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For area animal organizations with a "no-kill" policy, keeping their charges sheltered, fed and socialized  strains available resources.  Fostering programs temporarily place dogs, cats and other animals with qualified people until a forever home can be found.

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  When it comes to your pet's health, its dental hygiene is just as important as your own.  Brushing your pet's teeth can prevent disease, and perhaps more importantly...bad breath.

We talk about keeping your pet's pearly whites sparkling, from dental-specific kibble design, to brushing techniques, and pet oral rinses. 

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Here comes cold weather. And here come the holidays. So it's probably a good time to have a conversation about how to prepare your dogs or cats for all this.

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In early July, Robyn Zwolinski and her husband, Gene, decided it was time to put down their 13-year-old West Highland terrier, Blaire. The past few years had been hard for Blaire: she had lost her sight and had begun to develop cognitive canine dysfunction — a dog’s version of dementia.

The Zwolinskis contacted their vet, Vern Otte of Stateline Animal Hospital. Otte had seen them through the euthanization of several pets, and Robyn says they trusted him implicitly. Before coming into the hospital for the procedure, Otte called to ask Robyn a question that took her by surprise.

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When you burn your finger or get a gash on your leg, you know what to do—or at least where the first aid kit is. But what do you do if your pet gets injured?

On Tuesday's Up to Date, veterinarian Wayne Hunthausen joins us to talk about first aid for your pets. We also take a look at what bandage you should use when Fido gets a cut and what to do when you can’t get Fluffy to the vet after an injury.

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Cavity-free, pearly-white teeth have long been a status symbol—but how important is it to make sure your pet’s choppers are as pristine as yours?

On Monday's Up to Date, we’ll talk with  Wayne Hunthausen, DVM and veterinarian Scott MacGee who specializes in pet dentistry. We’ll find out just what’s normal for your pet's teeth and, as always, take questions about your companion animal's health and habits.

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Fido’s making strange sounds, and Fluffy’s decided to carve your couch into a masterpiece with her claws. If all your solutions so far seem to be barking up the wrong tree, we’ve got another option for you.

In the first part of Tuesday's Up to Date, animal behavior expert and veterinarian Wayne Hunthausen joins us to answer your questions about pet behavior.

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Buying a cat or dog from a store isn’t your only option—pet adoption is growing more popular. However, taking in a rescue animal does present challenges. 

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Your pet always seems to know when you’re upset, and maybe you’ve noticed that cuddling with Fido or Fluffy makes you feel calmer

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Kansans are rather unoriginal when it comes to naming their cats, the most popular name for felines in the state is Kitty.

Missourians are slightly more creative, and prideful. According to a report out Wednesday the most popular name for cats in the Show-Me state is Tiger.

The most popular name for dogs in both states is Bella, which is the most popular dog name in the country. Bella is most likely a Labrador Retriever or Chihuahua. 

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It may be cute, but is it safe to dress up your dog and bring him on your trick-or-treating adventure?

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In 2007, Dale Smith was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the head and neck. Throughout his treatment, his pet dog Keegan, normally an energetic border collie, lay patiently by his side, waiting for Dale to get better.

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An uncharacteristically mild winter has led to an unusually warm spring.  You probably packed up your winter coat early and started wearing sandals sometime last month. 

Let’s face it, the holidays are stressful, between decorating the house, putting up the tree, throwing a party and out-of-town guests. It’s enough to push even the most well-behaved pet over the edge.  Hey, the holidays are not all about you, you know!

If your animal companion starts exhibiting unusual behavior this time of year, don’t despair. Tuesday on Up to DateDr. Wayne Hunthausen is back to discuss how to limit the negative effects of the holiday season on your pets.

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Salina, KS – Fireworks make the 4th of July a favorite holiday for many people. But as Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson explains, it's not so popular with pets.

Pets have sensitive hearing. And they don't understand what all the noise is about. Their instinct is to run. If that requires them to jump a fence, dig under it, or push a gate open, that's what they very well may try to do.