Scott Weese

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Scott Weese is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Guelph, and Public Health and Zoonotic Disease microbiologist for the University's Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses. After graduating with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and spending time in private practice, he completed an large animal internal medicine residency and Doctor of Veterinary Science graduate program. He is board certified in internal medicine by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is Chief of Infection Control at the Ontario Veterinary College Teaching Hospital. He has an active research program focusing on infectious diseases, particularly those that can be transmitted between animals and people. He lives outside of Guelph, Ontario with his family and a collection of pets, including a dog, cat, fish and a herd of rare-breed sheep.


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The other Dirofilaria

Most of the time, when we talk about the parasite Dirofilaria in animals, we’re talking about Dirofilaria immitis….heartworm. However, it’s not the only member of the family that is found in dogs and cats. Another one, Dirofilaria repens, is present in those species in many regions, and it can also spread to people (via mosquitoes).

A recent report from Belarus, highlighted in ProMed-Mail describes 21 cases of dirofilariasis caused by D. repens. Interestingly, this is a relatively new finding for the area, as the disease was not reported until the mid to late 1990s.

This parasite naturally infects dogs, cats, and a variety of wild carnivores like wild canids (wolves, coyotes, foxes). Mature worms live in tissues under the skin of a suitable host and there, they produce larvae (microfilaria). These larvae enter the bloodstream and can then be taken up by mosquitoes. If a mosquito feeds on an infected animal and then a person, it’s possible for it to transfer the larvae into the person. People aren’t natural hosts, and the parasite almost never develops into its adult state. However, as the parasite undertakes its futile migration through a person’s tissues, trying to find a place to mature, the body mounts an immune response. This results in local inflammation, typically with development of little nodules. Very rarely, more serious infections can occur…. Surgical excision of the nodule, +/- antiparasitic drugs is the typical treatment.

Heartworm prevention practices should also prevent establishment of D. repens infections in dogs. Control of the parasite in the dog population would be an important control measure, but if the parasite is present at high levels in wild animals, that would complicate things. Basic mosquito control and avoidance measures also make sense.

 

Another preventable rabies death

A recent rabies death in a Russian man highlights multiple screw-ups that led to the man’s death.

A 50 year old man in Smolino Kovvrosko, Russia was bitten by his cat the end of February.

  • Problem #1. The cat was presumably not vaccinated against rabies. Vaccination is not 100% protective but it’s pretty likely this was an unvaccinated animal. If the cat was vaccinated, the chance of it contracting rabies would have been very low.

The man went to the local ‘medical assistant’, but rabies prophylaxis was not given.

  • Problem #2. Here was the opportunity to initiate the discussion about rabies. This would involve querying the health status of the animal and quarantining it for 10d to see if it developed signs of rabies (which would indicate the need for post-exposure treatment). Those weren't done.

A few days later, the cat started acting strangely. A local vet euthanized the cat. Rabies was not discussed.

  • Problem #3. Malpractice. Plain and simple. A cat with neurological disease needs to be considered a rabies suspect. Bite history must be queried before euthanizing an animal. If rabies testing had been performed or if rabies had been mentioned as a possibility, the man might have been treated.

At multiple timepoints, there were chances to identify the potential for rabies, but multiple people screwed up and the man died as a result. Rabies is virtually 100% preventable with proper post-exposure treatment, but virtually 100% fatal by the time someone develops disease.

The location of this case can be seen at http://www.wormsandgermsmap.com

Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of pyoderma in dogs

Clinical guidelines are fairly new (and limited) in veterinary medicine, although they’re widespread in human medicine. Following up on recent guidelines for diagnosis of treatment of urinary tract infections in dogs and cats, a working group from the International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases (ISCAID) has completed guidelines for the treatment of a common type of skin infection in dogs, superficial folliculitis (pyoderma).

The guidelines have been published in Veterinary Dermatology, and are also available by clicking here, as well as on the Worms & Germs Resources - Pets page.

Dumb internet advice

No, not what I write (although I certainly get enough emails suggesting otherwise... and I'm sure another round of interesting emails is going to be coming at my way shortly).

In the past, and even sometimes still today, public health has had to deal with the phenomenon of having "chickenpox parties." These are events held by well-intentioned but grossly-uninformed parents who deliberately expose their kids to a child with chickenpox in order to "get it over with." Yes, the children will get chickenpox and yes, the children will become nicely immune to the disease thereafter. Most of the time, it’s not really a problem, but then there are the times when a child develops serious (and potentially fatal) complications from chickenpox. Or when one child picks up chickenpox and spreads it to a high-risk child who then develops complications. It went so far at one time that at least one person was selling lollipops laced with chickenpox over the internet (until it was pointed out that this was essentially a bioterrorism activity).

We now have the analogue being recommended in dogs. The basic idea is to take young puppies to an area where distemper virus or parvovirus is likely present, so the puppy will be exposed and vaccination won’t be required.

Sure, it might work.

  • The puppy might get exposed to enough virus to develop an immune response but not cause disease.
  • Or the puppy might get sick and require expensive veterinary care.
  • Or the puppy might get sick and die.
  • Or the puppy might do any one of the three above and also spread the virus to other susceptible dogs, whose owners didn’t make the conscious - and dumb - choice to purposefully expose their dogs to these potentially fatal viruses.

Do vaccine reactions occur?

  • Of course.

Are animals vaccinated more often than needed?

  • Probably. Vaccination intervals are increasing so progress is being made. However, confusing the debate about how long we can go between vaccines with whether dogs should be vaccinated at all is dangerous. There's no doubt that young animals need proper early-life vaccination to prevent these potentially fatal infections.

Does the benefit outweigh the costs?

  • Absolutely. Vaccination has controlled some incredibly important infectious diseases.
  • Choosing not to vaccinate in response to internet rumours isn’t logical and it puts lots of animals at risk.
  • Also, decreasing population vaccination rates increases the disease risk to the dog and cat population overall, since fewer protected animals means more chance of disease circulating from animal to animal to animal before it can be stopped. It’s like the “Wakefield effect”: the surge in some vaccine-preventable diseases attributed to the now-discredited (and former doctor) Andrew Wakefield, whose flawed and unethical research fed the anti-vaccine movement with since-retracted data.

Vaccination of young animals is critical for the control of certain infectious diseases. Recommending otherwise is illogical, and when it’s done by people who should know better, it’s unethical. Hopefully this doesn't get to the point where we need to start tracking the animal equivalent of the Jenny McCarthy Body Count.

Brucella canis in Calgary dogs....more evidence of hazards of dog importation

A cluster of Brucella canis infections has raised concerns in Calgary, Alberta, and hopefully will prompt more discussion about importation of dogs. 

Brucella canis is a bacterium that can infect both dogs and people, although it’s natural host is dogs (more specifically, dogs that are not neutered or spayed). Human infections are quite rare but they can be nasty, and therefore need to be taken seriously. Infections are sporadically identified in dogs in Canada, but it seems to be a very rare disease overall, and most cases I’ve dealt with have been in dogs that were imported.

The latest incident involves identification of brucellosis in five dogs. The first case, not surprisingly, was imported, having come from somewhere in the southern US. Three other dogs also from the southern US had contact with the first dog. The fifth case, concerningly, was a local Alberta dog that had contact with the first dog. There seems to have also recently been another unrelated Brucella canis infection in a local dog that originated from Mexico.

The main human health risk associated with Brucella canis is contact with breeding animals, as the bacterium is shed mainly in vaginal discharge, placental and fetal fluids, semen and aborted fetuses. Contact with dogs that have given birth or aborted is the main concern. The bacterium can be shed in urine, but that seems to be less of a concern, particularly with otherwise healthy dogs. The risk to the general public is therefore quite low, but it’s important to try to control this bacterium because of the potential for serious human disease.

Brucellosis is just one of many potential disease risks with imported dogs. As I’ve discussed previously, there is little to no control over importation of dogs and little comprehensive guidance for people who are importing them. This is a big reason why we are seeing certain "foreign" diseases in dogs in Canada (e.g. leishmaniasis). We sorely need a comprehensive approach to dog importation to help reduce the risk of disease entry and help people who choose to import dogs do so safely.

This cluster of infections can also be found on our new disease tracking site, http://www.wormsandgermsmap.com.

Animal shelter rabies questions

A few questions were sent in by a reader regarding a recent post about rabies in a Texas animal shelter. They’re good ones so I thought I’d cover them here.

I'm a little confused by this. Weren't these shelter dogs vaccinated?

  • Probably not. Many shelters don’t vaccinate against rabies. There are a few reasons for this:
  1. One reason is cost.  From a shelter standpoint, rabies vaccination may even be considered of less importance compared to vaccination against diseases that are more common causes of illness in shelters (such as parvo).
  2. A big reason is that in most regions, rabies vaccines must be given by a veterinarian, and many shelters don’t have much veterinary involvement.
  3. Another consideration is that even if animals are vaccinated in the shelter, they are not considered protected until 28 days after vaccination.
  4. Yet another thing to consider is whether vaccination would have changed anything. Vaccinated dogs would still require a 45 day observation period. That’s much easier than a 6 month quarantine but still problematic and could lead to euthanasia for logistical reasons.

How exactly were these dogs exposed?

  • Good question. It depends how the shelter was run and whether dogs were mixed together or socialized in groups. Sometimes, all dogs end up being considered exposed unless shelter personnel can definitively state that they know a particular dog didn’t have contact with the rabid dog. It’s often hard to say that with confidence, so by default they consider all dogs exposed.

