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Emi (L) and Ally (R) from the San Diego Humane Society eat lettuce, April 2020. Animal shelters across the United States were emptied out thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

Emi (L) and Ally (R) from the San Diego Humane Society eat lettuce, April 2020. Animal shelters across the United States were emptied out thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
Photo: ARIANA DREHSLER/AFP (Getty Images)

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You’ve likely seen the age-old callout on Twitter: “Share your pet pics, please!” or “Having a rough day. Could use doggos.” These tweets, tossed so casually into

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These Three Beloved Pet Food Brands Are About to Skyrocket in Price

Despite economic struggles this past year, the majority of Americans say we’d pay whatever it takes to care for our pets! Today, new reports are suggesting that with national shortages on essentials as basic as ketchup (yes, really), the cost of pet food could soon increase—and the prices may not be the worst problem for some fur-loving families.

In February, a small grocery store in Pennsylvania stated that its canned cat food supply was 80% bare. The trend persisted into March, with some pet food industry insiders blaming tough winter weather and supply chain issues on shortages of ingredients

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Some pet dogs need expensive therapy after lockdowns

Nicole Cueto sobbed as she locked the door of her apartment and heard her dog, Marty, crying hysterically on the other side.

“He was anxious and upset,” the Manhattan resident recalled of the incident earlier this year when she had to go out to work for the first time in months. “It was extremely traumatic for the both of us, and I could not focus on my job for days after.”

To help her dog cope, Cueto has invested $340 in professional pet training and counseling — a fraction of the amount many concerned owners are forking over —

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The ulti-mutt pet? Chinese tech company develops robo-dogs

The high-tech hound uses sensors and AI to ‘hear’ and ‘see’ its environment – and can even be taken for walks

It’s whip fast, obeys commands and doesn’t leave unpleasant surprises on the floor—meet the AlphaDog, a robotic response to two of China’s burgeoning loves: pets and technology.

The high-tech hound uses sensors and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to ‘hear’ and ‘see’ its environment—and can even be taken for walks.

“It’s really very similar to a real dog,” says Ma Jie, chief technology officer at Weilan, the company behind the product.

AlphaDog follows in the paw prints of “Spot”, a

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Enabot Ebo Pro Review: A Wobbly Robotic Toy for Your Cat

When I’m going to be away for longer than a normal work day, I usually set up a couple of security cameras so I can check in on my cats. But even the best security cameras can’t search for a pet hiding under the bed. The Ebo Pro can check out those hidden nooks and crannies, offering more peace of mind to anxious pet parents like me. It has a 1080p (HD) lens—the same as most standard home security cams. 

It’s speedy enough, but the feed is shaky, likely because its tank-style caterpillar track wheels don’t offer enough stability. They

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