Dog parks may seem like great additions to the community, but they’re rife with problems — for you, and for your dog. Here’s what to know before you go.
Dogs possess a sense of smell many times more sensitive than even the most advanced man-made instrument. Just how powerful is a pupper schnoz? Powerful enough to detect substances at concentrations of one part per trillion—a single drop of liquid in 20 Olympic-size swimming pools. With training, dogs can sniff out bombs and drugs, pursue suspects, and find dead bodies. And more and more, they’re being used experimentally to detect human disease—cancer, diabetes, tuberculosis, and now, malaria—from smell alone.
It’s possible, but it’s not the most likely culprit.
I have no doubt that dogs are otherwise wonderful for your health and happiness. However if you have a dog, it makes sense to take the minimal precautions that will help you to avoid the infectious risks dogs can pose.
But there may be at least one field of battle upon which we can declare a clear winner: health. For decades, scientists have been studying the effects that pet ownership has on our wellbeing, and they suggest that there may be a definite imbalance in the unique risks and benefits posed by America's two iconic pets.
Until fairly recently, many animals were seen as harmful—carriers of parasites and disease. But now they’re considered part of a healthy lifestyle. While most people probably don’t acquire a pet because they think it will make them live longer, they might believe it will be a kind of panacea for modern living.
The problem is that these claims about the benefits of pet ownership don’t always hold up to scientific scrutiny.
The life benefits of having a dog are well established, and in most studies, better than cats or other pets, especially for the obvious reason that you have to take dogs outside. In terms of public health, the big problem isn’t that there aren’t enough people running triathlons or racing mountain bikes, it’s that people are not walking, moving and getting outside enough. Even the most laid-back dog owner will get more, every day, heart healthy exercise by simple virtue of the fact that dogs need to be walked multiple times...
Dr. Karlsson said that there are good reasons dogs are studied so intensively. There are many more dog breeds — about 400 compared to about 40 cat breeds. That means more genetic diversity, and better tools for studying genomes.
Dog owners worldwide enjoy longer lifespans on average, reduced blood pressure, improved cardiovascular fitness, and far less stress.
Oh, what we wouldn’t do for our animal companions! Dogs and cats, in particular, can develop many of the same illnesses, injuries, and disorders that people do. And increasingly, they can get also the same kind of care.
Not without expense or controversy, more professionals are offering our animals health and medical treatment options normally reserved for their human companions. Here are some notable examples:
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“People who walk their dogs often say they do it for the dog,” she said. “But there is also an element of what we get out of it in terms of enjoyment, which is the big motivator.”
Those little paws leave a big environmental footprint.
No one ever tells you that when your dog is dying, it feels like a human is dying. At first, I tried to suppress the grief. But so many other dog owners said things like, "It felt like a family member had died." As a data person, all I could see was a growing sample size.
What’s better than a long life, free of disease? A long life, free of disease, with your loving dog by your side. It's no pipe dream: Dog owners have a lower risk of death than people who don’t care for a furry friend, according to a paper published today in Scientific Reports.
Whether you’re a dog owner or volunteer, hanging out with our four-legged friends can do wonders for your wellbeing.
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Providing a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists that will assist in breeding healthy dogs.
Here you will learn how to support your dog's heart naturally.
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#1 magazine for dog lovers.
Our aim is to help you better understand different aspects of canine health and to keep your pup' safe and happy.
Comprehensive site covering the dog world.
The dog health guide offers simple and practical advice for many common canine symptoms and illnesses.
A newspaper for pet and show dog owners in southwestern Ohio and northern Kentucky.
Here is an introduction to some great things people do with their dogs. Most activities welcome all dogs, whether purebred or of mixed breed heritage. Some of these activities are classed as "working dog" activities, but are also done on a recreational basis, or as a public service.
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Does your dog seem to be slowing down? Does he just not play with the same spark? It might be more than age. He may be in pain due to osteoarthritis
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original PGAA writings or curations of articles taken from the Internet, with permission or shared, to help you provide for your dog's health.
Imagine having an entire world of pet care–from expert tips and knowledgeable advice to the latest and greatest pet food, treats, toys and gear to an active community of pet parents–all tailored to your pets’ exact needs. You don’t need to imagine it. Pet360 delivers this level of customization every time you visit.
The definitive web destination for PetCrazy people and their canine companions.
Extensive resource from Animal Planet.
Vetstreet.com is a new site dedicated to giving you the most accurate information possible, so you can keep your dogs and cats healthy.
Our articles are written, developed, and reviewed by leading veterinarians, professional journalists, and animal health experts, so you get the most current advice and thinking on everything from finding the right puppy or kitten to dealing with serious medical conditions.
It's more complicated than you think.
The international magazine for and about working and sporting dogs -- and the people who love them.
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