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Law Updates
Governor John Kitzhaber signed House Bill 4021 into law in late March,
allowing the state police to commission employees of humane investigation
agencies as "humane special agents" to enforce animal welfare laws.
Companion bills that would have established a Maryland Abuse Registry did
not survive the current session of the Maryland General Assembly.  The Pet
Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) had testified that the legislation would
have imposed excessive burden on pet dealers by requiring them to check the
registry prior to selling or adopting out any animal. (Editors note: Legitimate
Rescues have been doing so for years in any adoption transaction.)
Adoption News
Petsmart Launches High-Five Pet Adoption Campaign
Petsmart Charities in June launched a multi-faceted pet adoption campaign called
"High-Five" that celebrates its 5 millionth pet adoption while attempting to drive
more pet adoptions.  The campaign, which tapped Josh Duhamel as its celebrity
spokesperson, aims to boost awareness of pet adoption and raise
$250,000 for the organization, funds that would help save 10,000 homeless pets.
the organization reported.  

The campaign celebrates Petsmart Charities' adoption of its 5 millionth pet, a
5-year old Siberian Husky named Dodge adopted by retired U.S. Marine George
Little at the Boynton Beach, Fla., Petsmart store.
Health News
Chinese Remedies May Contain Illegal Substances, Australian Study Reports
Some traditional Chinese medicines contain toxic chemicals and animal parts
from endangered and protected species, according to a recent study conducted
by Australian researchers.      The researcher used second-generation DNA
sequencing to analyze traditional Chinese remedies and determine their animal
and plant composition.  The researchers identified toxic plant species such as
ephedra and asarum, along with vulnerable endangered or critically endangered
animals including the Asiatic black bear and saiga antelope.  
Incontinence Drug OK'd
A natural estrogen hormone designed to control urinary incontinence in
female dogs has been approved by the FDA.  Incurin (estriol) is the first drug
approved for urinary incontinence  in dogs, according to it's manufacturer,
Intervet Inc. (Summit, N.J.)

Urinary incontinence can be caused by many different medical conditions, but
middle-aged and elderly spayed female dogs commonly are troubled by
hormone-based urinary incontinence. These dogs can urinate normally, but leak
while resting. Physical exams and blood and urine tests usually are normal in
these pets.  Hormone-responsive incontinence can occur months to years after a
dog is spayed.  It will be available through veterinarians.
Treating Canine Cancer
A new vaccine, tests, and Web site are helping to fight canine cancer. Cancer
effects a third of the canine population - and a cancer diagnosis for a pet that's
considered part of the family can be devastating. Recent advances are helping
dogs live longer.  
One advance is Oncept, a therapeutic vaccine that extends the lifespan of dogs
diagnosed with stage II and stage III oral canine melanoma. Approved  earlier
this year by the US Dept of Agriculture, the vaccine was developed through a
partnership between Merial and Memorial-Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The
common and often fatal form of canine cancer starts in the mouth.
1. Lumps and bumps
2. Abnormal odors
3. Abnormal discharges.
4. Wounds that won't heal.
5. Weight loss.
6. Change in appetite.
7. Coughing or difficulty breathing.
8. Lethargy and depression.
9. Changes in bathroom habits.
10. Evidence of pain.
10 Cancer Warning Signs
Jerky Treats Under Fire
Through blogs, websites and local media reports, dog owners are pointing
fingers at chicken jerky treats manufactured in China for making their pets sick.
Yet no official cause has been identified.

The FDA is actively investigating problems associated with the consumption of
chicken jerky treats As well as possible origins of the problem. The reports
number roughly 900, and no specific products have been recalled because a
definitive cause has not been identified.  Samples have been subjected to DNA
testing to confirm the presence of poultry.

The FDA continues to urge pet owners to use caution with regard to chicken
jerky products.  To report product related cases to the FDA in your state (go to
http://tinyurl.com/p8qu5e for phone numbers), or file an electronic report at
DOT May Expand Pet Incident Reporting for Airlines
Prompted by letters from U.S. Senators and a petition submitted in 2010 by the
Animal Legal Defense Fund, the U.S. DOT in late June proposed expanding its
reporting requirements for airlines that transport animals.

Proposed changes include extending the mandate to an additional 21 U.S.
airlines (currently only the 15 largest U.S. airlines are required to report animal
losses, injuries and deaths) and to require reports for all cats and dogs
transported (current rules only apply to animals transported as pets by their
owners but not those transported commercially by breeders and distributors).

The rule would also require a year-end summary report of the total
number of losses, injuries and deaths in the airlines December
reports. The department is accepting public comments on the proposed
rule through Aug. 28, 2012 at
www.regulations.gov   Docket ID No.
Sleepypods Put to the (Crash) Test
Pet carrier manufacturer Sleepypod of Pasadena, Calif. submitted it's entire line
of pet carriers to a crash test using a weighted test dog dummy, and each of the
carriers passed the test.  Videos of the simulated crash tests are available at  
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