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October 27, 2020

Your Cat's Grooming Habits: What's Normal and What's Not?
A normal feline behavior, self-grooming consumes a large chunk of a cat's awake time. But when does it exceed the norm and turn into a compulsive disorder? Here's how to tell if your kitty is an overgroomer.

Can You Bribe a Mouse Out of Your Car With a French Fry?
A guy uses a French fry to entice a mouse out of his car before he (the guy) freaks out!

October 26, 2020

The Deadly Autoimmune Disease — Caused by Vaccines?
Meningoencephalitis can be a pet parent's worst nightmare. Depending on the type, the onset of this tragic disease can be as little as two months. After diagnosis, your pet may only have days to live. Most veterinarians don't know the cause, but many integrative vets, myself included, suspect vaccines may be to blame.

Koala Likes the Car's AC and Doesn't Want to Leave!
In the US, people sometimes find squirrels in their cars. Down Under, it's koalas!

October 25, 2020

Do You Worry That Your Pet Could Outlive You?
Should advancing age stop you from adopting a new pet? What if you became ill and could no longer care for your beloved companion? An estimated half a million dogs and cats are euthanized each year after their owners pass away, but it doesn't have to be that way.

Tiny Pit Bull Puppy Always Wears a Smile
A puppy in a shelter was so cute with her perpetual smile that this woman couldn't say no!

October 24, 2020

Feral Cats Find a Friend in This 89-Year-Old Dynamo
Marilyn Suss is a hero for all animals in need who cross her path. Meet this vibrant Game Changer and catch her passion for helping feral cat colonies and other animals in need of a kind and caring hand.

Bottle-Fed Mini Horse Grows Up With Dogs as Siblings
Rejected by her mother at birth, Luna was a baby mini horse in need of a caring family.

October 23, 2020

A Surprising Source of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
Antibiotic residues are showing up in the least likely spots, but this recent discovery suggests this source may play an even larger role in the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria than antibiotics use in these areas. Is your pet being exposed to antibiotics every day because of it?

Stray Kitten Decides a Dog Is Her Mom
When a stray kitten began following a dog named Toast around, the love was mutual.

October 22, 2020

This Game Changer's Dog Led Her to Integrative Veterinary Care
Dr. Anna started out in conventional veterinary medicine, but when her dog, Isis, became very ill due to tick-borne diseases, her life changed. Isis healed with the help of healthy food and homeopathy. Dr. Anna now helps others using integrative modalities through her mobile services.

Neighborhood Cat Chooses His Person
Enjoying his window visits, a guy says his new feline friend has a 'calm, sweet energy.'

October 21, 2020

Everything You Need to Know About CCL Injuries
Damage to cranial cruciate ligaments (CCLs) is the second most common orthopedic condition in dogs. Know the five signs of a potential CCL injury, what contributes to CCL damage - sudden trauma is rarely the cause - and the surprising role nutrition plays.

A Piglet and a Calf: An Unlikely Duo
Separated from their moms, a piglet and calf bonded on a car ride to their sanctuary.

October 20, 2020

Why Dogs Respond to Their Names Better Than Cats
Whereas a dog will usually come running when called by name, a cat rarely does. Is it a difference in how they're able to recognize their names or something else?

Fostered Mama Cat Produces Surprise Kittens
Kiki became a foster kitty that soon started gaining a bit, but then again who hasn't?

October 19, 2020

The 5 Personality Traits You Share With Your Dog
If you've sometimes wondered why your dog acts like he does, you may not need to look any further than your own personality. Beginning with the owner's subconscious selection of a pet to a dog's everyday behaviors, researchers believe the owner, not the animal, influences personality.

Infant Chipmunks Learn Survival From Humans
Three baby chipmunks were rescued and taught the crucial skills to survive in the wild.

