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Newswise: Providing pets with shelter from the storm
Released: 15-Jun-2021 12:55 PM EDT
Providing pets with shelter from the storm
University of Delaware

The new book "All Creatures Safe and Sound" examines how pets are managed during disasters and provides tips for keeping them safe. Sarah DeYoung, core faculty in the University of Delaware's Disaster Research Center, talks about previous studies and the work that still needs to be addressed.

Released: 3-Jun-2021 4:05 PM EDT
Kids who sleep with their pet still get a good night's rest
Concordia University

There is a long-held belief that having your pet sleep on the bed is a bad idea. Aside from taking up space, noisy scratching, or triggering allergies, the most common assertion averred that your furry companion would disrupt your sleep.

Newswise: Video platforms normalise exotic pets
Released: 27-May-2021 10:05 PM EDT
Video platforms normalise exotic pets
University of Adelaide

Researchers at the University of Adelaide are concerned video sharing platforms such as YouTube could be contributing to the normalisation of exotic pets and encouraging the exotic pet trade.

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Released: 25-May-2021 12:35 PM EDT
Tiny dog’s big heart procedure is first of its kind at Cornell
Cornell University

When a patient weighs only 6.4 pounds, certain procedures can get tricky. That was the case for Buttercup, an 11-month-old Morkie (Maltese-yorkie mix), who suffered from a deadly congenital cardiac defect.

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Released: 20-May-2021 2:35 PM EDT
Study finds evidence emotional support animals benefit those with chronic mental illness
University of Toledo

A team led by a social work researcher at The University of Toledo has published the first empirical evidence that emotional support animals can provide quantifiable benefits to individuals with serious mental illness who are experiencing depression, anxiety and loneliness.

Newswise: NSU Researcher Part of Team to Sequence the Genome of One of the World’s Most Elusive Big Cats – the Leopard
Released: 14-May-2021 10:15 AM EDT
NSU Researcher Part of Team to Sequence the Genome of One of the World’s Most Elusive Big Cats – the Leopard
Nova Southeastern University

They are some of the most beautiful, and elusive, animals on the plant. Leopards. In a major scientific step, the whole genome DNA sequence of 23 individual leopards have been interpreted.

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Released: 12-May-2021 3:50 PM EDT
Petting therapy dogs enhances thinking skills of stressed college students
Washington State University

For college students under pressure, a dog may be the best stress fighter around.

11-May-2021 9:45 AM EDT
Interacting with Therapy Dogs Can Improve Struggling College Students’ “Thinking” Skills
American Educational Research Association (AERA)

New research finds that college students at risk of failing academically showed significant improvement in executive functioning after interacting with therapy dogs one hour a week for a month.

Released: 3-May-2021 1:10 PM EDT
Dogs' aggressive behavior towards humans is often caused by fear
University of Helsinki

A study encompassing some 9,000 dogs conducted at the University of Helsinki demonstrated that fearfulness, age, breed, the company of other members of the same species and the owner's previous experience of dogs were associated with aggressive behaviour towards humans.

Newswise: “Soft-body Cadavers without Formalin” – The First in Thailand by CUVET
Released: 22-Apr-2021 8:55 AM EDT
“Soft-body Cadavers without Formalin” – The First in Thailand by CUVET
Chulalongkorn University

Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Veterinary Science (CUVET) has found formulas to preserve animal cadavers to be studied by students in place of carcinogenic formalin and are able to keep the cadavers soft for years.

Newswise:Video Embedded dogs-act-jealously-even-when-they-don-t-see-their-rival
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Released: 8-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Dogs Act Jealously Even When They Don’t See Their Rival
Association for Psychological Science

Dogs are one of humanity’s most-beloved animal companions. They share our homes and seem to reciprocate our affections. But could this emotional bond extend into feelings of jealousy? To help answer that question, a team of researchers gauged the reactions of a group of dogs when their owners appeared to shower attention on a perceived rival.

Released: 5-Apr-2021 3:55 PM EDT
Fireflies have a potential -- protective 'musical armor' against bats
Tel Aviv University

A new study at Tel Aviv University reveals a possible defense mechanism developed by fireflies for protection against bats that might prey on them.

Newswise:Video Embedded one-in-10-older-adults-have-gotten-a-pandemic-pet-poll-finds
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Released: 22-Mar-2021 8:35 AM EDT
One in 10 older adults have gotten a “pandemic pet,” poll finds
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A lot of the attention around “pandemic pets” has focused on families with children, but a new poll shows that older adults also got in on the trend. According to the National Poll on Healthy Aging, 10% of all people between the ages of 50 and 80 got a new pet between March 2020 and January 2021.

Newswise: Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine
Released: 17-Mar-2021 11:00 AM EDT
Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Johns Hopkins Medicine Media Relations is focused on disseminating current, accurate and useful information to the public via the media. As part of that effort, we are distributing our “COVID-19 Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins” every other Wednesday.

