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Parvo New Test

March 27th, 2014

A revolutionary diagnostic test has been developed by researchers at Kansas State University to recognize a new strain of the Canine Parvovirus. Parvovirus is a highly contagious disease that attacks white blood cells and causes damage to the intestines. It can be fatal to puppies with compromised immune systems, or those still awaiting vaccination. Read more about Parvo New Test

Laminitis

March 26th, 2014

Laminitis is an excruciating disease of the foot in hoofed animals, occurring mostly in horses and cattle, characterized by pain, swelling, and eventually the inability to walk. This affliction is caused by the weakening of the laminae, the sensitive tissue surrounding and supporting the bones of the hoof. Once this tissue becomes weakened and inflamed, the cells become damaged and the pedal bone begins to drop. Read more about Laminitis

Dogs Bite

March 25th, 2014

Dog Bites Happen. To act as if every incident is avoidable is naïve; however, a good percentage could certainly be prevented. We must learn to first stop the provoking behavior, and second, recognize signs that the dog has reached his limit. Read more about Dogs Bite

Dog Dust Breeds Helpful Gut Bacteria

March 24th, 2014

A new study funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) reveals risks of asthma and allergies are greatly reduced if an infant child lives in a home with a dog present. The scientists concluded that the gastrointestinal microbiome in mice (the bacteria present in the gut of the mouse) is restructured to become less sensitive to common allergens if they have been exposure to the dust created by a dog inhabiting a home. Read more about Dog Dust Breeds Helpful Gut Bacteria

Reconstructive Surgery for Pets

March 17th, 2014

In December 2011, a shepherd mix named Kabang threw himself in front of a motorcycle which was about to hit his owner’s 9 year old daughter and her 3 year old cousin. While the driver and girls had only minor injuries, Kabang was caught in the front wheel of the motorcycle, which crushed her nose and upper jaw. Read more about Reconstructive Surgery for Pets

New Study Shows Dogs Recognize Faces

March 16th, 2014

Dogs are known as man’s best friend, and as a dog owner, you are likely used to your dog greeting you excitedly when you get home. Perhaps you have even wondered if your dog is recognizing you by sight or smell. Up until recently, scientists believed that the specific brain mechanisms needed to recognize faces were possessed only by human beings and some primates. However, researchers at the University of Helsinki in Finland now have evidence that dogs can recognize faces as well. Read more about New Study Shows Dogs Recognize Faces

Interactions between Children and Dogs

March 15th, 2014

Sadly, it’s a story often told. A cherished family dog bites a child seemingly out of the blue, and the owners feel the only appropriate thing to do is to put their suddenly aggressive pet to sleep. This does not need to happen to your family. While the actions of both children and dogs can be unpredictable, you can teach children to interact with your dog in ways that will minimize the possibility of your pet instinctively lashing out. Read more about Interactions between Children and Dogs

Dogs and Cats Can Be Friends

March 14th, 2014

In October 2013, Animal Services personnel in Seminole Valley, Florida discovered a 2 year old Dachshund standing guard over a 7 month old paraplegic cat on the side of the road. When the animals were brought in for treatment, the veterinary staff named them Idgie and Ruth, respectively, after the film Fried Green Tomatoes. The animal shelter soon discovered that Idgie became sad whenever Ruth was away being treated. Since then, the pair has been taken in by a foster parent who understands the importance of keeping them together. Idgie spends her days watching over Ruth protectively when she is not receiving care related to her paralysis. It wasn’t long before their heartwarming story made it to the media; you can read more about them here. Read more about Dogs and Cats Can Be Friends

A Pet First Aid Application for Your Mobile Device

March 13th, 2014

Your pet is an important and cherished member of your family. Unfortunately, in the event of an emergency, many pet owners are not as well versed in pet first aid as they may be in first aid for humans. Thankfully, a new mobile application has been created by the American Red Cross to provide information that will help dog and cat owners provide emergency care triage until a veterinarian is able to assist. Read more about A Pet First Aid Application for Your Mobile Device

New Website Focuses on Animals as Social Beings

March 12th, 2014

Started in January 2014, The Dodo is a website dedicated to animal news, features, stories, and pictures. The CEO and Editor in Chief, Kerry Lauerman, started the site as a community for all who love animals. In the site’s “About The Dodo” page, Lauerman describes a societal shift he has noticed, wherein animals are increasingly thought of not as objects, but as “intelligent, emotional, social beings that are not as different from us as we used to think they were.” Read more about New Website Focuses on Animals as Social Beings

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