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  • Preliminary study suggests mercury not a risk in dog foods
    on April 18, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Researchers recently investigated levels of methylmercury in a small sampling of commercial dog foods and found good news for dog owners. Of the 24 diets tested, only three were positive for low concentrations of total mercury, and only one of those contained detectable methylmercury. […]

  • Hello, kitty: Cats recognize their own names, according to new Japanese research
    on April 8, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Pet cats can recognize their own names if their names are used regularly by their owners, according to new results. Projects to understand simple social behaviors like name recognition in cats may give clues to how we humans became social. Both humans and cats have evolved through the process of self-domestication, where the population rewards certain traits that then become increasingly common in future generations. […]

  • First reported UK case of likely dog-to-dog transmission of leishmaniosis
    on April 5, 2019 at 1:47 am

    Veterinary professionals have sounded the alarm in this week's Vet Record after treating the first UK case of a dog with the potentially fatal infection, leishmaniosis, that is thought to have been passed on by another dog, rather than by travel to an area where the infection is endemic. […]

  • Poll: Pets help older adults cope with health issues, get active and connect with others
    on April 3, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Pets help older adults cope with mental and physical health issues, according to a new national poll. But pets can also bring concerns, and some people may even put their animals' needs ahead of their own health, the poll finds. Three-quarters of pet owners aged 50 to 80 say their animals reduce their stress and give them a sense of purpose. But 18 percent also said having one puts a strain on their budget. […]

  • Sleepovers reduce stress in shelter dogs
    on April 1, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Foster care provides valuable information about dog behavior that can help homeless dogs living in shelters find forever homes. Researchers found short-term fostering benefited shelter dogs in Arizona, Utah, Texas, Montana and Georgia. Stress hormone levels were reduced during one- and two-night sleepovers, and dogs also rested more during and immediately following a sleepover. […]

  • A bald gene find­ing
    on April 1, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Hairlessness in dogs can be the result of deliberate breeding or, in certain breeds, a defect. A recent study describes a gene variant in the SGK3 gene, which causes hairlessness in Scottish deerhounds. The gene defect results in puppies born with thin fur that lose all of their hair in a few weeks. SGK3 is also a candidate for association with non-hormonal baldness in humans. […]

  • Two new genes discovered in the developmental defects of canine enamel
    on March 29, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    In addition to humans, hereditary disorders of enamel development occur in dogs, greatly impacting their dental health and wellbeing. A recent study reveals canine enamel disorders similar to those found in humans, linking them with ENAM and ACP4, two genes previously described in humans. […]

  • Yellowstone elk don't budge for wolves, say scientists
    on March 26, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Elk roam the winter range that straddles the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park with little regard for wolves, according to a new study illustrating how elk can tolerate living in close proximity to the large predator. […]

  • World's smallest bears' facial expressions throw doubt on human superiority
    on March 21, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    The world's smallest bears can exactly mimic another bear's facial expressions, casting doubt on humans and other primates' supremacy at this subtle form of communication. It is the first time such exact facial mimicry has been seen outside of humans and gorillas. […]

  • Many pet owners keen to have vegan pets
    on March 19, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    A growing number of pet owners is interested in feeding their pets plant-based diets. […]

  • Who should Fido fear? Depends on relationship
    on March 18, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    As states around the country move to stiffen punishments for animal cruelty, researchers have found a correlation between the types of animal abuse committed and the perpetrator's relationship to an animal and its owner. […]

  • Wolves lead, dogs follow -- and both cooperate with humans
    on March 14, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    The statement is a bold one, especially as wolves have received a lot of negative attention in recent years. A recent study conducted by behavioral researchers, however, shows that dogs and wolves both work equally well with humans, albeit in different ways. The allegedly unequal brothers are thus much more similar than often assumed. […]

  • Hungry moose more tolerant of wolves' presence
    on March 13, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Research in western Wyoming shows that close proximity of wolves does cause moose to move, but not enough to drive them from their preferred habitats -- especially late in the winter. […]

  • Debate on predator-prey relationships
    on March 7, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Experts have shed new light on the relationship between predators and their prey after studying how elk responded to the risk posed by grey wolves in an American national park. […]

  • Disrupting wolf movement may be more effective at protecting caribou
    on March 6, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Researchers used motion-triggered cameras to capture photographs of wolves, caribou, and other wildlife species in the Canadian Oil Sands to study the habitat use patterns of these animals and test management strategies aimed at reducing the impacts of the linear developments on caribou. […]

  • Bone fractures increasing as seniors walk dogs to stay active
    on March 6, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Between 2004 and 2017, dog-walking-related fractures in people 65-or-older more than doubled. […]

  • Australian dingo is a unique Australian species in its own right
    on March 5, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Since the arrival of British settlers over 230 years ago, most Australians have assumed dingoes are a breed of wild dog. But 20 leading researchers have confirmed in a new study that the dingo is actually a unique, Australian species in its own right. […]

  • High levels of potentially harmful bacteria found in raw meat dog food products: study
    on March 5, 2019 at 12:52 am

    Many raw meat dog food products contain high levels of bacteria that pose potential health risks to both animals and people, finds new research. […]

  • Chemical pollutants in the home degrade fertility in both men and dogs, study finds
    on March 4, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    New research suggests that environmental contaminants found in the home and diet have the same adverse effects on male fertility in both humans and in domestic dogs. […]

  • Return of the wolves: How deer escape tactics help save their lives
    on February 27, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    As gray wolves return to Washington state, a new study finds that one species of deer is changing its behavior to spend more time away from roads, at higher elevations and in rockier landscapes. […]


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