Masks made with common household fabrics help prevent the spread of viruses like Covid-19 as researchers have found that they are considerably effective at blocking droplets similar to those that may be released by speaking, coughing and sneezing, even as a single layer.
New research into the potential health benefits of pets has revealed that adult animal-owners are typically up to 50 per cent healthier than their non-pet counterparts, with a number of specific health benefits associated with domestic animals also reported.
While it’s an admirable effort to make sure that people don’t take on pets lightly, it’s actually not true that dogs necessarily need two one-hour walks per day.
Paramita Das, canine trainer and behaviourist, says, "Combine the find and fetch games or play hide-and-seek involving family members.For those with puppies, Paramita suggests, "Have fancy dress days, where owners or family members can dress up in funky clothes, walk and act funny in front of pets.
As part of Furst Dates, humans asked dogs (their owners or handlers) questions about their needs, making sure that they were a match before deciding to be together.
"People who owned a pet were likely to report more physical activity, better diet and blood sugar at ideal levels.The researchers compared the cardiovascular health scores of pet owners to those who did not own pets.
Pet owners, and specifically dog owners, were more likely to report physical activity, diet, and blood glucose at ideal level, and smoking at poor level.Compared with owners of other pets, dog owners were more likely to report physical activity and diet at ideal level.
The findings, published by the Mayo Clinic journal, are based on a first analysis of data from the Kardiozive Brno 2030 study which followed 1,769 people in the Czech Republic with no history of heart disease over five years.
Feltman reports that the study showed “a common network of brain regions involved in emotion, reward, affiliation, visual processing and social cognition” when mothers viewed images of their own children and dogs. "Patterns of Brain Activation When Mothers View Their Own Child and Dog: An FMRI Study."
There’s rarely cause to give them dairy, and beef is at the pricier end of protein anyway, so if you’re worried about allergies, just don’t give them pasta or bread and use buckwheat rather than regular flour, which most dog-food recipes stipulate anyway.
The survey looked at how cute participants found the photographs, and the level of cute aggression they experienced in response. (Picture: Getty)Stavropoulos said: ‘There was an especially strong correlation between ratings of cute aggression experienced toward cute animals and the reward response in the brain toward cute animals.
It’s also important to be aware of the subtle signs – so you can recognise when something is wrong with your pet and bring it to the attention of your veterinarian. A more obvious sign of pain is a normally active pet who becomes sedentary, seems depressed, or is reluctant to play.
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.
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.
However, with the advent of modern pain medications and a better understanding of pain control in dogs, most pups experience only minimal discomfort after surgery when all post-surgical recommendations are followed.