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Released: 23-May-2022 7:05 AM EDT
Study Examines Parents' Perspectives on the Benefits and Challenges of Adolescent Pet Companionship
Wellesley College, Wellesley Centers for Women

A new study examines teens’ relationships with their pets through the perspectives of their parents. Parents were interviewed about the benefits and challenges of having pets for their adolescent’s wellbeing as well as how adolescents affected their pet’s wellbeing.

Newswise: Are people swapping their cats and goldfish for praying mantises?
Released: 19-May-2022 11:50 AM EDT
Are people swapping their cats and goldfish for praying mantises?
Pensoft Publishers

Rearing insects at home as pets may sound strange and a bit nerdy, but thousands of people all over the world have already swapped their hamsters for praying mantises or stick insects.

Released: 17-May-2022 1:45 PM EDT
Stress could make us more likable, and other Behavioral Science news tips
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Here are some of the latest articles added to the Behavioral Science channel on Newswise.

Newswise: Scent dogs detect coronavirus reliably from skin swabs
Released: 17-May-2022 11:45 AM EDT
Scent dogs detect coronavirus reliably from skin swabs
University of Helsinki

A recent study by the University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital confirmed that scent detection dogs can be taught to identify individuals with a coronavirus infection from skin swabs.

Released: 10-May-2022 1:05 PM EDT
Taking a ‘test drive’ with shelter dogs
Arizona State University (ASU)

A study published in the April issue of Frontiers in Veterinary Science has shown that the wave of fostering and subsequent pet adoptions in April 2020 was driven in part by people who first temporarily cared for a dog they thought they might want to adopt. The adoption rates associated with foster-to-adopt programs were high.

Released: 9-May-2022 3:10 PM EDT
Quantifying Cognitive Decline in Dogs Could Help Humans With Alzheimer’s Disease
North Carolina State University

A suite of complimentary tests can quantify changes in dogs suspected of suffering from cognitive decline. The approach could benefit dogs and serve as a model for evaluating cognitive decline progression in – and treatments for – humans with Alzheimer’s disease.

Released: 4-May-2022 1:45 PM EDT
Dog owners’ concerns and experience accessing veterinary care during the COVID-19 pandemic
Wiley

New research indicates that the veterinary profession responded well during the COVID-19 pandemic despite many dog owners feeling concerned about the availability of veterinary care during this time due to service restrictions.

Newswise: Home sweet home: Pet cats rarely stray far
Released: 26-Apr-2022 3:10 PM EDT
Home sweet home: Pet cats rarely stray far
Norwegian University of Life Sciences

The domestic cat is one of our most popular pets. In Norway alone, 5.4 million people own approximately 770,000 cats.

Released: 11-Apr-2022 2:35 PM EDT
Annenberg Petspace Leadership Institute Explores the History and Future of the Human-Dog Relationship on National Pet Day
Wallis Annenberg PetSpace

The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace Leadership Institute released an e-book today, aggregating a collection of comprehensive articles centering on the state of human-dog interactions and the future of those studies.

25-Mar-2022 9:00 AM EDT
Study Reveals the Science Behind Those Irresistible Puppy-Dog Eyes
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

Can’t resist your pup’s adoring expression when he begs for a treat? A new study reveals key anatomical features that could explain what makes dogs’ faces so appealing. The findings also suggest that humans contributed to dogs’ ability to form facial expressions through thousands of years of selective breeding.

25-Mar-2022 9:00 AM EDT
Study Reveals How Deadly Tick Disease Spreads
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

Findings from a new study are providing important insights into the spread of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which is transmitted from dogs to people through ticks. The new data are being used to create models that could help predict, and possibly prevent, future outbreaks.

Newswise: Pet Companionship during the Cancer Journey brings Comfort to the Patient Experience
Released: 4-Apr-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Pet Companionship during the Cancer Journey brings Comfort to the Patient Experience
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey offer forms of pet therapy for cancer patients. Diane L. Haley, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, director of Patient Experience at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey shares more about providing patient-centered care through interaction with furry friends.

