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  • How to Keep Your Pet's Food Safe (and Recognize when It's Not)

    By Dr. Marty Becker | vetstreet.com

    How to Keep Your Pet's Food SafeFood is fragile. It's only as good as its ingredients, and even when it is made perfectly, it attracts the attention of other hungry beings, everything from toxic mold to bugs to rodents. And when you're talking about a complicated product with dozens of ingredients sourced from different parts of the globe and shipped and stored in all weather conditions … well, it's actually kind of amazing that we don't have more problems with food than we do.

    Related: 10 Dangerous Human Foods for Pets

    That's true of the food we eat, and it's true of the food we feed our pets too.

    Trust the System

    Widescale problems like the pet food recall of 2007, traced to adulterated ingredients from Chinese suppliers, are thankfully rare, but smaller problems linked to a particular food from a particular lot at a particular factory are not uncommon. And when we hear about these recalls, it's not a sign that the system is broken - it shows that it's working

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  • 8 Fastest Dogs on the Planet

    Go Dog, Go was the title of a famous children's book penned more than 50 years ago by P.D. Eastman, but it is also what we say when we see some of these dogs take off running. Check out our slideshow of amazing dog breeds that were built for speed.

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  • Beagle Survives 70-Foot Fall from Bridge

    New Jersey Dog Jumps From Bridge, and Makes It to Shore

    When Brandi, a 7-year-old Beagle, got away from her owner on a walk last week, she headed for the Burlington-Bristol Bridge, which conBrandi the Beagle survived a 70-foot jump from a New Jersey bridge.nects her home state of New Jersey with neighboring Pennsylvania. A police officer and a group of kids attempted to help her, but Brandi got scared and jumped over the side of the 70-foot suspension bridge. The officer was shocked when he looked down. "She was swimming and made it to the shoreline," he said. The Beagle fought the current and arrived on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River with just a few bruises. "There's nothing to be said other than it's a miracle," the dog's owner, Alexis Lorenz, told WPIX in New York. - Read it at the LA Times

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  • British Cat Burglar Takes Anything that He Can Get His Paws On

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres | vetstreet.com

    Denis the Cat BurglarYou may think it's bad when your cat brings you a bird - but at least he's not stealing your neighbors' laundry.

    Meet Denis the Menace, who also goes by the alias Denis the Cat Burglar.

    SEE VIDEO: Denis the Menace Cat Stealing

    A Kitty With a Penchant for Swiping Personal Possessions

    A resident of Luton, Bedfordshire, U.K., the 2-year-old kitty has acquired quite the reputation during his 18-month crime spree. According to the Daily Mail, he's made off with more than 100 items from nearby homes and gardens, including a football, paintbrushes, a Barbie doll, dozens of socks and a bike helmet.

    Denis drags all of the loot home, right through his kitty door. And as you can see from this YouTube video, he'll steal in the dark of night - and in broad daylight.

    The Cat Burglar's Burgeoning Collection

    Denis has lifted so much stuff that his owner, Lesley Newman, has two boxes filled with Denis' prizes in case anyone comes to claim stolen

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  • How to Cope with Compassion Stress

    By Dr. Carrie La Jeunesse | vetstreet.com

    Sometimes, no matter how well we plan, no matter how capable we are, life just throws more at us than we can figure out how to manage.

    We try to be prepared, and even leave a little wiggle room to deal with unexpected things that might come up, but it doesn't always work. In my daily practice as a small animal veterinarian, I meet many people who are juggling multiple caretaking responsibilities. They are often frustrated with the balancing act of trying to figure out where their attention is most needed. If you are caring for, say, a struggling adult child as well as an elderly and sick parent, where do you find the time and physical and emotional energy to now also take care of the active 3-year-old Miniature Poodle with a ruptured disc? The poodle, by the way, is the one who seems to understand everything you're going through and just lives to entertain and love you.

    See Also: Do Dogs & Cats Get Depressed?

    In the midst of

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  • 5 Steps for Turning Your Dog into a Peak Performance Athlete

    By Arden Moore | vetstreet.com

    Meet one of the fastest-growing dog breeds: the canine athlete. In fact, the number of canines participating in sanctioned sports sponsored by the American Kennel Club has more than doubled in the past decade.

