The DogChannel Newswire (11-17-10)

Lyme disease rising in Pennsylvania; Arizona indoor gym caters to dogs; other news.

Posted: November 17, 2010, 2 a.m. EST

Indoor Gym Aimed at Dogs
An Arizona gym catering to canines says its aim is to help clients with weight loss, nutritional counseling and other aspects of healthy dog living. Arizona Dog Sports in Scottsdale offers services from a team including professional trainers and a holistic veterinarian aiming to improve the quality of dogs’ lives through health and training, United Press International reports.
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Number of Pet Owners Relinquishing Their Dog or Cat Declining
Pethealth Inc. reports the number of pet owners surrendering their cats and dogs to shelters in October declined by 5 percent and 9 percent year over year, according to the October PetPoint Report. The monthly whitepaper, published by Pethealth Inc., provides insight into the trends taking place within animal welfare, MarketWatch.com reports.
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Health Watch: Knowing What's in Your Pet’s Shampoo
Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates what advertising claims can be made on pet supplies, it does not regulate shampoo for pets, unless the shampoo is classified as a drug (i.e. anti-dandruff). For those looking for a natural dog shampoo, the problem of incomplete labels is even more frustrating when trying to help a pet with skin or coat problems, MorningSun.net reports.
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Canine Lyme Disease Cases on the Rise in Pennsylvania
Lyme disease is increasing in Western Pennsylvania. Veterinarians are seeing more ticks on local dogs now than in previous years. Some are deer ticks that are infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, a spirochete bacterium that causes Lyme disease. If vets are seeing Lyme in their four-legged patients, then humans are also at risk, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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