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Vegan Diets Good for Dog, Cats and the Planet

A new study finds removing meat, eggs and dairy from dog and cat diets could spare billions of animals and help save the planet.

28 Aug

People who Adopt Shelter Dogs “Highly Satisfied” Despite Some Behavioral Issues, New Study Finds

Shelter dogs may experience behavioral changes during the first 6 months after adoption, but most owners say the dogs adjust extremely well to their new homes.

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Pet Bearded Dragons Pose Salmonella Danger, CDC Warns

Lizards called bearded dragons may not breathe fire, but they can be a source of one nasty infection: Salmonella.

So warned the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a health advisory on Friday, noting there have been reports of 15

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  • Diphtheria-Like Germ Can Be Passed Between People and Pets

    The first two cases of a diphtheria-like illness being transmitted in the United States between people and their pets have been reported in Utah and Colorado.

    The respiratory illnesses occurred in 2022 and 2023 and involved the Corynebacterium ulceran bacterium, which is closely related to the germ that causes diptheria. One recent

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  • June 13, 2024
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  • Pairing Up Shelter Dogs Can Raise Their Odds for Adoption

    Shelter dogs do better with a buddy, a new study finds.

    Dogs show fewer signs of stress and are adopted more quickly if paired up with another canine rather than housed by themselves, researchers found.

    “Despite being a social species, dogs are often housed alone in shelters to reduce disease transmission and possible injury from inter-dog conflict,” said lead researcher

    Service Dogs Work Wonders for Veterans With PTSD: Study

    Military veterans often struggle with their mental health once their service ends, but the first clinical trial of its kind has found that having a service dog helps lower the risk of PTSD for these former soldiers.

    Veterans paired with a service dog had 66% lower odds of a PTSD diagnosis, compared to a control group of vets still waiting for a service dog, researchers reported June 4 in ...

    CDC Warns Again of Salmonella Tied to Backyard Poultry

    Backyard chickens are causing outbreaks of salmonella across the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns.

    About 109 people in 29 states have gotten sick from salmonella after touching or caring for backyard poultry, the CDC said in a health advisory.

    Of those, ...

    Leptospirosis: What Every Dog Owner Should Know

    Mice, rats and other wildlife can pick up bacteria called leptospira from water or soil and excrete it in urine.

    If your dog contacts any soil or water contaminated by the germ (especially if they have an open wound) they can easily develop a potentially deadly disease called leptospirosis.

    “Every dog that has access to the outdoors is at risk of getting leptospirosis,�...

    Dogs Brought to U.S. Must Be Microchipped, Older Than 6 Months: CDC

    Dogs brought into the United States from abroad must be compliant with new rules to help fight rabies in this country, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued Wednesday. 

    "Starting on August 1, 2024, all dogs entering the United States must: Appear healthy upon arrival; be at least six months of age [old enough for the rabies vacc...

    Avoid Some 'Project Watson' Dog Eye Wipes Due to Infection Danger

    Pets and pet owners who come into contact with Bausch & Lomb's "Project Watson" dog eye wipes could be at risk for infection if the products come from certain lots.

    The wipes are used to clean a dog's eyelids, but two specific lots (numbers A09050 and A10055, printed on the container's bottom) could become easily contaminated, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) noted in an ...

    Dogs Can Get Lyme Disease, Too

    People worry about contracting Lyme disease from ticks, but they should be concerned for their furry friends as well, veterinarians say.

    Dogs throughout the United States are increasingly vulnerable to the tick-borne illness, say experts from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.

    Lyme disease was traditionally thought to be limited mostly to the nort...

    A Stolen Dog Feels Like Losing a Child, Study Finds

    The emotional turmoil caused by a stolen dog is akin to that of a parent losing a child, a new study finds.

    The findings support the idea that pets truly become family members to their owners, researchers said. When faced with the theft of a pet, ow...

    Pets Are Passing Drug-Resistant 'Superbugs' to Their Owners

    Dogs and cats can pass antibiotic-resistant bacteria to their owners, raising concerns that household pets could be contributing to the world's antibiotics crisis, a new study says.

    Cases of these “superbugs” being passed between sick dogs and cats and their healthy owners have been identified in the U.K. and Portugal, according to research presented at the European Society of Clinica...

    Rare Fungal Infection Reported in Two Cats, Vet Tech

    A rare fungal infection has been diagnosed in two cats and a vet tech who treated one of the animals, a new report warns.

    The three cases -- discovered in Kansas in late 2022 and early 2023 -- were caused by a fungus called Sporothrix schenckii, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in the May issue of the journal Emerging Infectious Di...