Released: 31-Mar-2022 7:30 AM EDT
Chemicals in Pet Feces May Signal Threats to Human Health
NYU Langone Health

Dogs and cats may be exposed in their homes to a potentially toxic group of chemicals, with their discovery in the pets’ stool being a sign of health issues for humans living with them, a new study shows.

Released: 25-Mar-2022 9:30 AM EDT
Experimental Biology 2022 Press Materials Available Now
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

Embargoed press materials are now available for the Experimental Biology (EB) 2022 meeting, featuring cutting-edge research from across the life sciences. EB 2022, to be held April 2–5 in Philadelphia, is the annual meeting of five scientific societies bringing together thousands of scientists and 25 guest societies in one interdisciplinary community.

Newswise: Correcting night blindness in dogs
Released: 23-Mar-2022 3:30 PM EDT
Correcting night blindness in dogs
University of Pennsylvania

People with congenital stationary night blindness (CSNB) are unable to distinguish objects in dim-light conditions. This impairment presents challenges, especially where artificial lighting is unavailable or when driving at night.

Newswise: The George Washington University Law School Announces Major New Initiative for Animal Law
Released: 22-Mar-2022 10:45 AM EDT
The George Washington University Law School Announces Major New Initiative for Animal Law
George Washington University

GW Law, in partnership with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, will develop innovative animal legal education initiatives through scholarship, curriculum development, improved access, and policy.

Released: 17-Mar-2022 3:25 PM EDT
DCM Incidence in Dogs Remained Flat with No Correlation to 500% Growth of Grain-Free Diet Category Over Nearly a Decade
BSM Partners

Veterinarians and scientists from BSM Partners, the largest pet care research and consulting firm, and the University of Missouri, published an analysis of a retrospective survey that evaluated the annual incidence of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) diagnosed by veterinary cardiologists across the United States, along with previously unknown information regarding the growth of grain-free pet food store sales.

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Released: 16-Mar-2022 8:30 AM EDT
To the Rescue: Program Matches FAU Military Veteran Students with Shelter Dogs
Florida Atlantic University

The “FAU Veteran Canine Rescue Mission” program matches FAU student veterans and alumni veterans with dogs from the Humane Society of Broward County, which will be trained by Happy With Dogs as either for service, emotional support or companionship. The program also includes a research component of the human-canine bond.

Newswise: Researchers discover genetic cause of sometimes deadly esophageal disorder in dogs
9-Mar-2022 9:55 AM EST
Researchers discover genetic cause of sometimes deadly esophageal disorder in dogs
Clemson University

Researchers have discovered a genetic variation associated with an often deadly esophageal disorder frequently found in German shepherd dogs. Researchers have developed a genetic test for the disease that German shepherd dog breeders can use to reduce the risk that puppies in future litters will develop the disease.

Newswise: New Facility dog Grover to bring ‘pawsitive’ impact to next generation of health care providers
Released: 28-Feb-2022 6:05 AM EST
New Facility dog Grover to bring ‘pawsitive’ impact to next generation of health care providers
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) will enlist the support of a second facility dog, Grover, a two-year-old black Labrador named after a decorated WWII veteran. The new addition to the university – who will promote wellness on campus and teach the benefits of pet therapy in health care – will officially be welcomed to campus with an Army enlistment ceremony on Feb. 28, when he will become “Sgt. Grover,” combat medic.

Released: 24-Feb-2022 11:50 AM EST
How ads with dogs and cats affect consumer behavior
American Marketing Association (AMA)

Researchers from University of Massachusetts Lowell, University of South Carolina, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University published a new paper in the Journal of Marketing that examines how pet-related experiences affect people’s consumption-related decisions.

23-Feb-2022 9:45 AM EST
Do Pets Have a Positive Effect on Your Brain Health?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Owning a pet, like a dog or cat, especially for five years or longer, may be linked to slower cognitive decline in older adults, according to a preliminary study released today, February 23, 2022, that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 74th Annual Meeting being held in person in Seattle, April 2 to 7, 2022 and virtually, April 24 to 26, 2022.

Released: 21-Feb-2022 11:05 AM EST
Viagra promising as treatment for dogs with often fatal eating disorder
Washington State University

Sildenafil, the generic version of the drug known as Viagra, could be the long-waited remedy for a group of dogs with a rare disorder called megaesophagus.

