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What Helps the Homeless Who Have Pets? Study Has Answers

One in 10 homeless people has a pet, and one-stop health clinics where both can get health care would benefit both, a new study suggests.

The study, published Feb. 19 in the journal Human-Animal Interactions, found that joint people-pet clinics, free veterinary clinics and pet-friendly lodging are common ways homeless people and their four-legged companions can get help. 

Leaving Pets Behind Adds to Trauma, Danger for People in Crisis

Imagine being subjected to domestic violence in your home, wanting to escape -- but there's no place you can go that will accept a beloved pet.

That's the gut-wrenching situation facing too many victims of domestic abuse, according to a new data review spanning 27 years.

“In a lot of cases of domestic violence, there is evidence to suggest that people will delay leaving their rel...

Probiotics Might Help Portly Pooches Shed Pounds

If your dog is looking like he needs to drop some weight, a new study shows probiotics might do the trick.

Researchers identified two strains of probiotics that helped obese canines shed pounds.

“The strains we carefully selected demonstrated remarkable success in reducing the body fat percentage in dogs,” said principal researcher

Turns Out Dogs Have Fave Things to Watch on TV

Ever wonder what your dog most likes to watch on TV?

Think nature documentaries, Lassie or good old Scooby-Doo, a new study suggests.

Dogs are most engaged when watching videos that feature other animals, according to a new study published recently in the journal Applied Animal Behavior Scie...

Chihuahua or Great Dane: Your Dog's Size May Affect Their Disease Risk

The average size of your dog's breed plays a role in which diseases your pet is more apt to develop, a new study has found.

It turns out that larger dogs are more prone to a different set of diseases than small dogs are.

Prior research has found that smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger dogs, the researchers noted.

“These results provide insights into the disease ca...

Your New Year's Eve Safety Checklist

Millions of revelers hit the road after New Year's Eve celebrations and the inevitability of impaired drivers make the holiday one of the nation's deadliest.

High blood-alcohol levels are a factor in more than 50% of crashes on New Year's Day, the American Safety Council warns. Law enforcement officers will be on alert, with checkpoints and roadblocks in many places to check drivers for s...

Pets Bring Health Boost to Single Seniors' Brains: Study

For the growing number of American seniors who live alone, having a beloved dog or cat by their side could help them maintain a healthy brain.

New research on more than 7,900 people averaging 66 years of age found that those who lived alone were able to stave off losses in memory and thinking if they had a pet.

Pet ownership didn't seem to affect the cognition of older folks who li...

Anti-Vaxxers More Likely to Skip Vaccinating Their Pets, Survey Finds

People whose beliefs or concerns make them hesitant to get vaccinated are also likely to forgo vaccinating their pets, new research shows.

That could threaten the health of people and their four-legged friends, researchers said.

“Decreasing pet vaccination rates pose challenges to society for a number of reasons, including increased incidents of pet disease and death, increases in...

Blue Ridge Beef Raw Pet Food Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

Blue Ridge Beef, a maker of raw pet foods, has announced it is recalling some of its products for kittens and puppies because of possible contamination with salmonella and listeria.

After being notified earlier this month by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services that health officials found salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes in certain products, the...

Holiday Foods You Need to Keep Away From Your Pets

The holidays are all about treats and most pets are thrilled to partake in the indulging, but some foods you might give them could make them sick or worse.

"Pets tend to get more treats at holiday time -- from their owners or from houseguests -- which can put them at risk for health issues ranging from mild to life-threatening [think everything from a mild case of diarrhea all the way to...

Fatigued 'Frenchies': Flat-Faced Dogs Get Worse Sleep

French Bulldogs might be the most widespread breed in the world, but the fancy, flat-faced pooches pay a high price for their popularity, a new study warns.

The shortened skulls and large, round heads that make Frenchies so cute also leads to worse sleep, thanks to breed-specific sleep apnea, researchers report.

Further, this poor sleep could be a sign of potentially harmful changes...

Clues to Mysterious New Sickness Affecting Dogs

A new type of bacterial infection could be the culprit behind a mysterious canine respiratory illness that has been infecting dogs from coast to coast, New Hampshire researchers say.

Genetic sequencing of samples from 70 infected dogs from New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts has revealed a previously unknown bacterium, researchers from the New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Lab...

Hate Driving Your Cat to the Vet? FDA Just Approved a Drug for That

If you belong to one of the 46 million American households with a cat, you already know how stressful a trip to the vet can be for your feline -- and you.

