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Archive for July, 2008

Surprise! Unlike humans, 9/11 dogs suffered few health effects

A new study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association reveals that New York Police Department dogs deployed to the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, have not experienced any long-term health effects.

The study focuses on 27 dogs that assisted in relief efforts at the site, many of which remained deployed throughout the 37-week cleanup operation. Both short-term and long-term health assessments were conducted.
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Posted on Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
Under: 9/11 dogs, dogs, Scientific studies on animals | No Comments »

Photo of a parakeet at a backyard bird feeder

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Dear Gary:
I saw a parakeet at our backyard bird feeder! Where in the heck did it come from? Will it be OK? It flew off with a bunch of house finches.
Lisa, Oakland
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Posted on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008
Under: Escaped pet birds, Exotic wildlife, Parakeet | 5 Comments »

4th of July: a BLAST for people, NO picnic for pets; some handy tips

Here are some handy tips for a happy and safe Fourth of July.

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First and foremost: your pets are better off at home. Whatever you do … DO NOT take them with you to see the fireworks!
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Posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
Under: Cats, dogs, Fourth of July, Pets, Uncategorized | No Comments »