The DogChannel Newswire (08-26-10)

Evacuation of pets a priority after Katrina; dogs may prevent epidemics; and other news.

Posted: August 26, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

Dogs May Prevent Future Epidemics
Disease-detecting dogs may be trained to sniff out bird influenza and other deadly illnesses before they spread, suggests new research reported Tuesday at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Bloodhounds, cadaver dogs and other canines already use their noses to benefit humans, so disease detection may be a logical next step, Discovery News reports.
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Tips to Avoid Chewing Catastrophes
Dogs and cats will eat just about anything, and can end up on the surgeons table to have items removed. The American Kennel Club and Cat Fanciers Association offer tips to keep your pet from digesting dangerous items, USA Today reports.
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Injured, Ailing and Healthy Dogs Get Swim Therapy
A canine swim center in the Portland area has become so busy, the owner is looking at extending business hours. Swimming is great exercise for dogs of all sizes, ages and fitness levels. Most important, it speeds recovery from injury and alleviates some painful orthopedic ailments, The Oregonian reports.
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Evacuation of Pets a Priority After Katrina
Thousands of pets who were split up from their owners after Hurricane Katrina struck Aug. 29, 2005, triggered an outpouring of help to save stranded animals and reunite them with their families. The heart-wrenching tales also spawned new state and federal laws allowing evacuees to take their pets with them, The Associated Press reports.
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