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BY NICCOLE SCHRECK – RENT.COM   For humans, the summer season usually means enjoying the sun with barbeques, the beach and family vacations. But as temperatures increase, it’s important to keep an eye on your pets to make sure they’re comfortable and healthy. Remember, while you get to wear shorts …

Bringing home a new dog for the first time comes with so many new responsibilities and things to think about. Many new adoptive pet parents don’t always think of dog-proofing their house or apartment first when preparing for a new addition, but ensuring that the home is a safe environment …

The highs and lows of February leave me feeling extra philosophical, or maybe this is disorientation. Your parents, or their parents, might remember an Arthur Godfrey (or Anita O’day) song called “Yea Boo.” A cheeky chorus chimes in at the end of each line, hollering “Yea!” or “Boo!,” depending upon …

Penny, a Beagle mix has had several close calls. The first one came just after she was born. Her mother had stomped on the litter, resulting in the deaths of most of the puppies, but luckily, Penny had survived. When she was three months old, Cuddly Canines Rescue in La Habra, …

I am begrudgingly coming to terms with the idea that I have a part-time office chicken. If I were a heroine in a Janet Evanovich novel, this would be sort of a lead-in to “How did my life spiral so out of control?” My office chicken, a real one (not …

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Dr. Ward tackles pet obesity with ‘Home and Family’

by Amber, director of digital communications and social media • Dec 21 , 2012

We’ve all heard about our nation’s obesity epidemic, and there are countless books, articles, websites, TV shows and other resources dedicated to helping people get healthy. But did you know that it is estimated that 54% of pets in the U.S. are overweight or obese? This is a figure that’s …

West Nile virus is in the news once again. A recent West Nile virus update by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that 47 states have reported infections in people, birds and mosquitoes. The report continues: “The 1,118 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of …

Senior pets, like people, can suffer mental decline that is not considered a normal part of aging. Last time we wrote about how one form of dementia — cognitive dysfunction syndrome or CDS — can be delayed or prevented with thinking games. This week we’re looking at how a change …

Photo: Thinkstock It seems like a no-brainer that smoking around your pet is bad. But how dangerous is secondhand smoke to pets? After all, your pet’s not getting that much exposure to cancer-causing chemicals, right? Wrong. Pets spend a lot more time than you do in your home — increasing …

Mercy is at NorCal German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue in Menlo Park, CA Dr. V is a veterinarian and the author of Pawcurious, a blog that tackles humorous, educational, and touching pet topics. Each day Dr. V wrestles with dogs, cats, and emotions in the drama of life in a small-animal …