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Hello, kitty: Cats recognize their own names, according to new Japanese research

Pet cats can recognize their own names if their names are used regularly by their owners, according to new results. Projects to understand simple social behaviors like name recognition in cats may give clues to how we humans became social. Both humans and cats have evolved through the process of self-domestication, where the population rewards certain traits that then become increasingly common in future generations. View the full article

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Poll: Pets help older adults cope with health issues, get active and connect with others

Pets help older adults cope with mental and physical health issues, according to a new national poll. But pets can also bring concerns, and some people may even put their animals' needs ahead of their own health, the poll finds. Three-quarters of pet owners aged 50 to 80 say their animals reduce their stress and give them a sense of purpose. But 18 percent also said having one puts a strain on their budget. View the full article

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Sleepovers reduce stress in shelter dogs

Foster care provides valuable information about dog behavior that can help homeless dogs living in shelters find forever homes. Researchers found short-term fostering benefited shelter dogs in Arizona, Utah, Texas, Montana and Georgia. Stress hormone levels were reduced during one- and two-night sleepovers, and dogs also rested more during and immediately following a sleepover. View the full article

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A bald gene find­ing

Hairlessness in dogs can be the result of deliberate breeding or, in certain breeds, a defect. A recent study describes a gene variant in the SGK3 gene, which causes hairlessness in Scottish deerhounds. The gene defect results in puppies born with thin fur that lose all of their hair in a few weeks. SGK3 is also a candidate for association with non-hormonal baldness in humans. View the full article

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Eye Clinic April 6

Eye Clinic April 6

Dr Scherlie will conduct an eye clinic performing OFA (formerly CERF) eye exams and ocular melanosis screening. The clinic will run for 10 AM - 12 PM (or until we run out of dogs to examine). AKC Registered Cairn Terriers 10 years of age or older are free. All other dogs are $20. Open to all breeds, members and non-members! For owners with multiple dogs we will alternate dogs between owners to make things flow more smoothly. No reservations required or accepted

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Wolves lead, dogs follow -- And both cooperate with humans

The statement is a bold one, especially as wolves have received a lot of negative attention in recent years. A recent study conducted by behavioral researchers, however, shows that dogs and wolves both work equally well with humans, albeit in different ways. The allegedly unequal brothers are thus much more similar than often assumed. View the full article

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Kidney Ultrasound Clinics

Kidney Ultrasound Clinics

Local kidney ultrasound screenings are now available year round. Breeders are able to get reduced rates as low as $99 per dog if they arrange for over 10 dogs at a time with VDIC and Dr John Feleciano DVM, DACVR.   Other rates: 5-10 dogs, $109 1-4 dogs, $191 Ask for Patty when you call VDIC 877-751-8342 and let her know you are with the Columbia River Cairn Terrier Club. Most screenings will be done at their Tualatin office. Feel free to contact Ilene Kapl

Ilene Kaplan

Ilene Kaplan

Your Ideas for Health Education

Your Ideas for Health Education

We occasionally offer or sponsor health presentations, clinics, and articles on topics of interest to Cairn owners and breeders. Sometimes they are Cairn-specific and other times they are of general canine relevance. If you would like to suggest a topic area please leave a note in the comments.  Topic suggestions only (off-topic comments will be deleted).  

Brad LaBroad

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