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China zoo under fire for disguising dog as lion

August 15, 2013:

A Chinese zoo’s supposed “African lion” was exposed as a fraud when the dog used as a substitute started barking.


A Tibetan mastiff dog is displayed for sale at a mastiff show in Baoding, Hebei province on March 9, 2013.

The zoo in the People’s Park of Luohe, in the central province of Henan, replaced exotic exhibits with common species, according to the state-run Beijing Youth Daily.

It quoted a customer surnamed Liu who wanted to show her son the different sounds animals made — but he pointed out that the animal in the cage labelled “African lion” was barking.

The beast was in fact a Tibetan mastiff — a large and long-haired breed of dog.

“The zoo is absolutely cheating us,” the paper quoted Liu, who was charged 15 yuan ($2.45) for the ticket, as saying. “They are trying to disguise the dog as lion.”

Three other species housed incorrectly included two coypu rodents in a snake’s cage, a white fox in a leopard’s den, and another dog in a wolf pen.

The chief of the park’s animal department, Liu Suya, told the paper that while it does have a lion, it had been taken to a breeding facility and the dog — which belonged to an employee — had been temporarily housed in the zoo over safety concerns.

Users of China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo service mocked the zoo.

“This is not funny at all. It’s sad for both the zoo and the animals,” said one.

“They should at least use a husky to pretend to be a wolf,” said another.

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Dog owner: Neighbor beheaded puppies for fun VIDEO:

August 13, 2013:

“Rebel” and “Boss”


WFSB 3 Connecticut

MABLETON, GA (CBS ATLANTA) –

Tyler Tedesco can’t believe that his puppies were killed just days before a rescue group was set to adopt them.

Tedesco said he had the puppies “Rebel” and “Boss” for about two weeks. Over the weekend, Tedesco said he gave them to his neighbor, Robert Davis’ girlfriend, to watch. Tedesco explained he believed the puppies might have parvo so he was worried they might make the dogs where he is living sick.

“We asked his girlfriend to watch them, we’ve seen him play with dogs before, we didn’t think anything like this would happen,” Tedesco said. On Sunday, Tedesco said he heard a rumor from a friend that Davis admitted to beheading the dogs.

“My girlfriend’s brother got told in the car earlier yesterday that he, Rob, cut the dog’s head off but said he was joking around and not to tell anybody,” Tedesco said.

Tedesco said his girlfriend decided they had to go to his neighbor’s home and make sure the puppies were OK. When he got to the door he said Davis admitted to killing the dogs and then pointed to the area of the backyard where they were buried.

“I started digging but smelled blood, and I couldn’t. I stopped. I couldn’t dig up my own dogs,” Tedesco said.

The description of how Tedesco found the dogs is too grisly to describe. At some point police found beheaded puppies, thrown into some woods behind Davis’ Mableton home.

Cobb County police arrested and charged Davis with two felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and three counts of tampering with Evidence. He remains in the Cobb County Jail on a $275,000 bond.

Tedesco still can’t believe what happened to his puppies. He had just called to have them picked up by a pit bull rescue group later this week.

“How could you sit there and watch them bleed, and stab them and laugh and think that is funny? ” Tedesco asked. “You just killed an innocent animal. If it was my opinion, the electric chair, give him torture, how he tortured the animals.”

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Dog adopts bunny!

August 13, 2013:

Bunny pops out, play-date starts!


The owner of a corgi has captured on camera the friendship between her dog and a tiny baby bunny. The corgi, Ripley, met the little rabbit one day while she was out walking with her owner, Lareina Tan.
After that, whenever Ripley left the house in West Lafayette, Indiana, for a walk, the bunny would pop up, ready to play.
‘This has happened two days in a row. We’d take the corgi out to potty, and she’d go sniffing around. Bunny pops out, play-date starts,’ Tan wrote on Reddit.
‘I was lucky enough to have my phone on me the third time this happened.’
Tan was slightly concerned her dog, who is named after Ellen Ripley from the Hollywood movie Alien, might hurt the rabbit, but realized after watching the pair that she had no intention of injuring her new playmate. ‘The bunny ran around in circles around us instead of away, and jumped onto Ripley’s front paw while she was sitting. I want to believe the bunny chose to hang with her,’ wrote Tan. Corgis are of Welsh origin, trained to herd animals. They’re reportedly one of the few breeds that can herd geese.

