The DogChannel Newswire (2-1-11)

Human meds trigger calls to pet poison hotlines; dog alerts couple to roof collapse; other news.

Posted: February 1, 2011, 2 a.m. EST

Human Meds Trigger Calls to Pet Poison Hotlines
Human medications, including dropped pills, sickened more pets in the United States last year than any other toxin. It's the third year in a row that human medications top the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' list of top 10 toxins, which will be released Friday. Over-the-counter medicines with ibuprofen and acetaminophen, antidepressants and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medicine topped the list, The Associated Press reports.
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Was Fox, Not Dog, Man’s First Best Friend?
Dogs may be man's best friend now – but the fox may have been his first boon companion. Archaeologists digging in Jordan may have shed new light on human-animal relationships, with the discovery of a fox buried beside a human about 16,500 years ago – some 4,000 years before the earliest known human-dog burial. Led by researchers from the University of Cambridge, the group claim that their findings indicates a time when foxes were kept as pets, in this case one buried beside his master to accompany him to the afterlife, FOX News reports.
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Dog Alerts Couple to Roof Collapse
Hercules is a hero to a Long Island, N.Y., couple. The barking of their 5-year-old Boxer awakened Gus and Denise Hatzis just before 3 a.m. Saturday. Gus went downstairs to see what was wrong. A wall in the attached garage was sagging and he moved the family cars. Moments later, the snow-covered roof of the garage collapsed, The Associated Press reports.
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Dog Head Size Predicts Strength, Speed
The size and width of a dog's head accurately predict the strength and running ability of the canine, according to a paper in the latest issue of the journal Behavioural Processes. The finding likely applies to other animals, including humans, and suggests that physical performance is constrained by trade-offs between structure and physiological features, Discovery News reports.
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2/1/2011 8:37:58 AM

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