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Canine Lyme Disease Isn’t Going Anywhere Soon

March 20, 2020

The reports are in: the United States is crawling with ticks. Thanks to warmer climate trends, these blood-sucking creatures now thrive in more regions of the country. Additionally, the expansion of housing into rural areas has forced wildlife such as raccoons, opossum and birds into the city, carrying ticks with them.  And white-tailed deer, the …

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11 Spring Pet Safety Tips You Need to Know

March 5, 2020

Depending on where you live, the tulips and daffodils may already be pushing up from the earth. You might spot robins feathering nests or a canopy of green buds unfurling overhead, and soon you’ll sleep with the windows cranked open. Ever notice how spring has a way of making the world feel fresh-scrubbed and alive? …

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Dogs at Work: Ratter Dogs Win the Rat Race

February 27, 2020

At the American Kennel Club Earthdog competition, terriers and other small breeds race through tunnels in search of rats. No rats are harmed, the AKC is quick to point out, because the rats are in cages, safe from canine jaws. Dogs win by simply finding the rat and barking within an allotted time. The whole …

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The Best Tech for Pet Lovers

February 20, 2020

Technology changes our lives more every day, and those changes (mostly positive!) trickle down to our pets. This short list proves there’s a new pet tech product for just about everyone. For the aspiring film director, there’s the GoPro Fetch Dog Harness. Now you can capture award-winning footage from your dog’s point of view, by …

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Cruciate Ligament Ruptures in Cats

January 30, 2020

Cats have a reputation for always landing on their feet. One cat, in fact, fell 32 stories, suffering only a minor lung puncture and a chipped tooth. It was released from the hospital in two days, according to the Animal Medical Center of New York City. What makes cats so lucky? They have an innate …

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Dogs at Work: Standard Poodles Were Born to Be Bird Dogs

January 23, 2020

Not all standard poodles are froufrou, overly coiffed dogs adorned with diamond-studded collars and red-painted toenails. Some of them actually like to get dirty. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Standard poodles were originally bred as bird dogs and can now be found leaping from duck blinds, flushing waterfowl and retrieving the birds with a soft mouth. …

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