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Annual Vaccinations May Spell Trouble For Dogs

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One a year may be one too many when it comes to vaccinations for dogs. According to an article in Newsday, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) says that traditional “one-size-fits-all” protocols may result in “unnecessary over-stimulation of the immune system” which could pose a risk to pet health. In its 2002 vaccine report for dogs and cats, the AVMA suggested vaccines should be divided into “core” and “non-core” categories,” according to Newsday. However, not all veterinarians are heeding the call just yet. It could be old habits and economic factors play a role in delaying the spread of this new thinking in addition to possible legal challenges. As in other areas, the law here is slow to catch up to science. Issues such as vaccine labeling and vaccination requirements for therapy dogs will need review. To read the...

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Glimpses of Vivi The Missing Whippet Dog In NYC

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Wire services and major news outlets continue to buzz with unsubstantiated rumors of Vivi sightings in and around New York. The Los Angeles Times ran a breathless headline claiming “New York’s Wild Whippet Chase Picks Up With Recent Sightings,” and declaring in the story that “Flushing was one big dog trap.” At ABC News, apparently they have managed to capture the pulse of all New York as their headline flatly states “Missing Dog Mystery Consumes New Yorkers.” While your humble correspondent is on the “other” coast, it seems to stretch credibility that the Big Apple has gone entirely to the dogs, er, dog. While even the stodgy Bloomberg news service made the remarkable assertion that Vivi was spotted and touched noses with a Doberman belonging to an unidentified man, closer to home, and, perhaps with its paws a bit...

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Bomb Dog No Hot Dog In NCAA View

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The Cox Arena at San Diego State University was kept off limits to thousands of fans and players on Thursday, March 16, 2006, after a bomb-sniffing dog alerted on a hot dog cart. Published reports say preparations for the game between Marquette University and the University of Alabama went on as planned after police concluded it was meat and not explosive heat attracting the dog’s attention. College spokesman Jack Beresford said “They had a robot go in and disassemble the hot dog cart and look for suspicious substances and at this point we have determined that there is no threat and it’s safe to enter the arena,” according to one news agency account. Looking for premium dog food for your special friends? We have a great selection of raw dog food, organic dog food, and other great dog foods...

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Grueling Iditarod Dog Race A Royal Success

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The 2006 Iditarod Dog Race is over with Jeff King winning his fourth of the famously grueling Alaskan dog races. King completed the trek on March 14, 2006, covering the 1,100-mile race with an elapsed time of 9 days, 11 hours and 11 minutes. The race ended for King and his dog team in Nome, Alaska, just after 1:00 a.m. local time. As we publish this story, the expected runner up is Doug Swingley, who is several hours behind Jeff King. His win this year makes King, at 50, the oldest musher to win the Iditarod, the world’s longest sled dog race, and one of only four mushers to win four Iditarod dog races. Looking for premium dog food for your special friends? We have a great selection of raw dog food, organic dog food, and other great dog...

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San Diego Ugliest Dog Contest Winner Victoria

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The Del Mar Kiwanis held their 11th annual ugly dog contest near San Diego, California, on March 12, 2006. While their website includes an image of world famous ugly dog Sam, his tragic death in late 2005 opened the field for new contenders. Winning this year’s ugliest dog title was Victoria, a four year old Italian greyhound with an amputated tail and encephalitic disfigurement (Dear Readers, if you have pictures of her, please send them to us here at...

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