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It's time for vacations and weekend trips and many pets want to come, too. It may sound simple to just load Fido into the back seat and hit the road but there can be a lot more to it depending on where you are going. Here are some considerations:
Think about how the adventure will work for your pet and what facilities and equipment you will need to pack. Check with your airline for special requirements.
AND ABOVE ALL, HAVE A GREAT TRIP!!
FOR MORE DETAILS VISIT OUR PET TRAVEL PAGE BY CLICKING HERE
After the FDA released an update this past month, we are finding more and more people are aware of this problem but we are still seeing plenty of dog owners who need to be reached.
THE RECAP: The FDA has been investigating grain-free dog foods and their relationship with Dilative Cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart muscle becomes flabby and weak.
WHAT WE KNOW: 515 dogs and 9 cats have been included in the reported group. 90% of these animals were on grain-free diets. 93% were eating a diet featuring peas or lentils. Deficiency of taurine, an amino acid, classically causes dilative cardiomyopathy in certain dog breeds and in cats but the animals reported do not have taurine deficiencies. It is not clear what about these diets is the problem. Investigators are cautioning against the use of "BEG" diets (BEG stands for Boutique-Exotic ingredient-Grain-free) diets.
Before the July 2019 update from the FDA, it was hard to say what constitutes a "boutique" diet and what exactly makes an ingredient exotic. There is now a published list of the diets that have had the most cases reported. Investigators recommend against feeding foods with peas, chickpeas, beans, tapioca, or lentils in the first 5 ingredients.
Here is the list of most frequently implicated brands:
Dogs and cats with food allergies commonly need a grain-free diet but normal animals absolutely do not. If your pet genuinely needs a grain-free diet for medical reasons, a proBNP blood test can be used to monitor heart muscle stretch before an actual clinical disease state is reached.
The Companion Animal Parasite Council monitors parasite trends, educates both veterinary professionals and pet owners, and formulates guidelines on deworming and parasite protection. Lots of parasites are transmissible to humans, especially children. If this is all news to you, check out the website that CAPC has put together for the general public.
Pets are exposed to parasites by hunting and consuming prey (including eating bugs), eating uncooked foods, licking dirt off their feet, and from sharing areas with urban wildlife.
Children are exposed to parasites by not washing their hands effectively, running around barefoot, and eating inadequately washed or cooked foods.
Click the above link for more information.
...that FLEAS CAN BE LETHAL?
The L.A. County Health Department has noted nearly twice as many rabid bats this year compared to last year.
People think of rabies as a problem for the third world but, in fact, usually 15% of local bats test positive for rabies. The reason we don't see rabies here is because of mandatory vaccination of companion animals.
Bats are the main reservoir species for the rabies virus in LA County, and the 2019 rabid bat season is underway. As of June 11th, a total of 9 rabid bats have been found so far in LA County this year. One of the rabid bats was found at a school, five were found outside of private residences, one was found outside of an apartment building, and two were found outside of businesses. For more information:
Canine influenza outbreak in Oakland, CA. 200 dogs quarantined.
Keep in mind that canine flu is most contagious before symptoms set in and is still contagious for three weeks after symptoms resolve. Life-threatening pneumonia can result and to prevent small outbreaks from turning into large outbreaks (like what happened in Chicago 2015), the L.A. County Health Department has asked for all dogs who contact other dogs to get vaccinated asap so as to generate herd immunity.
Drug-resistant Salmonella linked to pig ear dog treats. 93 people sick. No deaths.
Contaminated pig ears have been linked to drug-resistant Salmonella infections in 27 states. A recall is in progress for Pet Supplies Plus.
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