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WATCH: Cat folded into sofa bed wins Hambone Award for unusual insurance claim

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(UPI) Nationwide pet insurance announced a New York cat who ended up folded up in a sofa bed was awarded the Hambone Award for the most unusual pet insurance claim of the year.

Nationwide said the 15th annual Hambone Award, named in honor of a dog who ate an entire ham while trapped in a refrigerator, was awarded to a cat named Giles.

Giles' ...Read more

Ask The Vet: Ear-Tipped Cat Already Sterilized

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Q: A new friend invited me to her home, and I was surprised that one of her cats was missing an ear tip. What was left of the ear looked normal, except that it had been cut in a straight line. I'm wondering: Is this woman in a cult that tortures cats, and should I report her to the authorities?

A: You should start by talking with her. Ask her ...Read more

My Pet World: How do we stop our dogs from waking us up at night?

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Dear Cathy,

My boyfriend has two two-year-old brother-and-sister "pomapoos." They sleep with him every night. He walks them sometimes in the middle of the night when one of the dogs scratches at him to go out. His sleep is, therefore, interrupted regularly. Is there anything he can do to train them to be on a more regular schedule and sleep in ...Read more

219 dogs attend 'Paw Patrol' movie screening, break world record

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(UPI) A total 219 dogs and their owners attended a speak preview of Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie and broke the Guinness World Record for most dogs attending a film screening.

The special outdoor screening was held in Los Angeles' Griffith Park and was attended by Guinness World Records adjudicator Michael Empric, who confirmed the canine head ...Read more

Tips for handling a hyperactive dog

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Hyperactivity is one of the most commonly reported behavioral concerns of dog owners. In many cases, the problem is a lack of a consistent and suitable exercise plan. It is important for owners to create a plan that aligns with their dog’s needs.

The American Kennel Club offers the following tips for the owner of the energetic dog:

Daily...Read more

WATCH: Canadian dog removes socks from 21 feet for Guinness World Record

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(UPI) A Canadian dog's unusual skill earned him a Guinness World Records title when he removed 21 socks from the feet of volunteers in one minute.

The Australian shepherd, named Daiquiri, and his owner, Jennifer Fraser, traveled to Italy to attempt the record on the set of TV series Lo Show Dei Record.

Fraser issued commands to Daquiri as he ...Read more

Ask the Vet: Toads Release Toxins That Harm Pets

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Q: Mrs. Maisel, my small, 2-year-old mixed-breed dog, died soon after chewing a toad. She didn't swallow it, but I think it released some sort of toxin, because within a few minutes, she fell over, had a seizure and died. What happened? I know toads don't cause warts, but could this toad have actually killed her?

A: I'm so sorry to hear about ...Read more

Technicians find kitten in car's engine during oil change

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(UPI) Technicians at a Saskatchewan auto dealership made a surprising discovery under the hood of a car brought in for an oil change -- a trapped kitten.

Kianna Daniels, service adviser at Lakeland Hyundai in Prince Albert, said she and the car's owner both heard a strange noise under the hood of the vehicle, so she opened it to investigate.

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My Pet World: What’s a humane solution to discourage cats, but is safe around dogs?

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Dear Cathy,

I have a nine-month-old and a six-year-old Havanese. Stray cats use my ornamental grass and lawn as their litter box, which happened when the first dog was a pup. While it stopped the first time (I guess the cats figured out the puppy wasn't going anywhere), it's started again since getting the nine-month-old puppy. My new puppy ...Read more

What is the AKC? And how can it help you?

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What is “The American Kennel Club (AKC)”? Some people may have heard of it, but not be exactly sure what it is, and many others have never heard of it. Dr. Jerry Klein, AKC’s Chief Veterinary Officer, explains what the AKC is and how it might help you and your dog.

What is the AKC? The American Kennel Club was founded in 1884 as a ...Read more


Southern California dog owner disputes police claim that puppy overdosed on fentanyl

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Dog owner disputes Irvine police claim that puppy overdosed on fentanyl

LOS ANGELES — Days after Irvine police said they saved a pit bull puppy from a fentanyl overdose, the animal's owner says he has been cleared to take his dog back after a preliminary drug test on the pup came back negative.

There's one problem: The 29-year-old says he ...Read more

Ask The Vet: Mouse Poisons Kill Pets and Wildlife

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Q: I need to put some mouse poison in the basement, but I'm worried my cats may find it. I understand that poisoned mice bleed to death. Can mouse poison have the same effect on cats?

A: Yes, and worse.

The first rodenticides were anticoagulants, which caused death from internal bleeding. Short-acting chemicals like warfarin became less ...Read more

My Pet World: How pets might 'think' and experience their world

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Dear Cathy,

I suppose we can never know what our pets are thinking or are aware of since they process information differently. I do know that my dogs have always let me know what they wanted. Just like they “ask” for food, pets and a walk, they have always let me know when they have had enough pain and discomfort and want me to do something...Read more

Dog lost at Atlanta airport found three weeks later

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(UPI) A dog that escaped from its crate at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been found after three weeks on the loose at the hub.

Paula Rodriguez said she and her dog, Maia, were flying from the Dominican Republic to San Francisco, but she learned during a layover in Atlanta that her tourist visa wasn't approved by border ...Read more

Tips to get your dog’s coat and paws ready for the fall season

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Fall is fast approaching and as the summer days come to an end, we are all looking for ways to soothe our sun kissed skin, including your pup. From cracked paw pads to pollen to sun-bleached fur; your dog might need some post-summer TLC.

The American Kennel Club offers a few simple ways to tend to your pup’s coat and paws after months in ...Read more

Rescuers move 5,000-pound concrete slab to rescue kitten

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(UPI) Animal rescuers in New York said they had to lift a 5,000-pound slab of concrete to rescue a kitten trapped 30 feet down a drain.

The Strong Island Animal Rescue League personnel worked together with police when a kitten was heard crying at the bottom of a drain covered by a large concrete slab near Port Jefferson Station on Long Island. ...Read more

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How long does a dog get to bark before you can file a complaint? California city counts the minutes

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LAGUNA BEACH, Calif., -- Michael Obrand purchased his home in south Laguna Beach in the late 1990s, drawn by the serenity of a hillside neighborhood with ocean views. But he's found over the years that even this patch of paradise isn't immune to the vexing irritations of suburban life.

In recent years, it's been the neighborhood dogs.

"I mean ...Read more

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Hero dog who saved family from fire finds home on farm

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Our hero, Moose, has found a home on a farm in Franklin with his new, forever family. His adoptive parents, Ciara and Darrel Hill, feel he deserves it.

The 8-year-old Great Pyrenees lives on 5 acres bordered by woods, a creek to splash through and expansive corn fields. He’ll never be alone again.

Around him in the fenced-in yard, four goats...Read more

Ask the Vet: Secondhand Vaping Harmful to Pets

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Q: Our son vapes in his bedroom. Is it okay for him to use his e-cigarette when our dog Smoky is in his room?

A: No. E-cigarettes are electronic smoking devices, or ESDs, which heat, vaporize and emit numerous harmful chemicals that expose pets and people to substantial risk. If your son must vape, he should do it outdoors to protect Smoky and ...Read more

Public pool goes to the dogs for annual event in Missouri

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(UPI) Dozens of dogs descended on a public pool in Missouri to mark the end of the summer swimming season.

The City of Springfield held its annual Dog Swim at Fassnight Pool on Tuesday, inviting local dogs to beat the heat by plunging into the pool before it is drained for the season.

Canines of all sizes were present at the event, which ...Read more