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Released: 6-Feb-2020 2:35 PM EST
Animal abuse as a pretext for interpersonal violence
Case Western Reserve University

A new study by researchers at Case Western Reserve University examines how lawmakers could improve guidelines and policies to keep animal abusers from slipping through the cracks. Researchers also zeroed in on the well-established link between animal abuse and interpersonal violence.

Released: 31-Jan-2020 10:00 AM EST
Fecal excretion of PFAS by pets
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Researchers report in Environmental Science & Technology Letters that cats and dogs excrete some PFAS in their feces at levels that suggest exposures above the minimum risk level, which could have implications for pet owners.

Released: 4-Feb-2020 11:35 AM EST
Heart Health Month Special Edition of BIDMC’s Research & Health News Digest
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Welcome to the Heart Health Month Special Edition of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s (BIDMC) Research & Health News Digest. February is Heart Health Month. This special edition includes consumer-friendly news and research briefs specifically tailored to Heart Health Month:

Released: 17-Jan-2020 1:40 PM EST
New dog, old tricks? Stray dogs can understand human cues

If you have a dog, hopefully you're lucky enough to know that they are highly attuned to their owners and can readily understand a wide range of commands and gestures. But are these abilities innate or are they exclusively learned through training?

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Released: 6-Jan-2020 2:05 PM EST
Dogs and wolves are both good at cooperating
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

A team of researchers have found that dogs and wolves are equally good at cooperating with partners to obtain a reward. When tested in same-species pairs, dogs and wolves proved equally successful and efficient at solving a given problem.

Released: 20-Dec-2019 3:15 PM EST
Therapy dog lifts patients' hearts
UW Medicine

Kepu Savou thought he had come down with a cold. When his symptoms persisted, he visited a doctor and learned that his heart was failing – something Savou never would've imagined at age 29. He has been an inpatient at UW Medical Center, awaiting a donor heart for transplant. While the monthslong experience has been difficult, he says a program called Paws for Patients has provided much-needed emotional support. Program volunteers bring registered therapy dogs to visit patients who face challenging medical conditions.

Released: 18-Dec-2019 11:35 AM EST
Ohio State Experts: Partner with Your Pet to Succeed with Diet and Exercise Plans
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Experts at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center say that partnering with your pet when implementing healthy habits can be a great way to find motivation and make you both happier and healthier.

Newswise: Study Suggests Early-Life Exposure to Dogs May Lessen Risk of Developing Schizophrenia
Released: 18-Dec-2019 11:00 AM EST
Study Suggests Early-Life Exposure to Dogs May Lessen Risk of Developing Schizophrenia
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Ever since humans domesticated the dog, the faithful, obedient and protective animal has provided its owner with companionship and emotional well-being. Now, a study from Johns Hopkins Medicine suggests that being around “man’s best friend” from an early age may have a health benefit as well — lessening the chance of developing schizophrenia as an adult.

Newswise: Puppies as Presents? Just 1 in 6 parents would allow child to receive a pet as a gift
Released: 10-Dec-2019 8:00 AM EST
Puppies as Presents? Just 1 in 6 parents would allow child to receive a pet as a gift
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A new puppy or kitten may be at the top of some children’s holiday wish lists but few parents are easily saying yes, a new national poll finds.

Released: 12-Dec-2019 8:05 AM EST
Mount Sinai Hospital Receives Early Holiday Gift - A Grant To Support Popular Four- Legged Friend
Mount Sinai Hospital

Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital announced today that PetSmart Charities has offered a gift of $75,000 to extend the tenure of Professor Bunsen Honeydew the hospital’s first of three facility dogs, through October 2020.

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