Why you shouldn’t brush your dog’s teeth with human toothpaste

Why you shouldn’t brush your dog’s teeth with human toothpaste

‘While there is a potential risk to pets from the ongoing swallowing of fluoride…the inclusion of the artificial sweetener xylitol in toothpastes is a more serious concern as this is much more toxic and products containing this ingredient should not be given to dogs.’

Pet sounds: why your dog loves listening to Bob Marley

Pet sounds: why your dog loves listening to Bob Marley

Taking the research one step further, the SPCA last year collaborated with the producer John McLaughlin, best known for his work with Westlife, Blue, and 5ive, to create Paws, Play, Relax, a charitable record designed for dogs.

Does your dog really understand you?

Does your dog really understand you?

The dogs may show greater brain activity in response to a new word because they sense their owners want them to understand what they are saying, and they are trying to do so, the researchers suggested."Dogs ultimately want to please their owners, and perhaps also receive praise or food," said study senior author and neuroscientist Gregory Berns.

Dogs born in summer at greater risk for heart disease

Dogs born in summer at greater risk for heart disease

Dogs born in the summer are at higher risk for heart disease than pups born at other times of the year, according to new research.Environment probably a factorScientists think exposure to outdoor air pollution may be to blame.

Dogs can recognise liars

Dogs can recognise liars

The experiment also showed that dogs don’t like it if people are rude to their owners or treat their owners badly. As most pet owners say, “we don’t trust someone if our dog doesn’t”.

Owning a dog will help you find love

Owning a dog will help you find love

New figures suggests that dog owners are far more likely to meet new people, be asked on a date, and find love than those without a furry friend.

It turns out dogs sort of understand what we’re saying

It turns out dogs sort of understand what we’re saying

The researchers say the dogs may show greater neural activation to a novel word because they sense their owners want them to understand what they are saying, and they are trying to do so.

Sorry, but your dog just isn’t that clever

Sorry, but your dog just isn’t that clever

There were also various other tasks looked at in the journal of Learning & Behaviour, such as releasing food with a string and being able to recognise human faces.

Pets across the UK are ‘lonely, overweight and stressed’, says new report

Pets across the UK are ‘lonely, overweight and stressed’, says new report

A report from the veterinary charity PDSA revealed that 24 per cent of British pet owners carried out no preparatory work ahead of bringing an animal into their home, a figure equating to 5.2 million people.

Dog news: Killer dog bowl warning after DEADLY bugs discovered in scientific study

Dog news: Killer dog bowl warning after DEADLY bugs discovered in scientific study

Dog news: Killer dog bowl warning after DEADLY bugs discovered in scientific study DEADLY bugs have been found lurking in dog drinking bowls.

Test-tube lion cubs raise hope for big cats’ survival

Test-tube lion cubs raise hope for big cats’ survival

The owner of Ukutula Game Reserve & Conservation Centre Willi Jacobs, 60, said: “They are both absolutely perfect cubs in every way."They are happy, healthy and playful – and leading us a merry dance."We decided to honour the researcher Isabella by naming the female cub after her and the male after her fiance Victor.”

A TV Channel for Dogs -- Yes, Really -- Just Got Some Wagging Validation

A TV Channel for Dogs -- Yes, Really -- Just Got Some Wagging Validation

“After finishing three years [of research], we felt confident that we knew what dogs need, what they like, that we could create content,” Levi says.

Ellen DeGeneres hand-feeds giraffes in Africa at Giraffe Manor

Ellen DeGeneres hand-feeds giraffes in Africa at Giraffe Manor

De Rossi gave DeGeneres a wonderful 60th birthday present in February: the pair will be building the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in Rwanda as a center for education, tourism and scientific research.

Over a third of people prefer their pets to their partner, study finds

Over a third of people prefer their pets to their partner, study finds

And although adults spend more quality time with their partners during the average day – around 20 minutes longer than with their pet - a third admit to missing their cat or dog so much more than their other half when they’re away from them.

Dogs could help you get a date and make you look more attractive, research finds

Dogs could help you get a date and make you look more attractive, research finds

They flock to Donut – “a particularly cute dog,” he says – and he often finds himself surrounded by a gaggle of young women who want to know how old she is (4), if he raised her from a puppy (yes) and if they can pet her (sure).

Cat owners have to stop their pets getting into trouble 1,350 times a year

Cat owners have to stop their pets getting into trouble 1,350 times a year

Amid this, 80 per cent consider their cats to be mischievous, with more owners from the South West calling their pet playful than any other region in the UK.

Who’s a good boy?

Who’s a good boy?

A study published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior says that it’s not just dogs which imitate human behaviour – cats do the same.

Cheers! Food habits of cats and dogs decoded

"Previous studies have shown that if you don't balance palatability between foods, cats do in fact prefer to eat very high levels of protein and dogs want to eat a lot of fat," Hall said.

How did dogs evolve to become a man's best friend?

Through the power of genomics, scientists at the University of Michigan compared the DNA of a dog and wolf to identify the genes involved in domestication. The researchers used statistical methods to tease out genetic changes of ancient dogs and wolves, found at burial sites from around 5,000 years ago.

Your canine friend can help reduce ADHD symptoms in kids

"In addition, the fact that parents of the children who were in the CAI group reported significantly fewer problem behaviours over time than those treated without therapy dogs is further evidence of the importance of this research," Schuck added.