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  • Homeless Dog Adopted by Milwaukee Brewers

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres


    The Milwaukee Brewers quickly fell in love with Hank, a stray dog who wandered onto their playing field during spring training.A stray dog wandered onto the right field at the right time in Florida last week, and quickly became the unofficial spring training mascot for the Milwaukee Brewers.

    Team members named him Hank, for baseball great Hank Aaron, and a staff member brought him to the vet for shots and a bath. He's been spending time all over the organization, from the playing fields to the ticket office and the team store - where he was outfitted with Brewers gear.

    And he's been going home with different members of the Brewers organization each night to get some sleep in a warm bed. "Rest assured, Hank's stray days are over, one way or another he'll continue to be well taken care of," the team says in a blog post. - Read it at the Brewers' MLB Blog

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  • Does Your Dog Need a Winter Coat or Boots?

    By Dr. Marty Becker

    iStockPhotoWhen winter winds come whistling through our Idaho valley, I'm the first to don a heavy overcoat, a knit hat and boots - and my dogs aren't far behind. It's a common misconception that dogs, equipped by nature with fur coats and a higher body temperature than humans, will do just fine in cold weather without accessories such as sweaters, coats and booties. That might be true for hardy sled dogs who spend their days in training for the Iditarod, but I can assure you that dogs with short or thin coats or those with certain size or health limitations need just as much protection from the cold as you or I do. Here's what you need to know about dressing your dog for winter.

    PICTURES: 13 Pets That Love Dressing Up


    Coat Check

    Dogs with short, thin or fine coats feel the cold quickly - but that doesn't mean that your pooch needs to bundle up every time he leaves the house. If your dog is going outdoors for a quick potty outing and coming right back inside, no need

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  • 13 Dog Breeds Ideal for Small Space Living

    By Vetstreet.com Staff


    Dogs are adaptable, but some are better choices than others for life in confined quarters. Such dogs possess laid-back personalities, don't tend to … In your quest to find an apartment- and condo-suitable breed, size is not always a factor. In fact, ideal apartment dogs come in all sizes. Vetstreet spotlights a baker's dozen for your consideration.


    MastiffMastiff - Gentle Giant (photo credit: Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography/vetstreet.com)

    Yes, he's a giant breed, but his gentle temperament and moderate activity level can make the adult Mastiff a fine companion for life in an apartment or condo, as long as you can provide him with a daily walk and survive the active, destructive stage of puppyhood. If you live in a building with multiple floors, you should have access to an elevator for ease in getting your dog up and down. Carrying him won't be an option. Another warning: Mastiffs drool, so keep a supply of cleaning products to keep your walls

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  • Six Myths About Cats and Dogs

    By Dr. Marty Becker


    ThinkstockWe veterinarians trade stories about pets and pet owners the way kids used to trade baseball cards; our favorite stories are about the crazy pets - and pet owners - we encounter in our practices. It's a coping mechanism, in part; just as in human medicine, when you're dealing with sickness and death, you have to indulge in "gallows humor" now and then to release some the stress.

    SEE ALSO: 5 Pet Behavior Myths That Drive Veterinarian's Crazy

    The most interesting stories always seem to center around some form of misinformation, the stuff people "know" about pets that's out-of-date or just plain wrong. And while a lot of wrong things people think they know about pets are pretty harmless, we veterinarians know we have our work cut out for us as communicators when people base medical decisions on bad information, such as deciding if a dog has a fever by how wet or dry his nose is.

    The sheer number of myths about animals is so large that I've written two

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  • Why Do Cats Meow?

    By Dr. Patty Khuly

     

    ThinkstockIf you've ever lived with a vocal cat, you've almost certainly asked yourself this question. After all, who could resist wanting to know what your feline friend is thinking as she meows plaintively at your sleeping face early in the morning or weaves her way between your legs while crying herself hoarse?

    Most of the typical in-the-wild feline sounds-like hissing, spitting, growling, and that hair-raising high-pitched screaming thing cats do when they're fighting and mating-are self-explanatory: They're angry, scared, or hoping to impress. But the plain-old "meow" can seem confusing to us humans.

    SEE ALSO: 10 Common Cat Myths Decoded

    Behaviorists say that cats meow at humans because they want something and, most important, because meowing gets results.

    And that's undeniably true. Meowing works. But why?

    Interestingly, some experts say that the sound "meow," as we know it, developed at least in part because we humans associate it with the needy cry of an infant.