October 18, 2020

Why Pet Pain Management Should Never Be Optional
Dr. Laurie Coger is both a friend and an integrative veterinary colleague. Today we're chatting about situations that arise in our practices that are rarely encountered in conventional practices, including misguided clients who feel holistic pet care means no testing and no 'non-natural' treatments (like surgery), up to and including effective pain management.

Hope: The Journey of a Tiny Turtle With an Exposed Heart
About the size of a quarter, a turtle with a visible heart bonded with the perfect guy.

October 17, 2020

Hope for Animals and Humans at the End of Their Rope
Dr. Shannon Ruff decided as an undergrad in healthcare that she didn't want to follow the Western medicine trajectory. That's when she discovered chiropractic and became a Doctor of Chiropractic. Next, she discovered animal chiropractic and became a Game Changer for pets (and their humans).

Woman Opts to Help Injured Baby Sparrow
Although he couldn't be released, a woman made a choice to help an injured baby bird.

October 16, 2020

Dry Climate Disease Can Affect Unexpectedly
As more and more homeless pets are transported from dry, hot areas like Texas, Nevada, Southern California and Arizona, this disease is popping up in unexpected locations. If you live in an arid region or adopt a pet from one, know the 12 symptoms that may suggest your dog is infected.

Big Dog Chooses Guinea Pigs as Her Besties
Moki is a pretty big dog. It's curious that she chose a pair of guinea pigs as her best buds!

October 15, 2020

Game Changer on Wheels Delivers In-Home Acupuncture
With increased requests from pet parents for in-home care, Dr. Heather Oxford decided to take her veterinary practice on the road. She now offers an array of alternative options in the comfort of patients' homes - including the modality that completely changed her life.

Big Dog With Bad Feet Gets New Legs
'I'm not giving up on Lumen,' a prosthetic doctor said about this beautiful Great Dane.

October 14, 2020

This Food Is Often Linked to Pet Obesity
It may be a sensitive topic for some, but it's a serious issue for all involved. In one study, 78% of owners and their dogs fell into this high-risk category. Find out which type of food is most likely to make your dog overweight and the best treats to offer if she needs to slim down.

Baby Squirrel Is Lighter Than an AA Battery
Incredibly tiny, an ice-cold baby squirrel found by a dog had a unique health dilemma.

October 13, 2020

Why It's so Hard to Cut Kitty's Calories
With 60% of cats in the US either overweight or obese, more owners than ever are being advised to reduce their pets' rations. However, that's often easier said than done. When a cat's calories are restricted, his feeding behaviors can change and earn him the title of 'hangry' cat.

Stray Kitten Is Hired as Legal Office's Official Greeter
Here's what happened when a wet, stray kitten wandered into a law office in Brazil.

October 12, 2020

How to Find Truly Natural, Organic Pet Food
Are you looking in the wrong places for healthy, holistic food for your dog or cat? Many pet parents do, and in the process, get tricked by appealing labeling and marketing schemes that lead them astray. Here's what to look for to make sure you're getting the real deal.

Tiny, Deaf Puppy Wins Them Over With Her Happy Self
Rescued when she was a teeny-tiny puppy, JJ's new fosters discovered she was deaf.

October 11, 2020

Dueling Cat and Dog? Pheromones to the Rescue
Many households include both a cat and a dog, and it's not unusual for the two species to be incompatible at times, especially if one of them is a newcomer. This study found that a more relaxed dog may be the secret to a more peaceful home. The use of these calming pheromones may help.

Rehabbed Sea Turtle Is Returned to the Ocean
Nutritionally deficient and injured, this huge sea turtle found off Cape Cod needed help.

October 10, 2020

Why You Should Never Trim Your Dog's or Cat's Whiskers
Whiskers, also known as vibrissae or tactile hairs, are actually sensory organs and serve protective functions for your pet's well-being. Very different from fur, these long, stiff, widely spaced hairs send messages to your pet's brain to warn about his surroundings as well as threats to his eyes.

Abandoned Pittie Finds a New Home
A jogger heard barking in the woods and discovered an abandoned dog tied to a tree.

