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Can Dogs Improve Your Sleep?
Studies are conflicted on the benefit or disadvantage of sharing a bed with pets.
Many animal lovers sleep with their dogs by their side despite the fact that past studies have found the habit may not be healthy. One 2011 study claimed that allowing pets in bed could put people at risk for certain diseases, such as meningitis or parasites. A 2014 Mayo Clinic study found that more than half of the patients at their Center for Sleep Medicine were people who claimed that their...
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Toxic Christmas Ornaments
A homemade salt dough ornament causes neurological damage.
When I was a kid, each Christmas we would make homemade ornaments made of salt dough. We'd use cookie cutters to create star and tree shapes, paint them red and green, and bake them in the oven to harden. It's a simple craft that remains popular with families today. But it turns out that these ornaments are potentially dangerous, a lesson that a Pennsylvania family learned the hard way. Earlier...
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Comforting Stressed Passengers
United Airlines employs comfort dogs during the hectic holiday travel.
The holidays are one of the most stressful times to travel, especially if you're going by air. However, if you were traveling through one of United Airlines' hub airports this week, you may have found a furry friend ready to make your day a little brighter. For the last three years, United Airlines has been providing comfort dogs during peak travel times through their United Paws program. The...
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Canine Drinking Techniques
Dogs lap water in a precise way to maximize intake.
I wouldn't use the word efficient to describe the way my dogs drink. It's always a noisy and messy process, with liquid splashing outside of the bowl. But researchers at Virginia Tech College of Engineering have discovered that the technique is far from random. They found that dogs drink in a way that maximizes the amount of water per lap. Dogs lap water because they have incomplete cheeks and...
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Illegally Insulting the Royal Dog
A Thai man could face 37 years in prison for a sarcastic comment about the king's beloved pup.
Earlier this week, Thanakorn Siripaiboon was charged in Thai military court for making a sarcastic internet post about the king's dog. His social media comments, which also include insults about the king and allegations of military corruption, could earn him 37 years in prison. The royal pup in question is Tongdaeng, or Copper, who is somewhat of a celebrity in Thailand. King Bhumibol Adulyadej...
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First Dogs Born by In Vitro
Cornell hopes the 'test tube' pups will lead to advances in protecting endangered species and eliminating genetic diseases.
A litter of adorable puppies born at Cornell University this year represent not only a scientific achievement, but hope for protecting endangered species and eliminating genetic diseases. These pups were the first to be brought into this world by in vitro fertilization. As part of the study, researchers transferred nineteen embryos to the host female dog, who later gave birth to seven healthy...
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First Statewide Animal Abuser Registry
Tennessee's online database goes live on January 1st.
Over the past few years, several states have tried unsuccessfully to pass bills creating a registry for animal abusers. These states include Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. While this type of database has been established on the local level, such as the one New York City suburb Suffolk County put in place back...
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Dog Parking in NYC
The Dog Parker lets people run errands with their pets.
In New York City, I often see dogs tied to lampposts or parking meters while their human counterparts run in a store to buy milk or pick up laundry. Even though these trips are usually quick, it's not safe to leave pets outside like that. They could be stolen, eat something toxic, or escape, among other possible scenarios.    Now there's finally an alternative to leaving your dog at home,...
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A Fitting Memorial in Wyoming
Retired military dog is honored with a rare public funeral.
Army ranger Matthew Bessler and his Belgian Malinois, Major Mike, shared a special bond after working together in an elite Special Operations group. After two tours in Iraq, they both came home in 2010 with symptoms of PTSD. When Mike was retired and promoted to major, Matthew filed for adoption and later trained Mike to be his service dog. And so began their new life back in the civilian world,...
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An Unlikely Patient on the Front Lines
Army surgeon Colonel Fredrick Lough reflects on treating a Czech war dog in Afghanistan.
Colonel Fredrick Lough has had a long career with the military, serving as a surgeon for the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1970 to 1987, and returning in 2007, at the age of 58, after seeing soldiers in harm's way in the Middle East. Colonel Lough was deployed twice to Afghanistan where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Colonel Lough performed hundreds of surgeries while on the front lines,...

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