Saturday, February 6, 2016

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Zika Virus and Animals, Snoring Dogs, and more ...

Zika virus and animals
Dr. Scott Weese/Worms and Germs Blog

Zika virus has been making news lately. It seems to be a serious threat to people but what about dogs?

Zika virus is mosquito-borne and it is related to the West Nile and dengue viruses. Can domestic animals get infected with it? And what would it mean for them? So far there is no evidence of animals getting sick. Can it become a problem? The best answer to that seems to be a maybe. There simply hasn't been much research.

Read Dr. Weese's thoughts.

Does Your Dog Have a Snoring Problem?
Dr. Carol Osborne/Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center

"Daad, Roxy is farting, snoring, and won't get off my bed (read sleeping bag)!"
I still remember that night camping. Our daughter always shared her tent with our Rotty at the time, Roxy. That night, we all turned in for the night. It was dark and quiet when daughter's cry to which hubby's answer was, "Just pretend you're married, honey."

And then we laughed for about half an hour.

While all that was very funny, is it normal for a dog to be farting so badly to peel paint off the walls or to snore the night away? Or is there a problem you should be looking into?

While some flatulence is normal, when your dog is farting up the storm, something is amiss. And same applies to snoring. Our guys hardly ever snore and when they do it has to do with some very awkward sleeping position they found comfortable at the time.

Brachycephalic breeds are predisposed to snoring. But that's because their anatomy is no good for normal breathing in the first place. Overweight dogs are more likely to snore. Obesity is a problem in its own as well.

Be particularly concerned when your dog normally didn't snore and suddenly does. There can be a severe infection or something blocking the back of their throat.

Pet Owners Raw Food Survey 2016
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine's clinical nutrition team is seeking pet owner opinions on feeding raw diet to pet. Are you a pet foodie? Do you have an opinion? Have your voice heard.

Common Misconceptions About Mouse and Rat Poisons
Pet Poison Helpline

There are some serious misconceptions about mouse and rat poisons out there, the most dangerous one being that rat poisons won't harm dogs or cats. Seriously?  Well, it seems to be the case. But the truth is that these things can indeed harm your dog. How severely, depends on what the active ingredient is in any specific poison.

We don't use such things and never will. We kind of don't need to, Cookie is a great mouser. But if she wasn't, we still wouldn't use them. It's just not worth the risk. Fortunately, out here in the bush, nobody does. I recommend you don't either. But if you have to, or your neighbors do, please read up about it.

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