DiggityDog Digest #8

12 superfoods for dogs; vaccination guidelines; dogs vote by sneezing; muscular dystrophy in dogs; and more.

Diet, Health & Research

Investigating the Genetics Behind Muscular Dystrophy in Dogs – The sequencing of the canine genome along with next generation sequencing technologies like whole exome sequencing have facilitated quicker, easier and more efficient identification of genes and mutations that can cause diseases in dogs.

American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) 2017 Canine Vaccination Guidelines – AAHA has update the canine vaccination guidelines, and has presented them in a new form. The 2017 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines are now primarily an online document divided into sections that make finding the answer to specific vaccination questions quite easy.

Veterinarian Shares 12 Powerful Superfoods for Dogs – Superfoods are foods that are naturally nutrient-rich and therefore are especially beneficial for your dog’s health. But what exactly are superfoods for dogs?

Bone Broth for Dogs: This “Soul Food” Is Perfect For Nourishing Sick Or Senior Pups – Whether getting over a bout of gastrointestinal upset, recovering from surgery, or just reaching an age where appetite is waning, bone broth can ensure that your dog gets all the essential nutrients he or she needs.

Pet Dentistry: Necessity Or Money-Maker? – The reason there’s so much conjecture surrounding veterinary dentistry is because in the past veterinarians simply weren’t equipped to perform dental work, but that has all changed.

Human Health Benefits & Companionship

Canine Caregivers Like An ‘Angel On A Leash’ – When Finn, a 6-year-old Golden Retriever, begins his shift at Providence Seaside Hospital, sporting his leash and official badge, he has a single purpose: to soothe and support patients, their families and caregivers.

Guide Dogs Offer Safety, Independence – Most people develop close bonds with their pets, but for visually-impaired canine lovers, the relationship is often even more intense.

Canine Companions to Make Court ‘More Pleasant’ for Kids – Family court is initiating a therapy dog program with the intention to comfort children involved in custody hearings.

Behavior & Training

The Neighbor’s Dog Barks Constantly! What Can I Do? – Even the most ardent dog lovers among us become aggravated if a neighbor’s dog barks incessantly. There are steps you can take; so you and the neighbor’s dog can peacefully coexist.

Take the Stress Out of Trimming Your Dog’s Nails – Your dog isn’t alone in her distaste for nail trims. Many dogs cower or flee the room at the mere sight of clippers.

 Tails of Interest

California Close To Banning Pet Shop Sales Of Non-Rescue Cats, Dogs And Rabbits – California will become the first state to ban pet stores from selling cats, dogs or rabbits that don’t come from a shelter or rescue group if Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs the bill sent to him this week.

These Dogs Vote by Sneezing – Democracy isn’t just for humans. New research suggests the sociable carnivores known as African wild dogs make consensus decisions too—by sneezing.

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