The DogChannel Newswire (11-18-10)

New iPhone app for dog owners; recent cases of parvovirus appear in Texas; other news.

Posted: November 18, 2010, 2 a.m. EST

Protect Your Dog From Canine Influenza This Season
As you rush to get your flu shot this season, doctors are advising that you not forget about another member of your family — your dog. Canine influenza, or the dog flu, first hit the scene in 2004 when an unknown respiratory illness began showing up in racing Greyhounds in Florida, NorthJersey.com reports.
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Parvovirus Attacks West Texas Puppies
Dogs across West Texas are succumbing to a deadly virus and it’s spreading like wildfire. Parvovirus has local veterinarian clinics staying packed tight and they’re sending out a warning to anyone with a puppy. The Angel Clinic in Odessa finds as many as 20 cases of the parvovirus each day in the waiting room, NewsWest9.com reports.
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New iPhone App Could Save Your Dog’s Life
After almost losing their dog, the experience convinced dog owners Arie Kopelman and Holger Laufenberg to develop the recently released iPhone App “My Dog.” The app allows owners to create and share personalized profiles for their dogs, including a detailed dog description; vet, owner and emergency contacts, vaccination history and schedule and more, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Family and School District Clash Over Service Dog at School
The family of an autistic Florida boy is fighting the Collier County School District over whether he can take a service dog to school. The family of 6-year-old J.C. Bowen says the dog, a yellow retriever named Pepsi, helps the boy with issues related to his autism and seizures, The Miami Herald reports.
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