More than 4.5 million people in the US are bitten by dogs each year, most commonly children, and many by family pets. How can parents reduce the risk? By teaching kids not to do things that scare the dog, according to a new study on dog bite prevention.
You read a news story about a vicious attack on a helpless victim by a bat-wielding assailant. Of course, you’re horrified. But just how horrified are you? It depends on who the victim is . . ..
Do you ever have trouble sleeping after a bad day at the practice? It could be dogs have the same problem after a bad day at the dog park. A new study published online in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences shows that dogs who have a stressful day sleep badly that night, just like people.
We hear a lot about zoonotic risks where disease in animals can infect animal owners. George E. Moore, DVM, and Michael R. Lappin, DVM, have written clear instructions for animal owners and team members to help prevent zoonotic infection from Leptospirosis sp.
Dogs know you’re watching. And they’re letting you know they know. Just look at their faces. Scientists at the University of Portsmouth’s Dog Cognition Center have found clear evidence that dogs
If you’re scared of spiders and snakes, you’re not a wimp. It could be you were born that way, according to a new study. Researchers at the Max Plank Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI CBS) in Leipzig, Germany found that a fear of spiders and snakes may be innate in humans,
When did Man’s best friend become man’s best friend? It’s an old question, and opinion is divided. Some scientists believe dogs were first domesticated more than 17,000 years ago, in the paleolithic age, when human beings were hunter-gatherers. Others believe domestication occurred closer to 7,000 years ago, during the Neolithic age, when humans first began farming and living in permanent settlements. Mandibles may tell the story. Or not, according to a new study.
“There aren’t many true emergency diseases in veterinary medicine, but GDV is one of them,” said researcher and veterinarian Dan O’Neill, a veterinary epidemiologist at the Royal Veterinary College. GDV (gastric dilation and volvulus), better known as canine bloat, is one of the top killers of dogs. And it can come on fast.
For some dog owners, a simple visit to the vet can be an adrenaline-inducing nightmare. They’ve got their dog by leash, trying to find a seat, praying that the sight of another dog won’t set their dog off on a frenzy of snapping, growling, and lunging. All that unpredictable aggression could be hormones, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Arizona.
Walking your dog can save your life, depending on how long your walk is. Just 30 minutes of physical activity a day, five days a week, can prevent one in twelve deaths. That’s the conclusion drawn from one of the largest studies ever done of the benefits of moderate physical activity.