Reading aloud with your children is important, but having them read to the family dog might just make them happier to finish their homework.
New Rabies Challenge Studies May Show a Longer Duration of Immunity in Dogs
A new study by scientists at the University of Liverpool and Mars Petcare’s Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition showed that the lifespans of overweight dogs were up to two-and-a-half years shorter than those of ideal-weight dogs.
In a new paper “Evidence-based paradigm shifts in veterinary behavioral medicine,” Karen L. Overall, MA VMD, PhD, DACVB, editor-in-chief of Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, and a senior research scientist in the Biology Department, University of Pennsylvania, reviews the recent literature on veterinary behavior medicine.
Odds are, not often enough.That’s according to a new survey of cat owners in the United Kingdom, carried out to coincide with Feline Hypertension Month, which runs through the end of May.
In the face of antibiotic resistance, a new wave of researchers has abandoned the quest for a bigger, badder antibiotic agent to kill or slow the growth of pathogenic bacteria. Instead, these pioneers are exploring ways to develop anti-infective agents that will disarm bacteria or disrupt their workings.
Many dog trainers advocate the use of positive reward-based reinforcement rather than electronic collars. Now animal behavior specialists at the University of Lincoln in the U.K. have produced a study that supports the trainers' recommendation due to welfare concerns about the collars.
Doctors, Researchers Work to Find Cure, Treatments for Fibrotic Lung Disease in Humans and Pets
New research suggests that simple changes in activity levels and diet can reduce free-roaming cats’ predation.
New research could change the way post-operative analgesia is administered in dogs, enabling patients to go home sooner and spend less time in the hospital. A study led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Veterinary Medicine looked at the effectiveness of injecting dogs with extended-release opioids to provide long-term pain relief. The group of scientists, headed by UW veterinary anesthesiologist Lesley Smith, DVM, DACVA, used liposome-encapsulated hydromorphone made with dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine and cholesterol (DPPC-C hydromorphone) for the study. Different concentrations of the formulation, created at the university, were subcutaneously injected into healthy beagles. The concentration of hydromorphone in the dog’s blood serum was then measured at various intervals to determine whether the drug was working. “We extrapolated that certain serum levels (as shown in human studies) are correlated with surgical analgesia,” Smith said.