Mongrel mix: dogs arose from at least two populations of wolves, study finds | Dogs

The tale of how gray wolves became the family dog ​​of today has received a new twist, with research suggesting our furry companions arose not just from one population of wild ancestors, but two. Dogs were the first animals to be domesticated by humans, an event thought to have happened somewhere between 15,000 and 30,000 … Read more

Largest study reveals most common disorders in UK hamsters

The largest study of its kind has revealed the 20 most common disorders in hamsters, most prominent causes of death and the average lifespan as 1.75 years. Findings for one of the world’s most popular small pets are the latest to be revealed under the RVC’s VetCompass project, and aim to help owners better understand … Read more

Spread of ‘free-range’ farming may raise risk of animal-borne pandemics – study | Farming

The industrial farming of animals such as pigs, poultry and cattle to provide meat for hundreds of millions of people may reduce the risk of pandemics and the emergence of dangerous diseases including Sars, BSE, bird flu and Covid-19 compared with less-intensive farming , a major study by vets and ecologists has found. Despite reports … Read more

Study reveals most common disorders of pet hamsters – VetNurse News – Vet Nurse

The RVC has published new research which has revealed the 20 most common disorders and the typical lifespan of pet hamsters. The study1the largest in the world to date, investigated anonymised veterinary clinical records of a random sample of almost 4,000 hamsters. The three most common hamster species were Syrian (golden) hamster (73.5%), Djungarian (winter … Read more

Study finds 60% of dogs neutered by 15 months old

Almost 60% of dogs are neutered by the time they are 15 months old, a new UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI) study suggests. The findings are the latest from the Generation Pup project run by Dogs Trust, which is tracking a group of dogs throughout their lives. Out of 593 dogs data was available … Read more

Bringing back native predators could tackle invasive species – study

Restoring native predator populations such as the wolf or lynx in parts of the world could keep problematic invasive species in check, according to a new study. Invasive species have been one of the main causes of extinction of some vertebrates in the past 100 years, with an estimated cost of US $ 162 billion … Read more

Third of dogs infected with A. vasorum ‘asymptomatic’ – study

Angiostrongylus vasorum infection could be more common among seemingly health dogs, after researchers found more than a third of infected dogs in a study were clinically asymptomatic. Data in the study1which challenges perceptions of what was thought a largely clinical disease, shows that more than a third (36.1%) of the dogs were clinically asymptomatic and … Read more

Nearly 70% of veterinarians have lost a colleague or peer to suicide, study finds | Mental health

New research shows nearly 70% of veterinarians have lost a colleague or peer to suicide and about six in 10 have sought professional help for their mental health. For those with decades of experience, including former Australian Veterinary Association national president Dr Warwick Vale, the figures come as no surprise. Like many, he’s struggled with … Read more

The reef fish people find ugly more likely to be endangered, study finds | fold

There are plenty of fish in the sea, but “ugly” fish deserve love too, according to a study. The reef fish people rate as most aesthetically pleasing are also the ones that seem to need the least conservation support, while the fish most likely to rank as “ugly” are the most endangered species, the research … Read more

Vet perspectives sought for neurology study

A study is hoping to learn vets’ perspectives about neurology and how it is taught, with results potentially helping with future curriculum design. Anita Shea – from the School of Veterinary Science at Massey University, New Zealand – is seeking views for her doctoral thesis and has launched an anonymous survey to gather them from … Read more