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Episode #66 by Real.Dog/Box

Sniffing out the virus: Dogs in France can be retrained in weeks to detect COVID-19. Scientists in France and Finland are exploring the idea of retraining service dogs, to sniff out COVID-19. Within two weeks these dogs are performing with an accuracy rate of 94%. They use the sweat from COVID patients, as their samples produce a different odor than that of someone healthy. It’s not the virus directly, rather the chemical produced when the virus infects cells and is released by the body.

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🚨New chew alert! Available until Nov 29th, here’s the current line up: 🐔 Chicken Heart 🐄 Beef Liver 🐟 Smelt 🦆 Duck Feet 🐗Wild Boar Ribs (NEW ITEM) 🦃 Turkey Wing 🐑 Lamb Femur (super chew)

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What to feed and what not to feed this holiday. Foods you should watch out for before Thanksgiving dinner.

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Researchers have identified a new species of Rickettsia bacteria that may cause significant disease in dogs and humans. This specific bacteria is part of the spotted fever grouping of Rickettsia. These bacteria cause the Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF), and are transmitted by ticks, which may also transmit over 25 other forms of Rickettsia. This particular unnamed disease may cause you or your dog fever, lethargy, weight loss, and symptoms related to vascular inflammation, like swelling, rash, and pain.

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Tyndall Air Force Base’s new technology comes in the form of four-legged robots. Primarily being used as perimeter defense currently, these robotic dogs could become a key part of our military in order to keep our human, and K9 soldiers safe. They can be fitted with gas sensors, thermal sensors, night vision, as well as cameras. These units are also able to roam by themselves or be piloted by a controller.

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FDA walks back from update correlating DCM and certain pet diets. On Sept. 29, scientific experts from academia, industry and veterinary medicine came together to participate virtually in a scientific forum hosted by Kansas State examining potential causes of non-hereditary canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs. The director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), acknowledged that the “complex scientific messaging” on DCM and diet has contributed to misinterpretation about the safety of a grain-free diet. The FDA furthered that by saying there is no known causal relationship between diet, specifically grain-free foods, and canine heart disease.

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Scientists Use Ancient DNA To Explore History of Dogs. Frantz and his colleagues sequenced a total of 27 ancient dog genomes from Europe, the Near East and Siberia, the oldest of which dates to 10,900 years ago. Their results demonstrate that dogs had already diversified into distinct populations prior to that time. Five separate lineages can be distinguished in the data: Arctic, American, Near Eastern/African, Asiatic and European. The European lineage, to which the great majority of today‘s most popular breeds belong, is the result of hybridization between the Arctic and Near Eastern/African lines.

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PetSmart, Chewy to be unleashed as separate entities after recapitalization. A group led by New York private equity firm BC Partners Inc. is looking to split up Phoenix-based PetSmart Inc. and Chewy Inc. amid a major recapitalization plan. The deal would recapitalize PetSmart with $1.3B in equity and $4.6B in debt, making this a $6B deal. PetSmart acquired Chewy back in 2017 in a record breaking online acquisition, but separated Chewy from it’s other businesses in preparation of the IPO. The move triggered a lawsuit, but that was settled back in 2019. By doing this PetSmart is decreasing their debt load, which they are in dire need of due to their brick and mortar retail footprint.

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Did you know… Yawning is contagious—even for dogs. Research shows that the sound of a human yawn can trigger one from your dog. And it’s four times as likely to happen when it’s the yawn of a person he knows.

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