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  • Dogs understand what's written all over your face
    on June 20, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Dogs are capable of understanding the emotions behind an expression on a human face. This study is the latest to reveal just how connected dogs are with people. The research also provides evidence that dogs use different parts of their brains to process human emotions. […]

  • Large fenced reserves an effective way to bring wolves back to Scotland
    on June 13, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Research indicates that for wolves to be effective at directly reducing red deer numbers and allowing nature to recover in the Scottish Highlands they may need to be reintroduced to very large fenced reserve. […]

  • Physiological benefits may be experienced by veterans with PTSD who use service dogs
    on June 12, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    A new study shows how veterans with PTSD may benefit physiologically from using service dogs. This study used a physiological marker to define the biobehavioral effects of service dogs on veterans with PTSD. […]

  • Dogs can detect agricultural diseases early
    on June 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Laurel wilt disease has had a devastating effect on the avocado industry in South Florida in past harvest seasons. Early detection can be instrumental in deterring a widespread infection. The use of scent-discriminating dogs has shown to offer the avocado industry legitimate signs of hope in their fight against the spread of the disease throughout their groves. […]

  • Human encouragement might influence how dogs solve problems
    on June 6, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    A new study sheds light on how people influence animal behavior. Researchers evaluated the behavior of search and rescue dogs and pet dogs when presented with the same problem-solving task. Both sets of dogs persisted at the task for about the same proportion of time, but the search and rescue dogs were more successful at solving the task when encouraged by their owners. […]

  • Dogs prefer to eat fat, and cats surprisingly tend toward carbs
    on June 5, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Dogs gravitate toward high-fat food, but cats pounce on carbohydrates with even greater enthusiasm, according to research into the dietary habits of America's two most popular pets. […]

  • Dogs can be a potential risk for future influenza pandemic
    on June 5, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Dogs are a potential reservoir for a future influenza pandemic, according to a new study. The study demonstrated that influenza virus can jump from pigs into canines and that influenza is becoming increasingly diverse in canines. […]

  • Upgrading the toolbox for Duchenne muscular dystrophy research with a new rabbit model
    on June 4, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Research to improve our understanding of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), and the development of new therapies, has previously relied on mouse models. However, physiological differences between the two species has limited how successfully findings in mice can be applied to humans. A newly developed rabbit model, created through the use of CRISPR/Cas-9 genome editing, exhibits greater clinical similarity to human patients than the mouse models currently in use, with huge potential to advance DMD research. […]

  • How to achieve a peaceful coexistence between wolves and humans
    on June 1, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    The persecution of wolves in order to remove them from human settlements has culminated in their near-disappearance in numerous European countries, like Spain and Sweden. Following a recovery of the species, a team of scientists has determined what geographic areas in the Scandinavian country would be most suitable for a redistribution of the specie's range, in the interests of increasing the social acceptance of wolves. […]

  • Blame the mother's gene: Discovery for a blinding canine eye disease
    on May 29, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    A new gene for canine congenital eye disease has been identified. Defective RBP4 leads to vitamin A deficiency and abnormal eye development during pregnancy. The study defines a novel recessive mode of maternal inheritance, which may underlie other types of birth defects. […]

  • Tick bite protection: New CDC study adds to the promise of permethrin-treated clothing
    on May 24, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    The case for permethrin-treated clothing to prevent tick bites keeps getting stronger. In new experiments, clothing treated with an insecticide known as permethrin had strong toxic effects on three primary species of ticks known to spread disease-causing pathogens in the United States. Exposure to permethrin interfered with the ticks' ability to move properly, making them sluggish and likely interfering with their ability to bite. […]

  • Cause of E. coli beach closings? Gulls
    on May 23, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Researchers have recently published results identifying the major sources of E. coli breakouts on several beaches on Lake Michigan. They have also researched an effective method of reducing the breakouts and the resulting beach closings. […]

  • How coyotes conquered the continent
    on May 22, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Using museum specimens and fossil records, researchers have produced a comprehensive (and unprecedented) range history of coyotes that can help reveal the ecology of predation as well as evolution through hybridization. […]

  • Dogs born in the summertime more likely to suffer heart disease
    on May 20, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Dogs born June through August are at higher risk of heart disease than those born other months, rising in July to 74 percent higher risk, according to a new study. A correlation to outdoor air pollution may be the culprit. […]

  • After 60 years, Isle Royale continues world's longest predator-prey study
    on May 17, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    The 2018 report is out: two wolves, almost 1,500 moose and an ecosystem in transition. In its 60th year, the research conducted at Isle Royale National Park is the longest running predator-prey study of its kind. […]

  • Optimal age of puppy cuteness optimized
    on May 15, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Canine researchers reveals more about the depth and origin of the human-dog relationship. […]

  • YouTube videos help researchers study dog bites
    on May 10, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Researchers have turned to the popular video-sharing site YouTube to study the complex issue of dog bites. […]

  • Hunting dogs may benefit from antioxidant boost in diet
    on May 8, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Free radicals, those DNA-damaging single-oxygen atoms, are produced in spades during exercise. Dogs that exercise a lot, like hunting dogs, may need to consume more antioxidants than their less-active counterparts to protect against this damage. But what diet formulation best meets the needs of these furry athletes? A new study provides some answers in a real-world scenario. […]

  • Carnivores in captivity give birth at the same time of year as those in the wild
    on May 7, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Reproductive seasonality is a fixed characteristic of a species -- researchers have now found that carnivores in captivity give birth at the same time of year as their counterparts in the wild. In some species, the gestation period is shortened in order to provide ideal conditions for the offspring, while for others it is extended. […]

  • French bulldogs at risk of various health problems
    on May 3, 2018 at 2:00 am

    French bulldogs, predicted soon to become the most popular dog breed in the UK, are vulnerable to a number of health conditions, according to a new study. […]

 

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