CANINE FITNESS BLOG

Do the Dew(claws)?

Do the Dew(claws)?

A dog using its dewclaws, preparing to “grip” the water. Photo by Tom FretzAs a veterinary sports medicine specialist, I work extensively with canine athletes, developing rehabilitation programs for injured dogs or dogs that required surgery due to performance-related...

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Love, Actually: How a Tiny Peptide Drives Your Passion for Dogs

Love, Actually: How a Tiny Peptide Drives Your Passion for Dogs

Oxytocin. Most of us think of it as the hormone that helps bitches whelp and produce milk. And yes, it’s that, but so much more. A series of recent studies have revealed how oxytocin has a major effect on the brains of both people and dogs to strengthen the human-canine bond – that indescribable interspecies attachment that might just explain why you’re reading this.

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No Hot Dogs Please!

No Hot Dogs Please!

Not the kind you eat – you can make your own decisions about that! I’m talking literally: hot… dogs.

Maybe you are thinking, “Oh gosh, I already know everything about this topic: Don’t leave your dog in the car, dogs have less efficient cooling mechanisms than people, blah, blah, blah.” Well, bear with me, because there are a couple of new studies that just might surprise you. In fact, they might just save your dog’s life.

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