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Dog Owners Have a Decreased Risk of Death, Study Finds

There are a million great things about being a dog owner, but this one is pretty high up there: owning a dog may actually help you live longer. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Scientific Reports, dogs may be beneficial...Show More Summary

Are Dogs Self-Aware?

A recently published study took a new approach in exploring the concept of self-awareness in dogs. It was a novel design based on the mirror self-recognition (MSR) test, developed by psychologist Gordon Gallup over 40 years ago. Gallup devised the test to examine self-recognition in chimpanzees. Show More Summary

Over 100 Animals Seized from Scotland's Largest Puppy Farm

Puppy mills and farms are a worldwide problem, as evidenced by a recent raid that took place in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. On Nov. 14, the Scottish SPCA (SSPCA) executed a warrant at the East Mains of Ardlogie farm, which is believed to be the country's largest puppy mill. Show More Summary

Life With Pets, Mini-Episode 4: Managing a Multi-Dog Home

[podcast] On this week's mini-episode of petMD's new podcast, Life With Pets, host Victoria Schade helps draft a peace treaty in a household with a rowdy puppy and a senior dog who's officially over it. She also assists a caller hoping...Show More Summary

Denver Becomes the Latest U.S. City to Ban Declawing Cats

Becoming the first city in the state of Colorado to ban elective cat declawing, Denver has made the decision to prohibit veterinarians from performing the controversial procedure unless it's medically necessary. (Denver is now the first U.S. Show More Summary

Life With Pets, Episode 4: Your Dog's Amazing Sniffer

[podcast] In this jam-packed episode of Life With Pets, host Victoria Schade chats with bestselling author Alexandra Horowitz, author of Being A Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell. Victoria also attempts to interview a singing, Christopher Walken-impersonating Jay Mohr, host of the "Mohr Stories" podcast. Show More Summary

Do Pets Know When They Are Full?

I often get asked what, how much, and when to feed dogs and cats. I don’t have a standard answer, because it depends on the specific animal. Some animals can be free-fed and will stop eating when they are full, while others will gain weight with just the occasional table scrap. Show More Summary

Kitten Born with Imperforate Anus to Have Surgery

When a tiny kitten named Cluck was brought to a rescue organization in Los Angeles, California, in late October, she was a little bit different from her four siblings and their feral cat mama. Cluck, as it turned out, had an imperforate anus. Show More Summary

Puppy Survives Overdose After Accidentally Ingesting Opioids During Walk

A seemingly routine walk for a dog owner in Andover, Massachusetts, turned into a harrowing lesson on how the nation's opioid crisis can harm our pets, too. According to The Boston Globe, a man named Peter Thibault was walking his family's...Show More Summary

Study Asks If People Are More Empathetic Toward Dogs or Humans

A recently published study out of Northeastern University in Boston has revealed some interesting findings when it comes to whether people are more disturbed by dog or human suffering. The study, which was conducted by Drs. Jack Levin,...Show More Summary

Can Pets Die of a Broken Heart?

We’ve all heard the stories of couples who die within weeks, days, or sometimes even hours of one another. The cause is often cited as a broken heart. In fact, the phenomenon is common enough that it’s been scientifically studied and goes by the name the “widowhood effect.” But romantic couples aren’t the only ones who are affected. Show More Summary

Abandoned Kitten Has Tight Collar Surgically Removed from Neck

A small kitten was rescued from the streets and brought into Boston's MSPCA-Angell shelter on Nov. 1 with a gruesome injury: the collar around her neck was so tight that it had embedded into her neck and her skin was growing around it. According to the MSPCA, Dr. Show More Summary

Life With Pets, Mini-Episode 3: Leash Pulling

[podcast] On this week's mini-episode of petMD's new podcast, Life With Pets, host Victoria Schade gives a caller tips for handling her dog's leash reactivity. She also talks about some of the common misconceptions when it comes to adult rescue dogs, as well as potty training with a caller whose new dog keeps having accidents in the house. Show More Summary

Woman Diagnosed with Broken Heart After Her Dog's Death

Losing a pet is a heartbreaking experience for any pet parent to endure, and for one woman, it led to a diagnosis of broken heart syndrome. According to the Washington Post, a woman named Joanie Simpson suffered a physical and emotional pain so strong after the death of her Yorkshire Terrier, Meha, that she wound up in the hospital. Show More Summary

Who Is My Dog? Benefits of Dog DNA Testing

For many dog owners, we decide after much thought to adopt a dog from a shelter or a rescue group with little to no information about their background, breed, or history. This can be the most rewarding experience as you learn the quirks of your pet. Show More Summary

Series of Arson Attacks Against Philadelphia Stray Cats Claims Outdoor Shelter

In late October, a series of three different fires were set to an outdoor cat shelter along a pier in South Philadelphia. While no reports of cat injuries or deaths related to the fires have been reported, the outdoor shelter—which houses...Show More Summary

Life With Pets, Episode 3: Keeping a Tidy Home

[podcast] In this episode of Life With Pets, host Victoria Schade chats with pet expert Julia Szabo, who gives advice on dealing with pet stains, odors and dirt, and explains how microfiber is a pet parent's dream fabric. Victoria also...Show More Summary

petMD's 'Life with Pets' Podcast Promotion

petMD's new podcast, Life With Pets, is sponsoring an exciting promotion in which one lucky listener will receive a $500 PetSmart gift card. Enter the promotion using the form below. For more details, see the official rules. [podcast_giveaway]

Iditarod Scandal: Dogs Test Positive for Painkillers

The Iditarod, an annual long-distance sled dog competition in Alaska that boasts itself as the "Last Great Race on Earth," is currently under investigation for a doping scandal. It has been revealed that four dogs belonging to champion musher Dallas Seavey tested positive for high levels of the painkiller Tramadol last spring. Show More Summary

How Social Media Is Helping More Pets Get Adopted

Social media has become an important tool in how the world communicates these days, and a general way of life for most. It creates a smaller world, where people you know from a distance are part of your everyday life. This network brings people together, and allows us to help one another in ways that weren't so easy before. Show More Summary

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