Is COVID-19 infecting wild animals? We're testing species from bats to seals to find out

COVID-19 has been found in pets, zoo animals and in a wild mink in Utah. Monitoring wildlife for COVID-19 is important for animals and humans, both of whom face risks from a jumping virus.

Kaitlin Sawatzki, Postdoctoral Infectious Disease Researcher, Tufts University • conversation
Jan. 19, 2021 ~8 min

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How to avoid scams when buying a pet online

There are thousands of fraudulent websites waiting to scam potential pet owners.

Jack Mark Whittaker, PhD Researcher, Sociology of Cybercrime, University of Surrey • conversation
Jan. 13, 2021 ~5 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

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

 pets  science  animals  cats  pet-cats

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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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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Can cats really get or pass on COVID-19, as a report from Belgium suggests?

To demonstrate infectivity, many more tests are needed.

Sarah L Caddy, Clinical Research Fellow in Viral Immunology and Veterinary Surgeon, University of Cambridge • conversation
March 30, 2020 ~3 min

 covid-19  coronavirus  pets  cats