Medical research

Kennel cough virus offers potential route to COVID-19 vaccine

A team of researchers at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine has developed a COVID-19 vaccine candidate that has proven successful in promoting an immune response in early test models.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Study identifies last-line antibiotic resistance in humans and pet dog

New research due to be presented at this year's European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) has identified the dangerous mcr-1 gene -which provides resistance to the last line antibiotic colistin—in ...

Health

Therapy dogs may help lower emergency clinicians' stress

New research published in Academic Emergency Medicine indicates that for physicians and nurses working evening shifts in the emergency department, interacting with a therapy dog for several minutes may help lower stress.

Psychology & Psychiatry

How pets can be true lifesavers for seniors

(HealthDay)—Having a furry, fluffy or feathered friend can have a profound effect on seniors' mental health, possibly even helping prevent some suicides, new research suggests.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Wash your hands after stroking your pet, say French experts

A French medical body urged pet owners on Wednesday to take precautions like washing hands after stroking dogs or cats, saying the risk of catching COVID-19 from animals "cannot be ruled out".

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

No evidence that COVID-19 can be contracted from pets

Veterinary experts from around the world are urging pet owners to listen to the advice of their veterinarians and public health experts, following the news that a dog in Hong Kong, quarantined after it had tested positive ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

During self-quarantine, dogs may help protect mental health

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people are practicing social distancing and self-quarantine—two measures epidemiologists agree are critical to slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Walking the dog: a get-out-of-jail card in lockdown Spain

Once a twice-daily chore that drew a chorus of complaints, walking the dog has become an enviable get-out-of-jail card in lockdown Spain with some wily punters even offering their hounds out for hire.

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Dog

The dog (Canis lupus familiaris, pronounced /ˈkeɪ.nis ˈluːpəs fʌˈmɪliɛəris/) is a domesticated subspecies of the Gray Wolf, a member of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora. The term is used for both feral and pet varieties. The domestic dog has been one of the most widely kept working and companion animals in human history. Amongst canine enthusiasts, the word "dog" may also mean the male of a canine species, as opposed to the word "bitch."

The dog quickly became ubiquitous across culture in all parts of the world, and was extremely valuable to early human settlements. For instance, it is believed that the successful emigration across the Bering Strait might not have been possible without sled dogs. Dogs perform many roles for people, such as hunting, herding, protection, and, more recently, assisting handicapped individuals. Currently, there are estimated to be 400 million dogs in the world.

Over the 15,000 year span that the dog had been domesticated, it diverged into only a handful of landraces, groups of similar animals whose morphology and behavior have been shaped by environmental factors and functional roles. As the modern understanding of genetics developed, humans began to intentionally breed dogs for a wide range of specific traits. Through this process, the dog has developed into hundreds of varied breeds, and shows more behavioral and morphological variation than any other land mammal. For example, height measured to the withers ranges from a few inches in the Chihuahua to a few feet in the Irish Wolfhound; color varies from white through grays (usually called "blue'") to black, and browns from light (tan) to dark ("red" or "chocolate") in a wide variation of patterns; coats can be short or long, coarse-haired to wool-like, straight, curly, or smooth. It is common for most breeds to shed this coat, but non-shedding breeds are also popular.

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