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How to ease dog’s separation anxiety when you go back to routine

Eventually, things will go back to normal, and your dog will spend much of the day alone. This could cause stress for your furry friend, who has grown used to having people home all day during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

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Vet appointments

If you have already scheduled an appointment for your pet, contact the veterinary hospital days before the appointment because many of the area animal hospitals have established new protocols and may have shortened their hours because of the COVID-19 virus. Read more

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COVID-19 and animals

The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories has confirmed SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans, in a tiger with a respiratory illness at the Bronx Zoo in New York, making it the first instance of an animal in the United States being infected with COVID-19. Samples from this tiger were taken and tested after several lions and tigers showed signs of respiratory illness. Public health officials believe that these large cats became sick after being exposed to a zoo employee who was actively shedding the virus. This investigation is ongoing. Read more

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Protecting your pets

If you are sick with COVID-19 (suspected or confirmed) you should limit contact with pets and other animals like you would around contacts with other people. Read more

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Use social distancing

If you and your family have been feeling cooped up in your home and the weather is pleasant, a walk through your neighborhood with the family dog might be an enjoyable experience but should be done with caution. Read more

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Be a role model

Before you and your family set off for a walk, always carry “poop” bags with you to clean up after your dog. Read more

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Calm atmosphere

It has been scientifically proven that animals become calmer when they listen to classical music. The Humane Society of Carroll County, Maryland, plays classical music at their shelter for the dogs and cats in their care. However, talk radio, news programs, loud rock and rap music agitates animals — and sometimes humans! This station plays classical music 24 hours a day and the announcers have very soothing and pleasant voices. You might even recognize some of music from your childhood as tunes you heard on cartoon shows! Read more

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25 photos to celebrate National Rescue Dog Day

May 20 is National Rescue Dog Day. Here's a gallery of 25 photos to celebrate rescue dogs around the world. Read more

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Pets stressed during pandemic? Here are tips to help

The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has certainly affected many aspects of our lives, and our pets can read our emotions and “feed off” our st… Read more

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How to ease dog’s stress

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Missoula Animal Control cat Sally - aka 'Mob Boss' - now has sweet demeanor

Sally is a 10- to 12-year-old female calico. She is a rather large lady, and has a personality to match. Sally has been affectionately term… Read more

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