How Pets Can Help With Child Mental Health And Development

It doesn’t get much cuter than a photo of a baby with a dog … or a cat … or a bunny. But beyond the Instagram fodder, growing up with a pet can be very advantageous for a child.

“Pets play a huge part in our lives and can have a positive impact on a child’s mental and emotional health,” said Gina McDowell, a licensed professional clinical counselor and behavioral health clinical educator at the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, pet adoptions and sales have soared, so it’s clear

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Minnesota sanctuary tiger tested positive for COVID-19

A tiger at a Pine County wildlife sanctuary tested positive for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, making it the second confirmed captive or domestic animal case in the state.

A Carver County house cat tested positive in June, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

“It’s a good reminder that the virus can be transmitted from people to animals,” said Dr. Beth Thompson, State Veterinarian. People who test positive with COVID-19 or suspect they have it would avoid contact with pets and other animals to protect them from possible infection, state officials said.

“We have not seen any

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Cats Are Getting Sick of Their Owners in Lockdown

This article was originally published on VICE France.

With most of Europe in lockdown, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But staying at home for months on end hasn’t been quite as horrendous for some pet owners.

As a study published by the science journal PLOS Medicine found, our domesticated friends – be they cats, dogs, bunnies or raccoons – have been a huge help in getting us through the day and generally boosting our mental health in lockdown. “Owning a pet seems to lessen some of the lockdowns’ more harmful

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Pets may need to be vaccinated to stop Covid-19 spread, scientists suggest

Pets may need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to curb the spread of the virus, a group of scientists has said.

Coronavirus can infect a wide range of species including cats, dogs, mink and other domesticated species, experts from the University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich-based research facility the Earlham Institute and University of Minnesota have said.

In an editorial for the journal Virulence, they wrote that continued evolution of the virus in animals followed by transmission to humans “poses a significant long-term risk to public health”.

“It is not unthinkable that vaccination of some domesticated animal species might… be

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“For some of these pets, there won’t be healing,” Pointe Coupee Parish Animal Services in need of donations

POINTE COUPEE, La. (BRPRROUD) — The Pointe Coupee Parish Animal Services is seeking donations after taking in over 50 animals in one day.

The animals pictured above were found after a nearby resident passed away.

The animal shelter is ruling this a case of hoarding.

“We encourage people to reach out for help,” Stacey McKnight, Pointe Coupee Parish Compliance Officer said. “Obviously she was struggling. And what people don’t understand is that the struggle is the outreach. She felt like she had no out so she turned to pets.”

“Most of these pets have cataracts, a lot of them are

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