Entries by Betsy Thibaut-Stephenson

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.

The Deep Importance of the Human-Animal Bond

Animal lovers don’t need scientific research to tell them what they already know: animals bring love, laughter, and fun to our lives, which provides tremendous value. Animals have been essential to our daily lives for thousands of years, and the human-animal bond has been extensively studied. No surprise, the benefits are immense; read more here.

Prescription for Better Health: Own a Dog

Year-end stress and personal brainstorms for New Year’s resolutions often inspire us to focus more on health and well-being. And while there is no silver bullet, research shows that owning a dog offers a plethora of health benefits. As you finalize your resolutions, read more about the role dogs can play in your happier, healthier […]