Safely Keeping Reptiles & Amphibians as Pets

Millions of households in our country include turtles, lizards, snakes, or frogs as pets. These special creatures bring joy to their owners, but they can also be a source of germs such as Salmonella, which can make humans very sick. Follow these guidelines from the CDC to ensure everyone and everything stays healthy.

Pets and Antibiotic Resistance

If your pet is sick with a bacterial infection, your veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics as the best medicine to help your pet get healthy again. Just as with humans, antibiotics for pets should be used judiciously by health professionals practicing good stewardship. Learn what the CDC has to say about pets and antibiotic resistance.  

Recognizing One Health

November 3 marks the fifth annual One Health Day, a global campaign that brings attention to the need for a One Health approach to addressing the shared health threats at the human-animal-environment interface. One Health recognizes that humans, animals and our environment are deeply interconnected. For example, zoonoses – illnesses that can transfer from animals […]

The Connection Between Animals and Public Health

Humans are closer to animals than ever before, and our health is often interconnected. On one hand, pets can have a positive impact on human physical and mental health. On the other hand, diseases can pass between animals and humans. Learn more about the connection between animal health and human health from Baylor University.

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!