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No owner wants to sicken their pets with their own good or bad habits. Yet, when it comes to the health risks our pets face as a result of consuming human drugs (prescription or recreational or over-the-counter) or nutraceuticals (supplements), the potential for serious consequences is quite high (both figuratively and literally). Credit: vnlit / Shutterstock On more occasions than I can reasonably assign a number, I've treated dogs and cats for intoxications with various chemical and natural substances. The majority of these cases occurred while working as an emergency practitioner in West Hollywood and involved dogs consuming their owner's medical-grade marijuana baked goods or...

Adopting the Right Cat for You

The kids have been clamoring for a cat. You've held them off for as long as humanly possible, but now you must decide whether or not to make the twenty year commitment to a new feline friend. To dog people, taking on a cat seems like no big deal – no house training, numerous daily walks or obedience classes. But if you are a novice at animal care-taking, hair on the furniture, paw prints on countertops and kitty games at 3 A.M. - not to mention litter box training and daily maintenance - can take some getting used to. Time must be found in hectic schedules for grooming, feeding and interactive play. If you are considering adopting a kitten, factor in plenty of time for socialization and...

GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy - It's nursing season in Europe's biggest marine sanctuary and schools of whales have brought their young to Italian shores -- but environmentalists warn they are at risk from toxins leaked by the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship. Credit: Getty The luxury liner crashed off the Tuscan island of Giglio in 2012, killing 32 people and sparking an unprecedented salvage operation set to conclude this month with the floated wreck being towed more than 200 nautical miles north to the port of Genoa to be scrapped. Greenpeace and Italy's main environmental group, Legambiente, have voiced concerns that the hull of the damaged ship may not withstand the stress of the four-day...

Cat Cafes Around the World

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As reported by this media story, a potentially deadly virus reached the island of Maui late last month. That virus is the feline panleukopenia virus. Credit: pavelgr / Shutterstock With the virus receiving this type of attention in Hawaii, you may be wondering whether your cat is at risk, even if you don't live on Maui. The answer to that question is, possibly, yes. This is especially true if your pet is a kitten or a young cat. Feline panleukopenia is sometimes known as feline distemper, although this name is somewhat of a misnomer. The virus itself is actually a parvovirus. In fact, years ago, when parvovirus was first recognized in dogs, and before dedicated canine parvovirus vaccines...

Nine beagles were rescued from life in cages in a laboratory in Nevada. Watch as people from the Beagle Freedom Project bring the dogs outside for the very first time. Share this on Facebook? MORE ON PAWNATION: Rescued Laboratory Dogs See Sun, Grass for the First Time Dog Home Alone Breaks Rules and Loves It Cat Is The Best at Giving Hugs...