Travel Animal Doctor: Animal Cruelty Prevention Month

Travel Animal Doctor: Animal Cruelty Prevention Month

It is Animal Cruelty Prevention Month and as such I wanted to increase awareness of animal cruelty prevention groups. -Travel Animal Doctor “Go Orange” with me this month and raise awareness to protect animals against animal cruelty. ASPCA The ASPCA is running many campaigns to protect animals. To access these campaigns, visit their home website and click on the “Fight Cruelty” tab. Another campaign is #OpentheBarns to promote food safety, workers’ rights and protection of animals in agriculture. ASPCA also has many more ideas to “Go Orange” this month on their website. HumaneSociety.Org HumaneSociety.Org has up-to-date news on animal welfare. A few new articles include the recent establishment of animal welfare awareness in Hilton hotels and Dunkin Donut’s. Hilton hotel chains and Dunkin’ Donuts are using gestation crate-free pork and cage-free eggs in their supply chain in upcoming years. Hilton Hotels are also banning the sale of shark fin on their properties. The HumaneSociety.Org website brings attention to the protection of all animals including pets, wildlife and farm animals. Pet-Abuse.Com Pet-Abuse.Com covers an abundance of services that allows an individual to find animal abuse cases in the searched location. To date, 19,448 cases have been reported in the database. By being aware of the abuse cases in your neighborhood or the place you are traveling to with your pet, you can keep your pet safe. AmericanHumane.Org According to Society & Animals, 71% of battered women entering shelters have had their household pet threatened or harmed while 32% reported their children harmed animals. The American Humane Association has a fact sheet with ways that advocates can work to prevent child,...
Travel Animal Doctor: What in the World are Zoonotic Ectoparasites?

Travel Animal Doctor: What in the World are Zoonotic Ectoparasites?

What are zoonotic ectoparasites, and why should I be aware of them? -Travel Animal Doctor What is a zoonotic disease? In Layman’s terms, zoonotic diseases are known as diseases that can be spread from a specific species to humans. Ectoparasites are simply parasites that infect your body externally. My first article of this series is entitled, “Parasites: Can I Contract Fleas from my Dog or Cat?”, which gave a brief description of parasites and described some of the parasites you can find on your animal that are not zoonotic. The second article I wrote, found here, gave examples of important internal zoonotic parasites. This article will focus on external zoonotic parasites, commonly called zoonotic ectoparasites. Quick Question Do you take your dog walks in fields by a pond? Do you hike with your pet in the woods? It is always an adventure traveling and exercising with pets. But keeping your pet protected from disease while exercising and traveling is extremely important. This quick list contains three parasites to be aware of that can carry zoonotic diseases, and tips to prevent them. 1) Fleas Fleas are zoonotic ectoparasites that come from prairie dogs and cats, and can cause the plague. Cats are often transmitted the plague by fleas. When active infection is present cats can spread the plague to humans by a scratch or bite. The key to prevention of the plague is to provide flea preventatives for your feline friend. This simple solution can protect your entire family from a serious disease. 2) Mites There are a number of mites that infect pets that are another type of zoonotic endoparasite....
Travel Animal Doctor: What are Zoonotic Endoparasites Anyway?

Travel Animal Doctor: What are Zoonotic Endoparasites Anyway?

What is a zoonotic endoparasite? -Travel Animal Doctor Endoparasites are simply parasites that infect your body internally. Some parasites in animals can be transferred to humans. This is called a zoonotic parasite. Not long ago, I wrote an article entitled, “Parasites: Can I Contract Fleas from my Dog or Cat?”, that gave a brief description of parasites and described some of the parasites you can find on your animal. This article is to follow up on that article, and give some examples of important zoonotic endoparasites. If you found this article interesting, you may also find “Zoonotic Ectoparasites” to be helpful to you and your pet. Do you like to take your pet to dog parks but you cringe at the dirt ground where you see all of the other pets defecating? Do you take your pet to your brother’s house on a regular basis to play with your niece and nephew? Traveling with pets is lots of fun, but it is always important to know how to keep your pet and you safe from diseases along the way. Listed below are four zoonotic endoparasites and one important disease you should be aware of when you travel. 1) Roundworms Roundworms are zoonotic endoparasites that are transmitted to the soil by contaminated feces of raccoons, cats, dogs and pigs. There are many different types of roundworms, and these zoonotic endoparasites are specific to different species. If there is oral transmission of the eggs in the contaminated feces, larvae will hatch in a person’s gut and migrate through the body and organs. This is called visceral larval migrans. Visceral larval migrans is...
Travel Animal Doctor: My Pet was in a Hit By Car Accident!

Travel Animal Doctor: My Pet was in a Hit By Car Accident!

One of the toughest parts of the job as a clinical veterinarian is taking care of a pet hit by car accident. -Travel Animal Doctor A Tough Job The phrase “ I always wanted to be a veterinarian but…” has been something I hear often. The job is rewarding sometimes, but other times it is extremely hard on your emotions, body and brain. As with all jobs, it can be enjoyable but there are always the parts of the job that are extremely challenging. Taking care of happy and healthy puppies and kittens is always fun. A sick puppy or kitten is no fun at all. One of the worst days as a pet veterinarian I have had was when a husky came in after the pet was hit by a car. That hit by car accident completely mangled the poor husky. I will spare you the gory details but needless to say he did not make it, and it was devastating. It is extremely heartbreaking when as the professional you cannot do anything for your client or for their pet. We tried our best, and that is all we could do. He had the most gorgeous blue eyes… had. It was especially hard on me because it reminded me of a husky I had growing up. pratanti / Foter / CC BY While as a doctor I can preach about pet safety all day, anyone who has owned a husky knows the unique nature of the breed. The Story Growing up, we had a six-foot wooden fence, brand new. Our adolescent husky felt like going for a run....
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