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Mosquitoes are Biting - Protect You and Your Pet from West Nile Virus

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The first positive West Nile virus mosquito sample of the 2011 season was trapped in the City of Maricopa on Friday, June 24, 2011.  Pinal County, in central Arizona, performs routine surveillance to detect the presence of West Nile virus in the mosquito population. Substantial West Nile virus activity was reported in 2010, and subsequent years. Public Health officials at the state and local level urge people to take protective measures to avoid mosquito bites and reduce the places mosquitoes live and breed.

Pets are also susceptible to the disease. West Nile virus can cause severe illness in people and animals, although not everyone who is infected will develop symptoms.  There is a vaccine available for horses, but to date, no vaccine has been developed for other species.

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And we thought Katrina was bad...

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Just a little more than five short years ago
I believed Katrina to be our worst pet tragedy
But I now know, that I was very sadly mistaken
The tragedy for pets today, is our abysmal economy

All one very sadly has to do today, is to open one’s eyes
America’s pets are now being left behind, all across our nation
From Los Angeles to Boston, from San Antonio to Minneapolis
America’s horrendous wholesale pet betrayal, now has no cessation

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Dating Services for Dogs and Their Owners

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Arlene and Frank met in 2007 through the online dating service DateMyPet.com. They not only fell in love with each other, but they also fell for each other's dogs. "He met my little dog, Batman (who HATES everyone new) … and Batman instantly sat on his lap and gave him kisses," wrote Arlene, who didn't use her last name, on the Web site. "Our dogs get along famously together. … Most importantly, SO DO WE!!!" A variety of pet-themed dating Web sites and social networks have launched in the last few years on the premise that pet owners share a special something that they seek in a spouse -- or even in a good friend. The pet focus of these Web sites helps to avoid a common experience in which you meet a special someone, only to discover that person is allergic to -- or just doesn’t like -- dogs. It often comes down to a choice: my dog or my date. "In the majority of cases, people choose their pets," says Robert Yau, who founded DateMyPet.com five years ago with his Samoyed, Hershey.

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How Dogs React to Human Infants

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When Lena Harris got pregnant with her second child, her German shepherd, Guinness, started acting overly attentive and clingy, as if he’d sniffed out the forthcoming addition to the pack. “As I got further in the pregnancy, he became more hyper about herding me,” recalls Harris. “He followed me into every room; he even ignored the door bell, which usually drives him crazy. By the ninth month I swear it was like he wanted to either deliver the baby himself or give me a ride to the hospital.” Imagined Behavior or Real Baby Detection?

Dog behavior expert Colleen Pelar, author of Living With Kids and Dogs … Without Losing Your Mind, says Guinness’ sixth sense isn’t surprising. Studies show that dogs are capable of sniffing out human cancers, so Pelar suspects they can detect other biological changes. “I don’t think they have a concept of gestation or pregnancy,” she says. “But the dog is responding to the idea that something is different.’”

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Free Pet Rescue Alert Kit

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Pets across the U.S. can breathe easier with the news that a minimum of thirty two first responder teams will receive special pet oxygen masks thanks to a nationwide campaign sponsored by Petplan pet insurance in partnership with Wag’N Enterprises. On October 1, 2010, pet parents began uploading pictures of their pets on Petplan’s website to create their free, personalized pet rescue alert. Petplan offers the only window alert that can be customized to feature a loved pet’s photo, name, and potential hiding spots to help expedite rescue. “Pets often hide during fires. Knowing the pet’s name or where they might be located can be helpful. Pet rescue alerts need to be kept up to date for the safety of family pets and our firefighters,” cautions Lt. Kevin Grogan of the Eastchester Fire Department in New York.

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