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•  Report: There's no such thing as an allergy-free dog (July 14, 2011)
Several dog breeds including poodles, soft-coated wheaten terriers and Portuguese water dogs have become known for their supposed lack of allergens, but a new study found that homes with breeds thought of as hypoallergenic had the same amount of dog allergens as other dog-owning households. "Allergists, based on their experience, really think that it's just individual dogs who have some variations based on genetics or behavior, who produce more allergens than others," said lead author Christine Cole Johnson.  Read More ...
Exposure to pets by age 1 helps reduce allergy risks, study finds (June 15, 2011)
Teens who were exposed to cats before age 1 were almost 48% less likely to develop allergic reactions to the pet, according to a study in the journal Clinical & Experimental Allergy. Researchers also found a 67% lower risk of dog allergy in both male and female teens born via cesarean section who were exposed to dogs before age 1.  Read More...
Dogs apply for bedbug-sniffing certification in Philadelphia (June 8, 2011)
Thirty dogs and their handlers signed up for official certification as bedbug location canines, at the National Canine Conference in Philadelphia this week. To become certified, the dogs must be able to identify, through sniffing, which closed containers carry bedbugs  ARTICLE NO LONGER AVAILABLE
American Kennel Club adds 3 breeds to its registry (June 8, 2011)
The American Kennel Club introduced Wednesday three new breeds of dogs to be included in the organization's registry. The American English Coonhound, Finnish Lapphund and Cesky Terrier each received the AKC paw-print and are to be included in shows and events held by the organization.   Read More...
The Secret Lives of Outdoor Cats Revealed (June 8, 2011)
 Where does your kitty go when you let her out? What do stray cats do all day? Do alley cats hang out with each other?
 These are just some of the questions answered by a newly completed research project in which 42 free-roaming cats — some with no owner, some outdoor pets — were radio-collared and tracked for two years by researchers at the University of Illinois.
 Together, the cats roamed 6,286 acres in and around the cities of Urbana and Champaign. The strays turned out to have surprisingly huge territories. One feral cat, a mixed breed male, had a home range of 1,351 acres, covering both urban and rural, residential and agricultural, forest and prairie areas.
 That particular male cat was not getting food from humans, to my knowledge, but somehow it survived out there amidst coyotes and foxes," Jeff Horn, a former graduate student in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences who led the study, said in a press release. "It crossed every street in the area where it was trapped. (It navigated) stoplights, parking lots. We found it denning under a softball field during a game."
 Even though the free-roaming pet cats tended to stay within the two acres surrounding their homes, "some of the cat owners were very surprised to learn that their cats were going that far," Horn said. "That's a lot of backyards."
 Another difference was that the pets engaged in vigorous activity, such as running or stalking, only 3 percent of the time, while the strays were active 14 percent of the time — they had to work harder to stalk and kill their own food.
 Most of the cats tended to stay within 300 meters (984 feet) of human structures, said co-author Nohra Mateus-Pinilla, a wildlife veterinary epidemiologist at the Illinois Natural History Survey at Illinois. "Even feral cats were always within range of a building," she said. "That shows that even though they're feral, they still have a level of dependency on us."
 As for whether alley cats hang out together: nope. The researchers observed one feral cat chasing another out of a dairy barn. Another stray waited for a pet cat to emerge each morning and tried to chase it out of its own backyard. In an earlier study, co-author Richard Warner, an emeritus professor of natural resources and environmental sciences, followed about two dozen free-roaming cats over several years, and found that the two leading causes of cat deaths were other cats and disease.
The study was published in the Journal of Wildlife Management.
This article was provided by Life's Little Mysteries, a sister site to LiveScience. Follow Natalie Wolchover on Twitter @nattyover.
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Why Dogs Like to Run (May 20, 2013)
It appears dogs -- and potentially any mammals built to run, including cats -- experience something akin to the human "runner's high." A study compared levels of feel-good neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids in dogs, humans and ferrets after exertion and found that humans and dogs had elevated levels of the chemicals while ferrets did not. Discovery (5/14) Read more ...
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Puppy with cleft palate bonds with children with facial deformities
A French bulldog puppy named Lentil is offering comfort to patients with facial abnormalities at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania veterinarians Alexander Reiter and John Lewis corrected the puppy's cleft palate, but they left the cleft lip alone, Dr. Reiter says, because it is a largely cosmetic issue. Lentil has since visited hundreds of patients and is very popular. "He doesn't look like, you know, a regular dog," says 14-year-old patient Danny Pfeiffer. "So that kind of makes him special, so it probably makes kids who have something that I have, makes them feel special."

