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Released: 15-May-2024 9:05 AM EDT
What Dog Owners Should Know About Leptospirosis
Tufts University

Leptospirosis is an illness caused by a bacteria called leptospira that can be present in soil and stagnant water. Rodents and other wildlife carry the bacteria and spread it through their urine. Both humans and dogs can become sick with leptospirosis, while cats are considered disease-resistant. For both people and dogs, the result of infection can range from mild to deadly serious.

   
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Released: 24-Apr-2024 10:05 AM EDT
Lyme Disease in Dogs: What Dog Owners Should Know
Virginia Tech

As Lyme disease cases rise in the U.S., humans are not the only ones at risk. Veterinarians with the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine say dogs are increasingly vulnerable to this tick-borne illness.  “Black-legged ticks, also called deer ticks, are most common carriers of Borrelia burgdorfer and can be found in the northeastern and north-central parts of the U.

Newswise: FAU Receives Grant to Examine Role of Pet Dogs on Military Adolescents
Released: 24-Apr-2024 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Receives Grant to Examine Role of Pet Dogs on Military Adolescents
Florida Atlantic University

The study will provide insight into how pet dogs support well-being and resilience in adolescents while a parent or guardian is in the National Guard, Reserve, is a veteran or on active duty. Adolescents in military families face ubiquitous teen stressors and unique military challenges such as parental deployment and frequent relocations.

26-Mar-2024 7:05 AM EDT
UK rabbit owners can recognise pain in their pets, study finds
University of Bristol

New research by the University of Bristol Veterinary School has found the majority of rabbit owners could list signs of pain and could mostly identify pain-free rabbits and those in severe pain, but many lacked knowledge of the subtler sign of pain.

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Released: 25-Mar-2024 10:05 AM EDT
Solar eclipse: experts share answers about science, safety, pet reactions
Virginia Tech

On Monday, April 8, much of the United States will have the opportunity to witness a partial or total eclipse.

Newswise: GW Research Explores How People Make a Snap Judgment About Unfamiliar Dogs
Released: 20-Feb-2024 11:05 AM EST
GW Research Explores How People Make a Snap Judgment About Unfamiliar Dogs
George Washington University

A new study by researchers at the George Washington University Primate Genomics Lab finds that even dogs’ faces provoke instant judgement from people who don’t know them.

   
Released: 19-Feb-2024 8:05 PM EST
Study reveals five common ways in which the health of homeless pet owners and their companions is improved
CABI Publishing

A rapid scoping review has been conducted which reveals five common ways in which the health of homeless pet owners and their companion animals is improved. Ten percent of homeless people keep pets. But little information exists on specific interventions.

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Released: 15-Feb-2024 7:05 PM EST
Meow or rooaaar - exotic cats' ability to recognize familiar caregivers' voices
PeerJ

In a recent PeerJ Life & Environment study, Professor Jennifer Vonk from Oakland University presents compelling evidence that exotic cats possess the remarkable ability to discriminate between familiar and unfamiliar human voices.

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Released: 12-Feb-2024 11:05 AM EST
Chocolate and candy: The hidden Valentine's Day dangers to your pet's health
Virginia Tech

As Valentine's Day approaches, you may be planning to enjoy some chocolates and candies. While these sweet treats delight us, they can pose significant risks to our pets. Understanding what's enjoyable for us but might be harmful for our furry friends is important during this sweet holiday.   “As pet owners, we understand how tempting it can be to share treats with your pets.

Released: 4-Jan-2024 5:05 PM EST
Check Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors Ahead of Winter Weather
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Poison Control Experts give safety tips ahead of winter storm.

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Released: 4-Jan-2024 1:05 PM EST
6-year-old adopts dog with same heart condition
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Their special connection supports Robin through her craniofacial procedures

Newswise: Why do dogs chew so much – and should we let them?
Released: 21-Dec-2023 1:05 PM EST
Why do dogs chew so much – and should we let them?
University of Sydney

While this drives some owners mad, veterinary scientists suspect there must be functional reasons why your best friend chews bones, sticks, shoes, furniture, your hand. But science has largely overlooked the reasons why.

