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
May
31
2018
Parking in the shade on a sunny day won’t necessarily save a pet left in the car from heatstroke, or worse. A new study of temperatures inside parked cars shows that a car parked in the sun would reach lethal temperatures faster than one parked in the shade, but even in a shaded car, heat buildup could prove deadly. ...more
May
29
2018
If you think they’re cute now, just wait ‘til they’re weaned. A new study published this month in the journal Anthrozoos aimed to determine the peak of puppy cuteness. It found that puppies are most appealing to humans at around six to eight weeks of age. That’s around the same time puppies are weaned from their mothers, and the researchers think that’s no accident. ...more
May
21
2018
Stifling heat isn’t the only reason it sucks to be pregnant during the dog days of summer. Dogs born during summer months run a higher risk of heart and artery problems, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.The researchers combed through cardiovascular data for 129,778 dogs from more than 250 breeds for the study.They found that dogs born between June and August are at a higher risk of heart disease than those born during the rest of year. ...more
May
18
2018
When Julia Beatty's cat Jasper died of heart disease, it never occurred to her that his death would lead to the breakthrough discovery of a virus previously unknown in cats. But now, samples of his tissue have helped Beatty and other Australian researchers identify a new feline disease: domestic cat hepadnavirus. ...more
May
16
2018
Even responsible pet owners do it all the time.They’ll take their dog for a walk in the woods and won’t bother picking up his feces, an oversight they’d never consider on a walk around the neighborhood. Maybe they think, “Hey, it’s the woods, nobody’s going to step in it.” Or, “Hey, it’ll decompose and help fertilize the ground.” Or, “Hey, bears go in the woods and nobody picks up their poop. What’s the difference?” ...more
May
4
2018
Which are healthier, purebred or mixed-breed dogs? That question has fueled debate for years. One school of thought maintains that mixed-breed dogs are inherently healthier because they’re less prone to genetic diseases. But “less prone” doesn’t mean they can’t contract them. Now, a new study shows that genetic testing can give owners and veterinarians a heads up on what genetic diseases a mixed-breed dog might get, depending on his DNA. ...more
Apr
27
2018
Well, the easy answer is, because it’s poop. And for years, people have explained it away with the same possible causes: diet, digestive disorders, or the presence of parasites. But what about those times when the smell is really bad? Japanese researchers discovered the answer. ...more
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