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Last month we asked if you had any unusual pets, because we know that dogs and cats are not people’s only best friends. We asked fans of our Facebook page the same question. Jane’s three-toed box turtle, Turt, poses with a ceramic turtle statue. Some of you have ferrets, while others keep snakes. Rats and gerbils are popular pets, too. …

iStockphoto Today’s guest blogger, Dr. Lauren Brickman, started as a veterinary technician at Garden City Park in 1997 and went on to veterinary school at Ross University. She currently writes a popular pet health and care column for Petside.com that she has shared with us today. Q: My cat gets awful motion sickness! Every time I take him to the …

As of 12:00 PM Central Time, September 12, the Houston SPCA had activated its Animal Response Hotline. Operators will be accepting lost and found reports, rescue reports, and offering other animal-related information. The Animal Response Disaster Hotline, pictured at right, will be staffed Friday from noon to 6 PM, and 10 AM to 6 PM on following days. Call notes …

After mandatory evacuation orders from the Governor of Texas, people and pets are fleeing Hurricane Ike. You can read a blog about the Houston SPCA’s on-the-ground work, rescuing pets and providing shelter for evacuees’ pets. At left, above, workers at the Houston SPCA set up temporary homes for evacuated pets. Thanks, Houston SPCA, for being there for pets!

Texas residents should call 2-1-1 for pet evacuation information: “The 2-1-1 operators assist evacuees with other information, and operational animal shelters are another important piece of information the operators can provide evacuees,” said Dr. Matt Cochran, emergency management veterinarian with the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), the state’s livestock and poultry health regulatory agency. The TAHC is one of more …

Petfinder urges residents of the Gulf coast of Texas and Louisiana, from Port Mansfield, Texas to Cameron, Louisiana–and including the towns of Galveston and Houston, Texas to prepare themselves–and their pets–for disaster. Hurricane Ike promises to be a savage storm, likely a Category 3 or 4 hurricane with winds of up to 130 m.p.h. and a storm surge of 20 …

South Texas residents, beware! Here comes Hurricane Ike. Currently a Category 2 Hurricane, Ike is predicted to make landfall on the U.S. mainland on Saturday, September 13, possibly as a Category 3 hurricane. Texas Gulf coast residents are already being warned to prepare for disaster and plans have been put in place for evacuations and emergency shelters. The Environmental News …

What do you think: Was the massive evacuation of pets and people from New Orleans the right thing to do?

“We’re making sure the pets go where their owners go,” said Sandy Cochran, South Carolina state coordinator with United Animal Nations, who came to New Orleans to help with the effort. “During Katrina, there was really no plan for what to do with pets.

Petfinder.com urges evacuees to take steps to ensure their pets’ safety.