The University of Nottingham published a report on dog fertility in August 2016. After analyzing fertility in stud (male) dogs over a 26 year period, the university noted a significant decline in semen quality.
Given the overpopulation of animals shelters in the US, isn't there some silver lining here? Unfortunately no, as the decline in dog fertility is synonymous with ailing dog health.
The University of Nottingham observed "environmental contaminants" in the sperm and testes of adult dogs, resulting in lower fertility: "[we] were able to demonstrate that chemicals found in the sperm and testes of adult dogs - and in some commercially available pet foods - had a detrimental effect on sperm function at the concentrations detected."
Simply put, domesticated dogs are exposed to more chemicals today than ever before - whether it is in dog food, drinking water, or other environmental components (i.e. pesticides used on plants and grass) - and this is causing a buildup of toxins in their reproductive organs and hurting their ability to reproduce.
The scary part? Researchers have observed a similar decline in adult human sperm quality and function.
Could it be that we are exposing ourselves to the same toxic chemicals that are hurting our furry friends? Jury's still out, but all evidence suggest this is the case.
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Even if your dog is the most well-trained pup, pee accidents happen. Our dachshund Django, for instance, is well trained and housebroken. Every so often, however, Django will have a pee accident in our house. Usually this happens when we're distracted by work or busy with our toddlers and forget to take Django outside on time. Occasionally a pee accident will happen simply because Django gets super excited and can't control his bladder.
So, what are the best rugs for dogs? What types of rugs are best for families with small children? What rug fabric types are best for dog owners?
In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we highlight the best types of rugs for dogs, families with kids, and pets. We consider durability, stain-resistance, and ease of cleaning. Are you looking for a dog-proof rug and pee-proof rug? Keep reading!
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