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Indoor cats can reach the ripe old age of 20. With advanced years come health-related issues such as arthritis or diabetes. But a study by the American Pet Products Association notes that feline veterinary visits have declined in recent years.

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New sites cater to canine couch surfersupdated: Wed Apr 11 2012 15:49:00

Does your dog object to vacationing in a cage? Can't count on your brother-in-law to commit to dog-sitting for two weeks? Now there are home stay websites for four-legged creatures.

Why do pet rescuers ask such nosy questions?updated: Tue Apr 03 2012 10:28:00

Daisy, my sister's miniature schnauzer, made quite an impression on me during an extended visit. I even found a schnauzer rescue group and submitted an online application, hoping for a feisty fur kid of my own.

How can I avoid costly vet bills?updated: Fri Feb 24 2012 07:45:00

My dog has a preference for shoes, but some dogs and cats have a knack for finding and consuming more dangerous items, in spite of our best efforts to deter that behavior. When those things get stuck, pets often need a trip to the vet for emergency removal.

From senators to animals: Lawmaker who fell from grace now working as a vetupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 13:26:00

One minute, he's checking a cat's mouth for gingivitis. The next, he's carefully bandaging a dog's bloody, broken nail.

CNN exclusive: Ensign's life post-scandalupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 13:26:00

CNN's Dana Bash follows up with former senator John Ensign in an exclusive look at his life after politics.

Obesity epidemic strikes U.S. petsupdated: Sat Feb 04 2012 14:04:00

A new study shows the majority of adult dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight or obese. CNN's Josh Levs reports.

My dog eats rocks, and other strange thingsupdated: Fri Jan 20 2012 07:38:00

Pets do the darnedest things, but that's why we love them. For every shoe that my dog Lulu has destroyed, she also has provided hours of much-needed cuddle time. I still miss those green suede pumps she ate -- and it seems that I'm not alone in lamenting lost inventory. Each year, Veterinary Pet Insurance compiles a list of the unusual ingestion claims for its annual Hambone Award. The dubious title honors a dog that got stuck in its owner's refrigerator and ate an entire Thanksgiving ham before being discovered. Here are a few notable items consumed last year. In some cases, names have been omitted to protect the guilty.

What should I feed my dog?updated: Fri Jan 13 2012 07:44:00

Dogs don't exactly have discriminating tastes. Many will even eat their own poop. What dogs do have working in their favor is a multibillion-dollar pet food industry vying for a place in their food bowls. The ever-growing list of options -- all natural, holistic, organic, human-grade -- can cause plenty of consternation among pet owners. Here are a few tips to help identify the best food option for your pets:

How to safely move with petsupdated: Fri Dec 02 2011 07:52:00

As a military brat, I spent much of my childhood moving around the country. With each move, we left memories and even treasured toys in our wake. Perhaps that's why I'm more prone to trash rather than transport items from my old life to the new destination.

How to find the right dog trainerupdated: Fri Nov 11 2011 08:58:00

While some dogs go through life without ever soiling the carpet, chewing a shoe or growling at the mailman, others need obedience training or other tools to address their issues. Correcting a problem pooch takes time, patience and expert advice, but finding a reputable dog trainer can be the biggest challenge.

Keeping your pet during the golden yearsupdated: Fri Aug 05 2011 08:37:00

When my great aunt became bedridden in her late 80s, every now and then I would visit the home she shared with relatives, accompanied by my dog, Lulu.

Your dog's oral hygiene and cheap vaccinationsupdated: Fri Jul 29 2011 11:11:00

An ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure -- and that's especially true when money is tight. I learned that lesson shortly after kneeling in front of my sister's pooch one afternoon, hoping to determine the cause of her dog breath. My mother had called earlier that day insisting that there was a serious problem.

2010: Important pet vaccinesupdated: Fri Jul 08 2011 10:17:00

HLN's Susan Hendricks reports on what vaccines the experts recommend for dogs and cats.

