Pets harbor different microbes from their wild relatives

Swapping the diets of wild and domesticated animals could only explain some of the microbial differences

yellow lab lying on the floor next to camo pants

Paw hygiene is no reason to ban assistance dogs from hospitals – they’re cleaner than people’s shoes

Service dogs are no more of a hygiene hazard than people, but are regularly refused entry

Conservation dogs can track individual beavers by the scent of their anal secretions

The dogs' accuracy in telling animals apart using information-packed anal scents will help wildlife management