The DogChannel Newswire (06-02-10)

Dog sniffs out prostate cancer in study; the dangers of dogs and rattlesnakes; and other news.

Posted: June 2, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

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Dog Sniffs Out Prostate Cancer in Small Study
New research suggests that dogs can sniff out signs of prostate cancer in human urine, adding to the ongoing debate over the disease-detecting powers of dogs. Some scientists have questioned similar reports of dogs with such diagnostic powers in recent years, but the lead author of this latest study said the findings are promising, according to U.S. News & World Report.
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Firefighters Rescue 30 Cats and Dogs From Burning Pet Shop
Firefighters stormed into a burning New York pet shop on Monday in time to rescue 30 cats and dogs, officials said. U.S. Pet Discounts in Astoria was closed for Memorial Day, which presented responding units with an obstacle – the store's metal "roll-down" doors were closed, the New York Daily News reports.
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Teach an Old Dog New Tricks With the Right Diet
Scientists have identified a range of nutrients which will boost memory, learning capacity and ability to adapt to new situations among elderly pets. A study at Toronto University, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, showed that dogs fed an anti-aging diet containing special dietary fats found in some natural vegetable oils such as coconut oil, can improve their memory and learning skills, the Telegraph (U.K.) reports.
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Dog Owners Beware of Rattlesnakes
Beware of snakes. That's the warning for dog owners at a popular park in Aurora, Colo. In fact, there've been so many bites the park has been shut down. The decision was made to close the Great Plains Dog Park in early May after two dogs were bitten by rattlesnakes, CBS4Denver reports.
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