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.
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.
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.
One minute, he's checking a cat's mouth for gingivitis. The next, he's carefully bandaging a dog's bloody, broken nail.
CNN's Dana Bash follows up with former senator John Ensign in an exclusive look at his life after politics.
A new study shows the majority of adult dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight or obese. CNN's Josh Levs reports.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
HLN's Susan Hendricks reports on what vaccines the experts recommend for dogs and cats.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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).
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?
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.
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.
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.
I asked a friend to keep my dog, Lulu, while I took a business trip to Florida a few years ago.
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.
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.
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.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson thinks Flo the chimpanzee needs a friend.
Life isn't easy for stray animals on the mean streets of one of the world's busiest borders.
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.
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 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.
You probably cost your boss a lot more than you think you do.
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.
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.
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.
HLN's Susan Hendricks tells us about a blood bank for dogs.
CNN's Melissa Long reports on the importance of dental care for your pets in this Health Minute.
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.
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.
CNN's Susan Hendricks reports on how to bring baby into a house with a pet.
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.
A dog named Angel helped save an 11-year-old boy being attacked by a cougar. CTV's Rob Brown reports.
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.
Australia's koala population is in rapid decline following urbanization and disease. CNN's Anna Coren reports.
Keep your furry friend happy and healthy without breaking the bank.
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.
Jacqui Read loves to hike with Buddy on the weekends.
CNN's John Zarrella reports state veterinarians are looking for answers in the sudden deaths of 21 polo horses.
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.
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, the cat who won international fame during his years in the Clinton White House, was euthanized Friday after months of treatment for cancer.
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.
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.
Warning: young children should not keep hedgehogs as pets -- or hamsters, baby chicks, lizards and turtles, for that matter -- because of risks for disease
With owners willing to spend more and more on their pets' health, vets are increasingly turning to alternative treatments
For thoroughbreds in this U.S. Caribbean territory, being fast enough to win, place or show is a matter of life and death
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
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 worrying number of dogs are obese and may need a new doggy diet pill. CNN's Linzie Janis reports.
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.
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.
Studies show that RFID tags, implanted in pets and humans, can cause cancer in mice. But one maker defends his chips
The growing obesity problem doesn't exclude pets.
Ethiopian farmer Fekadu Asfaw stood defiantly before an angry veterinarian, having just beaten his four severely malnourished donkeys.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Health officials suspect 38 pet deaths in Oregon are related to the nationwide pet food recall, the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association said Wednesday.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
At least 13 dogs have died after being fed the top-selling pet treat in the country, owners and veterinarians have told CNN.
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.
In the best of times and in the worst of times, Americans will spend thousands of dollars to keep their pets alive.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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 ...
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...
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....
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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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