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Surprising Cause of Death for Police Dogs
40 percent of law enforcement pups are killed from heat exhaustion.
Earlier this week, animal lovers around the world mourned Diesel, a seven year old Belgian Malinois who was killed in action in a Paris suburb. The brave dog lost his life when French police sent Diesel into an apartment following a showdown with suspected terrorists. Diesel's role in Wednesday's mission highlighted the important and dangerous role that dogs play in law enforcement. In 2010,...
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Xylitol in Peanut Butter
More food products are including this ingredient that is toxic to dogs.
It's well known that chocolate is toxic to dogs, but not everyone is aware of xylitol. In an ongoing survey by Preventative Vet, over 50 percent of respondents weren't aware of xylitol or the danger it poses to dogs. In many cases, this sweetener can be even more toxic than chocolate (the picture above shows a dangerous amount of dark chocolate compared to the number of xylitol-containing sugar...
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Pit Bull Police Dog
Program trains rescued bull breeds to sniff out drugs and find missing people.
Today a rescue pup named Kiah (pronounced KY'-uh) graduated from an intense training program, making her one of just a few Pit Bull police dogs. Kiah certainly stands out from the typical Belgian Malinois and German Shepherds on the job. Kiah will help the Poughkeepsie, New York Police Department detect drugs and track missing people. She'll also serve as a goodwill ambassador for her breed...
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Online Dating Meets Petfinder
PawsLikeMe uses an algorithm to match people with adoptable pups.
One of the dogs available on PawsLikeMe.
Petfinder, founded in the early days of the internet, revolutionized the rescue community by bringing homeless animals to the screens of thousands of people looking for their next pet (and I'm sure to another thousand who were "just browsing." Who hasn't poked around Petfinder just for fun?!). The web site allows prospective pet parents to search for available animals by location, breed, age,...
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Penguin Protecting Pups
Maremma dogs in Australia keep foxes and other predators away.
Dogs have long been used to guard livestock, and more recently have been tasked with protecting endangered big cats, like cheetahs, in Africa. Conservation pups are also being trained to help wildlife by being trained to sniff out poachers' contraband and search for animal droppings for scientific research. So when Southern Australia's Middle Island was faced with a rapidly declining Little...
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Adopt a TSA Pup
Retired explosives detection dogs are looking for forever homes.
It has long been common practice for service dog organizations to adopt out the pups that didn't meet their high standards, but now the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is instituting a similar program to rehome explosives detection dogs. The TSA is looking for forever homes for the pups who have either retired or didn't make it through their training program. The dogs typically...
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Dining with Dogs Bill Passed
N.Y. State now officially allows restaurants to welcome pets in outdoor spaces.
This week New York Governor Cuomo signed the "Dining with Dogs" bill into law, which had been sponsored by assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal. Effective immediately, the state joins the city of Los Angeles in officially allowing outdoor restaurants and bars to welcome dogs. The new law reverses an old ordinance that excluded animals from sharing outdoor space with dining humans, although judging...
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Courtroom Dogs Protected
Ohio court rules against a case challenging the use of therapy dogs during a trial.
Earlier this year I wrote about the expansion of the courtroom dog program in New York. These therapy dogs play an invaluable role in helping victims feel comfortable on the stand, which can be a traumatizing experience. Recently that privilege was challenged in Ohio, when a convicted sex offender argued that Avery, the Labrador-Golden Retriever mix brought in by the county prosecutor, swayed...
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Ivermectin Toxicity While Herding
An Austalian Shepherd is poisoned from eating the feces of a recently dewormed sheep.
Coming from a family with Shetland Sheepdogs and Border Collies, I've always avoided heartworm medication with ivermectin, a drug that some herding breed dogs are sensitive to, due to a genetic mutation. There's a simple test your veterinarian can perform to know for sure, but most of us with herding breeds just use alternate medications. So ivermectin toxicity wasn't even on Laura Liebenow's...
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Cross-Species Teamwork
Canine and human doctors collaborate on treating cleft defects.
Mr. Moo, a mixed breed puppy from Michigan, was born nine months ago with a cleft palate that forced him to eat through a tube. He was lucky to be taken under the wing of Doctor Bryden Stanley, chief of surgery for small animals at Michigan State University, but the veterinarian was unsure of how to treat the young dog. Usually soft tissue from the same area of the mouth would be used to build a...

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