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  1. When working with animals can hurt your mental health

    While it might sound like fun to work around pets every day, veterinarians and people who volunteer at animal shelters face particular stressors that can place them at risk for depression, anxiety and even suicide.

  2. Public health has yappy hours yowling

    A Delaware public health announcement reminding residents to leave their dogs and other support animals at home when they go to restaurants could mean the end of yappy hour and other dog-friendly eatery events at the beach.

  3. Teaching compassion toward animals using robots

    What does a robotics company have to do with animal welfare? Plenty, according to the Scottish SPCA, an animal welfare organization that, as part of its mandate, runs a program called Prevention Through Education in primary schools in Scotland.

  4. What are the mental health benefits of cat ownership?

    The seminal work of Friedmann and colleagues in 1980 revealed that pet owners who had suffered a heart attack were four times more likely to survive, for at least one year, compared to non-pet owners. Since then, there has been scientific evidence that pet ownership is beneficial to...

  5. Companions in Conflict: Animals in Occupied Palestine

    In the midst of Israel's ongoing colonisation of Palestinian land, there is a tendency to overlook what, in the grand scheme of things, seems of less importance. Penny Johnson reverses this thinking in her book Companions in Conflict: Animals in Occupied Palestine and skilfully...

  6. Dogs aren't the only furry, four-legged therapists

    The residents of the Stewart Memorial Home in Tyne Valley, P.E.I., were overjoyed at the antics of a pair of unusual – but adorable – visitors that dropped in recently.  The visitors were two Nigerian dwarf goats named Gerber and Shasta. At the...

  7. Therapy Dogs at Work

    Organizations around the world continue to explore the therapeutic benefits of time spent with well-trained and amicable dogs. Some immediate benefits include companionship, soothing of frayed nerves, easing of discomfort, and a breaking down of social barriers. People with intellectual...

  8. What your pet's health can tell you about your own

    The last time I brought my dog, Pepper, in for her annual exam, the vet raised an eyebrow and double-checked the medical chart. “Same dog?” she asked, clearly surprised that Pepper’s recorded age did not match the glossy-coated ball of fur bouncing four feet off the floor in...

  9. What to Expect from FDA's Plan to Curb Antibiotic Resistance

    The FDA plans to continue that momentum in its five-year plan to reduce antibiotic resistance, taking what Flynn calls a “One Health” approach. He spoke at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s Antibiotics Symposium last fall.

  10. Citizen scientists offer ray of hope

    Volunteer snorkelers and scuba divers have been helping capture images of reef manta rays to better protect the threatened species. Project Manta relied on these citizen scientists to photograph or video individual reef manta rays (Mobula alfredi) across Australia's east coast.

  11. New study suggests dogs can help failing university students

    A study from Washington State University shows that therapy dogs may help to improve both executive function and cognitive ability in university students under academic stress and risk of failure. Researchers assigned 309 university students to various prevention programs to assess the impact of...