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13 Interesting Dog Facts

1-Apple and pear seeds contain arsenic, which may be deadly to dogs.
2-The shape of a dog’s face suggests how long it will live. Dogs with sharp, pointed faces that look more like wolves typically live longer. Dogs with very flat faces, such as bulldogs, often have shorter lives.
3-The most dogs ever owned by one person were 5,000 Mastiffs owned by Kubla Khan.
4-The most popular male dog names are Max and Jake. The most popular female dog names are Maggie and Molly.
5-Weird dog laws include allowing police offers in Palding, Ohio, to bite a dog to quiet it. In Ventura County, California, cats and dogs are not allowed to mate without a permit.
6-Dachshunds were bred to fight badgers in their dens.
7-Laiki, a Russian stray, was the first living mammal to orbit the Earth, in the Soviet Sputnik spacecraft in 1957. Though she died in space, her daughter Pushnika had four puppies with President John F. Kennedy’s terrier, Charlie.
8-A dog most likely interprets a smiling person as baring their teeth, which is an act of aggression.
9-A dog can locate the source of a sound in 1/600 of a second and can hear sounds four times farther away than a human can.
10-Dog nose prints are as unique as human finger prints and can be used to identify them.
11-A person standing still 300 yards away is almost invisible to a dog. But a dog can easily identify its owner standing a mile away if the owner is waving his arms.
12-Different smells in the a dog’s urine can tell other dogs whether the dog leaving the message is female or male, old or young, sick or healthy, happy or angry.
13-Dogs are about as smart as a two- or three-year-old child. This means they can understand about 150-200 words, including signals and hand movements with the same meaning as words.

Contagious Dog Virus - Viral Papillomas of Dogs

Certain viruses are able to cause the growth of small round skin tumors that are commonly referred to as warts. There are many types of small round skin growths and it is important for them to be examined as some growths may not actually be innocuous viral warts. In dogs, we do not call these growths warts; we use the more formal term viral papilloma. These are benign skin tumors caused by the canine oral papillomavirus.

What do these papillomas look like?

Viral papillomas are round but often have a rough, almost jagged surface reminiscent of a sea anemone or a cauliflower. They occur usually on the lips and muzzle of a young dog (usually less than 2 years of age). Less commonly, papillomas can occur on the eyelids and even the surface of the eye or between the toes. Usually they occur in groups rather than as solitary growths.

How is this virus transmitted?

The infection is transmitted via contact with the papillomas and through the mucus membranes (saliva) of an infected dog. The incubation period is 1 to 2 months. This virus can only be spread among dogs. It is not contagious to other pets or to humans. Until all papillomas on an infected dog have regressed, the infected dog is highly contagious.

Are viral papallomas dangerous?

Not really. They should go away on their own as the dog’s immune system matures and generates a response against the papillomavirus. Typically, it takes 1 to 5 months for papillomas to regress with oral growths tending to regress sooner than ocular growths. Occasionally some papillomas will stay permanently.


Treatment is unnecessary. One simply allows the papillomas to go away on their own. Tumors can be surgically removed or frozen off cryogenically. Sometimes crushing several growths seems to stimulate the host’s immune system to assist in the regression process.

How is my dog at risk?

It appears that the initial strand of papillomavirus originated at a local dog park, per Boone Animal Hospital (Katherine Legge Park in Hinsdale, IL). The Dog Spot currently has seen a few dogs with the virus that have all been examined by their vet. If you notice your dog displaying symptoms of papillomavirus, please contact your vet immediately for testing and also inform a Dog Spot staff member at (630)795-0099. As you would not send a child to school with the chickenpox, please do not send your dog to daycare/boarding with a contagious virus such as papillomavirus. Thank you and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

For more information about viral papillomas of dogs, please feel welcome to contact All Creatures Great & Small Veterinary Practice located at PH: 630-852-0910.

DANGER, DANGER - Top 10 Toxins

We've been doing some research here at The Dog Spot Petcare and would like to inform our doggie parents of the Top 10 Toxins in your home. What may not be harmful to you or me, could potentially kill your pet.

1. Antifreez - the sweet taste of this liquid can cause death
2. Chocolate - a dogs body cannot break down dark baking chocolate
3. Bleach
4. Tylenol
5. Watch batteries
6. Moth balls
7. Fabric softeners
8. Mouthwash
9. Peach Pits - they are not digestable and will cause blockage
10. Household plants - Poinsettas, Lilies, Ferns, Aloe and Ivy

If you believe your dog has gotten into any of the above, please seek medical attention from your vet right away!

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