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Pet World: Visiting nurse makes simple request of dog owners

Pets / My Pet World /

Dear Cathy,

I am a pet lover. I have two kitties and enjoy my sister’s two dogs.

I work as a visiting nurse. Our policy is that when a nurse, social worker, home health aide, or physical or occupational therapist comes to your home, you must put your dog in another room, or have the dog firmly under control with a leash.

We have had a ...Read more

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James Lileks: Ever seen your dog mix it up with a raccoon? I did, and it isn't pretty

Pets / Cats & Dogs News /

There are famous grudges in history: Rome vs. Carthage, Tesla vs. Edison, Minnesota vs. Wisconsin. You can explain them with history, politics, human nature. Nothing explains the vicious quarrel between dogs and raccoons.

Nothing we know, that is.

Dogs will chase squirrels and voles and rabbits, but it's just business as usual. Nothing ...Read more

Florida man wrestles puppy from jaws of hungry alligator

Pets / Cats & Dogs News /

(UPI) A Florida man jumped into a pond to rescue his puppy from the jaws of a hungry alligator that had grabbed the canine and dragged him under water.

Richard Wilbanks said he was outside his family's Estero home when he heard Gunner, the puppy he had only recently adopted, crying out in distress.

Wilbanks rushed to the back of the house, ...Read more

Thanksgiving safety tips for dog owners

Pets / Cats & Dogs News /

As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us are busy planning what dishes we are going to make. It’s important to keep in mind that your dog is also going to be around, and you may not be able to give her your full, undivided attention. This leaves more of a chance for your pup to sneak food off the table while you’re not looking. Although this...Read more

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Major and Champ Biden are about to make the White House warm and furry again

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Of the more than 500 million Americans who've ever lived, fewer than four dozen have ascended to the presidency.

It's hard to relate to a group that exclusive. But pets that dig up the Rose Garden, chew tassled loafers in the West Wing, and have accidents under the Resolute Desk are the great equalizer: There are more Americans who live with ...Read more

Ask the Vet: Matted Cat May Be In Pain

Pets / Ask The Vet /

Q: Our 12-year-old cat, Chia, is matted over her low back, just above her tail. What is causing the mats, and how can we remove them? She nips at us when we try to brush or comb them out.

A: Cats groom themselves to clean their coats and remove loose fur. When they don't groom, their fur mats. Mats cause discomfort and block air to the skin, ...Read more

Pet World: 5 ways to slow down a fast-eating dog

Pets / My Pet World /

Dear Cathy,

I’ve just recently started reading your column because my hubby was given a delightful Golden Retriever puppy. She’s now three-months-old and has a wonderful disposition. The one concern we have is that she eats like she has never eaten, and this is her last meal. She devours it so quickly and seems almost frantic to finish it. ...Read more

Runaway dog from Canada crosses border into United States

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(UPI) A dog who escaped from her family's home in New Brunswick had her homecoming complicated when she crossed the border into the United States.

Paryse Michaud said her father, Robert Sirois, was caring for her German shepherd, Diamond, while she and her husband were at a hockey tournament with their 9-year-old daughter.

Michaud said Sirois ...Read more

New Hampshire dog lost in Missouri recovered a year later

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(UPI) A New Hampshire woman whose dog ran off during her trip to visit family in Missouri was reunited with her pet almost a year later.

Kate Olson, of New Hampshire, said she and her dog, Walter, were visiting family in Arnold during the Thanksgiving holiday last year when the golden retriever slipped out of his collar and ran off.

Olson said...Read more

Turkmenistan president erects golden statue of favorite dog breed

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(UPI) The president of Turkmenistan honored his favorite breed of dog by erecting a golden canine statue on a pedestal in the country's capital.

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, whose affection for the Alabai dog breed previously led him to release a book about the breed, unveiled the golden statue in the center of a roundabout in ...Read more

Ask the Vet: Turn Away From Dog Jumping on You

Pets / Ask The Vet /

Q: Jasper, my 2-year-old Labrador retriever, often jumps on me. His feet sometimes muddy my clothes, but I'm more concerned that he might jump on someone else, knock them down and injure them.

