Science Says Your Pet Is Good for Your Mental Health

Article Found on Time | Written by Amanda Oaklander

Being a pet in America is a plum gig. Pets are incredibly well loved: according to a 2015 Harris poll, 95% of owners think of their animal as a member of the family. About half buy them birthday presents. And it’s a two-way street. People . . . → Read More: Science Says Your Pet Is Good for Your Mental Health

NY Hospital Pays Pet Adoption Fees to Improve Human Health

Article Found on US News

A hospital in Syracuse, New York is paying dog-adoption fees to improve heart health for humans.

The Post-Standard says St. Joseph’s Health is making the offer through February at two rescue organizations.

It cites studies that show having a dog can lower blood pressure and stress levels, reduce the . . . → Read More: NY Hospital Pays Pet Adoption Fees to Improve Human Health

Reverse zoonosis: Can you make your pet sick?

Article by Tim Newman | Found on MedicalNewsToday

For good reason, there is a great deal of interest in the transmission of diseases from animals to humans. Recently, however, medical researchers have started to ask the opposite question: can we make animals sick?

Swine and bird flu are two of the most recent and . . . → Read More: Reverse zoonosis: Can you make your pet sick?

8 Simple, Cost-Efficient Ways to Keep Your Dog Mentally Stimulated

Article by Samantha Drake | Found on PetMD

Is Your Dog Bored?

Whether the kids have gone back to school, the adults are away all day at work, or the daily routine of walks and play-time have just lost their appeal, finding new ways to occupy your dog is essential. Dogs need both physical . . . → Read More: 8 Simple, Cost-Efficient Ways to Keep Your Dog Mentally Stimulated

Helping Your Dog through Grief and Depression

Article by Dr Ernie Ward, DVM | Found on PetHealthNetwork

I recently received a letter from a reader about her grief-stricken dog. Her senior pooch had lived an entire life with a recently departed mother and wasn’t handling the loss well. She shared that her dog was becoming increasingly depressed and despondent. The writer . . . → Read More: Helping Your Dog through Grief and Depression

5 Things That Stress Out Your Cat

Article Found on PetMD | Written by Paula Fitzsimmons

Sounds and smells we may enjoy or don’t think twice about can make our feline family members miserable. Cats have a heightened sense of smell and hearing that serves their wild counterparts well. But our homes are not the wild.

Nobody can say precisely why your . . . → Read More: 5 Things That Stress Out Your Cat

Understanding Pet Food Labels

Understanding Pet Food Labels

Article by Victoria Vogt | Found on Animal Planet

You may think you’re feeding Fido top-of-the-line dog food, but without an understanding of pet food labels, you may be putting your pooch at risk. It takes more than just reading the catchy brand name and nutritional claims that pop out . . . → Read More: Understanding Pet Food Labels

The 4 Things Every Pet Owner Needs to Do to Keep Their Home Germ-Free

Article by Anthea Levi | Found on Health.com

No one expects pets to be pristine, but good hygiene is essential, not only for your dog’s or cat’s health but for yours, too. That includes everything from frequent litter changes to wiping down a pup’s paws, not to mention regular baths. Want your furry pals . . . → Read More: The 4 Things Every Pet Owner Needs to Do to Keep Their Home Germ-Free

New Study Shows Cats are as Smart as Their Owners Already Knew

Article by Haine Elfenbine | Found on Pet MD

No one with a cat would ever doubt that their cat remembers who feeds them, when they get fed and where the food is served. They know exactly who to wake when the clock strikes one minute past breakfast time and will escort said half-awake . . . → Read More: New Study Shows Cats are as Smart as Their Owners Already Knew

Is Getting A Dog The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Health?

Article by Gretchen Lidicker | Found on MindBodyGreen

Ever feel like health news is too overwhelming, fast-paced, or hard to decipher? Us too. Here, we filter through the latest in integrative health, wellness trends, and nutrition advice, reporting on the most exciting and meaningful breakthroughs. We’ll tell you exactly what you need to know—and . . . → Read More: Is Getting A Dog The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Health?