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18 Sep

Losing A Beloved Pet Can Trigger Mental Health Issues In Some Children

The pain of pet loss is worse on boys than girls, researchers say.

07 Jul

Pet Dogs Help Kids Develop Better Social and Emotional Behaviors, New Study Finds

Researchers say pet dogs help make children less antisocial and more considerate

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04 Jun
Your Puppy Is Born Ready to Interact With You: Study

Your Puppy Is Born Ready to Interact With You: Study

If it seems like your dog knows exactly what you're saying, that's because dogs are born ready to communicate with people, according to a new study.

The research, published June 3 in the journal Current Biology, suggests that even puppies have a capacity to i...

25 May
Bedtime With a Pet Won't Harm Your Kid's Sleep - and Might Help

Bedtime With a Pet Won't Harm Your Kid's Sleep - and Might Help

Does your teen have the family cat or dog as a nighttime sleep mate? Is that even good for a child's sleep?

In a new study, sleeping with a four-footed friend appears to be fine for pre-teens and teens. For them, sleeping with a furry family member doesn't appear to nega...

19 May
Pooch Power: How Dogs Are Helping Stressed-Out College Students

Pooch Power: How Dogs Are Helping Stressed-Out College Students

A help in 'ruff' times: When it comes to coping with the stress of college life, new research shows that vulnerable students are far better served by therapy dogs than stress management courses.

In the study, more than 300 students at Washington State Univer...

17 May
Medication Errors in Pets: How to Lower the Risk

Medication Errors in Pets: How to Lower the Risk

You want to keep Fido or Fluffy safe, so when they need medication, it's important to ask questions and guard against dosing errors, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

"A number of the medication errors that occur in the treatment of people are the same as those...

07 May
Why Do Dogs Bark & Bite? Fear May Be Key

Why Do Dogs Bark & Bite? Fear May Be Key

That growling dog may actually be terrified of you.

Fear and age-related pain are among the reasons why dogs are aggressive toward people, a new study suggests.

The findings could help two-legged folks better understand and prevent aggressive behavior, such as grow...

23 Apr
You Can Pass COVID to Your Cat, Study Finds

You Can Pass COVID to Your Cat, Study Finds

Not even your beloved feline is safe from COVID-19.

Using in-depth genetic analyses, a new investigation in the United Kingdom suggests that people can pass COVID-19 on to their cats.

"We identified two cats that tested positive," said study lead author Margar...

13 Apr
You're Not Imagining It: Dogs Do Get Jealous

You're Not Imagining It: Dogs Do Get Jealous

Most dog owners have seen this dynamic in action, but a new study confirms that your canine companion can become jealous when you pay attention to another dog.

Researchers put 18 dogs in situations where they could imagine their owner interacting with either a realistic-...

24 Mar
Furry Friends: 1 in 10 Older U.S. Adults Has Adopted a 'Pandemic Pet'

Furry Friends: 1 in 10 Older U.S. Adults Has Adopted a 'Pandemic Pet'

It was bound to happen: As the pandemic wore on, many older Americans couldn't resist the urge to bring home a furry friend.

According to a new poll from the University of Michigan, about 10% of all U.S. adults between the ages of 50 and 80 adopted a new pet between Marc...

21 Mar
Spring Cleaning Can Sweep Away Allergens From Your Home

Spring Cleaning Can Sweep Away Allergens From Your Home

If seasonal allergies get you down, try tackling them with a good spring cleaning.

This can not only ease some of those spring symptoms, but also get rid of allergens you've been living with for a while, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology...

15 Mar
Assistance Dogs in Hospitals? New Study Gives Paws for Thought

Assistance Dogs in Hospitals? New Study Gives Paws for Thought

Could the paws of assistance dogs be cleaner than the soles of your shoes?

Yes, claims a new study that calls for allowing assistance dogs to accompany their owners in all public places.

To prove their point, Dutch researchers tested the paws of 25 assistance dogs ...

12 Mar
Backyard Chicken Coops Pose Threat of 'Viral Spillover' to People

Backyard Chicken Coops Pose Threat of 'Viral Spillover' to People

Raising chickens in your backyard -- a popular trend during the COVID-19 pandemic -- holds risks that can come home to roost in an unwelcome way.

It's already well known that poultry can spread the salmonella bacteria to human handlers. But chickens cooped up in backyard...

25 Feb
Dogs and Kids Are 'In Sync,' Study Shows

Dogs and Kids Are 'In Sync,' Study Shows

It is an image as heartwarming as any: Young children giggling as the family dog climbs all over them and licks their faces. But new research suggests the bond may be more than playful.