What about vaccinated pets (dog and cat) that live in homes but go outside in suburban or rural environments? How do we know, for instance, that an indoor/outdoor cat hasn't come into contact with a rabid wild animal or feral cat? Do owners of indoor/outdoor cats really know where their cats go and what they do or who they associate with when they're out all day long? And, what about dogs that go out for their last potty break, unattended, in the fenced backyard at night when the wild critters come out? How do we know, really, that our pets haven't been exposed to rabies?

  • We don’t. That’s an inherent risk in life, and a reason that we push for vaccination of all pets. Vaccination isn’t 100% but it will greatly reduce the risk of an animal developing rabies.
  • This is also one of many reasons to make sure animals aren’t allowed to wander outside unsupervised.

Rabies exposure leads to mass euthanasia at Texas animal shelter

A single rabid animal has lead to plans to euthanize 40 dogs at a Texas animal shelter. It’s very similar to a situation I discussed with vet students recently, and it’s one that raises a lot of emotions.

The brief version...one rabid dog was identified in the shelter.

  • This means that consideration has to be given to who (people and animals) was exposed to the dog.
  • If the shelter cannot state with confidence that a particular dog was not exposed to the affected dog (e.g. if they don’t strictly cohort groups and/or follow these practices), then it’s considered exposed. Fortunately, only 40 of the  over 300 animals at this shelter were deemed potentially exposed. It’s not clear if this is because some dogs were considered unexposed or, more likely, that all dogs were considered exposed but cats were kept separately and therefore not exposed.
  • A dog that’s been exposed to rabies needs a 45 day observation period (if properly vaccinated) or 6 month quarantine (if not known to be properly vaccinated) or euthanasia.

What are the odds that any other dogs were actually infected? Very low.

Is euthanasia, then, a reasonable response? Unfortunately, yes, in many situations.

This is where people start to get upset. Why euthanize these perfectly healthy dogs if none were likely going to get rabies and you can simply quarantine them?

At a basic level, I agree. But, when you think about it more, these actions make sense.

  • Yes, the dogs could be quarantined, but how? That would involve keeping them in the shelter for 6 months, since fostering out rabies-exposed dogs would be hard to justify.
  • If they quarantine them in the shelter, they essentially have to keep the shelter closed since it would make no sense to bring in more dogs (that would have to be strictly isolated from the others) and there’s probably little or no room for added dogs anyway.
  • As a result, instead of being admitted to the shelter, the animals might be euthanized on the doorstep, since there’s often not a "plan B" for sheltering.

So, does it make sense to shut down the shelter for quarantine? That’s hard to justify. The net impact on dogs (both those in the shelter and those that would be admitted) plus considerations of shelter operations (e.g. lots of presumably unvaccinated people having to work with potentially exposed animals) need to be part of the discussion.

Unfortunate as it is, this is often the response. Ideally, there’d be a way to isolate these dogs and continue shelter operations (and pay for the extra costs associated with doing this). In the real world, this is rarely an option.

All of this could potentially have been prevented if the affected dog had been properly vaccinated by its original owners.

EHV-1 in the news

There have been a few reports of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) neurological disease over the last couple of weeks and some other cases that have been less well publicized. Hopefully it’s all just been a blip on the radar and not a sign of things to come as equine events start to ramp up at this time of year. However, it would be good for racetracks to take these cases as reminders of the ever-present risk of EHV and the need to try to prevent problems.

Some tracks have taken this issue seriously and are working on infection control and outbreak response plans. In response to one outbreak, a Minnesota track is building an isolation area for infected horses and implementing a variety of infection control measures.

Too often, the response to EHV-1 is only reactive: when there's no immediate problem, people don’t do anything, and when there is a problem, people freak out (and it’s hard to do things right when people are freaking out).

We need a happy middle ground that includes a reasonable response plan (effective and realistic) and proactive measures to both reduce the risk of an outbreak and to facilitate response.

Racetracks are starting to understand the need, although the response is variable. The number of outbreaks and the potential implications of them (e.g. sick or dead horses, cancelled racing, horses banned from going to certain tracks) means that it is in the horse owners’ and tracks’ best interests to do things right. What constitutes "right" is a moving target, though, and some people just don’t want to bother.

You can virtually guarantee that there will be EHV-1 outbreaks at racetracks this summer. A limited number of horses will die but there will be massive disruption based on quarantines (sometimes reasonable, often excessive) and other fall-out.

While there’s no way to completely eliminate the risk of EHV in horses, there are many things that can be done to reduce the risk of an outbreak. Some are relatively cheap and easy, such as

  • Ensuring that horses with signs consistent with EHV-1 are promptly examined and isolated
  • Avoiding shipping horses from sales directly into racing barns
  • Cohorting groups on tracks as much as possible to contain incidents to individual barns
  • Fostering routine infection control practices by people who frequently move between barns like veterinarians, farriers and riders/drivers

Other measures may take more time, effort and planning, such as creation of isolation areas and development of clear outbreak response plans. One of the most important things that can be done, however, is improving communication and trust. Often the biggest challenges in outbreaks involve poor communications, such as unwillingness to report cases, egos and agendas that get in the way of effective and timely response, and various other related problems that can be fixed by people thinking and talking to each other.

Some tracks are doing a good job of thinking proactively. Many are taking the "head-in-the-sand" approach. Any track could run into a problem, but my money’s on bigger problems occurring at the tracks that don’t take this problem seriously.

Unfortunately, we’ll be talking more about EHV-1 outbreaks this summer.

H5N8 bird flu in a dog

“Seek and you shall find.”

That might be the simple explanation for why we’re hearing more about spillover of different types of flu viruses into dogs. Sporadic reports of dogs being infected by different flu viruses keep coming in these days, maybe we didn't get this reports in the past because people just often didn’t bother testing dogs when doing surveillance of flu outbreaks in other species.

The latest incident is a report of finding antibodies against the H5N8 avian flu virus in a dog on a South Korean farm. This H5N8 strain is different from the H3N8 canine flu strain that has become a true "dog-flu", having adapted to dogs following spillover from horses.

This potentially emerging H5N8 avian flu virus has caused a lot of concern in southeast Asia as it can be devastating to poultry farms. It doesn’t sound like the dog in this case was sick, but the suspicion is that the dog was infected by eating infected poultry.

Avian flu viruses are a concern because some avian flu types can infect people and cause very serious disease. They can also cause devastating outbreaks in birds. Mixing of avian (and other) flu viruses with human viruses is the biggest concern, as it could potentially create a new pandemic virus that retains its high mortality in people but spreads much more easily like regular human flu strains. Adding more species to the mix adds more potential routes for transmission and flu virus recombination. It's likely that dogs are of little to no concern here, and the dog was probably never infectious - it just got exposed, mounted an immune response and the virus died. However, it indicates the need to consider broader surveillance, involving various companion animal species, when investigation new influenza threats.

Cat attack pins family in bedroom

Actually, the title of this post should be “Obese cat attacks family after being booted in the rear as a disciplinary measure. Family freaks out but wants to keep cat.”

Oh, where to start.

1) A 22 lb cat is obese and there are obviously animal care issues.

2) Kicking a cat in the rear after it objects to having its tail yanked by a baby is hardly an appropriate training measure

3) A cat that will attack with enough vehemence to make a group of adults barricade themselves and call 911 has other behaviour issues.

4) A family that thinks a cat that has a history of aggression and that made them barricade themselves in a room and call 911 is still an appropriate family pet for a household with a seven-month-old child is delusional.

While there may well be more to this story than has been reported, it seems like the baby pulled the cat’s tail, the cat objected and scratched the child, the owner kicked the cat, the cat responded, and the owners ended up locking themselves in a bedroom and calling 911 saying "I kicked the cat in the rear, and it has gone over the edge, He's trying to attack us -- he's very hostile. He's at our door; he's charging us" as the cat screeched in the background.

Yet, after all that they apparently want to keep the cat, though they "definitely want to keep [the cat] away from the baby and keep an eye on his behavior."

Does this cat pose a major risk?

It’s hard to say. Probably not in most circumstances, but it can certainly be sent over the edge and respond very aggressively, something that has apparently happened more than once.

Should this cat be in this household?

Probably not. It’s in a household with a high-risk individual (the baby). Kids sometimes inappropriately handle animals, and this cat clearly doesn’t respond well to provocation. The owners don’t seem equipped to handle this properly. The cat might be perfectly fine in a household where it’s not provoked, but it doesn’t seem like a good fit for this household.

Can anything be done to prevent further problems?

A few things need to be considered. The first is a veterinary exam to make sure there’s not a physical reason for the cat’s response (e.g. is there a problem that made a little tail pull cause severe pain?). A consultation with a veterinary behaviourist (a veterinarian that specializes in behaviour as a result of extensive specialty training - not a self-proclaimed, untrained "pet psychologist" that the owners mentioned) would then be indicated to try to identify why this happened, and how (or whether) it can be prevented in the future.

While rarely (if ever) is there a situation where there should be no pets in households, there are situations where a combination of a certain pet and certain people doesn't fit. This is probably one of those.

