The stories below explore the rich bond between animals and people and how pets and animals fit safely into our lives.
People who spend time watching aquariums and fish tanks see improvements in their physical and mental well-being. The benefits include lower blood pressure and heart rate.
One-eyed cat and boy with autism enjoy affection and special companionship.
Birds are social creatures that enjoy the company of other living beings. Having one as a pet can mean a long-term commitment because of their longevity.
Sea turtle centers teach conservation and provide a close look at wild reptiles. But think twice about turtles as pets, says veterinarian.
Guinea pigs can help children bond socially, get exercise, and learn to be dependable for others.
Busy ferrets are curious and playful, and can help with emotional well-being.
Boys in a juvenile detention center in Georgia train rescue dogs so they can be adopted and make great pets.
CDC Animal Features
The features below focus on how you can prevent diseases and injuries related to pets and animals.
A healthy diet is important for everyone, even your pets! When picking out the right food for your pet, there are important things to consider. Did you know that what you feed your pet can even affect your health and the health of your family?
Eat healthy, exercise, and lose weight with your pet. Helping animals helps people.
World Rabies Day is September 28. On this day, begin to take the steps to keep yourself and your family free from rabies. Look for events in your area that provide an opportunity to celebrate World Rabies Day and get the facts on rabies prevention and control.
Rabies is a dangerous virus that anyone can get if they handle or get bitten by an animal that has the disease. Protect yourself and your family from rabies: stay away from wild animals and be sure pets are vaccinated every year.
It is getting colder outside – rodents may enter your home for food or shelter! Seal up holes or gaps in your home, trap any existing rodents, and clean up any sources of food or water and items that might provide shelter for them.
Peep, chirp, quack! Live baby poultry, such as chicks, ducklings, goslings, and baby turkeys, can carry harmful germs called Salmonella. After you touch a chick, duckling, or other baby bird, or anything in the area where they live and roam, WASH YOUR HANDS so you don't get sick!
Did you know that reptiles and amphibians like turtles, lizards, and frogs can carry a harmful germ called Salmonella? If there are young children in your home, reptiles and amphibians might not be safe pets for your family.
Live poultry, such as chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys, often carry harmful germs called Salmonella. After you touch a bird, or anything in the area where they live and roam, wash your hands so you don't get sick!
Taking your faithful pooch or kitty on a flight? Make sure you've got your pet's paperwork wherever you go-and bring it back with you, too. The United States expects the same documents regardless of whether your pet is a first-time traveler to the United States or is returning from an international trip.
- Page last reviewed: February 8, 2017
- Page last updated: February 8, 2017
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