Maisy is an 8-year-old St. Bernard dog residing with a family in England. When her owner, Jane Dickinson, began noticing that Maisy was not feeling well, she took her to the vet for a checkup. The veterinarian decided to do a cat scan to see if he could find out what was causing Maisy to feel sick. The results revealed a large mass on her spleen and a swollen stomach. The veterinarian, Nick Blackburn, diagnosed her with cancer and informed the family that she would need an operation to remove the large mass. On the day of surgery, when the vet began to operate, he was shocked to discover that the vast mass was four stuffed teddy bears that Maisy had chewed up and swallowed. He removed all of the teddy bears from Maisy’s stomach and concluded that the teddy bears were the only issue that was causing her to feel ill. There were no other signs that would indicate that she had cancer. When the surgery was complete, the vet informed the family that he had misdiagnosed Maisy and the mass was chewed up teddy bears and not cancer. The family was in total shock! The owner Jane was prepared for the worse and was worried that Maisy would not even survive the surgery, so she was relieved to hear that it was just teddy bears and the vet was able to remove all of them successfully. When the vet showed her the teddy bears that came out, she realized that they were stuffed animals belonging to the family’s chihuahuas. Everything with the surgery went well, and Maisy made a full recovery. Today Maisy is now feeling great again and enjoying life. She is not displaying any signs of feeling ill, and there has been no suggestion that Maisy has cancer, as reported by CBS News.
Ticks are already known to cause a variety of diseases and they are extremely common around the world. Not only do these pests give dogs nasty diseases, there is also a correlation within increase of kidney disease.
The research company IDEXX showed an increase in kidney disease for dogs exposed in areas with Borrelia burgdorferi outbreaks, which was detailed in this press release. According to the study, the risk is elevated by 43%, which is a significant amount compared to other disease vectors.
Strains of Ehrlichia and E. cans were also analyzed and it had shocking results. The incidences of kidney disease shot up to 300% with these strains of bacteria. There is no difference in risk comparing dogs with different health levels.
This is why annual screenings should be done, especially if you live in rural areas with lots of ticks. There are even specific tests that may be done to detect early symptoms of kidney damage.
Borrelia is a class of spirochete bacteria that causes Lyme disease. It is not the only strain to cause the disease, but this particular strain was tested to cause organ damage. The other Lyme strains have no clear indication that it is connected with kidney disease.
Ehrlichia is another common bacteria that is spread by some varieties of ticks in North America. This bacteria can get into the white blood cells of a dog from the tick bite. It is mostly found in ticks in warm climates, like Southern California, and some dogs breeds are more susceptible than others.
E. Canis, or Ehrlichia Canis, is the other infection that can have severe kidney effects in dogs. It is a treatable infection with common antibiotics but that is when dogs actually receive testing. This is why testing is important when acute symptoms are detected.
As a pet owner, you may enjoy giving your dog table scraps every now and then. Instead of treating your four legged friend to cooked foods, why not give him or her fresh fruits and vegetables instead? Many plant foods are healthy for dogs to much on. Learn about the best options below.
Apples are a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber, making them an excellent choice for dogs. Plus, they are easy to break down and digest. The American Kennel Club points out that they are also low in fat and protein, which makes them a good choice for senior dogs. Cut them into small cubes for your dog or try freezing them in the summer time for a cool treat.
Bananas are another nutrient rich fruit that dogs can enjoy. Rich in potassium, biotin and copper, this fruit makes an excellent occasional treat for dogs due to its high sugar content.
Most people know that blueberries are an antioxidant rich fruit, but don’t realize that their dog can enjoy the same health benefits from consuming them. Blueberries can prevent cell damage and provide an excellent source of other essential vitamins. Plus, they can be incorporated into play time. Try throwing them and letting your dog catch them, or roll them to him or her.
Carrots make an excellent daily treat for dogs due to their low sugar content and high beta-carotene content. As an added benefit, they are great for your dog’s teeth and can help keep them more clean and brighter.
