No More “Bad Dog”
Before you blame your dog, consider that the way you train and interact with your dog could be at the heart of the problem. Many widely used, seemingly sensible dog-training strategies are not very effective—some actually are counterproductive.
Here, nine dog-training mistakes…
Most people think that calculating the age of dogs and cats in “human years” is quite simple: multiply their age by seven. For example, a 4-year-old dog or cat would actually be 28 years old in human years.
But when you really begin weighing out the arithmetic, this method doesn’t add up. Say a 1-year-old dog is the equivalent of a 7-year-old human — get out of here! How many 7-year-old humans are sexually active and capable of reproducing? Dogs and cats are much more likely to have babies at 1 year old or even at 10 years old, than any person who is 7 or 70. Read the rest of this entry »
The flu isn’t a problem just for humans, pigs, horses and birds—dogs can get it, too…and they can die from it. If you’re surprised by this news, you’re not alone.
As early as 1999, researchers began catching on to an illness that was striking greyhounds at racetracks across the country. The dogs would rapidly develop a cough, nasal discharge and fever—and some died from respiratory complications, mainly pneumonia. When the virus was analyzed, it was discovered that the dogs were infected with a variation of the equine influenza (H3N8) virus, the flu virus that infects horses. The virus had mutated to the point that it could not only infect dogs of all types, but it could also be transmitted from dog to dog—and could legitimately be called a canine influenza virus, or CIV.
I recently called Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhD, clinical assistant professor of shelter medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville and one of the first researchers to study CIV. Dr. Crawford estimates that thousands of dogs have been infected, though exact numbers are unknown. Unlike the human flu, which affects most people during winter, CIV strikes evenly throughout the year. In about 1% to 5% of cases, the dogs die, according to Dr. Crawford’s personal experience, but she said that most do recover without any complications.
That’s good, but what about the future, since flu germs can sometimes mutate and spread like wildfire? Read the rest of this entry »