Archive for January 2012

Overweight Bearded Dragon Lizard

Overweight Bearded Dragon Lizard
Another question from my Tribune Media Services newspaper column Q: How can you tell if our 3-year-old bearded dragon (lizard) is overweight? I’ve seen bearded dragons in pet stores and they all seem to have round bellies. I asked our vet, but she doesn’t know much about lizards. She did say that if Boris is... Read more »

Elk in the City

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So, you think your neighbor’s dog’s barking is annoying…check this out – in a sense, I’d love to live here.

Your Questions Answered at NAVC: Traumatized Cat to Vet; Choke Collar; Love/Hate Tail

Your Questions Answered at NAVC: Traumatized Cat to Vet; Choke Collar; Love/Hate Tail
ORLANDO, FLA. — These reader questions were answered at the North American Veterinary Conference here Jan.14-18, for my national Tribune Media Services column. Q: Our cat, who’s at least 12 years old, has always been traumatized during her yearly veterinary exams. On her most recent visit, the vet indicated the cat’s heart was galloping, apparently... Read more »
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Actor Kills Himself After Euthanizing Pit Bull

Actor Kills Himself After Euthanizing Pit Bull
We often say, “My dog is my best friend. How often is that really true?” There’s a lot about this story about soap opera actor Nick Santino which is quite troubling. First, if something awful happens to your dog – it’s awful, but is that a reason to literally kill yourself? Also, Pit Bulls who... Read more »

Kitty Kaos Delays Flight

Is your flight ever delayed inexplicably….well, maybe it’s the weather, airline ineptitude or – A CAT??

U.S. Postal Service Honors Working Dogs

U.S. Postal Service Honors Working Dogs
Here’s the press release….a nice thing, I think…USPS honoring working dogs MERRIFIELD, VA — The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the enduring partnership between dogs and people with the issuance of the 65-cent Dogs at Work set of four stamps. “We are proud to commemorate these specialized dogs on stamps,” said U.S. Postal Inspection Service Homeland... Read more »
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Improving Veterinary Care: Hot Topic at North American Veterinary Conference

Improving Veterinary Care: Hot Topic at North American Veterinary Conference
ORLANDO, FL – As the first big veterinary event of the year, the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) always features lots of news about advances in veterinary medicine. Veterinary professionals teach, learn, view new products and make announcements at several Orlando hotels. Nearly 16,000 veterinary professions attended this year’s conference Jan. 14-18 — one of... Read more »

100 Proof Cat Lover, Kellie Pickler

100 Proof Cat Lover, Kellie Pickler
February is Cat Appreciation Month, but as country singer Kellie Pickler says, “I appreciate cats all the time. I’ve been a critter lover all my life.” After singing her way to 6th place on “American Idol” in 2006, Pickler moved to Franklin, TN, where she soon adopted Pickles. The orange tabby became a frequent source... Read more »

Drinking Up for Trio and Project Rescue Chicago Pups

Drinking Up for Trio and Project Rescue Chicago Pups
The Franklin Tap, along with Matrix Partners, a marketing firm focused on the pet industry, is hosting a benefit for Trio Animal Foundation on Wednesday, January 25th, 5:30 to 9 p.m., 325 S. Franklin (between Jackson and Van Buren) . The goal is to raise money to help alleviate the costs that Trio has incurred... Read more »
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Reader Questions Answered at North American Veterinary Conference: Overweight Cat, FIV Cat, Licking Dog, Can Cat Die from Tuna?

Reader Questions Answered at North American Veterinary Conference: Overweight Cat, FIV Cat, Licking Dog, Can Cat Die from Tuna?
ORLANDO, FLA. — These reader questions from my Tribune Media Services newspaper column were answered by experts attending the North American Veterinary Conference , Jan.14-18. Q: We adopted a kitten from a shelter, and at only 7 months she already weighs 14 pounds. We feed her a half a can of canned food each morning... Read more »
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