We were so inspired by #NPRFrozenPaws that we decided to start our own photo campaign here at GPB. We got the party started with some cozy shots of pets from our GPB staff. How are your pets dealing with the record cold here in Georgia? Send us pictures on social media with the hashtag #GPBPolarPets.
Macon city councilor Nancy White is pushing an ordinance at the city and county level that would require pet owners to sterilize their dogs and cats. Under her legislation, owners who do not want their dogs fixed would have to pay an extra licensing fee.
University of Georgia officials have created a facility to house pets in hurricanes and other emergencies. Many people refuse to evacuate their homes during emergencies because they don't want to leave their pets, putting themselves at risk.
Experts say a warm winter and early spring will mean an abundance of ticks this summer in Georgia. Nancy Hinkle, a veterinary entomologist at the University of Georgia's Department of Entomology, says this is the earliest in the season that ticks have been seen.
A University of Georgia researcher is close to developing the first ever Chagas disease vaccine for pets that will help prevent the spread of the disease to humans. Rick Tarleton used a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to look into the deadly parasitic infection that is the single most common cause of congestive heart failure and sudden death in the world.