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How Does a Euthanasia Drug Keep Ending Up in Dog Food? How Does a Euthanasia Drug Keep Ending Up in Dog Food?

Owners of very good boys and girls might be perturbed by the latest recall to make the news: 27 brands of dog food pulled from warehouses for possibly containing pentobarbital, a sedative used to euthanize both pets and people alike. As Gizmodo has already reported, the recall concerns wet and canned dog foods…

Do Animals Have a Sense of Competition? Do Animals Have a Sense of Competition?

Humans do the wildest things to animals—stick them with experimental drugs, mash them into cheap nuggets, mount their severed heads on dining room walls. Against this backdrop of chaos and mass extermination the Puppy Bowl seems fairly benign, as do all those other events, like the Kentucky Derby, where animals are…

Boston Dynamics’ Unsettling Robodog Can Now Escape Through (Unlocked) Doors Boston Dynamics’ Unsettling Robodog Can Now Escape Through (Unlocked) Doors

The first time we saw Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robo-dog in action, it used its gripping arm to help load a dishwasher. But after getting a fancy new yellow coat a few months ago, SpotMini has apparently since learned how to open doors, enabling the robot, and its comrades, to escape a life of servitude.

A Tiny Singing Dog Might Be the Solution to Your Lousy Commute A Tiny Singing Dog Might Be the Solution to Your Lousy Commute

Across the country, more and more people are working from home as commute times continue to rise. But if you still have to physically drag yourself to the office, there are concrete actions you can take to improve your daily grind. Namely, the addition of a little dog that sings along to your favorite string quartet.

Relax, Dog Flu Isn't Coming to Take Our Precious Doggos Away Relax, Dog Flu Isn't Coming to Take Our Precious Doggos Away

It’s not bad enough that the flu virus is tearing the human species a new one this winter. No, it has to go after the only good thing left in our snot-ridden lives: The Dogs. But while the idea of deadly dog flu spreading like wildfire through our nation’s kennels and shelters, as recent headlines suggest, might tug…

Here's the Latest Research on Why Dogs Eat Their Own Shit Here's the Latest Research on Why Dogs Eat Their Own Shit

It drives dog owners nuts. You’re out for a pleasant stroll with your canine companion, and because some asshat didn’t pick up after their own pooch, a fresh, steamy turd is sitting right there on the sidewalk. Before you have time to react, you horrifyingly watch your supposed best friend pounce upon the poop,…

Stop Feeding Your Pets Raw Meat Stop Feeding Your Pets Raw Meat

An emerging trend among pet owners is the practice of feeding dogs and cats raw meat. This idea is that we should put our domestic cats and dogs on diets that more closely approximate what they might eat in nature. New research from Europe shows the surprising degree to which germs and parasites can be found in…

Good Luck Trying to Pronounce the Names of the American Kennel Club's Newest Dog Breeds Good Luck Trying to Pronounce the Names of the American Kennel Club's Newest Dog Breeds

The adorable and challengingly named Nederlandse Kooikerhondje and the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen are the first breeds to be added to the American Kennel Club roster since 2016.

Wag Left User Data Exposed, But Won't Someone Please Think of the Dogs Wag Left User Data Exposed, But Won't Someone Please Think of the Dogs

A data breach at the dog-walking app Wag left addresses and lockbox codes publicly exposed online, an incident that could have led to break-ins or, more troublingly, dog-nappings. In some cases, the exposed data also included detailed information about where a dog would be in a customer’s home.

Here's Why Scientists Cloned the First Cloned Dog Here's Why Scientists Cloned the First Cloned Dog

Ever since the first cloned mammal, Dolly the Sheep, died abnormally young, there’s been plenty of talk about clone aging. Now, scientists have cloned the world’s first cloned dog in order to study these “re-clones” to determine whether they die sooner and age quicker than their non-cloned counterparts.

Ancient Cave Art Depicts Oldest Evidence of Dogs Wearing Leashes Ancient Cave Art Depicts Oldest Evidence of Dogs Wearing Leashes

A new analysis of ancient rock art demonstrates that humans hunted with dogs on the Arabian Peninsula over 8,000 years ago—and it looks like those dogs wore leashes.

Sony's Robotic Dog Aibo Is Back From the Dead Sony's Robotic Dog Aibo Is Back From the Dead

First released back in 1999, Sony’s robotic dog Aibo was so lifelike and animated that devoted owners are still doing everything they can to keep their aging pets alive, after Sony discontinued repair service on earlier models. But 18 years later, it might finally be time for them to say goodbye now that Sony has…

Dogs Make Facial Expressions, But Only When They've Got an Audience Dogs Make Facial Expressions, But Only When They've Got an Audience

Some dog owners claim to be able to read the face of their cuddly canine like a book, but it’s completely possible they’re just projecting. New research suggests it’s not just their imagination, and that dogs really do switch on the puppy eyes —but only in the presence of a captive audience.

Compared to Wolves, Dogs Are Absolutely Terrible at Cooperation Compared to Wolves, Dogs Are Absolutely Terrible at Cooperation

Humans and dogs have a long history of working together, leading to the assumption that the collaborative abilities of dogs are the result of domestication. New research suggests this isn’t the case, and that wolves are far better at cooperation than their domesticated cousins, at least when they’re cooperating with…

Man Who Got the Same Neuter Tattoo as His Dog Doesn't Care About the Haters Man Who Got the Same Neuter Tattoo as His Dog Doesn't Care About the Haters

Chris Mendiola loves his dog Bear so much, he decided to get the same tattoo the dog bore when Chris adopted him six years ago. When he shared his mark of devotion with the internet, he knew he’d get some heat, but he had no idea just how far the images would go.

Are Wolves Better Problem Solvers Than Dogs? Are Wolves Better Problem Solvers Than Dogs?

From a young age, human children learn that a rattle won’t make a noise until it’s shaken, and that placing fingers on a hot stove is a terrible idea. New research suggests that wolves, like humans, have a knack for identifying these kinds of cause-and-effect relationships, but that domesticated dogs do not. This…

Unethical Breeding Is Creating Serious Health Problems for German Shepherds Unethical Breeding Is Creating Serious Health Problems for German Shepherds

German Shepherds are among the most popular breeds in the world, but their numbers have started to decline. New research suggests the decreasing demand for German Shepherds may have something to do with the breed’s propensity for health problems—likely the result of selective breeding for cosmetic traits.

You Can Probably Tell if Other Animals Are Emotionally Aroused You Can Probably Tell if Other Animals Are Emotionally Aroused

It is likely that you, a human, can tell when your fellow humans are upset based on the sound of their voice. You might even be able to tell when your non-human pet is upset. But what about non-mammals, like frogs? What about birds?

DNA Testing Suggests Dogs Needed No Convincing to Befriend Humans DNA Testing Suggests Dogs Needed No Convincing to Befriend Humans

Dogs have loved us for thousands of years, despite humanity’s many flaws and foibles. New research suggests dogs were domesticated from wolves just once—that’s all it might have taken for puppers and people to form an everlasting alliance.

Prehistoric Adventure Alpha Shows How Humans and Wolves Became Best Friends Prehistoric Adventure Alpha Shows How Humans and Wolves Became Best Friends

Tens of thousands of years ago, people and wolves entered into a symbiotic partnership. New action drama Alpha tells one story of how once-wild animals were domesticated into the good doggos we know and love.

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