Newswise: Why the lovable llama might be a secret weapon against COVID-19
Released: 9-Mar-2021 10:05 AM EST
Why the lovable llama might be a secret weapon against COVID-19
Argonne National Laboratory

As the fight against COVID-19 continues, scientists have turned to an unlikely source for a potentially effective treatment: tiny antibodies naturally generated by llamas.

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Released: 4-Mar-2021 3:50 PM EST
Legal wildlife trade needs monitoring to reduce risk of a new pandemic
Oxford Brookes University

With three out of four newly emerging infectious human diseases originating in animals*, there is an urgent need to monitor the legal trade in wildlife, according to new research by Vincent Nijman, Professor in Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University.

Newswise: Chula Veterinary Students Developed “RightBaan” Web Application to Help Find New Homes for Stray Animals
Released: 1-Mar-2021 8:55 AM EST
Chula Veterinary Students Developed “RightBaan” Web Application to Help Find New Homes for Stray Animals
Chulalongkorn University

The “RightBaan” web application, collecting important information and the history of the animals, finds a new home for stray animals.

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Released: 23-Feb-2021 12:10 PM EST
New features of a gene defect that affects muzzle length and caudal vertebrae in dogs
University of Helsinki

A recent genetic study at the University of Helsinki provides new information on the occurrence of a DVL2 gene defect associated with a screw tail and its relevance to canine constitution and health.

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Released: 22-Feb-2021 4:15 PM EST
Dogs synchronize their behavior with children, but not as much as with adults, study finds
Oregon State University

Dogs synchronize their behavior with the children in their family, but not as much as they do with adults, a new study from Oregon State University researchers found.

Released: 16-Feb-2021 11:15 AM EST
Tips for recognizing heart disease in pets
Cornell University

February is American Heart Month – for your pets too!

Released: 12-Feb-2021 11:20 AM EST
Humanity's best friend
University of California, Santa Barbara

For some 15,000 years, dogs have been our hunting partners, workmates, helpers and companions. Could they also be our next allies in the fight against COVID-19?

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Released: 11-Feb-2021 3:05 PM EST
To help keep cats from killing wildlife, add more meat and play to their day
Cell Press

Domestic cats are a major threat to wild species, including birds and small mammals.

Released: 9-Feb-2021 12:20 PM EST
Challenges of animal ownership during the pandemic should be considered
University of York

Animal owners frequently report concerns and worries relating to caring for their animal during the pandemic, new research suggests.

Newswise: Companion Animals Play a Role in Teleworking Experience During Covid
Released: 8-Feb-2021 6:25 PM EST
Companion Animals Play a Role in Teleworking Experience During Covid
Canisius College

Millions of Americans are working remotely due to Covid-19. Research by anthrozoologist Christy Hoffman, PhD, shows companion animals play a role in this new teleworking experience.

Newswise: Texas Tech Decontamination Wipe Finds New Use Helping Animals
Released: 27-Jan-2021 10:55 AM EST
Texas Tech Decontamination Wipe Finds New Use Helping Animals
Texas Tech University

FiberTectTM was conceived for military applications but has since expanded into oil spills and, now, animal operations.

Released: 25-Jan-2021 2:35 PM EST
Survey: Barriers, Not Demographics, Affect Willingness to Pursue Veterinary Care
North Carolina State University

When it comes to seeking veterinary care for dogs, barriers to access – including a lack of trust – have more effect on the decision-making process than differences in race, gender or socioeconomic status.

Released: 25-Jan-2021 12:30 PM EST
Women influenced coevolution of dogs and humans
Washington State University

Man's best friend might actually belong to a woman.

Newswise: Meet the Dogs that Save Cats
Released: 21-Jan-2021 11:00 AM EST
Meet the Dogs that Save Cats
Wildlife Conservation Society

WCS Argentina recently delivered a new litter of specially trained livestock guardian dogs that work directly with herders to reduce conflict with pumas (Puma concolor) and other native carnivores living on the Patagonian steppe.

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Released: 12-Jan-2021 12:45 PM EST
Cats may help increase empathy, decrease anxiety for kids with autism
University of Missouri, Columbia

As a former school nurse in the Columbia Public Schools, Gretchen Carlisle would often interact with students with disabilities who took various medications or had seizures throughout the day.

Released: 29-Dec-2020 10:05 AM EST
No Evidence Pets Play a Role in Spread of COVID to Humans
Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

The emergence of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 2012, caused by SARS-CoVand MERS-CoV, respectively, demonstrated the zoonotic potential of coronaviruses.

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Released: 18-Dec-2020 11:25 AM EST
Living environment affects the microbiota and health of both dogs and their owners
University of Helsinki

In urban environments, allergic diseases are more common among dogs and their owners compared to those living in rural areas. Simultaneous allergic traits appear to be associated with the microbes found in the environment, but microbes relevant to health differ between dogs and humans.