"The great news is that this study suggests dogs are paying a lot of attention to the...

16 Feb
New Rabies Prevention Treatment Also Works in Kids: Study

New Rabies Prevention Treatment Also Works in Kids: Study

Getting bitten by a dog or wild animal is frightening, especially for kids, but a new study may help relieve some of the worry about catching rabies.

The rabies prevention treatment KEDRAB is safe and effective for patients 17 and younger, a groundbreaking pediatric clin...

12 Feb
Two Simple Steps Can Help Keep Your Cat From Killing Wildlife

Two Simple Steps Can Help Keep Your Cat From Killing Wildlife

Lisa George's tabby cat, Minnie, has always hunted to a fault.

"Minnie loves to hunt," said George, who lives in Cornwall, England. "More often than not, she will bring her prey home and let it go in the house. We've had birds in the bedroom, rats in the wastepaper bin [...

28 Jan
Very Smart Dogs Learn Words Quickly, Study Shows

Very Smart Dogs Learn Words Quickly, Study Shows

Think your dog is smart? New research suggests one way to find out.

Most dogs can't learn words without extensive training, but a few with exceptional abilities learn words without any formal training, researchers report. They learn words simply by playing with their own...

27 Jan
First People in the Americas Probably Brought Their Dogs

First People in the Americas Probably Brought Their Dogs

The relationship between humans and man's best friend is an enduring one.

New research suggests that not only did dog domestication likely happen sometime before 23,000 years ago, but the first people to enter the Americas more than 15,000 years ago probably brought thei...

21 Jan
Another Reason Why Cats Go Wild for Catnip

Another Reason Why Cats Go Wild for Catnip

You may think that cats crave the plants catnip and silver vine because it makes them feel euphoric, and that's true.

Yet new research indicates felines also use the plants for another key reason: to keep mosquitoes at bay.

Silver vine, a catnip alternative, g...

19 Jan
The Family Cat Could Be Good Medicine for Kids With Autism

The Family Cat Could Be Good Medicine for Kids With Autism

Cats have a long history of boosting people's moods and brightening their days. And that's probably true for kids on the autism spectrum as well, new research shows.

The small study suggests that adopting a shelter cat may help reduce separation anxiety and improve ...

12 Jan
Pet Food Recall Expands After 70 Dogs Die From Mold Toxin

Pet Food Recall Expands After 70 Dogs Die From Mold Toxin

There's an expanded nationwide recall of Sportmix pet food products underway, after links were found between a mold-borne toxin in the food and the deaths of 70 dogs, with 80 other dogs being sickened, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday.

The announcem...

11 Jan
Cancer Diagnosis Might Be Wrong for Many English Bulldogs

Cancer Diagnosis Might Be Wrong for Many English Bulldogs

New research on illness in English bulldogs has discovered a previously unknown genetic health condition -- and could save the lives of some beloved family pets.

Researchers were attempting to better understand B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (BCLL), a common cancer,...

31 Dec
Roll Over, Fido. You're Hogging the Bed

Roll Over, Fido. You're Hogging the Bed

Forget buying a dog bed. New research shows that nearly half of pet parents say their pooches co-sleep in their owner's bed.

More than 1,000 Australian dog owners participated in the study conducted by Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y.

About 49% of participants, wh...

15 Dec
Which Animals Are Also Vulnerable to COVID Infection?

Which Animals Are Also Vulnerable to COVID Infection?

Humans, ferrets, cats, civets and dogs are the animals most susceptible to infection with the new coronavirus, researchers say.

The analysis of 10 species also found that ducks, rats, mice, pigs and chickens were less or not susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection.

"Kn...

10 Dec
Dogs and Their Humans Share Same Diabetes Risk: Study

Dogs and Their Humans Share Same Diabetes Risk: Study

If your dog has diabetes, there's a better chance that you do, too, or that you may develop the disease.

A new study from researchers in Sweden and the United Kingdom found that owning a dog with diabetes was tied to a 38% increased risk of type 2 diabetes for the dog o...

10 Dec
Your Dog May Not Understand Every Word You Say: Study

Your Dog May Not Understand Every Word You Say: Study

Does your pooch understand you?

Dogs can learn to understand words -- and to differentiate among those that sound entirely different. But their understanding has some limitations, a new study suggests.

Those furry friends don't recognize the difference bet...

16 Oct
Your Pooch's Personality Can Change With Age

Your Pooch's Personality Can Change With Age

Just like people, dogs' personalities change as they age, a new European study suggests.

"Even though dog personality is a highly popular topic in the literature, there are still gaps about the long-term stability, as well as about the dynamics of personality develop...