Newswise: The Most Popular Holiday Foods…That Your Pet Should Avoid!
Released: 15-Dec-2023 2:05 PM EST
The Most Popular Holiday Foods…That Your Pet Should Avoid!
Tufts University

Lisa Freeman, board-certified veterinary nutritionist, and professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, offers some guidelines on holiday foods and your pets.

Newswise: What do Gifted dogs have in common?
Released: 14-Dec-2023 12:05 PM EST
What do Gifted dogs have in common?
Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)

All dog owners think that their pup is special. Science now has documented that some rare dogs are…even more special! They have a talent for learning hundreds of names of dog toys.

Newswise: UP team performs SA-first surgery to attach artificial foot to three-year-old Rottweiler
Released: 12-Dec-2023 3:05 PM EST
UP team performs SA-first surgery to attach artificial foot to three-year-old Rottweiler
University of Pretoria

A young Rottweiler has been given a new lease on life following innovative, ground-breaking prosthetic surgery to make him fully mobile again. Three-year-old Covid is on his way to recovery after successful surgery that’s allowed the attachment of an artificial foot to give him maximum quality of life.

Released: 7-Dec-2023 2:15 PM EST
Looking for unique stories about the winter holidays? Check out the Winter Holidays channel
Newswise

It's the moooost wonderful time...of the year! Are you looking for new story ideas that are focused on the winter holiday season? Perhaps you're working on a story on on managing stress and anxiety? Perhaps you're working on a story on seasonal affective disorder? Or perhaps your editor asked you to write a story on tracking Santa? Look no further. Check out the Winter Holidays channel.

       
Released: 16-Nov-2023 4:05 AM EST
More than meows: How bacteria help cats communicate
University of California, Davis

Many mammals, from domestic cats and dogs to giant pandas, use scent to communicate with each other. A new study from the University of California, Davis shows how domestic cats send signals to each other using odors derived from families of bacteria living in their anal glands. The work was published Nov. 8 in Scientific Reports.

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Released: 15-Nov-2023 12:05 PM EST
Virginia Tech and Arizona State researchers discover way to boost shelter dog adoptions
Virginia Tech

After a long day at work, you open the door to the place you call home. A chorus of furry happiness rushes toward you, the sound of unconditional canine love. With your return, your dog's world is whole. Virginia Tech and Arizona State University researchers are working to help more shelter dogs experience this kind of love, safety, and happiness in an adoptive home.

Released: 15-Nov-2023 11:20 AM EST
From Farm to Newsroom: The Latest Research and Features on Agriculture
Newswise

The world’s total population is expected to reach 9.9 billion by 2050. This rapid increase in population is boosting the demand for agriculture to cater for the increased demand. Below are some of the latest research and features on agriculture and farming in the Agriculture channel on Newswise.

Released: 12-Nov-2023 12:05 PM EST
Do pets make you happier? MSU study shows they didn’t during the pandemic
Michigan State University

There is a general understanding that pets have a positive impact on one’s well-being. A new study by Michigan State University found that although pet owners reported pets improving their lives, there was not a reliable association between pet ownership and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released: 10-Nov-2023 3:05 PM EST
Do pets make you happier? MSU study shows they didn’t during the pandemic
Michigan State University

There is a general understanding that pets have a positive impact on one’s well-being. A new study by Michigan State University found that although pet owners reported pets improving their lives, there was not a reliable association between pet ownership and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released: 7-Nov-2023 5:05 PM EST
Infection with common cat-borne parasite associated with frailty in older adults
University of Colorado Boulder

A common, cat-borne parasite already associated with risk-taking behavior and mental illness in humans may also contribute to exhaustion, loss of muscle mass, and other signs of “frailty” in older adults, suggests a study published Nov. 6 in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Science.

Released: 7-Nov-2023 3:05 PM EST
Education key to curbing antimicrobial resistance in cats
Cornell University

Better education for cat owners, more communication from veterinarians, increased drug choices and cheaper, rapid diagnostic tools can help improve antimicrobial use in cats, which has important implications for rising antimicrobial resistance in animals and humans, according to two new papers by Cornell researchers.

