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World Rabies Day: 10 Things You Need to Know

September 24, 2020

For dogs and cats, infection with the rabies virus is inevitably fatal. But the good news is, it’s entirely preventable with regular rabies vaccinations. Protecting your pet’s health is an important way to safeguard your family, since infected animals can spread the virus to people, too. As part of World Rabies Day on September 28, …

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The One Candidate Everyone Can Agree On: A Dog

September 17, 2020

With the presidential race now running full throttle, it’s understandable that you may pine for a kinder, gentler political campaign. One in which there’s no mudslinging, no partisan squabbling and no overblown claims requiring fact-checking. That’s why we’re happy to share this special edition of Dogs at Work featuring pet politicians who have held political …

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Blood Tests: A Window into Your Cat’s Health

September 10, 2020

Cats are often the stoic sort, preferring to hide their aches and pains behind a cool veneer of aloofness. Their blood, on the other hand, is truthful and forthright — exposing details about your cat’s secret health life that it, no doubt, would prefer to keep to itself. Since cats can’t tell us what’s wrong, …

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Pet Pain Relief

September 3, 2020

Maybe your pup roughhoused at the dog park and is now favoring a leg. Or your cat drops food from her mouth as if it’s painful to chew. What’s the harm in exploring your medicine cabinet for a little pain relief? After all, over-the-counter pain medications such as aspirin are relatively harmless for people, so …

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Take the Stress Out of Vet Visits for Your Cat

August 20, 2020

“White coat syndrome” is a very real phenomena. For people who suffer from this disorder, the mere sight of a doctor — usually clad in a white lab coat — is enough to send their blood pressure skyrocketing. A similar thing can happen to cats, too. The stress of a trip to the vet can …

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Disabled Dogs Get by With a Little Help

August 6, 2020

In a world of designer dogs, there’s a special beauty to those who are, well, less than perfect. That includes the dogs with visible disabilities, who may have lost a limb or an eye, as well as those with less obvious impairments, such as deafness, anxiety or phobias. Time and again, these dogs show us …

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Can an Outdoor Cat Ever Become an Indoor Cat?

July 30, 2020

Is a stray cat trying to adopt you? Does it appear at your doorstep day after day? Does it press against your ankles and gaze at you adoringly? If so, it’s possible that it could be happy living the rest of its life inside your home. Especially if the cat has been socialized, perhaps by …

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Dogs at Work: Virus Detection Dogs

July 23, 2020

In the United States, one of the biggest problems with COVID-19 has been the dearth of diagnostic kits and the ability to identify asymptomatic carriers. While scientists are scrambling to develop vaccines and testing kits, researchers in Pennsylvania and the United Kingdom are exploring another innovative option: virus detection dogs. The hope is that high-powered …

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