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Paws to Read gives youngsters no pause

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Tufts researchers found that young readers improved their literacy skills when they practiced reading to dogs. This Week’s News (Ohio) March 14, 2016 Read the full article at: http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/northwest/news/2016/03/14/paws-to-read-gives-youngsters-no-pause.html

Reading to dog

Creature Feature

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Cailin Heinze explains why a diet of canned meat or fish is not balanced enough for cats and dogs. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette March 9, 2016 Read full article at: http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2016/mar/09/creature-feature-20160309/?f=features-family

Cat eating canned cat food

Canine Bloat is Life Threatening

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Elizabeth Rozanski says Canine Bloat can be very dangerous for dogs. Penobscot Bay Pilot (Maine) March 7, 2016 Read the full article at: http://www.penbaypilot.com/affiliate-post/canine-bloat-life-threatening/24997?source=featuredafp1

Newly identified genomic causes of severe compulsive behavior in dogs could further understanding of human OCD

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Research led by investigators in veterinary and human medicine has identified genetic pathways that exacerbate severity of canine compulsive disorder in Doberman pinschers, a discovery that could lead to better therapies for obsessive compulsive disorder in people. The discovery appears online in advance of print on February 29 in the International Journal of Applied Research in Veterinary Medicine.

Dog chasing its tail

Tracing the Roots of OCD in Pets and People

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Animal behavior research at Tufts holds promise for better detection and treatment of the disorder In 2011, science threw a curveball at Nicholas Dodman and Alice Moon-Fanelli. The two researchers were looking at bull terriers… Read More

Animal Instinct

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Tufts scientists seek to put some evidence behind what we intuitively know is a wonderful thing: our special relationship with the animals in our lives.

Like Minds

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

The similarities between behavioral disorders in people and animals may lead to breakthroughs in the detection and treatment of autism, OCD and other compulsive disorders.

Cancer Genetics

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Two malignancies common in golden retrievers share similar DNA markers.