The Comprehensive Work That Keeps America’s Food Safe

Food safety is a shared responsibility that starts with food producers and includes processors, shippers, retailers, and ultimately consumers. Along every step of this safety system, the U.S. government plays an important role by establishing standards, overseeing their enforcement, and using science to anticipate and address food safety challenges. In fact, no other businesses have […]

How Pets Can Impact Your Immune System

Researchers have consistently demonstrated the health benefits of pets. But did you know that some studies connect pet ownership to improved immunity? Read more in Psychology Today.

Staying Focused on the Fight Against Rabies

The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened global awareness of zoonotic diseases, which are diseases that move between animals and humans. Developing and administering vaccines to slow the spread of these diseases is a public health priority. Some illnesses, like rabies, already have effective vaccines, and we are well on our way to eliminating this deadly infection. […]

Winners of the Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill Contest Announced

Animal lovers in Washington, D.C. tuned into a video announcement of the winners of the 12th annual Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill Contest.  The announcement was hosted virtually to continue the tradition of celebrating the pets of Capitol Hill, an especially important event during the pandemic, when our relationships with companion animals has taken on […]

Who Will Win?

All pets are winners, but only a select few have the distinction of being the Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill. Voting has closed for this year’s contest, but please tune in to learn the winners on Thursday, September 10 at 5:00 Eastern time during the Pet Week virtual announcement.

Who Has The Cutest Pet on Capitol Hill?

Check out #ouressentialcompanions and help chose the cutest dog, cat, and exotic pet on Capitol Hill by voting in the Cutest Pets contest today! Vote Now!

Bark it up! It’s International Dog Day!

Where would we be without our dogs? Dog owners know that every day is dog day, but August 26 is International Dog Day, so take a moment to celebrate Fido and his furry friends. Read more about the importance of pets in our lives here.

Do You Have a New Kitten or Puppy? Here’s What You Need to Know about Flea and Tick Prevention

In the midst of the public health pandemic, many have expanded their families to include new or more pets. For those with puppies and kittens, there’s a lot to learn about animal care and well being. Keeping your fur baby (and you) healthy by preventing fleas and ticks is an essential part of pet ownership. […]

Get Healthy, Get a Dog: The Health Benefits of Canine Companionship

Dog owners know that their furry friends offer unparalleled companionship. A growing body of research shows they also do much more: owning a dog can prompt you to be more physically active, reduce feelings of isolation, calm jagged nerves, and improve the lives of older individuals.   Read more from Harvard Health Publishing.

Celebrating International Cat Day

Has there ever been a better time to celebrate our pets? August is 8 is International Cat Day, so take a moment to recognize what cat owners around the world know: we’re better because of our furry friends. Read more here.