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
10
2017
Dani McVety, DVM, writes that humans can rationalize pain and the anxiety of negative emotions that accompany the anticipation of it. Animals cannot rationalize, she says....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
23
2017
The recent hurricanes and flooding in Florida and Texas affected everyone in their path, but dog owners may face a delayed consequence others don’t if things don’t dry out fast: heartworm disease. ...more
Sep
18
2017
As the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma proved, humans aren’t the only victims of natural disasters. Animals suffer, too. And there are resources available to help both people and their pets when their lives have been uprooted my hurricanes, floods, wildfires, or other traumatic natural events. ...more
Sep
15
2017
As of Thursday, 21,000 firefighters were battling 137 active wildfires in various stages of containment across 2,200 square miles in nine western states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. Veterinary practices in the affected areas have gotten used to it....more
Sep
11
2017
Hurricane Irma blew Hurricane Harvey out of the headlines last week, but Harvey is still top of mind in Texas. Harvey dumped a year’s worth of rain in less than a week in Houston and the southeastern part of the state, and residents are still mopping up. ...more
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