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Bonds with pets can change diets

Throughout the course of a lifetime, a person may have the fortune to enjoy not only several pets, but several types of pets. It may start with something small and easy to care for — a goldfish or...

 

Lemur popularity tied to mental skill

For many societies, beauty and brawn are preferred attributes and can influence where an individual lands in social circles. What defines “cool” for humans differs from one generation to the...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    April 3, 2018

Happy birthday to pioneer Jane Goodall

Images of primates dunking sticks into termite mounds and pulling out tasty snacks — the monkey version of fishing — are common enough, but they haven’t always been. Indeed, though a well-known...

 

Plenty of ways to keep pet safe in car

Road trips can be great — wind rushing through open windows, favorite tunes on the stereo and an abundance of scenery to take in — and having a happy, slobbering pooch riding along makes it that...

 

Pets could be in for rough spring

If the version of spring you imagine includes frolicking with the pooch on balmy days with fresh green sprigs of grass under paw and the smell of new blossoms drifting on light breezes, don’t hold...

 

Snakes have strong St. Patrick's Day ties

Little bearded men in top hats and stockings, shamrocks, an over-abundance of green and painful pinches in its absence — St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays saturated with symbolism and...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    March 6, 2018

Pets aren't the solution to every problem

The differences couldn’t be more profound — walking on four legs vs. two, full-body fur vs. bare skin, a tail, oversized ears, and, not to be understated, vastly different bathing practices — ye...

 

Retailers target millennial pet owners

If you love your pets dearly, count them as family members, and you’re between 18 and 33, there’s something you deserve to know — you’re being targeted. As the leading cash cow consumer...

 

Pet's benefit depends on person

The power of pets may seem obvious — they’re always glad to see you, provide unconditional companionship, they listen yet impose no judgment or criticism on their people and they give purpose to t...

 

Give your pets a little extra pampering

As the sun rises on Wednesday, one might notice a slightly rosy tint washing over everything — metaphorically speaking anyway — when people the world over commence the sharing of affectionate...

 

Dental care important to pets' health

Savory, sweet, spicy, hearty, fresh and light or rich and full of flavor, an integral part of our survival, food can be an even bigger part of what we enjoy about life – and that makes the tools...

 

There are reasons your dog will even eat that

While humans may refer to their dogs as fur babies, it’s undeniable they have some distinctly non-human habits — very thorough tongue bathes, social derriere sniffing, and perhaps the worst of all...

 

Take care with essential oils around pets

With the touch of a button and a couple drops of oil, a large space can quickly be infused with the refreshing scents of citrus or soothing herbs — a steady stream of fresh, clean fragrance to...

 

Pets deserve protection from the flu

It’s nothing short of sheer misery — a collective onslaught of fever, aches, runny nose, coughing fits and a slew of other uncomfortable-to-agonizing symptoms. Making headlines, influenza is...

 

Collaboration versus competition in the animal world

As a general rule, collaboration is a human thing that the majority of animals aren’t exactly known for. Sure, there are familial species that work together and situations in which animals hunt toge...

 

Rare treat for bird enthusiasts

There are a lot of reasons bird enthusiasts brave the December cold to count birds every year — to contribute to national understanding of species and populations and to commune with other birders...

 

Keep pets and family safe during holidays

As today dawns, the hectic pace of the Christmas holiday is behind us, yet in its afterglow, is the mess, piles of presents to be put away, decorations to be disassembled and packed up and lingering...

 

A look at the animals of Christmas

The Christmas season is filled with symbolism from the top of the tree all the way to the dining table, and among icons of the season, animals are well represented. One theme that consistently appears...

 

Licking a versatile tool in canine lexicon

Of all the traits dogs are known for — tail wagging, sniffing, eye-brow lifting — the one that seems to communicate their thoughts most clearly is the sloppy, vigorous licking often thought of as...

 

Canine companionship could be saving your life

There are many reasons for the dog in your life, not the least of which are companionship and affection, but added to that is always the possibility that your pooch may save your life one day. You...

 

A historical look at the noble turkey

As Thursday approaches, minds are turning toward a critter who — stuffed, roasted and decorated — will dominate the holiday and star from the center of the table as eager folks gather round. In a...

 

Pets can be both cause, solution for allergies

Unfortunately for pets, all too often they — or more specifically their hair and dander — are triggers that can make things miserable for those prone to allergies or respiratory conditions....

 

Pet diabetes something to watch for

Their habits change — they seem drowsy or stop playing and eating — and it’s obvious your critter isn’t feeling well, but the question is, how bad it is and what needs to be done. Having an...

 

A look at Halloween's animal stars

Dark, spooky and grim — in the most celebratory way possible — today is the one day of the year when tradition makes it alright to frighten, disgust and disturb other people. On Halloween, eerie...

 

Month to consider adopting animal in need

They are places that those with tender hearts stay away from — the wagging tails, echoing barks and sorrowful eyes staring out from cages and kennels at an animal shelter can be too much for some...

 

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