Do “puppy dog eyes” make you melt? It turns out that science can explain that emotion we feel when our dogs gaze into our eyes. Read this article
Is your pet on a heartworm preventive? Learn the facts about this dangerous disease — and why your pet needs protection. Read this article.
It may not be a topic you enjoy talking about, but your pet’s poop can reveal a lot about his health. Learn what’s normal and what’s not. Read this Article
Your kitty may be adorable, but does her behavior sometimes drive you up the wall? Learn about the three most common feline behavior problems. Click Here for Article Link.
Fleas and ticks have been around for centuries, serving as a source of discomfort and disease. While experts have learned a lot about these pests — including how to manage them in modern times — some common myths and misconceptions about fleas and ticks still exist in the minds of many pet owners, and they can make your parasite problem worse. Click Here!
Carved into a sandstone cliff on the edge of a bygone river in the Arabian Desert, a hunter draws his bow for the kill. He is accompanied by 13 dogs, each with its own coat markings; two animals have lines running from their necks to the man’s waist. The engravings likely date back more than 8000 years, making them the earliest depictions of dogs, a new study reveals. And those lines are probably leashes, suggesting that humans mastered the art of training and controlling dogs thousands of years earlier than previously thought. Science Mag (11/16)
Researchers trying to draw a bead on one of the deadliest forms of cancer are turning to an old and trusted friend: the family dog. The Jackson Laboratory is among the most recent research institutions to join the race against brain cancer. The Farmington genomics research center is using tumors from dogs to find clues to the disease that killed more than 15,000 people in 2015, according to the National Cancer Institute. Hartford Courant (11/13)
Puppies are transmitting potentially deadly Campylobacter bacteria infections via contaminated poop to the humans who handle them, with 55 people now sickened in an outbreak reaching across 12 states. In the latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency says cases rose from 39 in mid-September to 55 reported by Tuesday. “Evidence suggests that puppies sold through Petland are a likely source of this outbreak,” the CDC said in a news release issued Sept 11. “Petland is cooperating with public health and animal health officials to address this outbreak.” Health Day (10/03)
Nationwide Mutual Insurance says its pet insurance business spends more money on head trauma than any other dog-park injury. Average spending on such cases is $591, according to the company. Other dog-park injuries include dog bites or other lacerations, costing an average of $361; insect bites, at $143; and heat stroke or hypothermia, which averages $579 for treatment. The most common dog-park injury among the company’s beneficiaries was soft tissue injury and sprain, with close to 24,000 such cases last year. Bloomberg (5/18)
Take steps to protect postal workers and other unexpected guests from dog bites This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which focuses on educating people about preventing dog bites. Did you know that dog bites of postal workers increased 14% from 2014 to 2015, to a total of 6,549? Postal, delivery and utility workers are at higher risk of dog bites because their jobs require them to enter your dog’s territory. Help protect these workers from dog bites by posting signs so they know you have a dog, and if you know one is coming, put your dog in…