Dog Discoveries

Dog Word of the Day: Crabbing

  Today we decided that the dog word of the day is “crabbing.” What is crabbing and how does it relate to dogs? According to the American Kennel Club’s glossary it’s a dog’s movement with the body kept at an angle to the line of travel. As the word implies, the movement is likely inspired by the … Read more

How Many Senses Do Dogs Have?

  What are exactly senses and how do they relate to dogs? If we look at our reference book “Clinical Anatomy & Physiology for Veterinary Technicians, p. 269:” it says that senses are “extensions of the central nervous system” that allow it to monitor what’s going on inside and outside of the dog’s body. Generally, when an internal … Read more

I am Your Dog’s Liver

  Today we’ll be sharing some interesting discoveries pertaining a marvelous organ that is often underestimated, the dog’s liver. For those folks who loved reading stories from Reader’s Digest around the mid 80s’ may remember the author J.D. Ratcliff who wrote compelling articles featuring organs as if they were talking  in first person. We thought it would be fun to share … Read more

Dogs are an Altricial Species

  How are puppies born and get to survive and thrive despite being born in such a helpless state? When it comes to animals coming into existence, there are two ways that the mission can be accomplished: the mother may endure a long pregnancy or incubation period which produces fully developed offspring, or the mother may undergo … Read more

Can Dogs Lose Their Sense of Smell?

  Can dogs lose their sense of smell? Many dog owners may find it surprising that dogs can become “scent blind” and lose their sense of smell. Perhaps this fact is quite surprising because we mostly hear about dogs who become blind or deaf, but rarely about dogs who lose their sense of smell. Because we … Read more

The Fascinating Tongue of the Chow Chow

Chow Chow

  What’s more fascinating than a chow chow’s tongue? Many of us already know that the tongue of the chow chow dog breed is of a distinct blue-black color. There are only a few animals on this planet with blue tongues. Among dogs, the chow chow and the shar-pei are the only two breeds known for … Read more

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