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Ask the Vet: Rabbits Are Social Animals, So Adopt More Than One

Pets / Ask The Vet /

Q: I've fallen in love with my friend's rabbit, and I want one of my own. I wonder if the rabbit is lonely when my friend is at work and whether I should acquire two instead of one. Also, do shelters have rabbits, or should I go to the pet store?

A: Rabbits are the third most commonly surrendered species at animal shelters, and February is ...Read more

My Pet World: When a dog excessively barks at other dogs on a walk, walk the other way

Pets / My Pet World /

Dear Cathy,

In October 2017, my husband and I adopted a female Bichon Frise named Miami Sky from a rescue in Virginia Beach. Miami was five years old when we adopted her, and she is a great dog. One of her favorite things to do is walk through our neighborhood. She likes to look around, smell the roses, and so forth while walking. There is a ...Read more

New York woman's lost dog turns up 5 years later, 1,000 miles from home

Pets / Cats & Dogs News /

(UPI) A New York woman whose dog went missing five years ago was reunited with the canine when the pet turned up at a shelter 1,000 miles away in Tennessee.

Jen Costa said her olde English bulldogge, Azzurra, went missing five years ago, shortly after she underwent surgery to have a cancer on her tongue removed.

"My dad was watching her while ...Read more

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Pets Q&A: Why does cat attack his owner after playtime?

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DEAR JOAN — I'm writing about my friend and her 5-year-old cat.

He is lovable to her. He needs a lot of attention, which she makes sure he gets. She plays with him a lot. Instead of just walking away, like most cats I know do when they've had enough, he starts going after her and really bites her legs.

No matter what she does, he doesn't ...Read more

Raising a well-rounded canine: The AKC offers socialization tips for your puppy

Pets / Cats & Dogs News /

As a responsible dog owner, it’s very important to make sure that your dog is comfortable and well-behaved around others.

Socializing your puppy is critical and should start early on, as it sets the stage for your dog to feel happy and confident throughout her life. It is key to start exposing your puppy to new people, places, and ...Read more

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Pets Q&A: These cats are just doing what cats do

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DEAR JOAN — Seven years ago, I lost both of my cats within weeks of each other. I took it very hard. They had been my constant companions for a number of years, and I just didn't think I could open my heart again.

But I missed not having cats, and when a friend found herself with two cats that she couldn't take in, I decided maybe my heart ...Read more

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Pets Q&A: These cats are just doing what cats do

Pets / Cats & Dogs News /

DEAR JOAN — Seven years ago, I lost both of my cats within weeks of each other. I took it very hard. They had been my constant companions for a number of years, and I just didn't think I could open my heart again.

But I missed not having cats, and when a friend found herself with two cats that she couldn't take in, I decided maybe my heart ...Read more

German shepherd gives birth to 16 puppies at British charity

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(UPI) A British service dog charity said officials were shocked when a German shepherd gave birth to a litter of 16 puppies.

The Guide Dogs National Center, near Leamington Spa, England, said the 16-puppy litter is about twice the average number for the breed.

The charity said the puppies, born to a German shepherd mother and a golden ...Read more

Ask the Vet: Cats See Well in Dim Light

Pets / Ask The Vet /

Q: What can you tell me about feline vision? I've heard that cats see well in the dark, but I still think we should leave a nightlight on so our cats can find their way to water bowls and litter boxes in the dark. My partner disagrees.

A: I'm with you; we've placed night lights in strategic locations for our pets, too. Still, your partner's ...Read more

My Pet World: When it comes to scared cats, take baby steps to help them adjust

Pets / My Pet World /

Dear Cathy,

A few weeks ago, we had to put down one of our cats due to health issues. He was nine years old and a companion of our female cat. To help our female cat, we decided to adopt another cat to be her new companion. We picked her up a couple of days ago and we secluded her in a room to introduce them gradually. The problem is the new ...Read more

Dog who fled before wildfire rescued from snow 4 months later

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(UPI) A dog who went missing while his owner was preparing to evacuate during California's Caldor Fire was reunited with his family four months later after being rescued from deep snow.

