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The Dog DNA Test – What Breeds Make Up Your Dog?

Dog DNA testIf you are one of those heroes that went to the pound or animal shelter to adopt your dog, you might be wondering – what breeds is my dog made out of? Maybe you’re just curious or perhaps you want to identify any potential health issues or disease predispositions based on their breed mix?

What we were surprised to learn is that your dog’s physical appearance is largely controlled by a small number of genes. These genes can have both recessive and dominant variants and the variants that are present determine the visible effect on physical traits seen.

As a result the presence of various breed signatures does not guarantee that the dog will look like all detected breeds. The wonder of genetic inheritance can be seen as much in dogs as it can in people. So what you see perhaps is not what you actually have…

Since you can’t totally guess your dogs breed ancestry based on looks, we researched some great DNA testing options for you. [Read more…]

Automatic Dog Doors – So Only Your Dog Goes In & Out

Dog DoorsFor all those lucky dogs that have backyards, balconies and terraces, there’s a tech innovation for dog doors. Normal dog doors let your pet in and out of the house, but also give access to other pets to come in and out of your home. This clearly opens some security issues. Now you can get an electronic dog door, which only opens for your dog and automatically locks once he passes through the dog door.

How Does It Work?

The PetSafe dog door “SmartKey” attaches on your dog’s collar and has a range that is adjustable up to 3 feet. The SmartDoor reads a unique signal from the SmartKey on your dog’s collar and triggers the flap to unlock. After your dog passes through, the dog door will relock again automatically. When the SmartDoor no longer senses your dog’s SmartKey, the flap automatically locks back into place. Animals without the SmartKey are not able to enter. You may have a total of 5 SmartKeys in use at one time. In addition to the automatic mode, you can also manually set the dog door to “locked” or “unlocked.”

The pet door itself has a Plexiglas flap, and is tapered to create a tighter, energy efficient seal.  The two layer polycarbonate door is weather resistant and prevents discoloration from the elements. It’s also offered in two sizes: small and large.

Hip Replacement Surgery for Dogs

Hip replacement surgery for dogsDoes your dog have have hip dysplasia or other hip related problems with pain? Hip replacement surgery might be an option to consider to improve your dog’s life. It’s possible to have the damaged parts of the joint replaced with a prosthesis, just like with human hip replacement surgery. What a great solution option to help out our dogs in pain or reduced mobility get back to improved health!

The surgery involves removing the diseased diseased femoral head in the hip joint and socket (acetabulum) and replacing them with an artificial ball and socket joint. Each component of the artificial hip is made of cobalt chrome stainless steel or titanium and ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (plastic cup). The new prosthetic components are designed to allow the joint to move the same way as a normal hip. As with human hip implants, there are cemented and cementless total hip implants available.

hip replacement surgery for dogsThe goal of surgery is to return your pet to a pain-free, mechanically sound, normal hip function. Generally, dogs are found to be more comfortable and have an improved quality of life. Many owners report that their pet can do things they have not done since they were a puppy. Apparently post-surgery most dogs experience an increase in muscle mass, improved hip motion, and increased activity levels. The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center claims that some “mean” dogs have even developed a pleasant personality when the pain was eliminated from their hip(s). “We have found that 95% of the hips that have been replace by surgeons at OSU return to normal function or near normal function. More than 95% of owners feel that their dog’s quality of life is improved or markedly improved.”

According to the Animal Medical Center, independent clinical studies show that 96% of pets who undergo total hip replacement surgery will return to full, normal function, typically within 6-10 weeks following surgery. In fact, they can walk on their new hip immediately following surgery.

Here’s a video about the procedure from the Animal Medical Center:

Doggie Doorbell by Pebble Smart

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The Pebble Smart Doggie Doorbell is a wireless doorbell with an extra large yellow bell so your dog can easily let you know he wants to go out or come back in (e.g. from your backyard). What a clever and convenient solution! It was designed to make it easier for your dog to communicate with you and to stop your dog from barking or scratching the door when he wants to go out or come back in. You don’t necessarily have to have a yard to use it. This type of bell system can also be convenient for urban apartment dwellers when your dog just wants to go outside. Luckily, it also has 36 different doorbell tunes so you can select one that you like.

The Pebble Smart Doggie Doorbell has a built-in treat holder, which is meant to help with training your dog to use the doorbell. When your dog smells the treat through the hole in the middle, he will naturally try to lick and nudge it, triggering the doorbell. Then you reward him with a treat. With repetition, he will associate nudging the yellow push plate with the pleasure of receiving a treat. After your dog can ring the bell on command, transition to rewarding him only after he rings the bell and has gone through the door. The people at Pebble Smart have put together several videos and training guides to help dog owners train there dogs.

pebble smart keithThe weather resistant Pebble Smart Doggie Doorbell can be installed without any tools. The adapter (i.e. yellow push plate) is mounted (e.g. on a wall) via the included mounting tape. The receiver (or chime) is placed inside the house. It has a long range signal transmission of up to 250 feet.

The Pebble Smart Doggie Doorbell was created by Keith Jin and inspired by his dog, Pebble, a beautiful and gentle Whippet. When Pebble started to scratch the door to be let in, Keith, not wanting to have his home destroyed, decided to find a solution. He devoted a year-and-half to research and design before perfecting a doorbell designed especially for dogs that is easy to install, easy to train with and use.

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