Canadians have gone to the dogs!

According to a recent survey conducted for the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI), Canadians’ passion for dogs continues to grow. Indeed, from 2016 to 2018, the canine population increased from 7.6 million to 8.2 million. According to the same study, about 41% of households in the country now own at least one dog. Finally, still according to the same survey, for the first time in 15 years of studies, the canine population in Canada is almost equal to the feline population. This confirms that Canadians have truly gone to the dogs!

When it comes to radiology, dog fur trims facial hair!

According to the European Journal of Radiology, men’s beards are potentially more harmful to health than dog fur. Researchers came to this surprising conclusion after comparing the saliva and facial hair of 18 men aged 18 to 76 with samples from 30 dogs, including breeds as diverse as the Schnauzer and the German Shepherd. The study was not intended to warn the population about the harm caused by beards. Instead, the researchers wanted to determine whether humans and animals could continue to share the same magnetic resonance imaging facilities without damaging human health.

Half dog, half bird

Have you noticed that dogs often go around in circles before taking a nap? According to Leslie Irvine, author of several books on pet behaviour, this habit dates back to the time when dogs built… nests! You read correctly: prehistoric dogs marked their territory by flattening the ground around them. Through this practice, they delineated their protected space and hunted snakes or insects that hid in the tall grass.

Wanted: a stain and odour resistant compass

No, it’s not a joke: researchers apparently spent two years observing a group of 70 dogs when they tended to their doggie needs. What did they learn from this rather stinky study? That dogs pee and poop in line with the Earth’s magnetic field and avoid doing so when facing east or west. Please contact us if you find any use for this discovery.

Understanding your dog from A to Z, going from left to right

Have you always thought your dog wags its tail as a sign of happiness? According to researchers at Trento University in Italy, the truth isn’t quite so simple! In fact, a dog uses its tail to express moods to its peers, moving it to the right if happy and to the left if stressed or dissatisfied.

Fido²

For a price tag in excess of $130,000, excluding airline tickets, a South Korean clinic can clone your best furry friend. The technique is simple: researchers replace the nucleus of an egg with cells belonging to the dog to be cloned. They then emit an electrical charge to fuse the cells and insert them into the uterus of a surrogate mother. The success rate of this ethically questionable technique is estimated to be around 50%, and many cloned dogs reportedly die prematurely. This did not prevent the Chinese state from cloning a particularly effective police dog in the hope of creating a top-notch dog squad within a few years.

Dr. Woof has a flair for detecting cancer

Finally, everybody knows that that a dog’s sense of smell far surpasses that of human beings. Some researchers even suggest that it is 10,000 to 100,000 times more powerful than ours! Of course, this assertion is difficult to prove, but we now know that dogs are able to detect malaria, insulin levels in the blood, and even certain types of cancer. However, science is struggling to use dogs to detect cancer due to the lack of an effective measurement system!

8 Juillet 2019

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