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Anxious Humans Often Have Anxious Dogs, Study Finds

Dog owners who see themselves as anxious and easily upset have dogs that exhibit more bad behaviors, researchers say

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Pet Store Puppies Passing Drug-Resistant Bacteria to People

It's hard to resist those big, pleading eyes in the pet store window. But buyer beware. Pet store puppies may infect people with a bacteria for which no common antibiotic treatment exists, a new study warns.

Campylobacter jejuni (C jejuni) cannot be treated with any common antibiotics and is an increasing public health threat, according to researchers at the U.S. Center...

Fur Find: Genes Uncovered Behind Cats' Spots & Stripes

Your favorite tabby cat may seem to have little similarity to her relatives in the wild, but all share a key gene that gives them their distinctive look.

Why cats' coats are decorated with stripes, spots and blotches has long been a mystery. Now, researchers have identified a specific gene that all domestic cats, wild big cat species and possibly even other mammals have that regulates dev...

It's a Win-Win When a Child With Autism Gets a Shelter Cat

Parents of a child with autism might wonder if a pet cat would be a good fit for the family. Now, research suggests both children with autism and cats benefit when a feline joins the household.

Gretchen Carlisle, a research scientist at the Missouri University Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction, in Columbia, Mo., and her colleagues studied the pet dynamic from both sides.

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Pet Dogs Can Alert Owners to Epileptic Seizures

Sit. Fetch. Stay.

Detect seizure.

Yes, you read that correctly.

While many dogs are adept at following basic instructions such as "sit" and "roll over" with some practice and the promise of a treat, new research shows dogs can detect seizures by scent up to an hour before they occur, potentially saving their human's life.

An estimated 3.4 million Americans have epilepsy,...

Hen Hazard: Salmonella a Threat From Backyard Chickens

It's still not OK to kiss your chickens or your ducklings -- you could catch a salmonella infection from barnyard birds.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has offered that warning before, and now an agriculture expert reminds backyard farmers that it's better to have a less hands-on approach with their feathered friends.

People should take simple sani...

Could Mink Ranches Launch the Next COVID-19?

Mink farms could be breeding grounds for future pandemics in humans, new research suggests.

That's because in mink and other carnivorous (meat-eating) animals, three key genes required to detect and respond to infection by pathogens have lost their function. If these genes were working, they would activate inflammatory responses to fight off these disease-causing organisms.

But this...

Illness, Death in Hundreds of Dogs Spurs FDA Action Against Dog Food Maker

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it has sent a warning letter to a pet food company linked to contaminated food that may have caused illness or death in hundreds of dogs.

The letter was issued after inspections of Midwestern Pet Foods Inc.'s manufacturing sites found violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the agency said in a

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  • Cats Might Be Purrfect Model for Human Genetics Research

    Dogs may be man's best friend, but cats may hold critical keys to humans' health.

    Our feline friends have the potential to become a valuable model for genetic research, because their genome is similar to that of people, according to Leslie Lyons of the Feline Genetics Laboratory at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

    "Using cats in research is really overlooked, since people don...

    FDA Approves First Lymphoma Drug for Dogs

    The first full approval of a drug to treat lymphoma in dogs has been granted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    "While canine lymphoma affects fewer than 70,000 dogs in the U.S. annually, it accounts for up to 24% of all cancers in dogs, making it one of the most significant canine cancers," Steven Solomon, director of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine, said in an agency new...

    Could Raw Dog Food Pose 'Superbug' Dangers?

    People who feed their dogs raw pet food may find more on the menu than they bargained for, with a new study finding it may be a source of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that could ultimately threaten humans.

    The European analysis looked at 55 wet, frozen, dry, semi-wet and treat-version dog food samples sourced from 25 different brands. Some of the food was raw; some was not. Raw samples i...

    Why Your Dog 'Knows' You Better Than a Wolf Ever Could

    If you feel like your dog understands you, you're right.

    Dogs have the innate ability to grasp what humans are thinking, a skill developed in their 14,000 years of hanging out with people, researchers say. In contrast, wolf puppies do not have that ability.

    In a Duke University-led study, researchers compared 44 dogs and 37 wolves between 5 and 18 weeks of age. The study supports th...

    Pets Often Catch COVID From Owners, Study Finds

    Can pets get COVID-19 from their beloved owners? Yes, they can.

    In fact, a pair of new studies suggest that COVID-19 is quite common among cats and dogs in households where someone has contracted the virus.

    But at a virtual meeting of the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology slated for next week, both research teams will report that infected pets do not, as yet, appear to pose...

    'Transmitted Down the Leash:' Anxious Owners, Anxious Dogs

    Dog obedience trainer Cindy Leung has a very anxious client who loves a very anxious breed, the Shetland Sheepdog.