Does my old dog really need expensive tests?updated: Fri Jul 08 2011 10:17:00

During their daily walks in St. Louis, Kelly Jackson and her pint-sized Shih tzu, Meeko, used to run into plenty of pet lovers. But as soon as the conversation turned to Meeko's age, it was Jackson who got feisty.

Deadly animal disease that shaped history is eradicatedupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 16:07:00

It decimated herds and caused disaster, devastation and death associated with the fall of the Roman Empire, the French Revolution and the colonization of Africa.

Help your pet get the most out of dinnerupdated: Sat Jun 04 2011 00:49:00

Before you pop open a can of Irish lamb stew or fork out a hearty helping of Chicken De-Lite for your beloved pet, you may want to stop and read the nutrition information on the food label more carefully.

How to help a stray dogupdated: Sat May 28 2011 00:23:00

I don't remember where I was going when that stray dog weaved across a busy street near my home. But I do remember turning the car around to rescue the white pup with large tan spots that looked more like stains, except for one heart-shaped patch on her side.

How to make your pet less afraid of vetupdated: Sat May 21 2011 07:27:00

Some dogs are petrified of the vet's office. (In contrast, my dog Lulu gets so excited about leaving the house that she's practically on the exam table before realizing it's time for a checkup.)

Two stranded pilot whales released off Florida Keysupdated: Sat May 07 2011 23:13:00

Volunteers and veterinarians caring round the clock for stranded pilot whales were buoyed Saturday evening by news that two were released off the Florida Keys.

Bloat: Preventing a deadly dog illnessupdated: Sat Apr 23 2011 03:20:00

I've been reading about bloat and realized the existence of this condition is not common knowledge -- yet it can be fatal. Fortunately, there are measures that pet owners can take to help protect dogs from bloat, also known as gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV).

How to deal with an overweight petupdated: Sat Apr 09 2011 02:10:00

Plenty of people indulge their pets because it makes them happy and keeps the peace. But did you know that overweight cats and dogs can develop diabetes, just like humans do?

How to help your pets with allergiesupdated: Sat Mar 19 2011 10:26:00

Spring is just around the corner -- a time when many of us simply dust off the neti pot or load up on Benadryl in preparation for allergy season.

Vegan diet for dogs: A question of thriving vs. survivingupdated: Sat Mar 12 2011 16:49:00

It began when Shelley Boyle's veterinarian recommended she stop feeding meat and dairy to her beloved mutt, Cleo, to determine whether a food allergy was to blame for the dog's chronic ear infection.

How to help your dog age gracefullyupdated: Sat Mar 12 2011 00:12:00

While every dog is different, most canines enter their geriatric phase at seven to eight years of age. As with humans, advanced age can lead to arthritis, decreased mobility and decreased organ functions.

How to find a good place to board your petupdated: Tue Jan 18 2011 08:52:00

I asked a friend to keep my dog, Lulu, while I took a business trip to Florida a few years ago.

New Mexico chimps won't be used in additional research, pending reviewupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 15:19:00

More than 180 chimpanzees, used in research testing for decades and set to be transferred from a New Mexico colony to a Texas research facility for possible use in further testing, will not be moved pending a review of the situation, officials said.

What you need for a pet first aid kitupdated: Tue Jan 04 2011 11:21:00

My dog Lulu has amassed quite a few vet bills over the years for ailments ranging from allergies to tummy disorders, so I've had my share of pet emergencies. Fortunately, a well-stocked pet first aid kit can go a long way toward helping your pooch and lowering your bill at an emergency vet clinic.

Pets and holidays: Avoiding mutual destructionupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 10:01:00

Every year around this time, I think about hospital emergency rooms nationwide overflowing with holiday-related injuries. Unfortunately, veterinarians also see their share of holiday mishaps.

Richardson: USDA should halt scheduled chimp transferupdated: Thu Nov 18 2010 14:55:00

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson thinks Flo the chimpanzee needs a friend.

