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January 22, 2021

Why Dogs May Be the 'New Probiotic'
We know that owning a pet helps lower stress hormones and blood pressure, but can a dog also influence your gut bacteria, mood and immune health? Find out why researchers are calling dogs the 'new probiotic' and how your favorite canine may be influencing your mood and immunity.

Dog to Owner in the Park: ‘I Ain’t Goin’!’
A stubborn dog decides he's not going to leave the park, and it's pretty funny to watch!

January 21, 2021

Game Changer Celebrates Facility's 50,000th Spay-Neuter
Words can hardly describe the positive changes this Healthy Pets Animal Game Changer nominee has made in the lives of dogs and cats in the southern US. Under her pioneering guidance, Romaine Kobilsek is making profound strides with pet overpopulation and shelter euthanasia rates.

Dog and Cat: ‘Get Off My Blanket!’
A family got out the camera in time to record the dog reclaiming his blanket from the cat!

January 20, 2021

Is Your Dog Suffering From Anxiety?
About 30% of dogs today show signs of anxiety, and the excessive norepinephrine released in response to feelings of stress or fear can alter gut bacteria and interfere with GI tract function. Left unchecked, anxiety can affect a dog's health and longevity. Know the signs and what to do to help.

Cutest Moment in Classical Music
A Vienna Chamber Orchestra performance was crashed by a dog, who stole the show!

January 19, 2021

Real Copycats: Cats Mimicking Human Behavior
Newly published results of a fascinating study takes the word 'copycat' to a whole new level. Watch as Ebisu learns to imitate her human's actions by responding correctly 81% of the time, mimicking behaviors she has never done before.

Rabbit Uses His Thumpers to Release His Feline Friend
Knowing his kitty friend was stuck, this clever bunny used his digging skills to release him!

January 18, 2021

How to Tell if It's Too Cold Outside for Your Dog
How cold is too cold for your dog? While some dogs tolerate the cold better than others, there are six factors you must consider before heading out when the temperature drops. Know the three key temperature guidelines and the eight signs it's time to head back inside.

Smart Monkeys Use Tools to Obtain Food
One giveaway regarding the capuchin monkey's intelligence is its nut-cracking abilities.

January 17, 2021

Why Hydrolyzed Pet Food Isn't the Answer for Sensitive Pets
Pet food makers have a new target - pets with digestive issues and sensitive tummies. Their solution? Hydrolyzed proteins. Find out the truth about these new foods, what really causes food sensitivities and what to do if your dog or cat has digestive issues due to food intolerances.

Wild Pigeon Adopts 1-Pound Chihuahua
A pigeon that can't fly and a Chihuahua that can't walk somehow became best friends.

January 16, 2021

Caring for Cats Whose Humans No Longer Can
Jeanmarie Schiller-McGinnis' Hearts That Purr rescue organization was founded to provide shelter and loving care for kitties made homeless due to the terminal illness, incapacitation or death of their owners.

Typically, Beagles and Bunnies Wouldn’t Be Friends
This beagle's drive to hunt bunnies isn't as strong as her desire to be friends with them!

January 15, 2021

Senior Goldendoodle Defies Odds, Survives 5-Hour Surgery
Perhaps the most heartwarming story you'll read today, Cello, a lovely 12-year-old Goldendoodle received the worst possible diagnoses - an advanced case of tumor invasion - only to pull through an emergency life-threatening surgery and harrowing recovery, all during COVID-19.

Yorkie Keeps Lost 3-Year-Old Warm in a Cornfield Overnight
A 3-year-old girl lost in a cornfield overnight was kept warm and protected by her little Yorkie.

January 14, 2021

Game Changer Veterinarian Uses Ancient Method to Change Lives
Dr. Bob Gaston is passionate about getting to the root cause of his clients' ailments, but they're not always cooperative. By using this integrative method, he's able to soothe even his most anxious patients within minutes so he can do what he does best - act as a pillar of light and healing.

Kitten Runs From the Bushes Into Her 'Mom's' Arms
A cute, hungry kitten ran from out of nowhere and begged this woman to take her home.

January 13, 2021

The Social and Emotional Benefits Dogs Offer Children
The potential benefits to preschoolers from dog ownership can be profound, compared to children from families without a dog. While a child younger than 5 can't be expected to adequately care for a pet, these two activities can help increase a child's self-esteem, autonomy and social behaviors.

Security Camera Catches Boy Hugging Dog
Security cameras are usually used to catch bad guys. This one caught a sweetheart!

January 12, 2021

The Amazing Way Cats Resemble Human Infants
Researchers have found that 65% of cats and kittens share this trait with the exact same percentage of babies. While this may come as a surprise to owners who view their pets as aloof and independent, it explains why kitties can experience their own unique version of separation anxiety.

Drongo Birds Tricking Meerkats
Drongos are the Kalahari's greatest tricksters; meerkats are their victims of deception.

