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Link: Burial Sites Show That Dogs Were Hunting Companions Thousands Of Years Ago

by Lori Hehn - September 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM


Prehistoric Japanese graves provide best evidence yet that dogs were our ancient hunting companions.

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Did you know: Genioglossus

by Vicki Olson - September 26, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Do you know the genioglossus is the largest muscle of the tongue? There are different actions of the genioglossus. The posterior part extends the tongue, the middle part depresses the tongue, and the anterior part retracts the tip of the tongue.

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Link: Dogs Are Born With Ears And Tails, They Should Get To Keep Them!

by Lori Hehn - September 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM


The procedures in our link article are called tail docking and ear cropping, and they’re commonly performed on this breed and many others. But they’re really amputations by other, more euphemistic names. This is a hot topic in our profession and in the breeding world, but a healthy discussion is important. 

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Can Humans Get Heartworms?

by Lori Hehn - September 21, 2016 at 9:00 AM

We know about hearworms in dogs and cats, but what about humans?

Dirofilaria immitis, or heartworms, are transmitted via mosquitoes. Dogs are the natural host, however, other species may become infected.

Humans may become infected when they are bitten by a mosquito that is carrying this parasite, after it is acquired from a canine carrier. These infections in humans are NOT common, and even though it is very serious in dogs, it is not very harmful in people. 

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Link: Dogs Euthanized Over Unpaid Fines?

by Lori Hehn - September 20, 2016 at 9:00 AM


This article is very eye-opening and very sad. Where is the middle ground of responsible pet-ownership and letting animal control enforce the law without overburdening owners with costs they can't afford?

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