The DogChannel Newswire (10-22-10)

Wheelchairs help disabled animals; the physics of the wet-dog shake; and other news.

Posted: October 22, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

Innovative Wheelchairs Help Disabled Animals
Since people consider pets part of the family, they are ever more willing to spend money making life more pleasant for those laid up with injuries and illnesses. Developed for dogs with joint diseases and other complaints, wheelchairs are used to help everything from ferrets to llamas and goats, The Wall Street Journal reports.
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Research Important Before Deciding on a Pet
Matching the right dog or cat to your family can be confusing. There are dozens of dog and cat breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club and Cat Fanciers' Association, respectively. And all of them are barking and meowing for attention. There are many suitable options for families of all ages and activity levels. You just have to know what questions to ask, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reports.
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Making Life Easier for Aging Pets
Americans will do anything for their pets. But many pet owners don't realize the things they do for their pets must change as their four-legged friends get older. Kansas State University veterinarian Susan Nelson says there are many simple things pet owners can do to ease the aging process for their beloved cats and dogs, Consumer Affairs reports.
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The Physics of Wet Dogs Shake Out in High-Speed Videos
A group of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology has written “The Wet-Dog Shake,” published in Fluid Dynamics, in which they attempt to calculate the optimum speed at which dogs should shake to most efficiently dry their fur. The team built a mathematical model of the processes involved, reasoning that surface tension between the water and the dog’s hair is what keeps the dog wet, Wired UK reports.
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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

10/22/2010 10:50:41 PM

Cool about the wet dog shake.

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Stephanie   North Canton, OH

10/22/2010 6:53:23 PM

Thanks for the updates!

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