Pets News & Features
- Keep Your Pet Safe for the Holidays
December 12, 2022 — Tinsel, ornaments, and even human snacks can tempt pets at holiday time and make them sick. Here’s how to keep them safe and yourself sane.
- Pugs No Longer Considered ‘Typical Dog’ Due to Health Issues
May 20, 2022 — Pugs face dire health risks and can “no longer be considered as a typical dog” when being treated for health issues according to a new study published in the journal Canine Medicine and Genetics. The study team found that pugs had an increased risk for 23 of 40 disorders.
- More Pets Being Poisoned by Cannabis
April 20, 2022 — According to a new survey, with marijuana now legal in many states, some veterinarians are seeing more cases of cannabis poisoning in dogs and other pets.
- How You Handle Pet Food Could Be Making Your Dog—And You—Sick
April 12, 2022 — When it comes to food safety and your pets, there’s a lot to learn.
- Experts Offer Holiday Safety Tips for Pets
December 13, 2021 — Here’s what to know about pet safety amid the holiday season, according to experts interviewed.
- What to Do if Your Pet Is Hit by a Car
September 22, 2021 — Learn about the steps you need to take if your pet is hit by a car.
- Tips to Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Pets
September 21, 2021 — Learn about these methods to keep your pets safe from mosquitoes.
- COVID-Detecting Dogs Pilot First Airport Program
September 20, 2021 — These good girls are very good at what they do, which is detecting the scent of COVID-19 in human breath.
- Pet Store Puppies Tied to Infections in People
September 16, 2021 — Puppies can carry very drug-resistant Campylobacter. You might not want them licking your face.
- How to Cut Pet Care Costs
August 30, 2021 — Learn about saving money on pet care, including taking preventative measures to maintain your pet’s health.
- How to Choose a Pet Sitter
August 25, 2021 — Wondering how to choose the right pet sitter for your furry friend? Here are 5 steps to help you get started.
- 8 Ways to Protect Your Pets from Disease
August 19, 2021 — Pets are susceptible to all kinds of diseases. Learn how to protect them with these tips.
- FDA Issues Warning About Illnesses, Deaths Linked to Midwestern Pet Foods
August 19, 2021 — The FDA issued a public warning on Tuesday about contaminated pet food sold by Midwestern Pet Foods, which could be linked with more than 220 illnesses and 130 deaths among dogs and cats.
- Doctor Convicted After Shooting, Beating Dog
July 30, 2021 — A 58-year-old Ohio doctor has been convicted for hitting his dog with a hammer and shooting him, according to multiple news reports.
- What to Know About Pet Insurance
July 26, 2021 — To help with the cost of keeping pets healthy, many owners are opting for pet medical insurance plans. WebMD provides questions you need to ask before committing to any pet insurance policy.
- Training Options for Dogs and Cats
July 23, 2021 — Learn about the choices for training your pet, including group classes, one-on-one training, agility lessons, training for behavior problems, and cat training options.
- Does Your Pet Need Therapy?
July 23, 2021 — Behavior problems are very common in household pets like dogs and cats. An animal behaviorist can help you solve them.
- Life for Pets When Their Humans Go Back to the Workplace
June 30, 2021 — Are you going back to the workplace after spending much of the COVID-19 pandemic at home with your pet? Learn how to help them adjust to the new routine.
- Imported Dog Develops Rabies, Investigation Launched
June 21, 2021 — At least 12 people were exposed to the dog, which was among 33 dogs and one cat that arrived from Azerbaijan at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.
- Dogs Get Jealous, Too, Even for Hidden Rivals
April 16, 2021 — The researchers found that dogs will go so far as to show jealousy even when they can only imagine their owners are interacting with a potential rival.
- How to Keep Your Pet Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed
April 2, 2021 — Our pets give us unconditional love. In return, we should keep them healthy and happy.
- Dog Detector Helps YouTuber Cope With COVID Isolation
April 2, 2021 — The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things over the past year, including how people interact with strangers and their dogs.
- Salmonella Scare Drives Pet Food Recall
March 30, 2021 — The recall is for certain lots of the following brands: CanineX, Earthborn Holistic, Venture, Unrefined, Sportmix Wholesomes, Pro Pac, Pro Pac Ultimates, Sportstrail, Sportmix and Meridian.
- Flea Collar May Be Linked to 1,700 Pet Deaths
March 19, 2021 — Since the Seresto collars were introduced in 2012, there have been more than 75,000 incidents -- ranging from skin irritation to seizures to death -- reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Recall: Pet Food Blamed in Death of 70 Dogs
January 12, 2021 — The announcement expands upon a recall first issued on Dec. 30 by Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. At the time, the company said that at least 28 dogs had already died after eating Sportmix pet food.
- Service Dog Back With Family After 3 Years Apart
December 17, 2020 — Steve and Debra Mejeur said their black lab mix, Lola, disappeared in 2017 while they were visiting a friend’s house in Illinois.
- Ode to Joy: Christmas Song for Dogs Released
November 19, 2020 — The track is called “Raise the Woof!” and features squeaky toy sounds, barks, common commands, and bells and whistles -- all on top of a reggae beat.
