The scent of sickness: 5 questions answered about using dogs – and mice and ferrets – to detect disease

Scientists are experimenting with using dogs to sniff out people infected with COVID-19. But dogs aren't the only animals with a nose for disease.

Glen J. Golden, Research Scientist/Scholar I, Colorado State University • conversation
Jan. 13, 2021 ~8 min

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Six tips for looking after your new puppy, according to science

From long walks to dangerous foods, you could be damaging the health of your puppy without realising.

Deborah Wells, Reader, School of Psychology, Queen's University Belfast • conversation
Jan. 11, 2021 ~7 min

 dogs  pets  animals  vets  puppies

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

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Your dog's nose knows no bounds – and neither does its love for you

Dogs process the sensory world very differently than humans, but love in a way that is entirely familiar.

Ellen Furlong, Associate Professor of Psychology, Illinois Wesleyan University • conversation
Oct. 26, 2020 ~6 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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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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Are people with pets less likely to die if they catch the coronavirus?

Pets might not protect us from the coronavirus, but they can help us get better.

Clarissa M. Uttley, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Learning, and Curriculum, Plymouth University • conversation
April 27, 2020 ~4 min

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Can your pets get coronavirus, and can you catch it from them?

Both cats and dogs can become infected with the coronavirus. The chances of them getting sick or passing it on to you or another animal are extremely low.

Sarah Totton, Research Assistant, University of Guelph • conversation
April 17, 2020 ~8 min

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Lockdown can be stressful for pets too – here's how to keep your dog entertained

Just like their owners, many pet dogs are finding the current changes difficult – here's how you can help them.

Alex Benjamin, Associate Lecturer Department of Psychology, University of York • conversation
April 7, 2020 ~6 min

 covid-19  coronavirus  dogs  lockdown  animal-psychology

Hong Kong dog causes panic – but here's why you needn't worry about pets spreading COVID-19

Can your canine give you coronavirus?

Sarah L Caddy, Clinical Research Fellow in Viral Immunology and Veterinary Surgeon, University of Cambridge • conversation
March 11, 2020 ~5 min

 covid-19  coronavirus  dogs  pets  hong-kong  veterinary-medicine