Released: 18-Dec-2020 10:15 AM EST
Study Sets Baseline for Sleep Patterns in Healthy Adult Dogs
North Carolina State University

A new canine sleep study could serve as a baseline for research on chronic pain and cognitive dysfunction in dogs, potentially improving detection and treatment of these conditions.

Newswise: Chula’s Probing Device for Heartworm Disease in Dogs and Cats Won Grand Prize at IWIS Innovation Contest 2020
Released: 17-Dec-2020 8:50 AM EST
Chula’s Probing Device for Heartworm Disease in Dogs and Cats Won Grand Prize at IWIS Innovation Contest 2020
Chulalongkorn University

The “Microfluidic Chip Device for Microfilaria etection” by Chula researchers has won the Grand Prize and the Gold Medal in the 14thInternational Warsaw Invention Show (IWIS 2020) in Poland. The Microfluidic chip device for microfilaria detection is considered cutting-edge andwas created through the research of Asst. Prof. Dr. Prapruddee Piyaviriyakuland Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sariya Asawakarnfrom the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Veterinary Science and Assoc. Prof. Alongkorn Pimpin, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering.

Released: 9-Dec-2020 2:25 PM EST
Does Your Dog Have Bed Privileges?
Canisius College

If you’re a dog owner who snuggles up with your four-legged friend each night, you’re not alone. A new study at Canisius College finds that nearly 70% of pet parents co-sleep with their dogs. The finding is one of several revealed in the study, which examined the contextual nature of human-animal co-sleeping.

Newswise: Pets, touch and COVID-19: why our furry friends are lifesavers
Released: 1-Dec-2020 8:40 AM EST
Pets, touch and COVID-19: why our furry friends are lifesavers
University of South Australia

A new study published by University of South Australia researchers points to the lifesaving role that pets have played in 2020 and why governments need to sit up and take notice.

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Released: 18-Nov-2020 2:55 PM EST
Two K-State studies focus on SARS-CoV-2 transmission in domestic cats, pigs
Kansas State University

Two recently published studies from Kansas State University researchers and collaborators have led to two important findings related to the COVID-19 pandemic: Domestic cats can be asymptomatic carriers of SARS-CoV-2, but pigs are unlikely to be significant carriers of the virus.

Released: 10-Nov-2020 2:45 PM EST
Researchers identify new Rickettsia species in dogs
North Carolina State University

Researchers at North Carolina State University have identified a new species of Rickettsia bacteria that may cause significant disease in dogs and humans.

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Released: 12-Oct-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Feline friendly? How to build rap-paw with your cat - new psychology study
University of Sussex

A team of psychologists at the Universities of Sussex and Portsmouth have purr-fected the art of building a bond with cats.

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Released: 7-Oct-2020 2:20 PM EDT
Feline friendly? How to build rap-paw with your cat - new psychology study
University of Sussex

A team of psychologists at the Universities of Sussex and Portsmouth have purr-fected the art of building a bond with cats.

Newswise: Analysis of Australian labradoodle genome reveals an emphasis on the ‘oodle’
3-Sep-2020 10:15 AM EDT
Analysis of Australian labradoodle genome reveals an emphasis on the ‘oodle’
PLOS

The creator of the Australian labradoodle set out to mix poodles and Labrador retrievers to develop a hypoallergic service dog.

Released: 9-Sep-2020 11:45 AM EDT
More cats might be COVID-19 positive than first believed, study suggests
Taylor & Francis

A newly published study looking at cats in Wuhan, where the first known outbreak of COVID-19 began, shows more cats might be contracting the disease than first believed.

Newswise: Bat Tick Found for the First Time in New Jersey
Released: 9-Sep-2020 9:50 AM EDT
Bat Tick Found for the First Time in New Jersey
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

A tick species associated with bats has been reported for the first time in New Jersey and could pose health risks to people, pets and livestock, according to a Rutgers-led study in the Journal of Medical Entomology. This species (Carios kelleyi) is a “soft” tick. Deer ticks, which carry Lyme disease, are an example of “hard” ticks.

Newswise: Why Flat-Faced Dogs Remain Popular Despite Health Problems
20-Aug-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Why Flat-Faced Dogs Remain Popular Despite Health Problems
PLOS

Owners of bulldogs, French bulldogs and pugs are highly likely to want to own their breed again in the future, and to recommend their breed to other owners, according to a study published August 26, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Rowena Packer of the Royal Veterinary College, UK, and colleagues.

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Released: 26-Aug-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Domesticated chickens have smaller brains
Linkoping University

Researchers from Linköping University suggest a process by which the timid junglefowl from the rain forest could have become today's domesticated chicken.


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