Archive for December, 2013

Human-animal bond goes mainstream in the Wall Street Journal

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Collaborative investigation a model for future veterinary research.

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This morning’s Wall Street Journal contained a fascinating article on page 4: “How dogs might protect kids against asthma: gut bacteria.” According to the article, researchers have determined that children in households with dogs exposed to the outdoors may develop a gastrointestinal tract with a more mature immune response to allergens. The consortium of researchers came from the University of Michigan, Henry Ford Health System and Georgia Regents University. It was funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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Why doesn’t a growing bond lead to better pet healthcare?

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Veterinarians aren’t seeing increased pet owner spending the way pet retail outlets are. At least not yet.

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Perhaps you’ve heard this ancient Chinese curse: “May you live an interesting life.” If this proverb has any merit, then veterinarians in the United States must feel especially “cursed” right now.

So what’s so interesting about veterinary medicine these days? This: While Americans are spending more money than ever on pets, fewer than half the pets in America receive regular veterinary care, according to reliable estimates. Spending is up for pet food, boarding, grooming and pet toys but down for pet healthcare. “Interesting” indeed, especially since pet owners are seeking more and more health-related services for themselves.

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Texas, Minn., N. Carolina ‘get’ the human-animal bond

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Innovative programs pair people and animals for boosted health and well-being.

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There’s a wave sweeping across the country that spells good news for animals and people of all stripes, including pet owners and veterinarians. Legislatures, universities and small nonprofits are recognizing the power of the human-animal bond, and research is backing up their discoveries. This could lead to a surge in demand for pets throughout the United States as the positive value of animals and their effects on people are better understood. Put simply: pets do good, so why not provide more people with an opportunity?

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