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Pets and Drugs Don't Mix

Tuesday March 07 by Claudia bourne
You cannot be too careful when it comes to drugs and other harmful substances. If allowed, your pets canóand willóget into things you would never expect.

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Fewer Ribbits in the World

Thursday February 17 by Claudia bourne
Amphibians around the world are dying, and scientists on three continents are gearing up for a major effort to try to figure out why. The research, funded by a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, will probe a wide range of possible causes ó toxins, disease, climate change, habitat destruction, or a combination of these factors.

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Meet a Yahoo! "Pets Surfer"

Tuesday February 15 by Claudia bourne
Imagine a world in which you are actually paid to surf the Web. Itís your "occupation". You get to tell Mom that you are a "Web Surfer". You spend your days online finding and enjoying sites, and organizing them into a directory that makes it easy for everyone to find them, too. Oh, and one other thing - you have to find sites about stuff you like (say, for example, animals and pets). Sounds rough, eh? Tune in to see how one of Yahoo!ís Pets surfers manages to get the job done. Tuesday, February 15th at 5pET/2pPT.

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Petsmart.com Seeks 5 Mln IPO

Friday February 04 by Claudia bourne
Seeking to cash in on the Internet craze on Wall Street, the online pet products retailer Petsmart.com Inc. filed on Friday to raise as much as $115 million in an initial stock offering. The company, based in Pasadena, Calif., offers a broad range of pet supplies and information, advice and educational materials to help pet owners learn about care and behavior, and the opportunity to interact with other pet owners.

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Study Warns That Birds Can Be Bad for Your Health

Thursday February 03 by Claudia bourne
The death of a 72-year-old woman with a pet cockatoo prompted medical researchers on Monday to warn people with compromised immune systems to avoid pet birds and their droppings. The woman was infected with a microscopic fungus called cryptococcus neoformans, or C. neoformans, a known danger to the health of immunosuppressed patients with diseases including AIDS. The same pathogen, researchers said, has been found in the feces of 26 percent of canaries, 18.4 percent of carrier pigeons and at lower rates among parakeets and parrots.

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