A friend advised me to step on his toes or knee him in the chest when he jumps, but that advice isn't working. What do you recommend?

A: Jasper is ...Read more

Pet World: Siren-howling dog keeps owner up at night

Pets / My Pet World /

Dear Cathy,

I have a howler, Roxy, a gentle and mellow chow-chow mix. Almost every time she hears a siren, she goes into howl mode. It’s not so bad when she’s outside, but when she makes this dreadful noise at three in the morning in the bedroom, she shares with me and a second dog, Joey, then it becomes a problem.

I can’t use anything ...Read more

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Dog day cares turn to front-line workers and pandemic puppies to prosper

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DETROIT — Erica Hill's best friend weighs only 13 pounds, but he can be a terror of a terrier.

That's why Hill, who typically works a 16-hour day in her job with the City of Detroit, admits she could not do the work and hold onto the greatest joy of her life — her 2-year-old pup, Kash — if it weren't for dog day care services.

"I am ...Read more

When dogs and cats go missing, this 'pet finder' knows where and how to look for them

Pets / Cats & Dogs News /

PHILADELPHIA — On an especially cold week in March 2019, Karen Jackson and her family welcomed a new member to their Westtown home: a 3-year-old female Great Pyrenees mix, adopted from a local rescue. But their delight was short-lived. Within hours of bringing the dog home — they hadn't even decided on a name for her — the pooch had ...Read more

Washington state cat hitches 2,500-mile ride to Alaska

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(UPI) A Washington state couple's cat went on an incredible journey when he wandered into a shipping container and ended up at a Home Depot store 2,500 miles away in Alaska.

Christina and Josh Clevenger said their tuxedo cat, Panda, wandered away from their Thurston County home and they spent more than a week searching the neighborhood and ...Read more

Man caught walking stuffed dog after curfew in Czech Republic

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(UPI) Police in the Czech Republic said they issued a warning to a man caught violating curfew and attempting to disguise his actions by walking a stuffed toy dog on a leash.

A news crew from Czech Television's Events of South Bohemia show were accompanying patrolling police officers in Ceske Budejovice when the officers stopped a man caught ...Read more

When dogs and cats go missing, this 'pet finder' knows where and how to look for them

Pets / Cats & Dogs News /

PHILADELPHIA — On an especially cold week in March 2019, Karen Jackson and her family welcomed a new member to their Westtown home: a 3-year-old female Great Pyrenees mix, adopted from a local rescue. But their delight was short-lived. Within hours of bringing the dog home — they hadn't even decided on a name for her — the pooch had ...Read more

French bulldog elected mayor of Kentucky town

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(UPI) A Kentucky town is celebrating the election of a mayor whose support transcends political divides: a French bulldog named Wilbur.

The Rabbit Hash Historical Society, which holds elections for a canine "mayor" every three years as a fundraiser, said French bulldog Wilbur Beast took the office with 13,143 votes, the highest total since the ...Read more

Ask the Vet: Drinking and Urinating Excessively May Signal Diabetes

Pets / Ask The Vet /

Q: Can cats develop diabetes? Our cat, Fred, is drinking and urinating more than usual, very much like our son did before he was diagnosed with diabetes.

A: Yes, cats and dogs can develop diabetes mellitus, sometimes called sugar diabetes because the disease is marked by increases in blood sugar levels. Diabetes is most often seen in older cats...Read more

Pet World: 'Kangaroo pup' just needs a little obedience work

Pets / My Pet World /

Dear Cathy,

I have a very happy and sensitive 13-1/2-pound, long-legged poodle puppy. She’s so excited when she sees other people that she jumps as high as my shoulders and sometimes the leash wraps around her legs and she falls hard on her back. I’ve tried commands, treating, and very short leashes but nothing has worked. I’ve considered...Read more