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Animal House: Medical Marijuana Could Help Pets

May 22, 2018
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As medical marijuana becomes more accepted across the country, some are finding the substance can help not only humans, but their companion animals.

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Reports of raccoons behaving strangely in Illinois and Ohio this spring revealed a problems that can kill both wildlife and domestic pets.

Animal House: Skies Not-So-Friendly For Pets

Apr 25, 2018
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According to AAA, more than half of U.S. pet owners take their dogs and cats with them when they travel. It can be fun, but it can also be dangerous—even deadly.

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If your pet ventures outside, even for a short time each day, then your furry friend is at risk for a zoonotic disease that has the potential to kill you both.

Animal House: Bad To The Bone

Jan 16, 2018
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Who can resist those furry faces when it comes to giving our dogs a treat? Well, think twice before you treat your dog to a bone.

Animal House: Why Seniors Should Have Pets

Dec 6, 2017
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Seniors and pets make a potent combination. Just because we're older doesn't mean we can't care for a pet any longer, said Dr. Matt Fraker of the Prairie Oak Veterinary Center.

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October is Adopt a Shelter Pet Month. But if you want to help shelter animals without going the adoption route, there's a great alternative that can have a positive impact on the lives of homeless animals.

Animal House: When Your No. 1 Problem Is No. 2

Aug 29, 2017
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Sometimes cats can display behavior that can be best described as downright kooky. And when that involves litter box habits, pet parents can get frustrated and confused.

Animal House: Why Is My Dog Barking?

Aug 1, 2017
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Fish gotta swim. Birds gotta fly. And, of course, dogs gotta bark. But what does it mean when your pooch barks?

GLT Datebook: Healthy Pet Expo

Jul 29, 2017
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The first-ever Healthy Pet Expo combines useful, hands-on information with goofy fun.

Animal House: Timing The Big Snip

Jul 18, 2017
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Spaying or neutering your pets can result in great health benefits and longer lives for your animals. But the timing of that operation is crucial.

Animal House: The Slow Fade of Senility

Jun 6, 2017
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There's some illnesses that impact humans that can also afflict our pets -- diabetes, arthritis, heart disease are just a few.  Perhaps the most heartbreaking affliction is also one that's difficult to pin down.

Animal House: I Love It When You Call Me Names

May 23, 2017
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Once the excitement of adopting a new pet settles down, you have a big decision ahead of you:  what to name your new friend.

Animal House: A Question Of Cloning

May 9, 2017
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After losing a beloved pet, it's only natural to want to have your buddy back again. And with cloning technology available, it's very tempting to do just that. But is it a good idea?

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A mysterious fungal disease is impacting wild and captive snakes in at least 15 states.

Animal House: Once Upon A Canine...

Apr 11, 2017
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One great way to help kids get more excited about reading is to pair them off with a furry pal.

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Your cat may have a genetic disease -- there's no avoiding it in some felines.  But there are steps you can take to help your cat battle back against genes.

Animal House: Top Five Genetic Problems For Dogs

Feb 28, 2017
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When you get a dog, the canine  comes preloaded with fur, tail wags and love.  Oh, and the possibility of a tricky genetic problem.

Animal House: Enrichment Battles Boredom

Jan 17, 2017
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Before you head out to work each morning, spare a thought for your pet, spending hours and hours home alone, lonely and bored.

Animal House: Stop Trying To Make Fetch Happen

Dec 31, 2016
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We train our dogs to do obedience commands to keep them safe and to make sure they're good canine citizens.  Tricks, however, are the gravy of training -- not necessary, but very nice.  But it's not always easy to teach a dog, old or otherwise, a new trick.

Animal House: Holiday Hazards For Your Pets

Dec 20, 2016
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One of the joys of the holidays is decking your home with festive decor.  But those treasured decorations could pose a problem for the family pet.  Dr. Matt Fraker, from the Prairie Oak Veterinary Center, has some advice.

Animal House: The Charm Of Corn Snakes

Dec 6, 2016
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Looking to venture into reptile ownership?  A good place to start is with a corn snake -- a great animal for the first-time snake owner.

Animal House: Breaking Bad Dog

Nov 22, 2016
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You can put hours and hours of training into a dog, and still the loveable canine will occasionally misbehave. So what gives?  What does it mean when dogs seem to forget their training to free range their behavior? 

Animal House: Of Acne And Allergies

Nov 8, 2016
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Acne is not just for teenagers.  It can develop on cats, as well.  It's a surprisingly common feline skin disorder that's a component of a much larger syndrome of complex feline allergic skin diseases, said  Dr. Matt Fraker from the Prairie Oak Veterinary Center in Normal.  

Animal House: Battling Canine Flu

Oct 25, 2016
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While you're lining up flu vaccinations for yourself and your family, don't forget about the furry members of your family.  The highly contagious canine flu that's infected thousands of dogs, leading to some deaths, is expected to return this season.  This time, forewarned is forearmed, said Dr. Matt Fraker from the Prairie Oak Veterinary Center in Normal.  You can take steps to protect your pet from H3N2.

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Montreal has enacted a new breed-specific legislation in response to a recent deadly pit bull attack in the city. A 55-year old woman was mauled to death by a dog that was described as a pit bull.  Officers shot and killed the animal, and the tragedy has spurred the city into action.  

Animal House: Your Pet Is What It Eats

Sep 27, 2016
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We've gone far beyond just ordinary kibble when we feed our pets.  There's ample options out there, but could there be danger lurking within the list of ingredients?  Laura Kennedy has more in this edition of Animal House.

Animal House: Keeping An Eye On Cataracts

Sep 13, 2016
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One of the most common eye problems for dogs is cataracts, which can impact canines of all ages and breeds and be brought on by disease, old age and trauma.  While cataracts are not painful, they can lead to even worse eye problems, such as eye loss, said Dr. Matt Fraker from the Prairie Oak Veterinary Center in Normal 

Animal House: Where Farm Animals Find Sanctuary

Aug 30, 2016
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There are many, many animal rescue groups that help cats, dogs and other domestic animals find a home.  Fewer still are the rescue groups that help farm animals find sanctuary.  In central Illinois, there's KARA, Kickapoo Animal Rescue Alliance, a place where domestic and farm animals can find sanctuary in a no kill shelter. 

Animal House: Guinea Pigs -- The Sociable Furball

Aug 16, 2016
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Committing to a pet is a major thing, so sometimes it's best to ramp it up with a furry friend that's personable without being too demanding.  A great starter pet is the fun, furry guinea pig.

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