Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.
327 Posts
Dog Trivia – Do You Know These Facts About Dogs?

Dog Trivia – Do You Know These Facts About Dogs?

Here are some really interesting facts about dogs that are unusual, factual and fun: Unlike humans, dogs do not have an appendix. Dogs can make about ten different vocal sounds. Amazingly, dogs can make one hundred different facial expressions but most of these are made with the ears. Dogs are not color blind. They see shades of green and gray and blue and yellow. Most dogs only sweat from their paw pads and use panting to cool down in hot weather. The exception to this is the Chinese Crested, who has sweat glands in their skin as well as in…
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Why Does Your Dog Dig Into Your Carpet?

Why Does Your Dog Dig Into Your Carpet?

Why do some dogs behave perfectly well outside, then when they come into your house they suddenly start digging into your carpet? Plus it seems that no matter what you do to try to discourage this behavior, as soon as you turn your back the dog is at it again! Here are some reasons why your dog may be trying to dig a hole in your carpet: One - The simplest explanation for digging into your carpet is that your dog may be after a crumb of food that fell into the carpeting material and is just trying to get…
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Five Fun Facts About The Chinese Crested

Five Fun Facts About The Chinese Crested

The Chinese Crested is never mistaken for any other breed! With this dog’s spiky 80’s hair, fur socks and skin that is spotted pink, these small dogs have everyone’s eyes on them.  Here are five fun facts about the Chinese Crested: One - The Chinese Crested is not actually Chinese. These dogs are descendants of the now extinct African hairless dog. But eventually they were brought to China and were a particular favorite of Chinese sailors, as these dogs would catch rats roaming about the ship. In China, they were bred to be smaller dogs. Two - There are two…
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How To Administer Eye Drops To Your Dog

How To Administer Eye Drops To Your Dog

Your veterinarian has prescribed eye drops for your dog. Perhaps he has an infection in his eye or allergies. In any case, how are you going to get those drops in his eye? First of all, wash your hands both before and after the administration of eye drops to avoid spreading infection. Then calm your dog by speaking gently and moving slowly.  Wipe the outside of the dog’s eye with a warm damp washcloth before giving the medication. This will clear away any mucus or debris that has accumulated and this in itself is often soothing and calming to dogs.…
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TEDx – Why We Should Stop Treating Our Dogs Like Pets

TEDx – Why We Should Stop Treating Our Dogs Like Pets

Kim Brophey is an Applied Ethologist and Dog Behavior Specialist. In this provocative TEDx talk she invites us all to look at our dogs, not as a “pet” but as an individual living complex being with feelings and emotions.  Kim has been working in the family dog mediation world for over 20 years and was awarded the Association of Professional Dog Trainers Outstanding Trainer of the Year in 2009 and the Best Trainer Of WNC annually since 2013. Her Dog L.E.G.S.® model is a revolutionary new system for dog lovers everywhere to finally truly understand their dogs’ behavior.
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Dogs And Secondhand Smoke

Dogs And Secondhand Smoke

In spite of the popularity of nineteenth century paintings showing dogs sitting around a poker table drinking and smoking, the only way dogs get exposed to tobacco smoke is to inhale in secondhand.  It should really come as no surprise that just like humans, dogs who regularly inhald secondhand smoke are more likely to have more allergies, more eye infections, more respiratory issues and even more cancer than dogs who are not exposed. What exactly do we mean by secondhand smoke? This term refers not only to the smoke given off directly by the burning tobacco product, whether that be…
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Heartworm In Dogs – Diagnosis and Treatment

Heartworm In Dogs – Diagnosis and Treatment

In a previous post, we went over the basics of heartworm in dogs: what it is, how it’s transmitted by mosquitoes, plus we covered the various symptoms and stages of the disease. Now let’s look at how heartworm disease is diagnosed and treated. Then we will look at how heartworm can be prevented. Diagnosis of heartworm in its earlier stages is very important because the earlier it’s detected the better your dog’s chances are for a complete recovery. Heartworm disease is diagnosed by a blood test which looks for something called antigens in your dog’s blood. These antigens are proteins…
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Heartworm In Dogs – What You Must Know

Heartworm In Dogs – What You Must Know

The very name of the ugly disease tells it all...heartworm...an infestation of parasitic worms that get into your dog’s heart and are transmitted through the bite of the mosquito. Yuck! Here’s what you need to know to protect your dog. Years ago, it was a common practice to give heartworm medication to dogs in just the warmer months when mosquitoes were out and about, especially in the Northern U.S. where winter temps presumably took away all risk for infection.  And yes, the Southern regions of the U.S. have long been associated with the disease, but now heartworm has been reported…
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Which Dog Breed Is The Worst Shedder? These Five Vie For The Top Spot!

Which Dog Breed Is The Worst Shedder? These Five Vie For The Top Spot!

All dogs shed, some more than others. And yes, we dog owners love them anyway. But if you are looking at various breeds and need to get one that is more of a lower maintenance canine, you’ll likely want to steer clear of these five heavy shedders: One - Siberian Husky - This should not really come as a surprise, as this breed was developed in the cold of Siberia. The breed has a very thick double coat to protect it’s body in the winter. These beautiful dogs shed all year, but have peak shedding times in the spring and…
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Can Dogs Get Poison Ivy?

Can Dogs Get Poison Ivy?

With summer here and poision ivy everywhere, even growing in urban and suburban environments, here’s what you need to know about this poisonous plant and your dog. Poision ivy, identified by its “leaves of three” contains an oil called urushiol, which causes most humans to break out in an unbearably itchy oozing red rash.  So, can your dog get poision ivy too? The bad news is yes she can. But the good news is that it doesn't happen very often. For most dogs, the skin is protected by their fur from oil. But, if you have a dog with very…
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