    "My [human] student startles at loud noises," Leung said. "That's just part of her personality. Loud, sudden noises startle her. Something weird that shows up in the environment startles her. She's got a really strong startle reflex, and her dogs have a strong startle reflex,...

    How to Safely Use the Right Flea and Tick Product for Your Pet

    When choosing and using flea and tick products for your pets, there are a number of things to consider, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

    Work with your veterinarian to select the right product for your pet's species, life stage and weight.

    These products range from pills and chews given by mouth to collars, sprays, dips, shampoos, powders, and "spot-ons," liquid products ...

    Your Puppy Is Born Ready to Interact With You: Study

    If it seems like your dog knows exactly what you're saying, that's because dogs are born ready to communicate with people, according to a new study.

    The research, published June 3 in the journal Current Biology, suggests that even puppies have a capacity to interact with people without any prior experience or training. However, some are better at communication than others base...

    Bedtime With a Pet Won't Harm Your Kid's Sleep - and Might Help

    Does your teen have the family cat or dog as a nighttime sleep mate? Is that even good for a child's sleep?

    In a new study, sleeping with a four-footed friend appears to be fine for pre-teens and teens. For them, sleeping with a furry family member doesn't appear to negatively impact sleep, according to new research from Concordia University in Montreal.

    "It was a pretty rigorous st...

    Pooch Power: How Dogs Are Helping Stressed-Out College Students

    A help in 'ruff' times: When it comes to coping with the stress of college life, new research shows that vulnerable students are far better served by therapy dogs than stress management courses.

    In the study, more than 300 students at Washington State University were randomly assigned to participate in one of three different types of stress-management programs for a month. Ea...

    Medication Errors in Pets: How to Lower the Risk

    You want to keep Fido or Fluffy safe, so when they need medication, it's important to ask questions and guard against dosing errors, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

    "A number of the medication errors that occur in the treatment of people are the same as those we are seeing in the treatment of animals," said Linda Kim-Jung. She's a safety reviewer in the Center for Veterinary M...

    Why Do Dogs Bark & Bite? Fear May Be Key

    That growling dog may actually be terrified of you.

    Fear and age-related pain are among the reasons why dogs are aggressive toward people, a new study suggests.

    The findings could help two-legged folks better understand and prevent aggressive behavior, such as growling, barking, snapping and biting, according to Finnish researchers.

    "Dogs' fearfulness had a strong link to aggr...

    You Can Pass COVID to Your Cat, Study Finds

    Not even your beloved feline is safe from COVID-19.

    Using in-depth genetic analyses, a new investigation in the United Kingdom suggests that people can pass COVID-19 on to their cats.

    "We identified two cats that tested positive," said study lead author Margaret Hosie. "Both of them were from suspected COVID-19 households."

    One case involved a 6-year-old female Siame...

    You're Not Imagining It: Dogs Do Get Jealous

    Most dog owners have seen this dynamic in action, but a new study confirms that your canine companion can become jealous when you pay attention to another dog.

    Researchers put 18 dogs in situations where they could imagine their owner interacting with either a realistic-looking fake dog or a fleece cylinder. The fake dog served as a potential rival for attention while the cylinder served ...

    Furry Friends: 1 in 10 Older U.S. Adults Has Adopted a 'Pandemic Pet'

    It was bound to happen: As the pandemic wore on, many older Americans couldn't resist the urge to bring home a furry friend.

    According to a new poll from the University of Michigan, about 10% of all U.S. adults between the ages of 50 and 80 adopted a new pet between March 2020 and January 2021. That number was 16% for people aged 50 to 80 who have a child under 18 at home and 9% for those...

    Spring Cleaning Can Sweep Away Allergens From Your Home

    If seasonal allergies get you down, try tackling them with a good spring cleaning.

    This can not only ease some of those spring symptoms, but also get rid of allergens you've been living with for a while, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

    "If you aren't someone who regularly undertakes spring cleaning, consider tackling it this year," said D...

    Assistance Dogs in Hospitals? New Study Gives Paws for Thought

    Could the paws of assistance dogs be cleaner than the soles of your shoes?

    Yes, claims a new study that calls for allowing assistance dogs to accompany their owners in all public places.

    To prove their point, Dutch researchers tested the paws of 25 assistance dogs and the soles on the shoes of their owners for two types of bacteria, Enterobacteriaceae and a diarrheal bacter...

    Backyard Chicken Coops Pose Threat of 'Viral Spillover' to People

    Raising chickens in your backyard -- a popular trend during the COVID-19 pandemic -- holds risks that can come home to roost in an unwelcome way.

    It's already well known that poultry can spread the salmonella bacteria to human handlers. But chickens cooped up in backyards could also be breeding grounds for viruses that pose an even bigger public health threat, according to Sonia Hernandez...

