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October 17, 2017

Pets in the house mean happier, healthier kids . . . right?

Everybody knows that. Or do they? Since the 1980s, research into the link between healthy children and having a pet has supported the common wisdom that pets are good for kids, both emotionally and physically. For instance a 1995 study published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology indicates that living with pets can...

April 04, 2019

Overweight dogs live shorter lives

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.

October 03, 2018

Survey respondents needed for chronic heart failure study

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.

June 29, 2017

Weekly News Roundup 6/22 – 6/29

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.

July 27, 2017

Weekly News Roundup 7/21 – 7/27

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.

July 06, 2017

Weekly News Roundup 6/29 – 7/6

Catch up on the latest pet and veterinary news from the last week. In this update: people considered marijuana-derived treatments to soothe pets' nerves, the research that has been done on the benefits of therapy animals, and how a cat helped discover a new plastic.

May 09, 2019

On moving day, remember: Pets are family, not furniture

We’ve entered the peak moving season in the US. On average, more than 40 million people move each year in the United States, with an estimated 80% of those moves occurring between April and September. And, according to an oft-quoted study on pet relinquishment at US animal shelters, the number one reason pet owners give for relinquishing pets is moving (7%). Does that mean we’ve also entered the peak season for pet relinquishment?

March 11, 2019

Study: Plastic balloons are killing seabirds

If we want to save seabirds, banning plastic straws alone won’t cut it. We need to ban plastic balloons. A recent study of more than 1,700 dead seabirds showed that the deaths of more than 25% were linked to eating plastic.

February 27, 2019

Staff at AAHA-accredited hospital finds cure for potentially fatal canine heart ailment

Usually, scientists discover cures for human health conditions by testing them on animals. This time, it’s the other way around. In a refreshing change of pace, a veterinary cardiologist and her colleagues have discovered a way to cure a rare but life-threatening heart arrhythmia in dogs by adapting a treatment pioneered in humans.

September 26, 2018

3D printing saves dog’s skull

Researchers at a Canadian university used 3D printing technology to replace the majority of a dog’s cancer-ridden skull. The patient, a nine-year-old dachshund named Patches, had a tumor that had grown so large it was weighing down her head, growing into her skull, and pushing dangerously close to her brain and eye socket. The procedure is thought to be the first of its kind in North America.

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