The DogChannel Newswire (11-04-10)

Dog ownership disputed in Iran; Alaska’s first blood bank for dogs opens; other news.

Skin-Cancer Drug Poses Risk of Accidental Poisoning in Dogs
A report in the October issue of the Archives of Dermatology highlighted an accidental poisoning case that was linked to 5-fluorouracil, a skin-cancer drug. Pet owners who are being treated with 5-fluorouracil cream should take precautions to avoid unnecessarily exposing their pet to the drug, Reuters reports.
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Alaska’s First Blood Bank for Dogs Saves Lives and Money
A facility recently opened at Far Country Animal Hospital in Palmer, Alaska, offers blood transfusions for dogs and is reportedly the first canine blood bank in the state. The blood bank aims to provide a more affordable option for in-state dogs who rely on canine blood from a facility in California, Anchorage Daily News reports.
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Recent Hookworm Cases Reported in Miami Beach
Three people have been treated for hookworms believed to have come from a stretch of Miami Beach where there are feral cats nearby. The cases were reported at the Carriage House condos and confirmed in July and September. They came to the attention of the Miami-Dade Department of Health two weeks ago, The Miami Herald/Associated Press reports.
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Dogs: Iran’s New Symbol of Rebellion
The religiously informed state disapproval of dogs has seen the pampered pooch become the latest sign of middle-class dissent. Over the past few years, dog ownership has become yet another unlikely arena for the social and political dispute within the tumultuous politics of Iran, The Guardian (U.K.) reports.
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