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  • U.S. Olympic Medalist's Sochi Stray Dogs Arrive in U.S

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres | vetstreet.com


    U.S. silver medal winning freeskier Gus Kenworthy and puppies that arrive in U.S. this weekThe U.S. skier's biggest prize from last month's Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, arrived in New York on Wednesday with Kenworthy's friend, Robin Macdonald.

    The silver medalist fell in love with a litter of four puppies who he found on Sochi's streets, and vowed to bring them and their mom home to Colorado. He made headlines when he posted photos of them on Twitter just before his freestyle skiing events.

    Sadly, one of the four puppies passed away earlier this week after getting sick in a shelter in Sochi. Macdonald brought the other three puppies, their mom and one additional stray home to the U.S. "We are all ok, and made it to America! A big thanks to the best 5 travel companions one could ask for," Macdonald Tweeted on Wednesday. Kenworthy met the group in New York, and the pups will travel with him to his home in Colorado after making an appearance on the Today show this morning. - Read it at Today

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  • 10 Wacky New Pet Products from Global Pet Expo 2014

    By Vetstreet Staff

    There's no shortage of creativity here at Global Pet Expo 2014, where we're seeing all the newest pet products that will soon hit pet store shelves near you. Check out our favorite finds.

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  • The Ninja, a Bed for Tough Chewers

    By Melanie Kramer l vetstreet.com


    Dog Gone SmartEven tough chewers need to be comfortable, but it can be a challenge when they chew up their brand-new beds. Pet beds are not an inexpensive chew toy - this particular chewing habit can be pricey for owners. Dog Gone Smart has come up with a solution, which they're debuting this week at Global Pet Expo 2014. Their new Ninja Bed is one tough dog bed and a new dog product we're really excited to see come on the market.

    Dog Gone Smart claims the weatherproof, waterproof nylon cover will help protect against chewing and scratching and is durable enough for indoor and outdoor use. It's made from Repelz-It™ Nanoprotection, which is intended to repel stains, liquids, pet odors and bacteria. The insert is made from high-density foam, and the cover zips off so you can easily wash it or even hose it off.

    Not sure it will work for you? Dog Gone Smart is offering a 90-day chew-proof guarantee.

    The Ninja Bed will be available online and in pet stores

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  • Rescue Puppy Saves Family from Gas Leak

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres | vetstreet.com


    Hunter is credited with saving his family just two weeks after he was adopted.Just two weeks after Hunter, a 3-month-old Husky mix, was adopted from a Michigan shelter, he returned the favor by rescuing his new family.

    Hunter woke owner Jill McLarty around midnight last Wednesday with nonstop whining. McLarty brought the puppy outside, but he just sat on the ground and kept whining. She brought him back inside to her bedroom, where he continued to whine before running in circles and leading McLarty to the kitchen.

    McLarty turned on the lights and saw Hunter sitting in front of the stove. That's when she noticed that one of the burners was on very low, so it was leaking gas into the house where the family was sleeping. The McLartys think the burner must have been on for about six hours, since they made dinner. After she turned the stove off and checked to make sure everything was OK, Hunter went right to sleep for the night. "He saved our lives, anything could've happened that night," said Jill's husband, Tim. "As cliché as it

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  • 8 Cuddliest Dog Breeds

    By Shayna Meliker


    If you're looking for a dog who's content to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon with you, lounging on the couch, reading a book - well, you'll be doing the reading, and the dog will be doing the lounging - you've come to the right place.

    From the Pug to the Shih Tzu, we've rounded up eight affectionate breeds who excel at being lap dogs.


    Cavalier King Charles SpanielCavalier King Charles Spaniel

    The cheerful grin of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is no poker face; these small companion dogs love hanging out with their people, whether that means cuddling on the couch or going for outdoor adventures. The Cavalier is in the Toy group but falls on the larger end of that size scale at 13 to 18 pounds.


    Shih Tzu

    The regal Shih Tzu has been a lap dog since the beginning of his much-celebrated existence, especially as the prized companion of Chinese emperors. He doesn't need a palace to live in, though - these can be great apartment dogs as long as they get their daily exercise.

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  • 5 Foods to Never Feed Your Dog (and a Few You Can)

    By Dr. Marty Becker


    ThinkstockIs "people food" safe for dogs? Some is, some isn't, and knowing what's OK to share can mean the difference between a healthy treat and a trip to the emergency clinic.

