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Signs That Dogs & Cats Can Catch
Staph Infections from Humans
– People can get plenty of diseases from
animals – bird flu, for one.
Now, there are
signs dogs and cats can catch a dangerous
superbug from people.
At a large
Philadelphia veterinary hospital,
scientists reported that over a three-year
period, 38 dogs, cats and other pets
caught a drug-resistant staph infection.
They think six
of the animals caught the bug from
hospital workers. But it's likely that at
least some of the other cases were spread
to pets by their owners, said Shelley
Rankin, chief of clinical microbiology at
Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine.
"I don't think
its necessarily that you come home and pat
Fluffy on the head and then Fluffy gets
sick," said Rankin, who presented the data
last week at a medical conference in
But given that
an estimated one in every 100 people
carries such bacteria in the nose, it
could be transmitted by closer contact,
"We pick them
up, kiss them on the face. We let them
lick us," she said. "Then they lick their
were infected with methicillin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterial
infection that is typically hard to treat,
although all the pets recovered.
26 dogs, eight cats, three parrots and one
developed skin and ear infections. The
cats got urinary-tract infections; the
parrots, skin infections; the rabbit, an
In people, the
germ often appears as a nasty skin
infection but can also cause other
don't know if the bacteria spreads from
animal to animal, although dogs don't
naturally harbor it.
may have caught the bug at other vet
clinics before they arrived at Penn's Ryan
Veterinary Hospital or they may have
caught it from their owners, Penn
Penn's veterinary and human medical
schools began a study of the health of
pets and their owners. Researchers
initially are looking at 25 owner-animal
pairs but want to expand that number.
For more than
a decade, medical journals have carried
occasional reports of human-to-animal
transmission of such infections.
have reported animal-to-human
Veterinary Specialists, a large animal
hospital in the Atlanta suburb of Sandy
Springs, saw only two
methicillin-resistant staph infections in
the thousands of animals it cared for in
the past year.
such infections in animals and their
owners is a new endeavor, said Mark
Dorfman, a veterinarian and owner of the
The above is an
article written by Mike Stobbe
(Associated Press). Found in the Sunday,
March 26, 2006 issue of The
Arizona Republic newspaper.
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To Save An Old Dog's Brain
liked your column on doggy
cognitive dysfunction) and
the importance of walking
dogs. On your advice, I take
my dog for a mile walk every
day. At 77, I feel better
and so does Lady (a black
Labrador retriever), 10.
Now that you’re walking, you
might try another powerful way
to delay or prevent cognitive
decline in dogs: Change the
environment, perhaps by
rotating toys. I love Nina
Ottosson dog toys. And I’m a
fan of food-dispensing toys:
Hide them (reasonably) so a
dog searches for meals.
If you spot signs of
confusion or changes in sleep
cycles, see your vet. Early
diagnosis increases the odds
of dealing with a cognitive
issue if, in fact, that is the
problem (pacing may not
indicate confusion but a dog’s
hesitation to lie down because
it hurts). For cognitive
difficulties, your vet might
suggest a prescription diet,
or one of several drugs and
Information Source: The above
is an article written by Steve
Dale. Found in USA WEEKEND
magazine June 1-3, 2012 issue.
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Here Are Ten Early
Cancer Warning Signs For Your Dog
Abnormal swellings that persist or
continue to grow.
• Sores that do not heal.
• Weight loss.
• Loss of appetite.
• Bleeding or discharge from
any body opening.
• Offensive odor.
• Difficulty eating or
• Hesitation to exercise or
loss of stamina.
• Persistent lameness or
• Difficulty breathing,
urinating or defecating.
If you notice any of these
signs "Please" take your pet for a
checkup at your local veterinarian.
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