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Wolves Are Probably Smarter Than Our Dogs

A new study put dogs and wolves head to head in the intelligence department. Guess which species won?

How Did 'Fido' Become the Default Name for a Dog?

Credit for the ubiquity of the name as shorthand for a generic, random dog goes to one of the most popular U.S. presidents.

Interactive Database of NYC Dog Names Provides Endless Distraction

The most popular pooch names in the Big Apple reveal more about us humans that we might care to admit.

Can a D-O-G learn to S-P-E-L-L?

Some pet owners are amazed when their dogs respond to 'W-A-L-K' the same way they respond to 'walk.' But are their pooches getting smarter or just responding to something else?

'Whisker Fatigue' May Be Causing Your Cat's Grumpiness at Mealtime

Is your cat pawing its food out of its bowl to eat and you can't figure out why? No, it's not being haughty, as usual — it might actually be stressed.

High Levels of Chemicals Found in House Cats

While you're out and about, Kitty is prowling around the house, inhaling all kinds of things that aren't good for her. What could this mean for your kids?

Dogs Happy to Share Food With Friends

Think your dog would be willing to share his treats with other dogs? Studies show he probably would.

Fido’s Getting Better Flu Shots

Scientists have developed two new vaccines for canine influenza that are far superior to those now available.

Why Are Cats So Obsessed With Laser Pointers?

Cats love to chase the little red dot of light, but why? Can't they tell it's not prey? And is it making them crazy, as some vets fear?

10 Cats Who Made History

Cats don't just lie on your sofa looking sulky. Some have authored scientific papers, discovered continents and entered politics. Read on to see what we mean.

Why Your Dog's Paws Smell Gloriously Like Corn Chips

Huffing your puppy's feet for an aroma reminiscent of Fritos all comes down to the existence of certain microbes.

Could Rapamycin Pills Extend a Dog's Life?

You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but researchers hope a pill could postpone the aging process and make man's best friend live a little longer.

There's a Name for When Your Dog Zooms Around Like a Joy-crazed Maniac

Veterinarians have a name for when a dog gets the call of the wild, often after a bath, and suddenly starts tearing through the house with an untamed glint in its eye.

Letting Your Cat Work for Food Makes Her Happier, Healthier

A new report shows the benefits of using food puzzles with indoor cats. Here's how to make your own.

What Do Dogs Prefer: Food or Praise?

What's it going be, Fido: kibbles or kudos? A new study tackled the question.

For the Guinea Worm, Man's Best Friend Is the Warmest Hiding Place

Only seven cases of Guinea worm have occurred in humans so far in 2016. But hundreds of cases have appeared in dogs. What does this mean for guinea worm eradication?

The Weird, Painful Condition That Stops Dog Tails From Wagging

Dogs suffering from the condition known as "limber tail" experience pain as their normally waggable appendages go limp.

Amazing Water Dogs to the Rescue!

Think you're an ace swimmer? These canines might be even better.

New Butterflyfish Species Discovered Just Swimming in a Tank

It's rare that we discover new species in captivity. But that's exactly what happened to this butterflyfish.

No Bull: Why Pet Stores Are Afraid of the Word 'Penis'

Pet stores provide scientific, anatomical names for dog chews, so why resort to euphemisms like "pizzle" and "bully stick"? Dogs have no shame — but we humans do.

Persistent Stigma of 'Pit Bull' Label Hinders Dog Adoption

Regardless of what a dog's breed actually is, if it's labeled a "pit bull," its chances of adoption drop. Pity the poor pit pup.

When Can Your Four-legged Friend Be Your Plus-One?

You love Fluffy better than anyone else in the world. But sometimes you need to leave her at home.

So ... Just How Many House Cats Are There in the World?

Counting the number of housecats around the world is about as difficult as, well, herding cats. In fact, estimates of global cat population vary... by millions.

Why Are Pets Disappearing From Pet Stores?

Declining pet sales are affecting the pet store industry, as more pet lovers turn to pet adoption and rescue.

How Is a Cat Like a Pingpong Table?

Stumped? Try this one: What does a honeybee have in common with a slice of toast?


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