Chicago Vet: 'Huge Spike' in Rare Dog Illness Leptospirosis

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Dog vaccine (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Leptospirosis in dogs is preventable with vaccines, but changes in the frequency of distemper vaccines has left some pets vulnerable to the illness. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Leptospirosis is considered rare in domestic animals, but veterinarian Dr. Tony Kremer says he's seen a sharp rise in dog cases, especially in suburban Chicago.

You're Ready for Vacation, but Is Your House?

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When you're away on vacation, having a car in the driveway is one of the best ways to make a house seem to be occupied. (Photo courtesy of member Marshall B. of Virginia Beach)

Before you put on that out-of-office email and lock the doors to catch a flight, here's what you need to do — and what not to do — before leaving on vacation.

9 Questions to Ask a Potential Pet Sitter

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Finding a good pet sitter means that you, and your pets, can relax when you have to be away from home. (Photo courtesy of member Robert D. of Gambrills, Maryland)

If you can't take your pet with you while you're away, a pet sitter can step in and care for your animals. How do you find a good pet sitter? We've got 4 tips!

How To Prepare Your Pets for an Emergency

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The first thing is to prepare an emergency kit for each pet in your home, says Stewart. (Photo courtesy of Sit Stay Play In-Home Pet Sitting & More LLC)
The first thing is to prepare an emergency kit for each pet in your home, says Stewart. (Photo courtesy of Sit Stay Play In-Home Pet Sitting & More LLC)

Planning ahead for your pets in case of a natural disaster or weather-related emergency will help to make sure you and your animals make it through safely.

Dog Trainer

5 Lessons from a Professional Dog Trainer

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Being a friend to your dog is great, but good obedience and good behavior actually depend on how respectful a dog is of its owner, says Kantak. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List Member Lisa H. of San Francisco)
Being a friend to your dog is great, but good obedience and good behavior actually depend on how respectful a dog is of its owner, says Kantak. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List Member Lisa H. of San Francisco)

You can find plenty of conflicting advice for training your dog and so this highly rated professional dog trainer shares his most valuable dog training lessons.

How a Capitol Hill Cemetery Came Back to Life as an Off-leash Dog Park

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Dog park in D.C.
Neighborhood dog owners can join the dog park for $225 per year or visit for $10 a day. (Photo courtesy of Historic Congressional Cemetery)

Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C., is one of the city's largest off-leash dog parks. Membership is required, but day passes are available for a fee.

$50-a-month gym memberships for dogs? Canine sports club opens near D.C.

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Dog gym near D.C.
A trainer at Frolick Dogs prepares a canine client for his workout at the facility's gym. (Photo courtesy of Frolick Dogs)

Frolick Dogs in Alexandria, Virgina, operates a gym with treadmills, balance balls and agility courses for dogs. It's the latest trend for D.C. pets and owners.

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Veterinarian

Cats and Dogs Save Lives Through Blood Donation

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Blood bank manager Amy McKamey calls the pet blood donors heroes. (Photo courtesy of IndyVet)
Blood bank manager Amy McKamey calls the pet blood donors heroes. (Photo courtesy of IndyVet)

Dogs and cats that meet certain requirements can help save pets’ lives by donating blood at IndyVet's blood bank. Donors receive free annual vet exams and more.

Chicago Vet: 'Huge Spike' in Rare Dog Illness Leptospirosis

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Dog vaccine (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Leptospirosis in dogs is preventable with vaccines, but changes in the frequency of distemper vaccines has left some pets vulnerable to the illness. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Leptospirosis is considered rare in domestic animals, but veterinarian Dr. Tony Kremer says he's seen a sharp rise in dog cases, especially in suburban Chicago.

5 Foods That Are Poisonous to Your Pet

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If you suspect your pet has ingested poisonous foods, you can contact your local poison control hotline for advice, says Walter. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kenneth N. of Detroit)
If you suspect your pet has ingested poisonous foods, you can contact your local poison control hotline for advice, says Walter. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kenneth N. of Detroit)

These are foods you can eat just fine, but would be detrimental to your pet. Avoid pet poisoning by keeping your pet away from these five everyday foods.

