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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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Does My Pet Need Supplements?

January 9, 2020

These days, people are all about health, wellness and prevention. So much so, in fact, that consumers in the United States will spend an estimated $32 billion on vitamin and nutritional supplements in 2019. You may have wondered if your dog or cat could benefit from supplements, too. Many pet owners have already decided: About …

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Ancient Grains in Pet Food: Focus on Sorghum

January 2, 2020

In the last few years, few pet food ingredients have been as misunderstood as grains. Some folks wondered if grains were necessary at all, or suspected they could have a negative impact on pet health. But as it turns out, grains such as corn, rice, barley, oats — and sorghum — can play a significant …

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If Dogs Could Talk: Teaching Dogs to Speak

December 19, 2019

No doubt, you and your dog already communicate in a nonverbal way (although full-on conversations with your pet aren’t unheard of, even if they are a bit one-sided). For instance, he or she has a way of letting you know when a trip outside is needed, when the food or water bowl needs filling and …

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Dogs at Work: Keeping Airport Runways Safe

December 12, 2019

It was a flock of Canadian geese that led to the infamous landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River off Manhattan. The mid-air bird strike caused the plane to lose power in both engines, requiring Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger to deftly maneuver the aircraft into a safe water landing. That’s why it …

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Holiday Survival Tactics for Anxious Pets

December 5, 2019

‘Tis the season when your typically calm household is transformed into a carnival of twinkling lights, choruses of “O Tannenbaum” and scents of baking gingersnaps, not to mention the onslaught of relatives from near and far. That includes Uncle George, who will undoubtedly slip your pet barbecued wienies under the table again this year. While …

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