Older Entries

March 14, 2014 — Strangles and liability

March 12, 2014 — EHV-1 on Oregon farm

March 5, 2014 — Strangles in the news

March 2, 2014 — Raccoons in the bed

March 1, 2014 — Things not to do with reptiles

February 26, 2014 — Animal Health Laboratory Zoonotic Diseases Report

February 26, 2014 — Rat bite fever...who's to blame?

February 25, 2014 — Rabies in dog(s?) in Texas

February 18, 2014 — Sochi puppy adoptions

February 17, 2014 — Cat bite infections (and dumb headlines)

February 14, 2014 — "Angels' eyes"...and this is a good idea because...?

February 10, 2014 — More on classroom reptiles

February 10, 2014 — More spillover flu cases...2 cats in Canada

February 5, 2014 — Equine neuro herpesvirus outbreak, New Zealand

February 4, 2014 — Raccoon roundworm reminder

February 4, 2014 — The ongoing heartworm controversy

February 2, 2014 — Parvo (again) in a Georgia animal shelter

January 27, 2014 — Rabies in upstate New York horse

January 23, 2014 — New pig disease arrives in Ontario

January 14, 2014 — Rabies vaccination for travelers

January 8, 2014 — H5N1 flu in Canada...a cause for concern?

January 7, 2014 — Dog bite deaths, US, 2000-2009

December 31, 2013 — Rat bite fever...who's liable?

December 26, 2013 — From the archives....the mysteries of the 100 acre wood

December 25, 2013 — All I want for Christmas is hydro...and related musings

December 25, 2013 — "An unwanted gift from man's best friend"

December 17, 2013 — Zoonoses for physicians

December 14, 2013 — From the archives...How do you disinfect a cat?

December 10, 2013 — From the archives...Why should I vaccinate Fluffy, he's an indoor cat? (aka Why I'm glad I vaccinated Finnegan, my indoor cat)

December 9, 2013 — The Twelve Days of Zoonoses

December 2, 2013 — Human health risks from canine flu?

November 26, 2013 — Rabies exposure...the good and bad

November 15, 2013 — Maybe I should buy a hat

November 8, 2013 — The "criticall important antibiotic" debate

November 7, 2013 — Turtles and Salmonella...no surprise there

November 4, 2013 — HIV and pets

October 30, 2013 — The big gun antibiotic controversy

October 16, 2013 — Projectile penguin poop

October 13, 2013 — Rub-a-dub-dub...dog and toddler in a tub??

October 8, 2013 — Feeder rodent Salmonella alert, Ontario

October 8, 2013 — Cat hoarding and E. coli

October 7, 2013 — Brucellosis from Aussie pigs

October 2, 2013 — Cowpox from a cat? Not as strange as it seems.

September 27, 2013 — Where does Clostridium difficile really come from?

September 20, 2013 — 2012 US rabies recap

September 18, 2013 — Is flushable cat litter a public health hazard?

September 9, 2013 — Pets and peritoneal dialysis

September 6, 2013 — Ohio dog disease mystery might be answered

September 6, 2013 — Rabid horse attacks owner

September 2, 2013 — Should a dog with MRSP be spayed?

August 27, 2013 — Eastern Equine Encephalitis alert: Ontario

August 27, 2013 — More on fake service dogs

August 27, 2013 — Rabies alert in Calgary

August 19, 2013 — Salmonella and fair poultry exhibits

August 17, 2013 — So much for the "labour saving device"

August 8, 2013 — Irony...bad luck...rabies-magnet...pick your terminology

August 8, 2013 — More on fake service dogs

August 5, 2013 — Pet-store python kills 2 young boys

August 4, 2013 — New bugs, same story

July 30, 2013 — US Rabies update

July 27, 2013 — Dogs aren't always the biters....

July 22, 2013 — Equine flu at Hastings BC racetrack

July 19, 2013 — Another Capnocytophaga infection

July 13, 2013 — Human health impact of antibiotic use in animals

July 7, 2013 — Why Finnegan's an indoor cat

June 28, 2013 — Death by moggy

June 28, 2013 — Bartonella from needlesticks

June 23, 2013 — Schmallenberg virus and dogs

June 17, 2013 — Hospital animal visitation in the news

June 13, 2013 — Another dog-eats-toe story

June 12, 2013 — More Ontario equine herpesvirus

June 7, 2013 — Shelter dog MRSA panic

June 4, 2013 — Bloodstream infections in horses from contaminated fluids

May 31, 2013 — The Darwin saga continues

May 30, 2013 — Brucella canis infection from a puppy

May 28, 2013 — African dwarf frog Salmonella outbreak recap

May 24, 2013 — Lepto risk factors and research musings

May 22, 2013 — Protocols for contagious diseases at horse shows

May 19, 2013 — Another Australian bat virus in horses

May 16, 2013 — Beware the mongoose

May 9, 2013 — Don't always blame the dog

May 8, 2013 — Chicken diapers...even I couldn't make this one up

May 7, 2013 — Methicillin-resistant staph in animals meeting

May 2, 2013 — Equine herpesvirus in Ontario

April 27, 2013 — H3N2 dog flu, and cats and ferrets

April 24, 2013 — Hot spot...again

April 20, 2013 — New UTI test for dogs and cats...(and a great real estate deal)

April 17, 2013 — Is MRSP in a dog a risk to the family?

April 12, 2013 — Show me the paper...oh wait...

April 9, 2013 — Merlin's big day..hopefully no surgical site infection blog in my future

April 2, 2013 — Hookworm info sheet

March 30, 2013 — Bad headline, worse disease

March 22, 2013 — MRSP infection in a person

March 22, 2013 — 'tis the season for hatching chicks (and hopefully not Salmonella)

March 20, 2013 — Puppy ban

March 18, 2013 — Rat bite fever info sheet

March 17, 2013 — Petting zoo ramblings...

March 10, 2013 — If I can't see it, it doesn't exist...and other fallacies

March 10, 2013 — Pet treat recalls...how to reduce the risk

March 5, 2013 — Bad advice, plagiarism...just another day for a pet food website

March 2, 2013 — Dogs in the delivery room?

February 26, 2013 — Parvo problems in Ontario?

February 26, 2013 — Antimicrobial stewardship: Time for change

February 25, 2013 — Pet treat recall questions

February 18, 2013 — Shelter euthanasia reporting...good or bad?

February 10, 2013 — Bite story sampler

February 5, 2013 — Hedgehog Salmonella update

January 23, 2013 — Rabies update

January 22, 2013 — Expensive cat bite

January 21, 2013 — Wash your hands...Moe's watching!

January 17, 2013 — Do you know what's in your dog's 'bully stick'?

January 17, 2013 — Capnocytophaga and dog bites: Changing disease or more reporting?

January 12, 2013 — Rudolph inquiry in Scotland

January 7, 2013 — Sssnakes and Sssalmonella

January 4, 2013 — Equine herpesvirus in Michigan

December 30, 2012 — Afghan dog adoptions

December 27, 2012 — Petting zoo pathogens

December 26, 2012 — MRSA in an alpaca

December 26, 2012 — Songbird Salmonella in Sonoma

December 24, 2012 — MRSP in urban rats

December 21, 2012 — The Darwin saga: Macaques as pets

December 19, 2012 — Psittacosis closure at Atlanta zoo

December 19, 2012 — C diff sniffing dog

December 12, 2012 — Reptiles, pet stores and child care

December 11, 2012 — Hygiene hypothesis, fecal exposure and other strange musings

December 6, 2012 — Cat tongue almost kills man

December 4, 2012 — Rat bite fever in a person with HIV/AIDS

December 4, 2012 — More equine herpesvirus, this time in Minnesota

December 3, 2012 — Monkey bites in the military

November 25, 2012 — Connecticut officials tracking possible rabies exposure

November 23, 2012 — Turtles, Santa and pre-Christmas returns

November 19, 2012 — To lepto or not to lepto...

November 9, 2012 — Ferret legging...a sport?

November 8, 2012 — Merlin has Campylobacter...so what?

November 8, 2012 — Hendra vaccination now a reality

November 1, 2012 — Fecal cytology in dogs. What does it mean?

October 30, 2012 — What does a puppy have to do with herd health?

October 30, 2012 — Streptococcus zooepidemicus: Bar-coding the bad guys

October 29, 2012 — New arrival...

October 29, 2012 — Identifying the "right" parasite control program

October 25, 2012 — Will genomics eradicate strangles?

October 24, 2012 — Equine coronarvirus...a new problem?

October 23, 2012 — Canine flu: Risk to horses?

