Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Treatments for pets benefiting humans

It's no secret around here that I love TV shows about veterinarians...I almost trust vets more than medical doctors.

Jennifer Gardener, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Washingon Seattle, says dermatologists, vets, and scientists can learn a lot from each other.

The UW One Health movement explores the links between humans, animals, and the environment. The idea goes back to when one "doc" dealt with both animals and humans.

Remember, both are living things and exist in the same environment.

Sometimes things from that environment that show up in animals can provide valuable info on treating people.

One example is the effort put into immune-based treatments for canine stopic dermatitis. Topical ointments don't work so well with fur. But the immune-based approach could also translate to humans.

Another area is the invisible mites that live on both humans and animals. In humans, these can cause rosacea and hair loss. The One Health people are finding out which can be passed from human to animal and back.

Thinking you can catch some stuff from your pet may cause you to be less loving and close...But what if the condition is not catchable? This would be another advantage of thinking of health of people and pets along one continuum.

When I was a  kid we had a monkey that gave our new puppy ringworm--and then my brothers got it.

Just wanted to share that. You're welcome.

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