Dog track leaves hundreds of greyhounds homeless

Closing dog tracks have resulted in hundreds of greyhounds with nowhere to goGreyhounds from Kenosha’s Dairyland Greyhound Park in Wisconsin are looking for new homes as one of the last dog tracks in the state closes its doors.

While most dog tracks have been able to stay afloat by adding casino games and gambling, state laws prohibited Dairyland from doing so, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Kari Swanson of the nonprofit organization Midwest Greyhound Adoption in Chicago, Illinois, drove in her shuttle bus to collect the dogs and put them up for adoption. While she is doing what she can, there are still 600 greyhounds at one of track’s 12 kennels. Dog health is important to Swanson, as she worries about where the remaining greyhounds will end up.

Greyhounds could be a perfect gift for a dog enthusiast who doesn’t like hyperactive pets. While they’re fast dogs, greyhounds spend most of their time lounging around. The article reports that one of the biggest misconceptions about the dogs is that they require a lot of exercise. In reality, a daily walk could suffice.

Adopting a greyhound could be a good idea for a present this holiday season for those lacking a pet. The Humane Society reports that 39 percent of American households own at least one dog.ADNFCR-2720-ID-19514643-ADNFCR

Vaccinations can control H1N1 in kennels

Vaccinations can control H1N1 in kennelsEven though government agencies report that the prevalence of the H1N1 flu strain has declined over the past two months, pet owners are still reporting cases of the virus in their animals. The flu was recently confirmed in two Colorado cats, but some veterinarians say that simple precautions should adequately protect pets and alleviate their owners’ concerns.

According to Dr Robert Thorsen, a vet at the All Dogs and Cats Clinic in Glenwood, Colorado, the same measures taken to prevent the spread of the swine flu between humans also apply to pet health.

Hand washing and avoiding contact with the eyes, nose and mouth remain the easiest steps to prevent the virus’ spread within any species.

Because Thorsen expects more pets to be ushered into kennels during the holiday season, he is recommending vaccinations and inter-nasal sprays for both dogs and cats, which can prevent illnesses passed between animals in shelter environments, the Glenwood Post Independent reports.

Ideally, he told the news source, owners would get their pets inoculated five weeks before delivering their pet to a kennel, and again two weeks before for the greatest immunity.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have emphasized that there is currently no evidence to suggest swine flu can be passed from pets to people.

Vet: Spot the myths of pet ownership

Vet: Spot the myths of pet ownershipWarning: cats may not always land on their feet. While pet care generally seems cut and dry – walk them, feed them, clean them, love them – certain myths may create a situation in which pet owners unknowingly compromise the health or happiness of their furry friends. Recognizing fallacies in the conventional wisdom of pet ownership, one veterinarian aimed to set the record straight.

"While some myths are harmless, others can be dangerous if pet owners believe them and act on them," said Mark Nunez, a California veterinarian and president of the California Veterinary Medical Association.

He added, "That’s why it’s important to check with your veterinarian to find out if a commonly held belief is really true."

For instance, while many believe a cat’s purring to be evidence of its satisfaction, it could also denote that the pet is nervous, distressed, sick or injured, according to Nunez.

In addition, an owner who subscribes to the belief that bad breath in dogs is an inevitable pitfall to being an animal lover may be ignoring, unwittingly, serious health problems such as periodontal disease.

Should an illness rear its ugly head, veterinary insurance is an option for owners to protect pet health and the family’s economic wellbeing, according to the North American Pet Health Insurance Association.

Police find 49 pets in Oklahoma woman’s house

Police find 49 pets in Oklahoma woman's housePolice in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, continue to investigate a local woman who was found with almost 50 cats and dogs in her residence on Tuesday.

After obtaining a search warrant, police removed 41 cats and eight dogs from the home of Tammy Willemstein, who runs a small nonprofit pet rescue organization called Furry Companions, Tulsa World reports.

The woman may be cited by authorities for failing to obtain a pet owner’s license and for having more animals than is allowed by the law, police told the news source.

According to Willemstein, most of the animals she cared for she took in as strays; others were abandoned in front of her house.

The confiscated pets were taken to an animal shelter, where five with lung problems were euthanized, according to animal control officer Tommy Wagner.

Wagner told the news provider that Willemsten appeared to have good intensions in her decision to care for the animals, even spaying or neutering the vast majority, but became overwhelmed as more animals arrived at her home.

"She tried. She really did," he said. "It just got out of hand and she couldn’t handle it anymore."

According to the U.S. Humane Society, the average canine owner cares for 1.7 dogs, while the average cat owner has 2.3 of the pets.

Pet experts weigh in on battle of the species

Pet experts weigh in on battle of the speciesAfter a fierce battle and a close race, it looks like dogs come out on top. This week, pet industry officials claimed to settle the score between dog and cat lovers by giving their expert opinions on how the animals compare in the battle of the species.

The final decision was made after the panel of expert, chosen by New Scientist magazine, ranked cats and dogs in 11 categories including friendliness, ease of training, popularity and eco-friendliness, the Herald Sun reports.

While the discussion broached the merits of owning both types of, in the end, dogs won six categories to cat’ five.

Kerri Newman, who owns a non-profit rescue shelter called Cat Corner, cited a cat’s independence as a major selling point for the species.

She told the news source, "Dogs are very eager to please, they are food-oriented and easy to train, but they are also high maintenance; you have to walk them and pick up after them when they go to the toilet."

Nonetheless, dissenters maintained that dogs have shared a longer history with humans and are easier pets with which to bond. In short, it’s hard to top man’s best friend.

According to the U.S. Humane Society, there are approximately 88.3 million owned cats and 74.8 million owned dogs in the country.

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