Dogs with Therapy Partners comfort people with hope and cheer

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 […]

Going to the dentist has never been so adorable. Meet Charlie, the therapy dog who puts patients at ease at Howard clinic

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 […]

Bacteria Eating Viruses Can Reduce the Need for Antibiotics

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 […]

Research Shows That Cats Can Help Children with Autism

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,” […]

Science-approved reasons why having a pet is good for you

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 […]

Promising Alternatives to Antibiotics are on the Horizon

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.

Pups raised as guide dogs for the blind, service dogs for veterans with disabilities, PTSD

When Sunshine wears her blue jacket, she’s on the job as a Southeastern Guide Dogs puppy-in-training. Even if she’s just sitting quietly while her “puppy raiser,” Nancy Whittemore, is working at her volunteer job as Daystar Life Center’s pantry manager, she’s at work. At 18 months old, she will return to the SEGD school campus […]

How to Know if Your Pet is the Ideal Weight

Pets love their treats, but make sure those treats don’t add up. Helping your pet maintain a proper weight is part of keeping your pet healthy. Learn more from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Better Diagnostics Means Better Animal Care

Accurate diagnostics curb the severity of animal disease by enabling more effective treatments and reducing the need for antibiotics. Microfluid technologies can bring diagnostics to the point of care. Analyzing extremely small volumes of fluid improves the chance of early detection and reduces the cost of care. Read more here.

Promising Approaches to Reduce Animal Testing

New animal medicines and products must be proven to be safe and effective before being approved, which involves testing on live animals. Testing methods such as in-vitro testing, stem cell technology, and biomarkers allow researchers to demonstrate safety and efficacy of animal medicines while reducing the need for animal testing. Learn more about safe development […]