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Pets for Senior Citizens

Living with a pet is always a positive experience. And for senior citizens, having a pet effectively increases good health benefits. Pet owners are generally more active because their pets require it. Dog owners in particular must walk their dogs and both benefit from the exercise. Pets give senior citizens emotional support, especially those who […]

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A New Nose in Town

Well actualy, not a new nose but a new take on a nose that’s been around for quite a while. To give you some background, hospital patients today face a threat from the “Superbug”, a drug-resistant bacteria. Clostridium Difficile (C. diff) is a potentially fatal bacteria that forms spores and can live in the environment […]

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Does Your Pet Sleep With You?

If your cat or dog sleeps with you, you’re in good company. The majority of pet owners allow their pets to share their beds. About 56% of dog owners say they sleep with their dogs in their beds, while 62% of cat owners say they do. The practice is more common amongst women, with 25% […]

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Pets Bringing People Together – Pets Impact on Our Social Life

As pet lovers, we all know the positive impact sharing our lives with them has on our health. And in a recent study, pets have shown once again, their ability to bring people together [1]. While we have so many conveniences that purport to make our lives easier, we seem more busy than ever, and […]

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Rat Bite Fever

In the early part of 2014, a young boy in California died from the bite of his pet rat. The illness is called Rat Bite Fever (Streptobacillus monoliforms). It is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted by the animal several ways – a bite or scratch, mucous secretions of the mouth, nose and eyes, […]

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Can Having Pets Discourage Allergies

We’re sure you’ve heard the expression, “the house is so clean you can eat off the floors.” However a number of studies seem to show that we may be too clean. But don’t throw away the broom and dust rag just yet. Dogs and cats were part of the studies with surprising results. Children who […]

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Diseases That Can Be Transmitted to Us by Pets

Diseases that can be transmitted to us by our pets are called “zoonotic.” There are vaccinations available for pets to prevent some of these diseases and most can be avoided with our care. Bartonellosis also known as Cat Scratch Fever (see our article) is a bacterial disease. It is passed to humans through cat scratches […]

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Laid-Back Dogs

Not all of us have the time or energy to take our dogs for long walks. Some of us may have physical disabilities that prevent or inhibit us from giving our dogs their walking exercise. Elderly folks, although not all, may not have the stamina to go for long walks or engage in vigorous physical […]

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Zoonoses

Zoonoses are diseases which can be transmitted from animals to humans or from humans to animals (sometimes called reverse zoonoses). Most pets can transmit certain diseases to human beings. Some animal diseases which affect humans are Rabies, Ringworm, Tuberculosis and Cat Scratching Disease, Psittacosis, Leptospirosis. Salmonella is also frequently carried from animal to human. Humans […]

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Bartonellosis

Bartonellosis is a bacterial disease in pets which can also affect humans. It is caused by a bacteria known as Bartonella and is sometimes called Cat Scratch Disease, although not always transmitted that way. Dogs become infected with bartonellosis through fleas, ticks, sand flies and lice. Dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors such […]