My Dog’s Got Diamonds on the Soles of His Paws

I got diamonds on the soles of my shoes…” Remember that Paul Simon song?

Well, if you have dogs you might have something a little less desirable than diamonds on your shoes – and so might your dogs – according to a new study published in the Journal of Veterinary Parasitology by Panova and Khrustalev (2018).

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Seminar – Pet Dog Training Instructors 7th National Conference, April

I am the speaker at the PDTI conference on Saturday 7th April, 2018.

Here’s an outine of what I will be talking about, along with a short video trailer –

Part 1: The cognitive dog: the core emotional systems
Part 2: The troubled dog: dysfunctional emotional systems
Part 3: The rehabilitating dog: restoring emotional systems
Part 4: The gut-brain dog: diet, the microbiome and emotions

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Seminar – Dog&Bone March 2018

Robert Falconer Taylor will be presenting the following seminars:

  1. Thursday 15th March 2018 – The Science of Canine Emotionality and it’s practical application for owners and canine professionals (including EMRA: Emotion, Mood and Reinforcement Assessment)

  2. Friday 16th March 2018 – The roles of pain and nutrition in (mis)behaviour, the missing links in canine emotionality

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Getting Old(er): How Long is a Lifespan?

Dogs are amazing for many reasons. One reason is their range in size within one species – from less than 1 kg right up to nearly 100kg – a one-hundred-fold increase.

Another reason is their lifespan. Smaller dogs – on average – live more than twice as long as giant breeds despite near-identical physiology, diet and environmental conditions.

For cats, lifespan is on a much more linear trajectory. Members of the Felidae family range from 15 to 30 years old. Larger cats like lions live longer than smaller cats like your own moggie domestic cat.

Why do big dogs die young? And how do small dogs – and cats – manage to avoid this early death trap?

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Pets Say NO to Smoking! PART 2

In Part 1 of this article, we took a look at exactly what cigarette smoke is and why it is so dangerous.

In this part, Part 2, we take a look at a random selection of a few of the thousands of studies published on the effects of smoking in humans, and especially children in SECTION B. There is less known about the negative effects of second-hand smoke on pets, but in SECTION C, we summarise the results of most of the studies that have been done in dogs and cats.

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Pets Say NO to Smoking! PART 1

“Tobacco is the only legal drug that kills many of its users when used exactly as intended by manufacturers.”

This is the chilling opening sentence of the World Health Organisation’s global report on trends in tobacco smoking 2000-2025 (WHO, 2015).

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The trouble is, many of these tobacco users are the dogs and cats living with us. This is wrong and it must stop. This is what this article is about. Please read it and then use it to help us end this now. We can do this if we work together. THANK YOU…

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Bloat in Dogs: An Update

Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), in the dog-world commonly called bloat, remains an enduring concern for all owners of at-risk breeds. Despite numerous studies on this horrible disease, a definitive cause has yet to be identified. This has left owners of susceptible breeds with a ‘shopping list’ of potential causal factors along with recommendations of how to avoid them, for example avoiding feeding from a raised food bowl.

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Life’s a Bitch for Puppies Too

When I started out in veterinary practice, I had the opportunity to care for army dogs and horses at the local army barracks. The best thing about it was that there were never any surprises. The animals I had to see were always lined up and ready when I arrived, and the dogs in particular were temperamentally very similar, rather like their human handlers I guess. This is why I like studies using military dogs. It eliminates much of the inevitable variability between pet dogs, their owners and their environments. This allows the collection of less cluttered and cleaner data sets. A potential disadvantage, of course is that the dogs may all be the same breed and sometimes from the same, potentially small, genetic pool. This could mean that the results of the study may not reliably reflect what one would expect to find in the general dog population.

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But, I argue that studies looking at the maternal care of puppies are always interesting, especially when the results can be compared with other similar studies.

 

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