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- vetstreet.com | Pets – Thu, Mar 1, 2012 1:10 PM EST
By Nora Zelevansky, vetstreet.com
Cats are mysterious creatures. With their penetrating eyes, silent steps and hiding spots, they'd make great feline sleuths - which is perhaps why there are a slew of cat detective stories out there.
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Here's the scoop on six new kitty page-turners worth investigating.Category: Feline Detective Tag Team
When The Big Cat Nap hits shelves in April, Rita Mae Brown (and her feline coauthor Sneaky Pie) will have been writing about the sleuthing kitty duo of Mrs. Murphy and Pewter for 20 years. This time, their human companion, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, discovers the town mechanic dead.
Bonus: Brown's nineteenth mystery novel, Hiss of Death, in which Harry goes into the hospital and discovers a well-liked nurse murdered, comes out tomorrow.Category: Kitty Noir
Clea Simon's pet noir tale, Cats Can't Shoot (out in April), follows animal psychic Pru Marlowe and her trusty feline friend,Read More »from Kitty Lit: 6 Great Cat Crime Reads
By Linda Lombardi, vetstreet.com
It's International Polar Bear Day and what better way to celebrate these brawny yet somehow still adorable bears - I mean, have you seen our photos of Siku? - than to share some I-never-knew-that facts about the Arctic-roaming creatures.
No way, you say. You've seen them depicted together a million times! But consider this: It was always a cartoon or an illustration, never a photograph, right? That's because, in real life, they two species dwell at opposite ends of the earth: Polar bears live in the Arctic and penguins hang out in the Antarctic.
Study your ancient Greek for further proof: The word "Arctic" derives from the Greek word for bear, while "Antarctic" in Greek means "without bear."Fact 2: The polar bear is the largest land-dwelling carnivore.
Brown bears can be equally hefty when it comes toRead More »from 10 Things You Didn't Know About Polar Bears
- vetstreet.com | Pets – Fri, Feb 24, 2012 10:51 AM EST
By Kristen Seymour, vetstreet.com
Miss Kitty, Whiskers, Lucky and Scooby may seem like adorable - not to mention popular - names for a feline or canine. But just like baby names, the kind of monikers we pick for our pets ebb and flow with the times.
After mining Vetstreet's records to determine the top cat and dog names that have been trending up over the past 12 years, we decided to also take a look at pet names that have drastically dropped off the popularity list.
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For some added insight about these down-trenders, we turned to Laura Wattenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard and creator of babynamewizard.com, to help us divine why Brandy and Snowball have fallen off the favorability track to make room for all the Lolas and Coopers now in the pet world.Pets Are People Too
While analyzing the trendiest pet names, we discovered that owners often find inspiration in human baby name books when selecting a name for their pet. AccordingRead More »from Top 10 Pet Names that Once Were Hot and Now They Are Not
By Mikkel Becker, vetstreet.com
Q. My dog hates to be in her crate. Do you have any tips for getting her to go inside and stay in the kennel?
A. Crate training can be challenging for dogs who already have negative associations with kennels. The trauma of being left alone in a confined area often outweighs the lure of treats. There may even be a component of separation anxiety tied to their distress.
Start by talking to your veterinarian about the possibility of separation anxiety. If you have the option, take a video recording of your pet when she's home alone and show it to your veterinarian. In many cases, canines with separation anxiety do better when they're not crated.
Once you've received guidance from your veterinarian about how to properly address separation anxiety - or rule it out altogether - you can proceed with retraining your pet to go inside the kennel. A vet mayRead More »from How to Crate Train a Fearful Dog in 5 Steps
- vetstreet.com | Pets – Thu, Feb 16, 2012 11:10 AM EST
By Laura Cross, vetstreet.com
After watching all the dogs strut their stuff at the Westminster Dog Show, it's hard not to search for the nearest Pekingese breeder to find a dog like Best in Show winner Malachy. If canine lineage is important to you, then researching reputable breeders is the next logical step in your search for a pup that will fit in with your family and lifestyle. However, if you still want a purebred dog and aren't too concerned about show-worthy bloodlines, then you can adopt a pup on Petfinder.com. In fact, 25 percent of the thousands of dogs listed on Petfinder are purebreds.
