Pets Provide ‘Unique’ Support To People With Mental Illness

Our pets bring us joy and comfort, and they sometimes even help us when we are ill. But while the usefulness of a companion animal in the case of physical conditions has been accepted and well-documented by the medical community, there is less research available on the role of pets in mental illness. A new … Continue reading Pets Provide ‘Unique’ Support To People With Mental Illness

Resistance To Drug Of Last Resort Found In Farm Animals In U.S.

Carbapenems are one of the most important classes of antibiotics used in humans and are an important agent against multi-drug resistant bacteria. Now, for the first time, bacteria that carry a transmissible carbapenem resistance gene have been found in agricultural animals in the United States. The research is published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a … Continue reading Resistance To Drug Of Last Resort Found In Farm Animals In U.S.

Stress In Domestic Cats: New Review Discusses Causes And Management

Pet cats can suffer from stress triggered by a variety of events and situations, including conflicts with other cats and changes to routine. While cats can adapt, sometimes the stress can be too much, with negative effects on their health. When stressed, cats may stop exploring and hide away for long periods of time. Image … Continue reading Stress In Domestic Cats: New Review Discusses Causes And Management

Older Adults Who Might Benefit From Pet Ownership Often Face Barriers

Older adults - particularly if they are struggling to make ends meet - are at high risk of illness and emotional disorders, the effects of which can be greatly reduced by pet ownership. A pet provides companionship to an older person and can also boost their well-being. In a paper published in the journal Activities, … Continue reading Older Adults Who Might Benefit From Pet Ownership Often Face Barriers

Study Points To Potential Monitoring Approach For Personalized Treatment Of Spinal Cord Injuries

Researchers have developed a urine test revealing the presence of a neurotoxin that likely worsens the severity and pain of spinal cord injuries, suggesting a new tool to treat the injuries. The neurotoxin, called acrolein, is produced within the body after nerve cells are damaged, increasing pain and triggering a cascade of biochemical events thought … Continue reading Study Points To Potential Monitoring Approach For Personalized Treatment Of Spinal Cord Injuries

Living With Pets Linked To Stronger Social Skills In Children With Autism

A new study suggests that not only having pet dogs in the home but also living with cats, rabbits and other animals as pets may help children with autism improve their social skills. New research suggests living with any kind of pet is linked to increased social skills in children with autism. Previous studies show … Continue reading Living With Pets Linked To Stronger Social Skills In Children With Autism

Pets Provide Key Social And Emotional Support

Pet owners appear to fare better than other people with regard to physical fitness, self-esteem, being conscientious, being more socially communicative, not worrying so much about things, and being less fearful in general, researchers revealed in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The authors added that pet owners did not bond to their animals … Continue reading Pets Provide Key Social And Emotional Support

Can Your Pet Ward Off Evil Spirits?

Has your dog ever barked at something that wasn't there? Has your cat ever hissed while staring at an empty space? There's some bad news if the answer is yes: your home could be haunted by evil spirits. But do not fear! The good news is your pet is busy warding them off. The new … Continue reading Can Your Pet Ward Off Evil Spirits?