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Pet health chat with Dr. Susan O'Bell -- Monday, Dec. 2 at noon

Posted by Kristi Palma November 26, 2013 09:16 AM


Dr. Susan O'Bell is a veterinarian at MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. Upon completing an internship and residency, O'Bell became a practicing internist at Angell. After working for a year in internal medicine, she is now a staff member of the general medicine service. She was online Dec. 2 to answer questions about your pet's health.


Five Thanksgiving foods that will make your dog sick

Posted by Kristi Palma November 25, 2013 11:09 AM


Does your dog like to eat the scraps from your Thanksgiving day meal? Well, here are some foods your pooch should not be exposed to, according to Kim Melanson, behavior counselor at the Animal Rescue League of Boston. (Photo: Animal Rescue League of Boston)


How to cook a hot meal for your pet this Thanksgiving

Posted by Kristi Palma November 19, 2013 11:55 AM

Your pet can eat a hot dinner on Thanksgiving day, too, complete with turkey, green beans, squash, and even cranberries.

Dr. Jyl Rubin, a veterinarian and owner of six dogs, demonstrates how you can make a feast for your pets this Thanksgiving that doesn't involve dog food. All you need is a crockpot and some of the same meat and vegetables the family eats.

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Does your cat like the 'total immersion head pet?'

Posted by Kristi Palma November 15, 2013 11:55 AM

Is that a kitty purring that we hear? He must be the recipient of a "total immersion head pet." At least, this cat seems to enjoy it.

Not sure what it is? It's when you pet the ears and the whole head, including the face, while petting your cat. Check it out in this video.

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Study: 10 percent of women love their pet more than their partner

Posted by Kristi Palma November 11, 2013 12:51 PM

A new study by the Brooke animal charity in London found that 1 in 10 women love their pet more than their partner. And nearly one-third of women polled said their feelings for their pet were exactly the same as their feelings for their boyfriend or husband.

The organization polled 2,000 female pet owners who are living with a partner.

Here is more of what the study revealed:

81 percent of women consider pets part of the family.

Nearly 4 in 10 women seek affection from their pets if they feel ignored by their partner.

There will be a bitter custody battle for the pet should a split occur, according to 38 percent of women.

And 14 percent of women are considering getting a tattoo of their pet's name.

"Pets can’t answer back with sarcastic comments or moan about the state of the house so it’s easy to have a blissful relationship with a pet, which can’t always been said of human relationships," said a spokesperson for the charity on its website.

What do you think of these findings?

Grumpy Cat meets Grumpy the dwarf at Disneyland

Posted by Kristi Palma November 7, 2013 01:06 PM

Grumpy Cat went to Disneyland and met his match in grumpiness -- Grumpy the dwarf from Snow White.

Neither seemed happy to be there. Big shock.

The grumps were taking part in a day at the park set aside for Internet superstars. The park invited 24 Internet sensations to come over and play, hoping to catch the attention of the combined 30 million followers they collectively have, according to

Who else was there besides Grumpy Cat (whose real name is Tardar Sauce)? "How to Be a Dad" blogger Charlie Capen and "CuteGirlsHairstyles" YouTube star Mindy McKnight were there. And don't forget Zeddie Little, "Ridiculously Photogenic Guy."

Need more Grumpy Cat in your life? Grumpy Cat has a Garfield-like movie in the works.

FDA asking pet owners to report illnesses from jerky treats

Posted by Kristi Palma November 4, 2013 10:24 AM

Jerky treats are making pets sick and no one can figure out why.

So the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert asking for help from pet owners. If you've had a pet become sick after eating jerky treats, the FDA wants to hear from you.


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