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  • Teen Teaches Horse to Overcome Blindness

    By Caroline Golon


    Courtesy of Mary CzechWhen 14-year-old Victoria Czech competes in shows with her horse, Skip, spectators are amazed to learn that Skip is completely blind. They're even more surprised to learn that it was Victoria herself who trained Skip to live and thrive without his sight, long before he lost it.

    Unexpected Circumstances

    When Victoria was 10 years old, her parents gave in to her pleas for her own horse. They found Skip, a former show horse, through a vet near their home in Chippewa Falls, Wis. The family knew the friendly horse was special. "He was supercool, with lots of spunk," remembers Victoria.

    But, two years after the golden palomino came to live with them, the Czechs noticed that one of Skip's eyes was cloudy and swollen. After a series of vet visits, the 23-year-old horse was diagnosed with primary glaucoma and, his vet warned, would eventually lose his sight in both eyes. The family was faced with a choice: daily medications to help Skip keep his sight as long as

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  • Most Dangerous Days of the Year for Pets

    By Dr. Carol McConnell


    ThinkstockA couple of years ago, our researchers at Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) thought it might be interesting to see if our more than half a million policies' worth of claims data could predict the most dangerous days of the year for our pets.

    This was more than simply an exercise in curiosity- at VPI we often use our numbers to help people make good decisions about how to keep their pets healthier. If there were some days that were more dangerous than others, we wanted to know - and we wanted to share that knowledge with pet owners.

    SEE ALSO: 10 Most Dangerous Human Foods for Pets

    What we found, although admittedly anecdotal in nature, makes a good deal of sense: Pets are at higher risk in warmer months, when pets and people are more active and more exposed to risk factors, and around holidays, when changes of routine can lead to accidents.

    Holidays Can Be Hazardous

    In order to accurately assess the "danger" of a day, we analyzed only those claims

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  • Olympic Snowboard Star Rescues Sochi Pup

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres


    Lindsey Jacobellis, a U.S. snowboarder, plans to bring this Sochi stray puppy home with her.After sad news at the start of the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, about the treatment of stray dogs, some of the pups are winning big.

    Lindsey Jacobellis, a snowboard cross competitor from Vermont, had a heartbreaking fall on the course over the weekend in Sochi, knocking her out of medal contention. But it looks like she found comfort in the form of a homeless puppy.

    "This Sochi Stray scored a one way ticket to the USA with [Lindsey]," Tweeted Jacobellis's teammate, Holly Brooks, on Monday, with this photo. She's the second U.S. Olympian who's fallen for a Sochi dog. Last week, we told you about Gus Kenworthy, who won silver in men's slopestyle skiing and planned to take four puppies and their mom back home with him to Colorado. He's found that it's not all that easy, though. He was due to return home on Monday, but he's been delayed waiting for paperwork to be done that will allow him to travel back with his new pack. - Read it at People Pets

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  • 4 New Ways to Memorialize Your Pet

    By Dr. Patty Khuly


    Options for memorializing pets who have passed include everything from beautiful garden statues to custom-made jewelry.I remember the day that my beloved Sophie Sue's headstone arrived. I'd ordered it a year to the day of her death, and it had arrived about a month later, a 10-pound block of granite I hoped would work well under the tree we'd planted in her memory.

    Sophie's ashes had been buried at the base of a sapling, a spindly thing I'm sad to say hasn't exactly flourished as I'd hoped. But laying the headstone there had nonetheless offered us all a sense of peace at her passing.

    SEE ALSO: How to Say Goodbye to Your Beloved Pet

    It was a sweet thing to do back then (in 2010) and an even sweeter thing to see whenever I tend to that section of my yard today. It reminds me of her feisty demeanor and degree of self-possession any of us would kill for.

    Moreover, it reminds me that she's still living with us in her own way. Which, seeing as she always lived life on her own French bullheaded terms, makes having a visible memento of her personality especially touching to

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  • Dog with Mysterious Photo Gets a Home

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres


    Fox Carolina News and the Greenville County Pet Rescue were asking people to share this image of Soldier the dog and the photo found in his collar.Last month, we told you the story of Soldier, the Pit Bull who was found on the streets in South Carolina with an old photo of a soldier mysteriously tucked inside his collar.

    The 2-year-old dog had no other identifying information, and despite getting lots of media attention after he was found, no one came forward with information on who the dog belonged to or why he was carrying the picture.

    After receiving hundreds of phone calls from people interested in adopting Soldier, Greenville County Animal Care thought the best fit was Julie Hensley, who lives in Virginia and heard about Soldier on Facebook. She drove through a snowstorm to pick the dog up, and they hit it off well when they met. He has a happy new home, but the photo remains a mystery. - Read it at Fox Carolina

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