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Comparing canine brains using 3D-endocast modelling
Based on digital endocranial cast models the canine brain does not increase proportionally with body size. (2020-10-22)
From puppyhood to senior age: Different personality traits age differently
Dogs' personality changes over time, but these changes occur unevenly during the dogs' life, and each trait follows a distinct age trajectory. (2020-10-14)
Wolves attached - Adult wolves miss their human handler in separation similar to dogs
One key feature of the dog's success is that they show attachment towards their owners. (2020-10-14)
Study upends understanding about joint injuries
An injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can lead to severe osteoarthritis in both animal and human patients. (2020-10-14)
First rehoming of laboratory dogs in Finland successful but required a great deal of work
Researchers at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Helsinki monitored the success of rehoming 16 laboratory beagles in 2015-2018. (2020-10-05)
Dog brains do not prefer faces
Even though dogs gaze into man's eyes, dog brains may not process faces as human brains do. (2020-10-05)
Dog and human brains process faces differently
Researchers discovered striking similarities and differences in how dog and human brains process visual information about others. (2020-10-05)
Under-regulated pet trade leaves thousands of species vulnerable
In a recent study, researchers from Thailand's Suranaree University of Technology and the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) revealed a worrying situation where a huge number of reptile species are being exploited, with little international regulation, implying a lack of reliable a priori estimates of the impact on wild populations. (2020-09-29)
Penicillium camemberti: a history of domestication on cheese
The white, fluffy layer that covers Camembert is made of a mould resulting from human selection, similar to the way dogs were domesticated from wolves. (2020-09-24)
Scientists reveal details about the first cat infected with SARS-CoV-2 in Spain
The IRTA-CReSA coronavirus research team, alongside researchers from IrsiCaixa, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and veterinarians from a veterinary hospital near Barcelona publish in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) the results of postoperative analyzes of COVID-19 positive cat necropsy. (2020-09-21)
Tracking the working dogs of 9/11
A study of search and rescue dogs led by the School of Veterinary Medicine showed little difference in longevity or cause of death between dogs at the disaster site and dogs in a control group. (2020-09-21)
Study suggests substantial proportion of pet cats and dogs are infected with SARS-CoV-2 by their owners, due to presence of antibodies in their blood
A small study by Canadian veterinary science experts being presented at this ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease (ECCVID, held online from 23-25 September) suggests that a substantial proportion of pet cats and dogs can be infected by SARS-CoV-2 by their owners. (2020-09-17)
Project Phoenix: DNA unlocks a new understanding of coral
A new study challenges more than 200 years of coral classification. (2020-09-14)
Possible genetic link found between hypothyroidism and development of canine T-zone lymphoma
A genetic mutation might be the reason dogs with hypothyroidism are less likely to develop T-zone lymphoma (TZL). (2020-09-14)
Making dog food more delectable by analyzing aromas
Dogs aren't known for being picky about their food, eating the same kibble day after day with relish. (2020-09-09)
African wild dogs have vestigial first digit and muscular adaptations for life on the run
African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) are known for their unique hunting style, often referred to as ''exhaustive predation'', in which they chase their prey to exhaustion, rather than hunting using speed, strength, or stealth. (2020-09-07)
Comparing the controllability of young hand-raised wolves and dogs
During domestication, dogs most probably have been selected for increased tractability. (2020-09-07)
Texas A&M researchers develop treatment for canine ocular condition using turmeric
Researchers at Texas A&M University have produced a therapeutic derived from turmeric, a spice long-praised for its natural anti-inflammatory properties, that shows promise in decreasing ocular inflammation in dogs suffering from uveitis, an inflammation of the eye that leads to pain and reduced vision. (2020-09-03)
Gut microbiome composition is associated with age and memory performance in pet dogs
Our gut microbiota can crucially influence our behaviour and neurodevelopment. (2020-09-02)
Discovery of an ancient dog species may teach us about human vocalization
In a study published in PNAS, researchers used conservation biology and genomics to discover that the New Guinea singing dog, thought to be extinct for 50 years, still thrives. (2020-08-31)
Why flat-faced dogs remain popular despite health problems
