The DogChannel Newswire (07-13-10)

San Francisco drops plan to ban pet sales; North Carolina may allow dining with pets; other news.

Posted: July 13, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

North Carolina May Allow Dining With Pets
Many North Carolina restaurants allow pets to join diners on outdoor patios, even though food service regulations ban Fido or Fluffy. But that could change soon. A state administrative committee next week will consider changes that would permit cats and dogs in outside dining areas, The Charlotte Observer reports.
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San Francisco Drops Plan to Ban Pet Sales
After several hours of hearings, San Francisco officials have tabled a measure that would have banned the sale of pets, except fish, throughout the city. During the hearings, supporters of the ban said animal shelters are overrun by people who buy animals from pet stores on impulse – particularly small or exotic animals – then regret the purchase, The Associated Press reports.
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Wisconsin Creates E-mail Wolf Alert System for Pet Owners
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has created an e-mail system to let people know about wolves in their area so they can protect their pets. Under the new system, which has been running for about two weeks, people can get an e-mail or text message anytime wolves attack hunting dogs or pets, The Associated Press reports.
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When Your Pet Has Allergies: How to Know and What to Do
Allergies can drive people just plain crazy, so it's not far-fetched to think they might have the same effect on dogs, cats and birds. Whether environmental, flea or food related, allergies typically manifest as skin problems in pets, experts say. Rather than the runny noses and watery eyes that people experience, they're itchy from ears to paws or beak to feet, The Florida Times-Union reports.
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