    Dogs and Kids Are 'In Sync,' Study Shows

    It is an image as heartwarming as any: Young children giggling as the family dog climbs all over them and licks their faces. But new research suggests the bond may be more than playful.

    "The great news is that this study suggests dogs are paying a lot of attention to the kids that they live with," said study author Monique Udell, an animal behaviorist and associate professor at Oregon Sta...

    New Rabies Prevention Treatment Also Works in Kids: Study

    Getting bitten by a dog or wild animal is frightening, especially for kids, but a new study may help relieve some of the worry about catching rabies.

    The rabies prevention treatment KEDRAB is safe and effective for patients 17 and younger, a groundbreaking pediatric clinical trial has shown.

    The trial included 30 kids with suspected or confirmed rabies exposure who were treated with...

    Two Simple Steps Can Help Keep Your Cat From Killing Wildlife

    Lisa George's tabby cat, Minnie, has always hunted to a fault.

    "Minnie loves to hunt," said George, who lives in Cornwall, England. "More often than not, she will bring her prey home and let it go in the house. We've had birds in the bedroom, rats in the wastepaper bin [which took us three days to catch], rabbits in the utility room."

    In an attempt to curb Minnie's taste for chasing...

    Very Smart Dogs Learn Words Quickly, Study Shows

    Think your dog is smart? New research suggests one way to find out.

    Most dogs can't learn words without extensive training, but a few with exceptional abilities learn words without any formal training, researchers report. They learn words simply by playing with their owners.

    The team of Hungarian researchers investigated how quickly two of these talented pooches could learn new word...

    First People in the Americas Probably Brought Their Dogs

    The relationship between humans and man's best friend is an enduring one.

    New research suggests that not only did dog domestication likely happen sometime before 23,000 years ago, but the first people to enter the Americas more than 15,000 years ago probably brought their dogs with them.

    "When and where have long been questions in dog domestication research, but here we also explore...

    Another Reason Why Cats Go Wild for Catnip

    You may think that cats crave the plants catnip and silver vine because it makes them feel euphoric, and that's true.

    Yet new research indicates felines also use the plants for another key reason: to keep mosquitoes at bay.

    Silver vine, a catnip alternative, grows in China and Japan. Researchers began by identifying that one active ingredient in both plants, called nepetalactol...

    The Family Cat Could Be Good Medicine for Kids With Autism

    Cats have a long history of boosting people's moods and brightening their days. And that's probably true for kids on the autism spectrum as well, new research shows.

    The small study suggests that adopting a shelter cat may help reduce separation anxiety and improve empathy in kids with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

    "Cats, and companion animals in general, offer uncond...

    Pet Food Recall Expands After 70 Dogs Die From Mold Toxin

    There's an expanded nationwide recall of Sportmix pet food products underway, after links were found between a mold-borne toxin in the food and the deaths of 70 dogs, with 80 other dogs being sickened, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday.

    The announcement expands upon a recall first issued on Dec. 30 by Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. At the time, the company said that at le...

    Cancer Diagnosis Might Be Wrong for Many English Bulldogs

    New research on illness in English bulldogs has discovered a previously unknown genetic health condition -- and could save the lives of some beloved family pets.

    Researchers were attempting to better understand B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (BCLL), a common cancer, when they uncovered a non-cancerous syndrome called polyclonal B-cell lymphocytosis. This benign condition has many sim...

    Roll Over, Fido. You're Hogging the Bed

    Forget buying a dog bed. New research shows that nearly half of pet parents say their pooches co-sleep in their owner's bed.

    More than 1,000 Australian dog owners participated in the study conducted by Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y.

    About 49% of participants, who ranged in age from 18 to 78, said their dog sleeps in their bed. Another 20% said their dog sleeps in the same bedroom...

    Which Animals Are Also Vulnerable to COVID Infection?

    Humans, ferrets, cats, civets and dogs are the animals most susceptible to infection with the new coronavirus, researchers say.

    The analysis of 10 species also found that ducks, rats, mice, pigs and chickens were less or not susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection.

    "Knowing which animals are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 helps us prevent building up animal reservoirs from which the coronavi...

    Dogs and Their Humans Share Same Diabetes Risk: Study

    If your dog has diabetes, there's a better chance that you do, too, or that you may develop the disease.

    A new study from researchers in Sweden and the United Kingdom found that owning a dog with diabetes was tied to a 38% increased risk of type 2 diabetes for the dog owner.

    The risk of developing diabetes was also 28% higher in dogs with an owner who had type 2 diabetes compared ...

    Your Dog May Not Understand Every Word You Say: Study

    Does your pooch understand you?

