Category: Health and Wellness

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Dogs? Why Dr. Miho Nagasawa’s research paper about ABANDONED DOGS AT FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN and PTSD-LIKE EFFECTS IN DOGS is so important.

Why Dr. Miho Nagasawa’s research paper about ABANDONED DOGS AT FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN and PTSD-LIKE EFFECTS IN DOGS IS SO IMPORTANT.Impaired learning and an inability to bond with humans were two of the post- traumatic disorder symptoms displayed by both humans and dogs.Cortisol levels in the Fukushima dogs remained at higher levels than the Kanagawa dogs, even after…

Let’s Do Doglates! Strengthening Fido’s Core Muscles & Emotional Well-Being!

By Claudia Bensimoun     “Many of these exercises involve common commands that you might ordinarily teach your dog, such as sit, stand, down-then stand, high five, turn around, or bow,” says Sherri CappaBianca of Rocky’s Retreat Canine Health and Fitness Center. “By using these commands when the dog is on surfaces at different heights,…

Candle Safety For Your Dog or Cat. It involves more than keeping burning candles out of his reach.

“Candles should be placed well out of reach of animals,” says Dr. Fallek. Keep them off coffee tables and low windowsills. If you have dogs, a shelf, high table or mantelpiece should do it. Just be sure not to place the candle on or near a runner or dangling decoration that could be pulled down…

Does Your Dog Behave Around Guests? Petiquette Tips

    Increase Fido’s Chances of Success During The Holidays Barking, anxiousness and excitability often occurs when we’re away from home visiting family and traveling with our furry best friends. “By the time they get to the hotel, their world has been turned upside down and they’re just trying to maintain as much of an…

Sunny Days. Skin Cancer and Sunscreen For Dogs. Can Your Dog Get Sunburned?

Sunny Days Claudia Bensimoun Pen name used for this article (Annette Cooper)   Canine Skin Cancer Research shows that dogs are just as prone to getting skin cancer as humans, with mast cell tumors being the most common. Although golden retrievers have an increased risk of mast cell tumors compared to other breeds, any dog…

Dogs Imitate Novel Human Actions and Store Them in Memory.A recent scientific study shows that dogs can learn to copy human behavior and repeat it later.

A recent scientific study shows that dogs can learn to copy human behavior and repeat it later. Claudia Bensimoun   Every dog watched their handler go into a wooden box. These dogs would then have to wait for one minute before going back to their starting position. They were then told to “Do it.” When…

Canine Connection: Study Explores How Dogs Think and Learn About Human Behavior.

New research suggests that the way our canine companions respond to the level of our attentiveness is linked to a combination of specific cues, context, and previous experience. Claudia Bensimoun Photos courtesy of Dr. Monica Udell.   Udell and her team carried out two experiments and compared the performance of domestic dogs, shelter dogs, and…

Out of Africa & Into Switzerland

Out of Africa & Into Switzerland. Dogs Allowed! Claudia Bensimoun     Komati Gorge Lodge Fly-Fishing & Wildlife Reserve Recognized by its majestic cliffs, winding river, thorn bushveld and Highveld grasslands, it is less than three hours from Johannesburg on the Drakensberg Escarpment. Here you can enjoy modern accommodations with breathtaking scenes of natural beauty…

What’s Stressing Your Dog Out? Helping Your Anxious Dog Starts With Determining What’s Upsetting Him In The First Place

By Claudia Bensimoun   Helping Your Anxious Dog Starts With Determining What’s Upsetting Him In The First Place. Claudia Bensimoun SYMPTOMS MAY NOT ALWAYS BE OBVIOUS The first step is to recognize when your dog is stressed out. Obvious symptoms include fearfulness, aggression or destructiveness, but other signs may not be as clear. You need…

A Dog’s Fear Responses To Sound! Sound Sensitivity in Dogs

Sound Sensitivity in Dogs Claudia Bensimoun Image Credit: Animal Wellness A new study has gained insight into how domestic dogs react to noises. “Our results suggest that the characteristics of dogs, their early environment, and exposure to specific noises are involved in the development of fear responses to noises,” says Dr. Rachel Casey, who led…

Medical Marijuana For Dogs. Pot For Pooches!

    It’s becoming more widely accepted for its potential medical uses, not just for people, but for companion animals too. Scientists have so far recognized up to 60 important chemicals, or cannabinoids, unique to marijuana. According to the National Cancer Institute, “cannabinoids activate specific receptors found throughout the body to produce pharmacologic effects, particularly…