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Pets linked to maintaining better mental health and reducing loneliness during lockdown, new research shows
on September 26, 2020 at 6:52 pm
Sharing a home with a pet appeared to act as a buffer against psychological stress during lockdown, a new survey shows.
Tracking the working dogs of 9/11
on September 21, 2020 at 5:06 pm
A study of search and rescue dogs showed little difference in longevity or cause of death between dogs at the disaster site and dogs in a control group.
Scientists 'scent train' honeybees to boost sunflowers' seed production
on September 17, 2020 at 10:11 pm
If you want a dog to hunt something down, it helps to let them sniff an item to pick up the scent. Now, researchers have found that scent training honeybees might work in a similar way -- and that this approach could make bees more efficient in pollinating crops. The findings show that honeybees given food scented with sunflower odors led to a significant increase in sunflower crop production.
DNA unlocks a new understanding of coral
on September 14, 2020 at 3:22 pm
A new study challenges more than 200 years of coral classification. Researchers say the 'traditional' method does not accurately capture the differences between species or their evolutionary relationships. They developed a new genetic tool to help better understand and ultimately work to save coral reefs.
Analysis of Australian labradoodle genome reveals an emphasis on the 'oodle'
on September 10, 2020 at 7:03 pm
The creator of the Australian labradoodle set out to mix poodles and Labrador retrievers to develop a hypoallergic service dog. But, according to a new study, the breed that developed from that cross is primarily poodle.
More cats might be COVID-19 positive than first believed, study suggests
on September 9, 2020 at 3:48 pm
A newly published study looking at cats in Wuhan, where the first known outbreak of COVID-19 began, shows more cats might be contracting the disease than first believed.
Making dog food more delectable by analyzing aromas
on September 9, 2020 at 3:48 pm
Dogs aren't known for being picky about their food, eating the same kibble day after day with relish. However, owners of pampered pooches want their pets to have the best possible culinary experience, especially for those rare finicky canines. Now, researchers have identified key aroma compounds in dog food that seem to be the most appealing to canines.
African wild dogs have vestigial first digit and muscular adaptations for life on the run
on September 7, 2020 at 12:03 pm
African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) are known for their unique hunting style, often referred to as 'exhaustive predation', in which they chase their prey to exhaustion, rather than hunting using speed, strength, or stealth. They are also unique among the dog clade in having only four full digits on their front paws. Until recently, it was unclear how these unique behavioral and anatomical features would affect their forelimb morphology.
Treatment for canine ocular condition using turmeric
on September 3, 2020 at 9:14 pm
Researchers have produced a therapeutic derived from turmeric, a spice long-praised for its natural anti-inflammatory properties, that shows promise in decreasing ocular inflammation in dogs suffering from uveitis, an inflammation of the eye that leads to pain and reduced vision.
Why flat-faced dogs remain popular despite health problems
on August 26, 2020 at 6:09 pm
Owners of bulldogs, French bulldogs and pugs are highly likely to want to own their breed again in the future, and to recommend their breed to other owners, according to a new study. The development of breed loyalty toward these so-called brachycephalic (flat-faced) dogs may lead to their continued proliferation and popularity, despite their substantial health risks.
An active lifestyle reduces fearfulness in dogs - differences between breeds are great
on August 20, 2020 at 2:24 pm
The more dogs are engaged in activities and the more diverse experiences and canine friends they have, the less fearful they are in new situations and environments. Genes also play an important part.
Free-roaming dogs prevent giant pandas from thriving in the wild
on August 18, 2020 at 3:49 pm
Dogs are still menacing giant pandas. This is in part, because nature reserves in China are often closely connected to human settlements where dogs roam free. Dogs can roam over 10 km in a night and some feral dogs have even set up permanent residence in the reserves.
Big dogs face more joint problems if neutered early
on August 13, 2020 at 8:28 pm
Heavier mixed-breed dogs have higher health risks if neutered or spayed early, according to a new study.
Key to harmonious pet relationships: Pheromones
on August 10, 2020 at 2:32 pm
We are all familiar with the old adage 'fighting like cats and dogs', but a new scientific study now reveals how you can bid farewell to those animal scraps and foster a harmonious relationship between your pet pooch and feline friend.
1 in 4 UK puppies may be being acquired before minimum recommended age
on August 7, 2020 at 12:37 am
One in four puppies in the UK may be being acquired before the recommended minimum age -- a figure that is considerably higher than what has been reported before -- suggests new research.
Dingoes have gotten bigger over the last 80 years, and pesticides might be to blame
on August 3, 2020 at 2:52 pm
The average size of a dingo is increasing, but only in areas where poison-baits are used.
Michigan coyotes: What's for dinner depends on what the neighbors are having
on July 20, 2020 at 1:33 pm
Michigan coyotes in most of the Lower Peninsula are the ''top dogs'' in the local food chain and can dine on a wide variety of small animals, including rabbits and rodents, along with berries and other plant foods, insects, human garbage and even outdoor pet food.
When should you neuter your dog to avoid health risks?
on July 15, 2020 at 8:00 pm
A new, 10-year study by researchers at the University of California, Davis, examined 35 dog breeds and found vulnerability from neutering, and the age at which they are neutered, varies greatly depending on the breed.
Researchers cast doubt on earlier COVID-19 origins study citing dogs as possible hosts
on July 14, 2020 at 6:30 pm
A study published earlier this year claiming the coronavirus may have jumped from dogs to humans is scientifically flawed, offering no direct evidence to support its conclusions, according to a collaborative group of international researchers.
More than one cognition: A call for change in the field of comparative psychology
on July 14, 2020 at 2:12 pm
Researchers argue that cognitive studies in comparative psychology often wrongly take an anthropocentric approach, resulting in an over-valuation of human-like abilities and the assumption that cognitive skills cluster in animals as they do in humans. The authors advocate for philosophical and procedural changes to the discipline that would lead to a better understanding of animal minds and the evolution of multiple forms of cognition.