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.
According to a survey by the American Pet Products Association, nearly half of all dogs sleep on their owners’ beds. And according to a recent study at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, people who sleep with their dog on the bed sacrifice sleep. But maybe not enough to matter.
Coming home at the end of a rough day to be greeted joyously at the door by your dog is one of life’s great joys. And the more he jumps for joy at the sight of you, the better it feels. But it might not feel so good to him.The happier your dog is to see you after you’ve been away for a while, the more likely it is that he may suffer from some degree of separation anxiety.
Catch up on the latest pet and veterinary news from the last week. In this update: researchers try to improve police dogs' accuracy, the UK Kennel Club present best dog photography from 2016, a Neapolitan Mastiff wins the World's Ugliest Dog Contest, a dog's leg is saved by bone-growing technology, and a team uses dogs to try to find Amelia Earhart.
Pet owners aren’t the only people who think their dogs are smarter than they actually are. So do the people who study them. Two researchers in England reviewed more than 300 scientific papers that compared the intelligence of dogs with that of animals in three broad categories that also include dogs: domestic animals, social hunters, and carnivorans. They published their findings in a paper titled In What Sense Are Dogs Special? Canine Cognition in Comparative Context.
It turns out that chocolate is bad for dogs in more ways than one—if the dog in question is a chocolate Lab. New research found that chocolate-colored Labrador retrievers don’t live as long as black or yellow Labs. They’re also more prone to ear infections and skin diseases. Those are among the findings of a new study published last week in the journal Canine Genetics and Epidemiology
“You’re allergic? Whoops.” Cat dander, which holds the allergens that set off the sneezing, the itching, and the runny eyes and nose, is also the smallest dander. About one-tenth the size of a dust allergen, it’s smaller than pollen, smaller than mold, smaller than dust mites, or any other animal dander. But new research says we can curb those allergies
The answer isn’t colored contacts. It’s chromosomes. Technically, a duplicated stretch of DNA on a single chromosome: Canine chromosome 18. That’s the conclusion drawn in a new study led by Adam Boyko, PhD, Aaron Sams, PhD. How did they get their data? They crowd-sourced it through direct-to-consumer DNA testing.
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.
Can animals predict natural disasters? A lot of anecdotal evidence suggests that they can. Many people claim that their dogs or cats behaved oddly just prior to an earthquake. But despite the abundance of such assertions, a recent study suggests that animals have no real predictive ability when it comes earthquakes.