Entries by Betsy Thibaut-Stephenson

Healthy Livestock are the Cornerstone of Communities Worldwide

March 24 is National Ag Day, an annual recognition of the importance and role of agriculture in our daily lives. Globally, livestock contribute 40% of the value of agricultural output, which impacts the livelihoods of about 1.7 billion poor people. Additionally, keeping livestock healthy is essential for maintaining a safe and reliable food supply for […]

Including Animal Health Companies and Employees as Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers during COVID-19 Pandemic Response

March 21, 2020 As governments at all levels consider various options of restricting movement of personnel in public and private entities, we ask that the Animal Health Industry and related distribution be considered an essential business and service and be exempt from gathering bans and curfews. As already noted by the President, critical infrastructure industries […]

The Truth About Dogs and Coronavirus

As with any rapidly-changing public health challenge, new questions and answers arise constantly. Dog owners may have heard early speculation about transmission of Corona virus between humans and dogs. According to OIE, the World Organization for Animal Health, at this time there is no evidence that dogs play a role in the spread of this […]

CDC Advice about Pets & COVID-19

  Headlines and social media are filled with recommendations for staying healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, but what about your pets? In short, if you suspect you are sick, stay away from your pets, and follow these tips from the CDC. 

AHI Statement Regarding Coronavirus

March 17, 2020 As the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt across the world, the Animal Health Institute and its members are actively monitoring the situation and its potential impacts on veterinary medicine.  Member companies are in contact with the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) to keep the agency informed […]

The Big Impact of Pets in America

Every day, animal lovers feel the positive impact pets have on their lives. Pets in America is also a big business: Americans spent over $75.5 billion on their pets in 2016, with an average total household spend of $892 on pet food, veterinary services, supplies, and other services. Learn more from the Animal Health Institute.

When Wildlife & Pets Make Each Other Sick

Just as people catch some types of illnesses from each other, animals can get sick after being exposed to other sick animals.  In California, cases of canine distemper are on the rise, and veterinarians are concerned that unvaccinated pet dogs can leave companion animals and wildlife exposed to the uncurable virus. “Our goal is to […]

Show Your Pet Some Love

When we snuggle and play with our pets, we demonstrate our affection and strengthen the bond with our animals. When practicing responsible pet ownership, we show them we love them by protecting them from harm and reducing the risk of illness. A safe home environment, a healthy diet, and regular veterinary care are all essential […]

Animal Vaccinations: Important for Pets & People

Whether it’s making sure your new kitten gets its feline distemper shots or keeping your older dog’s parvo vaccinations current, pet owners have a responsibility to ensure their animals stay healthy and that contagious diseases don’t spread among animals or to humans. Read more from the American Veterinary Medical Association.