Psychology & Psychiatry

'Dog people' may do better in lockdown

Researchers examining why dog owners living alone during COVID restrictions were less lonely think it may have to do with the type of person who owns dogs rather than having a dog itself.

HIV & AIDS

Pets help AIDS survivors through two pandemics

During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people turned to their pets to help them feel less lonely and isolated. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, wanted to learn what role pets played in helping ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

In rare cases, your cat can give you COVID

The first reported case of a cat giving COVID-19 to a person shouldn't alarm pet owners, but a Canadian expert says it's a reminder to take precautions.

Health

Almost half of Americans sleep with pets

Many pets become a member of the family. In fact, according to a new survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, almost half (46%) of respondents sleep in the same bed with a pet. And while tales of dogs taking up ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Uptick in avian flu cases poses little threat to humans

If the recent increase in avian influenza cases has you concerned, you likely have nothing to worry about and don't need to take any added measures, according to a University of Alberta expert on influenza in birds.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Hong Kong to kill 2,000 animals after hamsters get COVID-19

Hong Kong authorities said Tuesday that they will kill about 2,000 small animals, including hamsters, after several tested positive for the coronavirus at a pet store where an employee was also infected.

Psychology & Psychiatry

'Pet prep' could be key to disaster survival

James Cook University researchers have discovered most pet owners have inadequate plans for their pets if a natural disaster strikes—but disaster response planners may be able to turn this into a positive.

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