The nonprofit TLC 4 Furry Friends & Tahoe PAWS Animal Response Team said in a Facebook post that the pit bull terrier mix, named Russ, escaped from his ...Read more

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Dog tracker has helped hundreds of families reunite with their runaway pets

Pets / Cats & Dogs News /

JAMUL, Calif. -- Seven years ago, Babs Fry was devastated when a pregnant terrier mix dog she was fostering at her Jamul ranch disappeared without a trace.

Then she got an email from a professional pet tracker offering some unusual dog recovery tips that blew Fry's mind.

"I lost a dog and was very fearful and didn't think anyone would be able ...Read more

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Dog tracker has helped hundreds of families reunite with their runaway pets

Pets / Cats & Dogs News /

JAMUL, Calif. -- Seven years ago, Babs Fry was devastated when a pregnant terrier mix dog she was fostering at her Jamul ranch disappeared without a trace.

Then she got an email from a professional pet tracker offering some unusual dog recovery tips that blew Fry's mind.

"I lost a dog and was very fearful and didn't think anyone would be able ...Read more

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Pets Q&A: Why is dog eating the dirt she digs up?

Pets / Cats & Dogs News /

DEAR JOAN — Our dog, an 8-year-old mix of German shepherd, pit bull, rottweiler and many others, keeps digging in the garden. She seems to be eating dirt.

Why would she do this, and is there some way to prevent it? My wife thinks she is going after termites.

Don Brownson, San Jose, California

DEAR DON: Whenever our pets start doing ...Read more

Canadian woman reunited with missing cat after 12 years

Pets / Cats & Dogs News /

(UPI) An Ontario, Canada, woman whose cat fled from her home in summer 2010 was reunited with the missing feline when her pet turned up at a shelter 12 years later.

Christine De Castro, of Kitchener, said she received a phone call from Vaughan Animal Services on New Year's Day saying one of her pets had been found, and she was initially ...Read more

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Benton Harbor residents' anger lingers over lead-tainted water; officials hopeful

Pets / Pet Help /

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — To hear Bobbie Clay explain it, the whispers of frustration in recent months over the lead-contaminated water issues here have morphed into roars of anger.

How could city and state officials, she asked, allow a lead-in-water crisis to go on three years in this place anchored by Whirlpool and adjacent to Lake Michigan ...Read more

How to take better care of your pet this new year

Pets / Cats & Dogs News /

The start of every new year predictably comes with the inevitable multiple lists of new year's resolutions, the blank canvas made to do things to improve your health, sleep, weight, or diet or decrease the negative forces from the previous year.

Unfortunately, many resolutions fail after less than a month. But instead of focusing on ...Read more

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Pets Q&A: Were hummingbirds fighting or courting?

Pets / Cats & Dogs News /

DEAR JOAN — I witnessed a very bizarre incident recently involving two hummingbirds, and I know you will be able to decipher this avian oddity.

The two were furiously circling each other in the front porch area, which is covered by a roof but is otherwise open. At first I thought maybe they were confused and didn't know how to fly just a bit ...Read more

520 drones put on light show to celebrate dog's birthday

Pets / Cats & Dogs News /

(UPI) A Chinese woman celebrated her dog's 10th birthday by hiring a team of 520 drones to put on a canine birthday-themed light show in the sky.

Footage from the dog's birthday party in Changsha, Hunan Province, shows a crowd of well-wishers singing Happy Birthday to the canine while hundreds of drones prepare for takeoff nearby.

The drones ...Read more

Family cat accidentally donated to thrift store with old recliner

Pets / Cats & Dogs News /

(UPI) A cat was reunited with its Colorado family after being accidentally donated to a thrift store along with an old recliner.

Denver Animal Protection said personnel responded to the Arc Thrift Store in Denver when employees discovered there was a cat hiding inside a recliner chair that had been donated earlier in the day.

DAP was able to ...Read more