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Don’t Blame Craigslist for Abused ‘Puppy Doe’

Just this August, a small dog was in a park in Massachusetts with injuries she would never recover from. The veterinarian who examined the dog that became known as "Puppy Doe" determined that her fata…

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Last ‘Hurricane Sandy Cat¯’ Finally Adopted By Fellow Hurricane Survivor

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy last year, a water-logged kitten was plucked off the streets by an NYC Animal Care and Control officer and dropped off at the ASPCA. The 6-month old grey and whi…

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Dog Collars: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

I recently wrote a horrifying story about a dog who died in a New York doggie day care when he was strangled to death wearing a choke chain, sometimes referred to as a training collar. While Care2 rea…

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The Problem With Jerky Treats for Dogs

Every now and then I'll stop by my local big chain pet shop to brush up on what's trendy in the dog and cat product world. The store in my neighborhood has a large section devoted to bulk treats for d…

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7 Ways to Avoid the Emergency Room This Holiday Season

During the month of December, over 25 percent of home fires are caused by holiday decorating -- claiming over 500 homes in the U.S. annually. Kitchen fires are also more prevalent during the holidays,…

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Are We Killing Our Pets With Treats?

Nearly 600 dogs have died since 2007 who consumed pet jerky treats made in China, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Another 3,600 dogs have been reported ill. The pet treats were sold und…

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Why Retractable Leashes Are a Bad Choice

Before I rescued her, my dog Mayzie spent the first two years of her life tethered on a six-foot rope in someone's backyard. As a result, when we adopted her, she was scared of a myriad of things. One…

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Dog Alerts Parents About Abusive Babysitter

Thanks to a highly attuned and intelligent dog, a South Carolina couple discovered that their once-trusted babysitter was actually abusing their infant son, Finn, when he was in her care. Benjamin …

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Are Halloween Costumes OK for Pets?

What are you going to be for Halloween? A witch, a goblin or a ghost? Or something altogether different and original such as the government shutdown, 50 Shades of Grey or a cereal killer? What abou…

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Keeping Pets Safe on Halloween

It can be very fun for children to dress up and pretend to be a different character. But, dogs don't understand the concept and can be very fearful of people wearing masks and costumes. And the huge n…

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