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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?

10 Amazing Things Dogs Can Sense

If you live with a pooch, you know that dogs are insightful, intuitive creatures. But you may not realize just how insightful they can be.

Can dogs sense storms?

Dogs may be humankind's best friend, but they're not always that reliable. Sure, they can detect hidden objects at the bottom of a lake, but they also tend to mistake their tails for prey. So can we really trust them to predict the weather?

How Dog Flu Works

All dogs, regardless of breed or age, are susceptible to the flu. What do you need to know before you drop your pup off at doggie day care?

Could a wearable device help you train your dog?

Imagine your dog sending you a text alerting you that he needs to go out. Sound like science fiction? It may be closer to reality than you think.

Is it OK for cats to drink milk?

Your cat may gaze longingly at your bowl of cereal each morning, but here's why it's not really OK for cats to drink milk.

Why are black cats considered unlucky?

Black cats were associated witches in the Middle Ages but even today, black shelter cats have a harder time getting adopted. Why are black cats considered bad luck?

Do rabbits really love carrots?

What's up doc? Besides spawning a famous catchphrase, Bugs Bunny may also be behind the well-known bunny-carrot connection! Do rabbits really love carrots?

Is a 'dog year' really seven years?

The old rule of thumb of seven dog years per human year typically makes dogs seem older than they really are. No fear, there's a formula to estimate your dog's age the right way!

Do you need to take a pet greyhound on runs?

Thanks to your pet greyhound's superior speed, trying to keep up with them on a run would be an exercise in futility. Surprisingly, these dogs are lazier than you think!

Can you teach an old dog new tricks?

When it comes to dogs, age really is just a number. If you've got the patience, you surely can teach an old dog some new tricks.

Do cats really steal babies’ breath?

While cats can pose a potential danger to a sleeping baby, most of the risk is due to accidental suffocation not from cats stealing babies' breath.

Do feral cats spread disease?

It can be hard for cat-lovers to resist feeding local strays, but these feral creatures may spread dangerous diseases, including rabies.


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