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Anyone who's ever loved a pet like a member of the family knows that the grief when that dog, cat or other furry friend dies can be devastating.

But too often, finding others who truly understand and support that sense of loss can be challenging.

Michelle Crossley, a mental health counselor, ...

A new immunotherapy gel being tested in pet dogs could pave the way for gentler and more effective treatment of one of the most common childhood cancers, researchers say.

Sarcoma is one of the most common cancers in dogs, affecting the bones and soft tissues.

It's also the third most common cancer in children, with 1 in 3 dying from the disease, researchers said.

Sarcoma in ca...

For cat owners who are convinced that their furry feline understands and even responds to the sound of their voice, here's the reward they've been waiting for: A new French study finds that, yes, cats can identify their owner's cooing and calling.

After extensive work with 16 cats, the investigators...

Universities sometimes offer "Pet Your Stress Away" events offering a chance to relax while gently patting the head and stroking the back of a calm dog.

But some people are more interested in interacting with cats than dogs, according to a new study that linked preference to personality type.

If you have dogs, you probably already know that petting them can give you a lift.

Researchers set out to prove that using technology to show what happens in the brain when stroking or sitting next to a dog. They also compared that to petting a stuffed animal.

They found that when study participants viewed, felt and touched real dogs it led to increasingly high levels of activity ...

For many kids with autism, Rhett, a black Labrador retriever, has been a calming and comforting influence in his seven years as a therapy dog.

But parents shouldn't assume that a service pooch is the solution for every child on the autism spectrum, a new study...

Everyone knows dogs have a keen sense of smell, but now researchers have discovered they can even smell stress in the breath and sweat of humans.

"Dogs possess an incredible sense of smell. Previous research has demonstrated their ability to detect changes within the human body from odor alone, such as ou...

Five years back, “Nugget” the Jack-A-Poo was in serious need of some tender loving veterinary care.

“He needed vaccinations and a few other things,” Seattle native Grace Stroklund recalled of her sidekick, a Jack Russell Terrier/Toy Poodle mix. “But I was just not in the wheelhouse financially to do any of that.”

At 23, Stroklund was struggling with her own challenges. H...

The COVID-19 pandemic has undone decades of progress controlling dog and cat populations through spay and neuter surgeries, a new University of Florida study finds.

Spay-neuter procedures perform...

Your dog may like to lick your hand or face, but if you're using a chemotherapy cream that treats certain skin conditions, you should not allow it, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises.

The medication fluorouracil is fatal to dogs when ingested. People who keep the cream on a nightstand or counter sh...

Much like humans, dogs can develop dementia as they age -- and that risk climbs by half with every extra year of life in a dog's golden years, new research shows.

The study, of more than 15,000 dogs and their human companions, found that just over 1% had canine cognitive dysfunction (...

Writer Jenny Block and her chiweenie, Aurora, are on a health kick.

"We walk at least 1 mile and up to 4 miles in the early morning, before it gets too hot," said the Houston-based author.

"She needs it, and I need it, so it works out great," said Block, who has shed...

Health authorities are investigating a parvovirus-like illness that has killed more than 30 dogs in northern Michigan, most within three days.

The dogs died in Otsego County after showing symptoms such as vomiting and bloody stool, signs of canine parvovirus, but tests were negative for the virus, according to a Facebook

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  • August 24, 2022
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  • Humans and dogs undoubtedly share a powerful bond, but can dogs cry when overcome with emotion?

    According to a recent study, possibly the first to try to answer that question, canine's eyes do indeed well up with tears, most often when they are reunited with their beloved owner.

    “We ...

    Just like their humans, dogs are more often diagnosed with diabetes in certain places and times of year, new research reveals.

    Diagnoses of type 1 diabetes in humans rise during the winter months and in northern latitudes of the United States. This

  • By Carole Tanzer Miller HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 22, 2022
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  • Adding yet another wrinkle to the monkeypox outbreak, a new case study suggests that people can pass the virus on to their pet dogs.

    Therefore, people who are infected with the virus should avoid close c...

    When dogs' hearing fades, their mental skills follow, new research reveals.

    For the study, the researchers examined the link between hearing loss in aging dogs and dementia. The findings shed light on ways sensory loss affects canine cognition (thinking skills) and could lead to better tre...