    Playtime, Being Social Helps a Dog's Aging Brain, Study Finds

    As their aging brains shrink, older dogs can suffer the same memory and thinking problems as many older humans do.

    But dogs are just like humans in another way -- playtime and social activities can help preserve their brain function, a new study finds.

    Exercising, socializing, playing with toys and playing with other dogs helped a small group of beagles maintain their brains, resear...

    Animals Catch More Viruses From Us Than We Do From Them

    People worry about deadly viruses leaping from animals into humans, but a new study suggests that wildlife is more at risk than humans are.

    Roughly twice as many viruses pass from humans to animals than the other way around, researchers report March 25 in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.

    “We shoul...

    Your Dog May Understand Words for Certain Objects

    It's well-known that dogs can learn words for spoken commands like “sit,” “stand” and “heel.”

    But a new study has found they also can tell their “ball-ball” from their “dolly,” “teddy,” “chewy” or “squeaky squeak.”

    Brain scans reveal that dogs generally know that certain words stand for certain objects, researchers reported March 22 in the journal

    Can I Get Sick From My Pet?

    Cuddly, friendly, fun: Your pet brings so much to your life, but experts warn that, in rare cases, they can also bring illness.

    The health benefits of pet ownership are many, noted Dr. Stacey Rose, an associate professor of infectious diseases and internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

    For examp...

    FDA Approves First Drug to Treat Yeast Ear Infections in Dogs

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to treat yeast ear infections in dogs.

    DuOtic is also the first ear infection medication that does not contain an antibiotic, the FDA said in its

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  • March 19, 2024
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  • Waterborne Parasite That Can Kill Dogs Is Spreading to U.S. West

    A parasite that can kill dogs has been found in a portion of the Colorado River that runs through Southern California.

    Heterobilharzia americana is a flatworm usually referred as liver fluke. It has never been reported this far west, according to scientists at UCRiverside, who are warning pet owners of the danger. 

    The worm can cause canine schistosomiasis, which affe...

    Pooch Power: 'Relax' Brainwaves  Begin When Folks Play With Dogs

    Playing fetch or grooming Fido isn't just good for your precious pooch -- it also benefits your brain.

    Such interactions appear to strengthen brain waves associated with rest and relaxation, South Korean researchers report in the March 13 issue of the journal PLOS One. Their small study compar...

    Many Labradors Become Obese and Research Shows Why

    Nearly a quarter of Labrador retrievers are more likely to be obese due to a genetic “double-whammy,” a new study finds.

    This gene mutation causes Labradors to both feel hungry all the time and also burn fewer calories, British researchers report.

    The mutation involves a gene called POMC, which plays a critical role in hunger and energy use among Labs.

    About 25% of Labrado...

    Pets Bring People Big Mental Health Boost: Poll

    The vast majority (84%) of Americans with pets say their animal companion brings a positive mental health impact to their lives, a new poll shows.

    The poll of more than 2,200 adults conducted early last month also found about two-thirds of respondents calling their pet "a true friend," a "companion" and someone who "provide[s] unconditional love and support."

    That's according to a ...

    Service Dogs May Lessen Seizure Frequency in Folks With Epilepsy

    Perhaps by reducing anxiety, a service dog can help reduce seizures in people with tough-to-treat epilepsy, a new study finds.

    A group of 25 study participants had an average 31% fewer seizures after months of owning a service dog trained to help people with epilepsy.

    And seven of those patients experienced a 50% to 100% reduction in seizures, researchers report in the Feb. 28 issue...

    What Helps the Homeless Who Have Pets? Study Has Answers

    One in 10 homeless people has a pet, and one-stop health clinics where both can get health care would benefit both, a new study suggests.

    The study, published Feb. 19 in the journal Human-Animal Interactions, found that joint people-pet clinics, free veterinary clinics and pet-friendly lodging are common ways homeless people and their four-legged companions can get help. 

    Leaving Pets Behind Adds to Trauma, Danger for People in Crisis

    Imagine being subjected to domestic violence in your home, wanting to escape -- but there's no place you can go that will accept a beloved pet.

    That's the gut-wrenching situation facing too many victims of domestic abuse, according to a new data review spanning 27 years.

    “In a lot of cases of domestic violence, there is evidence to suggest that people will delay leaving their rela...

    Probiotics Might Help Portly Pooches Shed Pounds

    If your dog is looking like he needs to drop some weight, a new study shows probiotics might do the trick.

    Researchers identified two strains of probiotics that helped obese canines shed pounds.