    1. Sugar-free candy and gum. Read the label of your favorite sugar-free gum, candy or even cough drop, and you'll likely find Xylitol on the ingredients list. The sweetener has become extremely popular in recent years, and its increased use has led to many cases of poisoning in dogs. The product causes low blood sugar and liver failure in canines. If you carry sugar-free gum or candy in your purse or backpack, make sure you keep it out of reach of your pet.

    SEE ALSO: 7 Foods to NEVER Feed Your Cat


    2. Chocolate. Though Xylitol's toxicity comes as a surprise to many people, pretty much everyone knows that chocolate can be a problem for dogs. And it is, but it's not as dangerous as most people think. The thing to remember: The darker the chocolate and the smaller the dog, the more dangerous

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  • 14-Year Old's Invention Helps Dogs

    By Caroline Golon | vetstreet.com

     

    Brooke Martin discusses her iCPooch concept.Brooke Martin is only 14, but she already designed a technology that lets owners remotely talk to and treat their dogs.

    While many teenagers are dreaming about the lazy days of summer Brooke is looking forward to a summer of patents, production lines, distribution and marketing.

    But Martin doesn't mind. This precocious Spokane, Wash., teen has been working for nearly two years to launch her invention, iCPooch, an Internet-enabled device that lets dog owners remotely video chat with their pets and deliver a treat to them, all with the touch of a smartphone, tablet or computer. And today it makes its debut at Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Fla.

    RELATED: 11 Favorite Products From Global Pet Expo

    An Idea With Legs

    It began as a creative class assignment from Martin's eighth-grade teacher: conduct an independent project on anything that interests you. Martin chose entrepreneurship.

    After researching the topic, Martin wanted to experience what it was like to

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  • The Best Pet Food for Puppies

    By Dr. Marty Becker | vetstreet.com


    ThinkstockI love watching puppies grow. You can see them change almost day to day as they increase in height and weight.

    To fuel their development from the inside out - bones, muscles and coat - puppies need what I like to call the Goldilocks diet: a blend of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals that's just right. If they don't get enough of these nutrients, they can grow too slowly, but if they get too much, their rapid weight gain can cause them to develop bone and joint problems.

    Eating an appropriate food helps puppies grow at a measured pace. They will still reach their genetically predetermined adult size, but they won't run the risk of rapid growth spurts or obesity.


    Choosing the Right Food

    Different puppies have different nutritional needs, depending on their breed, age and size at maturity, not to mention their individual variations. Your veterinarian can help you decide which food will be best for your pup.

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  • 9 Ways to Drive Your Vet Nuts

    By Dr. Patty Khuly


    iStockphotoUnfortunately, veterinarians like me are often in a position to bemoan the many ways in which my clients, colleagues and even random citizens manage to make our lives more of a stress-fest than it already is. Hence, the cheeky title of this post.

    SEE ALSO: 10 Questions Veterinarians Really Want You to Ask

    Now, if you're reading this, I'm pretty sure you don't tend to commit any such sins against your veterinarian. But in case you need a primer on what others do to test our sanity, here are nine ways to drive your vet nuts:

    1. "Dine and dash." Leave a box full of nine kittens 10 feet away from your vet's back door. Run!

    2. Talk bad about all the other veterinarians you've seen before. When we hear our colleagues excoriated (usually on the very first visit), can you help us for thinking you'll be saying the same things about us when you move on to the next "mean-spirited, money-grubbing" veterinarian in your vicinity?

    3. Blame us for your pet's

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  • Alanis Morissette Locked in a Battle for Return of Dog

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres | vetstreet.com


    ThinkstockMario "Souleye" Treadway, the singer's husband, filed a lawsuit against a former house manager for the theft of the couple's dog. Treadway alleges that Maria Garcia and another family consultant, Patrick Murch, have refused to give the couple's Chihuahua and Pug mix back to them after Garcia stopped working for the couple on Jan. 21.

    In the suit filed on March 5, Treadway says he wants the couple's rescued street dog returned and asks for $25,000 in damages and court costs. According to court papers, the dog, Circus, lived with Garcia and Murch in 2013 while Morissette and Treadway had busy travel schedules, but that the arrangement was only temporary.

    In an email included in the suit, Garcia asks that she and Murch be given ownership of Circus because he and their other dogs had "become inseparable." Treadway says the two have breached their agreement to return the dog. - Read it at People Pets

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