News, items of interest, and other tidbits pertaining to Italian Greyhounds and dogs in general
In a study published in Cell Reports, researchers used gene sequences from 161 dog breeds to create a evolutionary dog tree that provides evidence that dogs traveled with humans across the Bering land bridge and furthers understanding of the "genetic backstory" of dogs.
A new test procedure, used by cognitive biologists from the Messerli Research Institute of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, demonstrated that in addition to being able to identify whether a human has an eye on a food source and that, therefore, the human knows where the food has been hidden, dogs are also capable of applying this knowledge and correctly interpreting human cues to find food that is not visible to them. The ability to the perspective of another is an important component of social intelligence.
Researchers at the Arizona Canine Cognition Center found that dogs and two-year-old children demonstrate similar patterns of social intelligence - much more similar than between human children and chimpanzees.
Crocheted Italian Greyhounds!
(Handmade and available on Etsy)
This is a voluntary recall due to potential contamination with the drug pentobarbital in the company's Hunk of Beef product for dogs and cats. This is an important recall - reportedly five illnesses and the death of one dog!
This study, using a more complex task than a previous study, confirmed the pro-social behavior of dogs via their willingness to share food with other dogs.
Pet Fooled is a documentary film by Kohl Harrington exploring the pet food industry. The link above includes a video interview of Kohl Harrington by veterinarian Karen Becker, an article discussing the film, and links for viewing the film - currently, it costs $4.99 to view (I would prefer it to be viewed for free, with donations requested, but optional).
This study demonstrated that people tend to talk to dogs of all ages in the same manner that they speak to human babies - slower and with a higher tone - and that puppies responded most readily to this dog-directed speech.
BPA is used to line metal food containers, including dog food cans. This study showed a significant increase in BPA levels in dogs fed canned food for two weeks. PBA cans are only available from the canning industry in small sizes (to 5.5 ounces). Therefore, although some respected sources recommend wet dog food over dry dog food, the use of BPA in the cans is something that should be accessed in choosing dog food.
This article is about cat whiskers, but dogs use their whiskers in a similar, although less pronounced, fashion.
In a study at Staffordshire University children were able to distinguish between happy, angry and frightened dogs, but, although the children were less likely to approach an angry dog, there was no difference in their inclination to approach a happy or frightened dog.
In an interesting study Wolves proved to be more prone to take risks than dogs - wolves chose the risky option in 80% of trials, whereas dogs only did so in 58% of trials.
Results of this study by Attila Andics et al. reports that dogs have the ability to distinguish vocabulary words and the intonation of human speech. A similar study is linked under 1/26/16.
The FDA is continuing to investigate the causes of illness and death associated with the consumption of chicken, duck, and sweet potato jerky treats, primarily imported from China. Continue to avoid feeding these products to your dog(s) or cat(s).
An interesting article and table of state laws and regulations addressing the minimum age at which a puppy can be sold and who the laws/regulations apply to.
This cute Italian Greyhound raincoat is made by Cane & Co and available on Etsy.
Dog in this study, who were presented with pairings of images and sounds that conveyed different combinations of positive and negative emotional expressions in humans and dogs, demonstrated the "ability to integrate two different sources of sensory information into a coherent perception of emotion in both humans and dogs.” According to a researcher from the University of Lincoln’s School of Psychology, “To do so requires a system of internal categorization of emotional states. This cognitive ability has until now only been evidenced in primates and the capacity to do this across species only seen in humans.”
This vest for small dogs is designed to offer protection from coyotes and is available at http://www.coyotevest.com/
According to Dinets' overview, there are four to five wild species of Canis in North America. These include the well-known grey wolf and coyote, a secondary wild population of the domestic dog known as the Carolina dog, plus a few populations of hybrid origin with different proportions of wolf and coyote genes. Two of these hybrid populations, the red wolf of the eastern U.S. and the Algonquin wolf--also known as the Eastern or timber wolf--of southeastern Canada, have already evolved into full species.
The overview also indicates that domestic dogs are descendants of two interbred species: a small extinct wild dog of Asia and the grey wolf. Different breeds have different proportions of wolf blood, which can explain personality and behavioral differences.
