dogs

Your Weird Animal Questions Answered: Is a Sloth a Good Pet?

This week on Weird Animal Questions, we’re focusing on the critters closest to your heart—pets. If we were going to domesticate another species like we did with cats (sorta) and dogs (yeay!), what would be the best candidate?—...

Dog Brains Link Pleasure With Owner’s Scent

An owner’s scent activates the parts of a dog‘s brain associated with pleasure, a new brain-imaging study says. Thus, a dog encountering its owner’s smell could feel in some way like a person reacting to the perfume ...

5 Animals With Spectacular Sniffers

You’ve probably heard about domestic dogs that are trained to sniff out drugs, explosives, and bad guys. You may also know that canines can detect the tiny molecular changes that distinguish cancer cells from healthy ones. Dogs in studies ...

Elvis the Dog Sniffs Out Pregnant Polar Bears

For polar bear pregnancy tests, it’s all about the poop. Elvis the beagle is helping zoos around the country figure out if their polar bears are pregnant, and he gets it right 97 percent of the time. But Elvis has ...

Do Animals Get Dementia? How to Help Your Aging Pet

A couple of months ago we told you how the age of certain wild animals is determined. Since then, some of you wondered about age-related changes in those animals. Now that it’s September, aka World Alzheimer’s Month—Alzheimer’...