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January 18, 2017

Puppies respond positively to “dog talk”

Using the high-pitched “dog voice” toward pets works better for puppies than adult dogs. Researchers decided to look into this pet-directed speech, which is similar to the tone of voice used for human babies “known to engage infants’ attention and promote language learning.”

October 11, 2016

Microbe patterns can predict canine IBD

Canine inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is most common in middle-aged and older dogs, and includes inflammation of the intestines and chronic, gastrointestinal symptoms, according to Pet MD. A new study offers some insights into its cause. Researchers from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Texas A&M University identified a pattern of microbes indicative of IBD in dogs, and were able to predict which dogs had IBD and which did not with more than 90 percent accuracy. The study was published in Nature Microbiology on Oct. 3.

September 20, 2016

Pet therapy for homesickness: coming to a campus near you

By September, college campuses are buzzing with life. But for some first year students, that excitement is tempered with homesickness that translates into dropout rates. Canine relief is now a valid antidote, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of British Columbia in Canada recently concluded that animal-assisted therapy not only helps students combat homesickness. It is also useful in in lowering post-secondary dropout rates. The study was published in the journal Anthrozoös on Aug. 17.

May 23, 2014

Humans and Animals Share MRSA Strain

A new study offers evidence that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) can be passed from human to animal and back again without undergoing any adaptation.

December 07, 2015

Molecular processes for canine cancer therapy investigated

Changes in the DNA—of a pet or a person—can mean the difference between a cell that works properly and one that is potentially cancerous, according to the National Human Genome Research Institute. Currently, researchers can scan human samples for genetic changes in a cancer but the findings aren't easily transferrable to canines. A new study hopes to change that. Scientists at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna have compiled findings on the molecular genetics of cancer development in canines. Their study was published in BMC Genomics on Nov. 16.

September 30, 2015

Canine “looking back” behavior the result of social adaptation

Do your canine patients look to you, or their owners, for direction? It could be because dogs have been trained to solicit that direction rather than act independently, a new study suggests. The study, published September 16 in Biology Letters by Oregon State University, concluded that social sensitivity plays a key role in a dog’s willingness to problem solve.

December 20, 2013

Dogs appear to recognize familiar faces in photos, study says

A recent study at the University of Helsinki shows that dogs might be adept at recognizing familiar human faces - even in photos. The study, published in the journal Animal Cognition, used eye movement tracking technology to test the facial recognition abilities of 23 pet dogs and eight kennel dogs.

June 25, 2013

Dogs' relationships with humans similar to parent-child dynamic

Many pet owners have called dogs their children for years, but now there is research to support their use of the terminology. Researchers from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, conducted a study to explore the similarities in relationships between dogs and their owners, and children and their parents.

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.

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