Dec
26
2016
Ecologists have found that reindeer are shrinking due to the impact of climate change on their food supplies. ...more
Dec
21
2016
Rabies, as it exists today, likely crossed the globe at the same time as explorers in the sixteenth century. While previous studies have determined two major phylogenetic groups existed for rabies—one bat-related and the other dog-related—there has never been a study that looked at global and evolutionary implications. ...more
Dec
14
2016
Border Collie Collapse, or BCC, is recognized as a form of exercise intolerance in Border collies, Kelpies, and related breeds in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Dogs with BCC are normal at rest, but after 5–15 minutes of strenuous exercise can develop incoordination and altered mentation. ...more
Dec
7
2016
Medical and veterinary schools are partnering to find new treatments for cancer. This new field of “comparative oncology,” which tries to develop new treatments for dogs with an eye to how they could be adapted to treat people, is becoming continually more popular. ...more
Nov
30
2016
If you’ve ever taken a close look at a feline patient’s tongue, you may have noticed the tiny, sharp “spines” on its surface. There’s a good reason for that design, new findings suggests. Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology concluded that a cat’s tongue is not only good at cleaning and removing fur tangles; it is also self-cleaning. The researchers presented their findings at the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD), held Nov. 20-22, in Portland, Ore. ...more
Nov
28
2016
Have you ever wondered if your canine patients remember past visits? A new study suggests that might just be the case. Researchers from MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group and Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary concluded that dogs have the same kind of “episodic memory” that humans do, and are able to recall past events. The study was published in Current Biology on Nov. 23. ...more
Nov
22
2016
With Thanksgiving this week in the United States, many people have birds on the brain—cooking them, sharing them, and eating them. Turkeys have a long food history with Americans, according to a study published in The Journal of Archeological Sciences: Reports on Nov. 21. But other bird species—and studies—also offer suggestions on how to navigate family dynamics around the dinner table....more
Nov
15
2016
How do you differentiate between a feline head injury and an odd-shaped feline skull? A new study offers some insights. Researchers from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and International Cat Care and the Animal Health Trust in the United Kingdom concluded that recognizing morphological variations in the feline cerebellum and occipital bone can avoid false positive diagnoses of raised intracranial pressure and pathological herniation on MRIs. The study was published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery on Nov. 8. ...more
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