A new program through the Department of Veterans Affairs aims to connect service dogs in training with veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder. The effort was years in the making and became a reality when President Biden signed the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act into law on Wednesday during a ceremony attended by a bipartisan […]
Veterans could have greater access to therapy dogs and service dogs now, thanks to the passage of U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin’s PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act. President Joe Biden signed the bill into law Wednesday, three weeks after the Michigan representative’s bill passed in the U.S. Senate. The Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers for Veterans Therapy Act requires […]
Alternatives to antibiotics target bacteria in a similar manner as antibiotics to cure bacterial infection. The animal health sector has taken significant action in recent years to improve the responsible use of antibiotics while researching potential alternatives, including ambient cold plasmas, which use laser-like devices to prevent and treat infections. Learn more here.
The therapeutic effects of animals on children are well documented, and researchers are digging a little deeper into the ways dogs can help children in stressful health situations. Indiana School of Medicine is examining the impact of therapy dog visits on the anxiety levels of children in emergency care. “The inclusion of therapy dog […]
MADISON – Dogs with Therapy Partners Inc. profoundly affect people that they meet. Their comforting outcome may be hard to explain yet undeniable to a lonely child or an adult in pain. Executive Director Lyndsay Coats was introduced to Therapy Partners circa 2006 when she and her family attended a Buddy Walk for individuals with […]
HOWARD – The quickest way to see someone’s smile at Sierra Dental is to bring up Charlie. Since joining the staff last year, the 3-year-old cockapoo is easily the most popular guy in whatever room he happens to be in, whether greeting people in the reception area or putting patients at ease while they’re in the chair or […]
Antimicrobial resistance is a significant global threat to human and animal health, and the animal health industry is aggressively researching new ways to target bacteria without using antibiotics. Bacteriophages can narrowly target specific bacteria to address infections. These ‘bacteria eaters’ are viruses that infect and destroy bacteria, which reduces the need for antibiotics. Learn more […]
Cats can provide more than love. They can have a positive impact on the behavior of children with autism. Research shows that children with autism “…experienced significant increases in the social skill of empathy, significant decreases in problem behaviors including bullying and hyperactivity/inattention, and also less separation anxiety after the introduction of a shelter cat,” […]
We’ve all seen the bumper stickers, with a black-and-white pawprint, asking the age-old question, “Who rescued who?” We usually laugh them off, but what if they’re onto something? While it’s well known that animals can offer emotional support as well as service (when properly trained), there might be more to it. Recently, researchers have been […]
Antibiotics are the cornerstone of modern medicine and public health, offering protection against infectious disease. New compounds that offer a novel way to target bacteria without using antibiotics are among the most valuable potential innovations in the animal health sector. Learn more here.
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