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July 01, 2022

Fireworks aren’t fun for everyone

According to statistics, animal control officials across the country see a 30–60% increase in lost pets each year between July fourth and sixth. In fact, July fifth is traditionally one of the busiest days of the year for animal shelters.

August 21, 2019

Weekly News Roundup 8/16 to 8/22

This week: The world’s oldest living pet celebrates another birthday, Japanese scientists get the green light to grow human organs in animals, and you might want to rethink posting pet photos online.

July 11, 2019

Weekly News Roundup 7/5 to 7/11

This week: Another downside to legalized pot and a pit bull gets some good press. Plus: can dogs help your headaches go away?

May 30, 2019

New study: CBD shows promise for treating canine epilepsy

“I see a lot of epileptic patients,” says Stephanie McGrath, DVM, MS. “It’s a very heart-wrenching disease.” Canine idiopathic epilepsy affects up to 5.7% of the pet dog population worldwide. McGrath, a neurologist and researcher at Colorado State University’s (CSU) Veterinary Teaching Hospital who says she’s frustrated at the lack of good options for treating it, thinks cannabidiols (CBD) might be one answer.

March 27, 2019

Study: One-third of pet owners would consider having their pets go vegan

If you’re a confirmed carnivore, how would you feel if your pet went vegan? A new study finds that one-quarter of pet owners who identify as vegans feed their dog or cat a vegan diet, while more than one-third of all dog and cat owners (which includes a lot more meat-eaters than vegans) are interested in plant-based diets for their pets.

March 27, 2018

Emotional support animals probably don’t do anything for anxiety

People have been traveling with emotional support animals for years, claiming they serve a mental health purpose. But the scientific case for comfort animals is very weak, according to this Prevention article. “These animals provide the sole purpose of emotional support,” says Molly Crossman, a doctoral student in clinical study at Yale University who authored a study about how animals impact human psychological distress.

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