Los Angeles looks to require microchips in pets

Los Angeles is asking pet owners to install microchips in their pets for a better chance of returning lost animals to their rightful ownersThe city of Los Angeles is considering requiring a microchip placement in pets that have been lost, which will fine their owners $15 if they’re found.

According to the Los Angeles Times, while local shelters are already implanting the chips in any dog or cat who is adopted, the City Council is looking to provide a motion that will require all pet owners to get one for their furry friend.

The City Council feels it is a matter of pet health, and that it will offer better chances of recovering the missing pet and returning it to its owner.

Linda J. Barth, assistant general manager for L.A. Animal Services, told the news provider that more that 4,000 dogs have been recovered, many of them with microchips. When the pets are returned to a shelter, a device is used to scan a tiny barcode that reveals the owner from a database.

The chips cost under $10 and the procedure is quick and painless to the animal, calming the fears of animal enthusiasts.

These chips may be a good idea for the country, as ASPCA reveals that only 15 to 20 percent of lost dogs and less than 2 percent of cats are returned to their owners.ADNFCR-2720-ID-19517167-ADNFCR

Scottish terrier ahead of the pack at dog show

Sadie's owner received a $50,000 cash prizeThe AKC/Eukanuba National Championship dog show in Long Beach, California has named their new champion – a Scottish Terrier whose full name is Ch. Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot, or Sadie for short, according to the Los Angeles Times.

This isn’t Sadie’s first time being top dog. She also won in the Terrier group at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show and was named Best in Show at the National Dog Show.

Sadie beat out nearly 5,000 dogs for the coveted title. While Sadie got the bragging rights, her owner Amelia Musser received the $50,000 prize.

The show also features performance categories that dogs can win. Count Tyler Show Me the Money, or Tyler, was crowned the show’s top obedience dog. The Labrador Retriever took the prize for a second year in a row.

While dog health is very important to be crowned Best in Show, Sadie’s breed may have worked in her favor as the Westminster Kennel Club revealed that Scottish terriers are the second most common dog crowned Best in Show, only behind Fox Terriers.ADNFCR-2720-ID-19517163-ADNFCR

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.

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