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8:45 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act

Not all veterinarians work out of a traditional office!
Credit Paymentmax [Flickr]

Generally, the DEA does not approve of storing or transporting controlled substances in vehicles, but for those in the veterinary profession that can be a necessity if they are going to effectively treat their animal patients.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Hot Spots

Whew - it's hot!
Credit ransomtech [Flickr]

Hot spots are more than just a nuisance; they can cause your dog some real discomfort.  Some owners of long-haired dogs get their pets clipped for the summer just to make sure the dog's heavy coat can't trap and hold moisture in the hot weather.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Reasons to Adopt a Cat

A handsome feline friend!
Credit Kevin Dooley [Flickr]

Some folks consider cats to be aloof and one-dimensional, but those of us who have feline family members know they are funny, affectionate, playful and, yes, independent.  But that very spirit that makes them independent also helps to make them lower maintenance pets when compared to, say, dogs.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Leaving Pets In Hot Cars

What NOT to do!
Credit Just chaos (Jean) [Flickr]

The most common cause of heat stroke in a pet is leaving it in a parked car on a warm (not necessarily hot) day.  If it's too hot for you to sit in a closed car (or one with the windows slightly cracked), it's too hot for your furry friend.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Cat Life Expectancy

Elderly cat relaxes in a cool spot.
Credit accidentalcitygirl [Flickr]

As cats age, their coat may lose some of its luster but their color often remains much as it was in their younger days. It can be deceptive to judge a cat's age by its color.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Feral Cats and TNR

Feral cat with tipped ear
Credit kisluvkis (Julie German) [Flickr]

Feral cats that have been neutered or spayed also have their left ear "tipped" surgically to indicate the cat is part of a colony and has already been trapped and altered.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Planning for Hurricane Season

All packed and ready to go!
Credit DrivingTheNortheast [Flickr]

Having supplies packed and ready to go in case of an emergency can make necessary evacuations easier on everyone.  It also helps to practice so you and your pet both know what to expect if and when the real emergency occurs.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Tainted Pet Treats

This chewy treat isn't from China, is it?
Credit Gamma Man (Eli Christman) [Flickr]

About half of jerky pet treats in the US are imported from China.  New warnings indicate that such treats could pose serious and even deadly risks to your pet's health.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Tara the Hero Cat

The hero cat herself - Tara!
Credit "Tara Hero Cat - Official" Facebook page

Many of us refer to our pets as our best friends, but a 4-year-old boy can claim his cat is not only his best friend but his hero.  She proved that the human-animal bond is strong, and that cats can be just as loyal and protective as their canine counterparts!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Mother's Day

Are you my mother?
Credit ifindkarma (Adam Rifkin) [Flickr]

In the pet world, Mother's Day has a very different connotation from that in the human experience.  Most pet mothers never get to see their babies grow up.  This Mother's Day, consider things from your pet's point of view.   Make plans to keep your pet from becoming a mother by having her spayed. 

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Puppy and Kitten Season

Seven lucky puppies - they're up for adoption!
Credit penreyes [Flickr]

The puppies and kittens you see at your local animal shelter are the lucky ones, because they are up for adoption.  (The unlucky ones never made it that far.)  But even those who did make it to the adoption area still may not find homes.  That's the sad reality of pet overpopulation.  

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Autism and Pets

Xena checks out what Jonny is reading.
Credit Xena the Warrior Puppy Facebook page

For years people believed that interaction with companion animals was helpful for children with autism, providing them with unconditional love, nonjudgemental friendship, and social interaction.  A new study shows that dogs can provide very real benefits for these children.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Easter Dangers for Pets

No, No, little kitty - stay away from those tulips!!
Credit kishbee [Flickr]

Easter is another holiday that can be a wonderful occasion for humans, but filled with dangers for our pets.  It's up to us to make sure our best friends are protected from things that can harm them. 

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Easter Bunny

Rabbits are cute and make great house pets!
Credit antaean [Flickr]

Live Easter bunnies grow up to become rabbits.  Are you ready for a rabbit as a pet? 

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Fire Dog Wins Monument Madness

Sadie with her likeness at the National Fire Dog Monument
Credit State Farm

The arson dog training program, sponsored by State Farm Insurance, has put more than 300 dogs to work in over 40 states and several Canadian provinces.  These special animals are an arsonist's worst nightmare and a firefighter's best friend.  Readers of the Washington Post agree, voting the National Fire Dog Monument as the top monument in Washington, DC!

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