October 21, 2012 — Ontario restrictions on Illinois race horses

October 17, 2012 — Dear vet clinic design 'experts': Pet owners aren't stupid

October 16, 2012 — Everyone's biohazardous...but relax

October 12, 2012 — Staph 'intermedius' infections from dogs

October 8, 2012 — E coli outbreak and dog risks

September 28, 2012 — Flesh-eating disease in a dog

September 27, 2012 — Boy Scouts not so prepared this time

September 23, 2012 — Petting zoo E coli: Wales

September 22, 2012 — New Dirofilaria species in dogs and people

September 19, 2012 — LCMV in rodent facility workers

September 17, 2012 — NDM-1 in a cat

September 16, 2012 — Another rabid beaver

September 14, 2012 — Echinococcus in Canada

September 9, 2012 — 2011 US Rabies recap

September 8, 2012 — Guelph Humane Society reopens

September 7, 2012 — Biohazardous hedgehogs

September 7, 2012 — More canine norovirus

August 31, 2012 — Newmarket OSPCA in the news...again

August 31, 2012 — Rare Eastern equine encephalitis infection in a dog

August 30, 2012 — Equine West Nile virus advisory: Ontario

August 28, 2012 — More dumb pet problems

August 27, 2012 — CDC resource for veterinary health and safety

August 25, 2012 — Banner year for West Nile virus

August 23, 2012 — Another shelter outbreak...a different response

August 22, 2012 — Transfusion-associated equine infectious anemia

August 18, 2012 — KW shelter ringworm outbreak continues

August 10, 2012 — Dog bite infections in the news

August 9, 2012 — KW Humane Society outbreak update

August 8, 2012 — Eastern Equine encephalitis alert: Ontario

August 8, 2012 — Local shelter ringworm outbreak

August 7, 2012 — Killer rabbits and other strange rabid animals

August 6, 2012 — Salmonella in zoo education reptiles

August 6, 2012 — Petting zoo deficiencies

August 5, 2012 — Guinea pigs and ringworm

August 5, 2012 — Vesciular stomatitis in Colorado

July 30, 2012 — Essential oils...the overlooked MRSA "solution"?

July 24, 2012 — Horse shipping infections...are drugs the answer?

July 24, 2012 — Reptile rage

July 23, 2012 — Antibiotics...time to close some loopholes

July 22, 2012 — African Dwarf Frogs info sheet

July 13, 2012 — Ok...maybe we should think about zebras sometimes

July 13, 2012 — Biohazardous bandicoots? Playground Salmonella outbreak in Australia

July 10, 2012 — Yes, dogs can get salmonellosis

July 10, 2012 — "Lamb open house" became "Q-fever open house"

July 9, 2012 — Rabies virus survival

July 8, 2012 — Tuberculosis and dogs

July 2, 2012 — African Dwarf frog ban in Markham, Ontario

June 30, 2012 — Eastern equine encephalitis in South Carolina

June 26, 2012 — Pet travel misinformation

June 25, 2012 — Biohazardous baby raccoons

June 24, 2012 — More non-bite-associated rabies

June 19, 2012 — Israel issues rabies travel warning for tourists to India

June 17, 2012 — Rabies isn't always from bites

June 16, 2012 — Plague from pet cat

June 11, 2012 — Elementary school reptile club: good, bad or ugly

June 8, 2012 — Diamond pet food lawsuit

June 6, 2012 — Dr. Seuss for the infectious disease crowd?

June 6, 2012 — Physicians, vets and zoonotic diseases

June 5, 2012 — More Queensland Hendra virus cases

June 4, 2012 — UK dog bite death inquest

May 29, 2012 — And so it continues...Diamond Pet Food Recall

May 28, 2012 — UK rabies update

May 28, 2012 — LDDD outbreak in Ontario

May 25, 2012 — Travel-associated rabies in the UK

May 22, 2012 — Raccoon distemper warnings

May 21, 2012 — Horse smuggling

May 21, 2012 — Diamond Pet Food outbreak continues. Diamond Pet Food Communications..not so much.

May 20, 2012 — Bartonella testing in cats: Marketing or science?

May 17, 2012 — Foot fish risks

May 14, 2012 — Flesh eating disease from a cat bite

May 14, 2012 — Horse flu concerns at French show

May 11, 2012 — Diamond Pet Food recall questions

May 9, 2012 — Latest round of rabies news

May 5, 2012 — Vesicular stomatitis and Canadian horse import restrictions

May 5, 2012 — Diamond Pet Foods Salmonella outbreak

May 1, 2012 — Botulism outbreak kills 23 horses

April 26, 2012 — Dog importation issues

April 20, 2012 — The outbreak that won't go away

April 20, 2012 — Toronto rabies case update

April 17, 2012 — Flea collar withdrawal in France

April 17, 2012 — Rabies in Toronto man

April 13, 2012 — Canine flu in Ontario...not really

April 12, 2012 — Bat on a plane

April 12, 2012 — Canine flu outbreak in Texas

April 9, 2012 — Pasteurella infection from a dog...not likely

April 9, 2012 — Bali rabies update

April 3, 2012 — Rabies exposure and confusion

April 3, 2012 — Salmonella in baby from pet reptile

April 1, 2012 — Pet turtles and Salmonella...why am I not surprised?

March 29, 2012 — Early West Nile virus case in Pennsylvania horse?

March 26, 2012 — Strangles outbreak at Saratoga

March 26, 2012 — Hitch-hiking mosquitoes and emerging diseases

March 23, 2012 — Multistate Salmonella outbreak from chicks and ducklings...surprise, surprise

March 23, 2012 — Botulism outbreak in horses

March 23, 2012 — Was ist MRSP?

March 22, 2012 — Early spring and heartworm questions

March 21, 2012 — Salmonella outbreak from guinea pigs

March 19, 2012 — Canine distemper in Niagara region raccoons

March 13, 2012 — Canine parvovirus in cats

March 11, 2012 — More Moroccan rabies

March 10, 2012 — California equine event biosecurity document

March 2, 2012 — From the kennel cough files....

February 28, 2012 — Army vs parents in soldier rabies case

February 28, 2012 — Rabid horses in Tennessee

February 23, 2012 — Toxoplasma risk factors for cats

February 22, 2012 — Tropical Rhodococcus equi outbreak?

February 22, 2012 — Ontario equine biosecurity seminars

February 20, 2012 — Kennel cough and vets

February 20, 2012 — Another rat bite fever warning

February 14, 2012 — Methicillin-resistant staph...What's in a name?

February 13, 2012 — Obscure bug, obscure journal...but infection from feces in the eye not surprising

February 4, 2012 — Salmonella from turtles...again

February 1, 2012 — Norovirus from dogs?

January 28, 2012 — Dogs as a source of yeast infections?

January 25, 2012 — BC's not-so-West Nile case

January 25, 2012 — Severe Pasteurella infections from palliative pet care

January 24, 2012 — West Nile warning for BC horses

January 24, 2012 — More on MRSA and meat

January 10, 2012 — Bordetella infection from cat to child

January 7, 2012 — Headshaking and equine herpesvirus

January 7, 2012 — Bearded dragon leads to gravy Salmonella contamination

January 6, 2012 — Bat slaughter = Hendra virus control?

January 6, 2012 — Shelter Giardia outbreak from birds?

January 5, 2012 — Human rabies imported from Haiti

January 5, 2012 — Petting Zoo E coli outbreak

January 5, 2012 — Bad 2012 for Hendra virus in Australia

January 1, 2012 — Niagara (NY) SPCA under scrutiny

January 1, 2012 — More US bat rabies

December 29, 2011 — Variable pet bite advice

December 27, 2011 — More snake smuggling

December 22, 2011 — Do surgeons have too much time on their hands?

December 21, 2011 — Pasteurella bone infection from dogs?

December 19, 2011 — Horse rabies in Florida

December 16, 2011 — Human rabies in South Carolina

December 11, 2011 — Pigeon fever in Louisiana horses

December 8, 2011 — Dumb and dumber get campy

December 7, 2011 — Cats as dinner guests

December 4, 2011 — Dog rescue issues

December 2, 2011 — Staph schleiferi in dogs

December 2, 2011 — Never upset the local snake charmer

November 30, 2011 — Occupy San Francisco's canine parvo outbreak

November 28, 2011 — New York hotel-cat restrictions

November 25, 2011 — MRSA control in animals..Finnish style

November 24, 2011 — More canine flu in New York and New Jersey

November 21, 2011 — Toilet research

November 19, 2011 — When does research become bioterrorism?

November 14, 2011 — Raw diets...again

November 10, 2011 — Beat The Bugs: New Biosecurity Venture For Equine Guelph

November 10, 2011 — New guinea pig...new ringworm outbreak

November 6, 2011 — Ongoing canine flu problems in Texas

November 4, 2011 — No Answer In Aussie Horse Deaths

November 3, 2011 — Spike in Michigan canine lepto cases

October 27, 2011 — Weird pets and weird infections

October 23, 2011 — Dead birds, botulism and dogs

October 22, 2011 — Canine papillomavirus

October 17, 2011 — Raccoon invaders and roundworms

October 15, 2011 — NDM-1 in Salmonella...ugh!

October 13, 2011 — Botulism Suspected In Aussie Outbreak

October 10, 2011 — Animal shelter outbreaks

October 10, 2011 — Queensland Horse Deaths Being Investigated

October 7, 2011 — Dealing with dog bites

October 6, 2011 — Equine Quarantine Recommendations

October 5, 2011 — US Rabies update, 2010

September 29, 2011 — World Rabies Day

September 22, 2011 — Canine flu in Texas

September 20, 2011 — Another EHV-1 Equine Hospital Quarantine

September 18, 2011 — EPM Testing

September 16, 2011 — Classroom pets...Things to consider

September 15, 2011 — Equine Infectious Neurological Disease Update: Ontario

September 15, 2011 — Equine Biosecurity Risk Calculator

September 12, 2011 — MRSA from foal to girl

September 12, 2011 — Safe Sex For Horses

September 7, 2011 — Economic Impact Of Aussie Horse Flu

September 5, 2011 — Proposed US dog importation changes

September 3, 2011 — Corynebacterium ulcerans infection from a cat

August 30, 2011 — Ontario Equine Influenza Activity

August 30, 2011 — New BSAVA guidelines for MRSA/MRSP

August 26, 2011 — EIA Outbreak In Arkansas

August 23, 2011 — Bordetella bronchiseptica infection in a cancer patient...kitten suspected as source

August 23, 2011 — MRSA In Aussie Horses

August 22, 2011 — Rabies In New Mexico Horse

August 22, 2011 — 21 Horses Dead In Beirut Racetrack Outbreak

August 22, 2011 — Rabies in illegally imported dog: France

August 13, 2011 — West Nile Warnings

August 12, 2011 — MRSA, spider bites and denial

August 10, 2011 — Dogs as human Lyme disease sentinels

August 8, 2011 — Rabies control: China

August 5, 2011 — Toxoplasma and brain cancer?

