The World Health Organization says that people are using dogs to help them lose weight
Health and human rights groups are calling on the World Health Organisation to consider banning the use of dogs in internal medicine.
A report by the WHO found that the practice is becoming more common among healthcare workers in Russia and China.
The WHO said in its latest update that veterinary care of pets is becoming increasingly popular and it’s no longer safe to keep pets outside during work hours.
“There is a growing trend in internal veterinary care with veterinary professionals taking part in daily work in veterinary clinics in urban areas, particularly in Russia,” the report says.
The report also noted that veterinarians are increasingly being trained to help patients who are overweight or obese.
“A significant number of people in the world are obese and many of them suffer from some form of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and some cancers.
People with diabetes, for example, often have severe metabolic syndrome,” said Joanna Ting, executive director of the Global Campaign Against Obesity, in a statement.
“Dogs can help improve their health and reduce their risk of suffering from these diseases.”
“People are using their dogs for health purposes, including to lose weight, prevent infections, and to reduce the risk of certain diseases,” she added.
In addition to the dog, many healthcare workers use cats and other pets for internal purposes.
In the UK, veterinarians use dogs for weight loss and catnip therapy, according to the Global Cat Coalition.
The veterinary community has been using dogs since at least the early 1900s, but the practice has recently grown in popularity with the rise in obesity and other health problems.
The practice is also gaining popularity with older people, according the Veterinary Health Association of Britain.
Dr. Jennifer Nierenberg, a spokesperson for the Global Dog Coalition, told CBC News that “the public is more aware of the health benefits of pet ownership and the veterinary community is working with veterinarians to improve their understanding of these health benefits.”
According to the report, the global community has adopted policies and practices that promote the adoption of dogs and cats as health care workers and other caregivers.
The WHO recommends that all healthcare workers who are not physically present at the workplace: 1.
Ensure that the work area is well ventilated and that ventilation is not limited to the front of the building; 2.
Make sure that all employees wear appropriate protective clothing and equipment, including a breathing mask; 3.
Ensure adequate exercise opportunities; 4.
Use good hygiene practices; and 5.
Exercise in a manner that is appropriate for the work environment and does not increase the risk for infections.