Written by Jeff Mackey
Is the normally docile Fido suddenly starting to act hostile
when you handle him? A new study may explain why: Dogs may become more aggressive when they're in
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The researchers looked at dogs who had abruptly attacked
their guardians and discovered that, in each case, the aggressive behavior was
caused by pain. Many of the dogs were suffering from the onset of hip
dysplasia, an often-crippling disease common in many purebred dogs. (Thanks for nothing, breeders!)
A number of factors—including continuous chaining or crating—can
cause dogs to become aggressive. But if Fido suddenly turns fierce when you
touch him, an immediate trip to the veterinarian is in order—for your sake and
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