Creative health permit process gives paws, not pause

Our friends at the Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) deserve a treat – they’ve helped increase the pet adoption rate in King County by 20 percent in a single year. RASKC attributes some of this success to the several cat cafés located in our area. But, these cat cafes raised some questions for […]

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Do it for your furry buddy: Emergency preparedness and pets

We get it. You’re busy, and getting ready for a disaster is not at the top of your priorities. But pet-owners, just take a look at those big trusting eyes of your furry (or scaly or feathered) friends and think about doing it for them. Recent disasters in the U.S. show that people will endanger […]

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How protecting your dog’s health also protects yours

At Public Health, we usually leave dog-related health issues to our friends in the veterinary community, but when furry companions start getting people sick, our ears perk up. Our epidemiologists and veterinarians specialize in zoonotic diseases – diseases caused by germs that can be spread from animals to humans. We want your pup to be […]

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5 reasons why hot weather raises health alarms

Hot weather isn’t just uncomfortable – it can be dangerous. When temperatures are very hot in King County, we see a rise in the number of hospitalizations, Emergency Medical Service calls, and most sadly, deaths. And it’s not just heat stroke and heat exhaustion: heart problems, stroke, and kidney failure are common health problems on […]

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Brrrrr! Cold weather tips if you have medical needs or pets (or pets with medical needs)

Will it snow or won’t it snow? Oh mother nature, why must you be so fickle? But one thing we do know: if it snows, even a dusting creates havoc for drivers, creating road closures and traffic snarls. In our defense (I’m looking at you, smirking midwesterners and transplants from Boston), our steep hills and temperatures that dip […]

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