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Don’t always blame the dog

Posted in Dogs
As someone who works with zoonotic diseases, I often find myself fighting battles on both sides of the issue. One side is trying to increase awareness about zoonotic diseases (i.e. those caused by microorganisms that are transmitted between animals and humans) and getting people to think about the potential role of animals in human infection.… Continue Reading

Guelph Humane Society reopens

Posted in Cats
The Guelph Humane Society has re-opened after a temporary closure to manage a potential ringworm outbreak. The shelter took an aggressive, proactive approach to the issue, including testing and treatment of all animals and thorough disinfection of the facility. Looking back on a proactive outbreak response like this one, it’s always hard to say if… Continue Reading

Newmarket OSPCA in the news…again

Posted in Cats
On my way to Beth’s soccer practice yesterday, I heard a blurb on the radio about how Frank Klees, MPP (Member of Provincial Parliament) told the legislature that the Newmarket OSPCA was going to euthanize all their animals because of a ringworm outbreak, and that three employees had been fired because they objected to the number… Continue Reading

Another shelter outbreak…a different response

Posted in Cats
‘Tis the season for ringworm, I guess. The Guelph Humane Society has closed to visitors, and adoptions have been suspended in response to concerns about the potential for a ringworm outbreak. Implementing a proactive response, all animals are being tested for ringworm and all cats are being treated. While the scope of the problem isn’t yet… Continue Reading

KW shelter ringworm outbreak continues

Posted in Cats
As expected, the KW humane society ringworm outbreak has gone from "we’ll be open in a couple days" to "it may take months to clear it up." The scope of the outbreak isn’t really clear from press reports, but "a couple" of other animals now have signs of the skin disease. Investigation of the timing… Continue Reading

KW Humane Society outbreak update

Posted in Cats
The latest info on the ringworm outbreak at the KW Human society come from the Waterloo Record (unfortunately there’s still no information on the Humane Society’s own website…). The facility was closed to the public on August 4th because three cats and one dog were showing unspecified signs of ringworm. Samples were collected for testing,… Continue Reading

Local shelter ringworm outbreak

Posted in Cats
A short distance down the road from here, the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society has been quarantined because of an apparent ringworm outbreak. There’s no information on the facility’s website and information in the press has been pretty vague (both concerning aspects), but it sounds like a ringworm outbreak. Adoptions have been ceased and the Humane Society… Continue Reading

Guinea pigs and ringworm

Posted in Pocket pets
As with most "pocket pets," guinea pigs don’t get a lot of attention in the scientific literature. As a result, we are limited in what we know about certain diseases in this species, and we tend to rely a lot on personal experience, small case studies and extrapolation from other species. It’s not that these… Continue Reading

New guinea pig…new ringworm outbreak

Posted in Pocket pets
A Kitchener, Ontario family is dealing with a household outbreak of ringworm, likely contracted from a new pet guinea pig. Ringworm is a fungal infection cause by a few different types of fungi. Some ringworm fungi are able to infect both people and animals, and those can be spread in households from direct contact with… Continue Reading

Animal shelter outbreaks

Posted in Cats
Infectious diseases are continuous challenges for animal shelters. Unfortunately, outbreaks are not uncommon. Sometimes they’re the result bad luck and the inherent risks involved in bringing together  lots of animals of questionable health status from different sources. However, if you compound these risks with things like inadequate facilities, overcrowding, poor training of personnel, poor adherence… Continue Reading

Different shelter outbreak, different issues

Posted in Cats
An Indianapolis area shelter recently put out a public call for foster homes to help deal with an outbreak of respiratory tract disease in cats. They were trying to find homes for sick cats, presumably as part of a plan to depopulate the humane society to help control the outbreak. This is what a lot… Continue Reading

Ringworm recommendations

Posted in Dogs
The OSPCA has changed their plans for management of the ringworm outbreak that is ongoing in a Newmarket, Ontario shelter. Now, some (hopefully all) remaining animals will be fostered out to local veterinarians while the situation is being brought under control. One question that has been asked widely in the press and by the public… Continue Reading

Why do shelter outbreaks occur?

Posted in Dogs
The recent ringworm outbreak in a Newmarket, Ontario shelter has focused a lot of attention on shelter outbreaks, outbreak prevention and management. A common question that I’ve been getting in the last couple of days is "Why do these outbreaks occur?" There are many reasons why an outbreak can develop. I have no first-hand knowledge… Continue Reading

Ringworm at the OSPCA

Posted in Other diseases
Never a dull moment… This morning the Toronto Star published an article about the intended euthanasia of 350 animals at a humane society in Newmarket due to an ongoing ringworm outbreak.  This was quickly followed by another article about the same event that gave a few more details, including some comments from the OSPCA chief… Continue Reading

Testing for ringworm with toothbrushes

Posted in Cats, Dogs, Horses, Other animals, Other diseases, Pocket pets
If your veterinarian suspects your pet may have ringworm, there are several different ways he or she may test for the causative fungus (a dermatophyte) on your animal’s fur and skin.  Some of these techniques are more useful than others in different situations. Wood’s lamp:  A Wood’s lamp is simply a special ultraviolet light.  Approximately… Continue Reading

Ringworm Part 2: Cleaning Up

Posted in Cats, Dogs, Horses, Pocket pets
For more information on ringworm, see the Worms & Germs post Ringworm: Skin fungus by any other name.  The photos here show ringworm lesions on a person’s arm and on a cat’s face, respectively.  (Photo credits: A. Yu, Ontario Veterinary College) Over the past several years, studies have shown that many environmental disinfectants sold and… Continue Reading

Ringworm: skin fungus by any other name

Posted in Cats, Dogs, Horses, Pocket pets
Ringworm infection is not caused by a worm at all – it’s actually a skin infection caused by certain kinds of fungus called dermatophytes. The scientific name for ringworm is dermatophytosis, or dermatomycosis. Some of the more common zoonotic species of dermatophytes found in animals include Microsporum canis, Trichophyton verrucosum, T. equinum, and T. mentagrophytes.… Continue Reading

Hazardous hedgehogs

Posted in Other animals, Pocket pets, Salmonella
While most people that want a pet stick to the tried-and-true species, there are a huge number of different animals available. Some make good pets, some are relatively harmless but not suitable for most households and some are potentially dangerous. Hedgehogs probably fit into the latter 2 categories. No…hedgehogs aren’t sneaking out of their cages… Continue Reading

Information Sheets for Pet Owners

Posted in Birds, Cats, Clostridium difficile, Dogs, MRSA/MRSP, Other diseases, Parasites, Pocket pets, Rabies, Reptiles, Salmonella, Toxoplasmosis
INFORMATION SHEETS FOR PET OWNERS INFORMATION SHEETS specifically for KIDS, for VETERINARIANS, for PHYSICIANS and for PUBLIC HEALTH PERSONNEL are also available on the Worms & Germs RESOURCES page! Click on the highlighted topics below for information sheets. Topics that are not highlighted are in development and coming soon. Sheets for other animal species and diseases are… Continue Reading