Episode 18: Can Your Pet See Colors, and the Owner Gender Difference

So often we want to describe the way our pets see as simply a black and white version of what we see, but that simply is not true. Pets do not see all the colors we do, but dogs can see basically two colors, a blue-violet and a yellow-green, while cats, who can see shades of gray better than dogs, can also see blue and yellow. The pet’s tapetum, which is a reflective surface on the back of the eye, allows pets to see better, though less distinctly, at night. This tapetum also causes the odd colors to appear in pictures. while human’s lack of a reflective tapetum leads to “red eye.”

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Su Szu and Nanu Joerss, demonstrating reflective tapetums and humping

 

Eme and Nyah

Eme and Nyah

 

Beyond colors, dogs and cats simple process the images differently than we humans do. The first processing center of vision, which is located in front of the retina’s rods and cones (which detect light), are set up differently. While humans are designed to to edges, dogs and cats are designed to see horizontal movement, such as a rabbit running across the ground.

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This processing center in humans can be tricked, which is how optical illusions are designed. With complex patterns of colors, we can send these processing cells into a feedback loop, making it look like a picture is moving, even when it is not.

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John and Dr. Rumore also discuss how a man’s deeper voice is more suited for reprimanding a pet, while a higher pitched voice is better at praising a pet. These voice tones can lead to trouble men and women train puppies, or even adult dogs.

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Episode 6: Babies, Puppies, Kittens and It’s (probably) Not Ear Mites

Coconut loves her little girls, Mia and Gianna

Coconut loves her little girls, Mia and Gianna

Doctor Rumore has a new baby, Mia Rosabella, and his young white deaf boxer Coconut has an unexpectedly good reaction. We discuss how adult dogs and cats are supposed to treat puppies, kittens and babies, and why sometimes they do not always get along as well as we would hope. Also, why buying pet store ear mite medicine for your dog and cat is probably a big waste of money and effort. Additionally, it could be a waste of perfectly good fingers, because cats tend to really dislike ear drops.

Ear Mites on YouTube

Ear Mites on YouTube

Mia, Gianna and Coconut

Mia, Gianna and Coconut

 

 

 

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Episode 4: Horror Movies, Fleas and Feeding Big Puppies

Fleas and Aliens are surprisingly similar

Fleas and Aliens are surprisingly similar

No one can argue that the 1979 movie Alien is a true classic. One of the creepiest scenes is recreated on a smaller scale in people’s homes everyday  We learn this week how you can recreate a scene from the iconic science fiction/horror movie in your own house, and then what to do to get rid of the invaders. We also discuss the most important nutrient to look for when feeding your soon-to-be-big puppy, or rather what should be missing. If you are feeding regular puppy food, you MUST listen to this episode.

We couldn’t find a link to an Aliens clip, so here is a clip of a similar scene from the [lesser] Aliens vs. Predators. It’s not a clip for kids.

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