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How To Plan For A Hiking Adventure With Your Dog

Researchers at Michigan State University found that dog owners are 34% more likely to fit in 150 minutes of walking per week than non-dog owners. The study also found that owning a dog promotes health and fitness and can increase your leisure-time physical activity by 69%. Including your dog in your daily physical activities is […]

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Discovery of mutated gene in dogs could help treat blindness

A Finnish-North American collaboration of scientists at Michigan State University and the University of Helsinki has found a MERTK gene defect responsible for a recently identified form of progressive retinal atrophy in Swedish vallhund dogs. This discovery opens the door to the development of therapies for diseases that cause blindness both in dogs and humans. […]

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‘Man’s best friend’ shares similar ‘albino’ gene

Michigan State University researchers have identified a genetic mutation in Doberman pinschers that causes albinism in the breed, a discovery that has eluded veterinarians and breeders worldwide up until now. Paige Winkler, a doctoral student in the College of Veterinary Medicine, co-led the study with Joshua Bartoe, an assistant professor in the Department of Small […]

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