Flame Retardant Chemicals May Cause Feline Hyperthyroidism

Posted on June 17, 2015 16:01

According to a new Swedish study, flame retardants may be linked to common health problems in pet cats, like hyperthyroidism. The researchers in this study found that cats suffering from hyperthyroidism had high levels of some flame retardants, indicating a potential link between the two. Jessica Norrgran, of Stockholm University, noted that over ...

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Medication May Help Dogs with Separation Anxiety

Posted on May 28, 2015 16:01

According to a new study, the medical equivalent of Prozac for dogs may help in treating dogs with separation anxiety. Separation anxiety is a common behavioral problem seen in dogs, but the use of psychoactive medications to help them is currently widely debated. Treatment involving behavior modification and medication has been well-documented, b...

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Researchers Find New Way to Control Brown Dog Tick

Posted on May 28, 2015 16:01

Two new studies have found a newer and simpler way to control brown dog tick. Pet owners often use extreme and desperate measures to get rid of brown dog ticks, a common pest found in dogs. These including getting rid of their possessions, fumigating their home or even moving to another house. Brown dog ticks are notoriously hard to kill since the...

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First Dog-to-Human Plague Transmission Identified

Posted on May 28, 2015 16:01

According to a new report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that a dog was the cause of a small pneumonic plague outbreak in Colorado in 2014. The CDC said that this was the first incidence it had found in the US of a dog transmitting the disease to a human, and it could also be the first dog-to-human plague tr...

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New Tickborne Disease Discovered in Humans

Posted on May 20, 2015 16:01

Tickborne diseases are a major public health issue worldwide, and new study has discovered a new disease in north China infecting humans and animals. Ticks are small arthropods, some of which are known to carry bacteria and viruses that can enter the bloodstream of the animals or humans that they bite. The CDC has identified at least 14 types of t...

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Scientists Explore Puppy Dog Eyes Stare

Posted on May 20, 2015 16:01

In a recent study, scientists have found a hormonal mechanism behind the famous ‘puppy dog eyes’ stare of dogs. They found that the oxytocin loop between owners and dogs were comparable of that between mothers and their babies. Past studies have also found that dog have a more intimate understanding of some parts of human nature, like pointing or ...

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Dogs May Spread Norovirus in Humans

Posted on May 11, 2015 16:01

According to new research, humans could catch a norovirus infection from dogs. Norovirus is a major cause for foodborne diseases in the US, but it can also be caught from contaminated surfaces or infected people. This new study, however, raised evidence to warrant further investigation into the norovirus-spreading effectiveness of dogs. It was done...

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New Tickborne Disease Discovered in Humans

Posted on May 11, 2015 16:01

Tickborne diseases are a major public health issue worldwide, and new study has discovered a new disease in north China infecting humans and animals. Ticks are small arthropods, some of which are known to carry bacteria and viruses that can enter the bloodstream of the animals or humans that they bite. The CDC has identified at least 14 types of t...

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Kansas Veterinarian Discusses Canine Influenza Prevention

Posted on April 27, 2015 16:01

A Kansas State University veterinarian recently gave her recommendations on how to prevent canine influenza, following recent cases of the respiratory disease in the Chicago area. The university’s Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has not received a positive case of canine influenza, or dog flu, in the last year. However, the disease is...

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Human Norovirus May Infect Dogs

Posted on April 27, 2015 16:01

According to newly-published research, human norovirus may infect dogs. The study was published in the American Society for Microbiology’s Journal of Clinical Microbiology. The study’s first author was Sarah Caddy, VetMB, PhD, MRCVS, a veterinarian and PhD student at the University of Cambridge, and Imperial College, London. Norovirus causes most...

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