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Understanding Feral Cats and Urban Relocation Programs

Feral cats are some of the most misunderstood animals, particularly in urban landscapes. But these outdoor cats are a vitally important part of the world around them.    The care of feral cats is a unique and important one, and now some cities are stepping up to allow these felines tto hrive in their environments while helping the […]

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Alternatives to Declawing Your Cat

Declawing is a misnomer. Yes, a correctly performed declaw surgery does remove a cat’s claws, but it doesn’t stop there. To prevent the claws from regrowing, the bony top of each digit (finger or toe) must also be amputated. It’s not too surprising then that declawing has fallen out of favor with many pet parents. […]

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Veterinarian Who Killed a Cat With Bow and Arrow is Suspended For One Year

In April 2015, Texas-based veterinarian Kristen Lindsey shocked and horrified pet parents and animal lovers everywhere when she posted a photo on Facebook of herself holding a dead cat that she killed with a bow and arrow.   In the disturbing post that accompanied the photo, Lindsey wrote, "My first bow kill lol. The only good feral […]

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Screwworms Outbreak in Florida: What Pet Parents Need to Know

After a nearly 50-year absence, flesh-eating screwworms have returned to Florida, making for a dangerous, potentially fatal environment for animals and humans.       According to the USDA, the New World screwworm was detected in Key deer in a wildlife refuge in Big Pine Key, Florida—which has since been declared an agircultural state of […]

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Why You Should Always Thank Your Vet Tech

What is a veterinary technician? The easiest and most understandable explanation is a registered nurse for animals. To become a licensed, certified, or registered veterinary technician (the names vary depending on the state issuing the license), a candidate must have an associates or bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology, followed by passage of the veterinary technician […]

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New Tests Will Be Underway For a Serious Disease That Impacts Shar-Peis

Shar-Pei Autoinflammatory Disease, or SPAID, is a serious, heritable syndrome that affects the canine breed.   According to Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, SPAID is "characterized by recurrent symptoms of inflammation: fever; swollen, painful joints; a condition that causes bubbles containing a clear, jellylike substance on the skin; ear problems and kidney failure." Sadly, there is no […]

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Mars Recalls Select Cesar Classics Wet Dog Food Due to Production Issue

Mars Petcare US is voluntarily recalling select quantities of Cesar Classics Filet Mignon Flavor wet dog food due to a potential choking risk from white plastic pieces.   The Cesar Classics recalled products were distributed throughout the U.S. and could have been purchased individually or as part of a variety pack. Affected products can be […]

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Abandoned Dog Has Painful 3.5 Pound Tumor Removed From Neck

What was called one of the worst cases of neglect ever seen by Arizona Humane Society has now become a story of care, recovery, and hope.    According to a press release, in late September, a 6-year-old Boxer mix named Gus was rescued by Arizona Humane Society’s Emergency Animal Medical Technicians. He was found abandoned and suffering […]

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Post-Election Stress and Therapy Dogs

In the wake of the controversial and contentious 2016 Presidential election, many have found themselves dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression in the aftermath. In fact, many recent articles have been devoted to how those who are not coping well with the results can practice self-care in a world of the 24-hour news cycle.    In addition […]

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