vetstreet.comThanks for joining the Vetstreet team at the 2014 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show! Here we'll take you behind the scenes to see your favorite dog breeds in the benching area at Chelsea Piers and the live show at Madison Square Garden. Keep up with our liveblog for Facebook posts, tweets, Instagrams, Vines and much more!Read More »from LIVE from the 2014 Westminster Dog Show
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By Liz Palika
ThinkstockEveryone needs appropriate opportunities to release stress, expend energy and give boredom the boot. That includes people, dogs, cats and, yes, even rabbits and ferrets. Such actions offer physical and mental enrichment while helping to keep unwanted behaviors at bay.
Here are some ways you can enrich your pet's life and help prevent him from acting destructive because he's bored.1. Bring on the Food Hunt
Home in on that natural hunter in your dog or cat by placing a portion of his daily kibble in a food puzzle toy or hiding it in a couple of locations in your house for him to sniff and find. You may need to assist your pet the first few times to show him how to play this food game. Call out his name and point to the food. Praise him each time he finds another tasty nugget.
A paper bag - with the handles cut off - placed open on the floor can become a neatRead More »from 5 Secrets to a Happier Pet
We're getting up close and personal with the canine competitors at the 2014 Westminster Dog Show! Check out our photo gallery to see Dalmatians, Keeshonds, Pugs, Corgis and many more of the breeds competing today at the Piers.
And make sure you follow along with our liveblog for even more pictures!Read More »from Meet the Stars of 2014 Westminster Dog Show
Thinkstock -- Penny and Dexter are the trendiest cat names.Trends may come and trends may go, but one thing is certain: We'll always be on the ball when it comes to which pet names are the trendiest of the year!
As we did last year, we looked through our database of 425,000 cats named over the last year to determine which names had climbed the most in popularity over a decade. Now, to be clear, that doesn't mean these are the most popular kitten names of the year - that's a different list, although there is a bit of overlap between the two - but rather that they climbed the most since 2004.
A few of the names on this year's trendiest cat names list were on last year's - in fact, some even held the same position. But we lost quite a number of names on last year's list as well, so you can say goodbye (for now, at least) to Izzy, Ziggy, Katniss, Winston, Bentley, Jackson, Fiona and Charlie. But don't be sad! We have a feeling you're going to love the names that took their place.
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ThinkstockCats are the most popular pet in the United States; they are intelligent, affectionate and mysterious creatures. Despite this popularity - and perhaps because of their air of mystery - there are many misconceptions about cats that cause both social and physical problems for these animals.
Here are seven common-but-false assumptions about felines - and the truth behind them.
1. Kittens and cats raise themselves and don't need training.
False. Cats have a socialization period during the first weeks of life, falling between 2 and 7 weeks of age, where they learn about their environment and what is "safe" and "unsafe." This is the key time to help your cat adapt to his environment and build bonds with others. There are even kitten socialization classes that can help your young cat build confidence and increase his sociability.
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False. Separation can be stressfulRead More »from 7 Common Cat Myths Decoded
By Vetstreet.com Staff
When most of us think of caring for the family dog, we have in mind a sedate walk around the block once a day, maybe an obedience class when he's a pup, a good brushing once a week and lots of hanging out together watching TV at night. And then there is that special breed of dog - the high-energy, need-a-job-to-do, groom-challenging kind that comes in all looks and sizes, but shares one commonality: He is undeniably high-maintenance.
In alphabetical order, we reveal the 10 most high-maintenance dog breeds.
Australian Shepherd1. Australian Shepherd
The smart and focused Australian Shepherd seems never to run out of energy. After he has brought in the morning newspaper, escorted the kids to the school bus, picked up their toys and dirty clothes from the floor and placed them in the appropriate receptacles, he's ready to help you do yard work by fetching tools or digging out weeds in your garden. Then he'll want you to throw a ball or flying disc for him to chase,Read More »from 10 Most High-Maintenance Dog Breeds
Circe is ready for a new home after being found in the streets in frigid temperatures in Indiana.Last month, during the bone-chilling cold of the polar vortex and the onslaught of a major snowstorm, a 2-year-old black cat was found wandering in Fort Wayne, Ind.
A Good Samaritan called Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control to report seeing her on the city streets as wind chills dropped to 45 degrees below zero. The cat, whose rescuers named her Circe after a Greek goddess, lost tissue on parts of both of her ears as a result of frostbite, which can be "extremely painful," said the shelter's Peggy Bender.
Circe was treated using donated funds, and not long after, started showing her sweet and friendly personality. "Sometimes you wonder how animals go through something like this and come out so loving and gentle," Bender said. The shelter has had lots of applications from people interested in giving Circe a good home, and will hold a lottery to select one for her. - Read it at Indiana's Journal-Gazette
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ThinkstockWould you feed your pets oddball sources of proteins in search of a solution to what ails them? I would. In fact, I do. They've cycled through long periods in which I fed duck, then venison, and later rabbit -- all in service of my French Bulldog Vincent's changing dermatologic health needs. All of which finally culminated in this week's newest protein: kangaroo.
It's a common enough scenario in dogs: By the time Vincent was only a year old, his ears had become intermittently red, itchy and infection-prone. He started licking at his feet (and occasionally other parts). It turned out to be a classic case of food-related allergic skin disease.
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Almost invariably, cases like Vincent's are both diagnosed and treated by altering their diets. More specifically, we undertake a test called a feeding trial.
This simple test (conducted for a minimum of 12 weeks) requires feeding aRead More »from Surprising Meats Found in Pet Foods
- vetstreet.com | Pets – Fri, Feb 7, 2014 9:44 AM EST
iStockPhoto Wally Conron was working as the puppy-breeding manager at the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia in the 1980s when he got a request for a couple in Hawaii.
The woman was vision impaired but her husband was allergic to dogs. Conron bred a standard Poodle with a Labrador Retriever, in the hopes of providing them with a dog who would suit both of their needs.
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When people on the waiting list only wanted purebreds, he and his colleagues "had to come up with a gimmick," and dubbed the dog the Labradoodle. But Conron regrets that now, saying it's led to a designer dog craze and irresponsible breeding. "I've done a lot of damage," Conron told The Associated Press this week. "I've created a lot of problems … There are a lot of unhealthy and abandoned dogs out there." - Read it from the AP via Yahoo
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Opening ceremonies for this year's Winter Olympics are here, giving the world a glimpse into the coastal city of Sochi, Russia. And while your pets may be napping next to you in front of a toasty fireplace, breeds like the Siberian cat and the Black Russian Terrier were built to handle the bitter cold of their native land.
The beautiful Siberian's claim to fame is being the national cat of Russia, and with one look at his thick coat and neck ruff, you'll understand why. His fur, which is perfect for surviving those cold winters in northern Russia, requires brushing twice a week - and even more often during his spring and fall "molts." This adventurous feline has a muscular and agile form, with males weighing up to 25 pounds.
2. Black Russian Terrier
Historically employed by the Russian army as a guard dog, the Black RussianRead More »from 9 Cat and Dog Breeds from Russia with Love