Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Animal Life: Preparing Your Pet For Hurricane Season

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Hurricane season is upon us. Does your evacuation plan include your pet?

Under no circumstances should you ever leave your pet behind. Pets are members of the family and should always be included in disaster preparations.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Animal Life: Kitten Season Is In Full Swing

Late spring is kitten season, which sounds adorable but can be truly problematic.
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Warm spring weather brings good things, like flowers; bad things, like termites; and cute things... like kittens!

Late spring is kitten season, which sounds adorable but can be truly problematic. Newborn kittens flood local shelters, which often lack the resources to care for them all. 

Here's what you can do to help:

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Animal Life: What To Do If You Lose Your Pet

Putting up flyers is one of several things you can do if your pet goes missing.
Kate Richardson

Losing a pet is scary. Do you know what to do if this happens?

As soon as you notice that your pet is missing, go to your local animal shelter in person to file a report. Be sure to bring a photo ID and a recent picture of your pet. After you do that, make flyers and post them around your neighborhood. 

If someone brings a lost pet to the local animal shelter, they're only legally required to hold it for a few days. So it's crucial to be proactive in your search.

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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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