The Magic of Pet Therapy

Does your pet have a talent for comforting those in need? Volunteering for pet therapy is a great way to spend more time with your pet, while also improving the lives of people in your community. Kit Darling, infection control coordinator at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, says pet therapy […]

The Unconditional Love of Pets

The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and their animals, influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Kit Darling, infection control coordinator at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, has spent years studying […]

VMTH Enjoys Holiday Stress Relief Activities

Tis the season to be jolly. But also, perhaps, a little bit stressed. Between final examinations, gift buying, preparing for the holidays, travel, and other seasonal activities, there’s a lot going on for faculty, clinicians, staff, and students in the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospitals (VMTH). To alleviate some of that stress, the VMTH […]

June 3-9 is Pet Appreciation Week

While every day with our pets may be special, we celebrate with extra love and attention to our pets during Pet Appreciation Week, June 3-9. Kit Darling, the infection control coordinator at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, said pets offer more than just companionship. “We should remember to recognize our […]

Therapy pets spread love through the community

Therapy pets are similar to the average pet because they offer stress relief, comfort, and affection. However, therapy animals differ because they are specially trained to travel to and remain calm in various environments, such as nursing homes, hospitals, and college campuses. Because therapy pets must be able to tolerate potentially stressful situations, such as […]

Cole Lyle and Kaya–Endless PAWS-abilities

Cole Lyle, a 26-year-old veteran of the Afghanistan War, is working to combat the tragic effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a mental health condition triggered by experiencing a terrifying event, such as war. With his service dog, Kaya, at his side, Lyle is working to pass legislation that would provide veterans with PTSD easier […]

Benefits of Interacting with Cats

We’ve all heard the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” But have you ever considered interacting with your pet as another way to prevent doctor visits? Many people are experiencing the social and health benefits of interacting with their four-legged cat and dog friends. The proof is not only evident in happy […]

A Perfect Companion for the Elderly

The power of pet therapy is thought to be stronger than any medication, not only for people going through tough times or in poor health, but also for the elderly as well. Proven to increase mental alertness, build self-esteem, and decrease loneliness, pets can provide a warm and fulfilling relationship that older people-or indeed all […]

Veterans and Their Dogs

Decorated Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell was the only survivor of a 2005 mission in Afghanistan.  He is considered the “Lone Survivor” because the mission was the largest loss of life in Seal history.  Upon returning from combat, Luttrell received a Labrador retriever named D.A.S.Y. to help him cope with the loss of his teammates.  D.A.S.Y., […]

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