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A nurse in Texas became infected with Ebola this week while treating another patient, who later died. This led to an important question: What to do with the nurse's dog, who may have been exposed to the virus? The dog is currently being observed in isolation while veterinarians and public health agencies work to develop protocols on Ebola and pets. So what risk does the Ebola virus pose to our pets? And can pets carry and spread the virus to people? In this podcast, Dr. Ron DeHaven, executive vice president and CEO of the AVMA, talks about Ebola and pets
September 28 marks the 8th annual World Rabies Day, an international event created to help raise rabies awareness and save lives. Despite major efforts to eradicate the virus, rabies remains a major concern worldwide, killing more than 55,000 people every year. In the United States, one to two people die annually from the virus, and in 2012, more than 6,000 U.S. cases of rabies in animals were reported. In this podcast, Dr. Rene Carlson, past president of the AVMA, talks about rabies and World Rabies Day.
Chagas disease is believed to infect more than 300,000 people in the United States, and nearly 8 million people across Mexico and Central and South America. But Chagas is not just a human disease; recent research has shown that dogs across the state of Texas are becoming infected with the parasite that causes Chagas. So just what kind of threat does Chagas disease pose to humans and their pets? In this podcast, Dr. Sarah Hamer, an assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences at Texas A&M University, discusses Chagas disease.
Noise phobias are among the most commonly recognized panic-related disorders in dogs. Triggered by fireworks, thunderclaps, and other loud and unexpected sounds, these noise phobias can cause our dogs to cower, withdraw, and experience great distress. But what causes some dogs to experience noise phobias, while other dogs are untroubled by the exact same sounds? And what can be done to treat noise phobias in dogs, or even prevent them in the first place? In this podcast, Dr. Kelly Ballantyne, clinical instructor with the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses noise phobias in dogs.
Dogs and cats may be the most popular pets in the United States, but exotic pets are gaining in popularity and can make great additions to our homes. One such pet is the hedgehog. But is a hedgehog right for you and your family? Joining us now to talk about hedgehogs as pets is Dr. Valarie Tynes, editor of Behavior of Exotic Pets, and author of that book's chapter on hedgehogs.