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Scientists at a behavioral studies facility in Budapest set quite a tasks for themselves. They set out to analyze, with non-invasive methods, dog brains to see if our canine companions could detect emotions in both human and dog voices and to compare it to human brain activity when given the same stimuli. Credit: Getty Editorial The hardest part, in my opinion, must have been training 11 dogs to lie perfectly still for about 10 minutes while they were being scanned by an MRI machine. The neurobiologists chose Border Collies, Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers for the study. (I myself would have chosen Basset Hounds or English Bulldogs, which would have been a leg up - or perhaps...

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The Case for Wet Pet Food

Since its invention in the 1960s, the economical and convenience advantages of dry, kibbled food has made it the most popular method for feeding pets. Due to AAFCO standards, both dry and wet pet foods meet necessary nutritional requirements. So why feed wet if dry is apparently just as good? Actually there are some very good reasons to add wet food to any pet's diet. Credit: Flickr: furbyx4 The Taste of Wet Pet Foods Few dogs and cats will turn down the opportunity to eat wet food. Whether it is a texture preference, an olfactory preference, or taste preference is unknown. Likely it is a combination of all three factors. Many small breed dogs like Chihuahuas are notorious for tiring of...

Dog Vaccination Schedule

The timing, frequency and components of vaccines that dogs should receive are all hotly contested. However, most vets, including Dogster's own Dr. Eric Barchas, agree that dogs don't need vaccines at 0-7 weeks, 21-24 weeks or at six months. Credit: Getty Creative The general consensus at this time is that dogs should receive DHPPs (that's distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus) every 3-4 weeks, beginning at 6-8 weeks of age and ending at around 14-16 weeks of age. That basically boils down to shots at 8, 12, and 16 weeks. DHPP should be re-administered at 1 year and then every three years thereafter. RELATED: Ask a Vet - Do You Support Medical Marijuana Use in...