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Dogs attacking birds in Sam Smith Park

August 12, 2013:

Angry birders call for a dog ban at the designated bird sanctuary, citing a decline in certain species


There are few things dogs in southern Etobicoke love more than running free in Colonel Sam Smith Park. But local bird watchers are suggesting pooches be banished from the nature area, claiming they are destroying nesting habitats and songbirds.

Birders say off-leash dogs attacking birds that nest in the designated bird sanctuary’s wetlands and meadows. As a result, they argue, there are fewer birds to gaze at.

“I’ve noticed a decline of certain species over the years, I’m sure because of the dogs who go galloping through the grass,” said Terry Smith, founding member of Friends of Sam Smith Park.

Although Sam Smith has a designated off-leash zone, many dog owners prefer to let their pets run untethered through the main park, ecologically enhanced by the city to provide an avian habitat. Angry birders say dogs are thwarting the reproductive efforts of songbird species that normally breed on the grass, like Savannah sparrows and killdeer.

Bird watcher Peter Whitmore says he’s seen red-necked grebes, which nest on floating vegetation in the lake, lose offspring to mutts who dive after them in the water.the daily dog news canada

“I saw one pair lose three sets of eggs,” he said. “That just broke my heart.”

Dog owners say the park’s leash-free zone — a fenced-in field beside a water treatment plant — is an unfit place to let their hounds run wild.

“It’s like a corral,” said Keith Elliot, 53, who routinely allows his two dogs to roam loose in the park’s habitat areas. “Might as well keep them in my backyard.”

Jennifer Mirrlees, 33, feels the leash-free area is too unsanitary for her Aussiedoodle.

“Dogs pick up germs in those zones because there are so many dogs in a small area,” she said. “I don’t think dogs are creating that much havoc in the park. Everybody lets their dogs off leash here.”

Unleashing one’s dog in a non-leash-free area is illegal, says Toronto Animal Services program manager Mary Lou Leiher, but there aren’t enough bylaw officers to enforce the rules.

“On any given day we may have four or six bylaw officers for the whole city,” she said. “There are about 1,500 parks in Toronto….so their plates are full.”

Birders say Sam Smith has become a no-landing zone for songbirds that once used it as a stopover on their migratory flights. Some argue the park should adopt a similar “no dogs” policy to Tommy Thompson Park, which is considered a significant wildlife area.the daily dog news canada

“Birds flying across Lake Ontario need a place to stop, eat, rest and mate,” said nature photographer Richard Sigesmund. “So why not make the park dog-free?”

Some dog owners disagree. “Why should they have any more rights than the dog people?” said Martha, who often unleashes her four Norfolk terriers in the park. “We all pay property taxes for Christ’s sake.”

Leiher wouldn’t comment on whether the city would consider banning dogs at Sam Smith, but suggested dog owners police their pets instead.

“We advocate for making sure your dog is a good canine citizen,” she said, “which doesn’t include killing small animals in the park.”

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Dogs Are Barking About Taking Over Small Screen – Dogtv

August 12, 2013:

‘Secret Life of Dogs’ and Other Canine-Friendly TV


Programming about dogs and for dogs is suddenly having a television moment. First the “for”: Dogs everywhere are presumably barking, whimpering or growling with excitement, because the subscription service DogTV has just gone nationwide after a stretch of test marketing.

DogTV, offered over the Internet or through DirecTV, plays nonstop imagery that supposedly appeals to dogs. The idea is that your dog can watch while you’re at work, or while you’re home but ignoring the poor beast, or whatever.

If you want to be better able to gauge whether your dog is enjoying DogTV, you should plan to watch “The Secret Life of Dogs,” an Aug. 25 special on Nat Geo Wild.

