Can Your Lifestyle Choices Really Hurt Your Pet?

dog, smokeHuman health disparities based on affluence are well noted, and now for the first time, Dr. Gary Patronek, VMD, PhD, of the Animal Rescue League of Boston, has made a similar connection for animal health.

"It's the first study anywhere to demonstrate very rigorously how closely human and animal welfare are linked," Patronek says. "The same kinds of things that lead to poor health outcomes in people are leading to poor health outcomes in animals."

Looking at 16 neighborhoods around Boston and measuring the number and condition of cats taken to shelters, Patronek concludes "cat deaths were significantly correlated with human premature deaths at the neighborhood level."

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