Animal Welfare

HEALTHY PETS DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian or doctor. Most of the research on pet ownership and health outcomes compares pet owners with non-pet owners, but is this an appropriate comparison to make? Is there something about pet owners that is inherently different about these groups that may also affect health? In other words, can we trust research that examines pet owners and non-pet owners and then tries to make causal attributions about differences in health? According to some research, pet owners are indeed different across a wide range of variables that are also related to health; however there are only a few empirical studies that help us understand how they may be different and how large that difference may be.

CDC strongly encourages dog owners to have their dogs vaccinated against rabies before arriving in the United States and travel with a copy of their valid rabies vaccination certificate. CDC regulations serve to protect you, your dogs, and your community. Rabies is a serious disease, and there is no cure. We recognise the important role pets play in the lives of their owners, the families they live with and, through positive social interactions, the local community.

The DNA of today’s domesticated animals reveals that each species separated from its wild counterpart between 15,000 and 5,000 years ago , in the late Palaeolithic and Neolithic periods. Yes, this was also when we started breeding livestock. But it is not easy to see how this could have been achieved if those first dogs, cats, cattle and pigs were treated as mere commodities.

Although the animals your child sees in the woods or parks may be cute to look at, they can be dangerous as pets — they aren’t used to being around people and may carry diseases that can be transmitted to your child. People mistakenly believe they can tame a wild animal. Instead, you should teach kids to stay away from animals in the wild, and never to touch, feed, or try to take an animal home.

Humans make use of many other animal species for food, including meat , milk , and eggs ; for materials, such as leather and wool ; as pets ; and as working animals for power and transport. Dogs have been used in hunting , while many terrestrial and aquatic animals are hunted for sport. Non-human animals have appeared in art from the earliest times and are featured in mythology and religion.