    Dogs can learn to understand words -- and to differentiate among those that sound entirely different. But their understanding has some limitations, a new study suggests.

    Those furry friends don't recognize the difference between words that differ in only one sound -- "dog" versus "dig," for example, according to researchers who attached elect...

    Your Pooch's Personality Can Change With Age

    Just like people, dogs' personalities change as they age, a new European study suggests.

    "Even though dog personality is a highly popular topic in the literature, there are still gaps about the long-term stability, as well as about the dynamics of personality development," said study first author Borbála Turcsán of the Department of Ethology at Eötvös Lor&aacut...

    Want Better Rapport With Your Cat? Bat Your Eyes

    When it comes to bonding with your cat, the eyes have it.

    Narrowing your eyes -- the so-called "slow blink" -- may make humans more attractive to their feline friends, British researchers suggest. It also may make kitty smile back.

    "As someone who has both studied animal behavior and is a cat owner, it's great to be able to show that cats and humans can communicate in this w...

    No, Your Dog Doesn't Really Prefer Your Face, Brain Scans Show

    You may think your dog is gazing lovingly at your face, but a new study suggests that's not the case.

    Hungarian researchers say dogs' brains may not process faces the same way human brains do.

    Faces are such an important part of communication for humans and other primates that faces have a special status in the visual system, and areas in the human brain are specifically act...

    Dozens of Mammals May Be at Risk for Coronavirus Infection

    More than two dozen types of animals that are often in close contact with people may be at risk of coronavirus infection, a new study suggests.

    This could threaten some endangered species and harm certain types of farms. In addition, some animals may act as reservoirs for human reinfection, according to the researchers at University College London (UCL).

    For the study, the i...

    Beware Pet 'Bearded Dragons': CDC Says They Could Carry Salmonella

    What next, 2020?

    In this year of surprising threats to public health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now investigating a pair of salmonella outbreaks among people who cuddled pet hedgehogs and bearded dragon lizards.

    No deaths have been reported in either outbreak but a dozen people have been hospitalized, the CDC said. In both cases, health official...

    Pets Helped People Cope During Pandemic Lockdown: Study

    Pets helped many people cope with the mental stress of being locked down during the coronavirus pandemic, a new study finds.

    It included 6,000 people in Britain who were under lockdown between March 23 and June 1. About 90% had at least one pet.

    Of those, more than 90% said their pet helped them cope emotionally with the lockdown and 96% said their pet helped kee...

    No 'Last Goodbye' for Cello: 5-Hour Surgery Saved Dog's Life

    Risky, groundbreaking surgery saved a 12-year-old dog that had an aggressive tumor and was given only weeks to live, University of Florida veterinarians report.

    Cello, a female goldendoodle, had a rare tumor that caused a life-threatening obstruction of her major veins.

    "This was one of the most advanced cases of tumor invasion that any of us had seen, and there was a very h...

    Kids Often Hit Hard by Death of Beloved Pet, Study Finds

    The loss of a pet may be a child's first encounter with death, and new research suggests no one should underestimate the psychological trauma that the loss can bring.

    Previous studies have found that kids form deep emotional attachments to their pets and having a furry companion in your youth has been linked to greater empathy, self-esteem and social skills.

    "The effects of...

    There's No Magic Formula to Slow Your Dog's Aging

    Despite the deep desire to help your dog age gracefully and stay mentally sharp, new research suggests that even the best diet and training won't slow the ravages of time for your furry friend.

    Just like their human owners, dogs can experience thinking declines and behavioral changes as they age. They might display less curiosity about novel objects and show decline in social responsi...

    More Pets May Be Getting COVID-19 Than Realized

    There are "substantial" rates of coronavirus infection in dogs and cats whose owners have COVID-19, new research shows.

    The researchers also found that, in several cases, infected pets had COVID-like respiratory symptoms at the time their owners were infected.

    SARS-CoV-2 has been reported to infect a number of animals, but the risks, susceptibility and symptoms in different ...

    COVID-19 May Strike More Cats Than Believed

    Cat lovers, be aware: New research suggests that COVID-19 may be more common in cats than previously thought.

    Scientists analyzed blood samples taken from 102 cats between January and March 2020 in Wuhan, China, after the world's first known outbreak of COVID-19 began in that city.

    Fifteen of the cats had COVID-19 antibodies in their blood, and 11 of those cats had neutraliz...

    Pandemic Unleashes 'Startling' Rise in Dog Bites

    Lockdowns gave people lots to growl about. Their dogs may have felt a bit more aggressive, too.

    A pediatric emergency department in Colorado saw nearly three times as many children with injuries from dog bites this spring compared to last year at the same time, prompting concerns that stay-at-home orders and other COVID-19-related lifestyle changes may be to blame.

    In a com...

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