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Every walk with Nova is a new adventure and provides me with not only cardio exercise, but also training in patience and sometimes, resistance work.
A devastating wreck 16 years ago left Tammy Hiltner in pain, and daily tasks became progressively harder to do. But one year ago, she met Magnum, 4-year-old black British lab, trained by Can Do Canines in New Hope, Minnesota.
The overwork and staffing shortages of the pandemic have affected veterinarians as much as other doctors and nurses, and dealing with the constant moral dilemmas and emotional output was driving many to burn out even before 2020. The mean salary for vets is about $110,000 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about half that of physicians catering to people.
When winter thaws and spring sets in, skunks and other critters come out to explore their world. If you or your dog encounters a skunk and becomes a spray target, the odor can make you tear up and get nauseous. In this "Health Fusion" column, Viv Williams looks into why skunk spray is so awful and she offers tips on how to get rid of it.

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The society takes in more than 22,000 animals each year, more than every other animal welfare organization and municipal shelter in the Twin Cities combined.
Kira, a rescued dog from Perham, will be featured on 40,000 cans of Busch beer this fall after winning the Busch Bark Bracket, part of the company's "dog brew" series to be sold nationwide.
"I don’t want the roadsides and ditches to be used as garbage receptacles, but places where birds can make their nests, foxes, their lairs and toads, foraging grounds for insects."
The 13-member board appointed by the governor would include veterinarians as well as representatives of breeders, rescue organizations and animal shelters.
Smart dog collars use GPS technology so owners can set boundaries for their canines using a smartphone app.
A cat that thinks he’s a human, Frodo enjoys going on drives with his humans.

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“She struck fear in the eyes of many which is a true gift, but was also gentle and kind to her friends in the community,” wrote her human, Sarah Davis Jastram, in a post on social media. Daisy Mae's earlier battle with city hall led to National Geographic writing about and photographing Daisy Mae, who was featured prominently in a March 2011 cover story, “Taming the Wild.”
Minnesota is one of nine states that doesn’t regulate the veterinary technician profession, and those pushing for legislation to change that say it would lead to less career turnover.
Columnist Tammy Swift describes the magical "canine-plasticity" of dogs who can make themselves larger, tinier, skinnier or fatter to fit any situation.

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