Dogs are testing positive for new tick-borne bacteria

A new, yet-unnamed species of Rickettsia has turned up in dogs. Researchers now want to know if can affect people, too.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Nov. 10, 2020 ~6 min

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Losing a pet can affect children’s mental health, study finds

Mass. General study finds that the loss of a pet can potentially trigger mental health issues in children.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Sept. 10, 2020 ~5 min

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Cats prefer free meals over working for food

Unlike most animals, cats will usually choose a free lunch over having to complete a task to get their food, researchers say.

Andy Fell-UC Davis • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~3 min

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Top job for PTSD service dogs: Disrupt anxiety

"There has been some debate on what kind of training PTSD service dogs need to be effective and how their assistance may be different than what a pet dog can provide."

Abbey Nickel-Purdue • futurity
July 23, 2020 ~6 min

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When is the healthiest time to neuter your dog?

The health risks of dog neutering aren't the same for all breeds, a new study shows. The researchers also break down the safest time for neutering by breed.

Amy Quinton-UC Davis • futurity
July 16, 2020 ~5 min

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Do dogs really see in just black and white?

Your faithful friend's view of the world is different than yours, but maybe not in the way you imagine.

Nancy Dreschel, Associate Teaching Professor of Small Animal Science, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~6 min

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Anxious people tend to really love their cats

Cats and anxiety go well together, according to new research on trust and affection for feline friends.

Amy Quinton-UC Davis • futurity
June 15, 2020 ~5 min

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Tags on pet dogs could monitor our chemical exposure

Researchers used silicone dog tags as passive environmental samplers to collect information about everyday chemical exposures.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
June 2, 2020 ~5 min

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3 ways your pets feel the COVID-19 anxiety, too

Just like the stress we're feeling during the COVID-19 pandemic, pets are also facing uncertainty and anxiety. Here's how you can help your pet through it.

Abbey Nickel-Purdue • futurity
May 29, 2020 ~6 min

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Young dogs might be more similar to human teenagers than we think: new research

Dogs can behave like teenagers too. But it's just a passing phase – and the quality of the dog-owner relationship matters.

Lucy Asher, Senior Lecturer in Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University • conversation
May 13, 2020 ~7 min

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