Vetstreet Newsflash – Thursday, September 15

Here’s a roundup of some of the more interesting and informative stories we've found on the web today including our own adult dog adoption guide and a new Rin Tin Tin read.

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Scientists Discover That Humans Are Hardwired to Love Pets, ABC News

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology and the University of California, Los Angeles have found a link between the human mind and affection for animals. After measuring the brain activity of 41 subjects, the scientists surmised that the amygdala — the part of the brain responsible for emotional reactions — turned highly active when participants looked at photos of furry creatures.

A New Book About Hollywood Star Rin Tin Tin Hits Stores, New York Times

In this New York Times interview, novelist Susan Orlean discusses her latest work, a biography about Tinseltown’s most famous German Shepherd, Rin Tin Tin. It’s the ultimate rags-to-riches story: After he was found wandering a French battlefield following World War II, Rin Tin Tin made his way to the United States — and silver screen stardom. 

A Primer on Common Household Pet Hazards, Vetstreet

Most dog owners know how dangerous it is for a canine to consume chocolate, but there are plenty of other seemingly benign items at home that can be equally harmful to animals, such as raisins, macadamia nuts and avocados. Our comprehensive list features not only foods, chemicals and plants that are not pet friendly, but it also covers what you should do if your pet has ingested something toxic.

How to Safeguard Against Pet Kidnapping, Chicago Tribune

Pet theft is on the upswing. According to the American Kennel Club, animal abductions have increased 32 percent this year. In this article, safety expert Ines de Pablo suggest some simple steps owners can take to protect their pets from this multimillion dollar racket — like microchipping all animals and never leaving your pup unattended outside a shop or cafe.

A Golden Retriever Puts on Her Own Seatbelt, Funny Animal Videos

The dog in this video is obviously a stickler for safety: When it’s time to go for a ride, she does her best to buckle up in the back of the car.

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