The Concept of One Health

The idea of a "One Health" organization started with the AVMA, the American Veterinary Association back in 2006 who called together a multi-discipline task force to further develop the idea.

They called together representatives from many health professions to discuss the possibilities of blending and collaborating information, solutions and treatments in order to improve animal and human health and the environment. The information and ideas and final presentation they gathered can be found at

The "One Health" movement calls for active collaboration between the professionals caring for animals and the professionals caring for humans.

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Talking With PHP Pete

Dear PHP Pete,

The marketing industry is promoting "bacon flavor" for so many products. Can I safely feed my dog bacon or bacon grease?


Dear Yummy,

Calling all small breeds and large breeds NO bacon or bacon grease for you!

I know how hard it is to look into the eyes of your best friend and tell him "no" but take into consideration the below information and then decide what's best for your canine.

While speaking with Dr. Greg Brown, veterinarian and owner of Riverside Animal Hospital in Flushing, Michigan, he stated that he has seen so many cases of pancreatitis this year and he contributes the cause to pet owners feeding their pets bacon and bacon grease on a regular basis.

When pets constantly eat rich and fatty foods it can cause inflammation of the pancreas gland. The pancreas is responsible for releasing digestive enzymes in the stomach so that the body can properly absorb and digest food that is taken in. When this gland becomes inflamed, it ceases to function efficiently.

Small breeds are more prone to this disease but large breeds can be affected too. PHP "Pete" suggests to be a responsible pet owner, do not give your best friend bacon or bacon grease. Stick to healthier alternatives that include high quality low fat food and treats.

Other harmful foods for your pet include: Chocolate, coffee, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, avocados, macadamia nuts, and candy.


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