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Nation’s First Attorney General’s Animal Law Unit

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring has created the nation’s first attorney general’s Animal Law unit. The small group of existing staff attorneys will spend a portion of their time working with local law enforcement and state agencies on issues.

 

Read more at NBC 4.

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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Veterinarians Issue Advice on Pets That May Have Ebola

Pets that have been in close contact with Ebola-infected people should be quarantined and — if they test positive — euthanized, according to new guidance issued  by The American Veterinary Medical Association. The veterinarians’ group compiled the guidance after a dog in Spain was euthanized because its owner contracted Ebola and a dog belonging to an infected nurse in Dallas was quarantined and then released.

Read more at ABC News.

The perks of pet ownership for retirees

Owning a pet can offer companionship, but researchers are saying pets offer more perks, including better physical and emotional health for aging generations.

About 68 percent of U.S. households have a pet, according to a recent survey from the American Pet Products Association. The pets can be an essential part of the family — especially for aging pet owners, says Alan Beck, director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Read more at WTOP.