U.S., Mexico volunteers team up to help strays in Tijuanaupdated: Fri Sep 03 2010 07:55:00

Life isn't easy for stray animals on the mean streets of one of the world's busiest borders.

Tips for flying with your petupdated: Fri Aug 06 2010 16:41:00

Pet owners may be rethinking flying with their furry companions after seven dogs died this week after traveling in the cargo hold of an American Airlines flight to Chicago.

Cat amputee fitted with 'bionic' feetupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 09:00:00

If cats have nine lives, they may have just acquired a 10th -- thanks to a groundbreaking surgery that saved the life of a feline double amputee.

Zoo Atlanta shuts gorilla exhibit after scareupdated: Mon Jun 14 2010 17:00:00

Zoo Atlanta announced Monday that it closed its gorilla exhibit after a silverback gorilla charged a window separating the animals' habitat from a viewing area, cracking the window and leading zoo personnel to order zoogoers to flee.

CNNMoney: Why a $14/hour employee costs $20updated: Tue Apr 20 2010 13:14:00

You probably cost your boss a lot more than you think you do.

Paper delves into British veterinarians' high suicide riskupdated: Fri Mar 26 2010 18:08:00

A researcher published an article Thursday that attempts to explain why veterinarians in Britain appear to be four times as likely as the general public to commit suicide.

Pet vaccinations are no longer one-size-fits-allupdated: Mon Feb 22 2010 11:30:00

When Linda Thomas of Frederick, Maryland, found out her 2-year old beagle, Henry, had Lyme disease, she was pretty upset. Her dog hardly went outside. But after his diagnosis, Henry's vet told Thomas that Lyme disease, which is transferred to pets by deer ticks, is fairly common in Maryland, and Henry probably should have been vaccinated for it.

Blood bank helps four-legged patientsupdated: Mon Feb 15 2010 11:05:00

Diablo is not your typical blood donor. Fuzzy and four legged, the golden retriever is eager to jump up on a table and offer a half-unit or more of blood for a few goodies.

Dogs give bloodupdated: Mon Feb 15 2010 11:05:00

HLN's Susan Hendricks tells us about a blood bank for dogs.

Pets need good dental careupdated: Mon Feb 01 2010 10:58:00

CNN's Melissa Long reports on the importance of dental care for your pets in this Health Minute.

Keep pets' choppers in tip-top shape to protect their healthupdated: Mon Feb 01 2010 10:58:00

When 8-month-old Astana started getting her adult teeth, her owner, Gayle Warren, didn't expect any problems. She has a number of Black Russian terriers and developing new incisors was never a big deal with her other dogs. But Astana had a condition known as "twinning," where two teeth form in the same area. It can cause discomfort, overcrowding and early tooth decay. Warren decided to take Astana to a specialist in animal dentistry to have the extra teeth removed.

Preparing Rover for Junior's arrivalupdated: Mon Jan 11 2010 09:17:00

When Lydia Newscomb bought her Rottweiler, Reggie, five years ago, she knew she eventually wanted to have a baby. "I thought he'd protect the family," she says.

Mixing babes and beastsupdated: Mon Jan 11 2010 09:17:00

CNN's Susan Hendricks reports on how to bring baby into a house with a pet.

Family's 'Angel' dog saves boy from cougar attackupdated: Tue Jan 05 2010 09:41:00

One lucky boy in Canada can say without a doubt that he has his own personal guardian angel -- not of the spiritual kind, but of the furry.

Dog saves boy from cougarupdated: Tue Jan 05 2010 09:41:00

A dog named Angel helped save an 11-year-old boy being attacked by a cougar. CTV's Rob Brown reports.

Koalas in Australia dying from AIDS, habitat lossupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 02:23:00

On the operating table lies a sick koala. He's just been brought in by a driver who found the animal sitting in the middle of a busy road. Veterinarian Claude Lacasse determines the koala has not been hit by a car but she immediately detects one serious problem facing many of the marsupials: Chlamydia, a disease which can lead to a very slow and painful death for koalas living in the wild.

