Speaking of Pets

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Speaking of Pets with host Mindy Norton is for people who care about pets and about humane treatment for animals in general, and who want to celebrate that special relationship between us and our animal companions.

Dog Flu

Jan 19, 2013
Laertes/John Hurd

If you have had the flu, you know how bad you feel.  You also know it can easily turn into something more serious (such as pneumonia) if you don't take care of yourself.  Canine influenza can be just as dangerous for your dog - maybe even more so because your pet probably has no natural immunity to it!

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Weight Loss Program

Jan 12, 2013
M. Norton

Being overweight is just as bad for your pet as it is for you, and for all the same reasons - it puts a strain on an animal's joints, heart and liver; it increases the risk of diabetes and other diseases; and it shortens an animal's life.  A chubby pet may be more cuddly, but a trim pet will probably be healthier and live longer.

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Beverly Hills Pet Care Foundation

Parade, pets - who could resist?  The Beverly Hills Pet Care Foundation is hoping everyone takes notice and gets the message to adopt a homeless pet, and to have all pets spayed or neutered!

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Happy (Safe) New Year!

Dec 29, 2012
Crismatos

One year ends, another begins - time to celebrate!  Just make sure your best friend is safe and protected so you can both enjoy the new year together.

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Gifts for Pet People

Dec 15, 2012

Want a great idea for a gift for your favorite pet lover?  No problem!  Most pet people are easy to shop for.

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Shoshanah

Pet owners love to share the holidays with their animal companions, but we have to be careful.  Some of our holiday traditions may not be pet-friendly!

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Susan Katherine Rits

If you're traveling during the holidays, one of the first decisions is what to do with your pet.  You can take it with you, board it, or have someone come to your home to care for it.  Once you decide what's best for you and your best friend, you can relax knowing both of you will have a good holiday.

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Deck The Halls!

Nov 24, 2012
Ben Garney

'Tis the season to deck the halls with boughs of holly and lots of other pretty things that we enjoy; but our pets may see the decorations as potential toys. 

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Robyn Fleming

A lot of us really enjoy the Thanksgiving tradition of good food shared with our loved ones, but this holiday maybe we shouldn't share quite so much with our four-footed family members.

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jeffreyw

National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week may be ending today, but any time is a great time to thank those who take care of homeless pets and try to find them good homes!

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Hurricane Sandy

Nov 3, 2012
Alec Perkins

Many pet owners will often risk their lives rather than abandon their animal companions, but right decisions made early  could help to keep everyone safe - whether they have two legs or four.

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Saving the Rottweilers

Oct 20, 2012
Dawrky

Owning a dog brings with it responsibility, both to the animal and to your community - especially when it comes to larger breeds, like Rottweilers.

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Come Home to APR

Oct 13, 2012
Mindy Norton

Coming home means having a sense of belonging that lets you know you're in the right place.  And what could be more right for a radio listener than Alabama Public Radio?

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Don Bergquist

Adopting a dog from an animal shelter is an opportunity to save a pet's life and improve your own.

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American Humane Association

Time is running out to vote for your favorite finalist to win the Americah Humane Association's 2012 Hero Dog Award!

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World Rabies Day 2012

Sep 22, 2012
WorldRabiesDay.org / Global Alliance for Rabies Control

Even though rabies is 100% preventable, the sad fact is that every ten minutes someone somewhere in the world dies from rabies.  The Global Alliance for Rabies Control hopes to change with its awareness campaign, the annual World Rabies Day.

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Ow! The Cat Bit Me!

Sep 15, 2012
Tambako the Jaguar / Flickr

Most animals will bite at one time or another, but sometimes it seems like your cat may bite you for no reason at all.  Or, maybe there is a reason...

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Walking the Dog

Sep 8, 2012
brixton

Taking your dog for a walk may seem like a nice thing to do for your best friend, but it can have benefits for you, as well!

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Pets in a Disaster

Sep 1, 2012
State Library and Archives of Florida

Your pet has a better chance of surviving a disaster and remaining with you if you make plans ahead of time.  Waiting until a disaster strikes to decide what to do puts you and your best friend at risk.

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American Humane Association

American Humane Association's Hero Dog Awards give all of us an opportunity to appreciate the special talents our canine companions have for making our lives better.

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American Humane Association

Hero dogs come in all sizes and shapes.  The American Humane Association wants your help to select which one of eight finalists should win the 2012 Hero Dog Award.

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American Humane Association

The Hero Dog Awards recognize some of our four-legged friends who represent the best of the best when it comes to our canine companions.

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American Humane Association

The American Humane Association has opened voting for the 2012 finalists for the Hero Dog Award.  With eight great dogs to choose from, it's difficult to decide which one should win!

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You may think that newborn babies need a clean and sterile environment to be healthy, but newly published studies indicate a house pet can help your infant be healthier.

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Mayor Stubbs

Jul 21, 2012
Wikipedia

The mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, is celebrating fifteen years on the job, which is pretty much his whole life. 

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Unchain Your Dog

Jul 14, 2012
farm4.static / flickr

Keeping your dog on a chain might seem like the responsible thing to do, but it may be kinder and safer to find another way to restrain your best friend.

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Ticks

Jul 7, 2012
image courtesy of animalclipart.net

Ticks are more than just a nuisance; they can be a threat to the health and well-being of both animals and humans. 

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clumpysclipart.com

As the mercury rises to unseasonably high temperatures, the heat can cause problems for our pets!

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Cat Training

Jun 23, 2012

Training a cat?  Okay, maybe your cat won't do parlor tricks but it is possible to teach your cat some basic good behavior.

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Cats Vs. Fleas

Jun 16, 2012

The battle between cats and fleas turns into a minor skirmish if you use the right product to help your pet fight those bothersome little parasites.

Nobody likes fleas! But if your cat is scratching and biting at its fur lately, you may have a flea problem.

Fleas are pesky little insects that can multiply exponentially. One or two fleas can become millions within just weeks.

Adult fleas do two things - they lay eggs to make babies, and they bite the host animal.

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