A recent study at the University of Helsinki shows that dogs might be adept at recognizing familiar human faces - even in photos. The study, published in the journal Animal Cognition, used eye movement tracking technology to test the facial recognition abilities of 23 pet dogs and eight kennel dogs.
Many pet owners have called dogs their children for years, but now there is research to support their use of the terminology. Researchers from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, conducted a study to explore the similarities in relationships between dogs and their owners, and children and their parents.
We’re hoping you can help. Researchers at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine are looking for pet owners who have cared for a dog or cat with chronic heart failure (CHF) sometime during the past 10 years, and who would be willing to participate in a new survey of owner experiences caring for dogs and cats with CHF.
This week: Great apes vaccinated against COVID, the world’s oldest pet cemetery, and a new blindness gene is uncovered in a canine study.
Most canine weight loss interventions involve a change in diet, but the authors of a new literature review wanted to know whether interventions that used behavior change techniques (BCTs) to modify pet owners’ behavior could be effective, too. The authors’ conclusion, based on the findings of the 14 studies they analyzed: Um, probably.
It’s a time honored truth that a dog or cat who has special dietary needs might be more interested in eating the other dog’s (or cat’s) meal. For decades, pet owners have tried creative solutions to fight this dilemma. Houston veterinarian Rachel Addleman DVM, DABVP, CVA not only believes she has the solution, she has the registered patent to prove it. Her invention is a magnetic pendant which attaches to the animal’s collar. When the animal is near the food container they’re allowed to eat from, they have the access they need. However, if they move toward the bowl that isn’t theirs, their access is cut off. The key is the food will still remain available to other animals who don’t have any restriction. Dr. Addleman’s thought process was geared toward cats with particular dietary restrictions, such as her own. Describing the issue to be solved was her first step to creating a solution.
Early reports that pets could be COVID carriers led to speculation that dog abandonment might skyrocket. A new study looks at what actually happened.
This week: Researchers investigate why pets catch coronavirus, feeding cats less frequently may be better for them, and a poll on pet owners’ attitudes toward CBD.
“I see a lot of epileptic patients,” says Stephanie McGrath, DVM, MS. “It’s a very heart-wrenching disease.” Canine idiopathic epilepsy affects up to 5.7% of the pet dog population worldwide. McGrath, a neurologist and researcher at Colorado State University’s (CSU) Veterinary Teaching Hospital who says she’s frustrated at the lack of good options for treating it, thinks cannabidiols (CBD) might be one answer.
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.