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While Halloween may be a fun and exciting time for your kids, your cat may find it more stressful than fun. A steady stream of strangers ringing the doorbell, all wearing strange costumes and shouting "Trick or Treat" may be enough to send even the most courageous cat over the edge. Credit: Rene Schwietzke / Flickr And even if the trick-or-treaters do not bother your cat, there's still plenty of trouble for him to find. Keep your cat safe at Halloween with the following tips: –Especially for black cats, Halloween is a dangerous time. However, any cat is at risk outdoors after dark on Halloween. Make sure your cat is confined indoors well before the sun sets. Personally, I prefer my cats...

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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...