Dog DNA study has important health implications

Dog DNA Study Yields Clues to Diverse Size of Breeds

  Thanks to 3,200 dog DNA samples provided by Mars Incorporated, researchers have unlocked a genetic mystery that may explain the tremendous diversity in size among dog breeds. The breakthrough research, published in the April 6 issue of Science, could ultimately help veterinarians and pet owners manage the health and well being of dogs and may even help identify genes that cause diseases in humans. (PRNewsFoto/Mars Inc.)

ROCKVILLE, MD UNITED STATES 04/05/2007

Therapy Golden Retriever Ruca

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Four-legged healers at the hospital – Hospital patients happy to have visits from dogs
By Edward Stoner, Vail Daily News

VAIL – Ruca jumped up onto Vic Gaglione’s hospital bed. Vic’s eye – the one that wasn’t swollen shut – brightened as he petted the golden retriever. “Dogs just have that natural love,” he said.

He missed his own dog, he said, as he played with Ruca. It was Gaglione’s third day in the hospital. A few weeks ago, the snowboarder had fallen at the Breckenridge terrain park – on the 85 foot jump, he said. “I caught my toe edge, I guess,” he said. He was diagnosed with an infection in his orbit, a cavity in his skull.

Ruca’s owner, Simone DeVine, got ready to take Ruca to the next patient. “You can leave her all day,” Gaglione said. “I’m OK with that.”

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