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Dogs at Work: Racing Dogs

July 18, 2019

People used to pay good money to watch greyhounds tear around a track at 45 miles per hour. In 1991, the money wagered on dog races across the country peaked at $3.5 billion, according to Racing Commissions International. Bettors at tracks hobnobbed with Frank Sinatra and other celebrities. But by 2014, track income had tumbled …

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10 Things to Do When Your Pet Goes Missing on Vacation

July 11, 2019

What better traveling companion than a dog? They won’t complain about the accommodations, even if it’s a leaky tent. They’re happy to do anything you suggest, whether it’s hiking, swimming or just wandering the city. And they’re not fussy about where they eat. Even so, dogs have been known to wander away from campsites in …

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What You Should Know About Pets and Sunscreen

July 4, 2019

Does your pet love to bask in the sun? It’s not as harmless as it seems. Because pets can get sunburned — and develop skin cancer — too. Unfortunately, a fur coat doesn’t always prevent pets from experiencing the harmful effects of UV rays. Like fair-haired people, dogs and cats with white or sparse coats, …

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Dogs at Work: TSA Dogs Tackle Security Before Takeoff

June 27, 2019

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) dogs can’t prevent turbulence during your flight, but they can help you fly through security a little faster. Trained to sniff out a range of explosives at airports and other transportation hubs, these dogs can screen passengers — without touching them — faster than traditional methods. And that helps loosen airport …

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Taste of the Wild Introduces a New Feline Recipe

June 13, 2019

Looking for a new flavor option to tantalize your cat’s taste buds? Lowland Creek Feline Recipe with Roasted Quail & Roasted Duck is a new dry food for cats of all life stages. Made with cage-free duck as the first ingredient, this grain-free recipe combines roasted quail, roasted duck, turkey and chicken to deliver the …

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A Fracas at the Food Bowl: Food Guarding in Dogs

June 6, 2019

Almost every dog relishes the food dish. Many dogs will show their enthusiasm by spinning in circles or dancing on their hind legs when the bowl makes an appearance. But once the bowl is on the floor, some dogs can become downright territorial, growling, lunging and even biting if anyone approaches their bowl. It’s mine, …

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Pet Vaccinations: More Pros Than Cons

May 30, 2019

In 2000, human health officials were relieved to declare that measles was eliminated from the United States. But a recent measles outbreak has now spread across more than 20 states. Those most affected appear to be people who weren’t vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) attributes the reappearance of the virus to “inaccurate and …

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Termite Dogs and Other Pest-Detecting Canines

May 23, 2019

When your dog peers under the kitchen stove growling for hours, you can be pretty sure there’s some kind of varmint under there. If you’re lucky, your pet comes by these pest-hunting skills naturally, and somehow, the unwelcome critter will disappear. Other dogs, however, are specially trained to hone their hunting skills on vermin of …

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Should I Spend the Money on a Breed-Specific Diet?

May 16, 2019

Last year, owners spent almost $73 billion on their pets, according to the American Pet Products Association. What accounted for the majority of those expenditures? Was it veterinary care or toys? Actually, the single largest expense, accounting for just over $30 billion was — you guessed it — pet food. As if choosing between dozens …

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