13 Oct
Want Better Rapport With Your Cat? Bat Your Eyes

Want Better Rapport With Your Cat? Bat Your Eyes

When it comes to bonding with your cat, the eyes have it.

Narrowing your eyes -- the so-called "slow blink" -- may make humans more attractive to their feline friends, British researchers suggest. It also may make kitty smile back.

"As someone who has both ...

08 Oct
No, Your Dog Doesn't Really Prefer Your Face, Brain Scans Show

No, Your Dog Doesn't Really Prefer Your Face, Brain Scans Show

You may think your dog is gazing lovingly at your face, but a new study suggests that's not the case.

Hungarian researchers say dogs' brains may not process faces the same way human brains do.

Faces are such an important part of communication for humans and...

07 Oct
Dozens of Mammals May Be at Risk for Coronavirus Infection

Dozens of Mammals May Be at Risk for Coronavirus Infection

More than two dozen types of animals that are often in close contact with people may be at risk of coronavirus infection, a new study suggests.

This could threaten some endangered species and harm certain types of farms. In addition, some animals may act as reservoir...

02 Oct
Beware Pet 'Bearded Dragons': CDC Says They Could Carry Salmonella

Beware Pet 'Bearded Dragons': CDC Says They Could Carry Salmonella

What next, 2020?

In this year of surprising threats to public health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now investigating a pair of salmonella outbreaks among people who cuddled pet hedgehogs and bearded dragon lizards.

No deaths have ...

30 Sep
Pets Helped People Cope During Pandemic Lockdown: Study

Pets Helped People Cope During Pandemic Lockdown: Study

Pets helped many people cope with the mental stress of being locked down during the coronavirus pandemic, a new study finds.

It included 6,000 people in Britain who were under lockdown between March 23 and June 1. About 90% had at least one pet.

Of thos...

25 Sep
No 'Last Goodbye' for Cello: 5-Hour Surgery Saved Dog's Life

No 'Last Goodbye' for Cello: 5-Hour Surgery Saved Dog's Life

Risky, groundbreaking surgery saved a 12-year-old dog that had an aggressive tumor and was given only weeks to live, University of Florida veterinarians report.

Cello, a female goldendoodle, had a rare tumor that caused a life-threatening obstruction of her major vei...

23 Sep
Kids Often Hit Hard by Death of Beloved Pet, Study Finds

Kids Often Hit Hard by Death of Beloved Pet, Study Finds

The loss of a pet may be a child's first encounter with death, and new research suggests no one should underestimate the psychological trauma that the loss can bring.

Previous studies have found that kids form deep emotional attachments to their pets and having a fur...

18 Sep
There's No Magic Formula to Slow Your Dog's Aging

There's No Magic Formula to Slow Your Dog's Aging

Despite the deep desire to help your dog age gracefully and stay mentally sharp, new research suggests that even the best diet and training won't slow the ravages of time for your furry friend.

Just like their human owners, dogs can experience thinking declines and b...

18 Sep
More Pets May Be Getting COVID-19 Than Realized

More Pets May Be Getting COVID-19 Than Realized

There are "substantial" rates of coronavirus infection in dogs and cats whose owners have COVID-19, new research shows.

The researchers also found that, in several cases, infected pets had COVID-like respiratory symptoms at the time their owners were infected.

...

11 Sep
COVID-19 May Strike More Cats Than Believed

COVID-19 May Strike More Cats Than Believed

Cat lovers, be aware: New research suggests that COVID-19 may be more common in cats than previously thought.

Scientists analyzed blood samples taken from 102 cats between January and March 2020 in Wuhan, China, after the world's first known outbreak of COVID-19 bega...

09 Sep
Pandemic Unleashes 'Startling' Rise in Dog Bites

Pandemic Unleashes 'Startling' Rise in Dog Bites

Lockdowns gave people lots to growl about. Their dogs may have felt a bit more aggressive, too.

A pediatric emergency department in Colorado saw nearly three times as many children with injuries from dog bites this spring compared to last year at the same time, promp...

07 Sep
What Kind of Cat Owner Are You?

What Kind of Cat Owner Are You?

If your favorite feline has ever deposited a dead bird or snake on the front porch, your reaction to this "gift" may be far different from your best friend's.

A survey in Britain found that cat owners have wide-ranging views about their pets' hunting habits.

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28 Aug
Owners Remain Faithful to Flat-Faced Dogs Despite Health Woes

Owners Remain Faithful to Flat-Faced Dogs Despite Health Woes

In spite of serious health problems, flat-faced pooches such as bulldogs, French bulldogs and pugs win the hearts of their owners, a new study finds.

