Guess what. Dog vocabulary lessons are for real. Your dog has an incredible human vocabulary. Not only that, if you say words like “good dog” in a neutral tone of voice, they still get you. Dogs can also understand tone of voice and how it relates to words. If you say “good dog” in that happy excited voice, it gives even a bigger effect. Of course, if you say “Let’s go to the vet” in an excited tone, your dog will likely not be fooled. They understand the learned words. Dogs have an incredible understanding of what you say and how you say it. Read on to learn what we now know about dog vocabulary and language skills.
A pet dog can provide love and companionship to children. Researchers recently found in a study that pet ownership may also boost kids’ mental health. Our children’s health in modern society is of great concern. Obesity, inactivity, anxiety, mental health issues, and stress are problems our kids face. They can begin in childhood and persist throughout life. These problems appear to be more common today than in the past. Interacting with a family dog may help to reduce these worrisome trends and provide our children with more balanced early years of development. Continue reading “Pet Ownership – Health Benefits for Children”
The number of ticks and tick carried diseases are on the rise in our environment. Chester County Pennsylvania is not unique to this growing threat. Studies have shown and have been able to predict this increase in tick borne illnesses by studying mice, in particular the White-footed field mouse.
Genetic testing for pets may do much more than answer the question heard almost daily in veterinary offices: “What breed do you think my dog (cat) is?” In the past, as a veterinarian, I would point to the chart of dog or cat breeds hanging on the wall. I would suggest the owner to cut and paste the ears, nose, tail, feet, etc. from the breeds pictured to make up their mixed breed’s possible heritage. Today, in a world of 23andMe for humans, genetic testing for our dogs and cats is finally coming of age. Continue reading “Genetic Testing For Pets – More Than Just Who Am I”
Pet travel has increased in popularity as our lives become more globalized. Pets are important family members and are often included in our vacation plans. Individuals with service animals need to bring them along for assistance. People move frequently due to job changes. Popular transportation options for pets include driving by the owner or a transportation company and flying on an airplane. Pre-travel health evaluation and certification by a veterinarian (if needed). Special planning by the owner facilitates travel, reduces stress for you and your pet, and ensures your pet’s safety during travel. Continue reading “Pet Travel – Preparation and Certification”
Parasite prevention for pets living in Chester County, Pennsylvania is very important. Our warm winter has been nice, but it has done nothing to reduce the numbers of parasites in our environment. We have some information for you to consider when deciding on parasite prevention for your pets.
Dog Laughter and Smiles. They Really Do Have a Sense of Humor 🙂
Have you ever noticed your dog laughing at you when you’ve done something goofy? Have you ever noticed dogs playing together and laughing in the joy of good fun? Well guess what, science now agrees that dog laughter and dog smiles are very real things! Continue reading “Dog Laughter and Smiles – Fun For All”
February is dental health month for pets and we want to help owners learn how to care for their pet’s teeth. Did you know daily care for your pet’s teeth can significantly contribute to the overall health , well-being, and longevity of your beloved friend ? Dental and periodontal diseases are the most commonly diagnosed health issues for pets. They are also diseases that veterinarians and pet owners can work together to treat and prevent with regular care.
Most every one who has a dog in their life has experienced the deliberate or surprise slobbery kiss from fido. Dog saliva covers our face. Some people suggest that dog saliva has healing properties. Our relationship and affection toward our furry friend is not uncommon. However, what is common is our lack of understanding about what lies in our dog’s mouth. We have some useful information on how to keep your best canine friend healthy as well as your family.
Crowdsourced Pet Projects Are Gaining from Strength in Numbers
Crowdsourcing is a new way to get massive amounts of knowledge from a wide variety of sources. Complex problems can be solved. Large volumes of data can be obtained. Did you know that there are crowdsourced pet projects? You and your pets can now help advance science! By participating, you may not only learn your dog’s genetic history, but can also help scientists unravel how those genetic markers impact canine behaviors. Continue reading “Crowdsourced Pet Projects”