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Pets as sentinels (and maybe saving lives)

Posted in Dogs
“One Health” gets talked about a lot these days, but is acted on much less often. Getting physicians and vets to talk is tough. Getting physicians to query animal contact is variably successful. Some get it and do it well, others don’t. When I speak to human medical or public health groups about zoonotic diseases,… Continue Reading

Plague from dog

Posted in Dogs
Plague… it’s a term that typically conjures up images of the devastating "Black Death", the pandemic that killed 75-200 million people in Europe back in the 14th century. Yet, it’s not just a historical disease. Plague is still present in a variety of small mammals in different regions worldwide (see map), including parts of the… Continue Reading

Plague from pet cat

Posted in Cats
Plague cases tend to get a lot of press. The fact that this disease killed a large percentage of the human population in a few different pandemics (albeit centuries ago for the most part) probably plays a role in that. Despite the impression by some that it’s just a historical disease, plague is alive and… Continue Reading

Plague in New Mexico cat and dog

Posted in Cats
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The dog in your bed probably won’t kill you

Posted in Cats
A month or two ago, there was a lot of press about the risks of pets sleeping in beds. It was in response to an article in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases that didn’t put forth any new information, but summarized a few diseases that could potentially be transmitted by pets. Unfortunately, the relative risk… Continue Reading

Plague in Oregon

Posted in Dogs
The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports has a short report about two plague cases in the US. Plague, while often thought of as a historical disease (the Black Death), is alive and well in wild rodents in some areas of the world, including parts of North America, and human cases continue to occur. Here… Continue Reading

Prairie dog flea control

Posted in Other animals
In response to a case of plague in prairie dogs in Saskatchewan’s Grasslands National Park, park officials are dusting prairie dog burrows with insecticide to try to control fleas. A single case of plague, a serious bacterial infection caused by Yersinia pestis, was identified in a prairie dog in the park earlier this summer. Plague is… Continue Reading

Plague in Saskatchewan

Posted in Other animals
Plague has been identified in a dead prairie dog in Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan, Canada. This disease, caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, circulates in small wild mammals in some regions, and is spread by fleas. While plague is endemic in some parts of North America, it’s very rare in Canada. (The last reported… Continue Reading

Plague in Montana cat

Posted in Cats
A cat from Ennis, Montana, has been identified as the area’s first case of plague in a pet cat this summer. Plague is a disease that conjures up images of medieval pandemics and calls of "bring out your dead" (along with calls of "I’m not dead yet" from Monty Python fans).This bacterial disease, caused by… Continue Reading

Plague in a Colorado cat

Posted in Cats
A house cat in the Eagle, Colorado area has been diagnosed with pneumonic plague. Plague, caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, is a disease that still strikes fear into people. While we are long since removed from the period where the "black death" killed a large percentage of the population in Europe, plague still has… Continue Reading

Plague in a rabbit: New Mexico

Posted in Other animals, Other diseases
Plague has been diagnosed in a dead rabbit found on a private residence in New Mexico. Plague, also known as the black death, is a highly fatal disease of humans and many animals caused by the bacterium Yersina pestis. While often considered a disease of mainly historical interest – having killed a large percentage of… Continue Reading

Plague isn’t back… It never went away

Posted in Cats, Other diseases
Plague (aka the "black death") is a fascinating disease. It is one of the most important diseases in human history because it had a devastating impact of the human population during various outbreaks. Many people may not realize it, but plague is not just a historical problem – it is still alive and well in some… Continue Reading