'Koala AIDS' spreadingupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 02:23:00

Australia's koala population is in rapid decline following urbanization and disease. CNN's Anna Coren reports.

7 surprising ways to save on pet careupdated: Tue Oct 27 2009 12:58:00

Keep your furry friend happy and healthy without breaking the bank.

Chihuahua expected to recover after head injury with forkupdated: Wed Jul 15 2009 21:13:00

A Kentucky Chihuahua is expected to make a full recovery after a freak accident that left a large barbecue fork lodged in his head for days, according to the animal hospital where he was treated.

Pets, owners challenged by increasing allergiesupdated: Tue Apr 28 2009 14:44:00

Jacqui Read loves to hike with Buddy on the weekends.

Polo horses fall deadupdated: Thu Apr 23 2009 13:32:00

CNN's John Zarrella reports state veterinarians are looking for answers in the sudden deaths of 21 polo horses.

Scrutiny in horse deaths falls on vitaminsupdated: Thu Apr 23 2009 09:49:00

The captain of a polo team at the center of the mysterious deaths of 21 horses told an Argentine newspaper that he has "no doubts" vitamins administered to the animals by a laboratory are at fault.

Officials suspect drug reaction or toxins in Florida horse deathsupdated: Mon Apr 20 2009 22:37:00

State officials said Monday that they suspect a drug reaction or toxins killed 21 horses as they were prepared to compete in a Sunday polo match in Wellington, Florida.

Socks, former Clinton cat, put to sleepupdated: Fri Feb 20 2009 18:46:00

Socks, the cat who won international fame during his years in the Clinton White House, was euthanized Friday after months of treatment for cancer.

Surprising dangers for pets during the holidaysupdated: Tue Nov 25 2008 21:51:00

Our dog Tilly loves the holiday season. Turkey for Thanksgiving. Brisket for Hanukkah. Ham for Christmas and pot roast for New Year's. With so much food moving around the house and visitors who generously -- and covertly -- feed her under the table, Tilly has always been a happy dog during the season of giving.

Make sure your pet enjoys your vacation, tooupdated: Thu Oct 16 2008 15:41:00

Worried about how Fido will fare while you're away? Do some research to minimize the stress of leaving your pet in someone else's care.

Time.com: Doctors: No Hamsters or Exotic Pets for Young Kidsupdated: Mon Oct 06 2008 12:00:00

Warning: young children should not keep hedgehogs as pets -- or hamsters, baby chicks, lizards and turtles, for that matter -- because of risks for disease

Time.com: Stem-Cell Treatments for Petsupdated: Wed Jun 25 2008 16:00:00

With owners willing to spend more and more on their pets' health, vets are increasingly turning to alternative treatments

Time.com: Losing Horses Killed in Puerto Ricoupdated: Fri May 16 2008 20:25:00

For thoroughbreds in this U.S. Caribbean territory, being fast enough to win, place or show is a matter of life and death

CNNMoney: Need a job? Talk to the animalsupdated: Thu Apr 10 2008 10:37:00

Dr. Arlyn Scherbenske, a veterinarian on the sparsely populated plains of North Dakota, is directly responsible for the health of every dog, cat, sheep, horse, cow and canary within a 45-mile radius

USDA: Reinspection of downed cattle was key issue in beef recallupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 18:52:00

Last weekend's 143 million-pound beef recall -- the largest in U.S. history -- was initiated not simply because cattle that couldn't walk made it into the U.S. food supply, but because they weren't reinspected after becoming immobile.

Vets say too many dogs are fatupdated: Thu Jan 17 2008 12:07:00

Vets say worrying number of dogs are obese and may need a new doggy diet pill. CNN's Linzie Janis reports.

Does your pet need a dietary supplement?updated: Tue Dec 11 2007 11:52:00

If you take a multivitamin every morning and perhaps a supplement or two because you care about your health, does it make sense to do the same with your dog or cat? Stephanie Pendleton of Emerald Isle, North Carolina, would say yes.

