Baghdad To Kill A Million Stray Dogs

More than a million stray dogs roaming Baghdad are facing destruction.The initiative has so far led to 42,000 strays being killed in only two months.Teams of riflemen and vets are trying to thin out a rogue canine population that has reached at least 1,250,000. Numbers grew hugely after the fall of Saddam because of the lawless state of the Iraqi capital.But with the streets now much safer, the authorities are trying to clear out the stray dogs.

‘We could consider this the biggest campaign of dog execution ever,’ said Baghdad chief veterinarian, Mohammed al-Hilly.Mr al-Hilly claimed the huge amounts of litter that began heaping up in the capital as violence paralysed public services had helped to trigger the problem.The cull involves 20 specialist teams each consisting of two shooters and two vets, often backed up by police patrols.The dogs are either shot or poisoned and their bodies are then taken to refuse dumps.
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Cher Bedazzles A Dog To Help Homeless Pets

The one and only Cher is stepping up to help homeless animals this weekend in the best way she knows how: with outrageous fashions and lots of sparkle! The pop diva is donating this crystal-studded ceramic dog to the Animal Foundation’s Seventh Annual Best in Show event. Decorated with 11,520 Swarovski crystals, the dog will be available for auction, with proceeds going to charity.

The flashy canine was all the singer’s idea, inspired by the glittery, sequined costumes of her current Las Vegas show. And though many Sin City headliners are donating similar works to the auction, Cher is by far the biggest name to participate.

Best in Show is a fund-raiser that showcases 60 dogs available for adoption from the Lied Animal Shelter in Las Vegas. Though it didn’t happen last year, in 2008, the event raised more than $250,000 for charity — and placed 60 pups in loving homes. This year, the event is hosted by ventriloquist and America’s Got Talent winner Terry Fator, with famous Vegas locals like Holly Madison scheduled to appear.
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Is Your Dog's Pet Food Making Him Sick?

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Your dog is scratching like crazy, or sick to his stomach. Could his food be the culprit?

Food allergies aren’t extremely common in dogs, but they aren’t uncommon either. Food allergies affect dogs in two primary ways, says Korinn Saker, a clinical nutritionist at the North Carolina State School of Veterinary Medicine who specializes in canine allergies. “We either see skin issues, or GI [gastrointestinal] issues,” she says. If your dog is experiencing vomiting or diarrhea on a regular basis, or is itching constantly and licking or biting at his skin or fur, allergies may be to blame. (Your vet can help you rule out other ailments, like parasites or infections, that could cause similar symptoms.)

Unfortunately, it can be hard to tell whether an allergic dog is having a reaction to his food or to an environmental allergen such as pollen. (Dogs can also become allergic to food they’ve happily eaten their entire lives making detection even more difficult.) Still, there are ways to tell if food is the foe, Sakar says. “The most definitive way to do that is to do a feeding elimination trial,” she says. In other words, try removing the suspected ingredient or ingredients from the dog’s diet, and see what happens.
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Is Your Dog's Pet Food Making Him Sick?

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Your dog is scratching like crazy, or sick to his stomach. Could his food be the culprit?

Food allergies aren’t extremely common in dogs, but they aren’t uncommon either. Food allergies affect dogs in two primary ways, says Korinn Saker, a clinical nutritionist at the North Carolina State School of Veterinary Medicine who specializes in canine allergies. “We either see skin issues, or GI [gastrointestinal] issues,” she says. If your dog is experiencing vomiting or diarrhea on a regular basis, or is itching constantly and licking or biting at his skin or fur, allergies may be to blame. (Your vet can help you rule out other ailments, like parasites or infections, that could cause similar symptoms.)

Unfortunately, it can be hard to tell whether an allergic dog is having a reaction to his food or to an environmental allergen such as pollen. (Dogs can also become allergic to food they’ve happily eaten their entire lives making detection even more difficult.) Still, there are ways to tell if food is the foe, Sakar says. “The most definitive way to do that is to do a feeding elimination trial,” she says. In other words, try removing the suspected ingredient or ingredients from the dog’s diet, and see what happens.
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Crufts Dog Show Judges On Alert For Competitors In Makeup

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Judges at Crufts, the world’s largest dog show, are on high alert this year for canine competitors whose looks have been enhanced with cosmetics, reports the (U.K.) Telegraph. We’re not talking blue eyeshadow or contouring blush, but the use of products such as hair removal creams and color dyes.

“Although competition rules do not specifically ban the use of cosmetics and other beauty treatments on dogs, they do forbid anything that alters an animal’s appearance during dog shows, to gain extra marks from judges, who award prizes for entries that best match the ‘ideal’ characteristics of each breed,” reports the Telegraph. Dog owners who show hairless Chinese crested dogs have been suspected of using “female depilatory creams” to rid their champion canines of excess hair. Owners of other breeds have been suspected of using lipstick, eyeliner and Clearasil acne cream.
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Canine Cataracts: What To Know

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Canine cataracts can be an upsetting and frightening diagnosis for any dog owner to face. Paw Nation spoke with Donna J. Spector — a board-certified veterinary Internal Medicine specialist from VCA Animal Hospital — to learn exactly what every dog owner should know about the ocular disease.

What are dog cataracts?
Cataracts are a dense opacity (cloudiness) in the lens of the eye. The normal lens is clear and transmits light onto the retina in the back of the eye. A cataract will block this transmission, leading to vision impairment or even full blindness.

What are some signs that your dog might have cataracts?
On examination, you may see a blue, gray or whitish color change in the center of the eye. This should not be confused with nuclear sclerosis, an aging change that causes cloudiness in the lens but does not cause blindness. Dogs with cataracts will often bump into things or be hesitant in unfamiliar environments. They often don’t want to use stairs or jump. They may appear disoriented or even acutely blind in some cases.
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Canine: Are You Ready To Long Jump

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The competitors fly through the air with the greatest of ease before landing with a belly-flop in the water.And they never stop wagging their tails.Introducing the long jump for dogs – a sport which has been popular in the U.S. for years and is now gaining a pawhold in Britain.The event usually involves the animal’s owner tossing a toy or tennis ball over a large pool of water. The dog runs up a 30ft ramp and launches itself into the air in the hope of catching it.

Whichever pet jumps the farthest wins the prize.

The current British record holder is Dash, a labrador-pointer cross from Newmarket, Suffolk, with a leap of 28ft – not far short of the 29ft 41/2 in human world record.Last year up to 700 dogs at a time entered six ‘Dash ‘n’ Splash’ contests held across southern England, and more events are planned for this summer.The jumps are measured electronically and there is a supervisor in the 4ft-deep water to help the dog get out.Organiser Anton Wittwer said: ‘There is a lot of noise and kids love to sit right next to the pool because they get wet.

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