Ancient pup ‘Zhokhov’ clarifies sled dog origins

DNA from a 9,500-year-old dog from the Siberian island of Zhokhov provides a new picture of sled dogs today, including huskies and malamutes.

Amanda Nybroe Rohde-Copenhagen • futurity
June 26, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: dogs genes arctic siberia wolves science-and-technology

Dogs don’t always boost social skills for kids with autism

"The autism spectrum is incredibly broad, so what might be an effective intervention technique for one child might not necessarily be the best option for another."

Brian Consiglio-Missouri • futurity
June 5, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: autism dogs stress communication childrens-health health-and-medicine

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

Tags: pollution dogs pets pesticides earth-and-environment health-and-medicine phthalates flame-retardants

What do we know about COVID-19 and pets?

Can my cat get COVID-19? What about that tiger in the Bronx Zoo? Here, a veterinarian answers common questions about COVID-19 and pets.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
April 10, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 dogs pets viruses cats zoos featured health-and-medicine

How to keep your pets happy while social distancing

Staying home for social distancing may disrupt your pets' routine. But recreating a schedule can keep them (and you) happy.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
March 30, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: covid-19 dogs pets cats featured social-lives health-and-medicine

Dogs can ease your self-quarantine stress

Dogs can ease our stress during these times of COVID-19 self-quarantine, an expert explains. As an extra bonus, we can do the same for them.

Alexis Blue-U. Arizona • futurity
March 20, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: covid-19 dogs stress emotions featured social-lives health-and-medicine

Pet dogs in childhood may cut schizophrenia risk

Exposure to a dog before the age of 13 may lessen the chance a person will develop schizophrenia, researchers report.

Camden Flath-Futurity • futurity
Dec. 27, 2019 ~9 min

Tags: dogs schizophrenia brains featured science-and-technology

Dog brains process numbers a bit like ours do

Dogs process numerical quantities in a brain region similar to the one humans use, which could shed light on the evolution of "numerosity."

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
Dec. 18, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: evolution mathematics dogs brains featured science-and-technology numbers

Surprising holiday stuff can threaten pet safety

The holidays are full of unexpected hazards for pets. Keep them safe by listening to this podcast episode full of expert tips.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Dec. 11, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: dogs pets holidays cats veterinary-science featured health-and-medicine

Hidden traits and colors lurk in purebred dogs

Unexpected colors or even traits like missing tails don't necessarily indicate that a dog isn't purebred, research on "hidden" genetics suggests.

Abbey Nickel-Purdue • futurity
Nov. 6, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: dogs genes pets colors science-and-technology

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