The DogChannel Newswire (09-22-10)

Study: kids who own dogs are more active; 100 dogs taken from Missouri kennel; other news.

Posted: September 22, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

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Genetic Mutation Provides Insight Into Canine Blindness
Scientists in England have made a breakthrough in the bid to beat canine blindness after they discovered a genetic mutation that causes sight loss in Golden Retrievers. Progressive retinal atrophy is a disease which leads to blindness and cannot be treated. Canine health experts say the best way to combat the inherited condition is to identify dogs who carry the mutation and develop informed breeding strategies, the Evening Star (Ipswich, England) reports.
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How Dog Food Is Made and Tested
The process of making high-quality commercial dog food involves scientists, nutritionists, veterinarians and even dog-food tasters in a production more befitting the Food Network than Animal Planet. It can take years for a new dog food to progress from a concept to a food you can buy at your local pet store. WAFB.com explains the process from the factory to the bowl.
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More Than 100 Dogs Taken From Missouri Kennel
More than 100 dogs have been removed from a south-central Missouri kennel after the owner voluntarily gave up the animals. Officials with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of Missouri on Tuesday took the dogs from the kennel to Humane Society facilities in Springfield and St. Louis. They'll receive medical care and eventually be put up for adoption, the Kansas City Star reports.
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Study: Kids Who Own Dogs Are More Active
When little Johnny asks for a puppy for his birthday, parents may want to give in. New research in England suggests children whose families own dogs are more active than those without a furry friend running around. The research could have implications for childhood obesity in the United States, where 17 percent of 2- to 19-year-olds are obese, according to a 2007-2008 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, LiveScience reports.
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