Cases of osteoarthritis (OA) in pets have increased at an alarming rate in the past decade, and that increase corresponds with rising rates of obesity in companion animals.That’s the conclusion reached in Banfield Pet Hospital’s 2019 State of Pet Health Report.
Which one do you want to cuddle? If you picked the one on the right, there’s a reason. In the first detailed study comparing the anatomy and behavior of dogs and wolves, researchers at the University of Portsmouth’s Dog Cognition Center in the UK examined the heads of six dogs and two wolves.
It turns out the shape of the skull may not be the only reason some short-snouted dog breeds have trouble breathing. The culprit could be a genetic mutation. Certain breeds of dogs and cats are prone to difficult, obstructive breathing—a condition called brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) because of the shape of their head, muzzle, and throat.
“You’re allergic? Whoops.” Cat dander, which holds the allergens that set off the sneezing, the itching, and the runny eyes and nose, is also the smallest dander. About one-tenth the size of a dust allergen, it’s smaller than pollen, smaller than mold, smaller than dust mites, or any other animal dander. But new research says we can curb those allergies
Nearly five million people in the US are bitten by dogs each year. The most common victims are children, most of whom are bitten by family pets. But which breed bites the most? That’s hard to say, because according to a new study, “unknown” tops the list.
An uncontrolled outbreak of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) has reached epidemic proportions in one northern Mexico town and started spreading to the United States last year, according to a 2018 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Veterinarians have been using PARR assays to diagnose certain kinds of canine lymphoma for years. But no one knew how accurate those assays really were—until now.
“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.
Cases of feline diabetes mellitus (DM) are cropping up at an alarming rate: As many as 1 in 100 cats in the US are now believed to have feline DM. Fortunately, diagnosing and treating it just got easier.
Odds are, not often enough.That’s according to a new survey of cat owners in the United Kingdom, carried out to coincide with Feline Hypertension Month, which runs through the end of May.