Travel Animal Doctor: World Health Day

Travel Animal Doctor: World Health Day

World Health Day is today, and food safety is the topic of the day. -Travel Animal Doctor But food is not the only daily requirement that, contaminated, can be harmful and may harbor disease. People have probably heard stories about waterborne diseases in developing countries, but it also occurs right at your back door. How would you feel if you stopped by the gas station for some coffee on the way to work, and was unable to get it because the water in the city was bad? This is what happened to a man going through Toledo, Ohio in August. In August 2014, 287,500 inhabitants of Toledo, Ohio were unable to drink their own water due to insurmountable algae blooms in their watershed for days. The algae bloom produces toxins that are deadly to humans. The algae also block the sunlight, causing death and stagnant growth to grasses in the water. These grasses provide habitats to shellfish and fish, and are a food source for waterfowl. As the algae dies, it decomposes at the bottom of the basin and depletes the water of oxygen. This oxygen is necessary for the survival of animals living in the environment, including eastern hellbenders, giant salamanders native to the Ohio watersheds. As a fortunate extern at the Toledo Zoo, I stumbled upon a conservation project that should be well recognized for its efforts. This project helps hellbenders throughout Ohio, and utilizes their populations in watersheds as early indicators of polluted waterways. The Toledo Zoo has successfully reared Eastern hellbenders, to be released into cleaned up watersheds around Ohio. There had been drastic decline of...
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...
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