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One Health Headlines: Friday, January 27, 2012

This week’s One Health roundup has updates on H1N1 avian influenza research, new information on how prion diseases spread between species, a look at the health benefits of pets, and much more.

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Dog breath is no laughing matter

…even if you’re a cat.  Just like people, pets need dental care to keep their teeth healthy.  Pets can develop tooth and gum disease that can cause tooth loss, pain and problems with eating.  Keep their teeth healthy and you’ll help them live a longer, healthier life – everyone wins!

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Studying the human-animal bond

We already know there are very few things better than a warm ‘welcome home’ from a happy, loving dog.  Or the comfort of a furry feline companion curled up next to you. The presence of a beloved pet can provide great benefit to a child’s development.  But that bond doesn’t only create ‘warm and fuzzy’ feelings – it can provide much-needed support for children with autism, physical handicaps, allergies or other health problems.  In order to learn more about the value of the human-animal bond’s effects, especially on children, the National Institutes of Health’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development is providing grant money for studies.

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Rabies, cats and public health

While reported cases of rabies in the United States dropped in 2008, veterinarians and public health officials warn that an increase in the number of reported rabies cases in cats poses a risk to both animals and people. A report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and published in the Sept. 15, 2009, edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, shows that the number of rabies cases in cats is on the rise, climbing from 262 reported cases in 2007 to 294 in 2008. Cats lead the list of domestic animals with reported cases of rabies, far outpacing the 93 cases of rabies reported in dogs. The simple act of vaccinating a pet provides protection to the animal and the humans with whom it may come in contact, and veterinarians are urging pet owners to make sure that their pets are vaccinated.

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Companion Animal Veterinarians

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Veterinarians focusing on companion animals (dogs, cats, small mammals, etc.) diagnose health problems, vaccinate against disease, medicate animals, treat and dress injuries, perform surgery, and advise owners about various subjects like nutrition, behavior and breeding. More than 70 percent of veterinarians who work in private practice focus on treating companion animals.

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