Jul
9
2018
Indigenous North American peoples endured horrible suffering and devastating loss at the hands of European settlers who began arriving in the New World in the early fifteenth century. Indigenous North American dogs may have had it nearly as bad. According to new research, ancient dogs, who arrived in the Americas alongside humans more than 10,000 years ago, were almost completely wiped out by European colonization. ...more
Jun
29
2018
How did a wild, fierce, nocturnal predator like the wolf evolve over the course of millennia into a friendly, domesticated companion who likes to sleep on our beds at night? Evolutionary genetics says it’s in the genes, but which genes? A new study by researchers at the University of Michigan may point to an answer. ...more
Jun
27
2018
Despite tramadol’s popularity as an oral analgesic in veterinary medicine, experts have debated it’s efficacy for years. And a new study has added fuel to the fire. Researchers at the University of Georgia found that tramadol was ineffective in relieving pain associated with osteoarthritis in dogs. The researchers compared the use of tramadol with both placebo and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in 35 dogs with osteoarthritis of the elbow or knee in a randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled crossover study. ...more
Jun
25
2018
Dogs know when you’re angry, but they’re not so good at knowing when you’re happy. In fact, when dogs see you smile, they may misinterpret it as aggression: new research indicates that dogs understand people’s facial expressions much better than previously thought. They just don’t always read them accurately. ...more
Jun
19
2018
Sometimes a huge gap exists between what a veterinarian tells a client and what the client actually hears. Most practices don't realize these communication gaps even exist! We know this because a white paper was recently published that covers a five-year span of healthcare teams and owners participating in the survey. ...more
Jun
18
2018
Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common type of heart disease and one of the most common causes of death in cats, but detecting it can be tricky because many cats who have HCM are asymptomatic. HCM causes the muscular walls of a cat’s heart to thicken, decreasing the efficiency of the heart and sometimes creating symptoms in other parts of the body. And although veterinarians have known about HCM for nearly 50 years, almost nothing was known about its epidemiology. Until now. ...more
Jun
13
2018
Raw food diets are rooted in the notion that dogs and cats are carnivores who crave protein and evolved to eat meat. But is meat what they really want to eat? Maybe only if it tastes good. A new study shows that when food is altered to remove the appetizing taste, dogs and cats will pass up protein in favor of other macronutrients. Specifically, dogs prefer fat, and cats like carbs. ...more
Jun
8
2018
Canine influenza virus (CIV) is a highly contagious viral infection that not only affects dogs, but cats as well. And new research says humans could one day be at risk, too. According to a new study published in the journal mBio, scientists have discovered that domestic dogs are harboring flu viruses that have the potential to jump to humans. That’s a scenario previously thought highly improbable, if not impossible: no cases of a human catching canine influenza have ever been recorded. ...more
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