A test that measures an animal's immune response to the rabies virus has been modified by scientists, a change that will cost pet owners less money and may help reduce the number of yearly vaccines for pets.
This study, conducted at the Dog Project at Emory University, demonstrated that dogs have neural machinery dedicated to face processing. According to the senior researcher, this ability is hard-wired in dogs and may help explain their extreme sensitivity to human social cues.
The Center for Pet Safety released testing results for crates and carriers used for transportation in vehicles. Not all crates/carriers perform admirably!
This study utilized images of adult dogs placing between first and fifth in their class, with the research concluding that 74% of the dogs were in ideal condition, and 26% were overweight.
Researchers at the Vetmeduni Vienna Clever Dog Lab, found that although dogs are able to follow human gaze to objects such as food or toys, they do not tend to do so for the comparatively simpler task of following gaze into distant space.
Three varieties of these chews have been recalled due to metal contamination.
An excellent article on heartworm disease and prevention by Dr. Jean Dodds, including the recommended preventative for sight hounds (Interceptor), and what to avoid with dogs who are epileptic or seizure prone, have autoimmune disease, or have thyroid or liver conditions.
A lint roller provides an easy way to check for, and remove unattached ticks, from your dog's fur.
A balanced, CBS News article on the role of affiliative eye contact between a person and his/her dog and attachment.
The canine influenza outbreak in the Midwest is being attributed to an Asian strain of the virus, H3N2, not H3N8 as had been assumed, and it is not known whether the currently available canine influenza vaccination offers any protection against this strain of the virus. This should be taken into account, as should your geographic location, your dog's lifestyle, and associated vaccination risks.
One ingredient, easy to make dog treats. The degree of chewiness or hardness is your choice.
Fun video and you can view the making of it here.
This brief article discusses coyote behavior that you might observe while they are selecting and protecting dens, and the best approach to take in order to keep your dog safe.
A proposed bill by a New York state senator and a New York City council woman would be the first bill of its kind in the nation to give a tax credit for adopting a homeless animal. On the surface, this might seem to be a good idea, but perhaps not if it encourages adoption by a new owner unable to foot the cost of caring financially for the adopted animal.
A study demonstrating that dogs can tell the difference between happy and angry human faces represents, according to the researches, the first solid evidence that an animal other than humans can discriminate between emotional expressions in another species.
As reported by Humane Watch, only about 1% of the budget of the Humane Society of the United States goes to local pet shelters, and the organization doesn’t operate any shelters of its own. View the map to learn how much money went to shelters in your state.
John McGlone, a pet owner and professor at Texas Tech University who specializes in animal welfare and behavior, tested and developed a product called Stop That used to stop barking or similar unwanted behavior in dogs. Stop That is sprayed at the dog, similar to using a squirt bottle, but in tests is more effective than water. According to McGlone, "It's best used as a training tool rather than a circus act to stop animals from doing what they're doing." He also states, "One of the most difficult problems is that dogs bark a lot, and it's one of the top reasons they are given back to shelters or pounds. . . there are quite a few pet owners relieved to be able to stop their pets' bad behavior and not have to resort to giving them up, thanks to Stop That."
This technology, which is used remotely, is being used most beneficially with working dogs, but could be used with "pet only" dogs also.
The Center for Pet Safety and their top rated dog car harness is featured in this video.
A UK study found signs of canine behavioral distress in a study involving the use of e-collars in training.
A zoologist addresses this question in a short article.
Two significant risk factors associated with painful neurological diseases in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel have been identified. These "skull shape" findings have the potential to help in the elimination of these conditions in toy dog breeds and could be used in breeding guidelines.
New link since original posting with the show episode guides and videos.
Please be aware of reports regarding the use of Triflexis. I do not recommend using any flea preventative, including the spot-on ones, without extreme consideration and caution and would try natural products first.
In this experimental test, dogs, not surprisingly, demonstrate jealousy.
