Healthy pets, healthy people

Stephanie K. Wong From the School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, Mass 01536.

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Lisa H. Feinstein From the School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, Mass 01536.

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Peter Heidmann From the School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, Mass 01536.

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Abstract

Zoonoses, diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans, can pose serious health risks to immunocompromised people. Although pets can carry zoonoses, owning and caring for animals can benefit human health. Information exists about preventing transmission of zoonoses, but not all physiCians and veterinarians provide adequate and accurate information to immunocompromised pet owners.1 This disease prevention/health promotion project provides physicians and veterinarians with information, created specifically to share with patients and clients, about the health risks and benefits of pet ownership. Further, “Healthy Pets, Healthy People” encourages communication between veterinarians, physicians, clients, and patients and can serve as a model program for a nationwide effort to aid health professionals in making recommendations about pet ownership for immunocompromised people.

Abstract

Zoonoses, diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans, can pose serious health risks to immunocompromised people. Although pets can carry zoonoses, owning and caring for animals can benefit human health. Information exists about preventing transmission of zoonoses, but not all physiCians and veterinarians provide adequate and accurate information to immunocompromised pet owners.1 This disease prevention/health promotion project provides physicians and veterinarians with information, created specifically to share with patients and clients, about the health risks and benefits of pet ownership. Further, “Healthy Pets, Healthy People” encourages communication between veterinarians, physicians, clients, and patients and can serve as a model program for a nationwide effort to aid health professionals in making recommendations about pet ownership for immunocompromised people.

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