SEE ALSO: Should Dogs and Cats Sleep in Your Bed?
Check out these seven breeds, representing the winners of the groups and Best in Show from across the country - all of whom need forever homes.A Protective Toy Dog Read More »from Want to Adopt a Pekingese or Another Westminster Winning Breed? Try a Shelter
- vetstreet.com | Pets – Tue, Feb 14, 2012 9:56 AM EST
By Dr. Marty Becker, vetstreet.com
In the spirit of the great shockumentaries that are late-night cable favorites, I am going to expose veterinary medicine's heinous funny bone with a joke we call "Give your cat this medicine at home."
It starts out with a cat lover putting off the trip to the veterinarian with a sick cat in order to avoid the following chain of events: Cat hides under the couch; human attempts to extricate the cat and stuff him into a carrier; cat claws shred human flesh like a feline Freddy Krueger; cat finally womanhandled (man of the house nowhere to be found, so manhandled not a possibility) into the carrier. At this point, the pet owner makes a quick drive to the veterinary hospital, often while being serenaded with the unhappy sounds of a cat plotting revenge.
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And now we find ourselves in the exam room. Let the show begin!
Out explodes the cat, hissing and raking the air with claws extended.Read More »from The Revenge of the Veterinarian: Pills for Your Cat
By Jennifer Paull, vetstreet.com u000a u000a u000a u000a If you ever spot a dog jumping onto a ski lift, don't worry, the high altitude isn't getting to you. You may have spotted a canine avalanche expert, an essential member of a search-and-rescue team. u000a u000a u000a These rescue dogs deploy to locate skiers, snowmobilers and other mountaineers (sometimes even other dogs ) who get caught in an avalanche. They can trace a buried victim far more quickly than human searchers, with the ability to sniff out people stuck under several feet of snow. u000a u000a u000a See Also: Photos of 6 New Breeds Debut at Westminster Dog Show u000a u000a u000a u000a And since victims have a good chance of survival if they're found within 15 minutes (barring other trauma), every second - and every sniff - counts. u000a u000a u000a Ski patrollers and community search-and-rescue volunteers train and handle these dedicated dogs. To be eligible for emergency response, both the dogs and their handlers mustRead More »from What It's like to Be an Avalanche Rescue Dog
- vetstreet.com | Pets – Sat, Feb 11, 2012 9:28 AM EST
By Kim Campbell Thornton, vetstreet.com
Westminster Kennel Club Best in Show winners typically bow out of their show careers after taking the prestigious prize and go on to produce puppies, become therapy dogs or just master the art of sofa lounging. Here's a look at how five past champs now spend their time.
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2011 Winner: Hickory the Scottish Deerhound Has Babies and Chases Bears Hickory the Scottish Deerhound Has Babies and Chases Bears
Motherhood was the path taken by GCh. Foxcliffe Hickory Wind, the elegant Scottish Deerhound owned by Dr. R. Scott and Cecilia Dove of Virginia. After becoming the first in her breed to take Best in Show in the history of Westminster, Hickory has since produced nine puppies, who are currently four months old.
When she's not playing with her pups, Hickory runs for miles every day on the family farm, located in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Although she's normally calm and serene, once outdoors, Hickory turns into a keen coursing dog,Read More »from 6 Past Westminster 'Best in Show' Winners: Where Are They Now?
By Kim Campbell Thornton, vetstreet.com
Behind the scenes in the show dog circuit, the lives of these canine competitors are filled with love, jealousy, controversy and luxury. Outside the ring, they promote charitable causes, chase squirrels, perform in music videos and lay down the law to fellow pets-except when they're kowtowing to the family cat, of course.
Vetstreet tracked down some owners and handlers of dogs bound for the 136 th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City to learn more about the cream of the crop. Each of the seven canine groups vying for Best in Show honors is represented in this special look at the lives of show dogs. Here's what you might not know about some of Westminster's top contenders:
He has his own Facebook page and serves as the canine travel correspondent for Everyday OperaRead More »from The secret lives of Westminster show dogs