Animal welfare laws need to be strengthened in Canada

Gaps in regulations and enforcement leave companion animals, livestock vulnerable to abuse

Animal welfare laws need to be strengthened in CanadaWhen it comes to laws protecting pets and livestock, Canada receives a failing grade. In 2020, an international organization called World Animal Protection gave the country a D, placing it among a group that includes Tanzania, Peru and the United States. The reason for that dismal ranking comes down to the “split jurisdiction” of Canadian federalism, according…

More crazy, wacky gadgets at CES 2022

More items on display at the recent Consumer Electronics Show that you can probably live without

More crazy, wacky gadgets at CES 2022Would you use these eight gadgets? BMW iX Flow Zen for meditation Virtual Ride fitness bike Lumini PM smart mirror Ainenne for sleeping babies Petnow for your dog’s nose print a smart door for your house HomeChef 7-in-1 compact oven They were all on display at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year after…

Crazy, wacky gadgets at CES 2022

Some items on offer at the CES tech show in Vegas earlier this year you can easily live without

Crazy, wacky gadgets at CES 2022Will these nine gadgets improve your life? Cute, stuffed animal robot that nibbles on your finger; Kinetic “Breathing” PC Case; Instant temporary tattoo; The Motion Pillow; Liteshield for boxers; UV-C disinfection for your keyboard; Smart bath technology; Leo’s Loo Too for cats; Bob the Mini Dishwasher. They were all on display at the Consumer Electronics…

Food industry is in the throes of pandemic-induced changes

If you’ve changed your grocery habits since March 2020, you’re not alone

Food industry is in the throes of pandemic-induced changesThe food industry is gathering at trade shows and events for the first time in more than two years. That means they can finally try to figure out what consumers are thinking, believing, hoping and – most importantly – fearing. Trends, flavours and tastes have changed since March 2020. But after more than two years…

Grief over death of animals needs to be taken more seriously

The grief from the loss of a companion animal is real

Grief over death of animals needs to be taken more seriouslyGrief over the death of a beloved pet needs to be more recognized and respected, according to new research. A study of women 55 and older living alone revealed intense feelings of sorrow after losing a companion animal, but they were careful about who they shared their feelings with, fearing a dismissive response, said Cary Brown,…

Your pet may not be safe in the great outdoors

As we encroach on wild places, wild animals will see our pets as a food source

Your pet may not be safe in the great outdoorsOur pets are such an important part of our lives – loyal and forgiving – but there’s danger out there, even in your garden! Lots of things are trying to eat, infect or nibble on pets. It’s not possible to list everything that might hurt your pet in this column, but here are a few…

The new pandemic-induced pet food economy

The pet economy represents tremendous growth potential for the food service industry. Pets are already influencing the market

The new pandemic-induced pet food economyAccording to a recent report by Narrative Research, 18 per cent of Canadians say they got a new pet since the start of the pandemic. That means more than 6.8 million pets were adopted since March. That can be added to the more than 16 million cats and dogs Canadians had in 2019, prior to…

Our close bond with dogs has a long history, study shows

Dogs were certainly useful but 'people clearly had emotional attachments to their dogs from the very beginning’

Our close bond with dogs has a long history, study showsThe close bond between humans and dogs stretches back into the last ice age, according to new international research involving a University of Alberta archeologist. Genetic analysis of the remains of 27 ancient dogs shows that at least five major ancestry lineages had diversified by 11,000 years ago, “demonstrating a deep genetic history of dogs…

Antiviral used to treat cat coronavirus also works against COVID-19

Fast-tracked University of Alberta research leads to phase 1 clinical trials

Antiviral used to treat cat coronavirus also works against COVID-19Researchers at the University of Alberta are preparing to launch clinical trials of a drug used to cure a deadly disease caused by a coronavirus in cats that they expect will also be effective as a treatment for humans against COVID-19. “In just two months, our results have shown that the drug is effective at…

Living close to green space benefits gut bacteria of infants: study

First study of its kind shows formula-fed babies’ gut microbiomes more like those of breastfed babies when they live near natural environments

Living close to green space benefits gut bacteria of infants: studyLiving close to natural green space can mitigate some of the changes in infant gut bacteria associated with formula feeding, according to new research published in the journal Environment International. “Not every infant can be breastfed,” said Anita Kozyrskyj, pediatrics professor at the University of Alberta. “This is one of the first pieces of evidence for a nature-related…