Cats with round faces and big eyes might be cute, but you can't tell how they're feeling – new research

Breeding cats for exaggerated facial features might have hindered our ability to understand them.

Lauren Finka, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
Jan. 6, 2021 ~6 min

How to help dogs and cats manage separation anxiety when their humans return to work

Alleviating separation anxiety is about changing the owner's behavior, too.

Lori M Teller, Clinical Associate Professor, Veterinary Telehealth, Texas A&M University • conversation
Dec. 28, 2020 ~8 min

Dog sleep cycles matter for treating pups in pain

New research could offer a baseline understanding of sleep/wake cycles in dogs. That information could help treat those with chronic pain.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Dec. 21, 2020 ~5 min

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

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

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

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

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

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

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