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New Research: Pets Have Feelings Too

New research proves what one veterinarian already knew

It looks like Brock was preparing for bittersweet goodbye from his rescuer, en route to his forever home. Congrats, Brock. Credit: Tina Aronson
It looks like Brock was preparing for bittersweet goodbye from his rescuer, en route to his forever home. Congrats, Brock. Credit: Tina Aronson
Information provided by BluePearl Veterinary Partners
New scientific research is proving what doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners have known all along: Pets have feelings, too.

This information is according to a recent editorial in the New York Times by Dr. Gregory Berns, a professor of neuroeconomics at Emory University and the author of “How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain.”

The editorial titled, “Dogs Are People, Too,” explains how Berns’ research has been confirming pets can differentiate between their owners and other people, and actually have emotion and feelings for certain things, people and smells.

Usually, when a pet is placed in an MRI, they have to be under anesthesia to remain still. However, Berns has trained the dogs in his study to get into the MRI and remain still voluntarily.

This allows scientists to study how the dogs' brains react to certain things while they are awake.

“This is absolutely wonderful research and proves what we have believed for years,” said Dr. Neil Shaw, chief medical officer of BluePearl Veterinary Partners. “At BluePearl, we have been operating based on this belief for quite sometime, that’s why everything we do here revolves around providing remarkable care for pets.”

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs more than 1,350 people including more than 350 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa, Fla.
Leslie Yager October 12, 2013 at 06:55 PM
I love this photo of Brock on route to his forever home. Resting his head on Tina's shoulder as if to say I love you and I am a little nervous and I'll miss you, but thank you for finding this great family who are about to welcome me to their home.... Who ever said dogs didn't have feelings? Not me! I love a happy ending!
Tina Aronson October 12, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Interesting article Leslie, although after owning my fair share of dogs, I never had any doubt they had feelings:)
Paula Antolini October 13, 2013 at 11:55 AM
I don't need any proof....and we don't need a scientist to tell us about the love that comes from dogs :-). But good article nonetheless :-). I hope Brock is enjoying his new family!

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