Do you need pet insurance?updated: Thu Oct 25 2007 11:17:00

When David Quilty of Santa Monica, California, took his cat Damon to the vet for a checkup, he didn't expect to spend $1,000 to get two of Damon's teeth pulled because of cavities.

Time.com: Are Microchip Tags Safe?updated: Thu Oct 18 2007 12:00:00

Studies show that RFID tags, implanted in pets and humans, can cause cancer in mice. But one maker defends his chips

Are you 'loving' your pet into an early grave?updated: Wed Sep 26 2007 16:13:00

The growing obesity problem doesn't exclude pets.

Clinic treats abused donkeys, the Ethiopian 'family car'updated: Wed Aug 29 2007 08:47:00

Ethiopian farmer Fekadu Asfaw stood defiantly before an angry veterinarian, having just beaten his four severely malnourished donkeys.

Pet food safety tipsupdated: Fri Aug 24 2007 06:53:00

The recent announcement by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that two brands of Chinese-made dog treats contained traces of the chemical agent melamine gives pet owners new cause to worry about what their animals are eating.

EU lifts ban on Brit meat exportsupdated: Wed Aug 22 2007 22:23:00

The European Union relaxed a ban on exports of British livestock, meat and dairy products Thursday, imposed after an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in southeastern England earlier this month.

How now? A virtual cowupdated: Thu Aug 09 2007 01:25:00

Virtual reality (VR) is not just giving us fun and games. Its convincing interfaces are also transforming medicine by creating environments that simulate the real world. Advances in interactive computer technology have been generating breakthroughs for doctors and patients, and now, vets and animals, too.

FDA to test imported food ingredients for contamination updated: Tue Apr 24 2007 19:03:00

For the time, the Food and Drug Administration said it will test ingredients imported for use in the human food supply in connection with the nationwide pet food recall that has killed, by some estimates, thousands of pets.

Dog biscuits added to recall listupdated: Thu Apr 05 2007 13:46:00

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Thursday it has identified additional contaminated pet food products -- dog biscuits made by Sunshine Mills of Red Bay, Alabama.

Officials say 38 Oregon pet deaths could be tied to recallupdated: Wed Apr 04 2007 19:07:00

Health officials suspect 38 pet deaths in Oregon are related to the nationwide pet food recall, the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association said Wednesday.

CNNMoney: Chinese firm disputes FDA in pet deathsupdated: Tue Apr 03 2007 09:20:00

The Chinese company accused by a U.S. government agency of supplying hazardous materials found in recalled pet food shot back Tuesday, calling claims by U.S. officials "rumors" and reporting that samples of the substance had been sent to labs for testing.

CNNMoney: Purina joins pet food recallupdated: Sat Mar 31 2007 14:53:00

Nestle Purina PetCare Company is voluntarily recalling all sizes and varieties of its ALPO Prime Cuts in Gravy wet dog food, adding those products to a growing list of pet food tainted with wheat gluten containing the toxic agent melamine, Purina said.

FSB: Cure Your HR Illsupdated: Thu Mar 01 2007 00:01:00

ELIZABETH BRADT WAS A GREAT VETERINARIAN but a lousy HR manager. Within a year of opening All Creatures Veterinary Hospital in Salem, Mass., half her employees had quit. Bradt blamed herself; unsur...

Second UK vet tested for bird flu updated: Wed Feb 07 2007 13:10:00

Britain's Health Protection Agency Wednesday is testing a second veterinarian service worker who responded to a recent avian flu outbreak on a English poultry farm for the deadly strain of the bird flu virus.

Vet: Barbaro was 'different horse' in final hoursupdated: Wed Jan 31 2007 11:55:00

The veterinarian who treated Barbaro for eight months before the Kentucky Derby winner was euthanized Monday said the horse was for the first time living in pain since the accident that ended his racing career.

