Vetstreet Newsflash - Friday, September 30

Cooper the dog
Lost dog Cooper was found 3,000 miles from home

Another Happy Ending Willow the cat isn’t the only wandering pet to get a happy reunion recently. The Baetge family of California was thrilled when Cooper, their Chihuahua-Whippet mix who’d been missing for two years, turned up this week — 3,000 miles away in Florida. The people who found the dog saw that he had a microchip, which traced him back to his family. He's hopping a flight home on Monday. — Read it at, and find out more about microchipping from Vetstreet

Risk Factors for Cat Cancer Could Help Humans

A large study of intestinal cancer in cats may also benefit humans: By analyzing patterns in how the disease develops in felines, doctors and vets can potentially uncover environmental factors that cause the tumors to progress in various species. — Read it at Science Daily

A Surfer Saves a Shark

Surfer helps shark

How’s this for a new twist on the old “man bites dog” story? In this video, an intrepid surfer in Venice Beach, Calif., drags an injured great white shark out of the water. A surfer then dares to put his hand inside the young shark’s mouth to remove a fishing hook, before enlisting others to help him push the shark back into the surf. — Watch the video at Discovery News

You Had Me at Hello

In this must-read essay, Robert Lipsyte describes how he was dead set against the idea of getting another pet after his wife’s dog died. Of course, that was before he met Milo, a 6-year-old Cocker Spaniel: “He was needy, messy, he had to be walked, and he got between us. He was perfect.” — Read it at The New York Times

All-You-Can-Eat Pizza

A black bear in Canada is caught on tape raiding a pizza shop — while bystanders seem to relax and enjoy the show. — Watch the video at the Huffington Post

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