Newswise: European wildcats avoided introduced domestic cats for 2,000 years
Released: 6-Nov-2023 6:05 PM EST
European wildcats avoided introduced domestic cats for 2,000 years
University of Oxford

Domestic cats introduced from the Near East and wildcats native to Europe did not mix until the 1960s, despite being exposed to each other for 2,000 years, according to two research papers published today in Current Biology.

Released: 3-Nov-2023 10:05 AM EDT
An exotic tick that can kill cattle is spreading across Ohio
Ohio State University

A species of exotic tick arrived in Ohio in 2021 in such huge numbers that their feeding frenzy on a southeastern farm left three cattle dead of what researchers believe was severe blood loss.

Newswise: Golden Retriever Lifetime Study data uncovers potential connection between sterilization, hemangiosarcoma
Released: 2-Nov-2023 9:05 PM EDT
Golden Retriever Lifetime Study data uncovers potential connection between sterilization, hemangiosarcoma
Morris Animal Foundation

A scientific analysis published in Veterinary and Comparative Oncology using Golden Retriever Lifetime Study data notes a potential correlation between canine sterilization and hemangiosarcoma development. This startling finding has been previously suggested by experts but still is poorly understood.

Released: 1-Nov-2023 4:05 PM EDT
Pet ownership may contribute to health care barriers for people with HIV
University of Florida

People living with HIV may face hard choices when balancing their own health needs with caring for a pet, a study led by a University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions researcher finds.

Newswise: What happens when cats get fat? Scientists weigh in
Released: 1-Nov-2023 2:05 PM EDT
What happens when cats get fat? Scientists weigh in
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Feline obesity is on the rise, impacting the health, longevity, and wellbeing of cats. A new study from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign looks at what happens in the digestive system and gut microbiota when cats eat too much.

Newswise: Preliminary Data Support Novel Immunotherapy for Advanced Malignant Melanoma in Dogs
Released: 24-Oct-2023 5:05 PM EDT
Preliminary Data Support Novel Immunotherapy for Advanced Malignant Melanoma in Dogs
College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

A clinical study of 11 dogs with advanced malignant melanoma demonstrated the efficacy, safety, and tolerability profile of cANK-101, a canine interleukin-12 anchored immunotherapy.

Released: 23-Oct-2023 12:05 PM EDT
Do people everywhere care less about their cats than their dogs?
Frontiers

Scientists surveyed pet owners in three countries and found that owners were more attached to dogs than cats, but that the difference varied significantly between countries

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Released: 12-Oct-2023 11:05 PM EDT
Navigating Childhood Asthma: Insights From a Pediatric Pulmonologist
Cedars-Sinai

As the seasons transition from warm fall nights to cool and wintry evenings, children with asthma often experience a rise in wheezing or chest tightness, because weather changes and cold temperatures are often asthma triggers.

Newswise: Size matters: How body size shapes dogs' aging patterns
Released: 12-Oct-2023 5:05 PM EDT
Size matters: How body size shapes dogs' aging patterns
Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)

Smaller dogs may live twice as long life as their larger counterparts. But does this size difference also impact how dogs age in terms of behavior and cognitive abilities?

Newswise: Adoption of vegan dog and cat diets could have environmental benefits
27-Sep-2023 12:05 PM EDT
Adoption of vegan dog and cat diets could have environmental benefits
PLOS

A new analysis estimates a variety of potential benefits for environmental sustainability—for instance, reduced freshwater consumption and greenhouse gas emissions—that could result from switching all pet dogs and cats in the US or around the world to nutritionally sound, vegan diets.

Newswise: Gut bacteria found in wild wolves may be key to improving domestic dogs’ health
Released: 4-Oct-2023 7:05 AM EDT
Gut bacteria found in wild wolves may be key to improving domestic dogs’ health
Oregon State University

Gut microbes found in wild wolves may be the key to alleviating a debilitating gastrointestinal condition common to domestic dogs, according to a study led by researchers at Oregon State University – Cascades.

Released: 4-Oct-2023 3:05 AM EDT
Cats purr differently than previously thought
University of Vienna

A recent investigation led by voice scientist Christian T. Herbst from the University of Vienna, published in Current Biology, delivers novel insights into how cats produce their purring sounds. A special ‚pad‘ embedded in the vocal folds might explain why the cats can produce these low-frequency sounds.

