Poopsicles: bad doggy behavior or innovative treatment strategy?

Poopsicles: bad doggy behavior or innovative treatment strategy?

Would you eat human feces for a hundred dollars? How about if it could treat your chronic diarrhea?

Much to our dismay, our dogs sometimes eat poop but is this always a bad thing? Here, I discuss the possibility that this practice could be an innovative treatment similar to a fecal transplant used to treat chronic diarrhea in humans rather than just a gross habit.

Crazy or possible? You be the judge.

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Dog mouth microbiome: Is a dog's mouth cleaner than a human's?

Dog mouth microbiome: Is a dog's mouth cleaner than a human's?

Would you share your ice cream cone with your favorite furry friend? Do you know where that mouth has been? Many pet-owners believe that their dog's mouth is cleaner than their own. Using my knowledge of microbiology and human microbiome research, I break down the reasons why people believe this myth and determine if we should be sharing our ice creams with our pet's. 

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Why you love your dog

Why you love your dog

Have you ever had the feeling that your pet was your best friend or like a child to you?  Turns out, that’s normal!  Interactions between you and your pet have real, measurable positive effects on the health of both you and your dog.  Studies show that when you interact with your dog, a hormone called oxytocin is released into your bloodstream.  Oxytocin is frequently referred to as the "trust" or "love" hormone.

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