Travel Animal Doctor: Parasites

Travel Animal Doctor: Parasites

Did I contract fleas from my dog? If there is a flea infestation on your skin, it is not likely to have come from your dog. – Travel Animal Doctor It is important to realize that you really cannot contract fleas from your dog or cat. It is upsetting when a person wants to give away a family pet, even more so if it is because a person believes to have contracted fleas from the pet. While many people fear getting these parasites from their pets, there is no reason to fear. National Media Museum / Foter / No known copyright restrictions  It is often a blessing to remember that some parasites do not cross species and are host-specific. Fleas are somewhat host-specific, in that reproduction cannot be completed on humans. This means they may bite you, but they cannot replicate on you. Thus, dog fleas cannot live off of you. While you cannot catch fleas from your dog or cat, there are human fleas that can specifically fulfill their life-cycle through use of your blood on your skin. If you think about it, you are often exposed to parasites without a pet. Let’s say you took a trip to Ethiopia and ran out of bottled water.   You are dehydrated and have no choice but to take a sip of water from a stagnant pond. A year later you are in the backyard of your house working in the garden and you feel a burning and uncomfortable blister forming on your leg. You put your foot in cold water to ease the burning sensation and a worm emerges from the blister releasing thousands...
Travel Animal Doctor: 3 St. Patty’s Day Tips

Travel Animal Doctor: 3 St. Patty’s Day Tips

The director here at Travel Animal Doctor wants to wish you a safe and Happy St. Patty’s Day! 1. No green beer for Lucky. Even a small amount of beer can be toxic to your dog or cat. 2. Give a Greenies or a Natural Balance dental stick to celebrate the Luck of the Irish and to keep your dog’s mouth fresh and clean this St. Patty’s Day! 3. Make sure Lucky is wearing green to avoid those pinches (or don’t and pinch/tickle away!). Either way Lucky will love the attention! May the luck of the Irish be with you! – Travel Animal Doctor Share this:PrintEmailLike this:Like...
Travel Animal Doctor: An Environmental Crisis

Travel Animal Doctor: An Environmental Crisis

 As the sun rises in the Galapagos it is hard to imagine we are in an environmental crisis. – Travel Animal Doctor Yet our world is telling us to wake up. The decreasing numbers of the Galapagos penguins and marine animals are insane, and the drought in California has everyone on edge. While sitting aboard the cruise ship, it is hard to think of anything other than the spectacular beauty that surrounds that moment. The cruel reality is that animals in this pristine-appearing “heavenly” waterway are in deep, deep trouble. The Galapagos penguins and marine animals are starving to death at an alarming rate, and Californians are thirsty. There is indeed, an environmental crisis. A Penguin Intervention: When I was snorkeling in the Galápagos, two Galapagos penguins swam by and one attacked my flipper. I could see deeper down that there were fish. Frozen for a moment in disbelief, I decided that I just got in the way of a meal. I felt increasingly guilty that I was in the way of a meal after seeing an article online about how penguins are starving and becoming endangered due to climate change. The sad realization set in that the once in a lifetime interaction I had with a wild Galapagos penguin could have been part of a much greater, more depressing issue. It has been four years since the Galapagos penguin attacked my flipper. If climate change caused these problems in the Galapagos four years ago, imagine how climate change may be impacting penguins now. Penguin Death Toll: The death count of penguins would definitely be on the rise today, as more...
Travel Animal Doctor: Avoid Unintentional Pet Poisoning

Travel Animal Doctor: Avoid Unintentional Pet Poisoning

Avoid unintentional pet poisoning by being aware of what is toxic to your furry friends. – Travel Animal Doctor We all have the best intentions when it comes to spoiling our pets. There are many species differences between animals that make some things safe to be consumed by humans, but can be very deadly to a pet.  Avoid unintentional pet poisoning by remembering this story.  John packed up the car and is ready for his holiday trip to see the parents.   The whole family including Rocko and Spud are getting packed into the car like animal Tetris. John thought of everything including those Poinsettias and chocolate for his mom and that small ugly antique white dresser that he is taking to strip and restore to the handsome original walnut finish in his dad’s workshop. The clamor of “Teenage Wasteland” and other great hits plays on the radio as he is driving along on his 16 hour trek to the promised land. Last week there was so much snow that John had to climb out of the window with a shovel just to get out of the house and get the driveway cleared quick enough to get to work on time.  There were no work cancellations, as he was expected to be a proficient black ice dodger and snow wrangler. One week in paradise with warm 67 degree Fahrenheit sunny weather  is all John can think about as he sings along, “… engage Iceland..”. So he won’t quit his day job to become a member of The Who, but he WILL come back to his job with a nice tan line to show off to his fellow colleagues. John’s cat and dog do well on car rides so he is not...
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