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In this photo provided by Kate Hilts, Ross Hettervig, left, and Kate Hilts pose for a photo with their cat, Potato, on Nov. 14, 2020, in Washington. Veterinarians and owners report some pets are being medicated for anxiety, and others are being put on diets because of too many treats and not enough exercise in parks that humans may be avoiding because of virus concerns. Hilts says her cat, a rescue who joined their household in March 2019, always seemed to enjoy attention from strangers but now hides from visitors. (Kate Hilts via AP)

Changes, challenges: The not-so-secret life of pandemic pets

Dec. 31, 2020 1:56 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Olivia Hinerfeld's dog Lincoln and Kate Hilts' cat Potato have something in common: They both like to interrupt Zoom calls as their owners work from home. “Sometimes it's better to preemptively put him on your lap so he can fall asleep," says Hilts, a digital consultant in the...

In this photo provided by Raghav Ranjan, Devika Ranjan smiles at her cat, Aloo, on Dec. 13, 2020, in Andover, Mass. Ranjan, a theater director in  Chicago, wanted pandemic company and got a rescue cat she named Aloo during the summer. The formerly feral cat is believed to be around 3, and seems to be very comfortable with a slow-paced, high-attention pandemic life. “My working from home, I think he loves it,” she says. “I think he is just ready to settle down in life. If he were human, he'd probably sit on the couch with a PBR (beer) and watch TV all day.

Left behind: How to prepare pets for a post-pandemic life

Dec. 31, 2020 4:51 AM EST

Sometime in 2021, probably for many more than a year after pandemic restrictions began in the United States, most American workers and students will return to campuses, offices and other workplaces. Left behind will pets who have become accustomed to humans staying home with them. Some tips on how to prepare them...

Margie Copenhaver, an 83-year-old resident of Eagle Manor in Helena, Mont., pets her robotic pet dog Muffie, Dec. 11, 2020.

Robotic dogs and cats help seniors combat loneliness

Dec. 20, 2020 8:10 AM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Even during normal years, many senior citizens face a constant struggle with loneliness and isolation. And both issues have been exacerbated in the time of COVID-19. With social isolation now being encouraged and in some cases required to help prevent the spread of the virus,...

Snow leopard at Kentucky zoo tests positive for coronavirus

Dec. 11, 2020 12:48 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A snow leopard at a Kentucky zoo is the first in the U.S. to test positive for the coronavirus, federal officials announced Friday. Two other snow leopards at the Louisville Zoo are undergoing testing to confirm the virus, the Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary...

Medical staff spray each other with disinfectant as a colleague collects a nasal swab for a rapid test, inside a COVID-19 testing and triage center that has been set up in the Central de Abastos, the capital's main market, in Mexico City, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Mexico's COVID-19 deaths average 55 years vs. 75 in Europe

Dec. 10, 2020 11:18 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s coronavirus spokesman said Thursday the country’s median age of death from COVID-19 was a shockingly young 55, as compared to an average of 75 in many European countries. Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell said that nonetheless, Mexico's future...

Bill: Vets can talk marijuana, hemp products with pet owners

Dec. 10, 2020 11:52 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is close to clarifying that veterinarians can consult with pet owners on the use of products derived from marijuana or hemp to help animals' health. The state Senate on Thursday gave final, unanimous approval to a bill authorizing veterinarians to give guidance on such...