• Dog

    Who’s a clever dog? Scientists study secrets of canine cognition | Dogs

    It’s a cold winter’s day, and I’m standing in a room watching my dog stare fixedly at two flower pots. I’m about to get an answer to a burning question: is my puppy a clever girl? Dogs have been our companions for millennia, domesticated sometime between 15,000 and 30,000 years ago. And the bond endures: according to the latest figures from the Pet Food Manufacturers Association 33% of households in the UK have a dog. But as well as fulfilling roles from Covid detection to lovable family rogue, scientists investigating how dogs think, express themselves and communicate with humans say dogs can also teach us about ourselves. And so I…

  • Cat

    Dog and Cat ‘Moms’ and ‘Dads’ Are Actually Parenting Their Pets, New Study Shows

    The bond between a pet and an owner is almost incomprehensible until one experiences it for themselves. For many, their pets are treated like part of their family. For some, their pets are their children. A new study published in Sage Journal showed that as fertility rates decline globally, some individuals are choosing to adopt pets rather than raise children. “With basics taken care of, people can focus on higher-order psychological needs like feelings of achievement and a sense of purpose,” Shelly Volsche, the author of the study, wrote. “The scene is set for people to actively choose to focus on pets instead of children.” As Volsche explained in the…

  • Pet Food

    Study finds vegan pet food as healthy as meat

    A vegan-based diet for cats and dogs can be just as healthy as a meat-based one, according to a study that hopes to promote plant-based meals for pets. In his research on cats and dogs, a veterinary professor at the University of Winchester, Andrew Knight, told The Guardian that plant-based diets on pets worked well, or even better, than meaty pet food regarding health outcomes — although synthetic nutrients were added. In the U.K., the research is somewhat controversial as pet owners who fail to feed their pets a “suitable diet” based on their nutritional needs could be fined more than $27,500 or jailed in the name of the Animal…

  • Animal Care

    Maddie’s Fund Chooses Pima Animal Care Center for Study about Fostering

    Audible stories brought to you by Prescott Valley’s newest print voice, TG Magazine. The Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University is partnering with Pima Animal Care Center to examine the effects of foster care on the welfare and behavior of dogs in shelters. Pima Animal Care Center is one of just two animal shelters across the country participating in this study. “Fostering is an essential component of the way we care for companion animals at PACC,” said Monica Dangler, Director of Animal Services. “To have a research team evaluate the impact of our foster program will be invaluable.” With funding from Maddie’s Fund, the study will measure the cortisol…

  • Pets News

    One in 5 pets catch COVID from their owners: study

    If you think you might have COVID-19, it’s probably a good idea to stay well away from your pets. That’s according to the author of a Dutch study. Utrect University doctor Els Broens discovered a significant number of cats and dogs might be catching the disease from their owners. “About one out of five pets will catch the disease from their owners, because the most likely transmission is from human to pet. This is a rather high prevalence, but on the other hand, luckily, the animals do not get very ill from it.” Broens’ study tested 156 dogs and 154 cats from 196 households where humans were known to have…

  • Pets News

    Sick as a Dog? Pets Often Catch COVID From Humans, Study Finds | World News

    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – If you think you have COVID-19, it might be best to stay away from your pets, says the author of a Dutch study that found a surprising number of dogs and cats may be getting infected. “About one out of five pets will catch the disease from their owners,” said Dr Els Broens of Utrecht University in the Netherlands, although there are no known cases of the disease spreading from pets to humans. “Luckily, the animals do not get very ill from it.” In Broens’ study, presented this week in a paper at the European Congress of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 156 dogs and 154 cats from…