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Why Do Scent Hounds Have Long Floppy Ears?

Bloodhounds, with their floppy skin and gangly ears, are the quintessential tracking dogs, and there's good reason.

10 Dogs Who Made History

Dogs are more than man's best friend. They've also helped out with the Cuban Missile Crisis, joined the Russian space program and discovered a rare archaeological find. And at least one was promoted to sergeant.

When Car Sharing and Pets Converge

We live in a sharing economy. And a pet-loving economy. So what happens when the two worlds collide?

Airlines Are Cracking Down on Emotional Support Animals

Some airline passengers have been trying to get out of paying pet fees by claiming their dog, cat or even pig is an emotional support animal. But what does that mean anyway?

Nikola Tesla's Cat and Other Feline Fascinations

If it wasn't for Tesla's cat, we might not have electricity in our homes.

ThunderShirt Helps Fido Face Fear

Anxiety-reducing thunder shirts can help calm frightened dogs and other pets.

Why Do Dogs (and Cats) Eat Grass?

Are they sick? Hungry? Thirsty? Or do they just like the way the stuff tastes?

Is It Illegal to Drive With a Dog in Your Lap?

It may not be in your state, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea.

What Should We Be Feeding Our Dogs?

With so many dog foods on the market, how do we know what's best for our furry friends?

New California Law Requires Pet Stores Sell Only Rescue Animals

The country's first statewide ban on the retail sale of puppies, kittens and rabbits from commercial breeders is in effect.

Dogs Make More Expressive Faces When Humans Are Watching

A new study suggests those puppy dog eyes could be trying to tell you something.

People Sleep More Soundly With Their Dogs in the Bedroom ... With One Exception

Let sleeping dogs lie? Maybe even in the same room, says a new study.

Caring for Sick Pets Creates Heavy Emotional Burdens

A new study found that owners of sick pets cope with many of the same burdens as caregivers of sick family members.

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.


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