Friday, October 07, 2016

Dog to human disease transmission neglected

I love dogs--but you have to admit their personal hygiene is not the greatest. A toilet cocktail, a rear-end meet and greet, a frolic amidst feces at the dog park...well, they are pretty casual about germs.

Veterinarians at Ohio State are leading an effort to stop of the spread of doggie diseases.

Their program can be seen in the J or Veterinary Medical Assn.

The Ohio state people say we are probably 30 years behind in infection control compared to human medicine.

The emphasis is on dogs in groups, say dog shows and dog parks.

Some recommendations:

--Dogs with signs of infection should be kept out of group settings.

--People who touch dogs in group settings should wash their hands frequently or use sanitizer.

--Items in community settings such as leashes, bowls, toys, etc should be disinfected regularly.

--Dogs should have UTD vaccinations, rabies, parvovirus, adenovirus, parainfluenza, Bordetella, and rabies.

--Try to keep rodents and wildlife out of dog areas and dogs out of tick and flea areas.

--Dogs should be cleaned after a group encounter and kept clean.

--Special care should be taken with puppies and dogs with weaker immune systems.

What this means in practice:

--A dog show judge should use sanitizer between dogs if pulling open mouths to look at their teeth.

--Parks depts should keep dog park grass short and eliminate standing water in dog parks.

Thirty-five percent of American households have at least one dog.

And every dog likes to romp with others and play kissy-face with owners. Think about all that.

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