Released: 2-Oct-2023 8:05 AM EDT
Mouthwash for dogs: water additive with pomegranate helps to keep canine teeth healthy
Frontiers

Periodontal disease is one of the most common canine diseases, affecting at least 80% of dogs aged three and over. Periodontal disease begins as gingivitis, where gums become red and inflamed, and may bleed.

Newswise: Certain dog breeds will suffer from climate change, says expert
Released: 25-Sep-2023 11:05 AM EDT
Certain dog breeds will suffer from climate change, says expert
Virginia Tech

Bulldogs, pugs, and boston terriers all have one thing in common - their short snouts, and experts say as climate change worsens, they are going to suffer.

Released: 22-Sep-2023 2:30 PM EDT
Same genes behind heart muscle disorders in humans and Dobermanns
University of Helsinki

Researchers have made a significant finding in determining the genetic background of dilated cardiomyopathy in Dobermanns. This research helps us understand the genetic risk factors related to fatal diseases of the heart muscle and the mechanisms underlying the disease, and offers new tools for their prevention.

Newswise: Owners of cats on vegan diets report healthier pets than owners of meat-eating cats
6-Sep-2023 10:10 AM EDT
Owners of cats on vegan diets report healthier pets than owners of meat-eating cats
PLOS

In a survey of cat owners, those who fed their cats vegan diets tended to report better health outcomes for their pets than those who provided meat-based diets, though the differences were not statistically significant.

Released: 12-Sep-2023 9:30 AM EDT
What to expect when you adopt a shelter pet
Ohio State University

A new study offers rare comprehensive data on what owners can expect in the 6 months after adopting a dog from a shelter: The dogs may display a variety of problem behaviors that ebb and flow, but owners tend to be highly satisfied with the 4-legged family addition despite the lengthy adjustment period.

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Released: 30-Aug-2023 9:00 AM EDT
Take a stroll – with cats to increase health and well-being
Virginia Tech

Over 3 million cats enter shelters in the United States each year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.   

Released: 18-Aug-2023 2:05 PM EDT
Explore the avian world. Read the latest research on Birds here.
Newswise

The discovery that birds evolved from small carnivorous dinosaurs of the Late Jurassic was made possible by recently discovered fossils of theropods such as Tyrannosaurus rex and the smaller velociraptors. In a way, you could say that dinosaurs are still with us and seen tweeting from your own backyard! Below are the latest research headlines in the Birds channel on Newswise.

14-Aug-2023 10:05 AM EDT
Good dogs: owners of recently-adopted shelter dogs tend to report high satisfaction with their new pet despite also reporting increases in problem behavior over time
PLOS

Shelter dogs followed at their new homes for six months post-adoption were reported as showing more behaviors like stranger aggression or training problems by the end of the study—but owner satisfaction remained high, with 94 percent of owners reporting their dog’s behavior as excellent or good, according to a study published August 16, 2023 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE.

   
Released: 15-Aug-2023 4:05 PM EDT
Toxic hammerhead worms; expert provides advice for dealing with the invasive insect at home
Virginia Tech

Hammerhead worms are once again making their way to backyards across the United States. They were most recently spotted in Washington, D.C and Virginia but have been around for some time.

Released: 15-Aug-2023 1:35 PM EDT
Dogs can detect COVID-19 infections faster and more accurately than conventional technology, demonstrating readiness for mainstream medical applications
University of California, Santa Barbara

It’s an idea that has finally gained scientific consensus: Dogs can be a faster, more precise, less expensive — not to mention friendlier — method of detecting COVID-19 than even our best current technology.

Newswise: Scratch where it itches – An International-Gold-Medal-Winning Canine Allergen Test Kit by Chula Veterinary Science Lecturer
Released: 11-Aug-2023 8:55 AM EDT
Scratch where it itches – An International-Gold-Medal-Winning Canine Allergen Test Kit by Chula Veterinary Science Lecturer
Chulalongkorn University

Chula Veterinary Science Lecturers have successfully developed a Serum Test Kit to Identify Canine Atopic Dermatitis (CAD) caused by dust mites. With a Gold Medal from the Swiss Innovation Contest, the test kit is guaranteed to help identify the allergens with greater precision to ensure correct treatment.



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