training dogs to smell Covid-19



From Katy Nelson, DVM on  PetMD

Dogs have been humans’ best friends for thousands of years, but during this global pandemic, they could earn an even bigger title: lifesaver. For years, dogs have been trained to sniff out drugs and people trapped in rubble, and more recently, they’ve been able to predict seizures, hypoglycemia, and even cancer. Read more

By KARLA PETERSON  for the San Diego Union Tribune

It’s not your imagination, dog owners. Fido really is that into you.

A  UC San Diego study shows that dogs are capable of displaying jealous behaviors when their owners are paying too much attention to an interloper. The findings of the study, the first experimental test of jealous behaviors in dogs, suggest that dogs have a more complex emotional life than some skeptical humans would like to admit.

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From Ellen Malmanger, DVM on PetMD

NOTE: If you are thinking of breeding your male or female dog, please contact your veterinarian about important steps that need to be taken to ensure safe and healthy breeding practices. In addition, female dogs should not be vaccinated while they are pregnant, so please confirm with your veterinarian that your dog is up to date with her vaccinations and heartworm/flea prevention before breeding.
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Is one human year equal to seven “dog years” when it comes to a dog’s age? Recent studies have shown that this isn’t exactly true.

A gene defect associated with a severe canine lung disease identified

Article Featured on Science Daily

A severe hereditary lung disease has been described in Finnish Airedale Terriers with a failure to thrive during the first days of lives. Researchers discovered the underlying gene defect in the LAMP3 gene, which may also be associated with the lung problems of certain newborn babies.

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10 Ways You Might Be Stressing Out Your Dog

Analysis by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker | Article Featured on Mercola Pets

Dogs become stressed for a lot of different reasons, and many humans are oblivious to canine stressors because, well, we’re human! For example, dog-to-dog greetings involve a lot of circling and sniffing, neither of which is easy to accomplish while on a leash.

This is probably why leashed dogs often appear anxious when they encounter other dogs. They can’t greet each other in a natural manner, which means they can’t size up the other dog as friend or foe, and they can’t prepare to fight or run if necessary because they’re tethered to their human.

Another thing many people don’t realize is the extent to which we, as pet parents, create stress in our dogs. Some of the following human-induced dog stress triggers may surprise you.

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This Rare yet Aggressive Malignancy Mostly Strikes Big Dogs

Analysis by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker | Article Featured on Mercola Pets

Histiocytic sarcoma is an aggressive cancer in dogs. The most commonly affected breeds are the Bernese Mountain dog, flat-coated retriever, Rottweiler, golden retriever, Labrador retriever, miniature schnauzer and Pembroke Welsh corgi. Most dogs are middle-aged or older but histiocytic sarcoma is reported in young dogs as well.

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Dog Behavioral Issues: Helpful Tips for Walking Your Dog

Published by Kara Murphy | Article Featured on Hills Pet

Before you got your pooch, you likely imagined walking a dog would be a wonderful experience of long relaxing strolls, exploring neighborhoods and hiking trails. In those pre-dog fantasies, your four-legged sidekick likely trotted obediently by your side on a leash, following your every command and looking at you adoringly.

Then you got your dog and the fantasy disappeared. Why does my dog have to stop and pee on everything? Why does he have to stop and sniff every blade of grass? It can be frustrating, but don’t hang up the leash!

After all, walking a dog is important to his health and happiness. Walks keep your dog agile and limber and can help relieve issues like constipation, according to PetMD. Regular walks also help keep your dog from gaining unwanted pounds. Walking a dog can also go a long way toward reducing or eliminating destructive behavior. Dogs who haven’t had enough exercise–who feel pent up or have extra energy–can turn to digging holes in your yard or chewing everything from your shoes to your couch cushions.

Walks with you also strengthen your bond with your pooch and give him a chance to meet and interact with other people and dogs in a controlled environment. Having a dog that is socialized is very important. Socialized dogs are typically happier and friendlier than unsocialized dogs, who can be anxious and fearful around new humans or animals.

And we haven’t even talked about how walking a dog impacts your health! A study from Michigan State University and reported by the New York Times found 60 percent of dog owners who took their pets for regular walks met the federal criteria for regular moderate or vigorous exercise, with almost half of dog walkers getting an average of 30 minutes of exercise a day at least five days a week. In comparison, only about 30 percent of people without dogs got that much regular exercise.

But what is with your pup’s strange habits on your walks? Let’s take a look at some weird (and annoying!) things dogs do on the leash, why they do them, and how you can work to reduce the issue.

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Importance of wellness exams

Article Featured on AVMA

Veterinarians recommend regular wellness exams for the same reason your physician and dentist recommend them – if you can detect a problem in its early stages, it’s more likely to be treated and resolved with less expense, less difficulty and better success.

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Vaccinations, heartworm prevention and routine deworming are important components of wellness care and can prevent diseases that are not only life-threatening, but very expensive to treat.

Your veterinarian can recommend a wellness program based on your pet’s breed (some breeds are predisposed to certain health problems), age, lifestyle and overall health.

Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital (OVSH) has been serving the Portland and Beaverton area community since 1979. Dr. Robert T. Franklin (Internal medicine) welcomes referrals from veterinarians all over the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to help your pet regain health and live a long and happy life.

Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital

9339 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy,
Beaverton, OR 97005.

Phone: 503.292.3001
Fax: 503.292.6808
Email: [email protected]

Dominant Paws: Is Your Dog a Righty or Lefty?

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If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’re right-handed. According to WorldAtlas, only 10 percent of the human population are lefties. But have you ever wondered if dogs have dominant paws like humans have dominant hands? And are dogs right- or left-handed, on average? Find out how pet researchers — and you too! — can determine whether a dog is a righty or lefty.

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