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A near fatal dog lick?

Posted in Cats, Dogs, Other diseases
I like to write about interesting papers that appear in the medical literature. A problem with that is that it’s often weird cases that get published.  So, it’s important to keep things in perspective. Regardless, reports of rare things still provide some insight, as long as people don’t over-react (which, unfortunately, is often the case).… Continue Reading

Another human Staph (pseud)intermedius infection

Posted in Dogs
Dr. Stephen Page, regular supplier of good material, sent me a couple papers from the Quarterly Journal of Medicine the other day. One’s an interesting report of ‘Staphylococcus intermedius’ infection in a person, in a case report entitled ‘A canine bug in a human heart’ (Koci et al, Q J Med 2015;108:337-338). It’s almost guaranteed… Continue Reading

Cat tongue almost kills man

Posted in Cats
BMJ Case Reports has a recent paper entitled “Cirrhosis, cellulitis and cats: a ‘purrfect’ combination for life-threatening spontaneous bacterial peritonitis from Pasteurella multocida” (Hey et al 2012). (I don’t think we’d be able to use a title like that in a veterinary journal, but they often get away with titles playing on the animal side… Continue Reading

Everyone’s biohazardous…but relax

Posted in Dogs
People sometimes get freaked out by the concept that they have approximately 10-times as many bacterial cells on them as all their own body cells combined. Yes, our cells are a minority in our own bodies, and amongst the trillions of bacteria we carry are many that could kill us given the opportunity. Yet, we… Continue Reading

Rabies isn’t always from bites

Posted in Dogs
While rabies is classically transmitted from animals to people by bites, any situation that allows saliva from an infected animal to get past the body’s protective skin barrier can result in infection. Graeme Anderson, a 29-year-old South African canoeist, recently died after contracting rabies from a sick dog for which he was caring. There was… Continue Reading

Staph food poisoning…possible pet reservoir

Posted in Cats
When it comes to public health concerns about staphylococcal bacteria from pets, most of the attention gets paid to methicillin-resistant strains like MRSA. That’s not surprising considering how important MRSA is in human medicine. However, staph that aren’t methicillin-resistant can also be a problem, since they can cause the same types of infections that resistant types… Continue Reading

A dog’s tongue is not a medical device

Posted in Dogs
Using logic akin to "Chocolate cake? It has flour, eggs and milk. It’s virtually health food. You should eat it every day.", AllPetNews.com has an article on its site entitled "Dog saliva has healing properties." The article focuses on potential beneficial compounds in saliva, with specific reference to a University of Florida (Gainesville) discovery of… Continue Reading

Group A strep and dogs

Posted in Dogs
I was asked this the other day, in regards to a post about pets and recurrent strep infections in people: "You listed a few things to remember and one of them was how the pet might be an "innocent bystander infected by a family member."  Is there any indication that a dog  might get sick… Continue Reading