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Audio When ear infections stray

Jan 1, 2018 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEar infections are always on the list of most common canine diseases. However, even though they’re infections, they’re usually not infectious — that is, transmissible from dog to dog. But that’s not always the case. Although many canine ear infections stem from an allergy, sometimes Pseudomonas [sue-dδ-MŌ-nus] bacteria are […]

Audio Can trees help reduce the risk of asthma-related hospital admissions?

Jan 1, 2018 • By Karin Lillis

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPlanting trees can ease asthma attacks in people who live in highly polluted urban areas. So says a team of researchers from the University of Exeter in England. They found that an abundance of trees led to fewer asthma-related hospital admissions in those areas. Their findings are published in […]

Audio When emotional support means something more

Jan 1, 2018 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThese days, there are lots of different assistance animals, so it can be tough to keep up. A relatively recent category includes emotional support animals, or ESAs. ESAs offer companionship and emotional support to folks with psychological problems. While many animals could arguably hold this distinction, true ESAs must […]

Audio Buyer beware

Jan 1, 2018 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOnline pet medication sites may be convenient and budget-friendly, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, wants you to do your homework before putting dollars down. While some of these sites are above-board, others have been caught selling unapproved, counterfeit or expired drugs; making bogus claims; or […]

Audio Staying vigilant against viruses

Jan 1, 2018 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you think pooch vaccinations have made viral infections a thing of the past, guess again. In cities across the country, canine parvovirus outbreaks have forced some shelters to temporarily close their doors. Even in shelters that assess dogs for parvovirus, a dog may test negative on admission only […]

Audio It’s a dog’s…apartment

Jan 1, 2018 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’re a pet parent who has struggled to rent a critter-friendly apartment, this story is right in your wheelhouse. The National Apartment Association recently reported that pet-centric amenities are among the 5 most sought-after features in apartment complexes. That’s because about 75 percent of renters have pets. Some […]

Audio Winter warnings

Jan 1, 2018 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOur pets need extra attention during the cold months of winter. And that goes beyond just keeping them warm. When the snow’s falling outside, most pets are warm and cozy indoors, but some still need to venture out for walks. After wintry strolls, be sure to examine your dog’s […]

Audio Checking on the checkup

Dec 29, 2017 • By Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe start of a new year means it’s time to schedule your annual physical. After all, the yearly exam is the foundation of good health care. Or is it? Health experts are beginning to question if the annual trip to the doctor’s office is essential or if it has […]

Audio Dry January

Dec 28, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe holiday season can be a time of exuberant excesses. Many of us stay up too late, eat way too much good food and drink more alcohol than normal. But the calendar page eventually flips and we’re faced with a new year to pay for the good times we […]

Audio Is stress the new junk food?

Dec 27, 2017 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIs stress the new junk food? When it comes to the digestive system, the answer may be yes. Recently published research shows stress exposure transforms the gut microorganisms that are essential to digestive health much like a high-fat diet does. The research, carried out in female mice by researchers […]

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