Newswise: Scientists persevere to show self-awareness is also for some fish
Released: 18-Feb-2022 3:05 PM EST
Scientists persevere to show self-awareness is also for some fish
Osaka City University

Mirror Self-Recognition (MSR) is seen as evidence for self-awareness and passing the mark test, in which animals touch or scrape a mark placed on their body in a location that can only be indirectly viewed in a mirror, is used to determine the capacity of an animal for MSR.

Released: 17-Feb-2022 4:05 PM EST
Core strength could help dogs avoid knee injuries
Washington State University

Agility dogs lacking core strength from routine physical exercise and those participating in activities like flyball may be more susceptible to one of the most common canine knee injuries.

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Released: 14-Feb-2022 8:55 AM EST
Chula Innovations for Society
Chulalongkorn University

Chulalongkorn University reaffirms its commitment to “Innovations for Society”, which aims at developing innovations that address social issues and creating a better society in all aspects, including health, well-being and knowledge in order to move society forward. Let’s find out more about Chulalongkorn University’s amazing innovations.

Newswise: Dog feces and urine could be harming nature reserves, according to new study
Released: 8-Feb-2022 3:05 AM EST
Dog feces and urine could be harming nature reserves, according to new study
British Ecological Society

New research finds that dogs being walked in nature reserves contribute a significant amount of nutrients to the environment through their faeces and urine, which researchers warn could negatively impact local biodiversity.

Newswise: What is your dog’s lifespan? You might be surprised
Released: 2-Feb-2022 3:05 PM EST
What is your dog’s lifespan? You might be surprised
Princeton University

How old is your dog in human years? And what factors contribute to a long and healthy life for a dog?

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Released: 1-Feb-2022 7:05 PM EST
Pets in aged care homes makes paw-fect sense with new tool
University of South Australia

A new online tool has been launched worldwide to assess whether individual pets can safely be accommodated in aged care homes, easing the stress for many older people moving into residential care.

Released: 26-Jan-2022 1:45 PM EST
The latest news in Behavioral Science for media
Newswise

Here are some of the latest articles we've posted in the Behavioral Science channel.

Newswise: Study Examines Pet Acquisition During the Pandemic
Released: 24-Jan-2022 2:25 PM EST
Study Examines Pet Acquisition During the Pandemic
Canisius College

A recent study published in collaboration with Canisius College and the ASPCA found no increase in dog or cat acquisition during the pandemic.

Newswise: Dog brains can distinguish between languages
Released: 7-Jan-2022 4:05 PM EST
Dog brains can distinguish between languages
Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)

Dog brains can detect speech, and show different activity patterns to a familiar and an unfamiliar language, a new brain imaging study by researchers from the Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary) finds.

Newswise: Hydro-Nanogel, an Innovative Bath-substituting Product for Clean, Cuddly, and Healthy Pets
Released: 3-Dec-2021 9:00 AM EST
Hydro-Nanogel, an Innovative Bath-substituting Product for Clean, Cuddly, and Healthy Pets
Chulalongkorn University

Give your pets smooth skin and a clean scent without a bath with Hydro-Nanogel from Chula Veterinary Science (CUVET). Great for pet care when they are not allowed to bathe, and your four-legged friends that hate taking a bath, the Hydro-Nanogel is poised to be further developed for bedridden patients.

Released: 1-Dec-2021 11:50 AM EST
Major gift helps launch Canine Health Center
Cornell University

A $30 million gift from Margaret and Richard Riney has endowed and named the Cornell Margaret and Richard Riney Canine Health Center at the College of Veterinary Medicine to improve the health and well-being of dogs through world-class research, outreach and engagement with dog lovers.

Released: 29-Nov-2021 11:20 AM EST
Parallels in human, dog oral tumors could speed new therapies
Cornell University

Recent Cornell research compared the genetic expression profiles of a nonlethal canine tumor and the rare, devastating human oral tumor it resembles, laying the groundwork for potential translational medicine down the road.

