Entries by Betsy Thibaut-Stephenson

Novel Approaches to Preventing and Treating Infections can Reduce the Need for Antibiotics

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.

Researchers Examine the Effectiveness of Therapy Dogs in Easing Children’s Anxiety in Emergency Rooms

    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 […]

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,” […]

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 […]

Staying Ahead of Diseases that Jump Between Animals & People

Some diseases, such as West Nile virus and E. Coli, can spread between animals and people. Called zoonoses, these diseases account for approximately 75% of new and emerging human infectious diseases, the majority coming from wildlife. The CDC estimates that six out of 10 infectious diseases in humans can be spread from animals. Animal lovers […]