DOG OWNERSHIP

Veterinarians: In It for the Money?

Looking at veterinarians’ salaries cynically, it would be easy to assume that at least some of them are in it for the money. After all, an animal doctor just out of veterinary school can reasonably expect to earn at least $70,000 in the first year. But let’s take a closer look at the numbers. Both […]
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Oodles of poodle genes.

Labradoodle More “Oodle” than “Lab”

Unlike the goldendoodle, which is only four or five generations out from either a straight poodle or a straight golden retriever, Labradoodles (officially called Australian Labradoodles) have been bred for decades and are on their way to becoming a recognized breed. Now a new study that has looked at 150,000 locations along the Labradoodle genome […]
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Its Their Eyebrows That Make Us Love Them

You know that sad, wistful, puppy dog look our pets often get when theyre trying to communicate their needs to us, the way they make their eyes look bigger and more baby-like? Researchers reporting in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences have just discovered that dogs can achieve that look because of a small muscle above each of their eyes that allows them to intensely raise their inner eyebrows. Thats all it takes to bring out the nurturer in us.

Casual Good-Byes, Heartfelt Returns

Did you know there’s a right way to say good-bye when you depart from your dog? And a right way to say hello when you return? Getting it right is easy. You just have to understand the rationale behind the advice. Chipper good-byes Do you make a big deal of saying good-bye to your dog […]
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The Best Way to De-Skunk Your Dog

Your dog has been sprayed by a skunk. The most effective way to get rid of the stench is to a. bathe your pet in tomato juice. b. your pet in a combination of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and dishwashing detergent. c. bathe your pet in cider vinegar diluted with water. There is no shortage […]
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Woman With Three Dogs.

The Win-Win-Win of Fostering a Dog

“Foster care for dogs in a shelter is a win-win-win,” says Emily McCobb, DVM, Director of Shelter and Community Medicine at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. It helps the shelter because it frees up space for another animal without having to resort to euthanasia. It also helps a shelter elicit more information about […]
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Your One-Year-Old Dog is Older Than You Think

We all are familiar with the old saw that every year a dog lives is the equivalent of seven years of a person’s life. But new research indicates it’s not that simple, and that a dog’s rate of aging changes over his lifespan. The biggest surprise is that a one-year-old dog is equivalent in age […]
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The Number One Dog Breed in America

About half of Americans with dogs have mixed breeds, aka mutts. But for the half of dog lovers who adopt purebred pets, the number one breed — for the 29th year in a row — remains the Labrador retriever. So reports the American Kennel Club. It’s no surprise. Labs tend to be friendly, outgoing, high-spirited, […]
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The Right Breed for Your Climate

Just as some people are not “built for the heat” or not “built for the cold,” so it goes with different dog breeds. While any dog can pretty much live wherever people do, certain breeds are naturally going to feel more comfortable in climates that get quite warm, while others are going to do better […]
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Can You Own a Dog?

Eighty-five percent of people with dogs consider their pets to be part of the family, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook. Only 1 percent of people with dogs in their home, by contrast, consider pets to be their property. Why, then, do people often talk about dog “ownership?” […]
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Don’t Give Up On Your ‘Teenage’ Dog

Dogs reach adolescence at about 8 months and remain “juveniles” until they are 2 years old. And more dogs in that age group are relinquished to shelters than puppies or than almost all age groups combined from 2 through 15, according to a study in the Journal of Applied Welfare Science. Why? New research conducted […]
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Woman’s Best Friend

Marie Antoinette and Charlotte Bronte were cat people — you can’t win ‘em all. But Helen Keller once wrote that if she had the use of her eyes for just three days, she would want to “look into the loyal, trusting eyes of my dogs.” And opera singer Maria Callas commented that “only my dogs […]
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