If you are one of the two million people who owns a horse in the United States, you may be familiar with the equine infectious anemia virus (EIAV). The illness can be fatal and as there is no real treatment for it, prevention is your best bet to protect your animal.
The illness is often referred to as “Swamp Fever” and can infect donkeys, zebras and otters equine animals. Horses can serve as carriers of the disease, showing no symptoms but remaining able to transmit the deadly disease to other animals via a vector such as a mosquito (or other insect) or through the placenta. Horses that carry the disease but remain asymptomatic (do not look sick) are much less likely to transmit the illness to other animals. For instance, a horse fly that bites a carrier horse and a six million to one chance of t
America loves pets! The APAA says there are as many as 80 million dogs and 96 million cats in the United States; more than 30% of homeowners have a cat, while almost 40% have a dog. Our pets quite often dictate our choices, from where to live to what to buy, and our behaviors. They are part of the family. We adopt over 2.5 million pets from shelters each year, according to the ASPCA. Caring for our precious canine and feline friends — and the myriad other pet options Americans choose — means accepting that at some time in their lives our pets will become ill or injured. From pet cancer to arthritis, coping with pet diagnoses can be very difficult.
We all love our pets. Often times they essentially become a part of the family. To put it into perspective, 63% of dog owners and 58% of people with cats even give their pet Christmas presents, according to a poll from PetFinder.com.
Unfortunately, the love we feel for our pets means that when they get sick, we end up feeling sick. And one of the leading sicknesses in both cats and dogs are heartworms. As many as one million dogs test positive for heartworms every year. So how can you prevent them from being infected? Here are a few steps to follow:
- Don’t wait: Rather than waiting to see symptoms in your pet, find a veterinary clinical diagnostics laboratory to perform tests early on your pet. P