Entries by Marie Gilmore

USDA and Maine CDC team up to distribute rabies vaccines in the wild

AUGUSTA, Maine — Oral rabies vaccine baits will be distributed in northeastern Maine beginning on or about Aug. 3 through Aug. 7 as part of ongoing, cooperative rabies control efforts aimed at reducing the spread of raccoon rabies in Maine. Approximately 385,000 ORV baits targeting raccoons will be distributed by air and ground over a […]

Amazing benefits to seniors having pets

Pets bring much joy to the lives they touch. So it should come as no surprise that the 2019-20 National Pet Owners Survey, which was conducted by the American Pet Products Association, found that about 85 million families in the United States own a pet. In Canada, 7.5 million households are home to companion animals, […]

Atlanta Vet Talks about Pets and COVID-19

Dr. Lance Hirsh claims there’s no need to fear pets will contract the virus or pass it to their owners because the incidents are quite low. Concern spread quickly in April when COVID-19 was identified in a Malayan tiger, followed by two African tigers and three African lions at the Bronx Zoo in New York. […]

Pet owners: Tips to keep your furry friends from catching coronavirus

(Gray News) – Pet owners likely have some questions since a pug in North Carolina tested positive for coronavirus, having contracted it from their family. Yes, pets can catch the coronavirus from humans, as happened to some zoo animals in New York, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said animals aren’t a significant […]

Dogs could ‘revolutionize’ coronavirus testing by sniffing out the disease

Dogs are being trained to sniff out the coronavirus at universities in Pennsylvania and in the UK — in what experts say could “revolutionize” screening for the deadly illness. The life-saving pooches will likely be used to screen people at airports, businesses and hospitals to prevent the pathogen from spreading, according to researchers at the […]

Interactions with pets advantageous for aging adults

As people grow older, they should look at building connections with other people, as well as domesticated animals. According to the National Poll on Healthy Aging 2018, more than half of the 2,051 seniors polled reported owning a pet. Of that group, 88% said their pets helped them enjoy life and 86% said their pets […]