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Animal Island: See the vet to rid snake of mites

Q: My daughter's corn snake has an infestation of mites and we do not know what to do. We have cleaned out its tank and just keep it on a sheet of newspaper. We rub the snake all over with mineral oil as that is supposed to smother the mites but they crawl right over the oil! On the internet, people have suggested putting a No-Pest Strip in the tank with the snake - but that seems a bit extreme. Can you offer any suggestions?

Pets

Baffled by cat's reaction to catnip

Q: My three cats love it when I sprinkle a little catnip on a sheet of newspaper. They all roll in it and scratch at the area of the rug where I spread it. However, my younger cat actually will shake his head and drool for a while in almost a dazed state. Then he just snaps out of it and walks away from the catnip. The drooling gets me a bit nervous. Am I doing them harm by letting them play with the catnip like this?

Pets

Pet Vet: Human exposure to disease in cats is not very likely

Ellen from Modesto, Cal., is the caretaker for Sassy, a 4-year-old tabby cat that Ellen loves dearly. Ellen is also pregnant and has concerns about being pregnant while living with a cat. Sassy is entirely indoors and Ellen has heard - without much detail - about problems that can occur to babies because of the mother's exposure to cats during their pregnancy. She would like to understand any potential problems and risks.

National

Polar bear makes a splash at Columbus Zoo debut

Nora made her debut at the big polar bear habitat at Polar Frontier at the Columbus Zoo. More than 1,000 visitors saw her belly flop, romp and swim. Nora was born in November 2015, and after her mother began leaving her alone for periods of time, the zoo staff hand-reared the little polar bear cub. She's now getting bigger and stronger every day.

Pets

Georgia family reunites with lost dog in North Carolina

While visiting Raleigh, NC for New Years, a the Bilodeau family lost their dog Bilbo, who ran away soon after the clock struck midnight. Three months later, after losing hope that they would ever see their dog again, they received a call on Monday that Bilbo had been found in Raleigh. The next day Margaret Bilodeau and her two daughters, Sophia and Isabella, rushed from Powder Springs, Georgia, to reunite with their puppy.

Pets

AC Pup says spring has sprung

During one of AC Pup's favorite times of the year, he encourages people to take precautions when dealing with pets, including getting them on a heartworm prevention and spaying or neutering them.

Pets

Mom and her puppies reunited after they are surrendered to humane society

The staff at Marin Humane Society discovered a newly-surrendered dog had recently given birth, so they did some investigating and were able to reunite the distressed mom with her four puppies. This video might bring you to tears as the visibly excited mother reunites with the babies she had been separated from. Since her name is Cora, the staff decided to name the puppies after Downton Abbey characters too. The boys are Carson, Moseley and Branson and the girl is Edith. All will be available for adoption in a few weeks.