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OCD Dogs, People Have Similar Brains; Is Your Dog OCD?

Dogs and people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) have similar brain abnormalities, suggesting that America’s most popular pet may someday help doctors understand and treat human anxiety, a new study says. Scientists already knew that people and dogs with their species’ version of OCD—canine compulsive disorder, or CCD—show similar behaviors, respond to the same medications, […]

Dogs Help Improve Moods Among Teens in Treatment

June 10, 2013: Lindsay Ellsworth is prescribing a new, mood-boosting therapy for teenagers in drug and alcohol treatment: shelter dogs. On Friday afternoons, about four dogs from the Spokane Humane Society take a field trip to Excelsior Youth Center as a group of teenage boys eagerly await their arrival. Ellsworth, a doctoral candidate in animal […]

Human and Canine Lymphomas Share Molecular Similarities

June 19, 2013: Humans and their pet dogs are close, so close that they both develop a type of cancer called diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. In humans it’s the most common lymphoma subtype while in dogs, it’s one of the most common cancers in veterinary oncology. A team of scientists from the University of North […]

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It’s a Dog’s Life: Doggy Database Aims to Define Pet Health

May 2013: Using data collected about Labrador Retrievers, research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal BMC Veterinary Research is beginning to quantify the health, illnesses, and veterinary care of dogs. The UK is a nation of pet lovers — but what do we know about the health of our pets? To date the long […]

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Owning a Dog Is Linked to Reduced Heart Risk

May 9, 2013: The nation’s largest cardiovascular health organization has a new message for Americans: Owning a dog may protect you from heart disease. The unusual message was contained in a scientific statement published on Thursday by the American Heart Association, which convened a panel of experts to review years of data on the cardiovascular […]

Study Shows Homes With Dogs Have More Types of Bacteria

May 22, 2013: New research from North Carolina State University and the University of Colorado shows that households with dogs are home to more types of bacteria – including bacteria that are rarely found in households that do not have dogs. The finding is part of a larger study to improve our understanding of the […]

Dogs, Like Humans, Show a Gradual Development of Contagious Yawning

Contagious yawning is not just a sign of sleepiness or boredom. Previous research has shown contagious yawning in humans, adult chimpanzees, baboons and dogs, and suggests that it can be used as a measure of empathy. Empathy, mimicking the emotional responses of others, is difficult to measure directly, but contagious yawning allows assessment of a […]

Obese Dogs at Risk of Health Condition Experienced by Humans

Veterinary scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that, like humans, obese dogs can experience metabolic syndrome, a condition that describes multiple health issues that occur in the body at the same time. The condition occurs when a number of health problems, such as increased blood glucose and increased cholesterol levels, develop together, with […]

Dogs Recognize the Dog Species Among Several Other Species On a Computer Screen

Feb 2013: Dogs pick out faces of other dogs, irrespective of breeds, among human and other domestic and wild animal faces and can group them into a category of their own. They do that using visual cues alone, according to new research by Dr. Dominique Autier-Dérian from the LEEC and National Veterinary School in Lyon […]