Dogs! In the News!
Rare Dog Rediscovered!
The New Guinea Highland Wild Dog, not seen in nearly 50 years, has been sighted on a isolated island mountaintop.
After decades of fearing that the New Guinea highland wild dog had gone extinct in its native habitat, researchers have finally confirmed the existence of a healthy, viable population, hidden in one of the most remote and inhospitable regions on Earth. According to DNA analysis, these are the most ancient and primitive canids in existence, and a recent expedition to New Guinea’s remote central mountain spine has resulted in more than 100 photographs of at least 15 wild individuals, including males, females, and pups, thriving in isolation and far from human contact.
Scientists found a single muddy paw print, which inspired them to set up cameras throughout the region, resulting in the photos you see in this post. Read more from Business Insider.
Potentially Deadly Disease in Northern Jersey
Five dogs in Paramus, New Jersey have been diagnosed with leptospirosis, a potentially deadly bacterial infection. The disease is transmitted via the urine of wild animals and thrives in creeks, puddles, ponds, and other places where there’s standing water.
If left untreated, it could lead to kidney damage, meningitis, liver failure and death. Symptoms include bleeding from the nose, vomiting and loss of appetite. Vets say the earlier the disease is identified, the better the prognosis will be. If your dog contracts the disease, doctors recommend that owners visit a physician. Also, humans should wash their hands after taking dogs for a walk.
The disease can spread to humans. Here’s more from ABC News, including these tips:
– Be on the lookout for these possible signs of the disease: Fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, increased urination or an inability to urinate. While these also can be signs of other health problems, they’re all good reasons to take your dog to the veterinarian.
– Dogs tend to get leptospirosis in muddy, wooded areas, so take caution when going for hikes. Don’t allow your dog to swim in these areas or lap up water from a puddle.
– Dogs can be vaccinated for leptospirosis, and Dr. Davidson strongly recommends talking to your primary care veterinarian about getting the vaccine.
– Since the disease is carried by rodents, do everything you can to keep your backyard rodent-free. Keep grass mowed and dispose of trash properly.
South Florida Police K9 Competition
The Sixth Annual South Florida Police K9 Competition was held last Saturday in Boynton Beach.
The event included obstacle courses, “hardest hitting,” and fastest running competitions.
The winners were:
Read more from the Palm Beach Post.
Drones Versus Dog Poop
Authorities in the Netherlands are waging aerial war on dog poop! Drones have been fitted with cameras and heat detectors designed to spot steaming mounds of doggy doo-doo.
Once poop is spotted, the drone transmits directions to a cleaning machine called Patroldog 1 which swoops in and deals with the offending mess.
Read more from The Sun.
Check out this German Shepherd Dog rescuing his buddy from a snow drift!