    Cat owners should not feed their pets certain lots of Darwin's Natural Pet Products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

    Some lots of the raw cat food tested positive for salmonella and were associated with illness in three kittens, the agency said in a

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 8, 2022
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  • Switching Fido to a new dog food? What happens in his gut as a result is nothing short of remarkable, a new study reveals.

    The population of bacteria living in his gut — his microbiome — will change dramatically in as little as a week.

    It starts when "wallflower bacteria," those that were on ...

    A service dog can lower the severity of a U.S. military veteran's post-traumatic stress disorder, according to past research.

    Hoping to learn more about this therapeutic bond, researchers worked with 82 vets and their trained service dogs. Their study was published July 27 in the journal

    While cats often prefer to be alone and closely guard their territory, some seem to thrive on togetherness even at a crowded shelter.

    Chalk it up to chemistry.

    That's the takeaway of a new study that investigated the role hormones and gut bacteria play in felines' social

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 28, 2022
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  • Tiny turtles are the cause of a multistate outbreak of salmonella that has led to five hospitalizations, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

    The agency has linked an outbreak that has infected at least 15 people in 11 states to turtles that are less t...

    Feeding raw meat to your dog may spread antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to researchers who studied the poop of dogs fed these diets.

    What did the British scientists find? Dogs who were fed raw meat were more likely to shed antibiotic-resistant

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 21, 2022
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  • While humans typically use their sight to orient themselves, dogs navigate the world by combining their sense of smell with their vision.

    So claims a new study that found dogs' sense of smell is integrated with their vision and other unique parts of their brain.

    "We've never seen this connection between the nose and the

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 21, 2022
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  • While California works to restore its landscape after years of historic wildfires, new research could transform the way in which veterinarians treat animals recovered from damaged forests.

    The study found that cats who inhaled smoke or suffered burns are at risk for forming deadly clots. Not only that, the scientists were able ...

    Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors with your dog, but when the temperatures spike or the fireworks come out, it's time to make sure your furry best friend is having just as good a time as you are.

    When a heat wave rolls in, try to only take your dog for walks in the coolest hours of the day, advised Mark Fr...

    Dog treats are being voluntarily recalled due to possible salmonella contamination.

    The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services reported July 6 that some Stormberg Foods LLC dog treats were contaminated with salmonella, which triggered

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  • July 14, 2022
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  • Whether they're household pets in South Africa, strays in India or living in rural Laos, dogs have similar microbes colonizing their digestive tracts.

    That's the key takeaway from a new study that built upon existing research into the canine microbiome - the collection of bacteria that live inside dogs' guts.

    Researchers noted that most other studies have worked with dogs that eat ...

    Pets have helped people weather both the HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 pandemics, a survey of long-term HIV/AIDS survivors shows.

    "The underlying question in our minds has always been: What role do pets play for people who are so isolated and suffering so much stigma?" said study leader Lynette Hart, a professor of veterinary medicine at the University of California, Davis.

    She and her coll...

    While chronic stress is a key risk factor for heart disease and stroke, most cat and dog owners say pets help them chill out and stay active.

    A new American Heart Association (AHA) survey of 1,000 pet owners found 95% relying on their animal companions for stress relief. About 7 in 10 said they'd rather spend time with their pet than watch television, and nearly half (47%) said their pets...

    What goes through your dog's mind when you tell him to find his favorite toy?

    Hungarian researchers say Fido relies on a mental image based on sensory features. Dogs call to mind the way that toy looks, feels and smells.

    The finding - from the Family Dog Project at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest - was recently published online in the journal

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  • June 20, 2022
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  • English bulldogs are plagued by health problems due to their breeding, which needs to be changed to improve their well-being, British researchers say.

    The short skull, protruding jaw, skin folds and squat, heavy build that are part of their breed standards put English bulldogs at increased risk of breathing problems and eye and skin conditions, and they're much less healthy than other dog...

    Catnip may do more than give cats a wicked buzz: A new study finds it may also help protect them from pests such as mosquitoes.

    The leaves of catnip and its Asian counterpart, silvervine, contain nepetalactol and nepetalactone -- two types of compounds called iridoids, which repel insects.

    Researchers in Japan investigated how cats' chewing and rubbing on silvervine leaves affected ...

    The first reported case of a cat giving COVID-19 to a person shouldn't alarm pet owners, but a Canadian expert says it's a reminder to take precautions.

    "I think it's important for us to recognize this virus still can move between species," veterinary specialist Dr. Scott Weese recently told the

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  • June 14, 2022
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  • If you sleep with Fido or Fluffy, you're in good company, a new survey shows.