August 3, 2011 — Blastomycosis in Michigan dogs

August 1, 2011 — Hendra-exposed dog euthanized

August 1, 2011 — Feral cats and bat-bite-badness

July 27, 2011 — More on dogs and Hendra virus

July 26, 2011 — Hendra virus in a dog

July 21, 2011 — Human rabies in New Jersey

July 19, 2011 — Bat cull for Hendra virus prevention?

July 14, 2011 — Rabies quarantine lawsuit

July 12, 2011 — Puppy seizure on Vancouver Island

July 6, 2011 — Staph food poisoning...possible pet reservoir

July 2, 2011 — Exotic pet problems

July 1, 2011 — Record settlement for pet store-associated infection

July 1, 2011 — Urinary tract infection treatments guidelines: Dogs and cats

June 30, 2011 — Rare tickborne infection in Minnesota woman

June 28, 2011 — Aquarium sued over child's infection

June 24, 2011 — MRSA transmission between hamster and human

June 22, 2011 — A dog's tongue is not a medical device

June 21, 2011 — Rabies post-exposure prophylaxis failure, India

June 18, 2011 — Dirty dog ears, dirty dog ear cleaners?

June 18, 2011 — Another Salmonella outbreak linked to chicks and ducklings

June 17, 2011 — Research posters now available

June 12, 2011 — Infection from raccoon to parrot

June 10, 2011 — Serious infection from a fish tank

June 9, 2011 — Giardia in dogs and cats in Ontario

June 3, 2011 — Newmarket OSPCA ringworm "outbreak" investigation report

June 1, 2011 — Aromatherapy, topical treatment and toxicity

May 27, 2011 — More info about rabies survival

May 26, 2011 — Aquatic frog Salmonella update

May 24, 2011 — Rabies in person in California

May 18, 2011 — Dog bite death

May 17, 2011 — MRSP transmission between people and pets

May 17, 2011 — MRSP info sheet update

May 15, 2011 — Rare rabbit infection in Manitoba

May 13, 2011 — Travel, pets and infectious disease risks

May 12, 2011 — Illegal alligators attract women? Who knew?

May 9, 2011 — Animal first aid kit recall

May 6, 2011 — New petting zoo guidelines

May 3, 2011 — Natural disasters and pet diseases

May 2, 2011 — Rabies in "petting zoo" animals

May 1, 2011 — Another "service dog" problem

April 30, 2011 — Can dogs spread Valley Fever?

April 25, 2011 — TB in a bird...Human health risk?

April 24, 2011 — Plague in New Mexico cat and dog

April 24, 2011 — Dumb Easter decisions

April 19, 2011 — More on vets and MRSA

April 18, 2011 — Pediatrician says kids shouldn't have rats

April 14, 2011 — Human rabies, Michigan, 2009

April 13, 2011 — Elephant TB: Ringling Brothers vs PETA

April 12, 2011 — The dog in your bed probably won't kill you

April 10, 2011 — Pet water frog warning

April 9, 2011 — Flesh eating disease from a turtle?

April 6, 2011 — Vets sued over MRSA

April 4, 2011 — Resistant heartworm, cause for concern?

April 4, 2011 — Leptospirosis vaccination in dogs

April 1, 2011 — Treat the pet, not the lab result

March 29, 2011 — Spring is here, so are chicks in classrooms

March 28, 2011 — Dead birds around a feeder: What to do?

March 27, 2011 — Zoo flu

March 27, 2011 — Anyone seen a cobra?

March 24, 2011 — When not to bring your dog to work

March 23, 2011 — I have MRSA...should my pet be tested?

March 20, 2011 — Radiation fallout risk for pets?

March 20, 2011 — Kinkajou owners beware

March 16, 2011 — Psittacosis outbreak from a bird fair

March 14, 2011 — Rabies update

March 12, 2011 — Murray Valley encephalitis suspected in Aussie man and horses

March 12, 2011 — Pet raccoon attackes baby, owners in denial

March 10, 2011 — Another pet treat recall

March 10, 2011 — Beware of the "Rango" effect

March 8, 2011 — Elephant-human transmission of tuberculosis

March 8, 2011 — Wierd Mycobacterium infection in a ferret

March 6, 2011 — H1N1 flu outbreak in ferret shelter

March 5, 2011 — Do you wash your hands at a petting zoo?

March 2, 2011 — Kennel cough vaccination and boarding

February 28, 2011 — Botulism from a pet reptile

February 24, 2011 — Plague in Oregon

February 22, 2011 — Psittacosis (parrot fever) in Taipei

February 21, 2011 — 2010 Animal Rabies Summary

February 17, 2011 — Pets in the Classroom Program

February 13, 2011 — Cobras make bad pets...duh!

February 8, 2011 — Tigers in the bedroom

February 7, 2011 — 'Dead' raccoon takes down wrestling team

February 3, 2011 — Salmonella in pig ear treats

February 1, 2011 — Tularemia alert in Texas

January 31, 2011 — Another pet treat recall

January 31, 2011 — Disinfectants and questionable advertising

January 21, 2011 — Cowpox in a dog

January 17, 2011 — Pets and strep

January 12, 2011 — Chinchillas and Giardia

January 10, 2011 — Reducing risks with raccoon latrines

January 6, 2011 — Rabies in an animal shelter

January 4, 2011 — Miami Beach's Cat Poop Map

January 3, 2011 — Rabies follies in Massachusetts

December 28, 2010 — Pseudorabies in dogs

December 26, 2010 — Cryptosporidiosis and petting zoos: England and Wales

December 26, 2010 — No good deed goes unpunished: Cat rabies version

December 24, 2010 — Rabies in Guangdong, China

December 23, 2010 — Tuberculosis in pets: The treatment quandry

December 22, 2010 — Rabies vaccine failure in dogs and cats

December 21, 2010 — Rabies post-exposure prophylaxis for dogs

December 20, 2010 — Tuberculosis exposure from a dog

December 17, 2010 — UK crackdown on alternative medicine claims

December 15, 2010 — Tegus and Salmonella

December 9, 2010 — Another Ontario canine respiratory disease outbreak

December 7, 2010 — Dog causes airplane diversion

December 4, 2010 — US dog bite data, 2008

December 3, 2010 — Otter attack update

November 30, 2010 — Dogs and Giardia types

November 29, 2010 — Attack of the (maybe) rabid otter

November 26, 2010 — Swedish antimicrobial guidelines

November 25, 2010 — Researchers uncover medical mysteries of the 100 acre wood

November 23, 2010 — Kennel cough clusters

November 19, 2010 — Urban chicken debate

November 16, 2010 — What is a probiotic?

November 15, 2010 — Salmonella and iguanas: a rebuttal

November 14, 2010 — Infectious disease considerations for fostering pets

November 11, 2010 — Pet food (beef) recall: Canada

November 8, 2010 — MRSP in the park

November 6, 2010 — Reptile warning changes proposed in Texas

November 4, 2010 — Raccoons attack baby

November 3, 2010 — Rabies treatment question

November 1, 2010 — Leptospirosis death: UK

October 30, 2010 — Unusual bite in a vet clinic

October 29, 2010 — Tiger park Salmonella outbreak response...weird

October 28, 2010 — Dog deaths linked to Queen Elizabeth's estate

October 27, 2010 — Kids, reptiles and Salmonella: Merseyside, UK

October 27, 2010 — Whooping cough and pets

October 25, 2010 — Probiotic safety

October 22, 2010 — Tiger attack in Wisconsin

October 20, 2010 — California Vet Association park safety tips

October 16, 2010 — Pet bird linked to human infection?

October 13, 2010 — Canine leptospirosis warning: Ontario

October 13, 2010 — Rabies galore

October 11, 2010 — 2009 US rabies recap

October 10, 2010 — Horse bite leads to meningitis

October 10, 2010 — Peritoneal dialysis infections and pets

October 9, 2010 — Travel-associated rabies: US

October 6, 2010 — Salmonella outbreak claims 3rd tiger

October 2, 2010 — Public Health Agency of Canada issues reptile Salmonella warning

September 30, 2010 — Prairie dog flea control

September 30, 2010 — Psst...Wanna vaccinate your dog?

September 27, 2010 — Chinese rabies vaccine fraud

September 20, 2010 — Classroom squirrel

September 17, 2010 — Rabies vaccination of kids in the Philippines

September 16, 2010 — Vaccine reactions: Real and imagined.

September 14, 2010 — Equine rabies vaccination poll

September 13, 2010 — Ohio animal regulations (or lack thereof) under scrutiny

September 11, 2010 — Fatal dog bite

September 9, 2010 — Petting zoo disease prevention

September 8, 2010 — Salmonella/salmonellosis...infection/carriage...what does it all mean?

