Beards can be dirtier than dog fur – here’s how to keep yours clean

Beards can be dirtier than dog fur – here’s how to keep yours clean

A survey claims bearded men carry more germs in their facial hair than dogs carry in their fur. Now, a report says men with beards carry more germs in their facial hair than dogs carry in their fur.

‘Protect your pets’: cats make up one-fifth of coyotes’ diet in Los Angeles

‘Protect your pets’: cats make up one-fifth of coyotes’ diet in Los Angeles

It’s a common story in southern California, and one now backed up by research: a new study by the National Parks Service has found that 20% of urban coyotes’ diets is made up of cats.

Pets help boost health of older people: Study

Pets help boost health of older people: Study

Helping older people find low-cost ways to support pet ownership, while not sacrificing other important relationships and priorities is an investment in overall mental and physical health," said Cathleen Connell, Professor at the varsity.

New study says cats respond to the sound of their own names

New study says cats respond to the sound of their own names

A new study suggests household cats can respond to the sound of their own names. Vitale, who said she has trained cats to respond to verbal commands, agreed that the new results don't mean that cats assign a sense of self to their names.

Fostering reduces stress levels in dogs: Study

Fostering reduces stress levels in dogs: Study

The findings, published in the journal PeerJ , indicate that short-term fostering temporarily reduces cortisol (stress hormone) levels and increases rest in shelter dogs. Md: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch). Md: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch).

Dog walking injuries are on the rise, especially among women, new study finds

Dog walking injuries are on the rise, especially among women, new study finds

“But it’s not unusual to see someone with a hip fracture from falling during a dog walk which unfortunately can be a life-altering injury.” People most at risk are women over the age of 65, according a University of Pennsylvania Medicine study published Wednesday in JAMA Surgery.

Dog personalities change depending on how you treat them

Dog personalities change depending on how you treat them

Like owner, like dog (Picture: Getty) ‘When humans go through big changes in life, their personality traits can change,’ explained lead author William Chopik. ‘There are a lot of things we can do with dogs – like obedience classes and training – that we can’t do with people.

British employees want flexible working hours and more staff benefits, study claims

British employees want flexible working hours and more staff benefits, study claims

The study also revealed employees who started their working life in 2010 or later are most likely to want pets in the office, and free breakfast supplies. Free tea and coffee is most valued by workers aged between 45-54, with over-55's the most likely to seek out an enhanced pension contribution.

New leash on life? Staying slim keeps pooches happy, healthy

She said the findings support longstanding evidence that dogs and cats carrying extra weight "have significant health risks and that their quality of life can be negatively impacted." Reviewing the study with her colleague Dr Sarah Dodd, a doctoral student at Ontario Veterinary College, Abood noted that the pet food industry in North America defines a "complete and balanced" pet diet as containing all the nutrients required and in the correct ratios.

Do dogs love their toys? Scientists study if pets are like children with comfort blankets

Do dogs love their toys? Scientists study if pets are like children with comfort blankets

Study will explore dogs and their attachment to toys (Image: GETTY) Scientists are investigating if dogs form an emotional bond with their favourite toys in the same way children get comfort from blankets and teddy bears.

Are household chemicals harming your cat?

Are household chemicals harming your cat?

Maybe your cat is scratching up that couch for a good reason: New research suggests that chemicals found in upholstery and carpeting may harm feline thyroids. That's in keeping with recent declines in blood levels among humans, the researchers said, as more companies phase out use of these chemicals.

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.

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