Category Archives: Science & Health

We Exhale, Our Dogs (and Cats) Become Smokers Too

‘Supervet’ Noel Fitzpatrick was quoted in the Daily Mail yesterday saying, ‘Pet owners have not yet got the message that their dogs and cats can get cancer from their second-hand smoke.’ Noel Fitzpatrick referred to this study at the University of … Continue reading

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Sensory Overload – Dogs Also?

I recently visited a teenage girl with autism. She was wearing noise cancelling ear muffs. She explained to me that without them she simply has sensory overload. They enable her to function. Her two highly-stressed little terriers, like so many … Continue reading

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“I Never Feed my Dog Human Food”

How many times do we hear this? Where did the idea come from? What is ‘human’ food anyway? Both humans and dogs are omnivorous and need much the same things but in different ratios. We can digest grains better than dogs … Continue reading

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Silence Really IS Golden

Science says silence is much more important to our brains than we think, according to lifehack.org (Science also says that dogs’ brains are also a lot more similar to our own than we think). In 2011, the Finnish Tourist Board ran a … Continue reading

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Habituation and Desensitisation. The Difference?

This blog takes me back to my original reason for my Pawses, to mull over things that give me pause for thought. A short while ago I described in a professional Facebook group about how I had stopped my dog Pickle barking … Continue reading

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Dogs Back Then…..and Now

I don’t remember, back in about 1954 (I was ten), ever seeing a dog on lead. I don’t actually remember seeing many dogs at all. My brother, my friends and I would also be free to walk or cycle around the roads … Continue reading

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Choose Your Next Dog by Build and Gender?

I have been ploughing through a very learned (for me) article by Holly Stone, Melissa Starling, Paul McGreevy and Bjorn Forkman published a few weeks ago, on correlations between changes in morphology (the branch of biology concerned with the form and structure of organisms) and behaviour. I … Continue reading

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