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Studying Bloat
AKC grant goes towards gastric dilation-volvulus research
For almost everyone with a deep-chested or large breed dog, gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), commonly known as bloat, is always lurking in the back of their mind. Bloat causes the stomach to fill with air or fluid, which can progress to GDV, a twisting of the stomach. GDV is one of the leading causes of death in dogs, second only to cancer for some breeds. The scariest thing is how fast GDV can...
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Fall Adventures with Your Pup
Autumn is the perfect time to spend outdoors with your dogs
People often think of summer as the prime time to be outdoors with your dogs. The weather is warm and there's countless activities to do together, such as playing at the beach and walking around the many outdoor festivals that happen during that time of year. For those reasons I've been sad to say goodbye to summer, but the crisp cool air and colorful leaves remind me that autumn in the North...
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Study on Canine "Seat Belts"
CPS finds only one car restraint system that passes their tests
Keeping dogs safe in the car has long been a concern of mine. Previously I wrote about the crumple zone in the back of the car, which made me consider moving my pups to the safer back seat area using harnesses since I can't fit my crate in the passenger area. However, I was not impressed testing or lack of standards on car restraints, so I stuck with my crate (To be fair, crates don't have much...
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Blessing of the Animals [Slideshow]
Photos of NYC Church's celebration of the Feast of St. Francis the Assisi
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A Very Special Blessing of the Animals
NYC Church has their 29th celebration of the Feast of St. Francis the Assisi
Last Sunday I attended the 29th annual Feast of Saint Francis the Assisi (also known as the Blessing of the Animals) at the esteemed Saint John the Devine Church in New York City. The Mass was like none other that I've attended previously, interspersed with modern music and dance performances, experienced by hundreds of people with their pets. And dogs weren't the only non-humans in the audience...
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Canine Fat Camps
New trend in the pet obesity epidemic
Last year I wrote about a local doggy daycare's "fat camp." At first I thought it was a marketing gimmick, but the idea has been catching on as the pet industry reacts to the growing obesity epidemic. It's estimated that more than half of American dogs are overweight.   It's become such a serious problem that the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine offers both an inpatient and...
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Most Common Pet Injuries
How our pups end up at the veterinarian
Living with two very active dogs, I've spent more than my share of time at the veterinarian from various injuries over the years. Usually it's a mild sprain or torn pad due to rambunctious playing, but my Sheltie Nemo is also prone to eating objects he shouldn't (despite my best efforts to keep temptations out of reach), leading to obstruction surgery. According to Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (...
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Human v. Canine: Who to Save
Study looks at our relationship in the worst of circumstances
Last month a couple yachting with their Jack Russell made the news when their boat capsized and the husband saved the dog before going back for his wife. Sound crazy? Most people would probably save their spouse first, but choosing a person over a dog is still a conflicted decision. A recent study at George Regents University asked over 500 people who they would save from the path of a runaway...
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Motivating Poop Pick-up with DNA Testing
DNA matching becomes a bustling business
Motivating people to pick up after their dogs is a frustrating problem that never seems to go away. Judging from the poop I often see right next to garbage cans—and even next to poop bag stations!--some people have a stubborn aversion to the less glamorous side of being a responsible pet owner. There have been creative approaches, such as the Spanish town that used volunteers to monitor parks...
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Dogs Understanding Robots
Study looks at canine and robotic behavior
Several studies have shown that dogs can understand human gestures better than other primates, thought to be the result of evolving alongside people for so long.  But what if it were a robot doing the pointing? Researchers at the Hungarian Academy of Science and Eötvös Loránd University set out to see how dogs would react to robots that exhibited social behavior, but didn't look like a human....

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