Zoonoses that may affect dog-assisted interventions

Last changed: 18 February 2022
A dog lying on a lawn, photo.

Animals have a positive impact on humans, both as pets and in various forms of care, such as dog-assisted therapy. Since diseases can be spread from animals to humans, and from humans to animals, more knowledge is needed about the risk of spreading infections.The risk of people becoming infected for example in animal-assisted therapy is poorly investigated. Dog has been suggested as a suitable species to investigate the risk of infection in animal assisted therapy.

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The one-year project was launched in 2018 and was financed by SLU Future One Health (previously SLU Future Animals, Nature and Health).

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