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Can You Understand the Different Types of Dog Growls?

Not all dog growls are equivalent. Particular sound components determine how we interpret any growl.

A Dog’s Purpose movie review: This will end in Tears

Dog With Blog Dog With Blog - Dog blog | Dog adoption India I was left forever scarred on an otherwise uneventful day in the early 90s. Our science teacher had just told us about the space exploration and a little Russian mutt, Laika.  In fiction or in factual realms, there’s nothing more sentimental than the death of a dog. Show More Summary

Canine Social Cognition – What Do We Know?

In March I wrote a review of James Serpell’s 2nd edition of  The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behavior and Interactions with People.  In the review I said “This chapter [on social cognition] is the ultimate updated resource on social cognition in dogs, and is practically worth the price of the book.” I’ve been reading through […]

Support for Cancer Patients Using Herbs and Supplements

  It’s estimated that 80 percent of people with cancer take herbs and/or supplements as part of their treatment regimen. This trend has extended to animals- more and more people are administering these products to pets diagnosed with... Read More

A Special Opportunity to Help Shelters (Time Limited!)

Do you take the time to write down what you are grateful for on a regular basis? I’ve been doing it for years, and I can attest that it’s one of the most constructive things I’ve ever done. Far beyond a superficial exercise, it can help to repair a broken psyche, or, in some cases, […]

How Important Is Your Dog in Your Family and Social Life?

New data shows just how significant a part of our social and family lives our dogs have become.

Wisconsin’s Prairies in Spring

I am so lucky to live in “fly over country”. (To the hoards from the coasts: Please keep flying over and not stopping. We’re just fine here, really.) I live in an area of southwestern Wisconsin called “The Driftless Area,“ so called because the last glaciers avoided us and left lots of beautiful hills, valleys […]

Impacts of Opioid Abuse On the Veterinary Profession

If you pay attention to the news, you’re aware of the growing problem of opioid addiction within the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 33,000 opioid-related deaths in 2015 with West Virginia having the... Read More

Cat People and Dog People Do Have Different Personalities

Data shows that people are introverted and nonconforming but also creative, while dog people are warm, sociable and pragmatic

Off to Recharge My Batteries

I hope you are enjoying spring (or fall?) right now. Hopefully, when you read this, I’ll be in the garden, the woods, the pasture or the kitchen. I’m taking the rest of May off to recharge my batteries. The book tour for The Education of Will was a time I will never forget, full of […]

A year later – Remembering the dog who loved me

Dog With Blog Dog With Blog - Dog blog | Dog adoption India The month of May earmarks a year since Kaalicharan passed away.  The world as they say went on spinning, days to months, months to year. And with stoic resignation, I too wandered far and away, never arriving anywhere. Show More Summary

Don’t Wait Too Long to Get a Second Opinion

  By the time I met Lucy, her condition had deteriorated to the point that I was unable to provide her with significant help. Rather than talking about treatment options, her care providers and I were forced to... Read More

Calming Music Specifically Composed for Dogs

Composer and singer gnash created a musical composition to calm his stressed-out dog Daisy and it seems to work for other dogs as well.

HAI. The Window of Tolerance. And Life.

I’m sitting at La Guardia airport, surrounded by rows of passengers-to-be, their stolid baggage waiting by their sides like silent beasts of burden, their agile mobile phones hard at work. I’m on my home from the Green Chimneys 2017  Conference on Human Animal Interactions and here’s my challenge: What part of the conference do I […]

NT-proBNP Testing for Canine Heart Disease

Should your dog ever develop coughing or labored breathing, your veterinarian may recommend an NT-proBNP blood test. This stands for N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide. Now, how’s that for a mouthful? What the heck is NT-proBNP? B-type natriuretic peptide... Read More

Dog Adoption Guide : What You Need To Know Before You Adopt A Dog

Dog With Blog Dog With Blog - Dog blog | Dog adoption India So you’ve decided to adopt a dog? Congratulations! By adopting a dog, not only would you help an otherwise homeless pooch find a forever home but also set a great example for others to follow suit. Show More Summary

Dogs Prefer Advice from People Who Actually Have the Answers

Data shows that dogs try to "read your mind" to see if you have reliable information before responding to your instructions.

Sorry to Say (Dogs and Guilt, Revisited)

There was quite the dust up on Twitter last week about a blog in Psychology Today by Nathan Lents, titled Dogs Apologize Better Than Some Humans. Skipping the observation that humans have a lot more to apologize for than dogs do, (clown horror movies come to mind), Lents addresses the “guilty look” of dogs and […]

Canine Primary Hyperparathyroidism

Hyperparathyroidism is a hormonal imbalance caused by excess (hyper) production of parathyroid hormone. This disease occurs in middle-aged and older dogs, males and females alike. Keeshonds appear to be genetically predisposed to hyperparathyroidism. What is parathyroid hormone? Parathyroid... Read More

Dogs Are A Girl’s Best Friend Too!

Dog With Blog Dog With Blog - Dog blog | The world as the dog sees it. What is it about dogs that they answer to your soul like no one ever can? The best friends they are, dogs offer this perennial happy feeling that overrides whatever mayhem the world may unfold. Show More Summary

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