U.S. is a nation of 360 million -- petsupdated: Fri Mar 10 2006 09:35:00

Pets outnumber people in the United States by about 60 million, with furry, feathered and scaly inhabitants numbering about 360 million, according to the pet industry.

Owners: Dog treats killed our petsupdated: Tue Feb 14 2006 16:44:00

At least 13 dogs have died after being fed the top-selling pet treat in the country, owners and veterinarians have told CNN.

CNNMoney: Cats as bird flu pandemic detectorsupdated: Thu Oct 20 2005 11:06:00

Coal miners used to bring canaries underground as an early warning system, because the song birds dropped dead from poison gas before it sickened humans.

CNNMoney: How much would you spend on your dog?updated: Tue Oct 11 2005 12:13:00

In the best of times and in the worst of times, Americans will spend thousands of dollars to keep their pets alive.

U.S. probes possible mad cow caseupdated: Wed Jul 27 2005 18:39:00

Federal health authorities are investigating another possible case of mad cow disease in a U.S. cow, the Department of Agriculture's chief veterinarian said Wednesday.

West Nile a threat to some animalsupdated: Mon Jun 06 2005 09:26:00

An intricate microbial dance between mosquitoes and birds plays a key role in the spread of the West Nile virus, as well as its transmission to humans, pets and wildlife, experts say.

'Agroterror' a new threat to the economyupdated: Tue Apr 26 2005 10:16:00

A ranch or a family farm might not immediately come to mind when thinking of terrorist targets. But an attack on U.S. agriculture could cause enormous damage to the economy. And that is the aim of "agroterror."

Young owl flies to freedom with new set of eyesupdated: Fri May 14 2004 08:39:00

A great horned owl named Minerva is making history in the treetops of eastern Wisconsin. At least, her eyes are. Veterinarians say she's the only animal in the world, in the wild, with surgically implanted artificial lenses.

Money Magazine: Sophia Yin DAVIS, CALIF.updated: Sun Dec 01 2002 00:01:00

In 1994, six months after graduating from UC-Davis Veterinary School, Sophia Yin, 36, had an idea for a pocket-size reference book for students and veterinarians, with common drug dosages, anatomy ...

Money Magazine: HOW WOULD YOUR CHILDREN FARE IF YOU DIED SUDDENLY? JENNIFER MATLI IS JUST SUCH A...SOLE SURVIVORupdated: Fri Sep 01 1995 00:01:00

It was no surprise to the folks in rural Piedmont, Okla. that Mark Matli, a soft-spoken 43-year-old veterinarian, responded immediately to a 9 p.m. distress call about a bobcat hit by a truck a mil...

Money Magazine: The Wild New World of Health Care for Your Pet From CAT scans to doggy braces, almost every procedure for humans can now be requupdated: Fri Apr 01 1994 00:01:00

Soaring medical bills. Limited insurance coverage. Expensive care for the aged and critically ill. Sounds like the familiar list of problems being addressed in Washington, D.C., right? Not so fast....

Fortune: COMPANIES TO WATCHupdated: Mon Feb 22 1993 00:01:00

IDEXX LABORATORIES -- Chiron, Genetics Institute, Xoma -- these brave names of American biotechnology share a wealth of talent, a commitment to pioneering research, lofty expectations -- and not a ...

Money Magazine: My Life with a Dog You've heard of Turner and Hooch. Well, this is about Tyler and pooch. Specifically, how the author has spentupdated: Mon Jan 01 1990 00:01:00

There's no one named Wally at our house. Or Ward, or June or the Beav. But there is a certain suburban sitcom quality to life these days at 28 Waterbury Rd. Call it Leave It to the Retriever (and i...

Fortune: Facial Feedback in Washington, A Future Shock for the Unions, One Way to Fight Fascism, and Other Matters. Great Moments in Profupdated: Mon Sep 29 1986 00:01:00

LOS ANGELES -- Pet psychology (is) a growing field practiced at least part time by more than 100 veterinarians around the country and taught at an increasing number of veterinary schools . . . Ther...

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