Owners of bulldogs, French bulldogs and pugs are highly likely to want to own their breed again in the future, and to recommend their breed to other owners, according to a study published August 26, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Rowena Packer of the Royal Veterinary College, UK, and colleagues. (2020-08-26)
Progress toward a treatment for Krabbe disease
The inherited disease, which typically kills children before their second birthday, has no cure, but a University of Pennsylvania study in a canine model offers hope for an effective gene therapy with lasting results. (2020-08-26)
An active lifestyle reduces fearfulness in dogs - differences between breeds are great
The more dogs are engaged in activities and the more diverse experiences and canine friends they have, the less fearful they are in new situations and environments. (2020-08-20)
Free-roaming dogs prevent giant pandas from thriving in the wild
Dogs are still menacing giant pandas. This is in part, because nature reserves in China are often closely connected to human settlements where dogs roam free. (2020-08-18)
Big dogs face more joint problems if neutered early
Heavier mixed-breed dogs have higher health risks if neutered or spayed early, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis. (2020-08-13)
Classifying galaxies with artificial intelligence
Astronomers have applied artificial intelligence (AI) to ultra-wide field-of-view images of the distant Universe captured by the Subaru Telescope, and have achieved a very high accuracy for finding and classifying spiral galaxies in those images. (2020-08-11)
Rates of dog bites in children up during COVID-19 pandemic
Greater rates of Colorado's children are going to the pediatric emergency department as a result of dog bites during the COVID-19 pandemic. (2020-08-11)
Fighting like cats and dogs?
We are all familiar with the old adage ''fighting like cat and dog'', but a new scientific study now reveals how you can bid farewell to those animal scraps and foster a harmonious relationship between your pet pooch and feline friend. (2020-08-10)
1 in 4 UK puppies may be being acquired before minimum recommended age
One in four puppies in the UK may be being acquired before the recommended minimum age--a figure that is considerably higher than what has been reported before--suggests research published in the latest edition of Vet Record. (2020-08-06)
Speech processing hierarchy in the dog brain
Dog brains, just as human brains, process speech hierarchically: intonations at lower, word meanings at higher stages, according to a new study by Hungarian researchers. (2020-08-03)
The most important task for a PTSD service dog for veterans is disrupting anxiety
Science has shown that service dogs can benefit some veterans with PTSD. (2020-07-22)
Pigs turn to humans as dogs do, unless they have a problem to solve
Researchers compared human-oriented communicative behaviours of young miniature pigs and dogs kept as companion animals. (2020-07-17)
MU advances chemotherapy-free treatment for cancer in animals and humans
Osteosarcoma, a common bone cancer in dogs, affects more than 10,000 dogs in the US each year. (2020-07-17)
When should you neuter your dog to avoid health risks?
A new, 10-year study by researchers at the University of California, Davis, examined 35 dog breeds and found vulnerability from neutering, and the age at which they are neutered, varies greatly depending on the breed. (2020-07-15)
More than one cognition: A call for change in the field of comparative psychology
In a paper published in the Journal of Intelligence, researchers argue that cognitive studies in comparative psychology often wrongly take an anthropocentric approach, resulting in an over-valuation of human-like abilities and the assumption that cognitive skills cluster in animals as they do in humans. (2020-07-14)
Researchers cast doubt on earlier COVID-19 origins study citing dogs as possible hosts
A study published earlier this year claiming the coronavirus may have jumped from dogs to humans is scientifically flawed, offering no direct evidence to support its conclusions, according to a collaborative group of international researchers, including scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. (2020-07-14)
Care for cats? So did people along the Silk Road more than 1,000 years ago
Common domestic cats, as we know them today, might have accompanied Kazakh pastoralists as pets more than 1,000 years ago. (2020-07-09)
Where did the Asian longhorned ticks in the US come from?
The invasive population of Asian longhorned ticks in the United States likely began with three or more self-cloning females from northeastern Asia, according to a Rutgers-led study. (2020-07-08)
Owner behavior affects effort and accuracy in dogs' communications
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and Friedrich Schiller University in Jena have found that dogs adapt their communicative strategies to their environment and that owner behavior influences communicative effort and success. (2020-07-06)
The sixth sense of animals
Continuously observing animals with motion sensors could improve earthquake prediction. (2020-07-03)
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