Dogs are a huge part of their owners’ routines – which makes their loss even more jarring.
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Many are embarrassed to publicly show too much grief over the death of a dog. But research has shown just how devastating the loss can be.
Dogs – and their owners – love 'walkies'. But who's walking who?
Yolanda Güse protesting outside a McDonald’s branch in Cape Town.
It doesn't happen often that a multinational will blink when taken on by an individual. But a passionate campaigner's successful crusade has shown how it can be done.
Pets suffer just as badly as their humans in the heat.
As the weather heats up, Australian households won’t just be cranking up the air conditioning for themselves. Some households will also be turning it on for their dogs or cats.
Dog thefts have risen by a third – don't be a victim.
Not the best day for dogs.
It can be a scary time for pets – but science has some valuable solutions.
Believe it or not, cats are really useful. Even this one.
The Scottish Fold is a lovely cat, but unfortunately suffers from health problems related to its breeding.
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Scottish Folds are adorable cats with folded ears and owl-like faces. But their cuteness also condemns them to a life of suffering.
Even within our homes dogs can be perceived as a nuisance.
Understanding animal management and making it work better for our interspecies society will benefit humans and dogs alike.
When’s the next dog food commercial on?
Dogs like a little TV – and researchers have been investigating why.
Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world and increasingly, we’re monitoring our pets’ behaviour.
Australians are keen pet owners and increasingly, we're monitoring the behaviour of our domestic animals. Webcams, GPS tracking, dogs joining Skype calls ... pets are becoming entangled with technology in myriad ways.
An engorged female tick on the forehead of a dog. To get this big, they need to suck blood for about four days. While this is happening, the tick is injecting neurotoxins into the bloodstream.
Tick paralysis affect 10,000 dogs each year in eastern Australia, and the treatment can be very expensive. Fortunately, a new drug available is available.
In countries where many if not most households have pets, ‘no pets’ rental policies are a serious obstacle to housing security.
Landlords and property agents often apply 'no pets' rules even though many households see them as part of the family. Their difficulty in finding rental housing then becomes a source of great stress.
Hollywood shirks its ethical responsibilities when it comes to vulnerable animal species.
How safe is a dog lick, anyway?
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It's possible -- but rare -- for a lick from the family pup to transmit bacteria that can cause dangerous blood poisoning.
Unlike clownfish (Nemo), Pacific blue tang fish (Dory) cannot be bred in captivity.
The release of the movie 'Finding Dory' comes with renewed calls to leave fish in reefs – a good idea in this case – but catching some ornamental fish can have a positive impact on reef communities.
More than 60% of Australian households include at least one companion animal, which are seen as family members by 88% of these.
With a majority of households having pets and growing numbers living in apartments, a review of regulations on keeping animals in such communities is timely.
How good are people at interpreting a cat’s meow?
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While cats – with their steely demeanor – have a reputation of being hard to read, humans seem intent on figuring out what they're thinking and feeling.
Goldfish might look nice, but they can also spread a variety of decidedly not-nice viruses.
Many pet fish end up in ponds, fountains and waterways. But before ditching your goldfish in the park, stop and think about the viruses you could also be releasing.
Social media has fuelled a trend for foreign dogs being rehomed in the UK, hampering domestic rescue efforts and increasing disease risks.