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American Veterinary Medical Association: Choosing the Right Pet for You

Dr. Kendall Houlihan, assistant director of animal welfare of the American Veterinary Medical Association chats on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show about how to choose the right pet for you.  We talk about it all, from Guinea pigs to cats and dogs. And do your homework. People get rabbits when little kids…

Communities and Counties Continue to Ban Sales of Dogs and Cats at Pet Stores

If you haven’t been keeping score, Buffalo Grove, IL (a large Chicago suburb) and Indian River County in Florida are among the most recent jurisdictions to unanimously ban sales of dogs and cats at local pet stores. In both cases, backers of the ordinances simply pointed out the truth: Dogs and cats sold at pet…

Make Your Rabbit Chocolate

Rabbits are still sold at Easter and people still buy real bunnies. And, people still find out that they’re a commitment, just like a dog or a cat but they’re decidedly not dogs or cats. Rabbits can be very interactive, but on their own terms. Experts comment below on rabbits and children. It’s ironic that…
Cats get tick disease too

Cats Do Get Tick Disease

Q: Can cats get tick disease? I heard that I have nothing to worry about. J.C., Murphysboro, TN Cats do get tick diseases, and two may be fatal. I’ve written at length about tick disease in dogs. There’s a new invasive tick species increasing their numbers. While some tick disease that affect people and dogs may…

Pet Stores Find Loophole in Ordinance Banning Sales of Dogs and Cats at Pet Stores

We can’t allow the puppy mills to win. Several months after the Chicago ordinance to ban the sales of dogs, cats and rabbits from pet stores (which passed in 2014) went into affect (in 2015), I heard what was happening at some pet retailers. They said they were getting their dogs from non-profit rescues. It…

Never Buy Rabbits for Easter: 8 Rabbit Facts

Here’s why I am for the laws limiting the sales of rabbits at pet stores: They’re still sold at Easter and people still buy real bunnies at Easter. And, people still find out that they’re a commitment, just like a dog or a cat, so they quickly give up on their rabbit, relinquishing to a…

President Trump Calls Pet Owners 'Yokels'

President Donald Trump was reportedly “embarrassed” about Vice President Mike Pence deciding to bring his pets to Washington D. C., and deems the Pence family to be “yokels.” In a lengthy feature story about Vice President Pence, an advisor to President Trump told The Atlantic that the U.S. President informed his secretary he thought it was “low class”…

Blow to Puppy Mills: California Bans Pet Store Sales of Dogs, Cats, Rabbits

California has become the first state to ban the sales of dogs, cats, and rabbits at pet stores. Pet stores will be able to adopt dogs, cats, and rabbits from reputable shelters or rescues, however. Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 485 on Friday, October 13. The Pet Rescue and Adoption Act was authored by Assembly member Patrick…

No More Sales of Dogs, Cats, Rabbits in Vancouver

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is the latest community to ban the sales of dog, cats, and rabbits at pet stores. Talk about a black eye on the U.S. City council member Heather Deal said when pets are sold in retail stores it can be difficult to assess the breeding conditions, especially if they come from Asia…

California Set to Ban Dog and Cat Sales at Pet Stores

California prides itself as being a progressive state. And if a proposed statewide law banning the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores passes, the state will surely be considered even more progressive, as it will be the first to create such statewide restrictions on what pet stores are able to sell. Lawmakers…

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