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What Do Dog Food Labels Really Mean?

So you’re at the store, buying dog food. You have numerous options, and every bag has a different label: “complete and balanced,” “natural,” “organic,” and the list goes on and on. But what exactly do all of these different labels actually mean? We had the same question. Check out some of the most common dog food labels, and learn what they really mean. Hopefully, this information will help you when you are trying to decide which food is right for you and your dog. A little bit of background o

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Why Do Dogs Sneeze?

Dog sneezes are common and often cute! Our canine companions squeeze their eyes shut and scrunch up their noses right before a big achhoooo. But there are many reasons dogs sneeze, ranging from playful behavior and communication to more serious reasons health concerns. You could even say it’s nothing to sneeze at. Why Does My Dog Sneeze? Just like humans, dogs sneeze for lots of reasons. Some sneezes are more serious than others. Environment The most common reason dogs sneeze is because they

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New genome alignment tool empowers large-scale studies of vertebrate evolution

Three new articles present major advances in understanding the evolution of birds and mammals, made possible by new methods for comparing the genomes of hundreds of species. Researchers developed a powerful new genome alignment method that has made the new studies possible, including the largest genome alignment ever achieved of more than 600 vertebrate genomes. View the source article

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Swedish, Finnish and Russian wolves closely related

The Scandinavian wolf originally came from Finland and Russia, and unlike many other European wolf populations its genetic constitution is virtually free from dog admixture. In addition, individuals have migrated into and out of Scandinavia. These findings have emerged from new research in which genetic material from more than 200 wolves was analyzed. View the source article

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Researchers identify new Rickettsia bacteria species in dogs

Researchers have identified a new species of Rickettsia bacteria that may cause significant disease in dogs and humans. This new yet unnamed species, initially identified in three dogs, is part of the spotted-fever group Rickettsia which includes Rickettsia rickettsii, the bacteria that cause Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF). View the source article

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Do octopuses' arms have a mind of their own?

Octopuses are strange creatures, with three hearts, eight arms and a nervous system distinct from any other animal. These fiercely intelligent creatures are jam-packed with over 500 million neurons, but over two thirds of these neurons are located within their arms and body. Many scientists therefore think that octopuses' arms act independently from the brain, but a new study suggests that an octopus' arms and brain are more connected than previously thought. View the source article

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Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?

Have you ever taken your dog out for a potty break and turned your back, only to discover them chomping on a large mouthful of grass? While you might panic and think about the vomit you’ll be cleaning off the carpet later on, this behavior is not always cause for alarm. But why do they do it and how do you know when it is actually a problem? Why Do Dogs Eat Grass? Some dog owners and veterinarians assume that grass eating is a form of pica, or eating strange items, sometimes caused by a diet d

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The Subtleties and Seriousness of Chronic Pain in Dogs

Dogs are known for their stoicism, and even the most loving owner might miss signs that their pet is suffering. Progressive, persistent pain that creeps up on a dog is often tricky to spot. Referred to as chronic, it can dramatically impact their quality of life. Understanding the Differences Between Acute and Chronic Pain Dr. Lindsey Fry is a Veterinarian and Co-owner of Red Sage Vets in Colorado. The practice specializes in pain management and rehabilitation. She explains that acute pain i

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OCD in Dogs: Can it Happen?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in the dog world is also known as Canine Compulsive Disorder or CCD. It’s identified by normal dog behaviors that are performed in such an extreme, repetitive way that they are difficult for the dog to stop and can interfere with the dog’s ability to function. Examples of normal dog behaviors that in some dogs have become compulsive include sucking on their flanks or a toy; incessant licking, called acral lick dermatitis; pacing, spinning, and chasing the tai

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Dog brains do not prefer faces

Even though dogs gaze into man's eyes, dog brains may not process faces as human brains do. A new study suggests that the canine visual system is organized differently: the face network found in primates may not extend to all mammals. View the source article

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Metronidazole for Dogs

Dog owners today are armed with more tools for keeping their dogs healthy and fit than ever before. Modern medicine has radically improved how well, and how long, our companion animals live. For both humans and dogs, antibiotics continue to be a potent ally in the fight against disease and infection. What is Metronidazole? Dog owners today are armed with more tools for keeping their dogs healthy and fit than ever before. Modern medicine has radically improved how well, and how long, our compan

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