What do pets understand – human language

The Washington Post recently published an article detailing what scientists now believe about pets and language.

What dogs hearI found this article to have interesting insights into what pets can understand.

So many times our clients resort to spelling words in the presence of their pets in the exam room. “He has lost his appetite but still eats his T-R-E-A-T-S.”
What do you think? Can your dog understand you when you use certain key words?



  1. Desiree Thompson says

    My dog Bandit who is an 8yr old Rat Terrier, he weighs 19 1/2 lbs and has been on Apoquel 5.4 for maybe 2 years nows. At first he was on prednisone and began experiencing some very noticeable side effects that could results to long term health problems so his Vet changed his meds to Apoquel 5.4. Like I said this was 2 yrs ago and up until recently it worked like a miracle med… Maybe it’s because he’s gained a couple of pounds and need a higher dose? I sincerely hope that’s the case because thus far Apoquel is the safest medication for allergies according to the research that I have encountered… It’s a safe and great investment. Your animal is worth it. Don’t even give it a second thought. I promise everyone will sleep good tonight if follow your heart and love your animal the way you know is right. Apoquel is safe and it really work!!!

    • superDoc says

      Though your response says little about the topic (Urinary Incontinence). It is true that for many pets Apoquel is a God-send.