Entries by Betsy Thibaut-Stephenson

Loneliness is a Growing Epidemic. Pets Can Help.

According to the AARP Foundation, social isolation affects more than 8 million age 50-plus adults. With 10,000 Americans turning 65 each day, the trend doesn’t look good. But scientific research supports the fact that pet ownership and human-animal interaction can improve social connections, provide social support, and decrease loneliness and depression. Learn more here.

AHI Support for World Antibiotics Awareness Week

The Animal Health Institute (AHI) joins fellow animal health organizations and stakeholders around the world to recognize World Antibiotics Awareness Week, November 18 – 24. From our view on the frontlines of safeguarding animal health, we recognize that antibiotic resistance is a global public health priority, and we support efforts to coordinate actions aimed at […]

Working Together, We Can Reduce the Need for Animal Antibiotics

Antibiotic resistance is a public health priority. In fact, November 18 – 24 is World Antibiotic Awareness Week, a global effort to showcase coordinated actions to reduce the need for antibiotics and to ensure that when antibiotics are used, they are used responsibly. The best strategy for reducing the threat of antibiotic resistance without compromising […]

Pets Can Help Those with Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than five million people in the U.S. In recognition of November as Alzheimer’s Awareness month, AHI is sharing compelling research results that indicate that pets and animal-assisted therapies can have a positive impact on people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Learn more

World Food Day: The Role of Healthy Livestock in Fighting Hunger & Improving Nutrition

World Food Day: The Role of Healthy Livestock in Fighting Hunger & Improving Nutrition World Food Day calls for action to make healthy diets affordable and accessible to everyone, and that starts with thinking about the importance of sustainable, reliable nutrition. About two billion people around the globe suffer from ‘hidden hunger’ or nutrient deficiency. […]

Open Season on Ticks

Whether you’re an outdoorsman or prefer a hike to catch the changing colors and cooler weather, the risk of ticks does not fade with the end of summer. Take steps to protect your animals and yourself from these disease-carrying pests. Learn more

Animals Can Help Cancer Patients

A growing body of research examines the impact that pets and animal-assisted therapy can have on cancer patients, and the prognosis is positive: animals can alleviate psychological distress, facilitate communication between patients and health care providers, and even help detect some types of cancer. Learn more

Vaccinate to Eliminate: The Global Effort to Control Rabies

In the U.S., maintaining our pets’ rabies vaccinations is a cornerstone of responsible pet ownership. Still, rabies is real threat globally: 59,000 people die each year from rabies, mostly children in Africa and Asia. If left untreated, rabies is 100% fatal for humans. Vaccinating dogs is the most cost-effective strategy for preventing rabies in people. […]

Celebrating Pets on Capitol Hill

Last week, members of Congress, their staff, and all-round animal lovers gathered at Pet Night on Capitol Hill to celebrate the human-animal bond. The evening featured special pet guests, including King, the 2019 Westminster Best in Show Winner, and Henry, the avalanche search and rescue dog from the film Superpower Dogs. Additionally, members of Congress […]