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Animals at the end of life
Jessica Pierce Ph.D.
Even though they may seem aloof, cats actually have a whole repertoire of behaviors to show us that they care.
Have you ever seen your cat at meow at other cats? Probably not. But your cat meows at you, right? Sometimes non-stop? There's a reason for this.
The recent story of an orca mother carrying her dead infant for 17 days should confirm that animals' grief is just as real as our own.
A new study explores which features of the cat-human dynamic parallel dog-human relationships, and which are exclusive to cat-human interactions.
How well do cats and dogs living in the same household get along? The answer may surprise you.
You may have heard of "animal hospice," but do you know what it looks like in day to day practice?
Is hospice care for animals the same as hospice care for humans? There are some important similarities and also some key differences.
We can use our knowledge of the unique sensory capacities of other animals to improve their lives, but only if we have the right frame of mind.
Do snakes smell good? Apparently, dogs think so. A new research study suggests that dogs have no innate fear of snakes and may find the smell of snakes intriguing.
When it comes to living happily with our canine companions, separating fact from fiction is essential. Marc Bekoff helps us figure out what we know about dogs — and what we don't.
Humans are not the only ones to try to eat their way out of stressful or negative feelings. Dogs, it seems, are emotional eaters, too.
Providing care for an animal during her last days, weeks, or months can feel like a lonely endeavor. A new book n pet hospice offers practical advice and support.
People often use “she’s adopted from a shelter” or “she’s a rescue” to explain away quirky or problematic behaviors in a dog. But maybe this isn’t such a good idea.
Although “How long can I leave my dog home alone?” is one of the most common questions asked by dog owners, the answer is elusive.
A new research paper asks us to look again at the question: Can nonhuman animals commit suicide?
Behavioral pathologies are a sign that our dogs are suffering psychologically, and we need to understand what causes these problems to develop.
Why do some dogs with behavioral problems wind up being euthanized or relinquished, while others are able to successfully stay in their home?
A new study explores the personality assessment of domestic cats.
A new study help us see what dog walking reveals about human-animal relationships and negotiations of power.
Some forms of memorialization may better enhance our feelings of connectedness with the deceased.
A new analysis of data on captive zebra finches shows clearly how stress can give a biased and limited view of how these and other birds actually live in the wild.
A new study explores how often veterinarians observe behavioral changes in animals when a companion is euthanized.
Nicolas Dodman takes us into a world of dogs with autism and Tourette’s syndrome, horses with OCD, and cats who attack their owners for no apparent reason.
A new book helps young children process the death of a pet and learn to grieve in healthy ways.
Which model of the human-dog relationship is most scientifically accurate and morally appropriate?
A team of researchers in the Netherlands suggests which mammals make suitable pets and which don’t.
New legal rulings are clarifying that animals are not the same as inanimate property such as a suitcase and that owners have strong obligations of proper care.
We often hear that pets are being treated better than ever. Why, then, do so many animals end up being treated like garbage?
There is a direct correlation between the amount of quality time you spend with your dog and your dog's behavior and happiness.
Neil Abramson’s new book will appeal to those who understand the bond of love between human and dog—and what happens when someone threatens that bond.
Jessica Pierce, Ph.D., is the author of Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets and The Last Walk: Reflections On Pets At the Ends of Their Lives.