    “The strains we carefully selected demonstrated remarkable success in reducing the body fat percentage in dogs,” said principal researcher

    Turns Out Dogs Have Fave Things to Watch on TV

    Ever wonder what your dog most likes to watch on TV?

    Think nature documentaries, Lassie or good old Scooby-Doo, a new study suggests.

    Dogs are most engaged when watching videos that feature other animals, according to a new study published recently in the journal Applied Animal Behavior Scie...

    Chihuahua or Great Dane: Your Dog's Size May Affect Their Disease Risk

    The average size of your dog's breed plays a role in which diseases your pet is more apt to develop, a new study has found.

    It turns out that larger dogs are more prone to a different set of diseases than small dogs are.

    Prior research has found that smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger dogs, the researchers noted.

    “These results provide insights into the disease cat...

    Your New Year's Eve Safety Checklist

    Millions of revelers hit the road after New Year's Eve celebrations and the inevitability of impaired drivers make the holiday one of the nation's deadliest.

    High blood-alcohol levels are a factor in more than 50% of crashes on New Year's Day, the American Safety Council warns. Law enforcement officers will be on alert, with checkpoints and roadblocks in many places to check drivers for s...

    Pets Bring Health Boost to Single Seniors' Brains: Study

    For the growing number of American seniors who live alone, having a beloved dog or cat by their side could help them maintain a healthy brain.

    New research on more than 7,900 people averaging 66 years of age found that those who lived alone were able to stave off losses in memory and thinking if they had a pet.

    Pet ownership didn't seem to affect the cognition of older folks who liv...

    Anti-Vaxxers More Likely to Skip Vaccinating Their Pets, Survey Finds

    People whose beliefs or concerns make them hesitant to get vaccinated are also likely to forgo vaccinating their pets, new research shows.

    That could threaten the health of people and their four-legged friends, researchers said.

    “Decreasing pet vaccination rates pose challenges to society for a number of reasons, including increased incidents of pet disease and death, increases in...

    Blue Ridge Beef Raw Pet Food Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

    Blue Ridge Beef, a maker of raw pet foods, has announced it is recalling some of its products for kittens and puppies because of possible contamination with salmonella and listeria.

    After being notified earlier this month by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services that health officials found salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes in certain products, the...

    Holiday Foods You Need to Keep Away From Your Pets

    The holidays are all about treats and most pets are thrilled to partake in the indulging, but some foods you might give them could make them sick or worse.

    "Pets tend to get more treats at holiday time -- from their owners or from houseguests -- which can put them at risk for health issues ranging from mild to life-threatening [think everything from a mild case of diarrhea all the way to ...

    Fatigued 'Frenchies': Flat-Faced Dogs Get Worse Sleep

    French Bulldogs might be the most widespread breed in the world, but the fancy, flat-faced pooches pay a high price for their popularity, a new study warns.

    The shortened skulls and large, round heads that make Frenchies so cute also leads to worse sleep, thanks to breed-specific sleep apnea, researchers report.

    Further, this poor sleep could be a sign of potentially harmful changes...

    Clues to Mysterious New Sickness Affecting Dogs

    A new type of bacterial infection could be the culprit behind a mysterious canine respiratory illness that has been infecting dogs from coast to coast, New Hampshire researchers say.

    Genetic sequencing of samples from 70 infected dogs from New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts has revealed a previously unknown bacterium, researchers from the New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Lab...

    Hate Driving Your Cat to the Vet? FDA Just Approved a Drug for That

    If you belong to one of the 46 million American households with a cat, you already know how stressful a trip to the vet can be for your feline -- and you.

    Rescue might be on the way: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new medicine to help calm cat anxiety.

    The pill is called Bonqat, and it's designed "for the alleviation of acute anxiety and fear associated w...

    Babies Are Contracting Salmonella After Handling Pet Food, FDA Warns

    FRIDAY, Nov. 10, 2023 (Healthday News) -- Two federal health agencies are investigating a salmonella outbreak linked to dog food that has sickened seven people in seven states, nearly all of them infants.

    On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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  • Gene Discovery Could Mean Longer Lives for Golden Retrievers, Maybe Humans

    New research is shedding light on why one of man's best friends -- the golden retriever -- has high odds for cancer death, although some end up living much longer than average.

    This popular dog breed has an up to 65% chance of dying from cancer.

    “We assume that the majority of golden retrievers have a genetic predisposition to cancer, but if some of them are living to be 14, 15 or...

    A Tropical Skin Infection Spread by Sand Flies Is Spreading in the U.S.

