Truffles, ghosts and now malaria: things dogs can sniff out

Truffles, ghosts and now malaria: things dogs can sniff out

Man’s best friends have long been put to work, and a recent medical study has shown hounds can be trained to smell malaria in children. It means that we can tick off malaria from the list of things that dogs can identify with the 220m olfactory receptors in their noses.

Can a dog's colour impact longevity?

Can a dog's colour impact longevity?

The research of more than 33,000 United Kingdom (UK)-based Labrador retrievers of all colours shows chocolate Labradors also have a higher incidence of ear infections and skin disease. Breeders targeting this colour may, therefore, be more likely to breed only Labradors carrying the chocolate coat gene.

Bad news: Your chocolate Labrador won't live as long as other Labs

Bad news: Your chocolate Labrador won't live as long as other Labs

In some bad news for chocolate Labrador Retriever lovers everywhere, new research shows that they have shorter life spans than their black and yellow cousins.Not only that, but they also have higher rates of skin disease and ear infections.For the study, researchers analysed data from more than 33 000 Labradors in the United Kingdom.

Life expectancy of chocolate labradors is linked to their colour, finds study

Life expectancy of chocolate labradors is linked to their colour, finds study

Scientists are warning that the second most popular dog breed in the UK is more vulnerable to a number of serious health problems including obesity, ear infections and joint conditions.

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.

When Prehistoric Cats and Dogs Competed, Cats Won

When Prehistoric Cats and Dogs Competed, Cats Won

According to the study, researchers discovered prehistoric dogs and cats had to compete when it came to food and as it turns out, cats were the better predators. While both dogs and cats were natural predators, cats were apparently better at it.

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”.

Personality tests are all the rage – but what do they really tell you?

Personality tests are all the rage – but what do they really tell you?

The gold standard of personality tests is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), which divides people into 16 types, depending on their self-reported preferences for things such as extroversion or introversion. The reason this is amazing is because I’ve mainly dated women, and we all know queers love their cats.

Just because you're vegan, it doesn't mean your dog should be

Just because you're vegan, it doesn't mean your dog should be

Only recently, it was shown that the gut microbiome of dogs is quite different to that of wolves, with more evidence of bacteria that can break down carbohydrates and to some degree produce amino acids normally sourced from meat.

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.

Goats can read expressions, prefer happy people!

Goats can read expressions, prefer happy people!

A new study led by scientists at the Queen Mary University of London provides the first evidence of how goats read human emotional expressions, implies that the ability of animals to perceive human facial cues is not limited to those with a long history of domestication as companions, such as dogs and horses.

Dogs putting on weight in winter due to owners' shirking walks in bad weather, study finds

Dogs putting on weight in winter due to owners' shirking walks in bad weather, study finds

In response to the findings, Personal Trainer and Nutritionist Dan Osman started Doggy Bootcamp - an exercise regime to put dogs and dog owners through their paces – a way to get man and pup pumped in a tail-wagging workout when the weather gets chilly.

Should you feed your pet raw meat? The real risks of a ‘traditional’ dog diet

Should you feed your pet raw meat? The real risks of a ‘traditional’ dog diet

A recent study has raised concerns about the health risks of these raw meat-based diet products as possible sources of some bacterial and parasitic diseases. The recent study in the Veterinary Record analysed 35 commercial frozen raw meat products from eight different brands.

Owning a pet increases chance of happiness, says study

Owning a pet increases chance of happiness, says study

Experts who polled 1,000 dog and cat owners over the age of 55, and 1,000 adults of the same age without a pet, found those with canine and feline companionships were twice as likely to consider themselves a success.

Average Briton needs to go on nine successful dates before they commit, study finds

Average Briton needs to go on nine successful dates before they commit, study finds

But while 31 per cent of those polled admit to falling in love with a home at first sight, it also emerged Brits are more likely to warm to a pet sooner than a partner.

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.

Humans find dogs of eight weeks of age most attractive

"Around seven or eight weeks of age, just as their mother is getting sick of them and is going to kick them out of the den and they're going to have to make their own way in life, at that age, that is exactly when they are most attractive to human beings," Wynne said.

Pet parent alert! Dogs born in summers more likely to suffer heart disease

The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, also supports earlier findings in humans pointing to the role of early gestational exposure to fine air particulates and increased risk of heart disease later in life.

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.

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