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VIDEO: Tips for adopting a dog 

Adopting a dog can be one of the great joys in life for pet owners, but it's also a big decision that should be taken very seriously. In the latest AVMA video, Dr. Julie Dinnage, co-founder and executive director of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, offers some advice on finding the right dog for you and everyone in your home. Watch the video.

Veterinary emergency care 

Do you know how to handle a pet-related emergency? Check out the "Emergency Care" Web page on AVMA's website for information about what constitutes an emergency, what to do in case of an emergency and first aid tips for pet owners.

Amid tornado's destruction, a man and his dog are reunited 

Unable to coax his beloved dog, Maggie, into the family safe room, Jon Byler Dann thought he had seen her alive for the last time when his family hunkered down for the devastating tornado that destroyed their Illinois home this past weekend. Close to 30 hours later, Maggie was found injured but alive, and she's receiving veterinary care. The moment was captured in a series of poignant photos. of Illinois 

Video: How to pick the right toys for your pets 
Shopping for pet toys can be overwhelming. With so many choices, how do you know what's right for your pet? In this AVMA video, Dr. Joyce Ashamalla provides tips on providing safe, enriching and fun toys for your pets. Watch the video.

Video: Puppy socialization 
We all appreciate the joy and companionship that a well-behaved dog brings to our lives. What we don't always appreciate is that there are many different factors that can determine whether or not a puppy grows into that wonderful lifelong companion. In this AVMA video, Dr. Christopher Pachel explains the ins and outs of puppy socialization. Watch the video.

 Video:  Dog has the time of his life when owner leaves the house

Video:  Cat leaps into action to save child from attacking dog

See Obie the dachshund's 54-pound weight loss 
Weighing in at 77 pounds, Obie the dachshund was in severe danger until his new owner changed his diet and increased his exercise. Veterinarian Leilani Alvarez, director of the Tina Santi Flaherty Rehabilitation & Fitness Service in New York, says obesity is the most common health problem she sees in her practice. Now 23 pounds, Obie is a good example of how proper feeding and exercise can lead to a healthier pet. NBC News (6/23)

 Video: Ear care for dogs 

Dogs' ears come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. But no matter the shape, all dogs can get ear infections. That's why proper ear care is essential for all dogs. In this AVMA video, Dr. Julia Georgesen tells you all about a dog's ears and how to properly clean them. Watch the video.

The poignant legacy of 9/11 search dog Bretagne 
Golden retriever Bretagne, believed at age 15 to be the last surviving Ground Zero search dog from 9/11, returned to the site of the disaster this week. Handler Denise Corliss said the work she and Bretagne did there was an honor. Veterinarian Cindy Otto, who treated search dogs in the aftermath of 9/11, says that in addition to helping search the site, the animals provided emotional support to the people there. Dr. Otto later established the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, and one of the puppies trained there was named Bretagne 2, in honor of the original. NBC News