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The Pet Shop: Vets share tips about how to keep pets safe on Halloween | Blog: The Pet Shop

American Veterinary Medical Association After a year of scaled-back activities due to COVID-19, trick-or-treaters are likely to be out in full force for Halloween. While this is great news for those who celebrate the holiday, it may pose some additional risks to pets. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is warning pet owners to beware … Read more

The Pet Shop: Lessons my pets have taught me | Blog: The Pet Shop

Barton Goldsmith Tribune News Service Quadrupeds are great companions, but they are much more than that. These days they are our “fur babies,” and along with the unconditional love they naturally give, they also have a few things to teach us. Here are some lessons I have learned from the wonderful animals in my life. … Read more

The Pet Shop: Picasso had a rough start in life, but an obscure webpage helped smooth his way | Blog: The Pet Shop

Kenwyn Caranna I remember clearly the night I found Picasso literally on the road. It was in September 2004 and I was on my way home after finishing a night shift at the News & Record. My usual route was impassable after severe storms had traversed the area, and a law enforcement officer directed me … Read more

The Pet Shop: Veterinarians find dogs and cats can get COVID | Blog: The Pet Shop

Cindy Krischer Goodman South Florida Sun Sentinel As omicron sweeps through households, more pet owners are reporting their dogs or cats show signs of coronavirus. While COVID-19 in pets is a rare occurrence, veterinarians now know it can happen. Pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly … Read more

The Pet Shop: Valentine’s Day safety for your pets | Blog: The Pet Shop

American Kennel Club Monday is Valentine’s Day and although the holiday celebrates love, it is also associated with exchanging cards, flowers, chocolates and candy. The holiday can also be a time of increased pet medical problems and increased visits to vet emergency hospitals. Objects of love and affection can become objects of real danger to … Read more

The Pet Shop: Making friends is hard to do | Blog: The Pet Shop

Chris McGaughey I’ve never considered myself a species-specific pet person. I’ve had dogs, cats, ducks, chickens, a gerbil and even an iguana as pets. For full disclosure, I do draw the line at goats — long story — and parrots and similar birds — several longer stories. The one thing I’ve never attempted is to … Read more