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Research reveals dogs of the Americas
Inuit sled dogs and other Alaskan breeds are the only dogs with American origins, according to new research. Although the original canine stock has been traced to Asia, there is evidence of dogs in the Americas dating to 10,000 years ago, before transoceanic travel brought Europeans and their dogs to the continent. "Nobody knows exactly what happened," researcher Peter Savolainen said. "Most probably migrated together with the humans that entered America from Asia via the Bering Strait. These humans became today's Indians and Inuits." The canines became Inuit sled dogs, the Greenland dog and the Eskimo dog, according to the research. Discovery


Cat cafes catch on, helping people connect with animals in cities (07/13/2013)
Cat cafes first cropped up in Japan and have spread to Vienna, London and now Paris, where a planned cafe is welcomed by some and worrying others. While some wonder whether cats will thrive in such a setting, the owner said interactions between humans and cats will be strictly on feline terms, and she says she is working closely with a veterinarian. The idea behind the concept is to promote the human-animal bond in an urban setting where pet ownership may be difficult. Former AVMA President Dr. Gregory Hammer says the benefits of that connection are clear. "The human-animal bond has been well-documented, and I do believe the ability to pet and interact with purring cats is a stress reducer," Dr. Hammer said. NBC News


Veterinarians: More than just "animal doctors" (07/29/2013)
It's easy to get bogged down into thinking that physicians only take care of people and veterinarians only take care of animals, but that's far from the truth. Veterinarians play critical roles in animal and human health, but these roles are often overlooked or unrecognized. To learn more about the role veterinary medicine plays in "One Health" — not just animal health but its impact on human and environmental health — visit AVMA's Aardvarks to Zebras website.

      Pets have steadily become cherished friends in American homes, with some on equal status as a family member. Therefore, it is with increasing frequency that dogs have been appearing in marriage ceremonies accompanying the couple as all three (sometimes, more) become one household.
      A quick search on the internet of “dogs in weddings” returned 63 million results. 63 MILLION! (Not to be outdone, “cats in weddings” had 44 million results). It seems that the saying “Love me, love my dog”, is being taken quite seriously.
      Dogs have been featured as ring bearers, walking the bride down the aisle and alongside the couple as vows are exchanged. But even the best plans can be undone when dealing with a dog that might be a tad uncomfortable with a large gathering and all eyes upon him or her.
      The New York Times wrote of a man who brought his white German Shepherd as honorary bridesmaid to the wedding, when just prior to the start of the ceremony he spied her getting ready to relieve herself. He ran to her, scooped her up and took her outside until matters were settled to return to a round of applause from the waiting guests.
      Other humorous stories documented included the dog that snatched the bride’s tossed bouquet and dogs dancing with guests at the reception. Another story involved a dog facing a “no dogs allowed” policy, so a friend of the bride and groom placed a jacket on the dog, slipped him into the church and sat quietly on the pew as he watched the nuptials.
      So don’t be surprised to see a four-legged friend at the next wedding you attend. Or if you see a chicken. Yes, a chicken. But that’s a story for another issue.
Photo: dreamstime/Carisak

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Dogs Shake 70% of the Water Off in 4 Seconds

Who needs a towel?

Alexis Madrigal of The Atlantic Magazine explores the science of animals shaking themselves dry.  See the fascinating slow motion video read the article in the following link:


Weather Therapy Dog to Help Communities

Butler will serve communities hit by severe weather for The Weather Channel and the American …After scouring shelters across the country, The Weather Channel and the American Humane Association have found the perfect weather therapydog. Butler, a 1 ½-year-old Shepherd mix, was only at the Humane Society of Charlotte, N.C., for four days before he got the new gig.

The 35-pound pup quickly stole the hearts of Weather Channel producers and AHA representatives. "The perfect therapy dog, Butler is affectionate, loves to kiss and sit in the laps of others," the AHA said in a statement. "He is attentive, well-mannered and energetic, and will play a vital role in the health of communities in times of disaster."

When severe weather strikes a community, Butler and his AHA handler, Amy McCullough, will visit area schools, hospitals and shelters to offer comfort. - Follow Butler on Facebook

More than 100 locations are conducting Phase III clinical trials of a new allergy shot that, through a series of as few as four injections, may offer relief to cat owners who are allergic to their pets. Cat-SPIRE, from the British pharmaceutical company Circassia, targets Fel d 1 glycoprotein, which can be found in cat skin and saliva. Existing approaches were less focused than the new one, more akin to a paintball than a laser beam, according to physician Jonathan Spergel of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "But sometimes, paintballs cover the wall better. It has to be the right laser beam," he said. The Philadelphia Inquirer - Click the picture for more of this story.
This adorable animal makes many people sneeze. (Carosch)

Holiday pet safety tips
The holidays are certainly a festive time, but they can also be a risky time for your pets.
 The AVMA has developed a fun graphic highlighting seven things to avoid this holiday season to help keep your pets happy and safe ...Click the picture to read more ...

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