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The association between Ebola and dogs has been all over the news lately. After potentially being exposed by their infected owners, a Spanish dog, Excalibur, was euthanized, while a Texas dog, Bentley, is being held in isolation at an undisclosed location. The disparate handling of these two cases raises the question -- what risk do dogs really pose when it comes to the transmission of the Ebola virus? Credit: Getty Creative We do know that Ebola has the ability to infect certain types of animals in addition to humans. Antibodies to the virus are widespread in African fruit bats. Many scientists think that fruit bats may be the natural hosts for Ebola since they do not appear to become...

I was very saddened and shocked to learn of the passing of my fellow veterinarian and writer Lorie Huston. Credit: Dr. Lorie Huston I first got to know Lorie on a virtual basis in 2008 when I first started writing for examiner.com. Lorie was another Pet Care Examiner and in those days we would receive a weekly update as to which writer had the top readership in our respective categories. Lorie was always the top Pet Care Examiner, which motivated me to write more frequently and expand my catalog of topics in an effort to reach the top spot. For complete disclosure, Lorie still typically beat me, which I just came to accept over time. This on-line interaction was the impetus for my...

Does your dog ever behave in what appears to be a jealous manner when you interact with a friend's canine companion? How about his behaviors around toys or food? Does your dog suddenly become more interested in his playthings or meals in the presence of another pooch? Credit: Getty Creative I have certainly seen my own dog, Cardiff, exhibit such above behaviors. When another dog comes over to our home, he becomes more interested in interacting with me in a manner that limits the guest pooch's access to my attention. Cardiff also strives to prevent that dog's access to his toys and may growl or posture in an intimidating manner toward our canine guest. I've actually welcomed the presence of...

The month of September has been designated as Happy Cat Month. That's right - a whole month dedicated to keeping your cat happy and, of course, healthy. Credit: Thinkstock Although we're now at the end of September, here are my top tips for keeping your cat happy throughout the year. Provide entertainment for your cat. Make sure your cat has lots of toys to play with and also make sure you set aside some personal time for interacting and playing with your cat. It will help you bond with your cat and also promote exercise, an important part of your cat's routine to prevent weight gain and to keep your cat's mind stimulated. RELATED: New Heart Disease Drug for Dogs Works for Cats,...