There are so many ways in which animals are good for us, but how can we be good to them?
Keeping our pets healthy and active keeps us healthy and active too so we can live long and happy lives together. Below are some links to tips and advice on caring for your pet.
Many pet owners do not routinely take measures to prevent disease or parasite infestation in their pets. Not only is this detrimental to the health of their pet, they could even be putting themselves and other people at risk from the zoonotic1 transmission of diseases. With more than 60% of the nearly 1,500 infectious diseases known to affect people being able to pass between animals and people it is of utmost importance to ensure regular parasite control treatments and vaccinations, with veterinary input where necessary.
Thankfully, we live in a world where pests and diseases can be detected and controlled, making for more pleasant interactions between pets and people and helping to preserve the bond between man and animal. For example, the European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP) has developed guidelines for the treatment and control of parasites in pet animals to help pet owners protect against parasitic infections.
Veterinarians, veterinary scientists and authorities in Europe along with the animal health industry and other stakeholders are conducting research into the role of companion animals as a source of infectious diseases for people and livestock with the aim of proposing targeted actions to prevent and reduce the health risks for both humans and livestock. Entitled CALLISTO, this international research project financed by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission aims to provide an overview of the current situation and to identify knowledge and technology gaps for the most important zoonoses associated with caring for companion animals.
1 A zoonosis is an infectious disease that is transmitted between species (sometimes by a vector) from animals other than humans to humans or from humans to other animals