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Podcast: Crash tests raise concerns over safety of pet crates/carriers

New crash tests show pet carriers and crates that are supposed to be designed for safety may actually hurt pets and passengers in vehicle crashes. The not-for-profit Center for Pet Safety conducted crash tests on commercially available pet crates and carriers that claimed to offer protection in vehicles. The testing involved the same experts who do crash tests on vehicles for humans and used specially-designed crash test dummy dogs. The test dummies are designed to match the approximate size and weight of real dogs. Listen above to the PetsPodcast interview with Lindsey Wolko, Center for Pet Safety Founder and CEO. (more…)

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Podcast: Fireworks Anxiety and 4th of July Pet Safety

More pets go missing around the 4th of July than at any other time of year and fireworks are to blame. Animal control offices across the U-S report a 30-60% increase in lost pets between July 4 and July 6. Many shelters say July 5 has become one of their busiest days.

Dr. Julia Georgesen of Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago says there’s only one way to keep your pet safe at home. “Keep them away from all the fireworks,” she says. “Pets get really scared with fireworks and it may be something you don’t want to celebrate outside with your dog.” (more…)

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Canine Flu Likely to Spread Across U-S

The new strain of canine flu affecting dogs and cats in the Midwest will likely spread across the U-S and pose a threat to pets throughout the summer months into the fall. That’s the warning from two of the experts who helped to identify the virus.

“None of the dogs in this country are protected from this particular virus, so yes, it could very well spread everywhere in the country,” says University of Wisconsin Veterinary Care Veterinarian Sandi Sawchuk. “With the mobility of people and their pets, I can foresee that this could potentially be a problem anywhere.”

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New Strain Causing Midwest Canine Flu; Cats Now Affected

Veterinarians know more about the outbreak of canine flu that’s affecting dogs in Chicago and the Midwest. And the news isn’t good.

Veterinarians at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin have identified the strain as influenza A H3N2, which is currently in wide circulation and affecting dog populations in southern China and South Korea. This marks the first time the A H3N2 virus has been detected in North America. Experts initially thought the flu strain causing the current outbreak was the more common A H3N8 which was first identified in the U-S in 2004. (more…)