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  • 10 Best New Pet Products from Global Pet Expo

    By Dr. Marty Becker | vetstreet.com

    The Piddle Palace is an easy-to-use indoor pet relief systemEvery year I love going from booth to booth to see the thousands of pet products at Global Pet Expo in Orlando. The unique and innovative cat and dog products always blow me away.

    For my annual Becker's Best list, I chose 10 of my favorite new items. Here are my 2014 picks.

    See Photos of All 10 Products and Get More Info


    1. PetSafe AutoTrainer

    Technology can now help you train your dog. The PetSafe AutoTrainer uses a collar-based reward system to keep your dog calm and quiet while you're away. The collar unit transmits your dog's barks to a base unit by using a detection system that only understands your dog's barks. If your dog doesn't bark, the dog is rewarded with a treat. You can set the number of treats and how often your pup will be rewarded.

    2. Dexas H-DuO Collapsible Companion Cup

    You share kisses with your dog, but do you want to share the same water or carry separate drink bottles for each of you? Probably not, and that'

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  • Helicopter Rescues Dog from the Side of a Cliff

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres


    Oreo was rescued from the side of a cliff in California by a helicopter crew.Authorities in Sonoma County, Calif., came to the rescue of a black and white Labrador Retriever mix who was stuck on a cliff along the Sonoma coast on Saturday afternoon.

    Oreo had somehow made her way down a narrow trail and become stranded on a 2-by-2-foot ledge about 40 feet down a 90-foot cliff. When Oreo's owner called 911 for help, a helicopter was dispatched and quickly located the dog.

    Deputy Henri Boustany attached himself to the bottom of a 100-foot line strung from the helicopter and was flown to the ledge where the dog was standing. He was able to secure Oreo with the harness she was already wearing and the dog was flown back to the top of the cliff, unharmed. The rescue took less than three minutes, and a large crowd that had gathered cheered as Oreo was returned to her relieved owner. "She was a very happy lady," Capt. Todd Rollings of the Bodega Bay Fire Protection District said of Oreo's owner. - Watch it at California's Press Democrat

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  • 13 Most Quiet Dog Breeds

    By Vetstreet.com Staff


    Whether your desire for a dog who doesn't bark (or, at least, doesn't bark much) stems from the fact that you share a thin wall with your neighbor or you just like a fairly quiet place to call home, we've got you covered. Vetstreet surveyed 218 veterinary professionals to get their take on the quietest dog breeds around.

    As is often the case with these types of surveys, there were a couple of surprising omissions. (Where is the Basenji? He's the "barkless" dog! And what about the Greyhound? This breed is known to be very fast and very quiet.) But one thing that wasn't surprising was that a couple of these relatively quiet breeds also made the list of 18 best dogs for new owners.


    Great DaneNo. 1 (tie): Great Dane

    The breed that tied the Newfoundland for the quietest is also one of the biggest: the Great Dane. He's a gentle giant with a calm nature, and while he doesn't bark often, when he does, his voice will be louder and deeper than just about any

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  • Pet Poisons from a to Z -- 26 Common Items that Are Dangerous to Pets

    By Dr. Mary Fuller | vetstreet.com


    ThinkstockIt can happen to even the best pet owners. You turn around for one second and the dog is into the chocolate that was sitting on the counter, or the cat has discovered the Easter lily you thought was safely out of the way.

    "We just don't realize how determined our pets are to eat the things they shouldn't," says Dr. Tina Wismer, DVM, medical director for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

    See Also: 6 Human Foods to NEVER Feed Your Pet

    Of the more than 180,000 cases that the organization handled in 2012, most of them involved pets who'd ingested human prescriptions. "Many children with ADHD don't want to take their medications, so they leave pills on their plates, where pets can get at them," Dr. Wismer says. "Even nonprescription medications, such as ibuprofen, can be a problem because many brands have a sweet coating, so it's like candy for dogs."

    As part of National Poison Prevention Week (March 16-22), Vetstreet has compiled an

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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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