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  • A new study in Learning & Behavior shows that dogs are able to understand the emotions in a human face's expressions. It gives evidence that dogs use different parts of their brains to process the emotions of humans.

    Jun 21, 2018

  • A study from the University of Waterloo has found that many of the wildlife-vehicle collisions in Ontario are preventable. The study gives examples of strategies that could help prevent these incidents, including better signage, wildlife detection systems, and fencing and wildlife crossings.

    Jun 21, 2018

  • Researchers at Purdue University are studying the impacts of tickling rats. Their paper, published in the Journal of Visualized Experiments, describes the tickling techniques and claims that tickling can be beneficial as rats used in research laboratories as well as those kept as pets can show physiological and behavioral signs of stress, both physical and emotional.

    Jun 21, 2018

  • Through Pet Partners, Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo are providing funds to support therapy animals that have been diagnosed with cancer. These funds will help cover diagnostic procedures, chemotherapy, and end-of-life care and pain mitigation.

    Jun 21, 2018

  • Jet, a miniature horse, recently completed the dog obedience course offered from Hilltop Canine College. Owner Teri Edeal says this was just one step toward having Jet certified for pet therapy.

    Jun 21, 2018

  • A new paper from researchers at the University of Wyoming's Animal Behavior and Cognition Lab looks at whether smarter animals are better at learning to live in urban spaces, and how that also impacts conflict between those animals and humans. The paper was published in Animal Behaviour.

    Jun 20, 2018

  • After the discovery of a rabbit dead from tularemia in Cook County last week, residents of the Illinois area have been warned to keep themselves and pets away from wild rabbits. Rabbit fever can be caught by humans, and can be life-threatening if it goes untreated.

    Jun 20, 2018

  • Researchers at the University of Calgary have recently found that dogs can help with improving pain, mental health, and physical and social well-being for those living with chronic pain. The interdisciplinary team of researchers coming from nursing, social work, veterinary medicine, sociology, and community health sciences has conducted this study over the past year and a half.

    Jun 20, 2018

  • Royal College of Art and Imperial College London postgraduate designers have worked to create advanced bio-logging tags that monitor behavior and environments and inform the animals (humpback whales and collared peccaries) of potential human threats. The tags are meant to serve as an alternative to some current conservation efforts.

    Jun 20, 2018

  • Scatter Joy Acres in Omaha brought in a 6 month old wallaby named Willis recently. He came from a family in Wisconsin, and joins nearly 100 other animals at the farm in Omaha. Scatter Joy Acres provides animal-assisted therapy to many, including seniors, veterans, and disabled individuals.

    Jun 20, 2018

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