Reverse Zoonosis: Can You Make Your Pet Sick?

For good reason, there is a great deal of interest in the transmission of diseases from animals to humans. Recently, however, medical researchers have started to ask the opposite question: can we make animals sick? The transmission of diseases from humans to animals is a growing area of concern. Swine and bird flu are two … Continue reading Reverse Zoonosis: Can You Make Your Pet Sick?

Scientists Develop New Flu Vaccines for Man’s Best Friend

It's that dreaded time of year - flu season. And we humans aren't the only ones feeling the pain. Dogs can get the flu, too. Scientists at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry have developed, for the first time, two new vaccines for canine influenza. This research is not only important for … Continue reading Scientists Develop New Flu Vaccines for Man’s Best Friend

Cat Scratch Fever: Everything You and Your Cat Need to Know

Cat scratch fever occurs when a person is bitten, scratched, or licked by a cat infected with the bacteria Bartonella henselae. The infection doesn't usually cause severe complications. However, it's possible that it can in people with weak immune systems. Knowing the causes and symptoms can ensure a person receives swift treatment. Cats can transmit … Continue reading Cat Scratch Fever: Everything You and Your Cat Need to Know

Could Your Dog Give You Norovirus?

Norovirus is the leading cause of foodborne illness in the US. You can also catch it from infected people and contaminated surfaces. Now, new research raises the question of whether humans can catch it from dogs. The study raises enough evidence for a further investigation into whether dogs can pass norovirus onto humans. Writing in … Continue reading Could Your Dog Give You Norovirus?

Bach Flower Remedies For Dogs

Becoming aware of our emotions and seeking to balance them has a fundamental and positive impact on our relationships with our four-legged friends.Essences of flowers are most appropriate to deal with issues related to any animal’s emotions as well as behavior. In fact, the most important aspect of their effective usage involves understanding your dog … Continue reading Bach Flower Remedies For Dogs

Contagious Canine Cancer: How It Evolved Over 2,000 Years

The canine transmissible venereal tumor is a contagious form of cancer that is common in dog populations across the globe. In a new study, researchers have uncovered surprising information on how this cancer has evolved, and the findings could shed light on the evolution of cancer in humans. CTVT is primarily spread in dogs through … Continue reading Contagious Canine Cancer: How It Evolved Over 2,000 Years

Dog Sledding Offers A Healthy Dose Of Adventure For Children With Cancer

A team of sled dogs racing through the snowy forests of northern Canada conjures up the timeless spirit of exploration. But the intrepid youths on the sleds may not be exactly what you're picturing - they're young girls and boys with cancer. A young cancer patient bonds with a sled dog as part of an … Continue reading Dog Sledding Offers A Healthy Dose Of Adventure For Children With Cancer

Why Do Labrador Retrievers Love Food So Much?

 Labrador retrievers love food, say their owners, and they are often more obese than dogs of other breeds. Now, new research published in Cell Metabolism says there may be a biological reason for this. A genetic modification appears to increase a Labrador's interest in food. In developed countries, obesity affects 34-59 percent of dogs, reducing … Continue reading Why Do Labrador Retrievers Love Food So Much?

Animal-Assisted Therapy: Is It Undervalued As An Alternative Treatment?

"A pet is an island of sanity in what appears to be an insane world. Friendship retains its traditional values and securities in one's relationship with one's pet. Whether a dog, cat, bird, fish, turtle or what have you, one can rely on the fact that one's pet will always remain a faithful, intimate, non-competitive … Continue reading Animal-Assisted Therapy: Is It Undervalued As An Alternative Treatment?

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