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Missing New Jersey cat turns up four years later in Pittsburgh

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(UPI) A cat that went missing from her New Jersey home four years ago was reunited with her owner when she turned up at a Pittsburgh shelter four years later.

The Animal Friends shelter in Pittsburgh said the cat, named Nova, went missing from her owner's home in New Jersey just before Christmas 2016, and despite numerous searches of the area ...Read more

Ask the Vet: Protect Dog From Intestinal Parasites With Monthly Dewormer

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Q: My dog Frankie and I were at the dog park when another dog had diarrhea and the owner did a poor job cleaning up. Now I'm worried that every time we visit this dog park, Frankie may be exposed to parasites. Is this a valid concern?

A: Yes, so be sure you give him a broad-spectrum chewable or topical dewormer every month throughout the year. ...Read more

Passenger flight turns around in Sudan when stowaway cat attacks pilot

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(UPI) A passenger plane in Sudan turned back 30 minutes into the flight and made an emergency landing when a stray cat stowaway caused a ruckus in the cockpit.

The Tarco flight from Khartoum to Doha turned back after about 30 minutes and made an emergency landing in Khartoum after the cat emerged in the cockpit of the Boeing 737 and attacked ...Read more

My Pet World: Training can help dogs live in harmony

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Dear Cathy,

I have a Pomeranian named Winston who I am very bonded to. My boyfriend has a labradoodle named Puddles who is very sweet but needs lots of love and attention. We have all been living together for a year now. Any time I’m giving Winston attention, Puddles inserts herself between us and pushes him out of the way. With my ...Read more

Florida police officer rescues coyote struggling to swim to shore

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(UPI) A police officer in Florida came to the rescue of a swimming coyote by using a patrol boat to guide the struggling canine back to shore.

The Sarasota Police Department said a concerned charter boat captain called the department to report a possible dog stranded in the New Pass area of Sarasota Bay, and Officer Ron Dixon from the marine ...Read more

Cat rescued from Utah tree after four days

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(UPI) Firefighters in Utah said they used a ladder to rescue a cat that had been stuck in a high branch of a tree.

The Weber Fire District said a member of the public visited Station 66 and told firefighters the feline had been stranded for at least four days.

The district shared photos showing the firefighters using a ladder to reach the cat ...Read more

How to discourage your dog from food-guarding

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By nature, many dogs have a tendency to defend or guard their food. If you notice your puppy becoming protective of her food or even other things like her toys or bed, you can take action to prevent the problem from progressing.

The American Kennel Club offers the following tips to prevent food-guarding from developing with your puppy.

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Lost cat reunited with California owner after 15 years

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(UPI) A stray cat found on a California resident's porch was scanned for a microchip and reunited with her owner -- 15 years after she went missing.

The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control said Officer Luis Leal responded to a call recently about an injured stray cat on a Palmdale resident's front porch, and Leal brought ...Read more

WATCH: Oregon man encounters extremely rare fox in parking lot

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(UPI) An Oregon man captured photos of his unusual encounter with an extremely rare animal: a Sierra Nevada red fox.

Alan Miles, of Bend, said he was in the parking lot of Skyliner in Mount Bachelor when he saw another person taking photos of an animal.

"I saw a lady taking a photo of this animal on the hill, looked up and it was this very ...Read more

Coyote with plastic tub stuck over head rescued in Florida

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(UPI) A coyote is recovering at a Florida sanctuary after rescuers spent days searching for the animal to remove a giant plastic tub that was stuck over its head.

Members of the WILD Florida Rescue group said in a Facebook post that it took four days to track down and wrangle the coyote after it was spotted wandering with an Utz sourdough ...Read more

Lost dog reunited with Texas family after three years

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(UPI) A Texas family whose dog went missing in April 2018 was reunited with their pet nearly three years later when he turned up at a local shelter.

Eileen Russell, of Waco, said her dog, Rocky, disappeared after a day of wandering her property in Waco with the family's other dog.

"They had wandered around the property before, so we weren't ...Read more

Lost dog reunited with Texas family after three years

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(UPI) A Texas family whose dog went missing in April 2018 was reunited with their pet nearly three years later when he turned up at a local shelter.

Eileen Russell, of Waco, said her dog, Rocky, disappeared after a day of wandering her property in Waco with the family's other dog.

"They had wandered around the property before, so we weren't ...Read more

10,000-year-old dog bone found in Alaska offers answers for when species arrived in Americas

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Researchers have fetched an ancient dog fossil that provides new context for when the species arrived to the Americas.

The small fragment of a dog’s femur was recently found in Alaska and belonged to a canine that roamed the region about 10,150 years ago, according to a study by the University at Buffalo that was released online Tuesday.

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10,000-year-old dog bone found in Alaska offers answers for when species arrived in Americas

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Researchers have fetched an ancient dog fossil that provides new context for when the species arrived to the Americas.

The small fragment of a dog’s femur was recently found in Alaska and belonged to a canine that roamed the region about 10,150 years ago, according to a study by the University at Buffalo that was released online Tuesday.

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Ask the Vet: Cat Scratching Posts Must Be Tall, Stable and Numerous

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Q: We read your column about the importance of not declawing cats -- or, as you put it, amputating their toes. We're convinced! Now our question is: What can we do to prevent our cats from scratching our furniture?

A: Multiple toe amputation, euphemistically called declawing, causes long-term medical and behavioral problems in cats. Readers who...Read more

My Pet World: Handling dogs that pull on leashes

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Dear Cathy,

I just rescued a sweet 11-pound Maltese mix. My arthritic hands and fingertips prevent me from opening those squeeze clasps on collars and especially harnesses. She pulls her leash so hard, especially when seeing squirrels, so with a collar, she chokes herself and I fear falling. Research has led me to many sources, even a...Read more

Dog missing from Michigan home 44 days rescued from old grain silo

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(UPI) A Michigan animal shelter said a dog lost for 44 days was reunited with his family after being rescued from inside an old grain silo.

The Kent County Animal Shelter said animal control officers responded Sunday to a call from a Sand Lake resident who reported a dog might be stuck in or around an old grain silo and could be heard barking. ...Read more

Tennessee woman rescues dog from under ice of frozen pool

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(UPI) A Tennessee woman's home security camera was recording when she climbed into the frigid water of her backyard pool to rescue her dog after the pet fell through the ice.

The security footage from behind Jennie Tatum's home in Murfreesboro shows her dog, Sid, run across the ice of the frozen backyard pool and fall through into the freezing ...Read more

Bomb squad finds 'suspicious package' contained cat, six newborn kittens

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(UPI) An Ohio bomb squad called to investigate a suspicious package outside a church ended up discovering the contents were more adorable than dangerous -- a cat and her six newborn kittens.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office said deputies from the bomb unit were summoned to the church in New Miami on a report of a "suspicious package" left ...Read more

Puppy born in Oklahoma believed to be the first to survive with six legs

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(UPI) Veterinarians at an Oklahoma animal hospital said a puppy believed to be the first ever to be born alive with six legs is beating the odds by surviving and thriving.

The Neel Veterinary Hospital in Oklahoma City said the puppy, named Skipper, was born with a single head and chest cavity, but she has six legs, two tails, two pelvic regions...Read more