Dogs And Music

Does your dog like music?
Does music sooth the savage beast?

Some people leave the TV or radio running for their pup while they are out, in hopes of calming them and keeping them occupied by the sound, while other people don't believe this to be necessary. We decided to look into the research, and see what had been found out about your cockapoo's taste in music. Or if she has any at all! Here's what we found.

There have actually been several studies into the music and dogs question, and they all seem to have similar results. One experiment of note was not a scientific study at all, but rather some dog lovers who were also composers and musicians. In 1980, a concert was created and performed in Carnegie Hall, called Howl. It was a musical work composed for 3 canines and 20 human voices. The composer was a pianist and he also wrote two more musical works before 1985, which incorporated dogs howls, barks, and yips into the presentation. Those were performed for humans, so we don't really know how dogs would have felt about them, had they been part of the audience!

Since then, the studies that have been done involve dogs in shelters or boarding kennels mostly, although some research has been done in studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, by an animal psychologist named Charles Snowden. He decided that music could be created for dogs with different tempos from human music, due to the dogs having a different sense of pitch and different heart rate. The studies say that humans react to music in a different way than dogs, due to it being specifically tailored to beats and tones that the majority of humans recognize easily. Therefore, Snowden worked with a composer to create species specific music for dogs. Some of the beats were slowed or tones removed to sound more soothing.

Your Cockapoo's Health: Canine Parvovirus

Canine Parvovirus can lurk anywhere an infected animal has
been, including the grass, the sidewalk, a kennel, or even a
veterinary care clinic. The virus has a very long lifespan.
Recently in some parts of the United States, there has been an increase in dogs contracting canine Parvovirus, also know as Parvo or CPV. This virus is generally contagious and can have devastating results if not diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible. After someone posted about the loss of their puppy to this dreadful disease on our Cockapoo Crazy Facebook Page, we realized that we didn't have an article about canine Parvovirus, and we felt we should remedy that so our readers are better informed.

“Parvo” is a contagious virus that can affect a dogs intestinal tract and/or heart. It infects the cells that divide most rapidly in the body, which is why it affects the gastrointestinal area. It also can affect white blood cells, which can have an effect on the heart, usually in younger puppies. Damage to the heart from Parvo can cause cardiac problems for the rest of the dogs life.

Knowing the symptoms of Parvo is important, as well as how it is contracted. The symptoms can include severe vomiting, bloody stool, diarrhea, lethargy, dehydration, and loss of appetite. Your cockapoo may also have a fever, or even a low body temperature, in association with the dehydration. As in any case of sickness, vomiting and diarrhea, if not treated quickly, can result in severe dehydration. If you notice these issues in your dog, get him to the veterinarian immediately. The lethargy and loss of appetite may be harder to notice, but if you cockapoo is acting out of sorts for over 24 hours, you will probably want to see the vet anyway. A good idea would be to bring a stool sample with you, if possible.

Your Cockapoo's Health: Giardia Symptoms, Care, and Treatment

A close-up view of the parasites that cause Giardiasis.
Recently, one of the fans on our Cockapoo Crazy Facebook page brought home a young puppy who contracted Giardia. Being a good cockapoo mommy, she has already seen the vet and been given medicine and instructions for treating it, but she thought it would be good to know more information. We thought that was a good idea too, as any dog can easily become infected with giardiasis. We did lots of research and came up with the following information and tips.

First off, we need to cover what “Giardiasis” is and the cause of it. Giardiasis is an infection of the intestines that is caused by a parasite called giardia. This parasite is found in feces of both animals and humans. The infection is most commonly spread by the ingestion (yes, swallowing), the parasite giardia.

I know that sounds like we are saying you or your dog will get it by eating poop, but this is actually one of the less likely scenarios. A dog with a healthy immune system can come into contact with the giardia parasite in several different ways, and may show no symptoms of the disease. In these cases, you would not need to worry about treatment unless your dog began having diarrhea.

Your Cockapoo's Health: Vaccinations and Side Effects

dog vaccine photo
Vaccines are very important for your dog's health.
If you are the owner of a new cockapoo puppy, or even rescued an adult cockapoo, you most likely are thinking about the important vaccinations that you will be prompted to get by your veterinarian. There are several vaccines for dogs available, some are more important than others, depending on local laws and the area that you live with your cockapoo.

There are four core vaccines that are given in dogs. These are distemper, rabies, canine parvovirus, and canine hepatitis. The majority of the core shots should be given between 7 and 8 weeks, or even as young as 6 weeks, if suggested by your vet. Although new pet owners may have apprehension about vaccinating their cockapoo, these shots are very important for your puppy's health.

Young dogs are very susceptible to disease, and if you are the proud owner of a new adopted cockapoo, you may also want to have a checkup and blood work done, which can sometimes tell you of past vaccinations. If you are unsure, your veterinarian may suggest a booster for the most important vaccines. The secondary vaccines that are available are bordetella, giardia, bronchiseptica, lyme disease, coronavirus and leptospirosis. Your vet would assess whether these are needed and help you make an informed decision regarding them.