- Pets Helped People Cope During Pandemic: Study
September 30, 2020 — More than 90% said their pet helped them cope emotionally with the lockdown and 96% said their pet helped keep them fit and active.
- Is Raw or Homemade Food Good for Your Pet?
June 29, 2020 — New research found that only 13% of dog owners and about one-third of cat owners exclusively fed their pets conventional pet foods as their main meals all of the time.
- Lab Animals Find New Homes Through Adoption
March 17, 2020 — Two-year old Teddy was one of 32 beagles put up for adoption after being released from a Michigan lab last April. Eight hundred families applied to adopt them through the Michigan Humane Society.
- Your Pets Unlikely to Get or Give Coronavirus
March 3, 2020 — Concerns about pet illness with COVID-19, and spread between owners and their animals emerged on Feb. 28, when Hong Kong health authorities announced that a dog belonging to a woman sick with COVID-19, also tested “weak positive” for the new coronavirus, the virus that causes the disease.
- Pet Apps From First Aid to Fitness
January 24, 2020 — Whether you have one pet or a menagerie, keeping track of their current medications, vaccination due dates, and other health information is, well, no walk in the park.
- German Dies of Infection from Dog's Lick
November 25, 2019 — The infection was caused by capnocytophaga canimorsus bacteria, which is commonly found in the mouths of dogs and cats, but rarely transmitted to humans, CNN reported.
- Recall: Frozen Cat Food for Salmonella Concerns
November 18, 2019 — GoRaw LLC, doing business as Steve’s Real Food, has recalled its 2-pound bags of frozen Quest Beef Cat Food.
- Acupuncture for Your Pets
October 8, 2019 — If your pet has arthritis, allergies, digestive issues, hip dysplasia, or certain neurological disorders, your vet may recommend acupuncture.
- Like Kids and Dogs, Your Cat Really Does Need You
September 23, 2019 — Your cat may often act indifferent, but deep down, Fluffy is as attached to you as your child or your dog, new research shows.
- Four-Legged Friends Help Buffer Loss of a Spouse
September 18, 2019 — Investigators looked at 437 older adults, some of whom lost a spouse, either through divorce or death. They found that having a cat or dog at home was linked to an easing of loneliness and depression.
- Avoid All Pig-Ear Dog Treats: U.S. Officials
September 6, 2019 — There have been five separate recalls of pig-ear dog treats in the United States, and the CDC and FDA issued a general warning against all pig-ear treats as they conduct an investigation.
- Recall: Brutus & Barnaby Pig Ear Treats for Dogs
August 29, 2019 — All package sizes of Brutus & Barnaby pig ear treats for dogs have been recalled due to possible salmonella contamination, the Florida-based company says.
- One Downside of Legalized Pot: Poisoned Pets
July 8, 2019 — As more states legalize marijuana, the drug poses an increased poisoning risk to pets, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) warns.
- FDA: More Food-Related Heart Disease in Pets
June 27, 2019 — The cases of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) -- 515 in dogs and nine in cats -- were logged between January 2014 and April 2019.
- Did 'Puppy Dog Eyes' Evolve to Please Humans?
June 17, 2019 — Dogs' eyebrows are particularly expressive. Dogs can raise them, which makes their eyes look bigger and sadder, like humans can, according to Juliane Kaminski, a scientist at the University of Portsmouth in England, and her colleagues.
- Feeling Stressed? Then Your Dog Probably Feels Stressed, Too
June 7, 2019 — In the study, the dogs’ long-term levels of the anxiety hormone cortisol were found to be synchronized with their owners. If the owner showed a lot of stress, the dog did, too. Owners with low cortisol levels had dogs with low levels.
- DNA Might Determine Whether You're a Dog Lover
May 21, 2019 — Dogs were the first domesticated animal and have had close ties with humans for at least 15,000 years. Dogs are believed to benefit the well-being and health of their owners.
- CDC: Snuggling Pet Hedgehogs Can Spread Salmonella
January 28, 2019 — The CDC reports that 11 people had been infected with SalmonellaTyphimurium. Ten of the 11 say they handled a hedgehog before they became ill.
- Can Arthritic Dogs Benefit From Stem Cell Therapy?
August 2, 2018 — In this study, stem cells were gathered from fat tissue in each dog and injected back into the same dog at the site of the arthritic joint. The dog was able to go home the same day as the procedure.
- Man Loses Limbs After Infection From Dog's Lick
August 1, 2018 — Greg Manteufel loves dogs and had been around eight of them about the time he became ill, according to his wife Dawn Manteufel. It's not clear which dog was carrying the bacteria.
- Summer Safety: Saltwater A Lethal Threat to Dogs
July 19, 2018 — From too much heat to a lack of fresh water, dogs and other pets face summertime threats. One Florida man learned that hard way that saltwater can be deadly for dogs.
- Heart Disease in Dogs May be Tied to Certain Foods
July 13, 2018 — Large dogs such as Great Danes, Newfoundlands, Irish Wolfhounds, Saint Bernards and Doberman Pinschers have a genetic risk for canine DCM, a disease of the heart muscle that often leads to congestive heart failure.