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Pet Connection: A pet trained to visit patients can speed their recovery

Sep 19, 2014

A visit from a dog, cat or other pet can make a bad day disappear. That’s especially true if you are a resident in a nursing home or a patient in a hospital. The experience of visiting with a therapy pet can soothe frazzled nerves, revive dormant memories and bring smiles and laughter in...

SSPCA Pet of the Week: Ventus

Sep 19, 2014
SSPCA Pet of the Week: Ventus

Meet Ventus. He’s a year-old domestic shorthair mix and has been looking for a home since Aug. 21.



Pet Connection: End-of-life care for pets growing

Sep 12, 2014

We are so fortunate that our dogs and cats are living longer than ever before and have access to the highest levels of veterinary care. At some point, though, just as with people, nothing more can be done. That doesn’t always mean that euthanasia must be the next step.

AT THE SPCA

Sep 12, 2014
AT THE SPCA

Meet Chaco. He is a 9-year-old Great Dane mix. Chaco doesn’t need to be taught how to be a “good boy” – he already is one!



PBS’ ‘Shelter Me’ puts at-risk pets in limelight

Sep 10, 2014
PBS’ ‘Shelter Me’ puts at-risk pets in limelight

Any animal can end up at a public shelter, but most of them won't stay long. There, millions of dogs and cats face euthanasia, driving one filmmaker to turn his camera into a lifesaver. In this June 22, 2014 photo provided by Shelter Me, Aimee Sa...

Pet project soothes those overcoming disability

Sep 9, 2014

Brian Boone is practicing his silly voice. The 39-year-old soldier, who lost his lower left leg while serving in Afghanistan, looks down at Brindle, a 2-year-old Labrador-golden retriever mix — and highly trained service dog.

The Pet Connection: New products make life easier – or more fun – for dogs

Sep 5, 2014

I’m always on the lookout for great new products that can make life with pets easier and better. When I find them, I want to share them with you, and I ran across some doozies in July at SuperZoo, a pet retailer trade show in Las Vegas. I asked some of my colleagues about...

SPCA Pet of the Week: Cookie

Sep 5, 2014
SPCA Pet of the Week: Cookie

Meet Cookie! Despite his genetically caused cloudy corneas, veterinarians at the Sacramento SPCA say Cookie can see fairly well, but he probably can’t read the Sunday newspaper.


Pet of the Week. Name: Cookie Breed: Domestic shorthair mix Color: White/ black Age: 6 years Sex: Male In need of a home...

Surgery on ailing Great Dane yields 43 ½ socks

Sep 4, 2014
Surgery on ailing Great Dane yields 43 ½ socks

The 3-year-old Great Dane was miserable and retching when its owners rushed him to a northwest Portland emergency animal hospital.


This Feb. 2014 photo provided by DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital shows socks that were removed from a dogs stomach in Portland, Ore. A 3-year-old Great Dane was...

Spotting a pet in a hot car creates tough choices

Sep 3, 2014
Spotting a pet in a hot car creates tough choices

Imagine walking to your car after running errands and spotting a dog, panting and helpless, shut inside a hot car. Smashing the window might be your first impulse, but calling police or animal control will protect you from injury and possible lawsuits, experts say.


This undated photo of a poster...

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