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Airlines say flying is safe in COVID-19 era, but study reveals potential for superspreader disaster

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - How risky is it to fly during the coronavirus pandemic?

For clues, consider the travel histories of two of the country's top infectious disease experts, each with parents on the other side of the country. One hasn't flown since January when the new coronavirus was just emerging as a global threat.

The other just flew back to...Read more

Watch: Bridge inspection crew rescues stranded dog

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(UPI) A bridge inspection crew in Mississippi came to the rescue of a dog they spotted perched on a ledge about 120 feet over the Mississippi River.

The inspection crew for design firm Stantec was assessing the bridge in Natchez for the Mississippi Department of Transportation when they spotted the dog stranded on a ledge below the roadway.

A ...Read more

Watch: Man confronts mountain lion outside California home

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(UPI) A California man who spotted what he initially thought was a German shepherd in his yard ended up chasing a mountain lion that was stalking some nearby kids.

Timothy Kerisk said he went outside his Pacifica home to look for his cat when he spotted a much larger animal next to his fence.

"I thought it was a German Shepherd at first, I was...Read more

Ask the Vet: Three Reasons Not to Toilet Train Your Cat

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Q: I'm thinking about teaching Cameo, my newly adopted young calico cat, to use the toilet instead of a litter box. Are most people successful at toilet training their cats?

A: I don't recommend toilet training cats for three reasons.

First, my mom told me that when she visited her aunt, who had toilet trained her cat, the toilet seat was ...Read more

Pet World: What to do when male cats spray in the house

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Dear Cathy,

I have an eight-year-old indoor male cat that shares the house with a cat (sister) of the same age. The male cat, Zack, has a bad habit of spraying furniture and walls, doors on occasion and we struggle to learn why. We have three little boxes between the two cats and clean frequently. The two cats are very social with each other ...Read more

Curious puppy rescued from backyard drain cover

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(UPI) Firefighters in Pennsylvania came to the rescue of a puppy who went wandering in her owner's back yard and ended up with her head stuck through the middle of a drain lid.

The Palmer Municipal Fire Department said a crew responded to the home Sunday when the owners called to report the curious puppy's head was stuck through the middle of a...Read more

How to keep your dog safe from Lyme disease

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Lyme disease is an illness that affects both animals and humans - a "zoonotic" disease - and is the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The bacterium that causes Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, is carried and transmitted primarily by...Read more

Wildlife officials: Tennessee 'tiger' likely a native bobcat

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(UPI) Wildlife officials in Tennessee said they now believe reports of a tiger on the loose in the Knoxville area are the result of mistaken identity.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said the latest in a string of reports of a loose tiger wandering the Knoxville area took place this week in the Kingsport area.

An officer arrived at the...Read more

How to shop for pet insurance

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One happy consequence of the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders last spring was that animal shelters were emptied by rescuers seeking companionship. Hopefully, it all worked out well for the pets and their new owners. But since this is a personal finance column, it’s also important to note the financial responsibility that comes with pet ...Read more

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Federal aid improving “safety net” for Midwestern dairy farmers

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President Donald Trump trails in the polls in Wisconsin and Minnesota, but he is banking on the support of one group whose fortunes have improved somewhat in the past year: dairy farmers.

Thanks to reinforcements to the federal dairy safety net and a generous coronavirus-relief package, fewer dairy farmers are going out of business and their ...Read more

Ask the Vet: Flat-Faced Breeds Prone to Health Problems

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Q: My dog Hugo is the cutest, most lovable French bulldog I know. When I submitted a photo of him to a calendar contest, they refused to accept it because he is a brachycephalic dog, and they consider it inhumane to promote unhealthy dogs. I hope you can explain their discriminatory position, because I am mystified.

A: Brachycephalic dogs have ...Read more

Pet World: Older dog, traumatized cat both need time to get used to new homes

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Dear Cathy,

We adopted our cat from the local shelter when she was just a year old. She arrived at the shelter with five newborn kittens. She barely survived. Her kittens found homes and she went into foster care to gain some weight.

She’s still small, but healthy. She likes her food and treats and uses her litter box. She is not real social...Read more

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Commentary: Big Ten football is suddenly 'safe'? In the reopening debate for sports and entertainment, that word is a lie

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As the Big Ten conference announced its about-turn on fall football Tuesday, the Northwestern University coach was ecstatic. "I'm excited for our guys to have a safe opportunity to play the game they love," said Pat Fitzgerald.

That was an absurd statement that should have been challenged on the spot.

Big Ten football is not "safe." Never was,...Read more

Black panther reported on the loose near Spanish village

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(UPI) Police in Spain were using helicopters and thermal imaging cameras to search the area around a village where residents reported sightings of a black panther on the loose.

The Guardia Civil said searches were underway Tuesday in Venta de Huelma, Granada, to locate and identify the animal, which first was spotted in the area Friday.

Venta ...Read more

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Federal judges ask Congress for safety protections

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WASHINGTON - The federal courts want Congress to spend $524 million and pass legislation to bolster safety measures for judges at home and at the courthouse, including legislation to make it a crime for anyone to refuse a request to take down a judge's personal information from the internet.

The U.S. Judicial Conference, the policymaking body ...Read more

911 call captures off-duty deputy spotting possible loose tiger

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(UPI) A 911 recording has captured an off-duty deputy reporting a tiger on the loose in East Knox County, Tenn., but several agencies haven't been able to find the elusive cat.

Sheriff's patrol units, Animal Control, Air Watch, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Tiger Haven, a big cat rescue in Roane County, have joined forces to ...Read more

Getting kids involved in training the family dog

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Kids have been known to ask their parents for a dog repeatedly, and after hearing the question a million times, you might consider adding a four-legged friend to your household. Having a pet at home is extremely beneficial to kids, especially when it comes to teaching them responsibility. A great way to do that is involving kids in training. ...Read more

Missing New Hampshire serval found, back at home

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(UPI) A pet serval that went missing in New Hampshire this week has been found and returned to its owners, police said Saturday.

On Wednesday the Merrimack Police Department alerted the public that a 40-pound serval named Spartacus had gone missing from his home.

Police Capt. Matthew Tarleton told the Boston Globe that Dean King, Spartacus' ...Read more

Four-legged critters get assist during fire

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SAN DIEGO - Sherry Moland spent part of Wednesday afternoon at Iron Oak Canyon Ranch in Spring Valley, Calif., with her adopted 8-year-old horse, Whisper, tending to the horse's physical and emotional needs.

As Moland put salve on the horse's hooves, stroked her mane and fed her some fresh hay in the hazy sunshine off Campo Road, she said her ...Read more

Authorities investigating loose tiger sightings in Tennessee

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(UPI) Authorities in Tennessee said they are investigating multiple sightings of a tiger seen wandering loose in the Knoxville area.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office said a deputy reported seeing a tiger Wednesday night in Knoxville's Forks of the River Industrial Park.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said it received reports of tiger ...Read more