This past Thursday marked the 36th annual Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, to encourage people to stop smoking and address the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. While the focus is on human health, secondhand smoke can have devastating effects on the health of our pets.
To that end, this week’s roundup includes a couple of stories on the link between secondhand smoke and pets (you can also listen to AVMA’s podcast on this subject here). Other stories include a look at how radioactivity might affect Japan’s farms and food, a fascinating study of Ontario’s war against rabies, and the biosafety concerns of H5N1 bird flu research.
Thanks for reading, and have a happy and healthy weekend!
Is secondhand smoke harmful to pets? Researchers say yes
Japan farm radioactive levels probed
BBC News (U.K.)
How Ontario won the war on rabies
Ontario Citizen (Canada)
Six St. Petersburg children may have been exposed to rabies from live bat
St. Petersburg Times (Fla.)
Bird Flu Experiment Rattles Bioterrorism Experts
National Public Radio
Chimps’ Days in Labs May Be Dwindling
New York Times
Oranges on the menu help kill germs in cows, too — by a lot, USDA scientists find
Kalamazoo Gazette (Mich.)
Pet grief leads some to seek therapy, support groups
Realtors’ animal rescue work more than a pet project