Rescue might be on the way: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new medicine to help calm cat anxiety.

The pill is called Bonqat, and it's designed "for the alleviation of acute anxiety and fear associated...

Babies Are Contracting Salmonella After Handling Pet Food, FDA Warns

FRIDAY, Nov. 10, 2023 (Healthday News) -- Two federal health agencies are investigating a salmonella outbreak linked to dog food that has sickened seven people in seven states, nearly all of them infants.

On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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  • Gene Discovery Could Mean Longer Lives for Golden Retrievers, Maybe Humans

    New research is shedding light on why one of man's best friends -- the golden retriever -- has high odds for cancer death, although some end up living much longer than average.

    This popular dog breed has an up to 65% chance of dying from cancer.

    “We assume that the majority of golden retrievers have a genetic predisposition to cancer, but if some of them are living to be 14, 15 or...

    A Tropical Skin Infection Spread by Sand Flies Is Spreading in the U.S.

    Climate change is bringing diseases once considered tropical afflictions to the United States, and new research warns that a parasite spread by sand flies may be the latest to join this growing list.

    The Leishmania parasite causes several forms of the disease leishmaniasis, including cutaneous leishmaniasis, which causes skin sores. Cutaneous leishmaniasis infects up to 1 million...

    Aging, Mental Health in Dogs: Size Matters

    For dogs, body size matters.

    That's true in terms of how quickly they age, but also in their mental health, according to a new study comparing big and little canines.

    Age-related decline starts at 7 to 8 years of age in big dogs, compared to 10 to 11 years in smaller ...

    Scientists Discover Secrets of the Cat's Purr

    Anyone with a cat knows the calm, low rumble of purring, but how does such a small animal make such a low sound?

    New research suggests it boils down to a pad embedded in feline vocal cord folds.

    That's different than previously thought, which was that purring happened through a special mechanism, with cyclical contraction and relaxation of the muscles in the vocal folds within the ...

    A Wolf's Gut Bug Might Boost Health of Domestic Dogs

    A type of gut bacteria found in wild wolves could help treat domestic dogs who have a common, debilitating gastrointestinal condition.

    New research in an Oregon wolf discovered a novel strain of Paenibacillus bacteria that displays the characteristics of a probiotic.

    The benefit from this bacteria would be to stop canine inflammatory bowel disease.

    A chronic illness,...

    Going Vegan Healthy for Dogs, Cats -- and the Planet

    Should Fluffy and Fido go vegan?

    A new study says yes -- for the environment.

    The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that livestock are responsible for 14.5% of the greenhouse gas emissions. In response, some experts say eating ve...

    Anti-Vax Trend May Harm Pet Dogs, With Half of Owners Against Immunization

    Some people mistrust the safety and effectiveness of human vaccines for COVID-19 and other diseases, a fact that became abundantly clear during the pandemic.

    Now, a new survey of 2,200 dog owners shows this mistrust may often extend to canine vaccinations.

    The finding suggests there is spillover between the issues, with those who have negative feelings about human vaccines more lik...

    For Dogs, Gastro & Respiratory Ills Often Connected, Study Suggests

    Does your dog struggle to breathe, especially at mealtime?

    New research suggests the two might often be connected.

    The University of Missouri researchers discovered that about 75% of dogs who had respiratory disease and were participating in a swallowing study were also found to have one or more digestive tract abnormalities. The scientists have been investigating the interplay betw...

    Shelter Dogs Vulnerable to Diseases Spread by Ticks, Mosquitoes

    Warming temperatures may be bringing a new risk for shelter dogs: the spread of tick- and mosquito-borne disease in a broader geographic area, according to a new study.

    Bites from these pests can cause serious illness in dogs, including heartworm and Lyme disease.

    The study, on shelter dogs in the eastern United States, shows that they may experience the brunt of warmer weather, but...

    Dogs Can Tell When You're Talking to Them, and Might Prefer Female Voices

    Mothers use sing-song language to talk to their infants. Their dogs respond to it, too, according to a new study.

    Researchers in Hungary also found that dogs have greater brain sensitivity to the speech directed at them than to adult-directed speech, especially if the words are spoken by a woman.

    In imaging scans, dogs and infants showed brain similarities during the processing of ...

    Even If Issues Emerge, Folks 'Highly Satisfied' With Shelter Rescue Dogs

    When Daniel Cooney and his husband Patrick Key adopted Rothko, a coonhound mix, from a shelter eight years ago, it took time to get used to his quirks.

    Rothko doesn't always jell with other pups, which means the dog park is often out of the question.

