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Dying pit bull ‘bait dog’ rescued from park in Boston

“A dying pit bull was rescued from a wooded area of Hyde Park in Boston on Tuesday night. After receiving a call about a dying dog, rescuers rushed to the scene to discover a canine in terrible shape. The officer who found the dog claimed it was the worst case of abuse he’s seen in 35 years, and assumed she would have died within the next hour or two if they hadn’t found her.The Animal Rescue League is offering a reward of $3000 for anyone with information leading to the arrest of the people responsible for Turtle’s condition. Those responsible face up to 5 years in prison and a $2500 fine.”

Dying pit bull ‘bait dog’ rescued from park in Boston

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Yes, Virginia, pet stores and puppy mills love Christmas

“Christmas is traditionally a time for joy, celebration, good food — and unfortunately, pet store puppies. The uninformed and impulsive pet store puppy buyer would be shocked to see where these puppies come from.”

Dunn County News

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IDEXX introduces test for canine and feline H1N1 influenza virus

WESTBROOK, Maine, December 8, 2009—IDEXX Reference Laboratories introduces its latest RealPCR™ test for canine and feline H1N1 influenza virus. The IDEXX H1N1 Influenza Virus RealPCR™ Test is offered in response to concern about the spread of this disease, helping veterinarians diagnose and manage patients with suspected respiratory infection.

Also referred to as swine flu, H1N1 was confirmed for the first time in October as the cause of death of a ferret. H1N1 infection has since been confirmed as the cause of respiratory disease in a number of cats and ferrets, which are believed to have contracted the virus from their owners. While there is no evidence these pets spread the virus to other animals or people, the potential exists for the H1N1 virus to infect companion animals, including dogs, as a result of close contact with infected family members.

“The clinical signs of the H1N1 virus are likely to resemble other canine and feline respiratory infections,” said Christian Leutenegger, DrVetMed, PhD, FVH, Regional Head of Molecular Diagnostics at IDEXX Reference Laboratories. “Offering the H1N1 Influenza Virus RealPCR Test with the Feline Upper Respiratory Disease and Canine Respiratory Disease RealPCR™ panels will help practitioners identify and differentiate multiple causes of respiratory infection for improved diagnosis and patient management.”

Veterinarians should consider running the H1N1 Influenza Virus RealPCR Test on patients with suspected respiratory disease or those with suspected H1N1 infection. Given the short shedding period of influenza viruses, samples should be submitted for testing within 7 days of the onset of clinical signs to avoid false-negative results. Test results are typically available within 72 hours.

The IDEXX H1N1 Influenza Virus RealPCR Test is included with the Feline Upper Respiratory Disease (URD) and Canine Respiratory Disease (CRD) RealPCR panels at no additional cost. A stand-alone test is also available. For more information, call our internal medicine specialists at 1-888-433-9987, option 4, option 2, or go to www.idexx.com/pcr.

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Bomb-sniffing dog helps Marines stay alive in Afghanistan

“It’s a rare day when a Marine gladly depends on a dogface. But in the Marines’ efforts to remove the threat of roadside bombs buried by insurgents, one of their best weapons is the keen nose of a 3-year-old black Labrador named Ringo. Ringo is credited with finding 10 improvised explosive devices in the last six months while on route-clearance patrol with Combined Anti-Armor Team 2 of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.”

Bomb-sniffing dog helps Marines stay alive in Afghanistan | L.A. Unleashed | Los Angeles Times

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How Dogs Heal

“Any dog owner can attest to the fact that dogs help us in many ways. Whether they’re a comforting presence at a difficult time, assisting individuals as service dogs, or helping save lives, there is a real reason we consider dogs our best friends. In the new book, “Paws & Effect: The Healing Power of Dogs,” author Sharon Sakson delves into this relationship to explore the human-canine bond.”

DogChannel.com: How Dogs Heal

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Should you treat your children like dogs?

“On parenting blogs, websites and Twitter, the guilty admissions are all the same: the training techniques of Cesar Millan, AKA ‘The Dog Whisperer’, work on kids too.”

Should you treat your children like dogs? | Life and style | The Guardian

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Experts dispute validity of statistics on dog bites

“Those who study which dogs bite most and why agree that firm breed-based statistics are tough to come by. Whether such numbers are relevant is where they differ.”

Experts dispute validity of statistics on dog bites – toledoblade.com —

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A few steps to control your dog’s bark

“IT’S THE DEED, NOT THE BREED

A nuisance barker is made, not born. As I discussed in the column on digging, dogs that don’t have jobs or a way to expend physical and mental energy are going to find a release somehow.”

A few steps to control your dog’s bark – Bakersfield.com

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New charity helps dogs with cancer

“Eileen’s Pike’s Golden Retrievers Skyler and Kiana were literally family. If you don’t believe it look around her house. The walls are covered with their pictures. ‘They were our babies,’ Pike said. ‘They were in our wedding. We took them everywhere we could.’ Pike says her world fell apart earlier this year when not one but both of her dogs, although from completely different liters were diagnosed with forms of canine cancer. Pike was even more heartbroken when she learned one third of dogs suffer from the disease and golden retrievers and boxers are for some reason most at risk.

That’s when she decided to start a chapter of the National Canine Cancer Foundation.”

New charity helps dogs with cancer |West Palm Beach News, South Florida Breaking News, Forecast, Video from WPTV

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Puppy mill tip line begins

“With holiday puppy-buying season on the way, authorities this week announced a new tool to combat illegally and inhumanely bred dogs — 1-877-MILL-TIP. The Humane Society of the United States started the national puppy mill tip line to get information about suspected animal cruelty or unlawful activities at large-scale breeding facilities.”

Puppy mill tip line begins – KansasCity.com