September 5, 2010 — Expensive dog poop

September 5, 2010 — Giardia in London (UK) shelter

September 3, 2010 — Pets in the workplace...good or bad?

August 31, 2010 — Dog cull considered in Israel

August 27, 2010 — Leptospirosis in Michigan

August 27, 2010 — Tiger smuggler thwarted

August 25, 2010 — Human rabies death in Louisiana

August 24, 2010 — Rabies vaccination requirements

August 21, 2010 — Mass rabies exposure from raccoon

August 19, 2010 — Toddler risks losing eye to dog parasite...maybe

August 16, 2010 — What not to do in a vet's office

August 15, 2010 — Clostridium difficile and hospital visitation dogs

August 13, 2010 — Plague in Saskatchewan

August 11, 2010 — NDM-1, a new threat?

August 9, 2010 — Pet food/Salmonella outbreak

August 8, 2010 — Plague in Montana cat

August 8, 2010 — Salmonella recalls: When to test

August 6, 2010 — E. cuniculi from rabbit to dog?

August 6, 2010 — Cats and bats and rabies

August 5, 2010 — Another service animal scam

August 3, 2010 — Dog as scalpel...maybe effective but not recommended

August 3, 2010 — Diagnosing Salmonella

August 2, 2010 — Look up before opening your mouth

August 2, 2010 — Peritoneal dialysis and pets

August 1, 2010 — Expanded Iams recall

July 30, 2010 — Is Staphylococcus schleiferi zoonotic?

July 29, 2010 — Frozen mice recall: Salmonella

July 26, 2010 — Iams recall: Salmonella

July 24, 2010 — Pet therapy: What about the risks to the animals?

July 22, 2010 — Occupational "oops"

July 20, 2010 — More animal smuggling

July 19, 2010 — Rabies update

July 17, 2010 — I have Clostridium difficile...Should my dog be tested?

July 17, 2010 — Internet advice: The good, the bad and the ugly

July 16, 2010 — New service dog scam?

July 14, 2010 — Trap/neuter/release controversy

July 12, 2010 — Turtle on a plane...but not for long

July 8, 2010 — Biohazardous cell phones

July 6, 2010 — MRSP infection in a person

July 6, 2010 — Famous Fox bitten by rabid cat

July 5, 2010 — Infection control...how things have changed

July 3, 2010 — Salmonella recalls

June 30, 2010 — Guide dog attacks

June 30, 2010 — Livestock-associated MRSA in dogs

June 28, 2010 — Rabies, rabies, and more rabies

June 24, 2010 — Salmonella recall: Pet vitamins

June 22, 2010 — Robotic pet therapy?

June 22, 2010 — Russian poop patrols

June 17, 2010 — Service dog training silliness

June 16, 2010 — Stupid, drunk and owner of a venomous exotic pet... Bad combination

June 16, 2010 — Rabies outreak still underway in Bali

June 16, 2010 — Putting "One Medicine" into action

June 14, 2010 — Sequence type 398 MRSA infection from horse to human

June 9, 2010 — Tick bite irony

June 5, 2010 — Live every day like you have MRSA

May 31, 2010 — Service animal scrutiny

May 29, 2010 — Baylisascaris and dogs

May 27, 2010 — Raw Q and A

May 25, 2010 — Strep zoo infections in people

May 24, 2010 — MRSA, antibiotics and dogs

May 20, 2010 — More raw debate

May 19, 2010 — Raw diets banned by Delta Society

May 17, 2010 — Different shelter outbreak, different issues

May 14, 2010 — Ringworm recommendations

May 13, 2010 — Why do shelter outbreaks occur?

May 8, 2010 — Another Staphylococcus pseudintermedius infection

May 6, 2010 — Rabies exposure results in 2 dead dogs

May 1, 2010 — Dogs also affected in 2007 Australian equine flu outbreak

April 28, 2010 — Despite the stories, Texas woman didn't get rabies from a puppy

April 28, 2010 — Fatal psittacosis in a parrot owner

April 27, 2010 — Franklin the potentially biohazardous library turtle

April 26, 2010 — Cause of Bahraini horse outbreak identified

April 25, 2010 — Skin infections in dogs: Stopping the downward spiral

April 24, 2010 — Eliminating E. cuniculi in the household

April 21, 2010 — FDA issues dog bone warning

April 19, 2010 — Hit by car - How to help and how to be safe

April 17, 2010 — Cryptosporidiosis from wildlife centre lambs

April 13, 2010 — Dog bites Maradona

April 11, 2010 — Rabies vaccination of adopted cats... Why not?

April 7, 2010 — Survival of MRSA in swimming pools

April 5, 2010 — Distemper outbreak in California

April 2, 2010 — Ongoing rabies problems in Moscow

March 30, 2010 — Urine collection: Why "pee into the cup" doesn't work for dogs and cats

March 29, 2010 — Easter chicks and Salmonella

March 28, 2010 — Raw diet "research"

March 25, 2010 — Tamiflu and parvovirus in dogs

March 23, 2010 — My dog has MRSP... Should I be concerned?

March 22, 2010 — Drug discovery disparity

March 17, 2010 — Ascaris lumbricoides and dogs

March 14, 2010 — Raw food recall expanded

March 14, 2010 — 2009 feline H1N1 case published

March 12, 2010 — The things my dogs eats...

March 11, 2010 — West Nile virus from pony to vet student

March 8, 2010 — Deworming dogs... How often?

March 7, 2010 — Composting pet waste

March 4, 2010 — Heartworm in people

March 2, 2010 — Indian man's approach to rabies prevention not recommended

February 26, 2010 — Ear mites and the strange pursuit of knowledge

February 25, 2010 — Stray dog rabies vaccination debate

February 25, 2010 — Giardia outbreak closes shelter

February 21, 2010 — Dog bites, the bad and the surprising

February 18, 2010 — Distemper in raccoons and dogs

February 16, 2010 — Raccoon vaccination in New York

February 15, 2010 — Raw food recall: Salmonella

February 12, 2010 — Big gun antibiotics in pets

February 12, 2010 — Tiger troubles in Ontario

February 10, 2010 — Rat bite fever leads to pet store lawsuit

February 7, 2010 — Cold weather + iguanas = botulism in dogs?

February 5, 2010 — Watch out for rabbit pee

February 3, 2010 — Kissing a frog might get you more than a prince

February 2, 2010 — Autism/vaccine link study now fully retracted

February 1, 2010 — Reptiles and infants don't mix

January 28, 2010 — Antagonzing piranha... Maybe not a good idea

January 27, 2010 — 2008 Australian Hendra virus recap

January 26, 2010 — More rabid raccoons in Central Park

January 25, 2010 — Musings about antibiotic therapy in dogs and cats

January 24, 2010 — Staphylococcus (pseud)intermedius meningitis in a child

January 22, 2010 — Fewer sinks in veterinary clinics??

January 20, 2010 — Bare feet and horse bugs

January 20, 2010 — More on pets and the risk of MRSA

January 19, 2010 — Rabid calf at educational centre

January 8, 2010 — Seagulls, beaches and bad bugs

January 5, 2010 — Handling rabies exposure in horses

January 5, 2010 — PInworms and pets

January 4, 2010 — Leptospirosis and cold weather

January 1, 2010 — Eye protection urged for people with tarantulas

December 31, 2009 — Child+reptile zoo - (infection control+hand hygiene) = lawsuit

December 29, 2009 — Rabies in a household but hopefully not in a nursing home

December 27, 2009 — Beaver attack, Part 2

December 23, 2009 — Internet exotic pet dealer horrors

December 22, 2009 — Risk factors for MRSA in dogs

December 22, 2009 — Boy attacked by beaver

December 17, 2009 — Bali rabies vaccination plan

December 16, 2009 — Over-indulgence: Canine-style

December 14, 2009 — Bulk bin rawhides

December 10, 2009 — Rabies post-exposure prophylaxis for dogs

December 10, 2009 — Salmonella from frogs

December 8, 2009 — Hepatitis C and cat scrathes

December 7, 2009 — Snakes and cakes

December 6, 2009 — Another fatal strep outbreak at a shelter

December 5, 2009 — Rabies quarantine in (and of) Santa Cruz County, Arizona

December 2, 2009 — Bordetella pneumonia in a person from dog vaccine

November 30, 2009 — Lizards on a plane (or greedy idiot on a plane)

November 29, 2009 — H1N1 in a dog

November 28, 2009 — Feline leprosy

November 24, 2009 — Lyme disease from a dog: Don't believe everything you read

November 24, 2009 — Probiotics and obesity

November 22, 2009 — The good and bad of pet therapy

November 20, 2009 — Campylobacter upsaliensis: an overlooked problem?

November 19, 2009 — More H1N1 cat cases

November 16, 2009 — Stray cats and H1N1 influenza

November 15, 2009 — How to remove a skunk from a pool

November 11, 2009 — Family Salmonella outbreak from school reptile

November 8, 2009 — H1N1, cats and the potential for mutation

November 5, 2009 — Human vaccinia infection from rabies bait exposure

November 4, 2009 — How to diagnosis influenza in pets

November 4, 2009 — H1N1 in a cat

November 2, 2009 — 'Registered' service dog scam

November 1, 2009 — Another ferret flu case

October 31, 2009 — Group A strep and dogs

October 27, 2009 — Rabies death in Indiana

October 26, 2009 — No spleen + dog bite = beware

October 23, 2009 — Pets and H1N1 revisited

October 21, 2009 — Horse Strep in a person via a dog

October 20, 2009 — Deja vu all over again: Turtles and Salmonella

October 19, 2009 — News flash: You can't sue a dog

October 18, 2009 — Staph pseudintermedius infection in a person

October 16, 2009 — Internet drug buyers beware

October 14, 2009 — Who should pay for Hendra virus research?

