The DogChannel Newswire (12-28-10)

Braces being used in canine dentistry; shelters see increase in relinquished exotic pets; other news.

Posted: December 28, 2010, 2 a.m. EST

Doggie Dentistry Can Now Mean Braces
Dogs suffering from an abnormal bite, which often causes eating difficulties and trauma to the gums and teeth, can now lead normal lives with the aid of canine braces. Unlike human braces, which are primarily meant for cosmetic purposes, doggie braces act as “oral appliances” designed to help ease discomfort or pain from an abnormal bite, HealthDay reports.
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Surrendered Dogs Reunited With Owner After Six Years
Fate intervened on behalf of a military veteran and his two dogs this past week. On Thursday, Raymond Behrens, 24, took possession of two dogs, Beagles Trigger and Bullet, whom he had surrendered six years prior. The dogs were given up for adoption by Behrens when he enlisted in the Navy in 2004. The Beagles had been a part of Behrens life since he was 16 years old, Examiner.com reports.
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Shelters Taking in More Exotic Pets
Dogs and cats aren’t the only pets you’ll find at an animal shelter these days. More exotic creatures are being taken in, too. Some are surrendered by owners hit hard by the tough economy. Others were gifts that just didn’t work out. Veterinary experts and shelter officials report that in addition to puppies and kittens, other popular holiday pet gifts include domesticated mice and rats, ferrets, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, cockatiels, parrots, parakeets, snakes, iguanas and rabbits, SouthCoastToday.com reports.
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Houston Woman Puts an End to Dogs’ Suffering
Drive by the grassy ditches near U.S. 59 and Little York enough, and you’ll see Deborah Hoffman and her volunteers rescuing a heart-breaking pack of starving, balding, limping dogs, whose owners left them to die. Hoffman dubs the area in northeast Houston “the corridor of cruelty.” Dozens of abandoned dogs, their ribs revealed, scrounge for food. They come from families who didn’t want them or perhaps couldn’t afford them. Whatever the reason, Hoffman’s nonprofit, Corridor Rescue, works to save them, the Houston Chronicle reports.
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