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Spritzing dogs with a "pig perfume" helps prevent them from barking incessantly, jumping frantically on house guests and from engaging in other unwanted behaviors, according to new research. Credit: Thinkstock The eau de oink, aka "Boar Mate" or "Stop That," was formulated by Texas Tech scientist John McGlone, who was looking for a way to curb his Cairn terrier Toto's non-stop barking. One spritz of the pig perfume seemed to do the trick in an instant without harming his dog. RELATED: 10 Best Sniffers in the Animal Kingdom "It was completely serendipitous," McGlone, who works in the university's Animal and Food Sciences department of the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, said...

Fleas have been around for a very long time, irritating our pets and invading our homes. They are smart little critters that can survive just about anywhere. They eat sparingly, move quietly and reproduce aggressively. That's the bad news. Credit: Getty Creative But here's the good news: We can win the flea battle! There are medications available that interrupt the flea life cycle and are safe, effective, and simple to use. Pet owners should appreciate how easy it is to control fleas now, especially those who remember how difficult the battle against fleas has been. When I began my career as a veterinarian, pet owners had to spray their dogs with topical chemicals every day, dip them in...

Daily GIFs: August 26, 2014

Getting through the day can be tough, but you know what makes it easier? Adorable GIFs. Check out these furry mini-flicks floating around the Internet. It's probably the cutest way to waste time and wait for the weekend. 1. Kittens and the beanstalk. 2. Hippity hop. 3. "I always hated that toy." 4. "How did Peter Pan lose his shadow? I must find out." 5. "I meant to do that." Share this on Facebook? Get another dose of adorable animals:...

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Hollywood actress Lauren Bacall, who died Aug. 12 at age 89, left a small chunk of her $26.6 million estate to her dog's care, according to Fox News. Credit: Associated Press Bacall's will stipulates that $10,000 be entrusted to her youngest son, Sam Robards, 53, to continue caring for the dog, a Papillon named Sophie. Most of Bacall's fortune will be divided between her children and stepchildren. According to neighbors and those close to her, Bacall's devotion to Sophie was absolute. "Betty never went anywhere without that dog," said Jacqui Kaese, an acting coach who was present on the set of one of Bacall's last films. "That dog was royalty." MORE ON PAWNATION: 35 Amazing Corgi Mixes...

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