“Do we really know our faithful companions,” the program asks, “how they see their world, what they really think of us?”

It then proceeds to relate, with lots of slow motion and close-ups, all sorts of tidbits about dogs. Some draw on fairly exotic science, and others are simply things that you may have never thought much about, like how exactly dogs get the contents of the water bowl into their mouths.

“Dogs curve their tongue in the water, making it cuplike,” the narration says, “and pull it up into their mouth, snapping it shut before all the water escapes.”

This may not be a particularly efficient delivery system, since it deposits a fair amount of water on the floor around the bowl, but it sure looks cool in slow-mo.the daily dog news canada

Anyway, as far as TV viewing is concerned, dogs, we’re told, are partly colorblind. They see blues and yellows, but orange looks the same as green. Presumably the people at DogTV know this and shoot their programming accordingly. If you are not a DogTV subscriber, now you at least know not to force your dog to watch a football game in which a team with orange uniforms plays one in green.

One other thing of note regarding dogs: “They have up to 300 million scent glands in their nose, compared to our five million,” the narrator of the Nat Geo Wild program reports. That should enable your dog to sniff out a bad show and warn you away from it, like the one coming up on Monday night on TLC called “Boston Underdogs.”

This one-shot, the latest in a string of wretched reality shows out of Boston (a list that includes “Wicked Single” and “Southie Rules”), is about an insufferable woman named Stacia who has started an organization that tries to find homes for dogs that are in kill shelters or otherwise need to be rescued.

At least, that’s what she says her interest is. You’d never know it from the program, which serves up mind-numbing disputes between Stacia and her boyfriend and anecdotes from the lives of her uninteresting friends but spends little time on the dogs she’s supposedly so concerned about. We see a few of them, proving in graphic fashion that they are not house-trained, and that’s about it. Not a particularly good adopt-a-dog advertisement.

Young dog lovers, at least, have something to look forward to. On Monday the Hub Network begins its annual Dog Days of Summer week, which culminates in a “Pound Puppies” marathon on Saturday. The week also includes assorted dog movies like “Air Bud: Golden Receiver,” about Buddy the football-playing dog. His abilities become all the more impressive when you see the color of some of the opposing teams’ uniforms.

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Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Toxicity in Dogs

The symptoms of acetaminophen toxicity develop in stages


Acetaminophen is a medication commonly used to alleviate fever and pain. Common brands include Tylenol®, Percoset®, aspirin free Excedrin® and various sinus, cold and flu medications. Dogs most commonly receive toxic amounts of acetaminophen because owners medicate them without consulting a veterinarian. They also consume tablets that are dropped on the floor or left lying around.

Dogs are less sensitive to acetaminophen than cats. For example, a 50 pound dog would need to ingest over seven 500 mg tablets in order to suffer toxic effects. In the cat, one 250 mg acetaminophen tablet could be fatal.

In addition to severe liver failure, acetaminophen causes damage to red blood cells. These include:

Hemolysis, which is the destruction of red blood cells

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Formation of Heinz bodies, which are defects in red cells that cause them to be removed from circulation sooner than normal.

Formation of methemoglobin, a non-functional type of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin allows red blood cells to carry oxygen. When methemoglobin is formed, red blood cells cannot carry oxygen and the cat has difficulty breathing.

What to Watch For

The symptoms of acetaminophen toxicity develop in stages. Symptoms may occur more quickly or slowly depending on the amount ingested.

Stage 1 (0-12 hours). Symptoms include vomiting, dullness, difficulty breathing, development of brown-colored gums (instead of a normal pink color) and drooling.

Stage 2 (12-24 hours). Symptoms include swelling of the face, lips and limbs, uncoordinated movements, coma and potential death.

Stage 3 (more than 24 hours). Symptoms are associated with liver failure and include a painful belly, jaundice (yellow tinge to gums, eyes and skin) and an inappropriate mental state.

