October 2014

Dog helps detect stress levels in students

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Most parents will testify to the pressure our children come under whether at school, college or University. This may be borne out of bullying, unrequited love or exam time. Sadly, this pressure can become all too much for some students leading depression, drink, drugs and in some extreme cases – suicide or shootings. So, one […]

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Dogs and cats – can they get along?

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A question I often get asked is “Can dogs and cats get along?” it’s a common misconception that the two species cannot live happily ever after within a home. Whether raising a puppy with a resident feline or adding an adult dog into the mix, a little management goes a long way toward fostering a […]

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Gene responsible for cleft palate is discovered during canine study

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Scientists at the University of California have identified the gene responsible for cleft palates and cleft lips in humans and our four-legged friends. Just like us, cleft lip and cleft palate in dogs occur naturally with differing degrees of severity. The birth defects can also be caused by various genetic and environmental factors. As purebred […]

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Can our pets predict earthquakes?

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Unfortunately large earthquakes cause severe damage to property and people. Often they occur without warning and can be difficult to predict. However, anecdotal evidence suggests unusual animal behaviours are exhibited prior to natural disasters taking place. While there is very little research into this area, one study released this year has been delving into this […]

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