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Lost a Pet? How to Help Your Other Pet Grieve (The News & Observer)

When a family pet dies, naturally the humans in the household grieve the death of their beloved companion. However, surviving animals in multipet households may also react to the loss in a variety of ways. If grief is measured by changes in behavior, then grieving is common throughout the animal world. Fall Allergy Woes Affect Our Furry Friends, Too ....read more


Fall Allergy Woes Affect Our Furry Friends, Too (Journal-Advocate)

Do you suffer from seasonal or year-round allergies? You might be surprised to learn that pets often do, too....read more


How to Enhance Your Pet’s Environment (Today’s Veterinary Practice)

Our pets sometimes exhibit “normal” behaviors that we find objectionable. For example, cats may scratch furniture or eat plants because there is nothing else to scratch or eat. In these cases, providing a scratching post/mat or cat grass/nip may do the trick....read more


Why do dogs watch — and react to — TV? (National Geographic )

Just like humans, their response to the tube depends on their personality, experts say. Our first Weird Animal Question of the Week of 2015 comes to us from our very own photo editor Mallory Benedict, who’s curious about why her sister’s poodle pays such rapt attention to the television...read more


Signs of Arthritis in Pets (petMD via PawNation )

Arthritis is one of the most common ailments seen in middle-aged to older pets. Even younger dogs and cats, under the right circumstances, can suffer from arthritic changes. Arthritis causes changes within the affected joints that are painful for the affected pet. In this article are seven of those common signs...read more


Pets Help Kids with Deployed Parents Cope with Stress (Military.com )

A newly published study finds that military children with a deployed parent who have a close relationship with a pet cope better with stress than those who do not. The study, released by Tufts University October 29, examined 300 middle and high school students from military families who were involved in programs with the Military Child Education Coalition…read more 


How Owners Can Help Monitor Heart Disease in Their Pets (VETERINARY MEDICINE via dvm360.com)

Veterinary cardiologist Dr. Sonya Gordon discusses an easy but important way owners of pets with heart disease can catch early signs that their pets might need more intervention…read more


Tips from FEMA for Caring for Your Pets in the Event of a Disaster (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. Unfortunately, animals are also affected by disaster. The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire, flood, tornado or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done today…read more


Pets Can Improve Retirees’ Physical, Emotional Health (USA Today )

Nancy Westphal, 65, of Rockford, Illinois, loves coming home to her 55-pound female dog named Charlie who greets her enthusiastically at the door. “It’s unconditional love she gives me,” says Westphal, who is single. “She is somebody to talk to. You can have a connection with a pet.”…read more


What Makes People Look Like Their Pets?  (Slate )

So what is it, exactly, that enables us to correctly link owners and their dogs? That’s the mystery that Sadahiko Nakajima, a psychologist from Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan, set out to solve in a recent study published in the journal Anthrozoös. This wasn’t Nakajima’s first stab at it. In prior research, he and his colleagues had shown that research participants could match photos of owners and their dogs by facial appearance alone…read more 


Five Ways Pets Benefit Your Health (CNN) 

The benefits of having a pet extend well beyond companionship, and sometimes our furry friends don’t receive the credit that’s due. Pets are a shoulder to cry on, an alarm clock, an exercise partner and a true member of the family. There is over 25 years’ worth of research that shows living with pets provides a bounty of health benefits…read more


Many Pets Are Too Plump (HealthyDay News)

Much like their human companions, many of America’s pets are overweight. Just over half of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese, and 58 percent of cats are carrying too many pounds, according to a survey from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention…read more


New York City Officials Weigh Lifting Ban on Pet Ferrets (Reuters)

New York City health officials are considering a repeal of the city’s ban on keeping ferrets as pets. Keeping the small furry mammals in New York City has been prohibited for decades, but health officials would recommend lifting the ban if changes include such requirements as rabies vaccinations, according to a spokesman for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene…read more


Personhood for Pets? How the Human-animal Bond Has Evolved (LiveScience via Yahoo News)

Since humans first domesticated cats and dogs, these furry friends have taken on increasingly important roles in people’s lives. Now, a growing movement aims to recognize Fido and Felix not just as pets, but also as legal citizens. As wild animals, dogs and cats first entered human life in the role of hunting animals and guardians, then as companions and finally as family members… read more


Yellow Ribbons On Dog Leashes: What Do They Mean? (AVMA)

