Pets And Animals Blog by Rebecca West (To Be Edited)

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'Doggos' makes it into Merriam-Webster's Dictionary
Posted on January 23, 2018

Word trends are nothing new. In fact, history is rife with them. Merriam-Webster has given a little added juice to one word they've been watching grow in popularity, and dog lovers are totally down with it.

Fiona the Hippo (image via the Cincinnati Zoo)
Posted on January 22, 2018

Fiona the famous baby hippo is celebrating her birthday at the Cincinnati Zoo. She may be just turning 1, but she's already known the world over. Check out what she had for her birthday cake and how she's doing after her premature birth.

Cat flu identified in NYC animal shelter
Posted on January 20, 2018

For the first time ever, a deadly strain of the Avian Flu Virus has crossed over into cats. While its appearance has so far only been detected in NYC, there are still some things you need to know.

Delta tightens rules on flying with service animals
Posted on January 19, 2018

Delta Airlines is tightening its regulations in regards to traveling with service dogs and emotional support animals in response to a rising number of unfortunate incidents on flights since 2016.

Dog paw socks from What On Earth
Posted on January 18, 2018

Already sick of this brutal winter? Need an emotional pick-me-up and something to keep your tootsies warm? Look no further, because animal paw (and hoof) socks are here.

Facebook post goes viral with misinformation regarding pet safety
Posted on January 17, 2018

An Ohio veterinarian has debunked a myth floating around on Facebook concerning the toxicity of a certain cleaning product in connection to pet deaths. Don't believe everything you read on social media.

Tufts University is trying to save wild elephants hunted for their ivory
Posted on January 16, 2018

Tufts University is on a mission, a mission to save wild elephants from extinction before 2030. That's because poaching is said to take the lives of these majestic animals at the rate of one every 20 minutes. The race is on!

Lykoi Cat by Brittney Gobble (image via Lykoi Cats Facebook)
Posted on January 15, 2018

An odd feline often referred to as a werewolf cat has officially been recognized by the AKC as a breed unto its own in 2018, and you've got to see them to believe them.

New drug for treating canine cancer discovered (image via Tufts University FB)
Posted on January 14, 2018

An experimental drug is being hailed by some pet owners as nothing short of miraculous for saving canine lives. Now, scientists are looking for a way to apply it to humans suffering from the disease.

Shelter dog's profile on Tinder app scores 22 matches
Posted on January 13, 2018

Searching for a forever home for one of its inhabitants, an extremely clever shelter worker came up with an innovative approach to finding the perfect match through the use of a popular dating app.

Dog employed by fine arts museum to sniff out pests
Posted on January 12, 2018

A Boston museum is trying to enlist dogs in an effort to protect priceless works of art susceptible to pest infestations, giving canines one more job to add to their growing list of things to sniff out during the course of their workday.

Severe strains of dog flu hits 46 states and counting
Posted on January 11, 2018

An increase in dog flu this season has got a number of pet owners and veterinarians concerned about our four-legged friends. Find out more about it and what you need to do to try and combat it.

Cat Lady subscription gift boxes for humans and cats
Posted on December 20, 2017

New Cat Lady boxes are subscription pet gift boxes with a unique twist. Now, pets aren't the only ones who will be waiting anxiously by the door each month.

Prime Pet Box Premium Cat Gift Box
Posted on December 19, 2017

Whether you're looking for a gift for your cat (or dog) or a gift to give a pet owner, Prime Pet Boxes are gifts that everyone will enjoy.

Glowing NiteyLeash could save you and your pet's lives
Posted on December 18, 2017

Regardless of the time of year, walking your dog at night can be dangerous when you're relatively unseen in the dark. Now there's a glowing solution getting glowing reviews. (VIDEO)

Wait 'til children are old enough to get them pets for Christmas
Posted on December 17, 2017

Every year kids beg, plead and wheedle their parents in order to get a pet for Christmas, but often times they're not old enough to handle the responsibility. Here's the answer...

Meow measuring cups available through Modcloth
Posted on December 16, 2017

Christmas is almost upon us. Have you checked everyone off your list? If not, we have a list of five great gifts to give the cat lover in your life.

More airlines are creating space for pets to travel
Posted on December 15, 2017

American Airlines has created specially designed travel space for pets on their new 17 Airbus 321 aircraft, as fewer and fewer airlines allow pets to fly in cargo.

Vets & Pets 2018 Charity Calendar
Posted on December 14, 2017

So, you love animals but you like a little beefcake when ticking off the days of the week. Now, you can have it all with a new calendar coming out featuring hunky vets.

Cats are extremely sensitive creatures
Posted on December 13, 2017

Anyone who's ever owned a cat has probably been bitten at least once while petting it. Find out why your crazy kitty behaves this way when they're seemingly happy.

Dogs trust us when we smile
Posted on December 12, 2017

A new study shows that dogs are so happy to see us smile that they will ignore their gut instincts with regard to danger and fear.

Max the Library Cat gets shut down (image by Rebecca Wingo)
Posted on December 11, 2017

A rescue cat named Max just can't seem to stay put. He's usually so busy gallivanting that his adoptive pet parents had to create a sign to shut him down.

Pet services for after the 'rapture'
Posted on December 9, 2017

If there is an interest or a need there will be a magazine and/or a service for it, regardless of how low the membership numbers are. It's called niche marketing, and Pets After Rapture has found it.

Doggy dining establishments are on the rise
Posted on December 8, 2017

Looking for a bite for Bowser outside of the home? Have no fear. The growing trend in pet eateries that include restaurants, food trucks and bakeries is on the rise. (VIDEO)

Custom-made stuffed animals by Petsies
Posted on December 7, 2017

There truly is something for everyone — if you have enough money. Now, pet and animal lovers can have custom-made plushies created in the likeness of their favorite feathered, furred or scaled friend.