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Do Dogs Have Tonsils?

If you’re especially well acquainted with your dog, a big yawn might reveal a pair of swollen glands on either side of the back of his throat.  Should you witness this, it’s likely your dog’s tonsils are enflamed and he is fighting an infection. It is a good idea to get your pet to a […]

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Do Dogs Have Taste Buds?

As a dog parent, you can swear up and down that your little one has preferences when it comes to food and treats – preferences you happily indulge for your pup to live their best life. But can they really taste the difference?  Depending on your approach, schools of thought remain divided on the subject. As […]

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Do Dogs Have Eyebrows?

Some dog breeds have pigmented markings that look like eyebrows but they do not have eyebrows as humans do. The eyebrows’ main function is to keep sweat and other moisture from reaching the eyes. Since dogs’ fur covers most of their body and dog don’t sweat under their fur, they don’t need eyebrows although they […]

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Do Dogs Have Baby Teeth?

Deciduous teeth or teeth that fall out are common for mammals including dogs. These primary teeth are formed temporarily while your puppy’s jaws are still growing. Baby teeth will start growing at around the same time puppies start to open their eyes, about 2 to 4 weeks from birth. At week 5 or 6, they […]

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Do Dogs Have Blood Types?

Dogs do have blood types. Blood types are classified by the antigens that are found on the surface of red blood cells. Humans have the ABO system because there are three antigens found in the blood. Dogs, on the other hand, have more than eight antigens called dog erythrocyte antigens or DEA. Their blood types […]

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Do Dogs Have Eyelashes?

Dogs, like most land mammals, have eyelashes. The scientific term for eyelashes is cilia and it is a tactile organ. That means it has a sense of touch. The primary function of eyelashes is to determine if there are foreign objects that may enter the eyes and in cases where such irritants are about to […]

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Do Dogs Have Hair Or Fur?

Although used interchangeably, a dog’s coat may be referred to either as a fur coat or a hair coat. Some dogs have a double coat and this is generally called a fur coat whereas a single coat is called a hair coat. Chemically, both hair and fur are made of keratin which is a structural […]

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Do Dogs Have Knees?

Dogs have 2 knees on their hind legs and 2 elbows on their forelegs. A dog’s knee is also called a stifle joint and it is usually the largest joint in a dog’s body. Because it plays multiple functions that allow dogs a range of complex motions, as well as bearing force throughout the process, […]

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Do Dog Whiskers Grow Back?

Dogs have 2 knees on their hind legs and 2 elbows on their forelegs. A dog’s knee is also called a stifle joint and it is usually the largest joint in a dog’s body. Because it plays multiple functions that allow dogs a range of complex motions, as well as bearing force throughout the process, […]

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Do Dogs Have an Appendix?

Anatomically, dogs do not have an appendix. A human appendix is a 4-inch tube located at the lower right of the abdomen. It has long been believed to be a vestigial organ but recent studies indicate that it plays a role in the endocrine system for fetuses and young adults and the immune system for […]

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