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Dog Kennel

9 Questions to Ask a Potential Pet Sitter

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Finding a good pet sitter means that you, and your pets, can relax when you have to be away from home. (Photo courtesy of member Robert D. of Gambrills, Maryland)

If you can't take your pet with you while you're away, a pet sitter can step in and care for your animals. How do you find a good pet sitter? We've got 4 tips!

Chicago Pet Sitter: 6 Tips to Book Pet Care for the Holidays

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Waiting until the last minute to find suitable care for your pets while you're away for the holidays could add stress to the season. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jody R. of Woodridge, Illinois)
Waiting until the last minute to find suitable care for your pets while you're away for the holidays could add stress to the season. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jody R. of Woodridge, Illinois)

Traveling without your dog or cat? Better book their boarding at least a month in advance of holidays to ensure space at Chicago kennels. Plus 5 more animal care tips for holiday travel!

3 pet sitting options for your dog or cat

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The most important step is researching the company or individual with whom you are leaving your pet, says Cawthorne. (Photo Courtesy of Scales, Tails and Paws)

Leaving pets at home during vacation can be stressful. Navigate your many pet-care options and make the best choice for your pet with these expert questions.

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Pet Groomer

How to Find a Dog Groomer

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Unlike the human hairstylist industry, grooming is not a field that requires vocational licensing or even professional certification, says Addington-Smith. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Nancy C. of Detroit)
Unlike the human hairstylist industry, grooming is not a field that requires vocational licensing or even professional certification, says Addington-Smith. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Nancy C. of Detroit)

Unlike human hairstylists, professional pet groomer are not required to have any certification so it is important to be a discerning when choosing a groomer.

9 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Pet Groomer

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The best way to locate a competent professional groomer is to ask family, friends or other professionals for a referral, says Johnson. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Domingo G. of Georgetown, Texas)
The best way to locate a competent professional groomer is to ask family, friends or other professionals for a referral, says Johnson. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Domingo G. of Georgetown, Texas)

Finding a qualified pet groomer for your furry friend may not be easy, but this guide will help you choose a groomer who is a cut above the rest.

$50-a-month gym memberships for dogs? Canine sports club opens near D.C.

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Dog gym near D.C.
A trainer at Frolick Dogs prepares a canine client for his workout at the facility's gym. (Photo courtesy of Frolick Dogs)

Frolick Dogs in Alexandria, Virgina, operates a gym with treadmills, balance balls and agility courses for dogs. It's the latest trend for D.C. pets and owners.

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Dog Walker

9 Questions to Ask a Potential Pet Sitter

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Snoozing dog
Finding a good pet sitter means that you, and your pets, can relax when you have to be away from home. (Photo courtesy of member Robert D. of Gambrills, Maryland)

If you can't take your pet with you while you're away, a pet sitter can step in and care for your animals. How do you find a good pet sitter? We've got 4 tips!

How a Capitol Hill Cemetery Came Back to Life as an Off-leash Dog Park

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Dog park in D.C.
Neighborhood dog owners can join the dog park for $225 per year or visit for $10 a day. (Photo courtesy of Historic Congressional Cemetery)

Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C., is one of the city's largest off-leash dog parks. Membership is required, but day passes are available for a fee.

$50-a-month gym memberships for dogs? Canine sports club opens near D.C.

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Dog gym near D.C.
A trainer at Frolick Dogs prepares a canine client for his workout at the facility's gym. (Photo courtesy of Frolick Dogs)

Frolick Dogs in Alexandria, Virgina, operates a gym with treadmills, balance balls and agility courses for dogs. It's the latest trend for D.C. pets and owners.

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Pooper Scooper

Tired of house cleaning, lawn care and window washing? Hire a pro

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Hiring a house cleaner can help those with hectic schedules. (Photo by Elizabeth McQuern)
Hiring a house cleaner can help those with hectic schedules. (Photo by Elizabeth McQuern)

By hiring a professional to tackle tedious tasks, families can spend more time together and less on jobs like house cleaning, lawn mowing, window washing and even scooping the poop.

