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Our 5-month-old kitten, Jasper, went into kidney failure a few years ago. We had adopted Jasper for next to nothing from a shelter, but a few days of emergency care had cost us more than $3,000.

Secondhand smoke can cause lung and nasal cancer in dogs, malignant lymphoma in cats and allergy and respiratory problems in both animals, according to studies.

We’re obsessed with our dogs and our technology, and definitely with the combination of the two. So we’re taking a closer look at the latest devices to hit the market.

After a string of airline pet deaths in recent years, the U.S. Department of Transportation says it will require carriers to report more information on animal incidents during trips.

Growing rates of obesity in pets have led to the emergence of fat farms offering “pawlates,” “doga” and “Barko Polo” – doggie versions of Pilates, yoga and Marco Polo to help slim down man’s best friend.

When handlers describe the joys of this fast-growing sport, they talk about the euphoria of a perfect run, being in sync with their dogs, making friends at competitions and getting to travel.

Hedgehogs are steadily growing in popularity across the United States, despite laws in at least six states banning or restricting them as pets.

The smallest dogs in the world weigh less than 7 pounds and can easily slip through cracks in a fence, get stepped on or even hugged a little too hard.

Q: I am owned by two dogs, a 91/2-year-old bichon and a Maltipoo who just turned 2. They are both wonderfully sweet girls and the joy of my life. My question has to do with the Maltipoo, Fiona.

Chocolate can hurt dogs, depending on their weight and how much they eat – and the darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is.

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