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Pet Dogs Slaughtered In South Korean Reaction To Bird Flu

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www.DogExplorer.com News — The government of South Korea, through the offices of local officials in the rural city of Iksan, have begun destroying pet dogs claimed to pose a risk to public health as potential carriers of the avian flu H5N1, more commonly known as the bird flu. Despite the increasing popularity of dogs as pets among younger and affluent Korean citizens of larger cities, the dog is still bred and raised for meat to be consumed by humans in many parts of the country. Similar measures taken by China recently resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of dogs (due to claims of rabies concerns), and large amounts of criticism from the international community and PETA. According to an Associated Press story, international health experts have stated that there is no evidence non-bird species can transmit bird...

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Capital of China Issues New One Dog Policy In Beijing

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www.DogExplorer.com News — The official Xinhua news agency is reporting that residents of Beijing will now face a limit on the number of dogs in their households similar to that imposed on parents in China. In the case of dog owners, the stated reason is to prevent the spread of rabies. The order maps out nine separate regions within the Chinese Capital where the new rules will take effect. Each household will be limited to a single dog and owners of dogs that have not been registered with authorities are subject to legal penalties. While not defined, so-called “dangerous and large dogs” will be banned under the new rules, according to Xinhua. The regulations require all dogs in the effected areas to be inoculated “regularly.” In areas outside the metro Beijing zones large and dangerous dogs will be allowed...

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Bird Flu Dog Death In Thailand – Human Infection Possible

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www.DogExplorer.com News — A dog which died from infection with the so-called bird flu, technically known as the H5N1 avian influenza virus, may indicate a transmission vector to humans say researchers in Thailand. According to a study published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, before the dog died two years ago, it developed a massive infection with the virus present in its kidneys, lungs and liver. The disease first appeared in the canine five days after it had eaten infected ducks in the Thai province of Suphanburi. The researchers expressed concern that this case of a fatal infection in yet another mammal underscores the small, but real risk of pet to human transmission. “Despite the low probability of H5N1 infection in domestic animals, the possibility of humans acquiring H5N1 infection from direct contact with infected cats and dogs warrants concern and...

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Pet Insurance Nightmare – Bulldog Beware!

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Bulldog beware is the lesson taught by this pet insurance customer’s experience trying to compel her company to honor her dog’s policy. The woman, an experienced pet health professional who works as a vet tech says that after her first claim was paid by the company, a second claim on a different problem related to the Bulldog’s eye lids was denied. Click To View Dog Video News Story Please Note: A new window will open. She enlists the aid of her local television station’s consumer affairs reporter to troubleshoot the policy and attitude of the insurance company. Reports are filed with a Texas State Agency and the Better Business Bureau before the unnamed pet insurance company finally agrees to pay for both the claim and medications. Looking for premium dog food for your special friends? We have a great...

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Dog Infected With Asian Bird Flu

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Houston, TX — Thailand has confirmed the first known case of H5N1, or Asian bird flu, in a dog. “We have found that a dog was infected by the H5N1 virus,” says Nittaya Chanruangmahaphol of the Thailand Health Ministry. The details are sketchy concerning the canine, but the case has been confirmed by two Thai universities, and local newspapers report the dog is still alive. This case of canine infection follows the first documented feline case of the avian flu which was reported last month. While officials claim there is no evidence of a burgeoning epidemic among household animals, this recent case indicates the disease is still being spread, despite...

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