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  • How animals understand numbers influences their chance of survival
    on March 30, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    While they can't pick out precise numbers, animals can comprehend that more is, well, more. A neurobiologist explored the current literature on how different animal species comprehend numbers and the impact on their survival, arguing that we won't fully understand the influence of numerical competence unless we study it directly.

  • 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.

  • 'Fatal attraction': Small carnivores drawn to kill sites, then ambushed by larger kin
    on March 18, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Researchers have discovered that large predators play a key yet unexpected role in keeping smaller predators and deer in check. Their 'fatal attraction' theory finds that smaller predators are drawn to the kill sites of large predators by the promise of leftover scraps, but the scavengers may be killed themselves if their larger kin return for seconds.

  • 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.

  • Unwanted behavior in dogs is common, with great variance between breeds
    on March 6, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    All dog breeds have unwanted behavior, such as noise sensitivity, aggressiveness and separation anxiety, but differences in frequency between breeds are great. Various unwanted behavior traits often occur simultaneously.

  • 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.

  • Cat food mystery foils diet study
    on February 28, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    How a study aimed at assessing the wildlife impacts of domestic cats was foiled by the mysterious ingredients of cat food.

  • 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.

  • Frozen bird turns out to be 46,000-year-old horned lark
    on February 21, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    Scientists have recovered DNA from a well-preserved horned lark found in Siberian permafrost. The results can contribute to explaining the evolution of sub species, as well as how the mammoth steppe transformed into tundra, forest and steppe biomes at the end of the last Ice Age.

  • Himalayan wolf discovered to be a unique wolf adapted to harsh high altitude life
    on February 21, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    Researchers have discovered that the Himalayan wolf is a unique wolf characteristically adapted to the harsh life in the Asian high altitudes where low oxygen levels challenge all life forms.

  • New test identifies poisonous mushrooms
    on February 19, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    A simple, portable test can detect the deadliest of the mushroom poisons in minutes, researchers say. Eating toxic mushrooms causes more than 100 deaths a year, globally, and leaves thousands of people in need of urgent medical assistance. Amanitin is the class of mushroom toxins that cause the most serious issues.

  • Dog domestication during ice age
    on February 19, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    Analysis of Paleolithic-era teeth from a 28,500-year-old fossil site in the Czech Republic provides supporting evidence for two groups of canids -- one dog-like and the other wolf-like - with differing diets, which is consistent with the early domestication of dogs.

  • 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.

  • A roadblock for disease-causing parasites
    on February 3, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Thread-like parasitic worms cause millions of cases of canine heartworm each year, and more than 100 million cases of lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis, in humans. New research shows that ramping up the immune response of mosquitoes blocked their ability to transmit these harmful parasites.

  • Antibiotic-resistance in Tanzania is an environmental problem
    on January 30, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    WSU study finds that environmental transmission rather than antibiotic use explains the presence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in people, domestic animals and wildlife.

  • 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.

  • New dog, old tricks? Stray dogs can understand human cues
    on January 17, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Pet dogs are highly receptive to commands from their owners. But is this due to their training or do dogs have an innate ability to understand human signals? A new study finds that 80% of untrained stray dogs successfully followed pointing directions from people to a specific location. The results suggest that dogs can understand and respond to complex gestures without any training, meaning that dogs may have an innate connection to human behaviors.

  • 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.

  • Scientists unexpectedly witness wolf puppies play fetch
    on January 16, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    When it comes to playing a game of fetch, many dogs are naturals. But now, researchers report that the remarkable ability to interpret human social communicative cues that enables a dog to go for a ball and then bring it back also exists in wolves.

  • Newly discovered genetic element adjusts coat color in dogs
    on January 15, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    Why are Irish Setters so red while other breeds can come in different hues? Geneticists now have an answer for why some dogs have more intense coat colors than others.


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