UK Labrador Retrievers At Risk Of Middle-Aged Spread

Britain's most popular dog breed can suffer from weight gain in middle age just like people, a UK canine health survey suggests. Labrador Retrievers gain an average of 0.9kg each year between the ages of one and four, putting them at risk of being overweight by the time they reach middle age, the study shows. … Continue reading UK Labrador Retrievers At Risk Of Middle-Aged Spread

‘Diabetes Dogs’ Can Alert Owners To Sugar Levels

People with diabetes may have a new way to indicate their blood sugar level is too high or too low, by turning to our trusty canine friends, after researchers have found that dogs can help with hypoglycemia monitoring. The study, published in PLOS ONE, is the first of its kind to analyze whether trained dogs … Continue reading ‘Diabetes Dogs’ Can Alert Owners To Sugar Levels

How A Dog’s IQ Could Offer Clues To Dementia

Just like people, some dogs take longer to learn new tricks than others. But new research suggests that this should not come as a surprise; a dog's intelligence is structurally comparable to that of humans and can be measured in a similar way. The researchers say dogs' IQ could aid a better understanding of the … Continue reading How A Dog’s IQ Could Offer Clues To Dementia

Therapy Dogs Have Calming Effect On Children Having Cancer Treatment

There are many stories of the positive effect that therapy dogs can have on children with cancer and their families. But until now, there has been little hard scientific evidence to back them up. The study suggests therapy dogs can have a calming effect on young cancer patients. A new trial presents some of the … Continue reading Therapy Dogs Have Calming Effect On Children Having Cancer Treatment

Children With Pets Have Less Stress

A pet dog may protect your child from childhood anxiety, according to research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dogs follow human communication cues. Childhood mental illness and obesity are significant public health concerns in the US. Since they start in childhood, preventive and early intervention approaches are needed. Pet dogs have … Continue reading Children With Pets Have Less Stress

Sharing A Bed With Your Pet Could Help You Sleep

Do you allow your pet to snuggle up with you in bed? If not, you might want to reconsider; new research finds that, for most people, the presence of a pet in the bedroom could benefit sleep. Letting your four-legged companion sleep on the bed could help you sleep, according to new research. Lead author … Continue reading Sharing A Bed With Your Pet Could Help You Sleep

Tibetan Mastiffs Acquired High-Altitude Variants From Tibet Gray Wolf

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – By interbreeding with local gray wolves, Tibetan Mastiffs acquired gene variants that provided them with adaptations to a highland environment. Tibetan Mastiffs adapted quickly to high altitudes over a short amount of time. They have, for instance, thicker coats and lower hemoglobin levels than low-altitude dogs. But how these adaptations arose … Continue reading Tibetan Mastiffs Acquired High-Altitude Variants From Tibet Gray Wolf

‘Puppy Dog Eyes’ Explained By Science

Scientists have uncovered a fascinating hormonal mechanism behind that heart-melting feeling familiar to dog lovers when they gaze into their dog's famous "puppy dog eyes" stare. The study found the oxytocin loop between dogs and owners to be comparable to that of a mother and their baby. The "man's best friend" tag attached to dogs has … Continue reading ‘Puppy Dog Eyes’ Explained By Science

Dogs Left Home Alone In Alarming Numbers, Get Distressed And Develop Behavioral Issues

Dogs are social animals and hate being left alone. Unfortunately, a UK report reveals that approximately 1.9 million dogs, a quarter of the country's dog population, are just not getting the amount of companionship time they need. The PDSA (People's Dispensary for Sick Animals), a UK charity, says a pet dog should not be left … Continue reading Dogs Left Home Alone In Alarming Numbers, Get Distressed And Develop Behavioral Issues