The DogChannel Newswire (10-21-10)

Leptospirosis on the rise in Ohio; dogs reduce stress in autistic children; other news.

Posted: October 21, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

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Helping Dogs and Cats Slim Down
Obesity among pets is a serious concern, points out veterinarian Debbye Turner Bell, D.V.M., and can cause or worsen a variety of health problems including diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and arthritis, and can considerably cut their potential lifespan. But pets don't get fat on their own. We're the ones feeding them, so the responsibility lies with us to make sure they lead healthy lifestyles, CBS News reports.
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Study: Dogs Reduce Stress in Autistic Children
Specially trained service dogs may reduce stress in children with autism, according to a new study that showed children with an autism spectrum disorder experienced a decrease in levels of the stress hormone cortisol after a service dog was introduced into the family. Previous research has shown these dogs can help in social situations, but the new study is the first to show dogs can have physiological benefits as well, MyHealthNewsDaily.com reports.
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Ohio Vet Warns of Leptospirosis
A potentially dangerous bacterial disease that can be fatal in animals is on the rise in Massillon, Ohio, a local veterinarian warns. Melanie Butera, of Elm Ridge Animal Hospital, said she has seen an increase in the number of dogs at her practice that have contracted leptospirosis, a contagious bacterial infection that is contracted when animals – and humans – come in contact with the urine of wildlife, The (Massillon, Ohio) Independent reports.
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California City Approves Site for Dog Education Center
A proposed education-recreation center for dogs finally got its paws on a site in Monterey County, Calif., where the Institute for Canine Studies plans to make tracks. On a 4-1 vote late Tuesday, the Marina City Council approved a 50-year lease with institute founder Joel Gambord. Gambord and his wife decided to develop the space after finding there are few service-dog training centers in the country, The (Monterey County) Herald reports.
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Bernie   Chippewa Lake, OH

10/21/2010 7:59:58 PM

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