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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Animal Life: To Leash Or Not To Leash?

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It's festival season here in Louisiana. That means tons of pet-friendly outdoor activities, which raises the question: to leash or not to leash?

Most parishes require that dogs be on a secure leash. There are some exceptions to this law for places designated as off-leash areas, like NOLA Bark in City Park.

Dog owners know that even the most obedient canine companions have their moments. Keeping your dog on a leash while out and about is the best way to protect him from traffic, crowds and other animals.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Animal Life: Pets Have Allergies Too

Pets have allergies too!
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Allergy season is tough on everyone, including our pets. Just like humans, animals can  be allergic to a variety of things. And they even have some of the same symptoms. 

My dog Sparky was miserable, scratching and itching. A veterinary dermatologist tested him and determined that he was allergic to grass, trees and dust. Common pet allergens include pollen, dust, mold, cigarette smoke, cleaning products, and certain foods.

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Animal Life
10:50 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Animal Life: Caring For Pets With Special Needs

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My friend Shelly has a blind cat named Stevie. You might think that Stevie has a it bad, but in fact, he's just as active as any other cat.

The important thing to remember about disabled pets is that they adapt well to their limitations. They learn to rely on other senses and usually go on to lead normal lives. 

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Out To Lunch: Cats 'N Dogs

Patrick McCausland, Peter Ricchiuti and Michelle Ingram.
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Last year Americans spent over $55 billion on their pets. To put that in some sort of perspective, that's more than most countries in the world spend on their military.

In New Orleans, Zeus' Place is one of a number of 21st Century pet boarding and day care facilities where pets are treated somewhere between kindergarten kids and rest home residents, with activities, walks, naps and even their own apartment. Michelle Ingram, founder and owner.

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Latest News
6:21 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Lafourche Parish Considers Requiring Special Permits For Pit Bull Owners

Lafourche Parish considers requiring special permits for pitbull owners.
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The Lafourche Parish Council is taking up a measure aimed at regulating the ownership of pit bulls in the parish.

The Courier reports the measure would require pit bull owners to have special permits. The council will consider the measure today and will take a vote on May 13.

Councilman John Arnold is authoring the legislation and said he wants owners to agree to nurture their dog in a "responsible" manner.

Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Animal Life: Reading Your Pet's Body Language

Listen to what your pet is trying to tell you.
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We don't speak the same language as our pets. But it's amazing what they can communicate with their actions if we really observe them.

Recently, a Great Dane/Shepherd mix kept running from his owner's home. He showed up at our shelter several times over the course of a few months. He desperately wanted exercise and wasn't neutered. Running away was the only way he could express his frustration. Ultimately, his owner grew weary of paying fines to redeem him, and this lucky dog ended up neutered and placed in a new home with an attentive owner.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Animal Life: The Advantages Of Adopting An Older Pet

Older pets make excellent companions.
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Older animals are often overlooked in shelters across the country. This a huge loss for animals and humans. Older pets make excellent companions.

Pets are defined as "older" when they've reached approximately two-thirds of their life expectancy. A standard poodle, for example, has an average lifespan of 12 years. So at 8, he or she is ready to become a card-carrying member of the AARP — that's the American Association of Retired Pets. 

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Animal Life: Keeping Your Pet Hydrated

Remember to keep your pet hydrated during the hot summer months.
Kate Richardson

We all know that hydration is a key to good health. The same goes for our pets.

Like humans, an adult dog's body is comprised of about 60 percent water. For cats it's about 67 percent. When a dog loses just 10 percent of its body's fluids, bodily functions shut down; a 15 percent loss can be fatal. Cats tolerate dehydration a little better than dogs, but a loss of 20 percent can be fatal.

There's no set amount of water that your pet should drink in one day. But a good rule of thumb is that animals should take in about two and a half times more water than food per day.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Animal Life: What's In A (Pet) Name?

Is that Rudy? Or maybe it's Bridget.
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Adopting a new pet is easy. But naming it can be a real challenge.

You'll be using the name several times a day to socialize and train your pet, so there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Studies have found that our pets respond better to one or two syllable names. So it's safe to say that Ditto Dippin' Dots may not work.

Avoid names like Joe, for example, which sound very close to "no." The same goes for Sid, which has the same sound as "sit."

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Animal Life: The Benefits Of Ear-Tipped Feral Cats

Ear-tipped cats have been sterilized and released to help stabilize wild cat populations.
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When I step out my front door, the first thing I usually see is a feral cat soaking up the sun. Some may view community cats as a nuisance, but these unique felines actually play an important role in the city.

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