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Pets & Fleas: Are “Spot-On” flea killers safe?

Fleas photo by Flickr user Megadeth’s Girl used under a Creative Commons License
flea2 Megadeth's Girl

On the bottom front page of today’s (March 18) “Morning Report” section for Bay Area News Group newspapers (in San Francisco Bay Area), is a story headlined, “Flea and tick products linked to pet deaths.” (If you don’t subscribe to one of our newspapers, I’m sure there’s a similar story in yours.)

The first paragraph of the story reads: “WASHINGTON — Products intended to treat cats and dogs for fleas and ticks kill hundreds of pets each year and injure tens of thousands, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday as it outlined plans to make the products safer.”

You probably already read this story, but if you haven’t, here it is:
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Posted on Thursday, March 18th, 2010
Under: Cats, dogs, Fleas, Pets, Ticks | 2 Comments »

Pet care tips for Valentine’s Day & all year long

Jasmine the cat by Bogue

From time-to-time I get news releases sent to me that are filled with handy information that should be useful to pet owners and others. If you have a pet living with your family, I think you’ll find the information below to be very helpful. /Gary

Pet Poison Helpline has compiled a list of 14 ways pet owners can shower their pets with love and affection – not only on Valentine’s Day – but year round. From making sure pets stay fit, to keeping poisonous items out of reach, the following tips will ensure pets stay healthy and happy and will (hopefully) be around for many Valentine’s Days to come.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
Under: Cats, dogs, Pets, Pets & Poisons, Pets in Danger, Poison, Poisonous plants | No Comments »

Cats: These special kitties need a home. Can you help?

Mama cat up for adoption. See Breanne Buck letter
Mama breanne buck

I’m trying to catch up on my never-ending stream of “lost pets, found pets and pets that need homes” mail.

Sooooo — Below are some cats that need homes. Can you help? If so, please e-mail their humans using the e-mail addresses provided below. There’s also a little story about a dead cat someone found lying in the street near their home. They carefully picked up the cat and had it cremated. The people who found the cat hope that someone might recognize it as their missing pet … and at least know that someone else cared. Thanks. /Gary
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Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2010
Under: Cats, Pets | 2 Comments »

Christmas & New Year: Keep your pets safe during the holidays

Photo by Flickr user Lee Coursey used under a Creative Commons License
catdog Lee Coursey

Helpful hints from The Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States is reminding people that as they celebrate the season, many of the things that make the holidays special — the hustle and bustle of travel and large gatherings, festive food and beverage, and holiday decorations and plants- may also pose hazards for our canine and feline friends.

With a few simple precautions, our pets can share this special time with us safely. The Humane Society of the United States offers the following tips to keep our four legged family members healthy and happy:
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Posted on Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
Under: Chocolate & Pets, Pets, Poisonous plants | 2 Comments »

H1N1 Flu: Can my pet get sick from the H1N1 flu virus?


I just received this information on pets and the H1N1 flu virus from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). This information is frequently updated, so you can keep an eye on things by using the links I provided below. /Gary

American Veterinary Medical Association Updates H1N1 Flu Resources for Pet Owners, Veterinarians

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Nov. 5 — Since the news broke of a house cat in Iowa testing positive for the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, pet owners and veterinarians alike have been scrambling to learn more:

Can my pet get sick? What would the symptoms of H1N1 in cats be? How is it identified? How is it treated?
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Posted on Friday, November 6th, 2009
Under: AVMA, Cats, dogs, H1N1 Flu virus, Pets | 2 Comments »

Happy Halloween: How to keep your pets safe on this scary day

Here are a few handy tips for making Halloween a safe day/night for your pets:

Keep your pets safe on Halloween:
** Keep pets safely inside away from trick-or-treaters and other Halloween activities.

** Make certain that all pets are wearing collars with ID tags, especially indoor pets. Frequently opened doors tonight provide perfect opportunities for escape, despite our best efforts.

** Keep candy out of your pet’s reach. Candy can be harmful to pets and chocolate is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets.

** If you’re going trick-or-treating, leave the family dog at home. Dogs can be difficult to control with all those crazy ghosts and goblins running around them. A lost pet or a dog bite will quickly end your Halloween fun.

** Keep decorations away from pets. Candle flames might set fire to a pet’s fur. Dangling decorations should be kept in high places to avoid pet entanglement, choking and other potentially life-threatening hazards.

** Use fake cobwebs sparingly, if at all. Pets can choke on them.

** The only costume most pets want to wear is their own furry birthday suit. If your pet wears a costume, make sure it doesn’t restrict movement and supervise your pet carefully.

Have fun when you’re out trick-or-treating Saturday night! Stay on the sidewalk and watch out for cars. /Gary

Posted on Friday, October 30th, 2009
Under: Halloween, Pets | 1 Comment »

AP Pet Poll: Americans consider pets to be family poll reveals that American pets are often treated like humans (as if this is a big surprise /Gary)

June 23, 2009: With the downturn in the economy and people seeking more comfort from their pets than ever, a pet care and news site ( recently partnered with The Associated Press ( to poll Americans on their attitudes towards their furry friends. The survey revealed that half (50%) of American pet owners truly consider their pets to be as much a part of the family as any other person in the household.

Single people of both genders, but especially single women (66%), were more likely to say that their pet is a full member of the family. Only 46 percent of married women shared the same viewpoint. In comparison, 52 percent of single men said so, compared to 43 percent of married men.

Lots more at:

Posted on Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
Under: Pets | 2 Comments »

Free Disaster Preparedness Guide For Pet Owners

Dog trapped on roof by flooding. Noah’s Wish photo.
dog rescue1

Each year two to three million people in the U.S. are affected by disasters.

Both natural and man-made disasters have made it clear that pet owners need to have a plan in case of an unforeseen tragedy.

The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters has created such a plan designed to provide you with educational and reference tools to help guide you through natural and man-made disasters.
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Posted on Friday, April 17th, 2009
Under: Birds, Disaster plan for pets, Disasters, Pets, Pets & Quakes, Pets in Danger, Reptiles | No Comments »


President Obama and Bo. (AP/White House/Pete Souza)

I Googled “Obama, Bo” at 7 a.m. this morning and received 13,500,000 hits. (Then I Googled “Obama, unemployed” and got 13,000,000 hits.)

I’ve received 18 press releases in the last week from organizations and people who want to advise the Obama family on how to care for Bo, this country’s new First Dog.

And more new press releases on the subject are coming in every day.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
Under: Dog names, dogs, Obama, Pets, Presidential Pets | No Comments »

First Dog Bo: Obama family picks Portuguese water dog for daughters

The new First Dog, Bo, a Portuguese water dog. (AP Photo/the White House, Pete Souza)
Obama BO

I’d like to congratulate the Obamas on bringing home a new dog, Bo, into their family, and especially to thank them for taking in a “second-chance dog.” Bo is a Portuguese water dog who was apparently returned by the family that originally purchased him.

The puppy didn’t fit in with the first family that adopted it. It is a gift to the Obamas (that other first family) from Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., who tracked down the puppy. He owns several Portuguese water dogs himself.
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Posted on Monday, April 13th, 2009
Under: dogs, First Dog, Obama, Pets, Presidential Pets | No Comments »