An April 14, 2021 PLOS 1 study, Cynthia Otto et al., 2021, suggests that specially trained dogs can sniff out COVID-19 samples with 96% accuracy. The study, “Discrimination of SARS-CoV-2 infected patient samples by detection dogs: A proof of concept study,” comes out of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Working Dog Center. […]
Our companion animals get Lyme disease too. Here are several PSAs from veterinarians
in Vermont reminding pet owners to be aware of the problems pets face from Lyme disease. The Lyme Disease Association Inc. also reminds you that pets can bring unattached ticks into the home which can then bite humans.
Borrelia burgdorferi Infection and Lyme Disease in North American Horses: A Consensus Statement, was published by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). This Consensus statement provides the veterinary community with up-to-date information on the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of this clinically important animal disease. To date, equine veterinarians have relied heavily on published information on both human and canine Lyme disease in order to have a minimal understanding of Lyme disease in horses. The authors state that additional studies are needed to determine the morbidity in horses infected with B. burgdorferi and to identify the clinical signs specifically associated with Lyme disease in equines.
In a recent study conducted in central Pennsylvania, evidence of emerging pathogens, some also common to ticks, have been found in fleas. Various pathogens can be spread by ectoparasites among animal host populations in nature. Along with ticks, fleas are found to commonly infest small mammals. The role of pathogen transmission cycles for these vectors is unknown. Only the white footed mouse tested positive for the blood‐borne pathogens examined, with 47 (18.1%) positive for Anaplasma phagocytophilum and ten (4.8%) positive for Babesia microti. Other pathogens included Bartonella vinsonii, B. microti, and a Rickettsia felis‐like bacterium.
From prweb.com: As warmer weather leads pets and their people outdoors, pet insurance claims from this same time last year offer an important reminder: Tick season is in full bloom. According to Petplan pet insurance claims data, Lyme disease, a potentially serious infectious disease most commonly spread to pets by the bite of an infected […]
From American Veterinarian: With another higher-than-average tick season looming, veterinarians should be preparing for the inevitable onslaught of tick-related veterinary visits. Even with knowledge of the dangers of tick-borne illnesses, pet owners continue to put off annual screenings. But a new study aims to help change that narrative. Click link to read more http://www.americanveterinarian.com/news/tick-exposure-and-kidney-disease-risk-in-dogs
The American Veterinary Medical Association http://www.avma.org/ has compiled a document which discusses many diseases affecting hunters and their dogs. A number of tick-borne disease are included such as Lyme, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, RMSF, Q fever, tularemia link to PDF
The following link leads to IDEXX Laboratories, which provides a vast amount of information on Lyme disease in dogs, including maps showing distribution of canine Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and ehrlichiosis. IDEXX Brochure on Ticks and Mosquitoes Visit their website at www.dogsandticks.com
LDA Partners with IDEXX Laboratories to Stop the Spread of Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases in People and Pets
Pat Smith, President, LDA, with Dr. Matt Eberts, DVM, Lakeland Veterinary Hospital, Baxter Minnesota. Ms. Smith attended Dr. Eberts’s presentation on Tick-Borne Infections: The Basics at NAVC (North American Veterinary Conference) in Orlando, Florida, January 15, 2007. Dr. Eberts spoke about Lyme disease and the unexpected rise in cases of anaplasmosis in dogs in his […]
• Dogs, cats, horses & cows can contract Lyme & other tick-borne diseases & can be tested. • Dogs act as sentinels for Lyme disease. The disease is often recognized in dogs before it’s recognized in humans. • Dogs are 50% more likely to get Lyme disease than people. • Lyme disease symptoms in dogs: […]