10 tips to remove dog poop

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It's a good idea for pet owners to clear their lawn of waste weekly or bi-weekly, Constante says. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Heidi D. of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
It's a good idea for pet owners to clear their lawn of waste weekly or bi-weekly, Constante says. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Heidi D. of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)

Cleaning up after your dog doesn't have to be a hassle. One top rated provider offers pooper scooper tips to help make the process simpler.

Cleveland dog poop experts give the scoop on No. 2

Cleveland-area pooper scoopers share their tricks of the trade for successfully cleaning up dog poop. They talk pricing, disposal and stopping the spread of diseases.

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Pet Shelter

Chicago Vet: 'Huge Spike' in Rare Dog Illness Leptospirosis

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Dog vaccine (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Leptospirosis in dogs is preventable with vaccines, but changes in the frequency of distemper vaccines has left some pets vulnerable to the illness. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Leptospirosis is considered rare in domestic animals, but veterinarian Dr. Tony Kremer says he's seen a sharp rise in dog cases, especially in suburban Chicago.

7 Questions to Ask Before Adopting a New Pet

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As a responsible pet parent, you should be taking them to the vet regularly for vaccinations and check-ups, says Stewart. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Elaine R. of St. Louis)
As a responsible pet parent, you should be taking them to the vet regularly for vaccinations and check-ups, says Stewart. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Elaine R. of St. Louis)

Bringing a new member into your family is a big commitment and life change, even when it’s a four-legged one. Consider these questions before you adopt a pet.

Abused dog who captured Chicago's heart ready for adoption

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Ellen, the shih tzu-terrier mix, captured the hearts of hundreds who want to adopt her, but adopting severely abused animals comes with many challenges. (Photo courtesy of Trio Animal Foundation)
Ellen, the shih tzu-terrier mix, captured the hearts of hundreds who want to adopt her, but adopting severely abused animals comes with many challenges. (Photo courtesy of Trio Animal Foundation)

Adoption applications have soared for Ellen, the shih tzu-terrier mix who had been neglected and abused. What you should know and prepare for before adopting a pet who was severely abused.

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Animal Breeder

Chicago Vet: 'Huge Spike' in Rare Dog Illness Leptospirosis

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Dog vaccine (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Leptospirosis in dogs is preventable with vaccines, but changes in the frequency of distemper vaccines has left some pets vulnerable to the illness. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Leptospirosis is considered rare in domestic animals, but veterinarian Dr. Tony Kremer says he's seen a sharp rise in dog cases, especially in suburban Chicago.

Dog breeder loves her gentle golden retrievers

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Seven-year-old Megan Cloudman of Palmetto, Fla., finds a gentle and loving friend among a young liter of adorable golden retrievers. (Photo courtesy of Megan Cloudman)
Seven-year-old Megan Cloudman of Palmetto, Fla., finds a gentle and loving friend among a young liter of adorable golden retrievers. (Photo courtesy of Megan Cloudman)

An expert and highly decorated Florida animal breeder shares advice on caring for golden retrievers, which she has placed in many home and unique environments.

Noblesville breeder says Labradoodles make great service dogs

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Australian labradoodle Bippidi Boppidi Boo nurses her 4-week-old puppies at Noble Vestal Labradoodles. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Australian labradoodle Bippidi Boppidi Boo nurses her 4-week-old puppies at Noble Vestal Labradoodles. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Animal trainer and breeder Kendra Vestal, founder of Noble Vestal Labradoodles in Noblesville, Ind., says her dogs help her give back to the community. When they don’t have puppies, breeding dogs double as therapy dogs.

3 tips for picking the perfect pet

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Doing your research before choosing a pet means you'll both be happier. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Amy A. of Okemos, Mich.)
Doing your research before choosing a pet means you'll both be happier. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Amy A. of Okemos, Mich.)

Choosing a pet is a decision that involves much more than the cuteness of the animal in question. Read more to determine what kind of pet may be right for you, ensuring you have the best chances of success.

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