How Many Chromosomes Do Dogs Have? (And What They Mean)

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While many pet parents consider their dogs family members, we all know that dogs have a different genetic makeup than their human counterparts. But do humans and dogs have genetic similarities? Do dogs have the same number of chromosomes as humans? And how much can we learn about our dogs from breakthroughs into dog DNA?

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How Many Teeth Do Dogs Have?

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Who doesn’t love a sweet doggie smile? But how much do you know about what’s going on inside your dog’s mouth? To care for your dog in every way, it makes sense to learn more about your dog’s teeth so you know how they should look and how to care for them. Let’s get back to basics, starting with asking yourself if you know how many teeth dogs have?

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Why Do Dogs Lick Their Wounds?

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We’ve all heard the expression “licking one’s wounds” (meaning to recover after defeat or embarrassment). It’s believed that this saying originated hundreds of years ago from people observing animals licking their injuries after a predator’s attack. Have you ever wondered why dogs and other animals lick wounds in the first place? And is it beneficial or harmful to their healing?…

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Do Dogs Have Belly Buttons?

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A belly button is a scar leftover from where an umbilical cord previously was. So before we answer the question, “Do dogs have belly buttons?” we must first discuss if they have umbilical cords in the womb…

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Why Do Dogs Eat Dirt? (Is It An Unhealthy Habit?)

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Dogs love digging holes in the ground, but what happens if they take it a step further and eat the dirt? In addition to making them a muddy mess, is ingesting soil harmful to your pup? First, you need to determine the frequency of your dog’s dirt disposition. If your dog consumes soil infrequently, it’s probably fine (but it’s always good to discuss this with your vet). However, if your dog routinely devours dirt, there may be cause for concern…

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Do Dogs Dream?

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Our dogs are so cute when they are sleeping — twitching, whimpering, and chasing squirrels. But do dogs have dreams? If so, what do dogs dream about, and why do dogs dream? Do dogs dream about their owners? One can wish! Learn more about what might be going on inside a dog’s head when he sleeps and how to tell if your doggy is dreaming when he dozes off.

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Are Dogs’ Mouths Cleaner Than Humans?

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When you get home, does your dog greet you with kisses and licks? You’re not alone. My dog loves jumping up and down and is determined to kiss my face. She can jump pretty high and is more successful at this than I’d like her to be. But I’m not a fan of puppy kisses on my face, it kind of grosses me out. Is this something I need to be concerned about or am I just overreacting? It’s time to settle the question, “Is dog saliva cleaner than humans?” Find the answer below…

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Why Are Dogs’ Noses Wet, And What’s The Best Treatment For Dry Noses?

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We’re sure you’ve found yourself telling your dog to get that cold, wet nose out of your personal space at some point! But have you ever wondered, ‘why do dogs have wet noses?’ Our favorite canine companions differ from us humans and our beloved feline friends in a puzzling way. Their noses are normally wet — and normally should be. But why are dogs’ noses wet? And if they’re not, does that mean that something’s wrong? Can you do anything to help your pup if his nose is dry? If so, what’s the best dog dry nose treatment? Here, we’ll answer all of your questions to put you and your pup at ease…

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