The sexually transmitted cancer is common in street dogs around the world.
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January 23, 2014 Dogs can catch a strange type of cancer through sex. Now scientists have decoded the DNA of the tumor and found that the cancer cells are a living fossil of an ancient dog that lived thousands of years ago. This cancer doesn't affect people, but the findings may offer insights into how tumors fool the human immune system.
January 7, 2014 Some pets enjoyed playing outside in the snow, while others preferred curling up near the fireplace. We asked you for photos of how your pets are dealing with the weather — and you folks delivered.
Can a pup get a little privacy, please?
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January 3, 2014 After watching dogs do their business several thousand times, Czech researchers concluded that the magnetic field was a significant force when the pooches lined up to go. They suggest this could mean that behavior studies need to take the magnetic field's fluctuation into account.
December 19, 2013 Cows and dogs, a dolphin and a sea turtle: Come join with commentator Barbara J. King as she counts down four of her favorite animal rescues from 2013.
November 14, 2013 When Albert Rizzi's seeing-eye dog, Doxy, got fidgety during a flight delay, the crew had them both removed from the plane, angering the other passengers.
Jerky treats for dogs and cats have been linked to pet illnesses and deaths. But it's still unclear what is causing the problems.
October 23, 2013 The agency still doesn't know what's inside jerkies, tenders and strips that have sickened thousands of dogs and killed hundreds. An ongoing investigation is focused on treats imported from China. Pet owners should watch for loss of appetite, listlessness and vomiting.
If you need empirical information about what is happening in the brain of a dog to know that dogs think, then either you've never met a dog or your own humanity is in doubt.
October 11, 2013 Do dogs think and feel? Are they persons? And if you are unsure, would the results of brain studies on dogs help you make up your mind? Alva Noë argues that, while an MRI can tell us many things about a dog's brain, it can't tell us more than we already know through our relationships with these wonderful animals.
"Bear," who has been trained to sniff out Giant African Land Snails.
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August 30, 2013 While Florida hasn't yet declared victory, more than 128,000 of the destructive creatures have been found and eradicated in the past two years. Labrador retrievers are being used to sniff out the snails.
August 23, 2013 Rescue groups and others dealing with a real problem — packs of stray dogs in many parts of the city — are inflating the figures, a Detroit journalist argues.
One of the tens of thousands of stray dogs in Detroit.
August 21, 2013 Pit bulls dominate the population. But smaller, aggressive dogs are problems as well. "It's like Chihuahuaville," one mail carrier tells Bloomberg News of a neighborhood on her route.
Producers of farm-to-dog-bowl food say the concept is more about locavorism and sustainability than about pampering pooches.
July 29, 2013 Feeding your pooch with locally sourced meats and vegetables may seem like the culinary equivalent of a Versace pet bowl. But producers of this posh-sounding pet food say it can cut down on food waste and help farmers.
July 10, 2013 Do dogs live entirely in the present, acting on instinct rather than thinking? Commentator Barbara J. King challenges a skeptic who insists that it's folly to claim that dogs think, and interviews a dog expert who offers a balanced view of the matter.
Xander, a pug mix, lost both his eyes in an accident. He now works as a therapy dog, and visits groups such as this class at a daycare center.
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May 28, 2013 He can't see, and he's not very big — but as dogs go, Xander the pug is having a big impact on Klamath Falls, Ore. The blind pup even made the front page of the local paper, for bringing empathy and happiness to people for whom such things are in short supply.
Mango Doucleff is always ready with a germ-laden slurp for her owner's face and ears.
April 18, 2013 Dog owners have similar germs growing on their skin: a signature blend of bacteria from canines' tongues and paws. Scientists couldn't find an analogous signature for cat owners. Perhaps cats are just being selfish.
Salmonella and other pathogens can be in pet food, not just people food.
April 15, 2013 When a food-safety student found out her dog's food was being recalled for possible contamination with salmonella, she learned a few things about how germs travel between critters and their humans.
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