Respiratory disease, breathing issues, eye disease, spinal disease, heat stroke and pneumonia are among the severe di...

06 Aug
AHA News: Want Your Cat to Stay in Purrrfect Health? Watch Out for Heart Disease

AHA News: Want Your Cat to Stay in Purrrfect Health? Watch Out for Heart Disease

As evidenced by the countless adoring posts, cute videos and laugh-out-loud memes on social media, people love their furry feline friends. But keeping cats happy and healthy isn't always easy.

Indeed, cats suffer many of the same health problems humans do, including...

27 Jul
When Tackling a Problem, Pigs and Pooches Have Different Strategy

When Tackling a Problem, Pigs and Pooches Have Different Strategy

You might say this is a tale about sheer pig-headedness.

Hungarian researchers wondered how two popular family pets -- dogs and miniature pigs -- would compare when confronted with a problem to solve.

Turns out pigs are more likely than dogs to find a solu...

23 Jul
Expert Tips to Help You Beat the Heat

Expert Tips to Help You Beat the Heat

With much of the United States blanketed by a heat wave this week, the American Red Cross offers some survival tips.

Each year, extreme heat kills more than 600 people in the United States. And many others are at risk of heat-related illness, especially adults aged 6...

15 Jul
Pets Provide Comfort for 'Ruff' Quarantine Time

Pets Provide Comfort for 'Ruff' Quarantine Time

For New York lawyer Roseann Schuyler, her family's pets -- a dog (Jackie), two cats (Hudson and Winter) and a fish (Atticus fish) -- eased the long, lonely days of lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic this spring.

"Those early days were so surreal. There was not ...

06 Jul
Does Having a Dog Make for Well-Adjusted Kids?

Does Having a Dog Make for Well-Adjusted Kids?

If you've hesitated to get a dog because your kids are very young, new research suggests that the preschool years might be a good time to add a furry friend to the family.

The study found that preschoolers with dogs at home had fewer problems with their peers or oth...

02 Jul
Definition of 'Dog Years' Not as Simple as Multiplying by 7

Definition of 'Dog Years' Not as Simple as Multiplying by 7

Mapping changes in the genome over time, researchers have developed a new formula to compare dog age with human age -- and it's not as clear-cut as every dog year equals seven human years.

The formula is based on chemical changes in what's known as methyl groups in t...

01 Jul
New Leash on Life: How Dog-Walking Is Helping Veterans Battered by PTSD

New Leash on Life: How Dog-Walking Is Helping Veterans Battered by PTSD

Many soldiers experience traumas on the battlefield that leave them emotionally wounded, but something as simple as walking a dog might bring these veterans desperately needed psychic relief.

So suggests a new study where researchers compared how four weeks of walkin...

29 Jun
Are Raw Food, Homemade or Vegan Diets Good for Your Pet?

Are Raw Food, Homemade or Vegan Diets Good for Your Pet?

Loving pet parents only want the finest fare for their furry friends, but with a dizzying array of choices, it's hard to know which pet diet is best. Raw food is all the rage, but is it really better than commercial kibble or homemade?

Owners are trying to figure th...

18 Jun
Why Some Dogs Are at Higher Odds of Dying From Heat

Why Some Dogs Are at Higher Odds of Dying From Heat

As summer temperatures soar, dogs are at risk of potentially fatal heat-related illness -- and certain ones appear particularly vulnerable, a large new study confirms.

The study, of more than 900,000 dogs, found that older pooches and those who carried extra pounds w...

12 Jun
How Helpful Are Support Dogs for Kids With Autism?

How Helpful Are Support Dogs for Kids With Autism?

Therapy dogs may help some children with autism improve their social skills, but this approach doesn't work in all cases, a new study finds.

Many people with autism have difficulty socializing with others, and previous research has suggested that therapy dogs can hel...

08 Jun
Two Cats Are First U.S. Pets to Be Sickened With COVID-19

Two Cats Are First U.S. Pets to Be Sickened With COVID-19

The first documented cases of U.S. household cats infected with COVID-19 have emerged in New York state, a new government report shows.

Two cats -- one in Nassau County, the other in Orange County -- appear to have contracted COVID-19 from the humans with whom they l...

05 Jun
Pets: Big Pandemic Stress Reducers

Pets: Big Pandemic Stress Reducers

June is time for people to bond with their pets, the American Heart Association says.

Throughout the month, the AHA encourages people to make pets part of their workday as routines shift during the coronavirus pandemic.

Although your contact with other p...

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