A new study reveals that the companionship of a pet after the loss of a spouse can help reduce feelings of depression and loneliness in older adults.
Researchers recently studied whether eating highly processed junk food had an effect on wildlife. Specifically, the researchers tested whether eating McDonald’s cheeseburgers had any effects on crows. The short answer is: Yes. Crows who had McDonald’s cheeseburgers left near their nests had an increase in their blood cholesterol levels.
New study confirms that animal shelter workers and veterinarians are at an increased risk for depression, anxiety, compassion fatigue, burnout and even suicide.
Survey on how Americans feel about their dogs vs their partners.
There is now another reason to strengthen the human-animal bond: A new scientific study has demonstrated that in addition to potential psychological benefits, petting dogs and cats also has stress-relieving physiological benefits. The study results demonstrated that just 10 minutes of interacting with cats and dogs can produce a significant reduction in cortisol, a major stress hormone.
A new study has demonstrated that dogs mirror their owner’s stress levels.
Pets and Moving…and Relocation Stress video
Explores the unique problems–and solutions–of the effects of relocation stress and moving with pets (including problems securing pet-friendly housing). A “must see” for anyone who is planning to move and has companion animal family members.
New genetic research on twins suggest the choice of getting a dog is heavily influenced by an individual’s genetic make-up.
According to the research, here are eight ways your companion animal improves your mental and physical health…
The news is grave coming out of the recent United Nations report: A million animals on our planet are at risk of extinction due to human behavior. The only good news to come out of the report is that there has been worldwide media coverage on the findings–hopefully inspiring the general public and especially political leaders to pass legislation to stop the human behaviors that have put so many creatures in harms way. Some solutions offered here.
A new study has demonstrated that when coyote parents become habituated to humans, their offspring become more habituated, too. This … More
A new study has confirmed what many people who share their lives with dogs have suspected: Humans actually shape their … More