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Companion Animal Health and Longevity:Interplay with human-animal interactions


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Author: Dr. Brenda Bonnett

 

This pdf file is assembled from slides from various presentations I have made to veterinarians, researchers and those interested in human-animal interactions. Too often we talk separately about 'health' or 'welfare' or issues of human-animal interactions. I think these issues are closely inter-related and we need to view them holistically.

 

Within the talk, topics of health and longevity are illustrated with population-level statistics from Agria Animal Insurance in Sweden (they insure over 300,000 dog, 250,000 cats and about 100,000 horses on a yearly basis. See the DogWellNet.com category 'Population Data on Dogs' for more information).

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