October 13, 2009 — Rabies and roadkill

October 11, 2009 — How do you disinfect a cat?

October 11, 2009 — Antibiotics, pets and Clostridium difficile

October 8, 2009 — Rabies in vaccinated dogs and cats

October 5, 2009 — Herd immunity is not just for cows

October 5, 2009 — Pet bear kills woman

October 5, 2009 — So you've been bitten by a dog....

October 1, 2009 — Giardia in dog parks

October 1, 2009 — "Family protection" screening of healthy pets

September 30, 2009 — The John Snow Pub

September 30, 2009 — Bali rabies situation not improving

September 28, 2009 — MRSA outbreak in Dutch horses

September 26, 2009 — Vancouver petting zoo outbreak numbers climb

September 26, 2009 — Good drugs in Saskatoon

September 25, 2009 — MRSA prognosis in dogs

September 23, 2009 — Live from London: MRSA in Ohio

September 19, 2009 — Fergus Fall Fair folly

September 18, 2009 — Service animal stink in Yonkers

September 18, 2009 — Rabies tales from Los Angeles County

September 17, 2009 — Boil water advisories: What to do with dogs?

September 16, 2009 — The "Truth" about vaccinations?

September 15, 2009 — Petting zoo outbreak investigation continues

September 13, 2009 — How not to use antibiotics

September 13, 2009 — Petting zoo improvements

September 13, 2009 — Petting zoo zebra bites off finger

September 12, 2009 — Service dogs in classrooms

September 8, 2009 — Rabies in Bali... Still

September 7, 2009 — Dogs in restaurants

September 5, 2009 — Bat bite in the park

September 4, 2009 — Hendra virus vaccine: For horses or people?

September 2, 2009 — Horse bites

September 1, 2009 — Hendra virus claims life of veterinarian

August 31, 2009 — Methicilin-resistant Staphylococcus schleiferi in pets

August 30, 2009 — Stray cat roundup in New Jersey

August 28, 2009 — MRSA and vancomycin in dogs

August 28, 2009 — Rabies bait safety

August 26, 2009 — "Horse strep" in people

August 26, 2009 — HIV/AIDS, kids and pets

August 26, 2009 — Expired antibiotics: Time's up

August 24, 2009 — Raccoon deterrents

August 23, 2009 — Antibiotic loopholes and lunacy

August 21, 2009 — Veterinarian diagnosed with Hendra virus infection

August 21, 2009 — Tea tree oil in dogs

August 19, 2009 — Raccoon latrines in Chicago

August 19, 2009 — Dropping rabies requirement for licensing: Greedy and dumb

August 17, 2009 — Severe diarrhea outbreak in Florida dogs

August 14, 2009 — Rabid horse in Maryland

August 14, 2009 — Internet ying/yang: Artemisinin use and safety

August 13, 2009 — Comparing dog and cat bites

August 13, 2009 — Experimental treatment for Hendra virus-exposed horse personnel

August 12, 2009 — Do not feed the bears

August 11, 2009 — It's back: Hendra virus in Australia

August 11, 2009 — Attention Sears shoppers... Avoid rabid kittens!

August 11, 2009 — Plague in a Colorado cat

August 9, 2009 — G-force and zoonotic disease

August 9, 2009 — Listeriosis in a dog from recalled meat?

August 8, 2009 — Humane society kids camp

July 31, 2009 — Groundhog day - Not again!

July 29, 2009 — MRSA testing and false advertising

July 27, 2009 — All natural organic antibiotic?

July 24, 2009 — Zebra sidelines football player

July 24, 2009 — Salmonella Apapa from a reptile

July 23, 2009 — Brucella canis: the other Brucella

July 22, 2009 — Leave the rabid cat at home next time

July 20, 2009 — More on Giardia in healthy dogs

July 17, 2009 — Transmission of herpesvirus from a person to a rabbit

July 15, 2009 — Rabies vaccine access exceptions

July 14, 2009 — Antibiotic use compliance

July 14, 2009 — MRSA and atopy

July 13, 2009 — Tularemia in cats and dogs in Sioux Falls

July 13, 2009 — Giardia and high-risk households

July 10, 2009 — Horse ownership and tetanus exposure

July 9, 2009 — Traveling parasite roadshow

July 7, 2009 — Cats and Q-fever

July 6, 2009 — Dogs and swimming pools

July 2, 2009 — Kids exposed to rabies from stray kitten

June 30, 2009 — Rabies quarantine

June 29, 2009 — Canine influenza vaccination

June 26, 2009 — Antibiotics: how about a dose of common sense

June 26, 2009 — More on service animals and access

June 26, 2009 — Recommended changes in US rabies exposure protocol

June 24, 2009 — A need for a better definition of service animals

June 23, 2009 — Dog bites and MRSA

June 23, 2009 — Mycobacterium bovis... don't blame the cows?

June 22, 2009 — More about turtles and Salmonella

June 21, 2009 — "The other TB" Mycobacterium bovis

June 19, 2009 — EFSA Statement on MRSA in animals and food

June 17, 2009 — Meningitis in a baby linked to pet cat

June 16, 2009 — Another dog cull in China

June 14, 2009 — Red eared slider turtle rebuttal

June 12, 2009 — Black market turtles in Baltimore

June 10, 2009 — Baylisascaris (raccoon roundworm) in cats

June 8, 2009 — Watch your step in Dutch parks

June 8, 2009 — Parasite exposure from pets

June 7, 2009 — Are all Giardia created alike?

June 4, 2009 — Infection control best practices: French version

June 1, 2009 — Alternative heartworm treatments

May 31, 2009 — VRE in Arctic birds

May 29, 2009 — Preventing infections in the home

May 28, 2009 — Macaroni infected with Campylobacter

May 28, 2009 — Stupid things done with bats, part II

May 28, 2009 — Canadian parasite treatment guidelines for pets

May 26, 2009 — Clostridium difficile in the household environment

May 21, 2009 — Feeding wildlife: Bad idea

May 19, 2009 — Doctors, pets and vets Part 2: We need to talk

May 19, 2009 — Testing petting zoo animals

May 18, 2009 — Another reason to stay away from surgeons

May 17, 2009 — Verotoxigenic E. coli in petting zoo animals: UK

May 14, 2009 — Urban chickens

May 13, 2009 — Google goes green with goats

May 11, 2009 — Canine brucellosis in a puppy mill

May 6, 2009 — UK man campaigns to educate about Toxocara

May 3, 2009 — Influenza found in Canadian pigs: human source suspected

May 1, 2009 — E. coli outbreak at a petting zoo

April 29, 2009 — Updated H1N1 (swine) influenza outbreak numbers from WHO

April 27, 2009 — Interactive swine flu map

April 27, 2009 — Pets and household quarantine

April 27, 2009 — EU recommends avoiding US/Mexico travel

April 26, 2009 — Swine flu confirmed in Canada

April 26, 2009 — US government declares public health emergency over swine flu

April 24, 2009 — Sandbox worms

April 22, 2009 — Songbird fever: Salmonella in birds and cats

April 21, 2009 — Climate change and pet health

April 20, 2009 — MRSA strains found in pets

April 18, 2009 — Rabid rat attack

April 17, 2009 — Rabies quarantine in Flagstaff, Arizona

April 16, 2009 — Plague in a rabbit: New Mexico

April 15, 2009 — By the book: Rabies vaccination, titres and exposure

April 14, 2009 — Exotic animals in daycares... another bad idea

April 14, 2009 — Weil's disease from a pet rat

April 13, 2009 — Baby chicks in preschools

April 13, 2009 — Batty decision? Changing rabies exposure recommendations

April 12, 2009 — Doctors, pets and vets

April 11, 2009 — Raccoon roundworm in New York

April 10, 2009 — Chicks in classrooms: Salmonella shouldn't be a sign of spring

April 9, 2009 — Rabid fox comes knocking

April 9, 2009 — Suspected psittacosis in a pet shop worker

April 8, 2009 — Ban the Easter bunny?

April 6, 2009 — Pet therapy and patients with multidrug resistant bacteria

April 4, 2009 — Helicobacter and pets... Is there a link?

April 3, 2009 — Dirty hands, Dirty therapy dogs?

April 2, 2009 — Fatal needle phobia: Rabies in Bali

April 1, 2009 — Possible E. coli O157 infections from dogs

March 31, 2009 — Bird Flu and the Singing Roosters of Java

March 30, 2009 — International Pooper Scooper Week

March 29, 2009 — Needlestick injuries

March 27, 2009 — Falling over Fido: Pet-related fall injuries

March 26, 2009 — CDC recommendations for people with HIV

March 25, 2009 — Service monkeys and horses...where do we stop

March 24, 2009 — No spleen, no pets?

March 23, 2009 — Dog park closed because of bleach contamination

March 20, 2009 — Dietary indiscretion, HIV and dogs

March 19, 2009 — Sandbox season arrives!

March 17, 2009 — Eating dog or cat linked to rabies (?!)

