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Why cats have more lives than dogs when it comes to snakebite
on May 18, 2020 at 10:49 pm
Cats are twice as likely to survive a venomous snakebite than dogs, and the reasons behind this strange phenomenon have just been revealed. The research team compared the effects of snake venoms on the blood clotting agents in dogs and cats, hoping to help save the lives of our furry friends.
Study confirms cats can become infected with and may transmit COVID-19 to other cats
on May 14, 2020 at 3:58 pm
Scientists report that in the laboratory, cats can readily become infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and may be able to pass the virus to other cats.
Dogs can detect traces of gasoline down to one billionth of a teaspoon
on May 12, 2020 at 7:19 pm
Trained dogs can detect fire accelerants such as gasoline in quantities as small as one billionth of a teaspoon, according to new research by chemists. The study provides the lowest estimate of the limit of sensitivity of dogs' noses and has implications for arson investigations.
Unraveling one of prion disease's deadly secrets
on May 5, 2020 at 11:05 pm
A professor of biochemistry and molecular biology report an unanticipated role for prion nucleation seeds that enhances their ability to appear and resist curing.
Virus genomes help to explain why a major livestock disease has re-emerged in Europe
on April 28, 2020 at 6:23 pm
Livestock diseases like bluetongue virus (BTV) can have devastating economic and health consequences, but their origins can be difficult to establish. New research shows that the recent re-emergence of BTV in France could have been caused by human activities, based on the virus' unusual genetic makeup.
Stress in parents of children with autism: Pets may help
on April 27, 2020 at 2:04 pm
While current events have increased stress for all families, parents of children with autism report higher levels of stress on average than parents of typically developing kids. Feeling overwhelmed and overburdened by various responsibilities, some parents turn to pets as a source of comfort and support.
First complete German shepherd DNA offers new tool to fight disease
on April 1, 2020 at 3:17 pm
The DNA sequencing of a healthy German shepherd offers scientists new insight into the evolution of the domestic dog while also enabling dogs to be screened for hip and other diseases much more accurately.
Urban dogs are more fearful than their cousins from the country
on April 1, 2020 at 2:59 pm
Inadequate socialization, inactivity and an urban living environment are associated with social fearfulness in dogs. Among the most fearful breeds were the Shetland Sheepdog and the Spanish Water Dog, while Wheaten Terriers were one of the most fearless breeds.
Study shows how diligent we have to be to keep surfaces germ-free
on March 25, 2020 at 4:08 pm
A recent study suggests that even organized efforts to clean surfaces can fall short, a reminder for us all that keeping our surroundings clean may require some additional work.
A gene defect associated with a severe canine lung disease identified
on March 25, 2020 at 3:08 pm
A severe hereditary lung disease has been described in Finnish Airedale Terriers with a failure to thrive during the first days of lives. Researchers discovered the underlying gene defect in the LAMP3 gene, which may also be associated with the lung problems of certain newborn babies.
Tighten up law on keeping dangerous snakes as pets, demand animal welfare experts
on March 19, 2020 at 11:41 pm
The law on keeping dangerous snakes as pets should be tightened up, animal welfare experts demand.
New research unpicks root causes of separation anxiety in dogs
on March 18, 2020 at 2:44 pm
Separation anxiety in dogs should be seen as a symptom of underlying frustrations rather than a diagnosis, and understanding these root causes could be key to effective treatment, new research by animal behavior specialists suggests.
Veterinarians: Dogs, too, can experience hearing loss
on March 5, 2020 at 6:21 pm
Just like humans, dogs are sometimes born with impaired hearing or experience hearing loss as a result of disease, inflammation, aging or exposure to noise. Dog owners and K-9 handlers ought to keep this in mind when adopting or caring for dogs, and when bringing them into noisy environments.
5,000-year-old milk proteins point to the importance of dairying in eastern Eurasia
on March 2, 2020 at 4:33 pm
By analyzing milk proteins extracted from calcified dental plaque, researchers present the earliest evidence for dairy consumption on the eastern Eurasian Steppe and uncover clues to the origin of mounted dairy pastoralism in Mongolia.
Fur-friendly 'wearable for pets' and their humans
on February 26, 2020 at 3:21 pm
Researchers have invented a new health tracking sensor for pets and people that monitors vital signs through fur or clothing.
Herd immunity: Disease transmission from wildlife to livestock
on February 13, 2020 at 2:12 pm
Scientists provide guidelines for minimizing the risk of spreading disease between elk and cattle in Southern Alberta.
Fecal excretion of PFAS by pets
on February 5, 2020 at 1:41 pm
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are used in a wide range of consumer products, from pizza boxes to carpets to non-stick cookware. Therefore, it's not surprising that these water- and stain-repelling substances are ubiquitous in the environment. Now, researchers report that cats and dogs excrete some PFAS in their feces at levels that suggest exposures above the minimum risk level, which could also have implications for the pets' owners.
Identifying factors associated with reports of accidental opioid poisoning in dogs
on January 29, 2020 at 7:33 pm
Dogs that are smaller, younger, non-neutered, or live in US counties with high opioid prescription rates are at higher risk of being the subjects of phone calls about accidental opioid poisoning to a poison control center.
TB bacteria survive in amoebae found in soil
on January 21, 2020 at 4:29 pm
Scientists have discovered that the bacterium which causes bovine TB can survive and grow in small, single-celled organisms found in soil and dung. It is believed that originally the bacterium evolved to survive in these single-celled organisms known as amoebae and in time progressed to infect and cause TB in larger animals such as cattle.
Bartonella bacteria found in hemangiosarcoma tumors from dogs
on January 16, 2020 at 5:18 pm
Researchers have found a very high prevalence of Bartonella bacteria in tumors and tissues - but not blood samples - taken from dogs with hemangiosarcoma, a cancer of the blood vessels.