Posts with tag Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Dogs and Ebola Virus

As I write this, Teresa Romero Ramos, a nurse assistant in Spain, is battling for her life against Ebola virus disease. Despite local protests and objections voiced via a global social media campaign, a court order mandated that Teresa’s elderly, but overtly healthy dog named Excalibur be euthanized. His remains were “put into a sealed… read more

Most Dogs Tolerate Even Black Widow and Brown Recluse Bites

Spider bites on dogs are a tricky business. First of all, it’s almost impossible to know that a dog has been bitten by a spider unless the dog’s owner actually sees the spider on the dog, then finds a welt in the same spot. “We can almost never confirm that it’s a spider bite in… read more

Bed Bug Life Cycle

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite

Anyone who travels much and has watched the news for the past several years might find themselves taking seriously that old adage, “Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite.” Since the late 1990s, those little reddish-brown creatures have infested hotels, schools, military bases and other public places, as well as private homes, prompting… read more


Ticks in America: They Want Your Dogs’ Blood

Seven ticks in the United States are responsible for numerous diseases caused by bacteria transmitted when one of them attaches to a dog, or, in one case, when a dog eats it. Most ticks can serve as hosts to more than one bacterium. Which ticks and bacteria your dogs are mostly likely to be exposed… read more