    Nearly half of respondents to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) poll said they share their bed with a pet, and 46% of those people said they sleep better with their pet in the same bed. Only 19% said th...

    Add a lower risk of Crohn's disease to the many benefits of having a dog during childhood, a new study suggests.

    Sorry, cat lovers, researchers didn't find a similar benefit for you.

    "We did not see the same results with cats, though we are still trying to determine why," said senior author Williams Turpin, a research associate with Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and the University...

    Ever wonder where your cat wanders when you let it out? New research suggests your kitty most likely sticks close to home.

    Scientists used GPS (global positioning system) to track the movements of nearly 100 pet cats in a small town in Eastern Norway when they were outside. All of the cats lived in homes within about one square kilometer.

    The cats spent an average of 79% of their ou...

    For the past couple of centuries, humans have been breeding dogs to meet specific physical characteristics - to make Golden Retrievers fluffy, to make Rottweilers muscular, or to make Chihuahuas tiny.

    Dog enthusiasts...

    If longevity were a priority when choosing a pup, Jack Russell terriers and Yorkshire terriers would be top picks.

    Those little dynamos have the longest life expectancy of a host of common dog breeds, according to a new study by Dr. Dan O'Neill, an associate professor of companion animal epidemiology at the Royal Veterinary College in Hertfordshire, England.

    Jack Russells and Yorkie...

    The strange smells and sounds at an animal shelter can stress out even the most placid pup, and invasive tests to see if they need medicine to calm down only add to the anxiety.

    So there's some good news for Fido in new research out of the Netherlands.

    The study found that analyzing a single sample of a...

    With marijuana now legal in many U.S. states, some veterinarians are seeing more cases of cannabis poisoning in dogs and other pets, according to a new survey.

    The poll, of 251 vets in Canada and the United States, found that those incidents usually end well: Most animals recover quickly, without needing a hospital stay.

    But in some cases, more intense treatment is needed. And a sma...

    Life would be much better for farm animals if children were in charge, a new British study suggests.

    Unlike adults, children believe farm animals should be treated the same as people and pets, and children are less likely to view eating animals as morally acceptable.

    The study included 479 people in England from three age groups -- 9-11, 18-21 and 29-59 -- who were asked their views...

    Dogs may be famous meat lovers, but canines who follow a vegan diet might be a bit healthier, a new survey suggests.

    British and Australian researchers found that dogs on

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  • April 14, 2022
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  • If you've ever wondered how your pooch flashes those "puppy dog eyes" that melt your heart, a new study may provide some answers.

    The researchers identified certain muscle features that help dogs look so cute, and it suggests that thousands of years of selective breeding have contributed to their ability to use expressions to their advantage.

    "Dogs are unique from other mammals in t...

    Do you wash your dog's food bowl every day?

    Do you wash your hands before and after you fill it up?

    Do you prepare Fido's food in a different spot from where you prep your own?

    If you answered no to any of these questions, you may be putting your health and your pet's at risk, according to researchers from North Carolina State University.

    For their

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  • April 6, 2022
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  • Humans and their pets tend to share a tight bond, but they may also share antibiotic-resistant bacteria, new research shows.

    Even worse for humans is the fact that these bacteria may contain antibiotic-resistant genes that can make the bacteria they already have in their bodies resistant to some antibiotics, such ...

    Your pet's poop and pee may give you clues to how many cancer-causing toxins have taken up residence in your home.

    "Our findings suggest that pets are coming into contact with aromatic amines that leach from products in their household environment," said study author Sridhar Chinthakindi, a postdoctoral fellow at NYU Langone Health in New York City.

    "As these substances have been t...

    Chasing light shimmers reflected onto a wall. Obsessive licking or chewing. Compulsive barking and whining. Pacing or tail chasing.

    Nearly one in three pet dogs suffer from these ADHD-like repetitive behaviors - and researchers now suspect that an animal's home life could be t...

    German shepherds are one of the most noble dog breeds on the planet, but they can fall prey to an often deadly swallowing disorder.

    Now, researchers report they have not only identified a gene variant that explains this susceptibility, but they have also designed a test to spot the disease --

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  • A day that includes a trip to the emergency room is probably a high-stress one, but man's best friend could help you cope, new research finds.

    The study found a reduction in pain, anxiety and depression that ranged from 43% to 48% in patients who were treated with a visit from a trained

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