Integrative veterinary medicine, also known as Holistic; use nutrition as a therapeutic tool. Real food, species-appropriate diets have developed because both consumers and veterinarians have seen significant improvements in the health of companion animals. 

Researchers at the University of Florida and Oregon State University confirm that pets are great for children The Oregon study showed how the family dog could serve as a partner and ally in efforts to help children with disabilities incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives. Florida study found that dogs have what they call a “stress-buffering” effect that can help kids cope with the world around them.

Independent New Zealand study – only the second of its kind in the world - led by AgResearch and Massey University, and co-funded by the New Zealand Premium Petfood Alliance (a collaboration between leading NZ Petfood manufacturers Bombay Petfoods, K9 Natural and ZiwiPeak) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment through the Outcomes for Science Targeted Research Fund.  Found the high meat diet is easier for dogs to digest, means more nutrients are able to be absorbed, and resulted in higher levels of bacteria associated with protein and fat digestion. Scoop News 16th March 2017

Stockholm University research - Cats’ Internal Exposure to Selected Brominated Flame Retardants and Organochlorines Correlated to House Dust and Cat Food Last updated: February 24, 2017

National Center for Biotechnology Information Article - Veterinary homeopathy: An overview.  Summary: Complementary and alternative therapies, including homeopathy, have a definite place in veterinary medicine today.  August 1999

A Family Tree for Dogs Reveals How Different Breeds Emerged Around the World

Researchers published the largest evolutionary tree of dogs to date, which reveals how various types of dogs were bred for specific tasks, like keeping predators at bay or herding livestock.

The study also offers insight into the likelihood of disease development among certain breeds

By Molly Fosco April 25, 2017

Studies support the claim that dog's can smell cancer.  According to the research, dogs have been able to detect a range of cancers, including bladder, breast, colorectal, lung, ovarian, prostate, and skin. (They can’t distinguish between them—a “common cancer odor” hasn’t yet been pinpointed—but they can indicate that cancer is present.)   Article part of Future Tense, a collaboration among Arizona State University, New America, and Slate By Kathryn Bowers 24 April 2017