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Animal Tales & Features

Animal Tales

The stories below explore the rich bond between animals and people and how pets and animals fit safely into our lives.


Giant Sharks Help Wounded Warriors Heal

Dolphin in a tank in front of a crowd.

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.

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Loving Your Special Cat

Boy sits with kitten while he looks at iPad.

One-eyed cat and boy with autism enjoy affection and special companionship.

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Parrots Make Friends for Life

	Parrot hanging upside-down in a cage.

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.

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Tracking the Mysterious Sea Turtle

Sea turtle on a beach with the sun setting.

Sea turtle centers teach conservation and provide a close look at wild reptiles. But think twice about turtles as pets, says veterinarian.

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Inside the Life of a Teen and Her Guinea Pig

Guinea pig laying on a young teens lap on the grass outside.

Guinea pigs can help children bond socially, get exercise, and learn to be dependable for others.

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Busy Ferrets Take Commitment

Ferret being held by woman.

Busy ferrets are curious and playful, and can help with emotional well-being.

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Dogs and Boys Build Character Together

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Boys in a juvenile detention center in Georgia train rescue dogs so they can be adopted and make great pets.

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Rescued Bears Get a Second Chance

Remember that no matter how tame bears may seem, they are wild animals.

Orphaned and hurt cubs return to health and their wild life.

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Like Magic, Everyone is Equal On the Back of a Horse

Boy being placed on a horse

Visit Storybook Farms, a therapeutic riding center for mentally, physically, and emotionally handicapped children of all ages.

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Chickens in the City

Mother and Daughter sit and hold a chicken

Meet Anne-Marie and Scarlett, mother and daughter who keep backyard poultry as a hobby.

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CDC Animal Features

The features below focus on how you can prevent diseases and injuries related to pets and animals.


Healthy Pets and Healthy People

Man walking his dog outside.

Pets provide many benefits to people. However, some pets can carry harmful germs that can make us sick.

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Stay Healthy at Animal Exhibits

Goat and a horse behind a fence

There are many ways to explore the animal world. Follow these tips to help you prevent illness when visiting animal exhibits this fall.

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Animals in Schools and Daycare Settings

Children with a turtle on a table

Animals can be entertaining and educational.  However, people, especially children, can get sick from contact with animals.  The good news: You can help prevent illnesses from animals.

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The Burden of Rabies

Chart: Number of Rabies Cases Among Dogs and Cats, United States, 2008-2009

Learn how to help prevent rabies, a deadly virus that threatens the health of people and animals.

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Hunters: Protect Yourself from Brucellosis

Group of hunters in field

Some animals may put hunters at risk for brucellosis, a potentially deadly disease. Learn about simple safety tips that can help hunters prevent this illness.

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Pet Food Safety

Dog eating out of a food bowl.

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?

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Managing Obesity, One Paw at a Time

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Eat healthy, exercise, and lose weight with your pet. Helping animals helps people.

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Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet

Cat

If a natural disaster strikes, what will happen to your pet? Be prepared: make a plan and prepare a disaster kit for your pet.

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September 28 is a Day to Learn How You Can Prevent and Control Rabies. Everyday.

Four women and a dog.

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.

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Reptiles, Amphibians, and Salmonella

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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.

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Keeping Backyard Poultry

Live poultry

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!

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International Travel with Your Pet

Dog in rolling luggage

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.

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