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Dogs and tularemia

Posted in Dogs
Tularemia is a nasty bacterial disease. The bug that causes it, Francisella tularensis, is a category A bioterrorism agent (along with things like anthrax, botulism, plague, smallpox and Ebola virus). It’s classified as that because it’s highly transmissible and causes serious disease, so it’s something you definitely don’t want. The bacterium circulates in the wild,… Continue Reading

Killer rabbits and other strange rabid animals

Posted in Other animals
Rabies is most commonly reported in dogs, skunks, raccoons, bats and a few other species. However, any mammal is susceptible, and sometimes unusual cases are identified. 1. In a serious take on Monty Python’s "killer rabbit," a rabid bunny has caused a lot of problems in Chom Thong, Thailand. The pet rabbit, Poko, had been… Continue Reading

Rare rabbit infection in Manitoba

Posted in Other animals
Rabbit hemorrhagic disease (RHD), a rare and reportable disease, has been identified in a pet rabbit from Winnipeg, Manitoba. The affected adult male rabbit was taken to a veterinary clinic in March after being lethargic for a short period of time. It was diagnosed with liver failure and subsequently died. The rabbit’s body was forwarded… Continue Reading

Dumb Easter decisions

Posted in Other animals
Easter is one of those holidays when there are concerns about dumb pet purchases. Spur-of-the-moment purchases of inappropriate pets can lead to animal suffering and death, and risk of human infection. Easter’s problems: baby chicks and rabbits. Rabbits can make great pets. They’re a long-term commitment, but they’re relatively low maintenance, a lot is known… Continue Reading

Tularemia alert in Texas

Posted in Other animals
When it comes to handling microorganisms, there are 4 biosafety levels. Biosafety level 1 (BSL-1) organisms are harmless. BSL-2 organisms include most of the commonly encountered bugs, including things like E. coli, Salmonella and Staphylococcus aureus. They can cause serious disease but infections are often treatable and they can be handled safely with standard lab… Continue Reading

E. cuniculi from rabbit to dog?

Posted in Dogs
How likely is E. cuniculi to be trasmitted from an infected rabbit to a dog? My sister has a positive rabbit and my dog was just diagnosed with kidney insufficiency.  Now that the dog’s kidneys are compromised, should we be concerned? Encephalitozoon cuniculi is a strange little organism that is now classified as a fungus,… Continue Reading

Eliminating E. cuniculi in the household

Posted in Other animals
A recent question: "I have two rabbits who just tested positive for E. cuniiculi… Can you please tell me how to disinfect my floors and kill the parasites? I don’t think bleach is doing it." Encephalitozoon cuniculi is a strange little bug. It a member of a unique group of organisms called microsporidia. Originally thought… 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

Ban the Easter bunny?

Posted in Other animals
As Easter approaches, so do the annual commentaries about concerns with people buying "Easter bunnies" (the real variety, not the chocolate version) without knowing what they are getting into. It’s a big problem because a lot of spontaneous Easter bunny purchases end up abandoned at humane societies (or worse) after a few months. In general,… Continue Reading

Neurological bunnies: Encephalitozoon cuniculi

Posted in Other animals, Other diseases
Encephalitozoon spp. are single-celled microsporidian parasites that can cause infection in the intestinal tract of animals and people, and sometimes infection in other parts of the body (systemic infection). Cases of infection with these parasites (encephalitozoonosis) have been reported in countries all over the world. The species E. bieneusi and E. intestinalis are the most… Continue Reading

Safe rabbit handling – for you and your rabbit!

Posted in Other animals
Knowing how to properly handle a rabbit is very important for rabbit owners. If done incorrectly, the handler, the rabbit, or both could be injured. A rabbit’s powerful hind legs and flighty nature (being a prey species) are a dangerous combination. Even though rabbits may not do so intentionally, the nails on their hind feet… Continue Reading

Tularemia Trouble

Posted in Other diseases
A case of pneumonic tularemia was recently reported in New York City. Tularemia is a disease caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis.  It causes different signs of illness depending on how the bacteria enter the body.  If the bacteria are inhaled, it tends to cause pneumonia (pneumonic tularemia).  If the bacteria get in through a… 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