Most Clicked Animal Health SmartBrief Stories

1. Pilot shocked to see cat clinging to glider's wing

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jun 24, 2015

Mashable (06/22)

2. Award honors cat that stopped dog attack on 6-year-old

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jun 24, 2015

For the first time, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Los Angeles awarded its Hero Dog award to a cat. Tara, an adopted cat, body-slammed and then chased away a chow mix that was attacking 6-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo. The incident was caught by security cameras, and the footage went viral. The dog was later euthanized. KOMO-TV/KOMO-AM (Seattle) (06/19)

3. Accidental catch of basking shark is scientific treasure

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jun 25, 2015 (06/24)

4. Canine cases of tularemia prompt warning in N.M.

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jun 24, 2015

Two New Mexico dogs were infected with tularemia, a plague-like disease that also afflicts rabbits and rodents, both of which have been thriving in a recent wet weather pattern. Cats and humans may also become infected through exposure to the small mammals or fleas and ticks carrying disease. Families are urged to watch for symptoms and ensure pets are protected against fleas and ticks. Albuquerque Journal (N.M.) (free content) (06/23)

5. Emotional support animals stoke debate

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

The Americans With Disabilities Act does not recognize emotional support animals, but increasingly Americans are showing up at businesses with animals they say they rely on for comfort. Websites offer emotional support animals registrations, evaluations and letters, but there's no sweeping standard in place validating any of them. Some observers worry that the proliferation of emotional support animals casts skepticism on those who have a true need for the support. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (06/28)

6. Released pet goldfish are reaching monstrous proportions

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jun 26, 2015

Officials in Canada and the U.S. are finding large numbers of giant goldfish in the wild. The goldfish are likely released by owners who don't want them anymore, but without the restrictions of tanks, the fish are growing to huge proportions and multiplying, according to experts. One U.S. fisherman caught a three-pound, 15-inch goldfish in a Michigan lake. The proliferation poses problems including fecal contamination that may be detrimental to algae growth. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (06/25)

7. Japan mourns feline railway VP that saved a business

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

ABC News (06/28)

8. 400-pound pig freed from excrement-filled basement

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Detroit police coordinated a 12-hour rescue to remove a 400-pound pig from the basement of an abandoned home. Officers involved said the area was full of feces from the pig. The owner recently died. WDIV-TV (Detroit) (06/26) CNN (06/28)

9. Dog food puzzle gets super-sized for rhinos

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jun 24, 2015

San Francisco Zoo rhinos Gahati and Boone will soon be working harder for their food. The zoo raised the $15,000 necessary to create a rhino-sized version of the dog food puzzle Foobler. It's part of an effort to enrich the rhinos' lives, said Jason Watters, the zoo's vice president of wellness and animal behavior. Newsweek (06/21) KNTV-TV (San Francisco) (06/23)

10. Bear attacks, injures Calif. woman and dog

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jun 25, 2015

Chico Enterprise-Record (Calif.) (06/24)

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