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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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Feature: Mass Vaccinations Could Eradicate Rabies

Rabies experts and doctors have a plan that could eliminate the disease, which kills tens of thousands of people worldwide each year. The plan calls for mass vaccinations of dogs–something that’s already been tested successfully in Latin America, parts of Africa and Southeast Asia.

“There is now convincing evidence that vaccination of dogs would eliminate greater than 98 percent of the rabies health burden globally,” says veterinarian Guy Palmer, an infectious disease specialist, who’s been conducting research on rabies and vaccination programs for nearly 20 years. “If we can get around 60% we can actually control a disease outbreak. We don’t need to vaccinate every dog. We need to vaccinate somewhere around 60%.” (more…)