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World’s first images of dogs

Carved into a sandstone cliff on the edge of a bygone river in the Arabian Desert, a hunter draws his bow for the kill. He is accompanied by 13 dogs, each with its own coat markings; two animals have lines running from their necks to the man’s waist. The engravings likely date back more than 8000 years, making them the earliest depictions of dogs, a new study reveals. And those lines are probably leashes, suggesting that humans mastered the art of training and controlling dogs thousands of years earlier than previously thought. Science Mag (11/16)

Dogs In Brain Cancer Research

Researchers trying to draw a bead on one of the deadliest forms of cancer are turning to an old and trusted friend: the family dog. The Jackson Laboratory is among the most recent research institutions to join the race against brain cancer. The Farmington genomics research center is using tumors from dogs to find clues to the disease that killed more than 15,000 people in 2015, according to the National Cancer Institute. Hartford Courant (11/13)

Puppy Poop Infections Affecting People

Puppies are transmitting potentially deadly Campylobacter bacteria infections via contaminated poop to the humans who handle them, with 55 people now sickened in an outbreak reaching across 12 states. In the latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency says cases rose from 39 in mid-September to 55 reported by Tuesday. “Evidence suggests that puppies sold through Petland are a likely source of this outbreak,” the CDC said in a news release issued Sept 11. “Petland is cooperating with public health and animal health officials to address this outbreak.” Health Day (10/03)

Dog Park Injuries to Watch Out For

Nationwide Mutual Insurance says its pet insurance business spends more money on head trauma than any other dog-park injury. Average spending on such cases is $591, according to the company. Other dog-park injuries include dog bites or other lacerations, costing an average of $361; insect bites, at $143; and heat stroke or hypothermia, which averages $579 for treatment. The most common dog-park injury among the company’s beneficiaries was soft tissue injury and sprain, with close to 24,000 such cases last year.  Bloomberg (5/18)

National Dog Bite Prevention Week

Take steps to protect postal workers and other unexpected guests from dog bites  This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which focuses on educating people about preventing dog bites. Did you know that dog bites of postal workers increased 14% from 2014 to 2015, to a total of 6,549? Postal, delivery and utility workers are at higher risk of dog bites because their jobs require them to enter your dog’s territory. Help protect these workers from dog bites by posting signs so they know you have a dog, and if you know one is coming, put your dog in…

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17 tips for camping with dogs

From the AAHA Blog | By Jen Reeder Camping with my husband and our dog is one of my very favorite things to do. Nothing recharges my batteries more than spending time in the great outdoors. Sometimes we pitch our tent next to a river or alpine lake, nestled in pine trees. Other times we camp in the desert of the Southwest, with red rocks as far as the eye can see. But all of the trips typically involve gorgeous scenery, fresh air, food cooked by a fire, conversation by starlight, and dog snuggles in the tent. Rio, our Labrador…

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Keep it cool for pets on warm days

Warm days ahead? Cool! That’s the word on every pet lover’s mind, because keeping pets cool is not just kind, it’s crucial. When the temperature rises, all pets are at risk for heat stroke whether they are left in a car, set in a cage in direct sunlight, or even wrapped in a towel for too long, a common method used to restrain birds. Some pets are particularly susceptible. Members of brachycephalic breeds—those with a “pushed-in” appearance—are inefficient at panting. Brachycephalic breeds include Himalayan and Persian cats, Boston terriers, boxers, English bulldogs, Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Lhasa apsos, Pekingese, Chinese…

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Moving? Check that microchip!

When you move to a new home, you are diligent about changing your address with the post office. But, are you also diligent about updating your pet’s microchip registration with your new address? Microchipping your pet, along with a having a collar and a current nametag, could mean the difference between having him forever by your side or losing him forever. A microchip is a small computer chip that is injected under your pet’s skin, between the shoulder blades. Each microchip is associated with an identification number that is specific to your pet. The procedure for inserting the chip is…

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