Vetstreet Newsflash - Friday, September 16

Here’s a roundup of some of the more interesting and informative stories we've found on the web today including a Vetstreet guide to controlling pet allergies and many great stories of lost pets who've been found!

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How to Handle a Pet Who Refuses to Eat, Vetstreet

Though dogs can technically become anorexic, it's not because they're suffering from self-esteem or body issues.

If your pet has gone on an extended hunger strike, it's likely a side effect of a medical condition, which calls for a visit to the vet. This article covers what you need to know.

Missing Colorado Cat Surfaces in New York City — Five Years Later,

After disappearing from her Rocky Mountain home in 2006, a Calico cat named Willow was found prowling the streets of Manhattan this week. Thanks to her microchip, she'll soon be reunited with a family that had given up hope of ever finding their beloved kitty.

Simple Ways to Ease Problem Pet Allergies, Vetstreet

Just because you're allergic to pet dander doesn't mean that you have to forgo furry companions. Though there's no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic breed, Vetstreet's Dr. Marty Becker offers some basic steps you can take to keep symptoms at bay, from investing in HEPA filters to giving pets regular baths.

Joss Stone Fosters a Bull Mastiff While Recording in the Big Apple, People Pets

The R&B star has a four-legged friend keeping her company while she works on her latest album in New York City — a 6-year-old Bull Mastiff named Oprah. Before she heads back to the U.K., Stone plans to find the adoptable pup a new family. "I can't take her home because I live so far away," she says. "And I have four dogs of my own."

A U.K. Couple Pays a Costly Pet Detective to Locate Their Kitty, BBC

Gerald and Lisa Francis of Cubria, England, wasted no time hiring their own Ace Ventura when their 15-year-old cat, Cloudy, went astray. Although they had to fork over £1,000 (that's about $1,580!) to retain Animal Search UK, the octogenarians say it's a price worth paying — especially if they can find the feline.

A Pet Cockatiel Ruffled by Hurricane Irene Turns Up in Central Park, Village Voice

After papering Manhattan's Upper West Side with flyers, Jim DiGiovanni was finally reunited with his wayward bird, Josie, who escaped from her cage on the way to the vet's office on the Friday before Hurricane Irene struck. Four days later, the Cockatiel was spotted on a bench in Central Park — hungry but happy.

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