    "There are several dogs in the neighborhood that we have to stay away from, but we have gotten good at noticing the signs of aggressio...

    Who's Got COVID? Dogs Can Quickly Tell

    Do you have COVID-19? With a little training, your dog might be more effective at figuring that out than even at-home antigen or sophisticated hospital tests.

    Dogs are so good at it, according to a new research review, that they may be ready for mainstream medical use ...

    Pets Don't Help Those With Severe Mental Illness Fare Better

    It's commonly thought that having a companion animal — be it a dog, cat or bird — is good for the owner's mental health.

    A new study suggests that's not so, at least for people with severe mental illness and for pets that aren't trained therapy animals. Pets may, however, be an important part of the social network for folks with severe mental illness.

    Having pets was not signifi...

    U.S. Livestock, Pet Industries Pose Disease Threat to People

    American industry engages in some of the same high-risk practices as other countries in keeping and selling commercial animals that have the potential for triggering outbreaks of disease among humans, a new report shows.

    Researchers from Harvard Law...

    Slowed Walking Could Be Sign of Dementia in Dogs

    Like people, dogs slow down as they age.

    Researchers wondered whether slowed walking could also signal mental decline. To learn more, they did a series of experiments that included measuring the dogs' speed both on and off leash as well as cognitive testing.

    “Walking speed in people is strongly associated with cognitive decline,” said study author

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  • The Vet Says Your Dog Has Cushing's Disease: What Is It?

    Like humans, older dogs can be prone to a variety of health issues.

    Among the maladies that middle-aged and older dogs experience is Cushing's disease, when the body produces too much of a hormone called cortisol.

    Fortunately, it is possible to test for and treat the condition, giving your pet a healthier late life.

    "Cortisol is one of the body's natural steroids," said Dr. An...

    Air Polluted With Wildfire Smoke Can Harm Animals, Too

    The Canadian wildfires that are burning out of control have brought hazy skies and polluted air to parts of the United States unprepared for it -- and that's affecting not just the people, but their pets and livestock, too.

    An animal welfare expert from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign offers some advice for animal caregivers to help them get their animals through these smoky...

    Combo Therapy Could Treat Oral Melanomas in Dogs

    Could a treatment combo that improves the odds against melanoma for humans work in dogs?

    Yes, claims a new study that found radiotherapy followed by immunotherapy extended survival in canine melanoma patients.

    Melanomas in dogs are similar to human melanomas. An effective treatment for human melanomas is a combination of radiotherapy and immunotherapy. The researchers from Japan wa...

    Stray Cats Shed Toxoplasmosis Parasites in Cities, Especially in Warm Weather

    Wild and feral cats appear to release more toxoplasmosis parasites in places densely populated with people, new research suggests.

    These cats also "shed" more when the temperature is warmer, a significant finding given climate change, according to the report published online June 21 in PLOS ONE.

    Policymakers could help protect humans from this illness by better managing th...

    PFAS 'Forever Chemicals' Found in Blood of Pet Dogs, Horses

    New research on horses and dogs found elevated levels of PFAS “forever chemicals,” establishing horses as sentinel species.

    Sentinel species provide advance warning of a danger to people.

    The work also advanced knowledge about PFAS exposure and liver and kidney function in these animals. PFAS stands for per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a group of chemicals used in plastics an...

    Dog Bites More Common on Hot, Hazy Days

    Just like their humans, dogs get cranky when temperatures and air pollution levels surge.

    Heat and air pollution have previously been linked to human aggression. Now, researchers say it also appears that there are more dog bites on hot, polluted days.

    More research is needed to confirm these findings, according to study author

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  • What Factors Keep Your Dog Healthier Longer? Major Study Has Answers

    Fido really needs a friend.

    That's the main takeaway from a new survey that included more than 21,400 dogs and their owners, and showed that pups who have companions (whether furry or human) live healthier, longer lives than those who don't.

    The strength of a dog's social support network had an even greater effect on their health than their owners' financial status, and these r...

    Injected Birth Control Could Be Game-Changer to Curb Stray Cat Populations

    Millions of stray cats roam the world over, and surgical sterilization has long been the primary method of population control.

    But a small new study shows promising results for a one-and-done contraceptive injection.

    Researchers say this first-of-its-kind approach appears safe and effective.

    “A non-surgical contraceptive that could result in lifetime sterility following...

    When Does 'Saving' Animals Become Unhealthy Hoarding?

    It's a wonderful thing to try to save stray animals, but for some people it can turn into a form of hoarding thats dangerous for pets and humans alike.

