The DogChannel Newswire (07-10-09)

Some pet supplements skimp on meds; preventing pets from drowning; and other news.

Posted: July 10, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

Tests Reveal Some Pet Supplements Skimp on Meds
Arthritis supplements bought by millions of pet owners for their dogs, cats and horses sometimes skimp on the ingredients the makers claim can help aching paws and aging joints, and some contain high amounts of lead, an independent laboratory found, The Associated Press reports.
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SPCA Investigating Police Dog’s Death
A three-year-old K9 veteran of the Mount Holly, N.J., police department died on Wednesday. Patton, a dog specially trained to detect explosives, died after being left in a hot car for an extended period of time, an anonymous source told The Trentonian.
The New Jersey SPCA is investigating, NBC Philadelphia reports.
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Family’s Urine Bid to Lure Dog Back
A family who tried to lure back a lost dog by leaving a trail of their urine on streets near their home has been criticized by the city council. The Baltesz family, of Clifton, U.K., lost their 10-year-old pet Labrador Simon on the night of July 4. When Simon failed to return, the family chose their unorthodox method, BBC News reports.
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Pet Airways: Where the Fur Flies
There's a new airline that has no security lines, no middle seats and flight attendants who even take customers for a walk before they fly. The only catch? You've got to be a dog or a cat – no humans allowed. Pet Airlines will get the fur flying next week when it begins service as the country's first pet-only airline, ABC News reports.
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Prevent Pet Drownings in the Pool
There are more than 8 million swimming pools in the United States, and an estimated 1 of every 1,027 pets drown in pools each year, statistics from the society indicated. Yet, this tragic figure doesn't account for the tens of thousands of wild animals that suffer the same fate, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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