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Illinois Senate Passes ‘Puppy Lemon’ Legislation

If the state protects consumers who unknowingly buy “lemon” cars, why shouldn’t the same safeguards exist when putting down big money on Fido, Murph or Fluffy at a pet store? State lawmakers took a serious look at that question Wednesday.

05/02/2013

The Siwak family in Winfield, Ill., spotted this coyote on the golf course about 40 feet away from their rear deck on Jan. 29, 2013. (Photo courtesy Gene Siwak)

How To Keep Pets Safe From Coyotes

It happens far too often. Unsuspecting pet owners let their dogs and cats out to play or do their business in the backyard and before they know it – a predator looking for a quick meal has attacked and injured their pet or worse.

03/31/2013

Chicks, that are dyed with artificial colours, are sold at a street market in Beruit on March 28, 2012, to celebrate the Christian occasion of Easter. Lebanese traditionally buy coloured chicks in the lead up to Easter on April 6. AFP PHOTO / JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

Bunnies And Chicks May Be Cute, But They Don’t Make Good Pets

Every spring, Linda Estrada with the Animal Welfare League says the agency starts seeing rabbits and chicks — Easter animals that people realize they just cannot take care of.

03/29/2013

Easter Eggs

Easter Grass, Lilies And Chocolate Are Top Easter Threats for Pets

Brightly colored plastic grass, plastic eggs, Lilies and chocolate pose the biggest risk to pets at Easter time. These items may be symbols of the season but they can also make dogs and cats very sick and even result in death.

03/23/2013

Sadie, a dachshund, visits with Bernadette Slesinski-Evans, a cancer patient at Rush University Medical Center. (Credit: Rush University Medical Center)

Rush Allowing Pets To Visit Patients

Robyn Hart, director of child life services at Rush says pet visitors have a great therapeutic benefit. She says they, “just bring so much joy to their owners. I can’t think of anything better.”

WBBM Newsradio–02/19/2013

Hartz Mountain Corp. announced the voluntary withdrawal of two brands of treats, including Hartz Chicken Chews and Hartz Oinkie Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken.

New Pet Treat Recall

More pet treats are being recalled in the U.S. because of concern over trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue found in product samples.

01/27/2013

Prescription medication (CBS)

FDA: Prescription Mix-Ups A Problem For Pets, Too

The FDA said it’s easy for errors to be made when filling a prescription for your pet. FDA investigators discovered errors stemming from simple issues such as: lookalike packaging, drugs with similar names, and simple penmanship errors.

CBS 2–01/08/2013

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Important Questions To Ask Before Signing A Lease

If you’re looking for a place to rent, keep this list of questions handy.

12/19/2012

Firefighters rescue several dogs from a burning building in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. (Credit: Chicago Fire Department)

Person Burned, Several Dogs Rescued At NW Side Fire

Firefighters brought the animals — some unconscious — out of the building in blankets and used oxygen masks specially made for pets to attempt to revive them.

11/26/2012

Coyotes are increasingly common in the western suburbs, putting small-pet owners on alert. (DuPage County Forest District)

Experts Disagree On Best Solution To Keep Coyotes At Bay

Coyote sightings in the western suburbs have increased, and small pets are being targeted by the wild animals. CBS 2’s Bill Kurtis reports.

11/08/2012

Some pet experts advise raw diets for animals, though not everyone is sold on them. (CBS)

Some Pet Owners Swear By Raw Diets For Their Animals

The food contains meat, organs, bone, and in some cases vegetables and fruit, all ground together and sold frozen. Just thaw it out and serve it up.

08/09/2012

Dog Prints

New Guidelines Released For CPR On Pets

While dogs and cats do not suffer heart attacks the way people do, researchers have come up with a set of recommendations on how to revive loved pets if their heart stops.

CBS Chicago–07/05/2012

Lake Michigan Fireworks

Fireworks, Heat Can Lead To Stressful Day For Pets

With record-high temperatures expected throughout the area Wednesday, as well as the usual displays — official and improvised — of fireworks to celebrate Independence Day, this could be a doubly stressful day for pets.

07/04/2012

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Tips For Building A Homemade Doghouse In Your Chicago Backyard

Consider your local climate as well as these tips before getting started.

06/20/2012

Lake County Sheriff's officers removed two cats, three dogs and a Macaw from a home near Crown Point, Ind., on March 14, 2012, due to conditions deemed unfit for human habitation. (Credit: CBS)

Pets Removed From NW Indiana Home Deemed Unfit For Human Habitation

Police in Crown Point, Ind., made a disturbing discovery Wednesday inside a home where neighbors had complained they’d been attacked by animals. CBS 2’s Pamela Jones reports that pet after pet was carted out of the house and police said no one should have been living in the conditions they had found inside.

CBS 2–03/14/2012

Wolfie & Marving hizang out with Santa (credit: Jacob Knabb)

Best Places For Pet Pictures With Santa

Dogs, all pets for that matter, are family too. And they should be included in on the holiday festivities, including a trip to visit Santa Claus. Santa makes special visits just for pets around the Chicagoland area so you can have your dog or cat’s photo taken with him. And on Christmas morning, let them rip open one of their own gifts so they can experience the thrill of a magical Christmas too.

12/08/2011

Laine, a female terrier mix, is just one of scores of dogs and cats up for adoption at PAWS Chicago's 36-hour adopt-a-thon starting Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. (Credit: PAWS Chicago)

PAWS Animal Shelter Holding 36-Hour Adopt-A-Thon This Weekend

PAWS Chicago is hosting a 36-hour animal adopt-a-thon starting Friday morning at its Lincoln Park neighborhood shelter.

CBS Chicago–12/01/2011

Animal Shelter

Despite Bad Economy, Shelters See Fewer Unwanted Pets

The City of Chicago takes in 20,000 unwanted animals every year, and while most have to be euthanized, the city is doing better than most.

WBBM Newsradio–09/27/2011

Animal Shelter

New Law Requires More Steps Before Shelter Animals Can Be Put Down

Your pet gets a better chance for survival at the shelter with a new law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn.

WBBM Newsradio–08/03/2011

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