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June 08, 2018

Canine influenza could jump to humans

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.

May 21, 2018

Dogs born in the summer more likely to get heart disease

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.

May 18, 2018

New virus similar to hepatitis B discovered in cats

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.

May 04, 2018

Canine DNA testing could change the way you practice medicine

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.

April 26, 2018

Well, I didn’t see THIS coming

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.

April 10, 2018

Cats may experience placebo effects

Cat, or other pets, may experience placebo effects, according to a study at North Carolina State University evaluating a novel approach for cats with degenerative joint disease. Though conducted in 2014, interesting results were aired this week.

February 05, 2018

He can sense your fear

He’d be all over Don Knotts. A new study by researchers at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom indicates that anxious people are more likely to be bitten by dogs than relaxed people.

January 31, 2018

Boy cat, or girl cat? Hint: watch the paws

Seventy percent of cats show a paw preference when taking that first step down a flight of stairs. And if they use their right paw, odds are she’s a female.That’s the conclusion drawn by researchers from Queens University Belfast in a new study on limb preference in cats.

January 19, 2018

Wipe that coprophagic grin off your face!

Why do dogs eat poop? Theories abound: They’re bored; they have enzyme deficiencies; it’s a problem with the pancreas; they do it for attention (if so, it’s working, but maybe not the way they were hoping); they like the taste (ugh); and, most annoying of all

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