    Climate change is bringing diseases once considered tropical afflictions to the United States, and new research warns that a parasite spread by sand flies may be the latest to join this growing list.

    The Leishmania parasite causes several forms of the disease leishmaniasis, including cutaneous leishmaniasis, which causes skin sores. Cutaneous leishmaniasis infects up to 1 million...

    Aging, Mental Health in Dogs: Size Matters

    For dogs, body size matters.

    That's true in terms of how quickly they age, but also in their mental health, according to a new study comparing big and little canines.

    Age-related decline starts at 7 to 8 years of age in big dogs, compared to 10 to 11 years in smaller ...

    Scientists Discover Secrets of the Cat's Purr

    Anyone with a cat knows the calm, low rumble of purring, but how does such a small animal make such a low sound?

    New research suggests it boils down to a pad embedded in feline vocal cord folds.

    That's different than previously thought, which was that purring happened through a special mechanism, with cyclical contraction and relaxation of the muscles in the vocal folds within the ...

    A Wolf's Gut Bug Might Boost Health of Domestic Dogs

    A type of gut bacteria found in wild wolves could help treat domestic dogs who have a common, debilitating gastrointestinal condition.

    New research in an Oregon wolf discovered a novel strain of Paenibacillus bacteria that displays the characteristics of a probiotic.

    The benefit from this bacteria would be to stop canine inflammatory bowel disease.

    A chronic illness,...

    Going Vegan Healthy for Dogs, Cats -- and the Planet

    Should Fluffy and Fido go vegan?

    A new study says yes -- for the environment.

    The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that livestock are responsible for 14.5% of the greenhouse gas emissions. In response, some experts say eating ve...

    Anti-Vax Trend May Harm Pet Dogs, With Half of Owners Against Immunization

    Some people mistrust the safety and effectiveness of human vaccines for COVID-19 and other diseases, a fact that became abundantly clear during the pandemic.

    Now, a new survey of 2,200 dog owners shows this mistrust may often extend to canine vaccinations.

    The finding suggests there is spillover between the issues, with those who have negative feelings about human vaccines more lik...

    For Dogs, Gastro & Respiratory Ills Often Connected, Study Suggests

    Does your dog struggle to breathe, especially at mealtime?

    New research suggests the two might often be connected.

    The University of Missouri researchers discovered that about 75% of dogs who had respiratory disease and were participating in a swallowing study were also found to have one or more digestive tract abnormalities. The scientists have been investigating the interplay betw...

    Shelter Dogs Vulnerable to Diseases Spread by Ticks, Mosquitoes

    Warming temperatures may be bringing a new risk for shelter dogs: the spread of tick- and mosquito-borne disease in a broader geographic area, according to a new study.

    Bites from these pests can cause serious illness in dogs, including heartworm and Lyme disease.

    The study, on shelter dogs in the eastern United States, shows that they may experience the brunt of warmer weather, but...

    Dogs Can Tell When You're Talking to Them, and Might Prefer Female Voices

    Mothers use sing-song language to talk to their infants. Their dogs respond to it, too, according to a new study.

    Researchers in Hungary also found that dogs have greater brain sensitivity to the speech directed at them than to adult-directed speech, especially if the words are spoken by a woman.

    In imaging scans, dogs and infants showed brain similarities during the processing of ...

    Even If Issues Emerge, Folks 'Highly Satisfied' With Shelter Rescue Dogs

    When Daniel Cooney and his husband Patrick Key adopted Rothko, a coonhound mix, from a shelter eight years ago, it took time to get used to his quirks.

    Rothko doesn't always jell with other pups, which means the dog park is often out of the question.

    "There are several dogs in the neighborhood that we have to stay away from, but we have gotten good at noticing the signs of aggressio...

    Who's Got COVID? Dogs Can Quickly Tell

    Do you have COVID-19? With a little training, your dog might be more effective at figuring that out than even at-home antigen or sophisticated hospital tests.

    Dogs are so good at it, according to a new research review, that they may be ready for mainstream medical use ...

    Pets Don't Help Those With Severe Mental Illness Fare Better

    It's commonly thought that having a companion animal — be it a dog, cat or bird — is good for the owner's mental health.

    A new study suggests that's not so, at least for people with severe mental illness and for pets that aren't trained therapy animals. Pets may, however, be an important part of the social network for folks with severe mental illness.

    Having pets was not signifi...

    U.S. Livestock, Pet Industries Pose Disease Threat to People

    American industry engages in some of the same high-risk practices as other countries in keeping and selling commercial animals that have the potential for triggering outbreaks of disease among humans, a new report shows.

    Researchers from Harvard Law...

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