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When Dogs Drink Water

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If you've ever watched a dog drink water, you know that it can be a sloshy, spilly, splashy affair -- in other words, adorable. Behind all of the happy, wet messes, however, lies the mechanical logic of carnivorous compensation -- dogs splash when they drink because they have the cheeks of a predatory quadruped. By studying the drinking habits of various dog breeds and sizes, researchers have recently identified and modeled the fluid dynamics at play when dogs drink water.

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Duquesne Biology Professor Volunteers Her Skills and “Cattitude,” One Feral Colony at a Time

Becky Morrow, assistant professor of biological sciences at Duquesne University, a licensed veterinarian and a scholar who gets her hands dirty helping communities from Clarion to the West Virginia border control feral cat colonies.

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Cats and Athletes Teach Robots to Fall

Georgia Tech studies mid-air orientation and impact behavior in both cats and humans as it applies to reduced impact in falling robots, especially those that one day may be used for search-and-rescue missions in hazardous conditions.

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The Cat’s Meow: Genome Reveals Clues to Domestication​​

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Cats and humans have shared the same households for at least 9,000 years, but we still know very little about how our feline friends became domesticated. An analysis of the cat genome led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis reveals some surprising clues. The research appears Nov. 10 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition.

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New Natural Supplement Relieves Canine Arthritis

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Arthritis pain in dogs can be relieved, with no side effects, by a new product based on medicinal plants and dietary supplements that was developed at the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

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For Tiger Populations, a New Threat

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Along with the pressures of habitat loss, poaching and depletion of prey species, a new threat to tiger populations in the wild has surfaced in the form of disease, specifically, canine distemper virus (CDV). According to a new study from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and its partners, CDV has the potential to be a significant driver in pushing the animals toward extinction.

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New Tech Aims to Improve Communication Between Dogs and Humans

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NC State researchers have developed a suite of technologies that can be used to enhance communication between dogs and humans, which has applications in everything from search and rescue to service dogs to training our pets.

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Strong Bonds with Pets May Help Foster Resiliency in Military-Connected Children

Developing resiliency has important benefits for children, especially those from military families faced with significant challenges such as parental deployment and frequent moves. New Tufts University research published online in Applied Developmental Science supports the idea that, along with other key resources, strong attachments to animals may help military-connected children develop resiliency and other positive developmental traits.

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Veterinarian Cautions Against Using Unnecessary Over-the-Counter Drugs

A Kansas State University veterinarian cautions pet owners against using over-the-counter antibiotics to treat tear stains, which are often only a cosmetic issue.

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Animal Therapy Reduces Anxiety, Loneliness Symptoms in College Students

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Animal-assisted therapy can reduce symptoms of anxiety and loneliness among college students, according to researchers at Georgia State University, Idaho State University and Savannah College of Art and Design.

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