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  • Home Alone: 4 Ways to Ease Pets’ Back-to-School Anxieties

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Wednesday August 27th, 2014 at 06:00 AM

    During the summer, pets become accustomed to having their owners at home during the day, but when school starts adults are back to standard work hours and kids are back at school, leaving pets with an empty house.

    Just like humans, dogs and cats like to have a routine because it makes them feel secure, yet the start of school disrupts this normal schedule. While at first the family cat or dog may not be too happy with being home alone, pet parents can establish a new routine so pets have...

  • The Nose Knows: Dogs Sniff and Save Endangered Species

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Tuesday August 26th, 2014 at 02:58 PM

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    CK9 Tucker surveys orca scat. Image via Facebook/Conservation Canines

    With one sniff, dogs know a lot about you. Their sense of smell lets them detect low blood sugar levels in diabetics or identify drug smugglers, for instance.

    Researchers at the University of Washington are relying on this amazing olfactory ability to track and conserve endangered species.Conservation Canines, as the dogs are called, are trained to identify wildlife scat (another word for poop), which scientists collect and...

  • What’s Behind Human, Pet Look-Alikes

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Monday August 25th, 2014 at 06:00 AM

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    Have you ever wondered why pet parents so often resemble their pets? Is it just a freaky coincidence, or a case of human imagination run amok?

    New research suggests that people can look like their pets. The answer lies in the eyes, though scientists arent sure why, writes University of Arkansas psychology professor Jesse Bering inSlate.

    Image via flickr/Uwe Mäurer

    A Japanese psychologist, Sadahiko Nakajima, recently investigated the look-alike phenomenon. He limited thestudyto facial features,...

  • Help Save Wyatt!

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Friday August 22nd, 2014 at 09:24 AM

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    Weve yet to meet a person Wyatt doesnt like, or a person who doesnt love Wyatt! This adorable two-year-old Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen mix arrived at the Milo Foundation a week ago with a big smile but with serious problems on his right side. His right legs are inflamed and he has scarring along the right side of his face and neck. He may have been mistreated, or thrown from a car, but that doesnt deter him from being the very sweet fellow he is today.

    Wyatt needs our help to recover from...

  • Doggy Depression: Pets Get Sad, Too

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Friday August 22nd, 2014 at 06:00 AM

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    So youre feeling a little bummed and it isnt getting better. A friend recommends you talk to a psychologist. You make an appointment, lie down on the quintessential couch and talk it out, find the root of the issue, and work through it with your doctor. Of course, this a very elementary portrait of how therapy works, but what happens when the person on the couch cant say Im feeling bummed? What happens when its not even a person, but, rather, an animal?

    Knowing the movements and signs sent by...

  • Who Invented That? The Kong Toy

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Thursday August 21st, 2014 at 06:00 AM

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    When dogs are a little too rowdy, often pet parents slow them down by using a rubber snowman-like toy called theKong, which has a hollow center for treats. And these toys dont just provide a way to feed dogs a treat. They also calm them down if theyre high-energy while providing mental stimulation since the dog has to figure out how to get the treat out of the center.

    The Kong toy was invented by accident more than 40 years ago when Joe Markhamneeded a way to prevent his German Shepherd Fritz...

  • Put Down the Phone and Play!

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Wednesday August 20th, 2014 at 10:11 AM

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    Image via Megan Van Vlack

    Technology distractions are all too common in todays always-on, ever-connected world. People constantly flit between screens and dozens of browser tabs, strewing their attention like leaves in the wind. These increased distractions not only impact human relationships, but also detract from the meaningful time we spend with our beloved pets.

    Walking the dog an actual dog, not a dog app was once a time for quiet reflection, but thats no longer the case. If youre...

  • Facial Recognition Is the New ‘Lost Dog’ Poster

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Monday August 18th, 2014 at 11:46 AM

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    Today, most pets are fitted with a microchip in order to locate them if they go missing, but a new technology may offer a replacement to these implants or neighborhood Lost Dog posters: facial recognition.

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    John Polimeno, founder of start-upFinding Rover,spent two years at the University of Utah creating facial recognition software that could help return some of the 7 million dogs lost each year to their rightful owners.

    So far, a microchip has been the best way to...

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