The Human-Animal Bond

Humans and Animals are connected. Whether or not we have pets, we experience a symbiotic relationship that needs to be stewarded.
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Our pets are like family, so naturally, we want them to live long and healthy lives. Pet owners feel a deep responsibility to protect the health of the animals in their care. This consequently protects the symbiotic relationship we have with these animals. Pets have a proven effect on both our psychological and physical health. Put simply; our pets are good for us.

The human-animal bond isn’t the only thing we share. Humans and animals can also share illnesses. Animals are susceptible to many of the same diseases and environmental hazards that we are. This is not just an issue for man’s best friend but for farmers and food-producing animals as well. Healthy animals mean food security for millions of people, enabling farmers to deliver food efficiently, safely and affordably. As our population increases, protecting our animals will continue to be of paramount importance.

Today’s animal health professionals share a common goal: responsible use of animal medicines to prevent and manage diseases. One of the most successful approaches to this goal is the One Health approach. One Health is a collaborative, multisectoral, and transdisciplinary approach that works at a local, regional, national, and global level. It recognizes that the health of people is closely connected to the health of animals and our shared environment and operates with the goal of achieving optimal health outcomes for all.

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