Homes with dogs have more bacteria
Dog owners may want to give their pooch a bath after reading this.
A new study by researchers at North Carolina State University found that homes where dogs live contain types of bacteria that are rarely found in homes that don’t have dogs, and that bacteria are more prevalent.
“We can tell whether you own a dog based on the bacteria we find on your television screen or pillowcase,” said co-author Rob Dunn, a biology professor at N.C. State. “For example, there are bacteria normally found in soil that are 700 times more common in dog-owning households than in those without.”
The study was published in the journal Plos One.
The report states: "We found that the presence of dogs had a significant effect on bacterial community composition in multiple locations within homes as the homes occupied by dogs harbored more diverse communities and higher relative abundances of dog-associated bacterial taxa."
— Read it at Discovery News
More from Vetstreet:
How you can help pets after the Oklahoma tornado
20 trendiest dog breeds in America
Elderly tornado victim reunites with her dog live during TV interview
7 animals with the longest life spans
Want a gentle, quiet, intelligent cat? This breed is for you
Photo: Sara McDaniel/Getty Images
pics, advice, info and stories for pet lovers
Pets are part of many children's lives. Learn how to help them foster strong, healthy relationships.
Much like their famous owners, these pooches live a fabulous life. Some are rescues, others purebred, but one thing is certain – these dogs play an important part in their famous parents' lives. Can you guess who owns each of these dogs?
If you live with a feline companion, you know that cats can be quirky and totally entertaining. (Even if they'd never admit it in a million, trillion years.) Here are just a few of our favorite cat-isms, some with sandpaper tongue firmly in cheek. Did we miss any of yours?
Tummy troubles in your four-legged friends? Carrageenan in their pet food may be to blame.
There's more to choosing the perfect dog for your family than walking into a shelter and saying, "Find me one that looks like the dog from Marley and Me." Choosing a dog is more like buying a car. You want one that isn't just good looking, but is also a perfect fit for your family and lifestyle (and won't leak in the garage). Here are 8 great tips to help you determine the perfect pooch for your pack. By Jeremy Greenberg
CEO says, "it was one of the best ideas of my life"
Before you jump into marriage counseling, take a look at our list to see if you truly do love your dog more than your spouse.
Spring break isn't just for humans anymore. Cats and dogs know how to have fun in the sun, too, and would love to tag along on your vacation. In honor of the warm and relaxing days ahead, here are 15 pets catching some rays, going on hikes and floating in the pool.
Injuries often happen when dogs are outside chasing tennis balls or playing at dog parks. Because yours needs regular exercise, it can be difficult to protect him from many accidents.
When searching for the right dog to add to your family, your first instinct might be to bring home a tiny little thing that your kids can cradle in their laps. But we're here to remind you that the best dog for you may be a larger breed. Big dogs like Labrador Retrievers and Saint Bernards can become a child's protector, adventure buddy and best friend. Check out this slideshow to see nine large breeds that can be good for families.
In case you haven't heard, March 21 is a very special day -- it's National Puppy Day! The holiday was created nine years ago to not only celebrate the joy, love and cuteness young pups bring into our lives, but also to help save orphaned puppies all over the world. In honor of puppies everywhere, we've found 14 precious pooches to share with you.
When you're sick, your four-legged family members can provide enormous comfort just by being there.