This week (May 18-24) is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association. With an estimated population of 70 million dogs living in U.S. households, millions of people — most of them children — are bitten by dogs every year. The majority of these bites are preventable… read more


Can Puppies Help Fight Cancer? New Study Aims to Find Out (TIME)

Puppies can kill you with cuteness, but they may also be able to help cure you. At least that’s what a new study hopes to prove. Finding that hard scientific proof is the goal of a new study by the American Humane Association that aims to provide empirically proven facts of what many anecdotally know to be true — puppy love can make you feel better… read more


The Nation’s First Cat Cafe Comes to New York  (Bloomberg Businessweek)

As the city that never sleeps, New York City has a seemingly unquenchable thirst for decent coffee, a fact not lost on the likes of Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and, most recently, Purina ONE, which opened the continent’s first pop-up cat café on New York City’s Lower East Side. The point is to introduce coffee-drinking customers to felines up for adoption…. read more


Pet Obesity Numbers Prove Sedentary (DVM360 Magazine)

Despite best efforts to get the message out about the negative effects of obesity on pet health, research by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention reveals that the number of obese pets has not budged in the last year. The association’s annual obesity prevalence survey found that 57.6 percent of cats and 52.6 percent of dogs were recorded as overweight or obese — results that mirror the previous year’s numbers…. read more


Red Cross Offers First Aid App for Pets (KAAL-TV)

In times of disaster emergencies, Red Cross not only wants to make sure you are prepared, but also your pets. April is Pet First Aid month, and the Red Cross has a new app to keep your furry family members healthy. It has everything from emergency first aid, a one touch veterinary button and an animal hospital locator. You can switch back and forth between cats and dogs and enter up-to-date veterinary information… read more


Ancient Egyptian Kitten Skeletons Hint at Cat Domestication (Fox News)

The skeletons of six cats, including four kittens, found in an Egyptian cemetery may push back the date of cat domestication in Egypt by nearly 2,000 years. The bones come from a cemetery for the wealthy in Hierakonpolis, which served as the capital of upper Egypt in the era before the pharaohs… read more


Never Underestimate a Goat (Smithsonian)

Goats are members of a diverse group of mammals called ungulates. Ungulates include barnyard favorites like cows, sheep and donkeys — all great additions at petting zoos but not known for winning any intelligence prizes in the animal kingdom… read more


Relationship Between Man and Cat May Be Older Than We Think (Pacific Standard)

Humans and cats have been enjoying, or at least tolerating, one another’s company for a very long time. But when, exactly, did we start hanging around together? … read more


Help Exists for Those Struggling to Pay Veterinary Bills (Veterinary Information Network)

Denying medical care to a sick or injured animal can ruin days and induce lasting guilt. Even so, the scenario is familiar among veterinarians with clients who can’t afford medical treatments for their pets. Financially strapped owners often turn to euthanasia to alleviate an animal’s suffering — sometimes prematurely… read more


Cat Bites Are More Dangerous Than You Think (Mother Nature Network)

Cat bites might not look serious, but they can lead to severe infections and even hospitalization, according to a recent Mayo Clinic study. Although cats have no more bacteria in their mouths than dogs, cats’ teeth typically penetrate the skin deeper, pushing germs into tissue and joints and making them more likely to cause infection… read more


More Americans Are Writing Their Pets Into Their Wills (The Wall Street Journal)

The number of Americans owning pets is at a record high, and more people are making provisions in their wills to provide for these animals after they’re gone. But to ensure your pet is cared for as you intend, it’s important to set up a pet trust — an arrangement that 46 states permit… read more


Here’s Why Birds Fly In A ‘V’ Formation (The Huffington Post)

Anyone watching the autumn sky knows that migrating birds fly in a V formation, but scientists have long debated why. A new study of ibises finds that these big-winged birds carefully position their wing tips and sync their flapping, presumably to catch the preceding bird’s updraft — and save energy during flight… read more


Pet Health Crisis: Americans Skimp on Preventive Care (USA Today)

There’s an American health crisis that doesn’t have anything to do with federal health care websites, rising deductibles or doctor shortages. Our pets are getting sicker, and many pet owners don’t even have a clue… read more


Humans and Dogs Use Same Brain Area to Get Others’ Emotions (LiveScience)

Human and dog brains process sounds in similar ways, and this may allow the two species to understand each other’s emotions, new research shows… read more