Sep
5
2018
While your senior dog is unlikely to forget where he left his glasses, he can still have the occasional senior moment. Like forgetting the way home on your daily walk together. He could be suffering from canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD), the doggy version of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in humans. AD affects one in three human seniors. About 40% of companion dogs aged 12 or older develop CCD. But for dogs, as with humans, there’s currently no cure. Ropesalazine could change that. ...more
Aug
30
2018
This week: A surprising new survey reveals the type of pet who makes kids happiest, service dogs who wash out of basic training are available to good homes, and the Paris Aquarium offers a toilet-free alternative to getting rid of unwanted goldfish. ...more
Aug
27
2018
Okay, maybe just one needle every three months. But one shot every 90 days sure beats daily insulin injections, if promising new research out of Purdue University bears fruit. Last week, the school released the preliminary findings of a new study: The first minimally invasive therapy to successfully reverse Type 1 diabetes within 24 hours and maintain insulin independence for at least 90 days in test subjects. ...more
Aug
24
2018
He sure looks like some kind of pit bull terrier, but the shelter says otherwise. If you go to a shelter to adopt a dog and ask an employee what breed he is, your guess is as good as theirs. In fact, yours might be better. Because sometimes they guess wrong—deliberately. ...more
Aug
20
2018
As studies, go, the results were mixed.The researchers had two objectives. The first: determine if a contraceptive vaccine would be effective in preventing feral cats from breeding in the wild. The second, and possibly more ambitious: establish a humane paradigm shift in feline research. ...more
Aug
17
2018
It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s how high he can lift his leg. And if he can lift it high enough, there may not be a fight at all. At least, that’s the hypothesis posed by authors of a new study on scent marking by male dogs. Researchers at Cornell University say smaller dogs lift their legs higher when they urinate, possibly to exaggerate their body size. ...more
Jul
30
2018
Farmer: What's that, Lassie?
Lassie: Woof, woof, woof!
Farmer: Timmy fell down the well?!
Lassie: Woof!
Farmer: That’s the third time this month, right?
Lassie: Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof. Woof, woof, woof, woof.
Farmer: I agree. Let him get himself out.
—A well-known joke dating back to the classic 1950s show, Lassie.

That joke is a part of pop culture, but ironically, the only character on Lassie who ever fell down a well and had to be rescued was . . . well, Lassie. ...more
Jul
25
2018
We’re going to have to find a new cliché to describe people who don’t get along. A new study from the University of Lincoln in Lincoln, the United Kingdom, explores the relationships between cats and dogs who live together in the same home. And in most cases, cats and dogs living under the same roof got along just fine . . . as long as nobody ticked off the cat. ...more
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