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June 30, 2008

Pet Scoop -- 6/30/08

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Make day on the water with your dog trouble-free -- Thankfully, the warm days of summer have arrived. With the beautiful weather comes the urge to go out on the water. Many of you choose to include your canine friends on the boat ride. Be sure to follow a few common sense guidelines.

Time to call the vet? -- Three-day holiday weekends are busy times at veterinary emergency clinics. While most of the animals who'll end up in emergency care over the Fourth of July weekend will be there because they should be, others have problems that could probably wait until the regular veterinary hospital is open again. If you're not a veterinarian yourself, it's sometimes hard to tell a mild health problem from an emergency.

Your pet and chocolate don't mix -- What is it about chocolate that makes it bad for your dog yet taste good to humans?

But every day, people spend money they didn't need to for emergency clinic trips they didn't have to make.

Knowing what's a true emergency and what's not can save you hundreds of dollars, since emergency clinics - like human emergency care - can be quite expensive.

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Cesar Millan Line of Pet Products Set for July Launch at PETCO

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Update: Cesar Millan's Dog Whispererâ„¢ line of products are now available at Amazon.

We're counting down to the July launch of Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan's line of unique pet products at PETCO.com

Stay tuned!

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June 29, 2008

Pet Scoop -- 6/29/08

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Sunday pet news:

Faithful Friends TV -- Super cool pet lovers love Drs. Foster & Smith Pet Supplies. Now each week on Animal Planet, you can see Veterinarians Dr. Race Foster and Dr. Marty Smith on their own program. With the help of additional veterinarians and animal expert guests, Faithful Friends will provide support to pet parents on subjects including health, nutrition, behavior, travel, new and aged pets, horses, fish & coral, birds, and more.

Tails wag, tongues drool for gourmet food at hotels -- With an increasing number of pet owners bringing their four-legged friends on the road, hotels throughout North America and Europe are responding with tail-wagging gourmet menus fit for a king (or a Cavalier King Charles spaniel).

Ask the Animal Doctor online at the Washington Post-- Dr Michael W. Fox, veterinarian and author of the syndicated column "Animal Doctor." Advice on issues related to the care and feeding of our furry friends (as well as those with feathers or scales). He has written over 40 books, most recently DogBody, Dog Mind: Exploring Canine Consciousness and Total Well-Being and Cat Body, Cat Mind: Exploring Your Cat's Consciousness and Total Well-Being which take a holistic approach to pet care and communications. His book Not Fit for a Dog! The Truth About Manufactured Dog and Cat Food has just been released.

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June 27, 2008

New Garmin DC 30 GPS Hunting Dog Tracking Collar

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Garmin International Inc. has announced a completely redesigned Garmin DC 30 Transmitter Collar for use with the Garmin Astro 220 GPS Dog Tracking System, specifically to track hunting dogs.

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"The new DC 30 collar is designed to stand up to the torturous abuse of hunting dogs. Whether it's hounds crashing through thick and swampy woods, or bird dogs bounding through dense CRP fields, the DC 30 is made to take the beating that working dogs dish out daily," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "And the new configuration also makes mounting the collar a cinch -- while improving reception."

The system pinpoints exactly where your dog is and if he/she is running, pointing, or treeing -- even in dense cover, with a range of 7 miles, depending on terrain.

If you are upgrading your Astro 220 -- here is the link to the Garmin DC 30 Transmitter Collar. For the entire system Garmin ASTRO BUNDLE DC 30 Collar Plus Astro 220.

PRNewswire via DVICE

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June 26, 2008

Sega Dream Dog DX -- Nothing Says Cute Like a Golden Retriever

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Hard to find anything as cute as a Golden even if it is a robot. Probably won't come trotting across the lawn to greet you when you come home. Or have quite the same look in those big brown eyes. Or carry the leash around in his/her mouth when it is time for walkies.

But no more slobber on the floor in the kitchen, or clean up in the yard. This Golden Retriever toy will respond to voice commands (that would be refreshing). The Sega Dream Dog DX will sit, roll over, bark and nip at your fingers when you play with its nose. Sega Dream Dog DX will be available this September for $276.

[via DVICE]

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June 24, 2008

Noise Phobias -- Are Your Pets Afraid?

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As thunder booms and fireworks explode, MSNBC brings up a subject on many pet owners' minds these days. From The sound of fear: Noise phobias torment dogs:

Up to 20 percent of dogs of all ages and breeds suffer from noise phobias so severe that their people seek professional help for them, writes veterinary behaviorist Bonnie Beaver in her book Canine Behavior: A Guide for Veterinarians. (Cats can also develop fears of certain noises, but they usually just run and hide rather than engaging in destructive behavior.) Thunder and fireworks are the most common causes of noise phobias, but dogs can develop a fear of any sound: the rustling of a garbage bag, the beep of a microwave oven or the whir of a ceiling fan.