Diagnosis

Prompt veterinary care is crucial to surviving the toxic effects of acetaminophen. If the dog is treated soon after ingestion there is a greater chance of survival, regardless of the amount ingested.

The diagnosis of acetaminophen toxicity is generally based on physical exam findings and a history of access or exposure to acetaminophen.

Blood levels of acetaminophen can be analyzed, but the results may not be accessible for hours to days. Determination of blood methemoglobin levels can help determine how long treatment will be necessary as well as determine prognosis. Not all veterinary clinics have the ability to measure the methemoglobin level.

Treatment

Treatment is typically started as soon as the diagnosis is suspected, often in the absence of specific diagnostic test results. Blood work may be evaluated in order to assess the current function of the liver and the level of red blood cells and hemoglobin.

Hospitalization with continuous intravenous fluid therapy

Oxygen support

Activated charcoal to reduce the amount of acetaminophen absorbed by the stomach, if ingestion of the substance occurred within a few hours of admission to the hospital

Administration of acetylcysteine (Mucomyst®) to protect the liver from the toxic effects of acetaminophen. The medication cannot reverse liver damage that has already occurred but can help reduce further damage

Vitamin C to hasten elimination of the acetaminophen

Cimetidine (Tagamet®) to protect the liver from ongoing damageAcetaminophen (Tylenol) Toxicity in Dogs

In severe cases, blood transfusions and feeding tubes may be necessary

Dogs intoxicated with acetaminophen are generally hospitalized for 2-4 days. Prognosis for survival is based on how quickly the dog receives treatment following ingestion of a toxic amount of acetaminophen. Severe liver damage is often seen and may result in death despite therapy.

Home Care and Prevention

There is no home care for acetaminophen toxicity. If you suspect that your dog has ingested a toxic amount of acetaminophen, (one pill or more), contact your family veterinarian or local veterinary emergency facility immediately.

After surviving acetaminophen toxicity, permanent liver damage may have occurred. Special diets and lifetime medications may be needed to counteract the liver damage.

The best preventative care is to give your dog medications only as directed by your veterinarian. Medications that may be safe for people can be fatal to dogs. Also, make sure that all medications are kept out of the reach of inquisitive dogs. Keeping medicine safely stored away can prevent many tragedies.

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Man and Chihuahua do Yoga

August 11, 2013:

An adorable chihuahua mimics his owner as they both go through a yoga routine!


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27 filthy dogs rescued from barn in Kentucky VIDEO:

August 10. 2013:

Bones of 30 dead dogs found on property


Dozens of Airedale Terriers were rescued and removed from filthy conditions at a Kentucky home. WFIE’s Allyson Kraemer reports.

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Woman ‘shocked’ after dog seized in Cloverdale VIDEO:

August 10, 2013:

German shepherd seized in Surrey


A Cloverdale woman is outraged that an animal rescue group seized her beloved German shepherd, claiming the dog was not being cared for, when she insists the pet was happy and in good hands.

Linda McRae has been caring for her “gentle giant” Cassidy ever since her husband Robert died last fall.

Robert had adopted Cassidy from the German Shepherd Rescue of B.C. in 2009.

On Wednesday night, someone from the group knocked on Linda’s door.

“She came and took him, without any warning, without any discussion,” McRae said.

“She said that I was in violation of the contract, which I had never seen until she handed it to me, and that she was taking him. I was flabbergasted, I was in shock.”

The contract does say the ownership of the dog is non-transferable.

Linda admits she hasn’t taken Cassidy to a vet in at least a year, but says it was difficult to get the big, arthritis-ridden dog into her small car.

“I’ve spoken to my vet. My vet suggested I give him Tylenol for now, every four hours,” McRae said.

She says he enjoyed being outside, despite being deemed an “inside dog” in the contract.

The rescue charity says it acted on a complaint about Cassidy’s condition and had little choice but to take the dog.

“[It] is clearly stated to every adopter is that if the animal is not cared for, the animal will have to be brought back into care with German Shepherd Rescue so that it can be looked after,” said spokesperson Linnea Sellin.

