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Dog’s Role in Studying Human Oncology
Similarities in the two species’ DNA helps researchers.
Meningioma is one of the most common brain tumors in humans and canines. Determining the gene responsible for the disease isn’t easy. According to Science Daily, humans with this type of cancer usually lose a certain chromosome made up of almost 50 million base pairs of DNA that code for more than 500 genes. Lucky for oncology research, it turns out that dogs and humans are genetically similar,...
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Canine Art in 140 Minutes
Aimée Hoover uses Twitter-inspired portraits to promote her artwork.
With more and more companies getting on the Twitter bandwagon, dog artist, Aimée Hoover wondered how she could use the latest in social networking to promote her business. Instead of simply tweeting every now and then, she discovered an interactive and fun way to spread the word about her work and connect with fellow dog lovers. Inspired by Twitter’s 140 character limit, Aimée wondered if she...
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Apps for Dog Lovers
Teach your pup a trick or find an off leash park with your iPhone or iTouch.
As the Apple commercial suggests, there really does seem to be an “app” for just about everything. These applications can be used with the Apple iPhone or iTouch iPod. Many are even offered for free.  You can download any of these apps by going to the Apple iTunes store through your computer, iPhone, or iTouch. Here are the canine highlights that received high reviews from users. Clicker (free...
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First Canine Influenza Vaccine
U.S. Department of Agriculture approves protection against the contagious virus.
Lately the flu, specifically the swine variety, has been on everyone’s minds. While the H1N1 swine flu doesn’t pose much of a threat to our pets, there is a risk of contracting the H3N8 dog flu, a highly contagious respiratory illness. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it had approved the first vaccine for the canine influenza. The vaccine does not always prevent...
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Breaking Up Dog Fights
Learn to keep you and your dog safe in case of an emergency.
This past weekend, one of my pups was involved in a bad scuffle with another dog. Luckily those present were able to break up the fight fairly quickly, but it was a scary experience. Despite taking pet first aid classes, I realized that I don’t know what to do when one of my pets is attacked. The weekend’s events inspired me to do some research.  According to Jacque Lynn Schultz, ASPCA Companion...
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First-Ever Animal Policy & Advocacy Degree
New Humane Society University to fosters understanding of our relationships with animals.
Dogs have lived alongside humans for ages, but in many ways we know little about them. For decades our understanding of animal-human relationships has been largely limited to anecdotal stories. Institutions such as Harvard’s Canine Cognition Lab and the American Humane Endowed Chair at the University of Denver would’ve been unthinkable until just a few years ago. Recently, the possibilities for...
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Using Technology to Solve Canine Boredom
An engineering grad student invents a way to interact with his dog remotely.
Recently I stumbled upon an iPhone controlled dog treat dispensing device built by Stephen Myers. The Biomedical Engineer PhD student created the dispenser to interact with his dog Cooper during his long grad school days.  The one-of-a-kind creation allows Stephen to monitor his pup by web cam and deliver treats from anywhere his iPhone receives service. He details how the dispenser was built on...
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FDA Approves the First Canine Cancer Drug
Palladia offers options for treating the second most common canine tumor.
Earlier this year, I attended an agility trial in New Jersey that was raising money for canine cancer research. Decorating the arena were pictures of dogs who had cancer at some point in their lives. There were more than 100 photo montages covering every inch of free space.  During an intermission tribute, handlers were asked to raise their hand if they ever had a dog affected by cancer. I was...
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WebMD for Dogs
DoggedHealth helps pet lovers diagnose canine health problems.
If you’re like me, there are certain websites that you don’t know how you ever lived without. One of the first that comes to mind is the popular medical diagnostic site, WebMD. Finally, a similar resource has been created for canines. Earlier this year, DoggedHealth debuted the Diagnostic Dog as an information resource to empower pet lovers to make educated healthcare decisions for their four-...
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Canine Role in the Anti-Piracy Crusade
Disc-detecting dogs help shut down illegal DVD operations in Malaysia.
Dogs have been trained to detect everything from bombs to cancer. But until this week, I had never heard of DVD sniffing dogs in the anti-piracy crusade. There really is no limit to what dogs can be trained to do! According to the Motion Picture Association (MPA), its member companies lost 6.1 billion dollars to worldwide piracy in 2005. Struggling to find a solution, they turned to dogs’...

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