Newswise: A puppy’s diet seems to be a sig­ni­fic­ant factor in the de­vel­op­ment of al­lergy and atopy re­lated skin symp­toms in adult dogs
Released: 18-Nov-2021 4:20 PM EST
A puppy’s diet seems to be a sig­ni­fic­ant factor in the de­vel­op­ment of al­lergy and atopy re­lated skin symp­toms in adult dogs
University of Helsinki

Researchers at the University of Helsinki studied the relationship between allergy and atopy related skin symptoms at adult age and different types of diets as well as individual dietary food items in the same 4022 dogs when they were puppies.

Released: 17-Nov-2021 2:25 PM EST
Purina Research Reveals Cats Are Better At Reading The Room Than We Think
Nestlé Purina PetCare

When dogs need help, a bark, paw or even a flash of those infamous puppy dog eyes can give their humans an attention-grabbing cue, but new Purina research shows that cats have their own methods for seeking help that depend as much on the human's behavior as their own.

Released: 10-Nov-2021 11:55 AM EST
Argonne employee group funds service dog for Chicago area veteran
Argonne National Laboratory

A U.S. Army veteran living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was presented with an Australian shepherd service dog on Sept. 25, the result of roughly five years of fundraising by an employee group at Argonne National Laboratory.

Released: 5-Nov-2021 2:10 PM EDT
SARS-CoV-2 variant detected in dogs and cats with suspected myocarditis
Wiley

A new study in the Veterinary Record reveals that pets can be infected with the alpha variant of SARS-CoV-2, which was first detected in southeast England and is commonly known as the UK variant or B.1.1.7.

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Released: 27-Oct-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Cat’s Meow: Robotic Pet Boosts Mood, Behavior and Cognition in Adults with Dementia
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers tested the effectiveness of affordable, interactive robotic pet cats to improve mood, behavior and cognition in older adults with mild to moderate dementia.

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Released: 26-Oct-2021 2:25 PM EDT
Many new college students report pet separation anxiety
Washington State University

Pets are not the only ones who experience separation anxiety; their people do too.

Newswise: Cat Bacteria Treats Mouse Skin Infection, May Help You and Your Pets As Well
Released: 19-Oct-2021 11:35 AM EDT
Cat Bacteria Treats Mouse Skin Infection, May Help You and Your Pets As Well
University of California San Diego Health

Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine identify a strain of bacteria on healthy cats that produces antibiotics against severe skin infections. The findings may soon lead to new bacteriotherapies for humans and their pets, wherein cat bacteria is applied via topical cream or spray.

Released: 13-Oct-2021 8:50 AM EDT
RUDN University Scientists Fit Pets in the Classification of Ecosystem Services
Russian Foundation for Basic Research

RUDN University scientists conducted a survey among residents of Moscow and found out the reasons why they have pets. The results proved that pets should be included in the classification of ecosystem services. This will help to consider the interests of pet owners in urban planning and management.

Newswise: Man's best friend could be a jaguar's next meal: A case study from the Mexican Caribbean
Released: 11-Oct-2021 1:50 PM EDT
Man's best friend could be a jaguar's next meal: A case study from the Mexican Caribbean
Pensoft Publishers

Mahahual is a small fishing village in the Mexican Caribbean that receives a large number of tourists every year.

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Released: 11-Oct-2021 8:00 AM EDT
St. Jude acquires a facility dog for employee support
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Rosalie, a 60-pound golden retriever, joins St. Jude as a facility dog in the Staff Resilience Center dedicated to supporting employees.

Newswise: Exceptional learning capacities revealed in some gifted dogs
Released: 6-Oct-2021 5:45 PM EDT
Exceptional learning capacities revealed in some gifted dogs
Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)

Does your dog understand you? All dogs are smart but some are uniquely talented in learning words.

Released: 6-Oct-2021 4:05 AM EDT
The Smarter the Bird, the More Mental Stimulation It Needs in Captivity, a Study Has Found
University of Bristol

Researchers have discovered that intelligent birds have unique welfare needs in captivity.

Released: 5-Oct-2021 8:05 PM EDT
Survey Finds a Need for Pet Care During Hospitalizations
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

More than half of the 113 people who responded to the survey (63%) reported difficulty figuring out pet care during their own hospitalization and/or that of a loved one.


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