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Animal News Wrap-up: Open Windows Also are Dangerous for Cats, and Much More

Open car windows are famously dangerous for dogs. Feline friends are no less at risk when they are in moving cars. Both species are vulnerable...

Dr. Eric Barchas  |  May 5th 2010


Open car windows are famously dangerous for dogs. Feline friends are no less at risk when they are in moving cars. Both species are vulnerable to another risk: open windows in high floor apartments. When people attempt to air out their apartments and open their windows too far, pets can fall hundreds of feet. Cats especially are at risk, and the problem is so common that it has a name: high rise syndrome. A recent article from New York City discusses the problem.

Obesity is epidemic in Americans of many species. Humans, cats, and dogs are all plagued with weight problems. A recent article from Kansas discussed health problems linked to canine obesity.

Obesity isn’t the only common human syndrome that affects pets. KDKA reports from Pittsburgh that canine dementia is on the rise.

Here’s the animal health scare of the week: a newspaper in Mississippi reports that heartworms may be developing resistance to commonly used preventatives.

I am a firm believer in the mental and physical health benefits that humans derive from pets. Two recent articles support this notion. One discusses the release of oxytocin (a hormone that inspires feelings of love and affection) in pets and people during human-animal interactions. The other discusses a survey that found many people think their pets are better listeners than their spouses.

Photo: I hope there aren’t any cats on those balconies. By Joe Zachs.