Owning a dog tied to lowering your risk of dying early by 24%, says science

Need an excellent reason to add a dog to your life? How about living longer? “Our analysis found having a dog is actually protective against dying of any cause,” said Mount Sinai endocrinologist Dr. Caroline Kramer, lead author of a new systematic review of nearly 70 years of global research published Tuesday in “Circulation,” a […]

The power of Pets and Seniors

The benefits of pet therapy in rehabilitative environments have become more and more widely recognized, especially for seniors. Continue reading at Vernon Morning Star Photo Credit: Natalia Cuevas-Huaico/Kelwona Capital News

Owning a dog can help your heart, study finds

Every day, the dogs need a walk. Every day, they’re helping their owners’ hearts in more ways than one. According to a new study published by Mayo Clinic, people who own pets, but especially dogs, are more likely to have better heart health. Continue reading at GMA Photo credit: Ryan J. Lane, Getty Images

Dogs Are Even Smarter Than You Think

How much do you know about what goes on in your pup’s head? Do you believe it’s all pretty simple in there? Just thoughts about dinner, the cat next door, and more dinner? Think again. Dogs have been known to learn hundred of words, do arithmetic, and guess what people and other dogs are thinking. […]

Well-matched pets bring benefits

People reap many benefits from having a furry companion. According to Amanda Miller, co-owner of affoGATO, a cat cafe in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood, and Sunny Simon, director and founder of the South Euclid Humane Society in South Euclid, the benefits can range from mental changes to physical or lifestyle changes. “Animals have a very healing […]

7 science-backed ways a pet could be the best thing for your health

Americans love their pets. In fact, most of them have at least one furry friend. Surveys disagree on the exact number, but an estimated 49% to 68% of Americans are pet owners. In the last few decades, scientists have tried to determine whether the “pet effect” — being healthier just by virtue of being a […]

FARM JOURNAL’S PORK: 6 Ways Pig Farming is Like Nursing

Andrea Graves had been a certified nursing assistant for 20 years, most recently in the Med-Surgery and Labor and Delivery department at Lucas County Health Center in Chariton. It was something she loved—tending to babies during their first, critical days of life. Every day she changed diapers, helped with feedings and kept her eagle eye […]

LA TIMES: Angels’ Andrew Heaney implements dog therapy program at Children’s Hospital

With the help of funds raised during last year’s Pup Cup Orange County 5K, a sponsor and their own donation, Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney and his wife, Jordan, were able to implement a new therapy dog program at Children’s Hospital Orange County that will bring in three canines. One of them will be nicknamed “Skiggles,” […]

SCIENCE ALERT: When It Comes to Dog vs Cat Brains, Science Might Have Found a Clear Winner

Ever since humanity split into dog and cat people, we’ve been arguing over which one of our beloved companions is a smarter species. A study from 2017 mightn’t be the last word on the matter, but for those who think more neurons means more intelligence, it looks as if dogs stand out among carnivores for […]

UW–MADISON NEWS: Veterinarians, physicians to jointly explore links between animal and human health

A physician, a veterinarian and a PhD researcher walk into a conference. At the event’s conclusion, the medical doctor says: “I had no idea there were veterinary cardiologists like there are human cardiologists.” This interaction occurred at a translational health summit coordinated by the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2018 on the […]