The Safety Harness Crash Test Protocol and Rating system provides essential guidelines for pet product manufacturers and follows the 2013 Harness Crashworthiness Study conducted by Center for Pet Safety. The CPS Certification program is a voluntary program, but pet product manufacturers are encouraged to participate in order to qualify for a Safety-Certified Seal on their product packaging.
A blog spot website on the dangers of mushroom toxicity in dogs - includes alerts, precautions, and information on aggressive treatment.
Early tests performed on about fifty puppies in seven states for Aviamax, a Grand Forks-based company, have resulted in a ninety percent cure rate for canine parvovirus. ParvoOne is an anitbody-based treatment that is harvested from the yokes of goose eggs. Aviamax plans to sell parvoOne for seventy-five dollars per dose, much less than the cost for currently available parvo treatment.
Since this will occur over many months, continue to check labels!
An NBC article on the continuing illnesses linked to pet jerky treats, primarily those imported from China.
CBS New York reports on the prevalance of dogs being stolen, from the street, cars, stores, and backyards, and then quickly sold for a profit.
The Association for Truth in Pet Food, stating that current testing by government and industry is inadequate, announced plans to raise at least $10,000 to test cat and dog food for "dangerous" contaminants.
The Health Ranger, editor of Natural News, has found lead, mercury and cadmium in tested pet treats. Be aware of this situation and carefully choose the treats you give to your dog (or other pet companions).
Is your dog telling you that he is relaxed or perhaps scared or fearful? This fun, short video will help you begin to understand your dog's communication.
A brain-imaging study concluded that an area of the canine brain associated with reward responds more strongly to the scents of familiar humans than it does to the scents of other humans, or even to those of familiar dogs.
This directory allows you to view the chemicals in flea and tick products and the risk level that they present to your dog. There is a handy "Filter by Risk Level" option in the right-side column.
Center for Pet Safety Product Alert - Double Dentals Dog Toy
Do not purchase, or allow your dog to have access to, any Double Dentals dog toys. At least some versions of this toy contain a woven nylon fabric that is prone to unraveling. In the case of one dog, the nylon fabric unraveled into one long string which was ingested and led to the dog's death.
A Greyhound sculpture by bronz sculptor, Gill Parker.
A good, short article on why choosing to donate to the Humane Society of the United States is NOT a good idea.
An interesting article written after a veterinarian and her dog narrowly escaped being hit by a vehicle.
Diabetic pet owners - please take notice.
This recall applies to Med-Vet International syringes and is important since mislabeled syringes will result in pets being administered the incorrect amount of insulin.
This situation can be reversed with the administration of calcium. Be sure that your veterinarian is aware of the possibility of a dangerous increase of potassium during anesthesia.
A Russian billionaire backs a dog shelter in a last-ditch effort to save stray dogs before the opening of the Olympics.
Many people are disheartened by reports of stray dogs in Sochi being killed in preparation for the Winter Olympics. This CNN video reports on that concern.
Pet Mystery Deaths(Jerky Treats)
The American Veterinary Medical Association rejected a resolution that would have discouraged feeding jerky products to pets until further evidence about safety is available; the reason for the rejection: lack of sufficient, scientific evidence. The following is from the article, "The AVMA, like the FDA, says that while it’s clear animals who’ve eaten treats have become ill or died, there’s no conclusive proof of the cause." Keep your dog safe and do not feed jerky products!
This UK based study used a questionnaire to investigate dog aggression towards people, with an emphasis on situational aggression and risk factors. The original abstract is here.
This book (release date 1/7/14), written by Veterinarian Behaviorists for the public, explains dog behavior and how to prevent or alter the behaviors that are unwanted.
When magnetic field conditions are calm, dogs prefer to eliminate with their bodies aligned along the magnetic north-south axis.
An Italian Greyhound from ROMP Italian Greyhound Rescue is in the Animal Planet Puppy Bowl Line-Up for 2014. Taser is featured as number 34 on the Animal Planet website.
A short article indicating that the FDA was not truthful in disclosing information regarding level of drugs found in jerky treats.
A really good video of a Greyhound running.
