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HABRI Funds Tufts to Research Relationship Between Pet Ownership, Youth Development

It includes a baseline cohort of over 11,800 youth.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The Human Animal Bond Research Institute has announced a new research project to determine the role of pet ownership in predicting trajectories of youth development. Funded by a grant from HABRI, researchers at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University aim to determine whether there are systematic differences between families who own pets and those without pets with regard to demographics, social environment, and health status, and if these factors predict patterns of pet ownership over time.

“Existing human-animal interaction research is limited in exploring how race, ethnicity, and culture are related to pet ownership, and because the sample analyzed in this study will be nationally representative, we hope to have data on a very diverse group of youth,” said the study’s principal investigator, Megan Kiely Mueller, the Elizabeth Arnold Stevens Junior Professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. “This research project will capitalize on a rigorous study design, and a measurement model specifically designed for understanding how environmental experiences influence cognitive and social development and health outcomes.”

The goal of the study is to leverage available data from a unique population-based longitudinal study of adolescent development, the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, by analyzing pet ownership information to answer key questions about the relationship between human-animal interaction and trajectories of youth development, including social interaction and support, academic performance, mental health and physical activity.

The study includes a baseline cohort of over 11,800 youth enrolled in the ABCD study at 9-10 years of age and their parents/guardians, who will be followed for ten years. In addition to assessing youth development, the study will use the ABCD data to assess if there are systematic differences between families who own pets and those without pets with regard to demographics, cultural/ethnic identity, social environment, and health status and if these factors predict patterns of pet ownership (e.g., stability or changes in pet ownership status) over time. Kiely Mueller expects that analyzing pet ownership data from the ABCD will allow for understanding broad sociodemographic patterns of pet ownership as well as causal relationships between pet ownership and trajectories of youth development.

“HABRI is proud to be supporting this high-impact research that has great potential to fulfill the need for more longitudinal, nationally-representative data in the field of human-animal interaction,” said Steven Feldman, executive director, HABRI. “We hope this study will help us gain further insight into the factors that influence pet ownership, while also building on existing science that supports a positive relationship between pet ownership and youth development.”

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Holistic Care Webinar Replay Available Online

Topics include CBD, herbs, essential oils, and supplements.

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(PRESS RELEASE) On Nov. 2, CBD Dog Health’s founder Angela Ardolino partnered with Gregori Lukas of THEO Pet Grocery to host CBD Sessions. The free educational event featured a panel of holistic veterinarians including Dr. Gerald Buchoff, Dr. Beth Hirsch and Billy Hoekman from Answers Pet Food. The panel and presentation include information on how to holistically care for both cats and dogs with CBD, herbs, essential oils and supplements.

Pet parents who tuned in live can see their questions answered by the panel. Answers include information about Cushing’s disease, endocrine disorders, gut health, diet changes, diarrhea and constipation, what full-spectrum hemp oil means and why it is important.

To see the replay, click here. To learn more about safely caring for your pet with holistic methods, visit angelaardolino.com

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Feeders Supply Opens a Third Location in Lexington, KY

It has 24 locations across Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Feeders Supply Company, “The Pet Lovers Store,” has announced the opening of its third location in Lexington, KY, in the Millpond Shopping Center. To celebrate, Feeders Supply is having a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 13th, followed by a five-day grand opening festivity.

“We are excited to increase Feeders Supply’s presence in Lexington,” said Brannon Dixon, CEO of Feeders Supply Company. “Our third location confirms our commitment to provide premium products to Lexington area pet lovers. Feeders Supply is proud to be Kentucky owned and operate for over 60 years.”

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The newest Lexington location features more than 11,000 square feet of space, with four private self-serve pet wash stations, expansive fish department, obedience training for dogs, plus a community event space to host adoption events with Lexington Humane Society and other local rescue organizations.

To kick-off the grand opening, the first 30 customers each day from Nov. 13 -17 will receive a gift bag filled with premium products, $5 pet washes, and will be able to enter in-store giveaways, such as six months of free dog or cat food. Winners will be announced through Feeders Supply’s Facebook page.

Feeders Supply is dedicated to carrying a great selection of pet food with advances in nutrition and an expanded collection of supplies for pets. Each Feeders Supply associate goes through extensive training to help pet lovers identify the right products for their pets.

Feeders Supply has 24 locations across Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

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VA and Pet Partners Combine Efforts to Bring Therapy Animal Services to More Veterans

The partnership will provide veteran communities with volunteer opportunities.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has announced it is partnering with the nonprofit organization Pet Partners to help improve quality of life, social engagement and health of veterans through increased access of animal-assisted activities and animal-assisted therapy services throughout the VA health care system.

Pet Partners and the VA will train therapy animal teams and encourage VA medical facilities to establish and expand trained therapy animal visitation and AAA and AAT programs to give patients the sense of connection, comfort and joy that comes from spending time with animals.

“This partnership will add to the health care services and programs VA offers to veterans, as emerging research recognizes the positive effects interactions with animals can have on patients,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “VA’s work with Pet Partners will help veterans support well-being through animal-assisted activities and therapy, which research shows can be very beneficial.”

The partnership will also provide veteran communities with volunteer opportunities and integrate veterans and their families into Pet Partners activities and events.

According to a wide range of research and studies, the human-animal bond can lead to lower blood pressure, reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, and lessened anxiety, pain, and loneliness. Time with therapy animals not only promotes physical and mental health but also supports wellness across variables such as social interaction, rate of recovery and personal motivation.

va.gov/healthpartnerships, petpartners.org

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