Dog Disease Spreadable

Dog Disease Spreadable

DES MOINES, Iowa — Officials say a dog disease that can be passed to humans has been confirmed in Iowa.

The state veterinarian, Dr. Jeff Kaisand, says several cases of canine brucellosis have been confirmed at a commercial breeding facility for small dogs in Marion County.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship says it is notifying people who have custody of the exposed dogs. Both the animals and the facilities are quarantined while the dogs undergo testing.

Signs of the disease in a dog include infertility, spontaneous abortions and stillbirths. State health officials say symptoms for humans include fever, sweats, headache, joint pain and weakness.

The department says the threat to most pet owners is very low. Dog breeders, veterinary staff and anyone who comes in contact with blood, tissues and fluids during the birthing process may be at higher risk.

By Associated Press

Cat Fence Extenders

Cat Fence Extenders

Fence extension Kits are great to have for a number of reasons. For one, they save on the cost of buying a completely new fence system and are easy to assemble. All you need to get started is a 5 foot tall structure such as a shed, wall or garage. 

Cat fence extension kits attach easily to already existing fences and are used to secure domestic cats while keeping out potentially external predators such as wildlife; homeless dogs and feral cats. 

Cat fence extenders come with the overhang extender, parts and plastic fence mesh that will deter cats from climbing. Extension pieces for already existing fences make the purrfect cat fence that lasts for up to 20 years.

Fat Dogs Health Risks

Fat Dogs Health Risks

Dogs that suffer from a lack of activity and physical fitness will go through the same health complications as they age as we do. In addition to breathing trouble, dogs risk being classified as obese and risk other health problems including:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Damage to joints, bones and ligaments
  • Diabetes
  • Decreased Stamina
  • Decreased Liver Function
  • and Early Death

The Association For Pet Obesity Prevention declared that 56 percent of dogs in the United States were overweight or obese last year. 

“Veterinarians need to offer more obesity treatment options than: Feed less and exercise more.” states APOP President, veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward. “The majority of pet owners are overwhelmed with pet food choices and conflicting dietary advice and desperately want help and nutritional recommendations from veterinarians.”

Pet owners need to work with veterinarians to find health dog food options and a dietary plan that works for their specific dog breed. In addition to eating healthy foods, dogs need to exercise in a fenced-in yard at home with pet owners or see a certified dog fitness trainer. 

Dogs need to learn strength training exercises that allow them to run, jump and crawl to help keep them lean. 

Ark. New Cat Rescue

Ark. New Cat Rescue

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — Jen’s Kitty Rehab is a cage-free cat rescue opening in a former gas station at the corner of Dallas and Jenny Lind in Fort Smith.

Owner Jennifer Grayston says it’s been a life long dream to open the safe haven for cats.

Jen’s Kitty Rehab will work to re-socialize neglected cats while providing the space and facilities needed for a safe, clean and healthy environment for the felines.

The center is expected to open in the summer of 2019.

Story re-posted from BY 5NEWS WEB STAFF

Do Chickens Get Lyme?

Do Chickens Get Lyme?

As mentioned in a previous blog post, chickens make great pets - not just because of the delicious eggs that they produce - but because they help control tick movement in yards by eating ticks!

However, with eating ticks comes the potential for ingesting the Lyme Disease bacteria from infected ticks. And, if a chicken eats a tick with Lyme, will the eggs they produce be bad for human consumption? This is a question that has stumped doctors. 

While we don't know whether or not ticks have Lyme Disease before ingestion, we as backyard chicken owners, must keep close watch on our poultry to make sure they seem healthy. We, as food junkies, should never eat raw eggs that may cause damaging health, as well.

Chickens Eat Ticks?!

Chickens Eat Ticks?!

Many chicken owners are turning away from caged chickens to have free-roaming chickens. Backyard chickens seem happier than caged chickens when they are outside of the cage and wandering freely around the pasture.

Not only do they help produce fluffier, better-tasting eggs for baking, but they protect families from potential tick diseases, such as Lyme Disease. How you ask?

Chickens eat ticks! This pest control action by chickens keeps our family members and pets safe from tick bites; and since tick activity increases in spring and summer, owning free-roaming chickens during these seasons will benefit more than just cooking.

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