Do you want to feed your dog food with the only or primary protein source being hydrolyzed poultry by-products aggregate (feather meal)? Read this article before deciding.
This short video about Dog TV features two Italian Greyhounds - check them out!
This video demonstrates why it is not a good practice to leave dogs in parked cars.
Creative sighthound sculptures made from wire and pages of old books. View and enjoy, or purchase (custom orders available).
Six lots of Iverhart Plus Flavored Chewables by Virbac were voluntarily recalled.
One person's take on the good and bad of sharing your life with an Italian Greyhound.
If passed, this bill will "require all breeders who sell more than 50 dogs annually -- whether through pet stores or online -- to undergo inspections and meet U.S. Department of Agriculture standards for caring for the dogs. The licensing and inspection requirements in the current law do not apply to online sellers." For information on puppy mills and choosing a reputable breeder, go to Where to Get an IG within Italian Greyhound Place's website.
Dog Food Stamps - the Dog Food Stamp program has been discontinued
With the goal of enabling more dogs to stay in their homes as opposed to going to shelters, this program will provide free, monthly delivery of pet food to qualifying applicants.
Dr. Robb Speaks (following his arrest)
This study demonstrates that dogs are able to recognize other dogs visually.
An interesting article on bully sticks based on a study published this month by researchers at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and the University of Guelph.
The number of stolen dogs has increased, and this article highlights the top five scenarios as well as why thieves steal dogs.
This article, by Dr. Becker, provides excellent information on fish and fish meal as a source of protein for dogs and cats. If your dog food contains fish or fish meal, or you plan of feeding this protein source, read this article!
According to the American Kennel Club, there has been an increase in stolen dogs. Do all you can to keep your dog, or dogs, safe!
If you want to try making coats or coveralls for your Italian Greyhound, this website will get you started. With short fur and a low fat to muscle mass ratio, these guys need to be dressed for the weather!
A new website featuring architect designed, unique, dog structures with build-it-yourself blueprints.
Theresa Strader, who founded National Mill Dog Rescue in honor of Lily, a seven-year old puppy mill dog, has been chosen by People Magazine as a "Hero Among Us."
This past October, I contacted National Mill Dog Rescue regarding two Italian Greyhounds in Missouri who were rescued from a back-yard-breeding facility by a woman who needed assistance with them (somewhere for them to go, and vet care). Within hours, I heard from Theresa and within a few days, she retrieved both dogs and brought them to Colorado into the care of National Mill Dog Rescue. A "Hero Among Us!"
Theresa is featured in the November 19th issue of People Magazine.
Initially, this procedure will not be commonly available in private veterinarian practices, but the article contains good information to be aware of.
Could irradiation and glycerin be the reason for the illnesses and deaths?
When mounted to the top of a fence, this product stops coyotes and other animals from scaling the fence (the fence does need to be sufficiently high for the animal to not clear the fence without grabbing the top).
Now, in addition to chicken jerky treats, sweet potato treats made in China have been linked to illness in dogs. Do not allow your dog to eat any treats made in China. When shopping, check the bag carefully for "made in China."
Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs by Nature's Variety is not contaminated, but is not remaining fresh for the product's shelf life.
Bronze Greyhounds in England
Many dogs do not like fireworks and, along with many other animals, might experience fear and confusion, sometimes while they are home alone. Unfortunately, it is not unusual for dogs, frightened by fireworks, to run away. Complicating matters, fireworks tend to go off for a few days prior to the 4th of July, making it difficult to know when your dog might be subjected to the noise of them. Here are some suggestions:
Dog and cats traveling by car in NJ need to be buckled in with harnesses or in a buckled down crate. If not, the driver can be fined. Whether or not you agree with the law, pets are safer when buckled and so are the human passengers. Information on car restraints can be found here.
Quite a contrast to what has been circulating:
President of the NJASPCA Explains Unrestrained Animal Law in this Audio
Check the prevalence of parasites such as heartworm and ticks throughout the USA, and by state and county.
This new CBS television, which is currently filming in Manhattan, will begin airing later this month.
This sculpture was made by Chris Williams
Metal Sighthound Statues, Stockton UK
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