DOES your dog love to swallow coins? It's not an uncommon behavior, especially in puppies, but pennies minted after 1982 are made primarily of zinc - toxic in large amounts. The condition causes gastrointestinal upset and anemia. A bellyful of pennies may need to be removed surgically.

* Using specially designed crash-test dog figures at a federally approved vehicle-occupant testing lab, the Center for Pet Safety and Subaru of America teamed up to study the effectiveness of pet restraints for use in vehicles. The test found that only one product - the Sleepypod ClickIt Utility Harness - met every criterion for protecting canine crash-test dummies and, by extension, human passengers. The data gathered will be used to develop safety standards and test protocols - which currently don't exist - for pet car harnesses and other travel safety products.