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Alarming Signs That Dogs & Cats Can Catch Staph Infections from Humans


    ATLANTA – People can get plenty of diseases from animals – bird flu, for one.
  Now, there are signs dogs and cats can catch a dangerous superbug from people.
  At a large Philadelphia veterinary hospital, scientists reported that over a three-year period, 38 dogs, cats and other pets caught a drug-resistant staph infection.
  They think six of the animals caught the bug from hospital workers. But it's likely that at least some of the other cases were spread to pets by their owners, said Shelley Rankin, chief of clinical microbiology at Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine.
  "I don't think its necessarily that you come home and pat Fluffy on the head and then Fluffy gets sick," said Rankin, who presented the data last week at a medical conference in Atlanta.
  But given that an estimated one in every 100 people carries such bacteria in the nose, it could be transmitted by closer contact, she added.
  "We pick them up, kiss them on the face. We let them lick us," she said. "Then they lick their skin."
  The animals were infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterial infection that is typically hard to treat, although all the pets recovered.
  They included 26 dogs, eight cats, three parrots and one rabbit.
  The dogs developed skin and ear infections. The cats got urinary-tract infections; the parrots, skin infections; the rabbit, an ear infection.
  In people, the germ often appears as a nasty skin infection but can also cause other symptoms.
  Researchers don't know if the bacteria spreads from animal to animal, although dogs don't naturally harbor it.
  The animals may have caught the bug at other vet clinics before they arrived at Penn's Ryan Veterinary Hospital or they may have caught it from their owners, Penn researchers said.
  Last year, Penn's veterinary and human medical schools began a study of the health of pets and their owners. Researchers initially are looking at 25 owner-animal pairs but want to expand that number.
  For more than a decade, medical journals have carried occasional reports of human-to-animal transmission of such infections.
  Journals also have reported animal-to-human transmission.
  Georgia Veterinary Specialists, a large animal hospital in the Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs, saw only two methicillin-resistant staph infections in the thousands of animals it cared for in the past year.
  Looking for such infections in animals and their owners is a new endeavor, said Mark Dorfman, a veterinarian and owner of the hospital.

The above is an article written by Mike Stobbe (Associated Press). Found in the Sunday, March 26, 2006 issue of  The Arizona Republic newspaper.

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Ways To Save An Old Dog's Brain  

 Question

  I liked your column on doggy Alzheimer’s (canine cognitive dysfunction) and the importance of walking dogs. On your advice, I take my dog for a mile walk every day. At 77, I feel better and so does Lady (a black Labrador retriever), 10.

M.H., Minneapolis

 Answer

  Now that you’re walking, you might try another powerful way to delay or prevent cognitive decline in dogs: Change the environment, perhaps by rotating toys. I love Nina Ottosson dog toys. And I’m a fan of food-dispensing toys: Hide them (reasonably) so a dog searches for meals.
  If you spot signs of confusion or changes in sleep cycles, see your vet. Early diagnosis increases the odds of dealing with a cognitive issue if, in fact, that is the problem (pacing may not indicate confusion but a dog’s hesitation to lie down because it hurts). For cognitive difficulties, your vet might suggest a prescription diet, or one of several drugs and supplements.

Information Source: The above is an article written by Steve Dale. Found in USA WEEKEND magazine June 1-3, 2012 issue. Located in The Arizona Republic newspaper.


Yours Respectfully,
Malcom Pembroke

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Here Are Ten Early Cancer Warning Signs For Your Dog :

  • Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow.
  • Sores that do not heal.
  • Weight loss.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Bleeding or discharge from any body opening.
  • Offensive odor.
  • Difficulty eating or swallowing.
  • Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina.
  • Persistent lameness or stiffness.
  • Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating.

  If you notice any of these signs "Please" take your pet for a checkup at your local veterinarian.

 "Thank You"
Malcom Pembroke

 
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