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  • Women influenced coevolution of dogs and humans
    on January 25, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    A cross-cultural analysis found several factors may have played a role in building the relationship between humans and dogs, including temperature, hunting and surprisingly - gender. The analysis used ethnographic information from 144 traditional, subsistence-level societies from all over the globe. People were more likely to regard dogs as a type of person if the dogs had a special relationship with women -- such as having names and being treated as family.

  • Smart vaccine scheme quick to curb rabies threat in African cities
    on January 21, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    More people could be protected from life-threatening rabies thanks to an agile approach to dog vaccination using smart phone technology to spot areas of low vaccination coverage in real time. The work could help save the lives of children worldwide.

  • Smart vaccine scheme quick to curb rabies threat in African cities
    on January 18, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    More people could be protected from life-threatening rabies thanks to an agile approach to dog vaccination using smart phone technology to spot areas of low vaccination coverage in real time. The work could help save the lives of children worldwide.

  • Tasmanian tiger pups found to be extraordinary similar to wolf pups
    on January 8, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    Researchers find more similarities between the thylacine and wolf.

  • Ancient wolf pup mummy in Yukon permafrost from 57,000 years ago
    on December 21, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    While water blasting at a wall of frozen mud in Yukon, Canada, a gold miner made an extraordinary discovery: a perfectly preserved wolf pup that had been locked in permafrost for 57,000 years. The remarkable condition of the pup, named Zhùr by the local Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in people, gave researchers a wealth of insights about her age, lifestyle, and relationship to modern wolves.

  • Living environment affects the microbiota and health of both dogs and their owners
    on December 18, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    In urban environments, allergic diseases are more common among dogs and their owners compared to those living in rural areas. Simultaneous allergic traits appear to be associated with the microbes found in the environment, but microbes relevant to health differ between dogs and humans.

  • Study sets baseline for sleep patterns in healthy adult dogs
    on December 18, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    A new canine sleep study could serve as a baseline for research on chronic pain and cognitive dysfunction in dogs, potentially improving detection and treatment of these conditions.

  • What's up, Skip? Kangaroos really can 'talk' to us, study finds
    on December 17, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    Animals that have never been domesticated, such as kangaroos, can intentionally communicate with humans, challenging the notion that this behavior is usually restricted to domesticated animals like dogs, horses or goats, a new study has found.

  • Training methods based on punishment compromise dog welfare, study finds
    on December 17, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    After aversive training, dogs had a lower behavioral state (higher stress and anxiety), a new study has found. If aversive methods were used in high proportions, that persisted even in other contexts.

  • Ferrets, cats and civets most susceptible to coronavirus infection after humans
    on December 10, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    An analysis of ten different species finds that humans -- followed by ferrets and, to a lesser extent cats, civets and dogs -- are the most susceptible animals to SARS-CoV-2 infection.

  • Robots could replace real therapy dogs
    on December 10, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Robotic animals could be the 'pawfect' replacement for our real-life furry friends, a new study has found.

  • K9 chemistry: A safer way to train detection dogs
    on December 3, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    Trained dogs are better at detecting explosives and narcotics than any technological device scientists have invented. However, training dogs to detect hazardous substances can be inconvenient for the trainer and dangerous for the dog. Scientists are working to solve this problem with a material that can catch odors and safely release them over time.

  • What makes certain groups more vulnerable to COVID-19?
    on December 3, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    What makes the elderly and people with underlying conditions more vulnerable to COVID-19? According to a new study, clues can be found in the proteins involved in initiating infection, as the virus binds to host cells of different animals. Greater cellular oxidation with aging and sickness may explain why seniors and people with chronic illness get infected more often and more severely.

  • Pets, touch and COVID-19: Why our furry friends are lifesavers
    on December 1, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    A new study points to the lifesaving role that pets have played in 2020 and why governments need to sit up and take notice.

  • Big cats and small dogs: Solving the mystery of canine distemper in wild tigers
    on November 23, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Canine distemper virus (CDV) causes a serious disease in domestic dogs, and also infects other carnivores, including threatened species like the Amur tiger. It is often assumed that domestic dogs are the primary source of CDV, but a new study found that other local wildlife was the primary source of CDV transmission to tigers instead.

  • Tackling food allergies at the source
    on November 18, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Food allergies cost billions of dollars and cause enormous suffering for people. Researchers are trying to remove the source of food allergies altogether -- troublesome proteins made by our favorite crops.

  • Pesticides commonly used as flea treatments for pets are contaminating English rivers
    on November 17, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Researchers have found widespread contamination of English rivers with two neurotoxic pesticides commonly used in veterinary flea products: fipronil and the neonicotinoid imidacloprid.

  • Dry food or raw? Diet affects skin gene expression in both healthy and atopic dogs
    on November 13, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Differences in skin gene expression were observed between healthy and atopic Staffordshire Bull Terriers as well as between dogs that ate either dry food or raw food. Raw food appeared to activate the skin's immune system as well as the expression of genes that increase antioxidant production or have anti-inflammatory effects.

  • New genome alignment tool empowers large-scale studies of vertebrate evolution
    on November 11, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Three new articles present major advances in understanding the evolution of birds and mammals, made possible by new methods for comparing the genomes of hundreds of species. Researchers developed a powerful new genome alignment method that has made the new studies possible, including the largest genome alignment ever achieved of more than 600 vertebrate genomes.

  • Swedish, Finnish and Russian wolves closely related
    on November 10, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    The Scandinavian wolf originally came from Finland and Russia, and unlike many other European wolf populations its genetic constitution is virtually free from dog admixture. In addition, individuals have migrated into and out of Scandinavia. These findings have emerged from new research in which genetic material from more than 200 wolves was analyzed.

 

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