“Full of fascinating stories…” —Atul Gawande, M.D.
“Fascinating reading…” —Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
“Provocative…” —Carl Zimmer, author and science writer
“After finishing, you’re guaranteed to never look at your dog, cat, or any other animal the same way again.” —Publisher’s Weekly
New York Times BESTSELLER
Los Angeles Times BESTSELLER
A Discover Magazine BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
AAAS/Science Book Award Finalist
An O., The Oprah Magazine, Summer Reading Pick
We may think our problems are uniquely human. But animals and humans get the same diseases. How might we better understand human health and illness if we harnessed knowledge from veterinarians, the doctors that take care of other animals? Zoobiquity explores how jaguar breast cancer, dolphin diabetes, flamingo heart attacks, canine PTSD—and more—are transforming human medicine.
The obesity epidemic has struck our companions on the other side of the species divide. Tortoises...CONTINUE READING
The obesity epidemic has struck our companions on the other side of the species divide. Tortoises are becoming so fat they can’t pop their heads in and out of their shells. Veterinarians have a new nickname for overweight birds: perch potatoes. Nearly 50% of cats and dogs are overweight or obese. Some pet dogs have received liposuction and lapband surgery when the extra flab threatened to snap their spines. The Catkins Diet—the veterinary version of the high-protein/low-carb Atkins diet— has helped many felines slim down. As physicians battle obesity in their human patients, they have much to learn from veterinarians who have slimmed down grizzly bears and giraffes, and who know this: what an animal weighs says as much about its social and physical environment, as its “will-power” and personal diet/exercise regimen.
Eat like a pig for five days. Then eat like a bird for two. London’s latest diet craze is the “The Fast Diet” and it counsels a rotating regimen of eating whatever you want and eating nothing (or next to nothing). As outlined in this New … READ FULL POST
The noses of New York Times readers were collectively wrinkling this week over a piece in the paper's health section. According to research by a Dutch scientist published in the New England Journal of Medicine, something called fecal therapy cures … READ FULL POST
Today I learned something disturbing: the United States is the second-largest destination market for smuggled wildlife products. That means that I live in a country with a high demand for poached rhino horns and elephant tusks. Bear organs and big … READ FULL POST