Category Archives: Science & Health

If they don’t understand English – SHOUT

When in another part of the world, we English have a reputation of expecting people to understand English. If they don’t, we think speaking more slowly and LOUDLY will make us understood. “WHERE-IS-THE-NEAREST-TOILET?”. Similarly, we expect our dog to understand … Continue reading

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I’ve Hidden the Ball Thrower. A Cautionary Tale

This is a story about my own dog, Cocker Spaniel Pickle, and the ball thrower. I’ve hidden the ball thrower. Pickle loves to chase the ball. He jumps to catch it and he would carry on till he dropped (though … Continue reading

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Cleanliness Next to Dogliness?

My eye was caught by this headline the other day: Cleaning sprays ‘as harmful to your lungs as smoking 20 cigarettes a day’. To quote: ‘Using everyday cleaning sprays can be as harmful to a woman’s lungs as smoking 20 … Continue reading

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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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