March 15, 2009 — An ounce of prevention... rabies control in dogs

March 13, 2009 — Rabies outbreak in Angola

March 11, 2009 — Bird seed recall: Salmonella

March 11, 2009 — Should I isolate my dog with MRSP/MRSI?

March 8, 2009 — Cowpox from rats

March 4, 2009 — Research finds 10% of dogs may make their owners sick

March 3, 2009 — Urinary tract infections, Part II: Cats

March 2, 2009 — Urinary tract infections, Part I: Dogs

February 28, 2009 — Rabid cat attacks jogger

February 26, 2009 — Rat bite fever

February 26, 2009 — Lungworms in dogs: Parasite risk or marketing ploy?

February 25, 2009 — European bat lyssavirus in cats

February 24, 2009 — Deworming kittens and puppies

February 23, 2009 — New York Times and Pet Health Advice: Bad Combination

February 22, 2009 — Cheap rabies vaccine clinics... good vs bad

February 20, 2009 — Plague isn't back... It never went away

February 18, 2009 — Rabies survival: good news, but don't get too excited

February 14, 2009 — Cats and pregnancy: Not-so-"expert" advice

February 13, 2009 — Parvo in the park

February 13, 2009 — Baby accidents and dog baths

February 12, 2009 — Group B Streptococcus: Don't blame the dog

February 10, 2009 — Why not to feed puppies human breast milk (in case you needed a reason)

February 9, 2009 — Hatching chicks in classrooms

February 8, 2009 — Lambing season and Q fever

February 7, 2009 — Avoiding surgical site infections: No quick & dirty

February 6, 2009 — Dog infection linked to peanut butter Salmonella outbreak

February 5, 2009 — E. coli O157 outbreak tentatively linked to livestock show

February 4, 2009 — Immunocompromised people and pets: testing for Bartonella

February 3, 2009 — Rabies on vacation: Pack some common sense

February 2, 2009 — Stupid things done with snakes

January 31, 2009 — Some Beach, Somewhere

January 29, 2009 — Sharing E. coli with your dog

January 28, 2009 — How long do animals carry MRSP/MRSI?

January 27, 2009 — Dealing with pet bites

January 26, 2009 — Peanut butter recall now affects pet products

January 26, 2009 — Salmonella and turtles info sheet

January 14, 2009 — Tuberculosis in a dog in Ontario

January 12, 2009 — Animal smuggling - Do you know where that pet came from?

January 8, 2009 — Transmission of tuberculosis between a man and his parrot

January 6, 2009 — Big dog, little dog, same dose

January 5, 2009 — Cat attacks Santa: another reason to vaccinate indoor cats

January 1, 2009 — Molecular Diagnostic Testing: Pros and Cons

December 30, 2008 — Clean hands, a New Year's Resolution

December 24, 2008 — Pet vaccine risks

December 22, 2008 — Bathing iguanas - Good ideas done in a bad way

December 21, 2008 — Infection control for small animal veterinary clinics

December 18, 2008 — Strep throat - Don't blame your dog!

December 13, 2008 — Tritrichomonas fetus in cats

December 10, 2008 — My dog has an MRSI infection, should I be worried?

December 9, 2008 — Blastomycosis and dog bites

December 8, 2008 — Human rabies with long incubation time

December 4, 2008 — Human rabies in Missouri

December 1, 2008 — Electrolyzed water: manipulating science for profit

November 29, 2008 — Safe rabbit handling - for you and your rabbit!

November 26, 2008 — Organic meat is not sterile!

November 22, 2008 — Bowls and birds: keeping both clean

November 21, 2008 — Pseudorabies is a more than a pseudoproblem

November 19, 2008 — Stop the presses: sick puppies from a pet store!

November 18, 2008 — Pet pharmacies: the good, the bad and the ugly

November 15, 2008 — Healing with honey

November 14, 2008 — Don't forget fungi: Blastomycosis in dogs

November 11, 2008 — Characteristics of dog bites

November 7, 2008 — Equine infectious diseases

November 5, 2008 — MRSA in veterinary surgeons study: results

November 3, 2008 — Woman pecked by magpie loses leg

October 31, 2008 — Pets and immunocompromised people

October 28, 2008 — Rabies in the US in 2007

October 26, 2008 — Chloramphenicol: the good, the bad, and the "beware"

October 23, 2008 — Can I get kennel cough from my dog?

October 19, 2008 — Rawhide treat recall: Salmonella

October 16, 2008 — Cheap pet vaccines - You get what you pay for

October 10, 2008 — ...but pet fish are absolutely safe... aren't they???

October 6, 2008 — Stupid things done with bats

October 3, 2008 — Your mother was right! Wash your hands

October 1, 2008 — What puts dogs at risk for MRSA?

September 27, 2008 — World Rabies Day

September 26, 2008 — Healthmap

September 25, 2008 — Salmonella outbreak linked to turtles

September 23, 2008 — Treatment of MRSA and MRSP: more than meets the eye

September 20, 2008 — Pet food and Salmonella

September 15, 2008 — Pet food recall: Salmonella

September 15, 2008 — Raw meat feeding revisted, part II: So you want to feed raw meat to your pet...

September 13, 2008 — Raw meat feeding revisited: what are the risks and benefits of raw diets for dogs?

September 8, 2008 — Dogs in restaurants

August 31, 2008 — Transmission of tuberculosis to pets

August 29, 2008 — Banning Bowser from the beach

August 27, 2008 — Listeriosis outbreak in Canada: are pets at risk?

August 26, 2008 — Eastern equine encephalitis in Ontario

August 23, 2008 — Are pregnancy and cats compatible?

August 21, 2008 — Antibody titres versus vaccination: the rabies debate

August 19, 2008 — Protecting your horse and yourself from West Nile virus

August 18, 2008 — "Clostridium" in dogs and cats: what's in a name?

August 16, 2008 — Snakes, mice and Salmonella: a bad classroom combination

August 14, 2008 — Pet treat danger

August 12, 2008 — Cows to vultures to dogs to rabies: unintended consequences

August 10, 2008 — Coroner blames cat in owner's death from E. coli

August 8, 2008 — How did dogs get MRSA?

August 4, 2008 — E. coli and dogs

July 29, 2008 — Old pet, new baby...new problems?

July 25, 2008 — Why does my cat get vaccinated more than I do?

July 22, 2008 — Hot spots

July 20, 2008 — The pinworm myth

July 18, 2008 — Can dogs and cats get Clostridium difficile?

July 16, 2008 — Petting zoos: What's wrong with this picture, Part II

July 15, 2008 — Deadly Hendra virus resurfaces in Australia

July 13, 2008 — Petting zoos: What's wrong with this picture?

July 12, 2008 — Is it a spider bite or MRSA?

July 11, 2008 — "Black Death" in South Dakota - Plagued Prairie Dogs

July 7, 2008 — Should I have my pet tested for Clostridium difficile?

July 5, 2008 — "Pet" bat bites child

July 3, 2008 — Exposure to animal blood

July 2, 2008 — Rabies infection in adopted Iraqi dog

July 1, 2008 — Tapeworms in dogs and cats

June 29, 2008 — Do you know where 'that doggy in the window' came from?

June 27, 2008 — Dog bites cost millions

June 24, 2008 — Rabies awareness month

June 22, 2008 — EU Antibiotic Awareness Day

June 19, 2008 — FDA Requests Seizure of Animal Food Products at PETCO Distribution Center

June 18, 2008 — Pet store sued over bird owner death

June 14, 2008 — Dog flu in Chicago

June 12, 2008 — Dogs and dead birds

June 11, 2008 — Molly the peeing lab

June 6, 2008 — Removing ticks

June 3, 2008 — Dog stool and garbage

June 2, 2008 — Methicillin-resistant staph: what's in a name?

May 30, 2008 — Rabies kills...vaccinate your pets!

May 30, 2008 — Psittacosis

May 30, 2008 — I've been diagnosed with MRSA....could my pet be the source?

May 29, 2008 — Clostridium difficile in dogs

May 28, 2008 — Indoor cats and vitamin D

May 28, 2008 — Dog bite prevention week

May 25, 2008 — Stray kittens

May 24, 2008 — Reptile shows....wash your hands!!

May 22, 2008 — Salmonella-contaminated pet food

May 18, 2008 — West Nile virus in dogs and cats

May 16, 2008 — Pets and strep throat

May 14, 2008 — Parvovirus and Fifth Disease

May 12, 2008 — Keep the 'wild' in 'wildlife'

May 11, 2008 — Prescription pets

May 7, 2008 — Rabies from a bat: tragic and preventable

May 2, 2008 — Rabies vaccination...an Olympic event

April 30, 2008 — HIV/AIDS and dogs

April 28, 2008 — Cats and avian influenza

April 26, 2008 — Hazardous hedgehogs

April 26, 2008 — My dog has MRSA... what do I do?

April 24, 2008 — Pet turtles and Salmonella...When will we learn?

April 23, 2008 — Horse visits hospital

April 23, 2008 — UK Chief Vet says no pets in bed

April 13, 2008 — Pet store sued after hamster-associated death

April 12, 2008 — Sandbox fun...

April 11, 2008 — Why should I vaccinate Fluffy, he's an indoor cat? (aka Why I'm glad I vaccinated Finnegan, my indoor cat)

April 11, 2008 — Are cats the root of all evil?

June 2, 2006 — Research Posters