Newsletter from my Vet
Thought I'd pass on a couple things from my Vet's monthly newsletter that might be of interest to you.
The Dreaded H1N1
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) state that it is as important to protect your family pets as well as yourselves as far as spreading the flu. People who are sick with the H1N1 virus can spread the virus to humans and some animals.
The departments shared this information after a confirmed case of the H1N1 virus in a 13 year old indoor cat.
The cat was brought to the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center at Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine where it tested positive for the H1N1 virus. The diagnosis is the culmination of collaborative efforts between IDPH, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Center for Advanced Host Defenses, Immunobiotics and Translation Comparative Medicine, USDA, and IDALS, Animal Industry Bureau.
Two of the three members of the family that own the pet had suffered from influenza-like illness before the cat became ill. Dr Ann Garvey the IDPH Public Health Veterinarian states , "This is not completely unexpected as other strains of influenza have been found in cats in the past."
People can keep their pets healthy by washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and minimizing contact with their pets while ill with influenza-like symptoms. If your pet exhibits signs of a respiratory illness, contact your veterinarian. Indoor pets that live in close proximity to someone who is sick are at risk and it is wise to monitor their health to ensure they aren't showing signs of illness.
2009 Pandemic H1N1 Influenza Presumptive and confirmed results:
Cats 1 - Following exposure to human with influenza-like symptoms
Ferrets 2 - following exposure to human with influenza
Nonprofit research organization HealthyStuff.org found that 50% of tennis balls contain detectable levels of lead. Balls intended for pets were much more likely to contain lead while sports tennis balls contained none. Visit the web site for the complete list.---healthystuff.org
University of Toronto researchers found that purchasing "green" may give us license to act immorally. Subjects who bought environmentally friendly products were more likely to cheat and lie in a subsequent task, presumably because aligning actions with a moral self-image made them comfortable in slacking off a little.---popsci.com
The average dog can learn 165 words including signals, and those in the top 20% of dog intelligence can learn 250 words.-------Medical News Today
Review of 20 years of U.S. survey data found that people who owned cats at some point in their lives tended to have a lower risk of dying from heart attacks.----HHS HealthBeat