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Delta No Longer Allowing Large Animals To Be Flown As Checked Baggage

Flying your favorite furry friend on Delta Air Lines is about to get a little less convenient, and more expensive, starting next year, as the carrier announced that it will no longer allow travelers to ferry their pets from one place to another as checked baggage.  [More]

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Microchipping Pets Doesn’t Always Ensure Their Return

When a pet goes missing, the owners might post “Lost” fliers, call their local animal shelters, or simply look up the animal’s microchip in hopes of finding them. While the last option is used more and more, some owners say the way in which the microchip system works is flawed, leaving people with little hope of finding their pets.  [More]

Sweetener Used In Gum Blamed For Increase In Accidental Dog Poisonings

Sweetener Used In Gum Blamed For Increase In Accidental Dog Poisonings

Keep your pooch away from your gum stash: experts are pointing the finger at xylitol, an ingredient used in sugarless gum, as the culprit behind a recent uptick in accidental dog poisonings. [More]

Good News: Loose Tarantula That Freaked Out Petco Shopper Was Just A Shed Exoskeleton

Good News: Loose Tarantula That Freaked Out Petco Shopper Was Just A Shed Exoskeleton

Last week, we shared a reader’s story of encountering a cool spider just hanging out on a cart in the middle of the store while shopping at Petco. Yes, Petco does sell tarantulas, but they live in habitats. Are spiders really supposed to just hang out on the cleaning cart while their habitats are cleaned? [More]

Shopper Spots Loose Tarantula On Cleaning Cart At Petco, Freaks Out

Shopper Spots Loose Tarantula On Cleaning Cart At Petco, Freaks Out

David and his daughter took a trip to Petco this week to buy a fish for her aquarium. After choosing a nice one, they took a lap around the store to look at the other animals. That’s when they ran into the cleanup cart… and the tarantula chillaxing on the corner. At least, that’s what it looked like. (Please note: this post contains pictures of a spider. Proceed with caution if you do not like spiders.) [More]


Philadelphia Bus Evacuated After A Four-Foot Snake Gets Loose

You never know what you’re going to get when you’re on public transit — there could be a guy clipping his toenails, a bunch of kids dancing and flipping around on subway poles, mariachi bands, snakes… Yes, snakes: a Philadelphia bus had to be evacuated over the weekend after a four-foot snake decided he’d rather slither around instead of staying wrapped around his owner’s neck. [More]

Amtrak Allowing Pets On Busy Northeast Regional Trains For $25

Amtrak Allowing Pets On Busy Northeast Regional Trains For $25

Nearly a year and a half after launching a pilot program in Illinois that allowed train travelers for the first time to bring along their small pets – much like they do when traveling by plane – Amtrak will expand this option to one of its busiest routes. [More]

Report: PetSmart Considering Adopting Petco, Buying It A Leash And Collar

(Mike Mozart)

Petco and PetSmart are the two largest pet retailers in the United States: about 50% of all money spent in pet stores nationwide goes to one of the two chains. The two companies have given each other a good sniff and considered merging in the past, but after some changes of ownership are considering it again. [More]

A family says Delta Air Lines failed to secure the cage their cat was in during transport, leading the animal to escape.

Family Claims Delta Air Lines Lost Cat At San Diego Airport

Over the past several years, Delta Air Lines has been at the center of numerous tragic stories of regarding pet transports. Now, a family who was flying their cat on the airline from San Diego to Baltimore is hoping their tale of loss ends on a happy note. [More]

This is the message sent by the scammer trying to explain why the dog had not been delivered, even though $490 had been sent.

Don’t Fall For The Mail-Order Puppy Scam

Getting a dog from a breeder can run you thousands of dollars, so it might be tempting when someone offers to sell you a baby puppy for a fraction of that. But if that seller is just some random person who demands that you wire them a cash payment, you’re probably getting rooked. [More]

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Uber Driver Claims Dog Urinated In Car, Sends Pictures Of Different Car

It’s not news that someone did something inappropriate in a hired car: that, unfortunately, has been happening for as long as taxis have existed. No, but one woman in Chicago disputed Uber’s claim that her dog relieved himself on the floor of an UberX vehicle and that she owed $200. [More]


Thousands Of Pigs Left Homeless Amid Craze For Tiny Pet Swine

Whether it’s kittens, lizards, puppies or cockatoos, humans just love their pets. But often when one species has a spike in popularity, many pets are left without homes once the craze dies down, and folks realize it’s not always easy raising an animal. You know, because animals have a tendency to eat a lot, and grow, things many pig owners weren’t expecting when they bought their pets. [More]

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PetSmart Sorry For Accidentally Throwing Live, Swimming Fish In The Trash

It took a few days, but PetSmart finally responded after a video was posted on social media that claimed to show live goldfish swimming in a bag that had been chucked in a store’s garbage bin. The chain apologized to customers, saying an employee didn’t realize any of the fish were still alive. [More]


Guy Puts His Cat Through X-Ray Machine At LAX, Everyone Freaks Out

Something important you should probably add to your check list when traveling with a pet: Make sure your furry friend doesn’t go through the X-ray machine at the airport, not only because it could be dangerous, but because everyone around you will promptly freak out. Officials at Los Angeles Airport say a traveler accidentally placed his cat in a bag during the security screening procedure, but agents say it seems the fuzzy guy is perfectly fine. [More]

Watch The Tiny Hamster At A Tiny Barbecue With His Tiny Friends (Because It’s Wednesday)

Feel like you just can’t make it through the next few days before the holiday weekend? We interrupt your regularly scheduled Wednesday programming with a perfect panacea for the hump day blues: The Tiny Hamster at a tiny Fourth of July barbecue with his tiny friends (and one normal-sized human). Sure, the video is two days old, but that doesn’t make it any less adorable or brain soothing. Or tiny. [Hello Denizen on YouTube]


Now Available At Petco: One Long-Tailed Grass Lizard Skeleton For Only $9.99

Are you in the market for a new pet, one that doesn’t require much maintenance or care? Or perhaps, one that requires absolutely nothing from you? You’re in luck: One Petco appears to have a long tailed grass lizard skeleton available in its store tank, for the low price of just $9.99. [More]


New Yorkers Will Soon Be Able To Dine With Their Dogs At Restaurants With Outdoor Areas

It’s one thing to have your furry best friend underneath the table at home waiting for scraps to inevitably fall, but once you try to take a dog to a restaurant at meal time, it’s not always acceptable or even legal to have your pet accompany you as your dinner date. In New York, however, canines will soon be welcome with their owners at restaurants with outside space. [More]

Petco Responds To Grooming Death Accusation, Says Drying Cages Aren’t Heated

Petco Responds To Grooming Death Accusation, Says Drying Cages Aren’t Heated

Otherwise healthy two-year-old dogs generally don’t drop dead with elevated body temperatures, and that’s what happened to the beloved Golden Retriever of a woman in Virginia while the animal was at Petco for a routine bath and grooming. The dog’s owner claims that a store employee left her pet for too long in a heated dryer cage, but Petco now says that they don’t heat dryer cages for safety reasons. [More]