dog image from New Medical Terms

dog—too cute for words

A homeothermic quadriped long domesticated in Europe, and longer a culinary staple in Asia

Pros Dogs provide companionship, unqualified affection, service to the disabled, work–e.g., herding sheep, rescue and transportation in harsh cold, etc, serve as models for human diseases, and are just too darn cute. 

Cons Dogs may turn on their owners, maul or kill other animals or even humans, an event for which pit bulldogs are notorious. Dogs can trigger asthma, largely due to an allergen, Can f1, which is primarily found in saliva–dog-related asthma is less common than is asthma evoked by feline dander. Dogs have bad breath, BO, lick their butts then kiss their owners, and track mud all over the place. 


A regional term for a good friend, confrere


Dogs are vectors for multiple infections–anthrax, blastomycosis, Bergeyella (WeeksellazoohelcumBrucella canis, campylobacteriosis, Capnocytophaga canimorsusCapnocytophaga cynodegmi, CDC group EF-4a, CDC EF-4b, CDC group NO-1, cheyletiellosis, coenurosis, cryptosporidiosis, cutaneous larva migrans, Demodex folliculorum, dermatophytosis, Dipylidium caninum, echinococcosis, Francisella tularensisGastrospirillum hominis, granulocytic ehrlichiosis, leptospirosis, Lyme disease, Malassezia pachydermatis–associated with external otitis externa in dogs and may cause intravascular infections in low-birth-weight infants who receive lipid emulsions, Neisseria canisNeisseria weaveriPasteurella multocida, plague, rabies, RMSF, salmonellosis, scabies, Staphylococcus intermediusStrongyloides stercoralis, trichinosis, visceral larva migrans, Yersinia enterocolitica


A male ne-er-do-well; a female ne-er-do-well is fittingly known as a bitch

Synonyms Canis, man’s best friend 


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