The recently released Banfield Pet Hospital State of Pet Health 2014 Report offers a comprehensive analysis of the prevalence of various infectious diseases that affect the nation's cats and dogs. The report analyzed data collected from almost 2.3 million dogs and 470,000 cats that were treated in Banfield's nationwide network of animal hospitals in 2013.
Edmunds.com has released its 2013 list of the safest cars for transporting pets. All cars include features that are likely to improve pet safety, and are all priced starting at under $35,000.
Anyone with siblings may not be surprised to be find that kids have less conflict with their pets than with their brothers or sisters. While many families have pets, there hasn’t been a lot of research done on the importance of child-pet relationships.
The Banfield-produced 2013 State of Pet Health Report is shedding new light on how geographic location influences how long pets live. In addition to exploring which states are more favorable for long pet lifespans than others, Banfield delved into the reasons why the differences exist.
It’s like the paleo diet, only for pets. Grain-free, all-meat, and raw-food diets are hugely popular with pet owners who like the idea of feeding their cats and dogs a diet that’s closer to what their ancestor ate in the wilds. The problem is, there’s no hard, scientific evidence that raw meat–based diets (RMBDs) are any healthier than traditional dry or canned pet foods.
Whether you’re in grade school or veterinary school, September means heading off to class and often leaving beloved pets at home. But a new study shows that having pets—even a fish—in the classroom teaches values that aren’t found in any textbook. The study, published July 22, was sponsored by the American Humane Society in collaboration with the Pet Care Trust and based on nearly 1,200 surveys and interviews with U.S. and Canadian teachers who had a pet in the classroom for at least three months.
Catch up on the latest pet and veterinary news from the last week. In this update: Researchers find biomarkers for heart disease, pet startups grow in popularity, dogs boost owners' physical activity, and a CIA operation to create cat spies.
Exposure to household pets from birth could reduce a child’s risk for allergies and obesity. A study conducted by researchers from the University of Alberta looked at infant gut microbiota to see whether pre- or postnatal pet exposure would have a significant effect.
Michigan State University researchers are determined to remove some of the doubt and second-guessing that many people experience when their pets' health declines considerably. Their quest has led to the development of a new survey to help pet owners more accurately observe changes in their dogs' quality of life while the pets are undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.
Embark Veterinary Inc., now based in Boston, has announced that it has raised $4.5 million in funding to expand its canine genetic testing suite for pet parents, breeders, and veterinarians.