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Furry Friends Are Family Too

Posted by on May 11th, 2017 Posted in: Consumer Health, Disaster, Health Literacy

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A staff member of the NNLM SCR recently adopted a new member to the family, a sweet little puppy. For some, our furry friends become members of our families. Even governmental entities are acknowledging these developments.

MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s consumer health resource, has a pet’s page called “Pet Health”. The Pet Health page contains curated links to the basics of pet health, prevention and risk factors, treatments and therapies, related issues, specifics, journal articles, and latest news.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet resource to assist you in creating your own plan and kit, so that you know Fluffy will also be taken care of in the event of a disaster.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has an Animal Health Literacy page that covers feed safety, animal drugs, and other information concerning your pets. For more information on pet toxicology, see the ASPCA Animal Poison Control page.

Our local library has also incorporated our certified furry friends in the form of therapy dogs, who bring cheer during test days. This has become a student and staff favorite!

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