The DogChannel Newswire (11-11-10)

Changes in pet euthanasia discussed; fewer vets opting for large-animal practice; other news.

Posted: November 11, 2010, 2 a.m. EST

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Author Struggles to Dispel Myths of Dog Writing Genre
Julie Klam, the author of “You Had Me at Woof,” tells how she overcame the stereotype of the single dog-owning woman. As it turns out, Klam, who recently turned 44, now lives in Washington Heights with a husband, daughter and three dogs, The New York Times reports.
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Animal Euthanasia Methods Remain a Subject of Debate
Every year thousands of animals come through the doors of animal shelters and, because of the out-of-control pet population, many end up being put to sleep. There is a political debate going around the country concerning the most humane way to euthanize — through lethal injection or the gas chamber, WSBT.com reports.
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Fewer Veterinary Students Opt for Large-Animal Practice
A survey of the American Veterinary Medical Association found only 2 percent of veterinary school students in the 2010 graduating class plan to work mostly with large, non-pet animals. Seven percent studied a mixed curriculum that included all types of animals. But the majority of grads leaned toward practicing pet care, PressDemocrat.com reports.
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Dog Who Came Back to Life Gets New Home
Rottweiler who was supposed to be put to sleep will live the rest of her life frolicking in the country. Mia, who survived a botched euthanasia, has been given a new home with other Rottweilers on an 80-acre farm outside Hillsdale, Mich., MSNBC.com reports.
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Stephanie   North Canton, OH

11/13/2010 7:02:07 PM

Thanks for the updates!

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Kirsten   Naperville, IL

11/11/2010 9:23:40 PM

That's an interesting view on why some people think a state should use a gas chamber; I had not considered the risks of euthanizing a vcious dog. However, there are many states that ban gas chamber and still have to deal with vicious dogs. Are the people not able to at least use a dart tranqulizer like they would with wild animals, therefore reducing if not eliminating the "need for a gas chamber." the very thought of euthanizing animals in gas chambers gives me the shivers, it just feels morally wrong to suffocate a living being.

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