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  • Hunting dogs as possible vectors for the infectious disease tularaemia
    on January 19, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Tularaemia is an infectious bacterial disease that is life-threatening for rodents, rabbits and hares, but which can also infect humans and dogs. While contact with contaminated blood or meat makes hunters a high-risk group, the frequency of infections among hunting dogs has not been much studied. Researchers have now confirmed a relevant prevalence of infections in Austrian hunting dogs following a serological study in which seven percent of the animals tested positive. This could lead to more intense debate as to whether the often asymptomatic animals represent an additional risk of infection for people. […]

  • Canine distemper confirmed in Far Eastern leopard, world's most endangered big cat
    on January 17, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    The Far Eastern or Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) is already among the rarest of the world's big cats, but new research reveals that it faces yet another threat: infection with canine distemper virus (CDV). […]

  • Are amoebae safe harbors for plague?
    on January 16, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Amoebae, single-celled organisms common in soil, water and grade-school science classrooms, may play a key role in the survival and spread of deadly plague bacteria. New research shows that plague bacteria, Yersinia pestis, not only survive, but thrive and replicate once ingested by an amoeba. The discovery could help scientists understand why plague outbreaks can smolder, stay dormant for years, and re-emerge with a vengeance. […]

  • Experts raise concerns over raw meat diets for cats and dogs
    on January 12, 2018 at 3:40 am

    Experts are warning dog and cat owners to be aware of the risks associated with feeding their pets raw meat-based diets, instead of the more conventional dry or canned pet foods. […]

  • 'Tis the season to be vigilant: Risk of chocolate poisoning in dogs peaks at Christmas
    on December 21, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Researchers are warning of a 'significant peak' in the risk of chocolate poisoning in dogs over the Christmas period as households stock up on festive treats. In a new, researchers have used electronic health records from UK veterinary practices to analyze cases of chocolate ingestion in dogs. […]

  • Most dog treats exceed recommended daily energy allowance
    on December 21, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Most commercially available dog treats contain a range of undefined ingredients, including sugars, and often exceed the recommended daily energy allowance for treats ('complementary feed'), warn researchers. […]

  • Committed to relatives: Hounds and wolves share their parasites
    on December 15, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Grey wolves, as all wild animals, are hosts to a variety of parasites. The presence of grey wolves in German forests has little influence on the parasite burden of hunting dogs, according to a new study. […]

  • Sorry, Grumpy Cat: Study finds dogs are brainier than cats
    on November 29, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    The first study to actually count the number of cortical neurons in the brains of a number of carnivores, including cats and dogs, has found that dogs possess significantly more of them than cats. […]

  • Dogs get the Hollywood treatment to make animal animations more realistic
    on November 29, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Researchers are creating a library of movement data from different dog breeds, to make animal animations in films and video games more realistic. […]

  • Dogs mouth-lick to communicate with angry humans
    on November 28, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    New research has found that dogs lick their mouths as a response to looking at angry human faces, suggesting that domestic canines may have a functional understanding of emotional information. […]

  • A chicken-flavored electrolyte drink could help sniffer dogs stay hydrated
    on November 21, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    The first comparison of plain water, electrolyte injections and a chicken-flavored electrolyte drink as techniques for keeping sniffer dogs hydrated when working in hot weather finds that while all are safe and effective, dogs drink more and are more hydrated when given a chicken-flavored electrolyte drink. […]

  • Genome sequencing reveals extensive inbreeding in Scandinavian wolves
    on November 20, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Researchers have for the first time determined the full genetic consequences of intense inbreeding in a threatened species. […]

  • Smiling human faces are attractive to dogs, thanks to oxytocin
    on November 20, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Researchers found that oxytocin made dogs interested in smiling human faces. It also made them see angry faces as less threatening. Associated with affection and trust, the hormone oxytocin is probably a key factor in the interaction between dogs and humans. […]

  • Dog ownership linked to lower mortality rate
    on November 17, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    A team of scientists have used national registries of more than 3.4 million Swedes aged 40 to 80 to study the association between dog ownership and cardiovascular health. Their study shows that dog owners had a lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease or to other causes during the 12-year follow-up. […]

  • How to keep cows happy
    on November 15, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    New research now shows that removing splashes of colors, shadows or water puddles from corrals, keeping noise levels down and not using dogs and electric prods can dramatically reduce the stress cattle experience. […]

  • Périgord black truffle cultivated in the UK for the first time
    on November 6, 2017 at 12:30 am

    The Mediterranean black truffle, one of the world's most expensive ingredients, has been successfully cultivated in the UK, as climate change threatens its native habitat. […]

  • Treatment for dogs alleviates fear of noisy fireworks
    on November 1, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Many dogs suffer anxiety and fear from the loud bangs and explosions of firework displays. A new study shows how a medicinal treatment can help alleviate common fear behaviors, such as trembling and whining. […]

  • Genetic study uncovers evolutionary history of dingoes
    on October 31, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    A major study of dingo DNA has revealed dingoes most likely migrated to Australia in two separate waves via a former land bridge with Papua New Guinea. The find has significant implications for conservation, with researchers recommending the two genetically distinct populations of dingoes be treated as different groups for management and conservation purposes. […]

  • Hand surgeons provide update on wild animal bites
    on October 27, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Injuries from wild animals are relatively uncommon, with a risk of unusual infections and other potentially severe complications. […]

  • Dogs may protect against childhood eczema and asthma
    on October 27, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Two new studies show there may be even more reason to love your dog as they may provide a protective effect against eczema and asthma. […]


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