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Article ID: 708120

Dog burial as common ritual in Neolithic populations of north-eastern Iberian Peninsula

Universidad De Barcelona

Coinciding with the Pit Grave culture (4200-3600 years before our era), coming from Southern Europe, the Neolithic communities of the north-eastern Iberian Peninsula started a ceremonial activity related to the sacrifice and burial of dogs.

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14-Feb-2019 1:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 708038

Human antiviral 'GS-441524' shows great promise against feline infectious peritonitis

SAGE Publications UK

The emergence of exotic diseases such as Ebola and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in people has prompted intensive research into new drug treatments, and this is indirectly bringing benefit to cats.

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13-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST

Article ID: 706932

Overlapping genomic regions underlie canine fearfulness and human mental disorders

University of Helsinki

Researchers in the Hannes Lohi research group in the University of Helsinki focused on two forms of canine fearfulness: noise sensitivity and general fearfulness. The latter encompasses the fear of unfamiliar humans and new situations. Among Finnish dogs, noise sensitivity has been observed in as much as 40% of the population, while, according to estimates, one in four dogs suffers from fearfulness.

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23-Jan-2019 12:30 PM EST
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Article ID: 706328

Does Opioid Use in Pets Create Higher Risk for Abuse in Humans?

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

The increase in opioid prescriptions for people over the past decade may have been paralleled by an increase in opioid prescriptions for pets, according to a study from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Veterinary Medicine. The findings, in this first-ever study of veterinary opioid prescriptions, suggest that there is also an increased demand for veterinary opioids, driven by complex procedures performed in veterinary medicine, as well as a heightened awareness of the importance of pain management. Given that opioid prescribing in veterinary medicine is not as heavily regulated as medical prescriptions for humans, it is possible that misused veterinary prescriptions could contribute to the ongoing opioid epidemic. The results are published today in JAMA Network Open.

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10-Jan-2019 4:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 705967

Research reveals overweight dogs may live shorter lives

University of Liverpool

New research from the University of Liverpool and Mars Petcare's WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition reveals overweight dogs are more likely to have shorter lives than those at ideal body weights.

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3-Jan-2019 11:55 AM EST
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Article ID: 705898

Canine volunteers contribute to patients’ care and comfort

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Therapy dogs provide comfort and affection to people in a variety of settings, from hospitals and nursing homes to airports and disaster sites. They are not service animals or emotional support animals, which serve one specific person. Therapy dogs interact with lots of different – and usually unfamiliar – people.

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2-Jan-2019 5:00 PM EST
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Article ID: 705777

For gait transitions, stability often trumps energy savings

University of Chicago Medical Center

Working with nine animal models, researchers find a preference for stability over energy conservation during speed-related gait transitions.

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20-Dec-2018 3:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 704250

Cornell veterinarians treat thousands of animals in Puerto Rico ‘Spayathon’

Cornell University

After the Category 5 hurricane hit, family pets became separated from their owners, regular spay/neuter operations for strays ceased and few animal shelters could function because of the island’s fractured infrastructure. Now, veterinarians from the College of Veterinary Medicine are leading service trips as part of a national initiative to alleviate these conditions.

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19-Nov-2018 5:05 PM EST

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