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Catnip: The 'Why' Behind Cats' Favorite High

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Rolling around, meowing and generally acting blissed-out: cats love the plant known as catnip. Now, British scientists say they're closer to knowing how catnip works -- and their insights might end…

A 'Hypoallergenic' Dog? You May Be Barking Up the Wrong Tree

MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Do so-called hypoallergenic dogs really protect you against asthma? Many dog-lovers believe it, but Swedish researchers found no evidence that "allergy-friendly" breeds -- such as poodles and miniature…

Under New Plan, FDA Hopes to Cut Use of Dogs in Veterinary Drug Trials

FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As part of a new effort to cut the use of dogs in drug trials, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday launched an initiative to keep canines out of studies for certain veterinary medicines. The…

Tropical Disease Linked to Heart Trouble Turning Up in Border Security Dogs

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than 100 dogs used by U.S. agencies for border patrols, search and rescue, drugs and explosives detection and guarding federal buildings are infected with a parasite that could cause potentially…

Halloween Can Be a Tricky Time for Your Pet

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you insist on dressing your pet in a costume for Halloween, Fido will thank you for doing so in a safe and comfortable way, veterinarians suggest. "Make sure costumes are the appropriate size…

A Labrador's Color Might Determine Its Life Span

MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In some bad news for chocolate Labrador Retriever lovers everywhere, new research shows that they have shorter life spans than their black and yellow cousins. Not only that, but they also have higher…

Are Household Chemicals Harming Your Cat's Thyroid?

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Maybe your cat is scratching up that sofa for a good reason: New research suggests that chemicals found in upholstery and carpeting may harm feline thyroids. The chemicals are called per- and…

Your Puppy Can Make You Very Sick: CDC

THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Puppies can be cute and cuddly, but they also carry germs that might make you very sick, a new government report warns. An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter infections in 2017 and…

The Cat's Meow: The Emotional Boost of Cute Videos

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The numbers surrounding the continuing cat video craze are astounding. In one year alone, more than 2 million cat videos were posted on YouTube and had close to 26 billion views. What's even more…

Goats Can Read Human Emotions, Prefer Happy Faces

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you're happy and you know it, so will a goat. New research suggests that goats can read people's facial expressions and prefer those who appear happy. The study included 20 goats that were shown…

From Pigs to Peacocks, What's Up With Those 'Emotional-Support Animals'?

MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's easy to roll your eyes at the latest news nugget about someone trying to take an "emotional support animal" onto a plane, even though it's too big or out of control. There's the large emotional…

Some Dogs Will Barrel Through Doors to Help Their Human

TUESDAY, July 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Ever wonder what lengths your dog might go to if you were in trouble? New research suggests that depending on the dog, even doors can't stand in the way of a rescue effort. And for those that didn't…