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Ask the Vet: Don't Let Dog Swim in Green Water

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Q: Kip, my retriever mix, loves to swim in a nearby lake, even during the winter. The water recently turned green, so I kept him out. If the lake is green the next time we hike there, is it safe for him to swim?

A: I recommend Kip stay away from green water, because the color may mean it's contaminated with blue-green algae called cyanobacteria...Read more

Pet policies on the largest airlines in the US

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Many pet owners prefer traveling with their fluffy companions, and most airlines make it possible to bring them on board. That said, traveling with Fido may take more preparation than just packing your bag.

Airlines typically allow small pets in carriers in the passenger cabin for an additional fee. Some large dog owners test those limits. In...Read more

My Pet World: Focused attention and good recalls help with barking

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Dear Cathy,

How can I get my three-year-old terrier mix, Reef, to stop barking at everything? While inside, he barks at people and pets, delivery drivers, etc. Outside, he barks at other dogs walking by us on the street. The "shock" collar only worked for a while, but we did not want to keep it on him constantly. Bribing him with treats is not ...Read more

African serval captured after several weeks on the loose in Illinois

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(UPI) Animal control officials in Illinois said an African serval cat has been successfully captured after several weeks on the loose in Macon County.

The Macon County Animal Control and Care Center said the serval was captured on private property in the area of Forsyth and Maroa in Decatur.

Animal control officials said the serval will be ...Read more

Most popular pet names include Charlie, Luna, Oliver

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(UPI) An online marketplace for pet owners released its annual list of the most popular pet names, with Charlie and Luna topping the lists for male and female dogs, respectively.

The rest of the Top 10 male dog names on Rover's 11th annual Most Popular Pet Names report were Max, Cooper, Milo, Buddy, Reddy, Rocky, Bear, Leo and Duke. The company...Read more

The 10 top-rated pet charities and the missions they support

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For every treasured family dog in a cozy home, there is a lonely pup in a shelter cage; about 6.3 million cats and dogs enter shelters each year, butonly an estimated 4.1 million end up being adopted.

In a world wheremost pet owners spend more on their furry friends than on themselves, the value of animal nonprofits working behind the scenes ...Read more

Kitten rescued from drain system under Virginia mall

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(UPI) Animal rescuers in Virginia came to the assistance of a kitten found hiding out in the storm drain system underneath an outdoor mall.

The Billy the Kidden Rescue said officials first received word of the kitten in the drain system at Town Center of Virginia Beach on Nov. 2, and rescuers went down to the mall to assess the situation.

"We ...Read more

Tips to keep your dog safe in the cold weather

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As the temperature outside starts to drop, both you and your dog will start to notice how the weather changes. Part of responsible dog ownership is knowing when to take special care of our dogs in the colder weather, just as we must for ourselves.

The American Kennel Club offers these tips for a safe winter with your dog.

Don’t leave ...Read more

Ask The Vet: Secondhand Smoke Causes Cancer in Cats

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Q: I recently adopted my first pet, a young cat named Tulip, and took her to the veterinarian, who smelled cigarette smoke on her fur and recommended I stop smoking or smoke outdoors to protect Tulip from cancer.

I feel the veterinarian is overstepping her role. Still, I need to know whether my smoking could really give Tulip cancer.

A: Our ...Read more

My Pet World: Pets do grieve when they lose a human or animal companion

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Dear Cathy,

My seven-year-old cat is over-grooming to the point of causing bald spots. He did this as a kitten, and then it stopped, so I thought it might be stress related. I see nothing different in his life, though, so I'm at a loss for why he has started to do this again.

The only thing I can think of is that I lost my husband 18 months ...Read more

Wolfdog reunited with owner after five days on the loose in California

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(UPI) Animal services personnel in California said a wolf-dog hybrid spotted roaming loose was safely reunited with its owners.

The Sebastopol Police Department issued an alert Sunday on Facebook warning members of the public that the hybrid, commonly known as a wolfdog, had been spotted south of the Highway 12 bridge on the outskirts of town. ...Read more

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Town to expand program that 'deputizes' feral cats to control rat population

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Police in Niles, Illinois -- a suburb of Chicago -- expressed satisfaction with a pilot program begun in August to “deputize” five feral cats to control the rat population, a police official told Pioneer Press. Now, the department says it is looking to extend the program.

The cats have lived around the 7800 block of Nordica Avenue for about...Read more

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Cory the rescue dog has passed many tests. But how will he do dangling from a firefighting helicopter?

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It was noisy, with the chopper blades creating their own wind, as a search-and-rescue dog named Cory and his handler were lifted by a hoist into a hovering helicopter. The pup didn't let any of it faze him.

Wearing googles to protect his eyes, Cory was strapped onto the chest of his trainer, San Diego Fire-Rescue firefighter Chad Arberg, as ...Read more

Information and tips on how to watch out for and treat canine influenza

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Did you know that dogs can also get the flu? Canine influenza or dog flu is caused by a specific type of influenza virus that infects dogs. While not the same virus that causes seasonal flu in people, there are some similarities. The AKC® Canine Health Foundation® offers tips on what you need to know about canine flu to protect the dogs in ...Read more

Blind dog rescued from frigid pond in New York park

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(UPI) A blind dog was rescued from the freezing waters of a New York pond by a pair of city police officers.

The New York Police Department said Officers Branden Williams and Marc Esposito responded to a 911 call about a dog in danger of drowning in the pond in Queens' Baisley Pond Park.

The officers arrived to find the senior border collie, ...Read more

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Plans for Petco Park rodeo draws animal rights complaints from local Democrats

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SAN DIEGO — A three-day rodeo scheduled for Petco Park in January is prompting complaints about animal cruelty from the county Democratic Party and animal rights advocates.

They are lobbying San Diego officials and the Padres to cancel the event, which would be the first rodeo ever at Petco and the first within the city since one at the ...Read more

Lineman helps rescue kittens from high voltage area in Connecticut

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(UPI) A Connecticut utility worker doing maintenance in a high-voltage area ended up rescuing a quartet of kittens in danger of electrocution.

Branden Collins, a lineman for Eversource, said he was working in an area with energized lines and transformers in Stamford when he spotted the four kittens.

"With the energized wire and the energy from...Read more

Ask the Vet: Leave Wild Baby Bunnies Alone

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Q: While I was picking up sticks in the yard prior to mowing, I found two baby rabbits sitting in a shallow nest in the grass. The mother was nowhere to be seen. If I take these bunnies inside, how do I care for them? Would they make good family pets?

A: No, they are wild animals and cannot be domesticated. So please don't move them.

Wild ...Read more

My Pet World: Can anything be done to correct a dog's sloppy drinking?

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Dear Cathy,

We recently adopted a two-year-old yellow lab named Charlie. We love him to death. He is very intelligent and knows a lot of commands. He has lots of energy, but we understand labs and know he will settle down when he gets to be five years old or so.

Our problem? He is the SLOPPIEST drinker ever. I bought one of those bowls with a ...Read more

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Americans are spending $700M on Halloween costumes. For our pets

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Barbie strutted down the street Saturday, wagging her tail to hoots and hollers.

The canine's owner, Jessica Klugman, decked the 11-year-old chiweenie — a crossbreed of a chihuahua and a dachshund — in a blonde wig and pink glittery bodysuit for a dog costume contest as part of Saturday's Halloween in Hopkins, Minnesota. But Pearl's model ...Read more