Celery is another crunchy vegetable that dog’s love to snack on. It is rich in vitamins A, B and C making it nutritional as well. In addition to this, celery can serve as a natural breath freshener.
Cucumbers are a great option for dogs struggling with weight problems. This is because they are mostly water and contain few calories. Cucumbers pack a wide range of nutrients, including vitamin K, magnesium and copper.
Instead of giving your best friend highly processed store bought treats, consider giving him or her fresh plant based snacks that you can both feel good about. These fruits and vegetables are excellent options that offer essential nutrients to keep your dog feeling their best.
All pet owners do it–we all have a silly, baby voice that comes out when talking to our furry friends. However, this may actually have effects other than making you feel ridiculous in front of your friends when they witness it–according to a recent study performed at the University of York.
Researchers Alex Benjamin and Katie Slocombe have recently conducted a study that analyzed whether speaking to your dogs has any effect on the owner-pet bond, with some interesting results. Inspiration for this study came from looking at the way that high-pitch speech to infants strengthens social bonds, which raised the question whether or not this type of speech has the same effects on dogs.
The study was conducted by comparing the attention span of the trial dogs, as well as examining their human preference, after they were spoken to in different ways. After being spoken to in “dog speech,” the high-pitched baby-like voice, versus regular “adult speech,” the dogs were watched to observe their interest in the speaker, as well as which speaker they preferred. The results of the first experiment showed that the dogs strongly preferred the users who spoke to them in higher pitches, although the researchers conducted a second phase of the study to solidify their results.
The researchers then repeated the first stage of the experiment, but had the speakers using their “adult” voice mention key phrases that the dogs were interested in, such as “treat” or “bone,” in order to test the level of preference a higher pitch speaker would hold. The results were interesting, as in this case, the dogs did not show preference towards either speaker. Benjamin summed up the results, saying “We found that adult dogs were more likely to want to interact and spend time with the speaker that used dog-directed speech with dog-related content, than they did those that used adult-directed speech with no dog-related content.”
The implications of this study for dog owners suggests that when speaking to your dog, a higher-pitched, or “baby” voice, may help strengthen the bond between you and your pet. Especially when using words your dog knows and understands, you may find that your furry friend is more attentive, and more affectionate.
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We have all encountered an aggressive dog in our lifetime, but what came first the angry dog or the frightened person?
A new survey compiled by the University of Liverpool says that your emotional state and overall personality may have more of an effect on whether a dog decides to bite than you think. This applies to both the owner of the dog and those who the dog encounters.
These findings go beyond previous records collected primarily from hospitals that only maintain medical history of critical bites. Instead of looking at the aftermath of a serious bite, the study aimed to discover why the dog became aggressive in the first place. So, they asked 694 real people questions based on their household situation, dog-ownership past, bite history, and personality traits.
It found that those who scored lower on an emotional stability test were more likely to be bitten. In addition, it revealed a correlation between the emotional habits of the dog owner and the dog.
Why do dogs react to our emotions?
The heightened senses of a dog’s biology have a lot to do with their actions. They easily pick up on social cues of the people they encounter. An already nervous dog may be motivated to react if they feel that they are threatened. A person with these nervous behaviors may be a trigger:
- Quick movements
- Accelerated heartbeat
- A quivering or high-pitched voice
- Running away can legitimize the dog’s fear
- An increase in hormones from sweat glands (yes, dog’s do smell fear!)
How to prevent being bitten by a dog?
We never truly know how a dog will react, especially when a lot of a dog’s behavior depends on their owner’s training abilities and personality traits. However, you can still be cautious and confident at the same time. If you show the dog, as an owner or as a passerby, that you are calm, then they mimic your emotional state. They are complex animals with an emotional past, so be patient and kind. If the dog still displays aggression, then you should not approach them and slowly back away while remaining calm.