The article recommends Dog Appeasing Pheromone "D.A.P." products, designed to emit comforting and familiar scents to canines, and the Storm Defender Cape, a close-fitting wrap with a metallic lining that reduces a dog's sensitivity to the static charge buildup that occurs before a thunderstorm."

Super Cool Pets recommends Melatonin, Music & Rescue Remedy, having had some measure of success with those.

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June 23, 2008

What Took So Long -- Oral Contraceptives for Animals on the Horizon

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Good news: a birth control pill for animals is finally on the horizon. Surgery always has its risks and recently some concerns about the future health ramifications of spaying/neutering have cropped up.


The pill works by inhibiting the maturation of the egg, not the entire cycle, Kraemer says.

"We are confident we can develop this pill in the not too distant future, but we still have plenty of tests to complete," he says. "It's an exciting and much-needed project, but more funds will be needed, especially since deer and wild pigs are consumed by humans. One of the more interesting challenges will be to develop methods for feeding it to the target animals without affecting other species."

The compound can be mixed with animal feed and must be eaten daily during the critical time. It may also be encapsulated to decrease the frequency it has to be consumed.

"We believe we are the first to test this compound for this specific purpose," Kraemer says. "We're trying new uses for this previously approved compound."

When perfected, the pill could eventually be used as an oral contraceptive for pets, but that application will take some time to develop, Kraemer says. In dogs, for example, the ovulation process is especially complex, but researchers are confident such a birth control pill can one day be successful.

According to the American Humane Society, about seven million dogs and cats are euthanized each year at animal shelters. One female cat can lead to the production of 420,000 offspring in her lifetime.

Read article.

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June 20, 2008

South Korean Dog Cloner Reports Success

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Dog cloning is all over the news these days. Super Cool Pets has posted about Best Friends Again, who are holding a pet-cloning auction. Now from today's NY Times, Disgraced Cloner Reports Success With Tibetan Dog Breed:

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A South Korean team led by a disgraced cloning expert said Thursday that it had created 17 clones of an endangered dog breed popular in China.

The team, from the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, said the cloned Tibetan mastiff dogs were born in April, two months after being requested by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The team that cloned the dogs was led by Hwang Woo-suk, who in 2005 successfully created the world's first known dog clone, but was found the same year to have fabricated research on cloning human stem cells.

Read Disgraced Cloner Reports Success With Tibetan Dog Breed.

Apparently rampant dog cloning is not imminent, but is an intriguing new field to keep watching. There is a August 3, 2005 write-up on dog cloning in National Geographic News which explains:

Cloning man's best friend, though, has proven more difficult than cloning farm animals. The researchers said canine eggs are hard to work with, because they are released from the ovary earlier than in other mammal species.

The researchers purportedly transferred 123 Afghan embryos, which resulted in only three pregnancies, one of which miscarried.

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Federal Marshalls Seize Pet Food Products at PETCO Warehouse

Rodent and bird droppings have allegedly been found throughout a PETCO warehouse, according to MSNBC: Pet food seized at PETCO warehouse


CHICAGO - Federal marshals carrying a search warrant visited the Joliet distribution center of PETCO Animal Supplies Inc. on Thursday, seizing animal food products that were allegedly contaminated.

The seizure came one day after the government filed a lawsuit and obtained the warrant to seize products at the warehouse operated by the San Diego-based animal food and supply company.

There were no known public health risks posed by the pet food and no incidents of human or animal illness have been traced to the products, U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald and other officials said in a statement issued by his office.

The center distributes pet food to Illinois, Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

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June 19, 2008

Wave of the Future -- 'Best Friends Again' Auctions Dog Cloning

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One of the few downsides to falling in love with your pet is their relatively short life span. In an effort to attain the unattainable, people are looking to clone their pets and keep them "alive".

Best Friends Again is holding cloning auctions this July for 5 cloning spots. Registration took place in May and cloning spots start @ $100, 000 and work up in increments.

The Best Friends Again program, sponsored by BioArts International, is a limited commercial dog cloning program. BioArts is the only entity in the world with both the know-how and the legal right to practice commercial dog and cat cloning. We are auctioning off 5 dog cloning service slots to the general public. We may or may not perform any additional commercial dog cloning services after this auction.

As many people are aware, dogs are arguably the most difficult mammal to clone. Due to the challenges unique to dog cloning, we can only offer a limited number of dog cloning service slots. With a very limited supply and a very large demand for this service, we have decided that an online auction is the fairest way to offer this special opportunity to the public.

Very controversial topic, needless to say. Especially with shelters overflowing with unwanted pets.

Cloning is the process of creating a new animal that is a genetic duplicate of a pre-existing animal. One way of thinking of a clone is that it is a later-born identical twin. Clones tend to resemble the originals (also called donors) to a great physical degree. Strong behavioral similarities between clones and donors have also been reported in some species, including both cat and dog.

For more information: Best Friends Again

via gizmag

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