October 9, 2020

10 Mistakes You May Be Making With Your Dog
Failing to do these things with or for your dog can not only put his emotional and physical health at risk, it can be downright confusing for your pet. Give your dog the attention and care he deserves for a secure, long and healthy life.

Parrot Hated People Until He Met His Perfect Human
So stressed he plucked out his feathers, a neglected parrot needed a forever home.

October 8, 2020

This Game Changer Is Helping Dogs Who Need It Most
Rescuing dogs near and far from death row, our latest Game Changer Award nominee is helping dogs that no one else will. Inspired by the passing away of her beloved 'heart dog,' she's channeling her energy into saving dogs who deserve to live and be loved.

Concealed Kitty Wins (Almost) Everyone's Heart
Animals weren't allowed in her dorm room, but she hid her cat, Bailey, there for a week.

October 7, 2020

Alternatives to Spaying and Neutering – Right for Your Dog?
Because spaying and neutering can increase the risk for many long-term health problems, I prefer alternatives that allow a dog's body to continue to produce hormones essential for health. Finally, alternative sterilization techniques are beginning to be taught.

Francis and Howard, Lost Dogs in Need of a Home
Clearly lost, a dog wandering the neighborhood wouldn't let anyone get close to him.

October 6, 2020

From World Boxing Champion to Game Changer for Homeless Pets
Jenifer Alcorn retired from a professional boxing career and found herself drawn to the South Coast Humane Society shelter in Brookings, Oregon, where she is now the executive director. Jenifer has transformed a formerly under-utilized shelter into a haven for adoptable animals from high kill shelters in neighboring states.

Is the Dog Chasing the Chicken or the Other Way Around?
The filming begins just before a disgruntled hen is placed in the area of a playful pup!

October 5, 2020

FDA-Approved Treatment Causes Reactions in 2 out of 3 Dogs
Even veterinarians routinely prescribe these based on an animal's history. But that could be a tragic mistake with this dangerous chemical. Seizures, tremors, lack of muscle control or death could occur, even if your dog has never had an adverse reaction in the past.

Boyfriend Hopes Cute Puppy Will Be a Huge Hit!
Heartbroken after recently losing her dog, her boyfriend brings her a puppy. 'Success!'

October 4, 2020

Never Do This to Protect Your Dog From COVID-19
Concerned about viral transmission, people are making a greater effort to clean and sanitize their homes. Unfortunately, some pet owners have taken precautionary measures a little too far with their pets. Please, if you believe you need to protect your dog, do this instead.

Stray Cat Stole Woman's Heart, Then Had Kittens!
This woman heard meowing in her garage and found an adorable stray cat hiding there.

October 3, 2020

How Does Your Pet Really Feel About E-Collars?
If your cat or dog has ever been forced to wear an Elizabethan collar, aka the 'cone of shame,' post-surgery or to protect a hot spot, you might have wondered how she perceives the experience. A study of 434 pets wearing E-collars reveals how they can affect both the animal and the owner.

Caring People Help Fragile Dog Overcome the Odds
By the time Riggs reached the SPCA, he could barely move. Then love stepped in.

October 2, 2020

How to Enjoy Walking Your Dog
The most important thing you can do to make dog walks joyful for you both is to establish good leash manners as early as possible. While that may sound challenging if your puppy or grown dog is an overly enthusiastic leash-puller, following these tips can help you get the most out of your walks.

Super Big House Cat Finds the Perfect 'Mom'
Being a 36-pound cat, King had a problem his new owner could empathize with.

October 1, 2020

Game Changer Provides Comfort for Over 10,000 Dogs
There's nothing more devastating than to receive news that your dog has a tumor or a cancerous condition. Our latest Pet Game Changer nomination goes to an individual who is helping owners provide joy and comfort to their dogs during the final chapter of their lives.

Otters Appear Jubilant To Be Reunited With Lost Baby
This baby otter looked so sad and forlorn as he wandered even further from his family.