January 11, 2021

The Inhumane Procedure That Silences Dogs
It's done solely for the convenience of pet owners and breeders, and while it provides no benefit to the animal, it can create health problems. Restricted in six US states and no longer taught in many veterinary schools, here's why this procedure should be avoided and what I suggest doing instead.

Soldier Ships His Wartime Pup Back Home
This soldier arranged to keep the stray pup he adopted with the help of the SPCA.

January 10, 2021

The Tricks Pet Food Makers Use to Fool You
It's becoming increasingly difficult to know what's in that bag of food or treats, especially as owners demand food that looks more like their own. Here's how pet food makers are pulling out the stops to produce food that may look more homemade but isn't. Don't fall for their trickery.

When a Stray Cat Scratches the Window in a Snowstorm
Chunk Chunk made a dramatic appeal during a snow storm. They simply had to help.

January 9, 2021

Changing the Game for Raw Feeders Down Under
Laura Di Ciano is a cat parent and raw feeder so passionate about ensuring raw pet meals are properly balanced, that she started her own company. Raw Meow of Perth, Australia provides healthy raw foods for pets, and also serves as an educational resource for pet parents interested in learning about raw feeding.

'Don't Go on the Train Tracks, Puppers!'
A guy saw a skittish husky running right toward train tracks and knew he had to act fast.

January 8, 2021

Is Your Pet's Flea Treatment Harming the Environment?
Not only is one common insecticide in top-selling chemical pet flea and tick preventives a possible human carcinogen, it's also the number two poison to cats. But the risks don't stop there. There's now evidence these insecticide chemicals are causing widespread environmental contamination, too.

Lone Cat Vs. Six Deer
A lone cat encountering several deer provides an amusing moment for a videographer.

January 7, 2021

The New Movement to Feed Pet Birds Whole Foods
While pet birds have existed on nothing but seeds and pellets for many pet years, more and more pet owners and avian veterinarians are waking up to the realization that birds thrive on fresh, live, whole foods. This Animal Game Changer Nominee is on a mission to revolutionize how pet birds eat.

Dog and Stick: Where There's a Will, There's a Way
This little dog is determined to get the long stick in his mouth through a narrow opening.

January 6, 2021

The Wrong Way to Train Your Dog Not to Jump Up on People
Experts agree: A dog's behavior is almost always linked to something his owner or trainer did or didn't do. Jumping up on people is one of those annoying behaviors that you may indeed be unintentionally reinforcing, especially if you're not following these three important rules.

What Do You Do With Flea-Bitten Kittens?
What would you do if two scruffy little kittens ran out of an alley and begged for help?

January 5, 2021

House Soiling: A Sign of the 'Other' Diabetes?
If your well-trained cat suddenly begins soiling outside her box, or shows signs of dehydration or poor coat condition, she may have this largely unknown form of diabetes. While different from the much more common 'sugar' diabetes, 'water' diabetes shares some of its symptoms.

Haflinger Foal Steals the Show!
When a feisty foal didn't want to leave his mom's side, he became the star of the show!

January 4, 2021

The Popular Sources of Omega-3s That Fall Short on Benefits
These sources of omega-3 fatty acids are what's usually included in commercial pet food, but they don't provide the many benefits you expect from DHA and EPA. In one study, tests showed dogs supplemented with another source of omega-3s had much higher levels after only three weeks.

'Beaux Tox' Pup Has a Special Kind of Beauty
Jamie knew her dog was more beautiful than other dogs, in spite of his facial deformity.

January 3, 2021

The Fresh Pet Food Farce — Don't Believe Their Claims
If you see the words 'fresh' anywhere on the label of these foods, know you're being duped. Pet food makers are keenly aware that at least 42% of pet owners want fresh food for their pets, so they're pulling out the stops to trick you into believing they can make it happen.

Baby Penguin Finds the Pluck to Step Out on His Own
A tiny, tottery penguin is encouraged to step out on his own to find his penguin posse!

January 2, 2021

An Act of Dog: Artist's Passion and Portraits Save Lives
Artist Mark Barone is a Game Changer who is bringing awareness through his paintings. His organization, An Act of Dog, is increasing awareness of the large amount of animals euthanized each day in shelters across the country.

Stranded Baby Finch Learns to Survive
A hairless baby bird not much bigger than a thumbnail required food every 15 minutes.

January 1, 2021

Brighten Your Mood and Reduce Your Stress in 2021
When animal lovers engaged in this entertaining practice, their blood pressure and heart rates fell. Anxiety levels dropped by almost 50% in some groups, too. After a challenging 2020, what better way to relax and feel better faster than to spend a few minutes each day doing this in the new year?

15th Annual Wiener Dog New Year's Eve Parade
This festive New Year's Eve Parade in Key West features nothing but wiener dogs!