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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.

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.

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:

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.

Dogs Help Autistic Children Adapt

Dogs may not only be man's best friend, they may also have a special role in the lives of children with special needs.

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Tamiflu To Treat Parvo~

In an uncomplicated case, presented within 48 hrs. of the onset of clinical signs, one should see no vomiting after the first dose...no diarrhea after the 2nd...and alert/eating after the 3rd dose. If there is no clinical response after the 3rd dose...you have either started using Tamiflu too late, have a secondary medical problem that needs to be addressed, or have the wrong diagnosis.

Ester-C: Miracle Cure for Hip Dysplasia???

I couldn't see how the joint could be remodeled once it had grown improperly, at least not without surgery. Many readers had written and told me that their arthritic dogs normally were laid up after a few hours in the field, but when given Vitamin C, they could hunt several days in a row.

Ester C For Your Dog ~

Ester-C dog usage is increasingly proving beneficial. Although animals can manufacture Vitamin C in their bodies under ordinary conditions, stresses such as heavy exercise, injuries or respiratory problems increase the demand for Ester-C in dogs. An important component of collagen or connective tissue, Ester C® functions as a chondroprotective, anti-inflammatory and immunoresponsive substance.

Lyme Vaccination Disease ~

Consider the fact that 95% of naturally infected dogs during Penn State testing showed no symptoms despite testing as positive. Lyme disease in humans is likely more symptomatic because they have not been infected as long as dogs have. The term “hard to catch and easy to cure” seems to be true for dogs and Lyme disease.

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