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Cross-Species Teamwork
Canine and human doctors collaborate on treating cleft defects.
Mr. Moo, a mixed breed puppy from Michigan, was born nine months ago with a cleft palate that forced him to eat through a tube. He was lucky to be taken under the wing of Doctor Bryden Stanley, chief of surgery for small animals at Michigan State University, but the veterinarian was unsure of how to treat the young dog. Usually soft tissue from the same area of the mouth would be used to build a...
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NYC Behavior Program Works with Abused Pups
ASPCA's new state of the art center rehabilitates dogs to prepare them for adoption.
Last year the ASPCA closed its small enforcement unit, known to many from the television show, Animal Precinct, and shifted enforcement duty to the New York Police Department. With the police department's increased resources and wider reach, the number of dog cruelty cases surged, leading the ASPCA to open a new behavior center designed to handle the most horrific cases. These dogs come in so...
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At-Home Canine Cognition Testing
Duke finds the games conducted by 'citizen scientists' hold up in the lab.
A few years ago I wrote about bringing my dogs to Harvard's Canine Cognition Lab, where my Shelties participated in a study on understanding human gestures. Since then, a web site called Dognition was created allowing you to play similar game-like tests with your dogs to learn about their cognitive and problem solving skills. Over 17,000 people have participated since the web site started,...
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Man and Pup Saved from S. Car. Creek
A Canadian man refused to leave his dog behind in the flood waters.
South Carolina has been inundated by flood water, resulting from what Governor Nikki Haley called a "storm of historic proportions." But amid the loss and tragedy, there have also been heartwarming stories of rescue and goodwill. Last weekend George Osterhues was on a road trip from Ottawa, Canada to Florida with his Yorkie, Tila, when they took a detour off Interstate 77 due to the bad weather...
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Toxic Mushroom Kills The Rock's Puppy
The Rock's was unable to save his French Bulldog for the second time.
Actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson made the news last month when he saved his new puppy, Brutus, from drowning in his family's pool. The young French Bulldog was running in his new backyard for the first time when he made a beeline towards the pool. Not knowing how to swim, Brutus began to sink to the bottom. The Rock immediately jumped in, fully clothed, and pulled the pup to safety. But this month...
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Dog Sledding and Pediatric Cancer Patients
Study uses adapted activity to improve physical and psychological health.
Pediatric cancer patients have so much of their childhood stolen from them, and attempts to protect them can sometimes do more harm in this area. Often caretakers with good intentions will shield these kids from physical activities. However, a new study has shown that some pediatric cancer patients can actually benefit from a little more adventure in their lives, on both a physical and...
Wellness: Food & Nutrition
How and Why to Cook Your Dog’s Food
An interview with Barbara Laino
Home Cooked Dog Food
Like many people who’ve turned to natural pet food, Barbara Laino initially experimented with a homemade diet out of frustration. Her first dog, Aurora, developed a type of irritable bowel syndrome that didn’t respond to traditional medicine. After Laino switched her from kibble, the Alaskan Malamute’s symptoms completely disappeared, and Laino was a convert. Now, 15 years later, she is a...
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Dogs' Fur Dyed in Theft
Microchip proved useful in the case of a stolen Seattle pup.
I'm a huge advocate for microchips because collars and identification tags can easily fall off, but they can also be useful in other situations. Recently a family in Seattle had to rely on a microchip to prove ownership when their pup was stolen and disguised with hair dye. Earlier this month, Robert Lucier went to the supermarket and tied his Cairn Terrier, Waffle's leash to a post while he ran...
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Pets Amid the Refugee Crisis
A boy treks over 300 miles to Greece with his beloved puppy.
There have been so many heartbreaking stories that have emerged from the Syrian refugee crisis. But one video posted by the UN Refugee Agency's Facebook page this weekend had a rare glimmer of hope and love amid the difficult journey that millions are undertaking. In the clip, 17-year old Syrian refugee, Aslan, talks about traveling all the way from Damascus to Lesbos, Greece with his puppy,...
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Honoring the Newtown Comfort Dogs
A child's tribute to the comfort pups that helped heal a school.
When Guy Bacon returned to school following the December 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school, it was an emotional day. Guy had just lost his sister Charlotte, one of the 26 victims. But during that difficult day, the now 11-year old distinctly remembers the moment a dog named Drago walked into the classroom. The Spinone Italiano was the first of ten pups Guy met that helped him feel...