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How did dogs get to the Americas? An ancient bone fragment holds clues

Researchers analyzed the dog's mitochondrial genome, and concluded that the animal belonged to a lineage of dogs whose evolutionary history diverged from that of Siberian dogs as early as 16,700 years ago. The timing of that split coincides with a period when humans may have been migrating into North America along a coastal route that included Southeast Alaska.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/N2i3DTAOzsU View the source article

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New features of a gene defect that affects muzzle length and caudal vertebrae in dogs

A recent genetic study provides new information on the occurrence of a DVL2 gene defect associated with a screw tail and its relevance to canine constitution and health. The variant was found in several Bulldog and Pit Bull type breeds, and it was shown to result in caudal vertebral anomalies and shortening of the muzzle. The DLV2 variant may also affect the development of the heart.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/gFGqT4IFfvY View the source article

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Can Senior Dogs Get Alzheimer’s?

One of the most common questions owners ask veterinarians about their senior dogs is “Can elderly dogs get Alzheimer’s?” You may have noticed that your older dog has started slowing down, or that she seems disoriented and anxious. Some of this is normal aging, but your dog could also have the canine equivalent of Alzheimer’s disease: Cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) Cognitive function, or a person’s memory, learning, perception, and awareness capabilities, is easy to measure in people, but

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Pancreatitis in Dogs – Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Pancreatitis in dogs is one of those conditions that owners must be informed about before it strikes because the warning signs may not always be obvious at first, the symptoms might be mistaken for something less serious, and yet it’s potentially life-threatening. The medical definition of pancreatitis is simple: “inflammation of the pancreas.” But like all serious conditions, there is more to it than that. Because it is dangerous, a suspected case of pancreatitis needs to be addressed by a vet

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Can Dogs Get Colds?

Rarely life threatening, but always irritating, the common cold is just a fact of life. But what about dogs? Do they get colds? Dogs can get infections that make them sneeze and sniffle, just like we do. However, your dog’s cold symptoms could also be the result of a more serious disease. What Is a Cold? When people talk about catching a cold, they are actually referring to a wide range of viruses. All of these viruses are grouped together as cold viruses because they cause similar symptoms,

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Wolves prefer to feed on the wild side

When there is a choice, wolves in Mongolia prefer to feed on wild animals rather than grazing livestock. Previous studies had shown that the diet of wolves in inland Central Asia consists mainly of grazing livestock, which could lead to increasing conflict between nomadic livestock herders and wild predatory animals like wolves.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/Bnl_59N4xto View the source article

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Wolves, dogs and dingoes, oh my

Dogs are generally considered the first domesticated animal, while its ancestor is generally considered to be the wolf, but where the Australian dingo fits into this framework is still debated, according to a retired anthropologist.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/pecDyZXk0zk View the source article

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How to Groom a Standard Poodle

Achieving the signature look of a Standard Poodle requires loving attention and following grooming best practices. “The great thing of course about the Poodle is the fact that they do not shed,” says Poodle expert Gail Wolaniuk, a professional Poodle handler and groomer who has shown Poodles for 40 years and has a private grooming practice. “But in return for that fabulous trait is the fact that they require routine grooming. If you choose to groom your puppy yourself it adds to great bonding a

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Toward a disease-sniffing device that rivals a dog's nose

A new system can detect the chemical and microbial content of an air sample with even greater sensitivity than a dog's nose. Researchers coupled this to a machine-learning process that can identify the distinctive characteristics of the disease-bearing samples.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/58oOFy7Hz5I View the source article

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Hip Dysplasia In Dogs

Hip dysplasia. These two words terrify large and giant breed dog owners, but the truth is hip dysplasia can happen to any size or breed of dog. This painful condition can drastically reduce a dog’s quality of life and is difficult for owners to watch. The good news is that embracing responsible dog ownership and educating yourself about potential health conditions like hip dysplasia can go a long way toward keeping your dog comfortable. Learn what all dog owners should know about hip dysplasia,

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Osteoarthritis in Dogs — Signs and Treatment

Osteoarthritis is a common problem in dogs, particularly in seniors and large breeds. Although there is no cure for this progressive condition, identifying the problem early and initiating appropriate management can help keep your dog active and improve quality of life. What is Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis, also referred to as Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), is a progressively worsening inflammation of the joint caused by the deterioration of cartilage. In a healthy joint, cartilage acts a

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Can Glucosamine for Dogs Help Treat Arthritis and Joint Pain?

Many dogs suffer from arthritis as they age. This painful condition, which occurs in dogs and people, results when cartilage, the cushioning between the bones, begins to thin and wear away. As a result, the ends of the bones start to rub against each other, and you may notice your dog starting to limp. Trauma, disease, or normal wear and tear that comes with use over years all may cause arthritis. “While there is no cure for canine arthritis, some treatments can lessen pain and improve mobility

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Why Is My Dog Limping?

Like us, dogs limp for a variety of reasons. Unlike us, dogs can’t tell us what happened or where it hurts using words, leaving us struggling to figure it out for ourselves. Your most valuable resource for determining the cause of your dog’s limp is your veterinarian. Before calling to make an appointment, however, most of us want to know a little bit about the common causes of limping in dogs, what to expect from a veterinary visit, and when limping is a veterinary emergency. Gradual Onset vs

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New improved dog reference genome will aid a new generation of investigation

Researchers have used new methods for DNA sequencing and annotation to build a new, and more complete, dog reference genome. This tool will serve as the foundation for a new era of research, helping scientists to better understand the link between DNA and disease, in dogs and in their human friends.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/XlyaiNwW3OM View the source article

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Researchers uncover hidden hunting tactics of wolves in Minnesota's Northwoods

Researchers show that wolves have evolved ambush hunting tactics specifically tailored for catching and killing beavers. The study challenges the classic concept that wolves are solely cursorial predators. Instead, wolf-hunting strategies appear highly flexible, and they are able to switch between hunting modes (cursorial and ambush hunting) depending on their prey.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/m-CrhO7C7yk View the source article

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Challenges of animal ownership during the pandemic should be considered alongside the potential benefits, study shows

Animal owners frequently report concerns and worries relating to caring for their animal during the pandemic, new research suggests. The study also revealed owners had increased their appreciation of their animals during the first lockdown phase. The notion that people 'could not live without' their animals and that they were a 'godsend' or a 'lifeline' in the pandemic was frequently expressed.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/b0QOcB1hK3g View the source article

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Why Does My Dog Not Like Being Brushed?

While many pooches love being pampered, some of our canine companions go berserk when they see a brush. But brushing your pup’s coat isn’t just a great way to keep them in tip-top shape—it’s a vital part of responsible dog ownership. Routine grooming sessions keep you connected to their overall health so you can examine their coat, body, and paws for any problems. Don’t lose hope if your dog wiggles, hides, bites, or runs away at the sight of a brush—there are ways you can make the ritual much m

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Puppy Teething and Nipping: A Survival Guide

Congratulations on your new puppy! This adorable, four-legged family member is going to bring you love and affection — and also some challenges, including how to survive teething and nipping. Puppies’ mouths are filled with 28 tiny, razor-sharp teeth that seem to be attracted to nipping at your fingers and toes. Although an annoying behavior, this is completely normal for teething puppies and something you can train away. When Do Puppy’s Teeth Fall Out? Puppies get their baby teeth at a much

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