A glimpse into the dog’s mind: A new study reveals how dogs think of their toys

When dogs play with a toy, even just briefly, they pay attention to its different features and register the information using multiple senses, finds a new study.

Dogs inhale new immunotherapy to fight lung cancer

In the first-of-its-kind Phase 1 clinical trial, 21 pet dogs of various breeds that had metastatic lung disease resulting from osteosarcoma or melanoma were treated with protein interleukin-15 (IL-15).

Scent dogs detect coronavirus reliably from skin swabs

A recent study by the University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital confirmed that scent detection dogs can be taught to identify individuals with a coronavirus infection from skin swabs. In the experimental set-up the accuracy of the dogs in identifying the samples was 92 percent.

Life of Riley dog beds

In the June edition of NZ Dog World, I speak to the new owners of NZ dog bed company Life of Riley. I highly recommend these wool dog beds because they are supportive of the joints and naturally deter dust mites.

Doggy quote of the month for June

The quote of the month is from Dr Sophia Yin, a pioneer in low stress handling.

The Mack truck logo

In my column in NZ Dog World, I discuss the history of the Mack truck logo and profile the logo of local business, On Point Plumbing & Gas

Growing up with a dog might protect against Crohn’s disease

A recent study suggests that having a pet dog or a larger family in early life may protect against Crohn’s disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease. Researchers observed that individuals who owned a dog as a child were less likely in later life to have increased gut permeability, which is an early indicator of Crohn’s disease.

Quantifying Cognitive Decline in Dogs Could Help Humans With Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers have found that a suite of complementary tests can quantify changes in dogs suspected of suffering from cognitive decline. The approach could not only aid owners in managing their elderly canine’s care, but could also serve as a model for evaluating cognitive decline progression in – and treatments for – humans with Alzheimer’s disease.

What does your dog’s tag say?

Sox has his very own ID tag now, which features a greyhound. I chose the wording on it carefully to ensure that if he is lost, people will know his name and how to reach me.

Doggy quote of the month for May

This month's quote is about love, from author Gabrielle Zevin.

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Doggy Mom
The blog about everything dog

I've been blogging since 2010 about a range of dog issues. I particularly like sharing the latest research news and I always share a Doggy Quote of the Month