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Heroin Traffickers Used Puppies to Smuggle Drugs

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Medellin, Colombia-based Heroin Traffickers Used Puppies to Smuggle Drugs Says DEA February 2, 2006, according to a press release issued by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New York Field Division, Special Agent-in-Charge, John P. Gilbride announced the arrests of 22 Colombian nationals who the agency claims were responsible for smuggling over 20 kilograms of heroin into the United States. The Colombian organization used varied and unique concealment methods. Human couriers, termed “swallowers”, ingested the heroin packets for transporting. Animal couriers were pure-bred puppies that had heroin packets surgically implanted in them. In one instance, six puppies were found impregnated with a total of three kilograms of liquid heroin packets. “The organization’s outrageous and heinous smuggling method of implanting heroin inside puppies is a true indication of the extent that drug dealers go to make their profit,” said Gilbride. “This...

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Prong Collar vs. Choke Chains? A Dog Training Question

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Ask The Animal Writer: Prong Collar vs. Choke Chains?

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Air Force Military Working Dog Rex Going Civilian

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President, Congress and Air Force Let Military Working Dog Rex Go Home With His K9 Handler Tech. Sgt. Jamie Dana After Both Injured By IED In Iraq Based on an article originally written by Tech. Sgt. Matt Gilreath 21st Space Wing Public Affairs U.S. Air Force A U.S. Air Force Airman attached to the 21st Security Forces Squadron is the first military working dog handler allowed to adopt her K-9 partner from active duty. Tech. Sgt. Jamie Dana, a military working dog handler, has been waiting since August 2005 for the official word after she requested to adopt her K-9, Rex. The two were injured in an improvised explosive (the infamous IED) attack on their Humvee, June 25, while they served in Iraq. President George W. Bush signed a Defense Appropriations Bill on December 30, which allowed military working...

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Dog Arthritis: Medications for Degenerative Arthritis

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Dog Arthritis: Medications for Degenerative Arthritis by Wendy C. Brooks, DVM, DipABVP Degenerative joint disease is the number one cause of chronic pain in the dog and cat. The condition itself is the result of long term stresses and instability of a joint either as a result of old injury or of natural development of the joint in that individual. While surgery may be able to help in some situations, most of the time the degeneration of the joint cannot be reversed and treatment focuses on preventing progression of damage. Numerous products are available on the market; some are best combined with others and some cannot be combined. The following is a summary of options: ASPIRIN Aspirin is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug or NSAID. It is effective in relieving pain due to inflammation as is occurring within the arthritic...

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Coprophagia (Stool-Eating) in Dogs

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Coprophagia (Stool-Eating) in Dogs by G. Landsberg, DVM & D. Horwitz, DVM Why do dogs eat stools? While most cases of coprophagia appear to be purely behavioral, there indeed numerous medical problems that can cause or contribute to coprophagia. These problems must first be ruled out before a purely behavioral diagnosis is made. What are some of the medical causes? Any medical problem that leads to a decrease in absorption of nutrients, causes gastrointestinal upset or causes an increase in the appeal of the dog’s stool, could lead to coprophagia. In addition to a complete physical examination, the puppy’s diet and its stool frequency and consistency should be evaluated. Stool testing for parasites would be the minimum level of testing. If the stool is unusually soft or appears to be poorly digested, additional stool or blood tests may be...

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