For cat owners who are convinced that their furry feline understands and even responds to the sound of their voice, here's the reward they've been waiting for: A new French study finds that, yes, cats can identify their owner's cooing and calling.
After extensive work with 16 cats, the investigators...
Five years back, “Nugget” the Jack-A-Poo was in serious need of some tender loving veterinary care.
“He needed vaccinations and a few other things,” Seattle native Grace Stroklund recalled of her sidekick, a Jack Russell Terrier/Toy Poodle mix. “But I was just not in the wheelhouse financially to do any of that.”
At 23, Stroklund was struggling with her own challenges. H...
When dogs' hearing fades, their mental skills follow, new research reveals.
For the study, the researchers examined the link between hearing loss in aging dogs and dementia. The findings shed light on ways sensory loss affects canine cognition (thinking skills) and could lead to better tre...
Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors with your dog, but when the temperatures spike or the fireworks come out, it's time to make sure your furry best friend is having just as good a time as you are.
When a heat wave rolls in, try to only take your dog for walks in the coolest hours of the day, advised Mark Fr...
Pets have helped people weather both the HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 pandemics, a survey of long-term HIV/AIDS survivors shows.
"The underlying question in our minds has always been: What role do pets play for people who are so isolated and suffering so much stigma?" said study leader Lynette Hart, a professor of veterinary medicine at the University of California, Davis.
While chronic stress is a key risk factor for heart disease and stroke, most cat and dog owners say pets help them chill out and stay active.
A new American Heart Association (AHA) survey of 1,000 pet owners found 95% relying on their animal companions for stress relief. About 7 in 10 said they'd rather spend time with their pet than watch television, and nearly half (47%) said their pets...
English bulldogs are plagued by health problems due to their breeding, which needs to be changed to improve their well-being, British researchers say.
The short skull, protruding jaw, skin folds and squat, heavy build that are part of their breed standards put English bulldogs at increased risk of breathing problems and eye and skin conditions, and they're much less healthy than other dog...
If you sleep with Fido or Fluffy, you're in good company, a new survey shows.
Nearly half of respondents to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) poll said they share their bed with a pet, and 46% of those people said they sleep better with their pet in the same bed. Only 19% said th...
Add a lower risk of Crohn's disease to the many benefits of having a dog during childhood, a new study suggests.
Sorry, cat lovers, researchers didn't find a similar benefit for you.
"We did not see the same results with cats, though we are still trying to determine why," said senior author Williams Turpin, a research associate with Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and the University...
Ever wonder where your cat wanders when you let it out? New research suggests your kitty most likely sticks close to home.
Scientists used GPS (global positioning system) to track the movements of nearly 100 pet cats in a small town in Eastern Norway when they were outside. All of the cats lived in homes within about one square kilometer.
If longevity were a priority when choosing a pup, Jack Russell terriers and Yorkshire terriers would be top picks.
Those little dynamos have the longest life expectancy of a host of common dog breeds, according to a new study by Dr. Dan O'Neill, an associate professor of companion animal epidemiology at the Royal Veterinary College in Hertfordshire, England.
If you've ever wondered how your pooch flashes those "puppy dog eyes" that melt your heart, a new study may provide some answers.
The researchers identified certain muscle features that help dogs look so cute, and it suggests that thousands of years of selective breeding have contributed to their ability to use expressions to their advantage.
Your pet's poop and pee may give you clues to how many cancer-causing toxins have taken up residence in your home.
"Our findings suggest that pets are coming into contact with aromatic amines that leach from products in their household environment," said study author Sridhar Chinthakindi, a postdoctoral fellow at NYU Langone Health in New York City.