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Does your dog engage excessively in repetitive behaviors? Does she hoard toys? She may be suffering from canine compulsive disorder (CCD), the dog equivalent of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in humans. Scientists already knew that OCD and CCD sufferers had similar behaviors (think compulsive paw licking in dogs and excessive …

Doug Clark of Marshfield, MO, looked on in dismay as a stranger drove Clark’s Nissan Pathfinder out the gates at the metal recycling center, in Springfield, MO, according to a KY3 news report. He was even more dismayed that his Pug, Dugout, was in a pet carrier in the vehicle …

A shameful scam has popped up in the animal welfare world. It has been dubbed “pet flipping,” a too-flip name for a reprehensible practice. The perpetrators often will steal a dog or find one listed as a “found pet” on a site like Craigslist, claim it, and then sell it. …

“WA-HOO!” That was the enthusiastic reaction of one of our staffers upon reading the news that the San Diego (CA) City Council has voted unanimously to ban the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores. The new law should take effect in about 30 days after a …

Cory Booker has done it again. Huff Post reports that the mayor of Newark, NJ, has come to the rescue of a pet that was allegedly being abused. One of his “followers” on Twitter alerted him at 8:33 p.m., June 27, that the dog was locked in a tiny crate, and …

When Michelle Sikorski and her father were ordered by the fire marshal to leave their home as the Black Forest fire raced toward it, they couldn’t locate their pets and time was running out, according to a USA Today video report. Imagine their anguish of having to leave without them. …

How would you like to know that the strident meow your cat is directing toward you means “Clean my litter box” or that the woof your dog is making means “Sweet potatoes again. Bummer”? Finding out what our pets are “saying” may not be too far in the future, according …

The domestication of dogs was a great step forward for humankind, and a new genetic study reported in Nature Communications (May 14, 2013) suggests that it may have happened about 17,000 years earlier than previously believed at 15,000 years. Our species may have been living together and affecting each other for …

Neutered and spayed dogs and cats live longer, according to the 2013 State of Pet Health Report, released by Banfield Pet Hospital, the world’s largest veterinary practice. Neutered male cats live 62 percent longer than unneutered ones. Spayed female cats live 39 percent longer than unspayed ones. Neutered male dogs live …

Jackie Bonasera was drying her hair in an upstairs bathroom in her Long Island, NY, home when her dog began barking. It wasn’t like him, so she ran downstairs to see what was wrong. Flames were shooting up one side of the garage. She ran outside, and then realized Cain …

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