Oct
17
2017
Everybody knows that. Or do they? Since the 1980s, research into the link between healthy children and having a pet has supported the common wisdom that pets are good for kids, both emotionally and physically. For instance a 1995 study published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology indicates that living with pets can... ...more
Oct
13
2017
When did Man’s best friend become man’s best friend? It’s an old question, and opinion is divided. Some scientists believe dogs were first domesticated more than 17,000 years ago, in the paleolithic age, when human beings were hunter-gatherers. Others believe domestication occurred closer to 7,000 years ago, during the Neolithic age, when humans first began farming and living in permanent settlements. Mandibles may tell the story. Or not, according to a new study.

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Oct
7
2017
“There aren’t many true emergency diseases in veterinary medicine, but GDV is one of them,” said researcher and veterinarian Dan O’Neill, a veterinary epidemiologist at the Royal Veterinary College. GDV (gastric dilation and volvulus), better known as canine bloat, is one of the top killers of dogs. And it can come on fast. ...more
Oct
6
2017
For some dog owners, a simple visit to the vet can be an adrenaline-inducing nightmare. They’ve got their dog by leash, trying to find a seat, praying that the sight of another dog won’t set their dog off on a frenzy of snapping, growling, and lunging. All that unpredictable aggression could be hormones, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Arizona. ...more
Oct
5
2017
Climate change could make flea collars obsolete. A mass extinction of fleas, ticks and roundworms and other parasites might sound like a good idea to pet owners, but it could have devastating consequences for the Earth. ...more
Oct
4
2017
A recent study by the VetCompass™ Program at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has revealed striking insights into the demographics and disorders of German shepherd dogs (GSDs)—insights that may help answer an age old question familiar to veterinarians everywhere. ...more
Sep
25
2017
Walking your dog can save your life, depending on how long your walk is. Just 30 minutes of physical activity a day, five days a week, can prevent one in twelve deaths. That’s the conclusion drawn from one of the largest studies ever done of the benefits of moderate physical activity. ...more
Sep
21
2017
Your brain may just be optimizing, according to two researchers at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research....more
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