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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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