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BEWARE!! Blue Lacys Are A Vaccine Sensitive Breed ~

I am hearing more and more about Lacys with health problems such as auto immune deficiency, which is NOT a problem for our breed as a whole. Many if not all breeders do NOT know of the over vaccination issue.

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Ovary Removal Instead Of Spaying

When some savvy veterinarians took a fresh look at performing spays, a surgery we’ve been doing the exact same way for decades, they came up with a revised technique that accomplishes all of the objectives of the spay surgery with fewer complications. How cool is that?

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Dogs For Autism

Getting a pet may help children with autism to develop their social skills, if the furry friend is brought into the home when the child is about 5 years old, according to a new French study.
Researchers found that children with autism who got a pet after age 5 showed improvement in their abilities to share with others and to offer comfort, whereas those who had a pet since they were born, and those who never had a pet, showed no such improvement.

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Nosodes Instead Of Vaccinations~

Nosodes for our children instead of Vaccinations, the same is true for our pets: Truly educating oneself about vaccination requires an open minded analysis of the gray areas – the very areas that pharmaceutical companies and most likely your own doctor don’t like to admit even exist.

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Why Dogs Have A Hard Time Digesting Grains~

I love the site www.dogfoodadvisor.com. A great site to find a good dogfood or see how yours measures up.

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Cancer Cures Could Work For Canines And Humans

Cancer is the single biggest cause of death in dogs over the age of 2.

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Sponge Feeding Puppy

Great way to prevent aspirating a puppy by bottle feeding or tube feeding:

Sponge Feeding Video

Treating A Swimmer Puppy

I’ve never had one and never heard of a Blue Lacy swimmer puppy, but there is always a first time.

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Boosting Your Dogs Immune System

If your dog is fighting cancer or other immune challenges, we’re certain you will find this list to be very useful.

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Coconut Oil vs. Fish Oil For Dogs

Have you ever wondered whether you should feed your dog fish oil or coconut oil? The truth is that both oils have wonderful nutritional assets to offer your dog. Below are some facts about both oils that you need to know:

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Dogs and Human Evolving Together

Several groups of genes in humans and dogs appear to have evolved in parallel, most likely as a result of living in the same environment since we first domesticated our canine companions, according to a study published this week (May 15) in Nature Communications.

An international team of researchers sequenced the whole genomes of four grey wolves, three indigenous Chinese street dogs, and three domesticated breeds—a German shepherd, a Belgian malinois, and a Tibetan mastiff. The team’s analyses of these genomes put the split between wolves and dogs at around 32,000 years ago—much earlier than previous estimates of when domestication began. The results also suggest that domestication may have started in Asia, rather than the Middle East as other studies have indicated.

The researchers then identified a list of genes—including those involved in digestion, metabolism, cancer, and the transmission of serotonin in the brain—that are under positive selection pressure in dogs and humans alike.

“As domestication is often associated with large increases in population density and crowded living conditions, these ‘unfavorable’ environments might be the selective pressure that drove the rewiring of both species,” the study authors wrote. For example, “positive selection in neurological pathways, in particular the serotonin system, could be associated with the constant need for reduced aggression stemming from the crowded living environment.”

Bob Wayne, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California Los Angeles, told National Geographic that further comparisons between humans and other animals, such as horses or goats, would be useful to see if parallel evolution between humans and their domesticated companions is common. He also pointed out that evaluation of canine sequences from other parts of the world is needed to verify the date and location of canine domestication.

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