    People who “hoard” animals may feel like they're saving them, but caring for many pets may take a toll on their well-being and that of the animals they take in, according to a new study.

    “Although most folks with hoarding disor...

    COVID in Cats Mirrored What Was Happening in People

    Cats who became infected with COVID-19 had the same variants as their owners throughout the different phases of the pandemic, new research finds.

    Scientists looked at retrospective samples to assess COVID-19 infections in U.K. cats from April 2020 to February 2022. The cats had been infected with the Alpha and Delta variants following their emergence in the human population.

    �...

    FDA Approves First Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for Arthritis in Dogs

    Man's aging best friend has a new treatment to dull osteoarthritis pain as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced approval Friday of the first monoclonal antibody for dogs.

    Called Librela, the bedinvetmab shot controls pain from the most common form of arthritis in dogs. Osteoarthritis (OA) affects about 25% of dogs during their lifetime.

    In this condition, the cartil...

    Spring, Summer Is Peak Time for Dogs Biting Kids

    In the spring and summer, everyone races outside with their dogs to enjoy the warmer weather, but a new study suggests there is a downside to that.

    More children are bitten by dogs in those months, according to researchers at Nemours Children's Health.

    But a dog bite isn't inevitable: It's possible to keep both dogs and children safer, and to provide proper care if the unfortunate d...

    Similar to Humans, Sleep Is Altered for Dogs With Dementia

    Like people, man's best friend can get dementia with aging.

    And these older dogs sleep less deeply when they develop the condition, just as people with Alzheimer's disease do, according to research that included problem-solving tasks and brain wave measurements.

    “Our study is the first to evaluate the association between cognitive impairment and sleep using polysomnography -- the ...

    Dog-Walking Downside: Fractures, Head Injuries

    Walking your dog gets you moving and out in the fresh air, but head injuries and fractures are very real possibilities, especially for older dog owners, researchers say.

    The most common injury from walking a leashed dog that sends folks to the ER is fractured fingers, a new study from Johns Hopkins University found.

    But traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are the second-most common inj...

    Secret Weapon for Quit-Smoking Campaigns: Pets

    Put out that cigarette for the health of your four-legged friend.

    When smokers search social media for anti-tobacco information, they tend to engage most with posts about the risk of secondhand smoke on their pets, a new study reveals.

    Posts with new information about harmful chemicals also receive high engagement, researchers found.

    “Our results show that people respond to ...

    FDA Approves Drug for Cats With Allergic Skin Disease

    Cats constantly licking and chewing because of a skin condition called feline allergic dermatitis may benefit from a new generic treatment approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    The FDA approved Modulis for Ca...

    Pets Could Help Prevent Food Allergies in Kids

    While research has shown that having pets can lower the chances of respiratory allergies in children, a new study finds it might also reduce the risk of food allergies.

    Japanese investigators found that young children exposed to dogs in the home were less likely to experience egg, milk and nut allergies, while those exposed to cats were less likely to be diagnosed with egg, wheat and soyb...

    In Rare Cases, Drug-Resistant 'Superbugs' Can Pass Between People & Their Pets

    In more bad news about antibiotic resistance, new research suggests that people and their pets may be able to transmit multidrug-resistant germs to each other.

    Still, cases of cross-transmission are rare and it's not clear if pets are giving germs to people or people are giving germs to their pets, the study authors noted.

    "In urban areas in high-income countries, pets do not seem ...

    Pets in the Bedroom? Your Sleep Might Suffer, Study Finds

    If your bedtime routine includes snuggling up with your Boston terrier or lulling yourself to sleep to the gentle purrs of your calico cat, you might want to rethink it.

    Pets can offer a sense of security and comfort, but sharing a bed with them may lead to wakeful nights, according to a new study.<...

    Have an Anxious Dog? Study Seeks Clues in Canine Brains

    Like humans, some dogs suffer from anxiety. They might show fear or excitability toward strangers. Loud noises might result in "accidents." They may get destructive when you leave home.

    The cause of their distress could lie in their brain makeup, researchers from Ghent University in Belgium say.

    For the study, published March 15 in PLOS ONE, res...

    Cats, Dogs 'Part of the Family' for Most American Pet Owners: Poll

    It won't come as a surprise to those who love their furry friends, but a new poll finds many Americans saying their pets offer them mental health benefits and are a part of the family.

    Roughly 86% of cat and dog owners said their pets had a positive impact on their well-being, the American Psychiatric Association's (APA)

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