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Animals can adapt to increasingly frequent cold snaps

As worldwide temperatures rise and the earth sees extreme weather conditions in both summer and winter, a team of researchers with the University of Florida and Kansas State University have found that that there is potential for insects – and possibly other animals – to acclimate and rapidly evolve in the face of this current […]

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Can humans get norovirus from their dogs?

Human norovirus may infect our canine companions, according to research published online April 1 in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology. That raises the possibility of dog-to-human transmission, said first author Sarah Caddy, VetMB, PhD, MRCVS, a veterinarian and PhD student at the University of Cambridge, and Imperial […]

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Why people let their dogs defecate in public, and don’t clean up after them

Generally, Western societies maintain high standards of everyday hygiene. When it comes to man’s best friend, however, it seems we turn a blind eye! New research published in Environmental Sociology this month explores the reasons behind this relaxed attitude to canine excrement and the strategies employed by dog-owners to deal with it. The author of […]

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Old cancer drug could have new use in fighting cancer

A drug used for decades to treat leukemia may have other uses in the fight against cancer, researchers at the University of Missouri have found. Previously, doctors used 6-Thioguanine, or 6-TG, as a chemotherapy treatment to kill cancer cells in patients with leukemia. In recent years, many doctors have shelved 6-TG in exchange for newer […]

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Possible biological trigger for canine bone cancer found

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) have identified the biological mechanism that may give some cancer cells the ability to form tumors in dogs. The recent study uncovered an association between the increased expression of a particular gene in tumor cells and more aggressive behavior in a form of canine […]

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Vaccination Timetable for Dogs and Puppies

By Jon Geller, DVM Q: We are new dog owners. We want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to protect our dogs’ health. Can you advise what kind of worming and vaccination schedule we should follow? We have two 3-month-old puppies and a 2- year-old dog. […]

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Distemper virus affects wild carnivores of all stripes

Tigers, lions and other wild carnivores, already under threat from poaching and habitat loss, are falling victim to a virus that could soon drive endangered populations to extinction. Canine distemper virus strikes wild carnivores of all stripes, including Amur tigers, — also called Siberian tigers — which roam the Russian Far East in ever-dwindling numbers. […]

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Infection control experts outline guidance for animal visitations in hospitals

New expert guidance by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) outlines recommendations for developing policies regarding the use of animals in healthcare facilities, embracing a nimal-assisted activities, service animals, research animals and personal pet visitation in acute care hospitals. The guidance was published online in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of […]

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Dog DNA tests alone not enough for healthy pedigree, experts say

Breeding dogs on the basis of a single genetic test carries risks and may not improve the health of pedigree lines, experts warn. Only a combined approach that makes use of DNA analysis, health screening schemes and pedigree information will significantly reduce the frequency of inherited diseases. This approach will also improve genetic diversity, which […]

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Scent-trained dog detects thyroid cancer in human urine samples

A trained scent dog accurately identified whether patients’ urine samples had thyroid cancer or were benign (noncancerous) 88.2 percent of the time, according to a new study, to- be presented Friday at the Endocrine Society’s 97th annual meeting in San Diego. “Current diagnostic procedures for thyroid cancer often yield uncertain results, leading to recurrent medical […]

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