    But whether your dog's workout consists of daily brisk walks or wowing packed arenas with his disc-catching prowess, your pup needs proper conditioning to stave off injury and deliver stellar performances.

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    "Fifteen years ago, we didn't have half the sports we now have for dogs and, unfortunately, we've also seen a threefold increase in sports-related injuries," says Dr. Joseph Wakshlag, MS, DVM, PhD, a member of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR) and an assistant professor of clinical nutrition at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

    So what does it take to get your dog in peak athletic shape? Vetstreet interviewed specialists in the

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  • The Many Faces of 9/11 Hero Dogs

    By Liz Ozaist | vetstreet.com

    9/11 Search-and Rescue DogsAs the nation prepares to commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, many Americans are reflecting on the lives lost and the brave individuals who risked their lives to help out in the aftermath.

    Photos: Meet 10 Search and Rescue Dogs From 9/11

    Amid the many selfless heroes exists a group of often unsung and overlooked saviors - dogs. These four-footed troopers not only scoured the wreckage at Ground Zero alongside human handlers, but they also sprung into action as trained therapy animals and comforting companions in living rooms across the United States. Here's a look at some of the country's canine 9/11 heroes.

    Search-and-Rescue Dogs

    More than 300 canines descended on the rubble that was Ground Zero, searching for survivors and victims in the days following the tragedy. Some of the trained dogs belonged to volunteers, while others were part of professional teams. Regardless of their official capacity, the animals were

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  • Is it Dangerous for My Dog to Eat Cow Pies and Other Animal Poop?

    By Dr. Marty Becker | vetstreet.com

    Q. When we're out hiking, my dog will eat cow pies. Is this dangerous?

    A. It's not exactly something I'd recommend, but on our Almost Heaven Ranch here in Idaho, I have to admit that eating what fell out of the south end of a north-moving anything - horses, deer, elk - is practically a hobby for the Becker dogs.

    Related: Why Does My Dog... Eat Poop?

    Dogs Will Be Dogs

    Eating waste is normal and natural to dogs, even though the very thought of it makes us gag. While not that many dogs have access to piles of cow or horse manure regularly - it's more of a country dog thing than a city dog pursuit - almost all dogs seem to find whatever feces they can get to be quite appealing. Cat feces is near if not on top of the list, as we veterinarians hear constantly from disgusted and desperate pet lovers asking for a cure for litterbox cruising.

    Dogs also, of course, eat their own feces and that of other dogs. Honestly, I have to laugh when

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  • The Things We Do for Love: "I Started a Business for My Big Dog"

    By Caroline Golon | vetstreet.com

    Nala and Sonia CharryWhen Sonia Charry of Scottsdale, Ariz., adopted her new puppy, Nala, she had no idea that the mixed breed "mutt" would turn out to be the inspiration for a thriving new business.

    Charry first met Nala when a friend of hers was pet-sitting the puppy. "The first time I picked her up, I was smitten," Charry remembers. "She put one paw on each side of my neck and put her head on my shoulder." Something compelled Charry to tell her friend, "If the owner ever changes her mind about this dog, let me know!"

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    For two weeks, Charry couldn't get the puppy out of her mind.

    In a happy coincidence, the puppy's new owner decided she couldn't keep the dog after all and began searching for a home. Charry was overjoyed. "Yeah, I will take the dog!" she told her friend. And Nala was hers.

    Making Room for the New Puppy

    Nala was "all ears and paws," Charry says. Adopted originally from a shelter, Nala's

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  • How Do I Stop My Dog from Chewing My Underwear?

    By Dr. Marty Becker | vetstreet.com

    Q. How can I keep my dog from taking my socks and underwear?

    A. Socks and underwear are extremely appealing to dogs. After all, few things smell more strongly of family members than these items. But as any practicing veterinarian can tell you, these items are among the most dangerous things your dog can chew on. That's because they often end up being swallowed, and once that happens, they can form blockages that may require surgery, and could even kill your dog.

    See Also: 14 Common Dog Behavior Myths Decoded

    Because of this danger, my number-one recommendation is training - for you and the other two-legged members of your family. You need to get in the habit of putting your clothing in a hamper, preferably one that lives behind a closed closet door so your dog can't chew through the side or lift the lid. Putting dangerous items beyond the reach of your dog is paws-down the best way to protect your pet.

    While you're getting that

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