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Why are dogs loyal to humans?

 por bora em 24 de dezembro de 2019 |
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Dogs are famous for their loyalty to humans, which evolved over thousands of years. Here’s how evolution nurtured our unique bond. Dogs are famous for their loyalty, but what truly makes them man’s best friend? Thanks to animal researchers, we are improving our understanding of our shared history and this unique bond. Studies have shown that dogs and humans began their shared existence anywhere between 10,000 and 40,000 years ago. While a deeper dive into the topic is necessary to better understand how dogs departed from their wolf ancestors, research indicates that dogs had already become a separate species by this time. Several factors contributed to our shared past, which may have started as humans realized dogs provided them with protection or gave them an advantage during the hunt. Dogs and people share a natural affinity for group bonding, so this proximity lent itself easily to the ties we share today. A dog’s survival depends on his ability to be part of the pack, after all, and in the modern setting, your family becomes his social group. Trusting his pack leader and cooperating for the good of the group is innate to dogs, explaining their unwavering loyalty to their humans. Sharing close quarters with people also allowed dogs to refine the ways they communicate with humans. Studies have shown that dogs have a profound ability to read verbal and physical cues from humans, which helps them understand what we are feeling. While it is certainly in your pet’s self-interest to understand when you are in a good mood, and therefore more amenable to doling out treats, research has found that our four-legged companions can actually express empathy for humans. One study, for example, showed that compared to strangers and even food, dogs reacted stronger to the smell of their owners, which triggered the part of their brains associated with positive emotions and enjoyment. This ability to bond is unique in the animal kingdom, truly earning your dog his position as man’s best friend. The bond a pet and owner share depends on the individuals involved, and in some cases, this can lead to a codependent relationship in which a dog grows too attached to one person. This can lead to separation anxiety when you are away from home or your pet distancing himself from other members of the family, so you should work to treat codependence as soon as you notice an unhealthy pattern. If your dog’s attachment is too intense to fix on your own, seek the advice of a canine behaviorist. Though the relationship varies from pet-to-pet, one thing is clear: Dogs evolved alongside humans, establishing a special connection. What started as a reciprocal relationship in which humans fed canines in return for protection has evolved to be one of the closest cross-species bonds in the animal kingdom, thanks to thousands of years.

É por isso que amamos tanto nossos animais de estimação

 por bora em 10 de dezembro de 2019 |
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Pet owners have one thing in common: We love our four-legged friends. Research is shedding light on why so many people choose to keep pets. We love our pets, but think practically about the matter, and you might begin to wonder why. Pets cost us dearly in terms of time and money, with little to offer in terms of material benefits. In fact, as recently as 100 years ago, animals served a more utilitarian role in our lives and the idea of owning a pet could be considered laughable. Despite all of this, hundreds of thousands of people across the globe choose to care for pets. Researchers have worked to unravel the intricate reasons why. Many studies have cited the health benefits of owning pets, from reducing stress to releasing feel-good endorphins. However, for every study noting pets’ benefits to humans, another finds that caring for animals can actually cause stress, largely debunking this theory. There are plenty of reasons why we cherish our pets, however. Like our canine counterparts, humans are social by nature and being part of a pack benefits us. It is easy to see how this” pack mentality” easily extends to our four-legged friends, who began to evolve alongside humans thousands of years ago. As people began to see dogs as useful in the hunt and that cats kept grain-thieving rodents at bay, the domestication of animals emerged. Our canine companions in particular evolve to be compatible with humans, as they became adept at reading and reacting to our expressions, nurturing our bond. At the same time, people who considered good with animals earned rapport among their fellow humans, as pet-keeping gave societies a leg-up on neighboring groups that lagged behind in discovering the useful role of animals. Though many societies value pet-keeping, it is important to note that not all cultures share the tradition of caring for animals as if they are family members. This offers further insight into why particular people feel such an affinity for their four-legged friends: Pet-keeping tends to be a habit passed from parents to children. Whether this is a learned behavior or embedded in genetic codes—or both—is still up for debate. However, one thing seems clear: People who come from pet-loving households are more likely to keep pets themselves. Caring for a pet may seem irrational, but examining humans’ history as a social species begins to explain the mystery behind our affinity for animals. Providing a pet with a happy home gives most people a sense of satisfaction that, compared to making another human content, is easily achieved. New research is finding that pet owners are more likely to share a concern for the natural world, too, which may provide a bridge to the environment from which we all evolved.

Óleo CBD para cães: o que você precisa saber

 por bora em 02 de dezembro de 2019 |
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CBD oil is known as a cure-all for conditions from anxiety to seizures—but does it truly work? Here’s what we know about CBD for dogs. More and more people are turning to CBD oil to ease conditions from seizures to anxiety and chronic pain—and so are owners of pets facing similar conditions. As new evidence emerges, dog parents are increasingly turning to CBD to treat their pets’ symptoms, but the scientific jury is still out on the actual effects of CBD on our canine companions. Here’s what we know so far: CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. It is a non-psychoactive chemical, meaning it won’t get people or animals high like tetrahydrocannabinol, known commonly as THC. CBD does interact with endocannabinoid receptors in the nervous system, which are involved in regulating a variety of physiological and cognitive processes from appetite to pain sensation, memory and more. Its ability to interact with the body through these receptions points ever increasingly to CBD’s potential to treat a variety of ailments in our canine companions. CBD is available in oils or soft chews that can be given to pets orally, but because of lack of formal research into the compound, dosing for pets can be a guessing game. However, there are some preliminary studies with promising results: A Cornell University study published in 2018 found that in dogs suffering from osteoarthritis and multi-joint pain, CBD oil led to significant improvements in observered pain levels and quality of life in more than 80 percent of dogs dosed. The same year, a Colorado State University study found CBD reduced seizures in 89 percent of dogs with epilepsy treated. CBD has also been touted for its ability to treat anxiety, inflammation, nausea and loss of appetite, among other symptoms. Some pet owners use the substance to treat skin conditions, such as dermatitis, while others rely on it for help with gastrointestinal disorders, but more research is needed to establish its effects. CBD oil can be used in conjunction with traditional medications and treatments, as it is not known to interact with other medicines. While too much CBD can cause pets to be lethargic or impact their coordination, risks of an overdose are very low and can be managed at home or with IV fluids. To avoid feeding Fido too many CBD treats, ensure that you keep all CBD products out of his reach. Ensure household guests don’t accidentally overindulge your pet by keeping CBD treats separate from your dog’s regular treats, too. While research into CBD oil for pets is in its early stages, results look promising for a variety of conditions that impact pets’ quality of life. As with any medication, you should consult your veterinarian before treating your dog with CBD.
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