Dogs! In the News!
Dog Flu Spreads
Some vets say you should look at options for vaccines that might offer some protection.
Read more on the cleveland.com website.
Water Poisoned by Lead in Flint, Michigan Affects Dogs
It now appears even dogs are being poisoned by lead in the water in Flint, Michigan.
“Two dogs in the Flint area recently tested positive for lead toxicity, according to the state veterinarian. The dogs with lead toxicity are both cross-breeds, and they’re both still alive, said Dr. James Averill, state veterinarian and Animal Industry Division Director for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. One is a pet, and the other was a stray. Their test results were confirmed in October 2015 and January 2016, but state officials declined to release further details about the cases — including whether they live in Flint. Both were in Genesee County, where high levels of the heavy metal in Flint’s tap water system are a major crisis. Officials in Flint continue to advise that people and their pets avoid drinking unfiltered tap water.”
New York Gets its First K9 Pit Bull Officer
The stigma against Pit Bulls continues to erode. Poughkeepsie now has a Pittie on its police force.
“Kiah is a pit bull who was rescued from a shelter after she was found as a stray in a grocery market parking lot with a serious wound on her head. Now she’s New York state’s first K9 pit bull officer. She is part of the City of Poughkeepie Police Department’s K9 force and her partner is Officer Justin Bruzgul. Kiah is Bruzgul’s first K9 partner, and together they’re patrolling the streets of Poughkeepsie, making it a safer place to be.”
You can read more about Kiah here on the Huffington Post’s Good News section.
German Shepherd Quasimodo has become a media darling!
“Found as a stray and taken into a shelter in Kentucky, the rescue workers there thought his growth had been stunted by being confined in a cramped kennel, until they discovered his unusual medical condition… Like two other dogs with this condition, Quasi was named after the protagonist in the novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” … Quasimodo is one of only 14 dogs in the world diagnosed with short spine syndrome, a condition in which the spine is compressed and shortened, according to a Facebook post. His back slopes down and his tail is a stump. The condition can’t be fixed with surgery.”
He has appeared on television, throughout the Internet, in newspapers, and in magazines. His Facebook page has nearly 80,000 followers.
Click here for more from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
The Department of News that Dog Owners Already Know
In our continuing series of reports on studies that confirm things we dog owners already know: the BBC says that dogs love humans more than cats. (I mean really, is there anyone who thought otherwise?)
Apparently they were even able to quantify it: dogs love humans five times as much as cats.
They did that by measuring oxytocin.
“Researchers studied the chemical oxytocin, which signals bonding with offspring and deep pleasure for humans. Ten cats and 10 dogs were swabbed for saliva before playing with their owners for 10 minutes. When they were tested afterward, oxytocin levels were higher in both animals, but the difference is in the amount the chemical increased. There was a 12 percent increase in the cats tested, with more than a 57 percent spike in dogs.”
Apparently one of the researchers was surprised by the results. <sigh>
Read all about it here from the Journal-News.