Bonding with your veterinarian is good for your pet’s health

Pet columnist Steve Dale shares the results of a survey showing pets benefit when their owners and veterinarians get along. “Ultimately, it’s the pets who win when clients like and trust their vets and vet techs,” writes Dale. The IDEXX survey showed that when pet owners are bonded to practices, they’re more likely to do all they can — within their budget — for a pet.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

Pet therapy may help cancer patients

Pet therapy may help cancer patients persevere through challenging treatments, according to new findings published Tuesday in Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology. The results show a significant improvement in quality of life for more than 40 patients who took part in a trial at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City, where they interacted with therapy dogs following chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

 

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Vaccine for Deer Against ‘Mad Cow’-Like Illness Shows Promise

A new vaccine created to fight an illness similar to “mad cow disease” in deer might also protect livestock and even humans from similar brain infections, researchers report. The vaccine appears to help prevent deer from becoming infected by the incurable brain disorder known as chronic wasting disease. Chronic wasting disease is caused by mysterious infectious particles known as prions that go rogue.

Read more at Doctor’s Lounge.

University of Minnesota announces One Health Workforce

The University of Minnesota (U of M) is leading a new $50 million effort to train a people around the world to prevent pandemics. It’s called the One Health Workforce. According to John Deen, one of the One Health Workforce project leads, and a professor of Veterinary Epidemiology at the U of M, “We need a One Health Workforce that accounts for the different aspects of diseases spreading and in turn being controlled.” What makes this effort unique is that it is not only doctors, nurses and public health workers who will be trained but also veterinarians, all working together to address emerging infectious diseases.

Read more at KARE11.

Launch of white paper on vector-borne diseases

The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) has launched a white paper on vector borne diseases and their impact on animal and human health, with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The paper, which aims to assist in combating vector borne diseases to promote the better health and welfare of animals for the greater good of protecting animals and humans globally, emphasizes the need to understand the diseases and to spread awareness of the most effective ways of managing and preventing them.

Read more at IFAH’s website.

Creation of Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture

AHI’s Dr. Richard Carnevale was recently named a task force member for a new group on antibiotic resistance in agriculture. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) recently announced the creation of the Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture. The task force is comprised of representatives from U.S. agriculture colleges/land grant universities and veterinary colleges as well as key representatives from the production animal agriculture community and the pharmaceutical industry.

Rats and Their Alarming Bugs

Rats living in New York City carry a multitude of zoonotic pathogens, according to Columbia University research published in the journal mBio. Using DNA testing on rats collected from New York City, researchers identified E. coli, Salmonella, Seoul hantavirus, Leptospira and 18 previously unknown viruses with similarities to known zoonotic pathogens.

Read more from The New York Times science section.

For a Productive Workplace Let Your Office Go to the Dogs

Dogs have earned their designation as man’s best friend. Besides being loving pets and fun playmates, dogs (actually, most pets) can actually give you a leg up on the corporate ladder. As long as you take them to work with you, that is. Entrepreneur.com explores the ways companies are improving productivity and reducing stress, by allowing pets in the workplace.

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FDA Secures Full Industry Engagement on Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today the first of its progress reports on its strategy to promote the judicious use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals. All 26 drug manufacturers affected by Guidance for Industry (GFI) #213 have now agreed to fully engage in the strategy by phasing out the use of medically important antimicrobials in food-producing animals for food production purposes and phasing in the oversight of a veterinarian for the remaining therapeutic uses of such drugs.

Read more from the FDA.