“That’s just the bottom line. And it’s unfortunate that Ms. McRae did not fulfill her ethical and moral obligation to the dog,” Sellin added.

McRae says she supports the charity’s efforts to help dogs, but not its approach.

“What I don’t support is…their attitude that they can come into your home and take your dog when they feel you are abusing their rules, not abusing the animal, because I am certainly not abusing Cassidy.”

Surrey RCMP officers told McRae there was little they could do, but suggested she try to get the dog back through the courts — an expensive and time-consuming proposition for the widow.

“I have been… overwhelmed because of things with Robert’s estate and what not. So it would have been nice to have her help and not jump all over me.”

The charity says it is a sad situation, but says Linda ought to have asked for more help.

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Spayed or Neutered Dogs Live Longer

August 9, 2013:

Many dog owners have their pets spayed or neutered to help control the pet population, but new research from the University of Georgia suggests the procedure could add to the length of their lives and alter the risk of specific causes of death.


Looking at a sample of 40,139 death records from the Veterinary Medical Database from 1984-2004, researchers determined the average age at death for intact dogs — dogs that had not been spayed or neutered — was 7.9 years versus 9.4 years for sterilized dogs. The results of the study were published April 17 in PLOS ONE.

“There is a long tradition of research into the cost of reproduction, and what has been shown across species is if you reproduce, you don’t live as long,” said Dr. Kate Creevy, an assistant professor of internal medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine. “The question that raises is why would you die younger if you have offspring?”

Historically, studies on the effects of reproduction on life span have been done in model systems like mice, nematode worms and fruit flies, where it is difficult to figure out eventual cause of death. For the first time, researchers have been able to measure costs of reproduction in terms of the actual causes of death, finding that the causes of death differed between sterilized and intact dogs. Dogs who had undergone a gonadectomy (a spay or castration) were more likely to die from cancer or autoimmune diseases. Those in the sample who still had functional reproduction systems at death were more likely to die from infectious disease and trauma.

“Intact dogs are still dying from cancer; it is just a more common cause of death for those that are sterilized,” said Jessica Hoffman, a UGA doctoral candidate in the Franklin College of Arts of Sciences who co-authored the study.

Creevy added, “At the level of the individual dog owner, our study tells pet owners that, overall, sterilized dogs will live longer, which is good to know. Also, if you are going to sterilize your dog, you should be aware of possible risks of immune-mediated diseases and cancer; and if you are going to keep him or her intact, you need to keep your eye out for trauma and infection.”

Their findings are valuable not only for learning about dogs, she said, but also for studying reproductive effects in humans as well.

“There is no other species where we can even begin to study cause of death as closely as we do with dogs,” Creevy said. “They model our own disease risk because they live in our homes, sleep in our beds and eat our food. All of the things that impact us and our health impact them.”

Some of the reproductive hormones, particularly progesterone and testosterone, she said, could suppress the immune system, explaining why there is an increased risk of infection among dogs that have been sterilized.

“There are a few studies of people who are sterilized, specifically among men who are castrated for cultural or medical reasons,” Creevy said. “Interestingly, there was a difference in their life spans too, and the castrated men tended to live longer. The men in that study who were not sterilized also got more infections, supporting the idea that there is a physiological reason for this.”

According to Daniel Promislow, a genetics professor in the Franklin College and co-author of the paper, “when researchers have looked at the effect of reproduction on survival rates in humans, the results have varied from one study to the next. Our findings suggest that we might get a clearer sense of potential costs of reproduction if we focus on how reproduction affects actual causes of mortality rather than its effect on life span.”

The authors note that the average life span seen in this study is likely lower than what would be observed in the population of dogs at large. Those observed for the study had been referred to a veterinary teaching hospital and represent a population of sick animals.

“The overall average life span is likely shorter than what we would observe in private practice, because these were dogs seen at teaching hospitals, but the difference in life span between sterilized and intact is real,” Creevy said. “The proportionate effects on causes of death are translatable to the global dog population, and it will be interesting to see if explanations for these effects can be found in future studies.”

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