- One of the world's most scenic and celebrated ribbons of asphalt, Pacific Coast Highway has served as mood-setting backdrop to films and TV shows and inspired lyrics by artists of such diverse sensibilities as the Beach Boys, Jaden Smith and Hole.

For 21 miles northwest of L.A., the fragmented, 650-mile road becomes the city of ...Read more

Pet Vet: Hound's blue-tinged eyes a sign of vision problems

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Alan has a 9-year-old Basset hound named Hank who seems to be having trouble seeing. Over the past three months or so Hank seems tentative when walking, especially in unfamiliar areas. The problem seems worse at night. When Alan has looked at Hank's eyes, he has noticed a blue color and wondered if this might be a cataract.

Alan, I thank you ...Read more

Pet Vet: Macaw owner wonders about having his wings clipped

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Amanda is the proud caretaker of Ollie, a 5-month-old blue and gold macaw that she has raised from the egg. Ollie is doing very well with free range of Amanda's home, though I suspect Ollie would refer to it as his home.

Amanda has allowed Ollie to fly inside the house, but she is concerned that as he becomes more adept at doing so, he might ...Read more

Pet Vet: Battling pet obesity not a 'lite' food issue

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Kyle from Modesto, Calif., writes in to express some frustration as he attempts to get some pounds off his dog, AJ.

AJ is an 8-year-old basset hound who has become quite overweight. Kyle had AJ neutered about 18 months ago, and it seems AJ has gotten heavier ever since. Even with the use of a "lite" formula diet, AJ has continued to put on ...Read more

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