Experts say preparing a pet for a new baby will help the animal and ease …News from Washington Post: LOS ANGELES — Parents have months to get ready for a baby. Experts say the countdown should include prep time for pets too. A baby changes everything for a pet — from how its home looks, [...]

Vets push pets to help with cancer researchNews from HOUSTON — Leading Texas veterinarians are mobilizing to enlist pets in the testing of experimental cancer therapies, a potential benefit to not just dogs and cats but people. More from ‘Drop crotch’ jeans trend: Hot or horrible? After several seasons celebrating ultra-tight skinny jeans, roomier [...]

OC pet store owner asks that puppy-thief case be droppedNews from Los Angeles Times: An Orange County pet store owner has accepted the apology and restitution from two puppy thieves and has asked authorities to drop criminal charges, a sheriff’s spokesman said. The pet store got at least two communiques from the thieves — the [...]

A gentle hand: Appleton-based pet hospice grows as more attention paid to end …News from Appleton Post Crescent: Maggie is mild, even-tempered and has a personality all her own. “She never howled, never was obnoxious like beagles can be,” said owner Terri Woodside of Appleton, who brought Maggie home when she was just 6 months [...]

Some owners preserve beloved petsNews from Tucson Citizen: Mary Kaufman of Lonoke, Ark., knew the end was near for her beloved Brittany. The 14-year-old Yorkie had lost her sight and hearing. Brittany had been with Kaufman, 64, when she lost her son, Billy Giger, who died in 1998 and her husband, Howard Sims, in 2004. [...]

AHS issues pet health alert for new strains of deadly distemper virusNews from AZFamily: by Catherine Holland Posted on January 27, 2012 at 1:07 PM Updated today at 1:09 PM Map: Arizona Humane Society clinics 33.363151 -112.091961 33.570884 -112.089546 View larger map PHOENIX — The Arizona Humane Society generally sees more cases of canine [...]

Pet of the Week: Cygnus just wants to be around peopleNews from Chicago Sun-Times: Cygnus storyidforme: 24779063tmspicid: 9061559fileheaderid: 4130385 Cygnus is a scruffy terrier with huge soulful brown eyes. His rough coat probably means that he is fairly non-allergic and won’t shed much. He certainly is a lover. At the shelter, Cygnus seemed very stressed [...]

My dog’s not fat, he’s big bonedNews from Mayor Tom Menino’s promise to help Bostonians lose a stunning 1 million pounds this year is at once ambitious and doesn’t go far enough. Our cats and dogs need help, too. Even as the human obesity rate levels off (35.7 percent of the adult population is [...]

Our Pets: HELP, Spay Illinois, Two BostonsNews from Chicago Sun-Times: HELP fundraiser Feb. 18 in Wheaton Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets will host “Strikes for Strays,” a bowling fundraiser from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at Fox Valley Bowl, 1101 Butterfield Road, Wheaton. All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the stray and [...]

Pets need a break from crate-timeNews from Chicago Sun-Times: By MONICA COLLINS January 23, 2012 4:22PM Updated: January 23, 2012 4:22PM Q. I have a 1-year-old Yorkie-poo (Yorkshire terrier/poodle mix). I just moved in with my fiance who has two dogs (a 5-year-old boxer and a 2-year-old boxer/bulldog). We both work eight hours a [...]