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.
Finnick the fennec, third right, has become a popular pet.
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Disney's latest hit movie has inspired Chinese people to keep Saharan foxes as pets.
Do we see Yarra Trail in South Yarra, Melbourne, as being purely for people, or should dogs be able to enjoy it too?
Dogs are important users of urban parks, but these are clearly designed for the use of people – except for a few out-of-the-way dog parks. Is that fair to dogs that have no say about living among us?
The cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) female full of eggs.
Fleas have lived with people for as long as people have lived with pets.
Buddy is a sucker for the silly season.
Christmas is here again, and we're excited for decorating, parties, and summer getaways. But before we dive into the silly season, let's first make sure our pets are properly taken care of.
Pets are under-rated and under-researched in their positive effects on our health.
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Pets have been shown to have positive effects for physical health for some time, so why don't we take them more seriously?
Are our pets becoming captive to an industry that is harming them?
It's no coincidence that "big food" is moving in on pet food.
According to some surveys, more than 90% of owners view their pets as members of the family.
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In the past, owners were quick to put their pets down. Now, with many viewing pets as family members, are they waiting too long?